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

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


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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018

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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Upper Carolina Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • 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.
  • We can negotiate refunds if you need to cancel; HomeAway/VRBO doesn't allow us to specify the refund option that suits our policy.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 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
Answering Machine, Book Collection, Outdoor Furniture, Hammock, Beach Chairs, Beach Towels, Cooler


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Just Enough, Hand-Crafted Cottage with Views of Coral Bay
average rating of 4.8125 based on 33 reviews

Tucked away private cottage with gorgeous views and all the amenities you need!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I celebrated our belated honeymoon at Just Enough Cottage and couldn't have asked for a better home base to explore St. John. We were only the second set of guests post Hurricane Irma. Despite the devastating damage in Coral Bay, the cottage remained entirely intact and was just as it is pictured in the site photos. The owner did a tremendous amount of work to re-landscape the walking path and install automatic solar lighting along the path and cottage stairwell. Sounds like they are working to pull the cottage off the power grid and get to full solar power! The cottage had everything we needed for our five day stay and we ended up preparing most of our meals in the well-equipped kitchen.

The owners and property manager were just wonderful during the process of booking, and the waiting game post-hurricane to decide whether or not to keep our trip. (*Coral Bay got power back just a few days prior to our arrival!)

All the locals we met were grateful we kept our trip - the island, still recovering in many ways, is READY FOR VISITORS! The beaches are stunning, the restaurants are open, the beer is cold, and the markets are stocked. We would go back in a heartbeat and stay at the cottage.

NOTE: you'll definitely want to rent a 4WD vehicle for your whole stay if you choose Just Enough cottage. The road coming up to the cottage is extremely steep.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Rica! We certainly appreciated you keeping your reservation and coming to support the island, as I know it wasn't an easy decision. We're so so glad you enjoyed your honeymoon -- Just Enough is a great spot to celebrate a honeymoon! St. John is resilient and while recovery efforts continue, as you note, the island is back up and running, ready to serve our visitors. As our cottages were thankfully spared damage from the storms, we were able to ready for rentals! Much thanks again for your business, and we look forward to hosting you again in the future! All Best, Jane
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A great place to stay

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Just Enough. The house is well stocked with everything we needed to prepare meals and set off for hiking and snorkeling. The breezes during the day keeps the house cool enough to lounge around, but they do die down as the sun goes down. We didn't realize how spoiled we have become with air conditioning at home. We loved feeling like we were staying up in the trees, and the view from the deck was beautiful.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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As advertised and more!

  • 5 of 5

Great stay at Just Enough! Jill was great making last minute accommodations (added two ppl) and meeting us to show us where the home is. You will need a 4-wheel drive vehicle the road to just enough is just a little rough. The home sits tucked away on a steep hillside with parking above. There are 60 stairs leading down to house so be prepared to stretch your legs. Pictures are accurate with small living area and kitchen and large deck on first floor an spacious bedroom w/king bed, deck and bathroom upstairs. Plenty of space for three adults. Place was sparkly clean when we arrived. Small kitchen well stocked. Great view of coral bay.

Coral Bay is coming back strong and it was awesome to see so much clean up happening in the week we were there. We visited Indigo Grill, skinny legs and Pickles - all are awesome. Love City market is close and well stocked for groceries.

If you are considering a visit to St John don’t hesitate! Stay at Just Enough/Coral Bay.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great view, great location and affordable

  • 5 of 5

From the booking to checkout, the process was smooth. The cottage is well equipped for cooking, which is great for guests like us to prefer to cook our own meals after a long day at the beach. The road is a little bumpy coming into the property, but does not require least during our two week stay. The fabulous beaches of Maho, Francis Bay, and Cinnamon are less than a 15 min drive. Nice grocery store less than a 5 minutes drive as is Skinny Legs for a great burger and drink. St John is recovering wonderfully from such a devastating hurricane season in 2017. We are so glad we chose to take our 30th anniversary trip back to John. The cottage does require a person to be able to navigate about 60 stairs each day, so pack lightly and be sure you are in decent physical condition.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage, excellent property manager and very convenient location in coral bay

  • 4 of 5


  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just Enough is a beautiful cottage over looking Coral bay.

  • 5 of 5

Just Enough cottage has everything you need for a wonderful stay on St. John. Beautiful views of the bay and close to restaurants and beaches.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

$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

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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