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Just Enough, Hand-Crafted Cottage with Views of Coral Bay

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 512 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Experience St. John’s natural beauty from this one bedroom home overlooking Coral Bay Harbor. This hand-crafted cottage was specially built by its owner with the protection of the environment in mind. Surrounded by trees, with gorgeous views of Coral Bay and Bordeaux Mountain, this is a perfect couples’ get-away, a beautiful home to call your own for a week or more. With a fully-equipped kitchen, king-size bed, and spacious wrap-around decks on both floors (hammock included!), Just Enough provides the ideal base for exploring the island of St. John. Located ten to fifteen minutes from both North and South Shore Beaches and trails, swimming, snorkeling, and hiking opportunities abound. A variety of restaurants, shops, and bars are less than half mile away in Coral Bay, and the bustling nightlife and shopping of downtown Cruz Bay can be reached in 25 minutes.

Just Enough sleeps two people, but can be rented in conjunction with New Moon (see VRBO listing 107852) for parties of up to four people. Both New Moon and Just Enough were custom built by their owner with the protection of the environment in mind. While separated by lush foliage, the houses are on the same property, connected by a short trail. This design allows for family or friends to have separate space and privacy, but the proximity to enjoy a vacation together. Each two-story house includes a bedroom and bathroom upstairs, living space and a fully-equipped kitchen downstairs, and wrap-around decks on both floors from which to enjoy the views and stargazing

Keywords: Cottage, honeymoon, views

More Details

Property Manager
Jill Kemp
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 12, 2017

About Jill Kemp

We (the owners Tim & Jane) finished building Just Enough in 2004. The lot was hand cleared in order to retain as much natural vegetation as possible. In addition to building the entire house himself, owner/cabinetmaker Tim handbuilt all of the beautiful mahogany cabinets, as well as the unique coffee table and side tables throughout the house. While we love St John (and Coral Bay in particular) we decided to go cruising in our sailboat to check out other parts of the world. Until we return, we hope you will enjoy staying at our home and exploring the island of St. John!

Jill Kemp purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Jill Kemp chose Upper Carolina

St. John is a wonderful island with so much to offer (including a U.S. national park and national marine sanctuary!). Being *water people* we love the snorkeling and diving all around us. Sailing in the Virgin Islands is also great - we enjoy day sails and overnight trips all over the US and British Virgin Islands from Coral Bay. And hiking in the national park is beautiful - the Johnny Horn trail is within walking distance of our house.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Just wanted to clarify the previous review that states we do not have windows -- there are windows throughout the house, but they are screened (rather than glass) to allow for the tropical breezes to pass through.
Mar 2008
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Map

Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Indigo Grill, Skinny Legs or Aqua Bistro
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Indigo Grill, Skinny Legs or Aqua Bistro
Car: necessary

The property is centrally located for you to enjoy National Park Hiking Trails & White Sand Beaches, Great Restaurants & Bars (Including Skinny Legs Just Down the Road), Reading & Relaxing in the Hammock!

Amenities

Upper Carolina Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 512 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Pets not allowed
  • For cancellations 60 or more days prior to arrival date, a full refund, less 20% fee. No refund within 60 days unless we rebook your slot.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Answering Machine, Book Collection, Outdoor Furniture, Hammock, Beach Chairs, Beach Towels, Cooler

Reviews

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Just Enough, Hand-Crafted Cottage with Views of Coral Bay
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 27 reviews
4

Just Enough

  • 4 of 5

Had an awesome time at Just Enough cottage on St John, Coral Bay. We really loved this" screened in" Cottage and would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect view - "Just Enough" for a comfortable escape to paradise

  • 5 of 5

"Just Enough" has everything you need for your stay on the beautiful St. John. The house has everything you need (other than laundry) and great views of Coral Bay from both decks. The iguanas in the tops of the trees were perfect to wake up and watch with our coffee every morning! It's close to great restaurants in Coral Bay - Skinny Legs, Shipwreck, Aqua Bistro were all great. It's also only a short drive up the Northshore Drive to great beaches like Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Maho Bay, and Waterlemon Cay. We also loved the short drive the other direction down to Salt Pond Bay. The only thing to remember is gas and laundry need to be done in Cruz Bay on the other end of the island. Other than that, you could never leave your quiet side of the island and have a wonderful time! Cathy was great to meet us and get us situated at the property, and very responsive if you have even something minor that needs a fix at the house. Would definitely stay here (or at New Moon) on our next trip to St. John!

As a side note - would definitely recommend a side trip over to The Baths on Virgin Gorda and Soggy Dollar on Jost Van Dyke if you have the time and budget for a boat trip!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place, it was "just enough" we had a party of 3 and never felt cramped, cant wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise Found

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I stayed here in January to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. The accommodations were more than adequate and the cottage was very peaceful. The views from both balconies were spectacular and the location is great for all things Coral Bay. I would highly recommend this cottage for younger couples for a romantic St John getaway.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Magic Treehouse

  • 4 of 5

After some issue with which of the two properties we were staying in, we ended up in Just Enough. The views are amazing, you can even gaze at Coral Bay from the comfort of the shower. The floors in the house are gorgeous, I would love them in my own home. Comfortable bed, great airflow so you do not miss A/C at all. The decks are both great, fun to sit out and watch the little birds eating sugar and lizards in the treetops. Coral bay is close by and there are great places to eat there if you don't feel like using the kitchen or the grill. (we put both to good use) Once you get the roads down, nothing is hard to get to on St. John. The house was a good fit for our little family of 3.

While the property itself is great and we do tell everyone that it was a great place to stay, the on-island manager was a little disappointment. She emailed us as we were leaving to tell us the original house we were supposed to stay in of the two properties, we would not be in and she was putting us in Just enough. (the two properties are right next to each other) Instead of meeting us to get us in the property, she sent a "friend", and she also had that "friend" give us his car for the first two days because she double booked the car we rented from her, but chose to tell us it was being repaired. (we saw the people who were in the other cottage using it so we knew it wasn't being repaired it was there when they were and we saw them drive it and they left the keys in it for us when they left.) The "friend" had his own opinions on her and shared them, but he was super helpful anytime we talked to him. We also had an issue the night before we left with the lock box and being as she is nearly impossible to get a hold of, it was a really stressful last night of the vacation waiting on her to make an effort to contact us back. I think, but I can't be sure, but we might have seen the property manager once, but it also might have been the cleaning lady for the other cottage. Also we were there for 9 nights and a refresh of towels would have been nice, they tend to get stinky.

All in all the property itself is great, and if you do not need the manager or you have the patience, its a wonderful place to stay and I would recommend it for a rather relaxing stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so sorry and surprised to hear that you were disappointed by the property manager, but it sounds like this did not hamper your enjoyment of the property. We've had nothing but great feedback on our manager's efforts up until now, as evidenced by many of the other reviews posted on the site and the guest log we keep at the house. We can assure you that it is our policy to respond to guest's needs as quickly as possible, and to provide an interim cleaning service (including new towels) to guests staying longer than 7 nights. Unfortunately you were there at a time when the backup safe keys were on order (things often take longer than expected to get to St. John); We've taken steps to ensure that our manager will be better prepared to deal with this issue in the future. We appreciate the honest feedback and have addressed your concerns with our manager. Best, Jane and Tim (owners Just Enough and New Moon cottages)
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Perfect spot for all things St John!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I rented Just Enough for our after wedding getaway! It was very clean, quiet and central to all the things that we wanted. The view of Coral Bay from the deck was delightful. In the past I've stayed at Maho Bay campgrounds and this house is a nice upgrade without getting too fancy. Maho Beach was just a short drive as well as other beaches that we frequented. Plus the house is close to the town of Coral Bay where there are many options for food and drinks. We will definitely rent this place again. Hopefully next year!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.5%

$25 per person per night for extra persons (if more than 2 people) plus 12.5% U.S. Virgin Islands hotel tax

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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