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May 22-June 5 $155/Nite Quiet, Sea View, Pond Sanctuary, Walk to Park Beaches

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:3
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Surounded by National Park, 1bedroom, 1 bath well equipped complete home

Fiddlewood Cottage is an affordable breezy, very private, one bedroom (with AC), fully equipped, home on the undeveloped, quiet side of St. John, nestled within the Virgin Islands National Park. It is located a short distance from the end of the bus line at Saltpond Bay, above Mandahl Pond, with walking distance to Grootpan, Kiddel, Saltpond and Lameshur beaches. Mature gardens, with large shade trees. A peace filled sanctuary where all creatures find comfort. Except mosquitoes!!! 8 minute drive to Coral Bay for groceries, shopping and restaurants.

The cottage comes with all amenities including:
Dish soaps, paper towels, toilet paper, all kitchen supplies, bath & beach towels, beach chairs, swim fins (masks not provided), outdoor gas grill, full size kitchen and drinking water is separately filtered at the kitchen sink. In addition to the great breezes, there are ceiling fans in every room with AC in the bedroom only.

Fiddlewood has a queen size bed, plus a pull out couch in the living room. Affordable for those who loved camping at Maho Bay, Cinnamon Bay, or Concordia but want to upgrade with more privacy, comfort and easy access. Off road parking right to the front door. Dining on both the front and back decks with fresh herbs growing in the front deck garden.

There is a direct line to the cellphone tower with great reception provided your carrier works here. AT&T works GREAT but Sprint does not and Verizon, is spotty. Wireless Internet service is provided plus satellite TV is available in both the living room and bedroom.

Star gazing at night is a premium since there are no homes to look at or light pollution near by. The sunrises and sunsets are magnificent and the view down the pond to the sea from the back deck is reminiscent of the Hudson Valley Painters landscape settings. The light is especially wonderful for plein air artists. The cottage is full of original paintings and sculptures both inside and out.

Affordable, quiet, peaceful, comfortable, unpretentious living in the Caribbean is what we offer to the traveler who wants to get away far, far from the maddening crowds.
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 900 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 3
  • Events Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3

  • Bedroom 1


  • Overlooks pond, has satellite TV, air-conditioning and fans.

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Shower, toilet, sink and clothes closet.

Other Amenities

  • Our biggest feature is the seclusion, peace, quiet and tranquility found at our home away from home, Fiddlewood Cottage. Walking distance to GREAT swimming and snorkeling beaches plus an 8 minute drive to shopping, grocery stores and restaurants...moreless


  • Satellite / Cable:

    Satellite TV...moreless

  • Television:

    2 TV's, one in the living room and one in the bedroom....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean:

    Walking distance to Saltpond, Kiddle and Grootpan Bays. Short drive to Laneshur Bays on a road not made for cars low to the ground....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Grootpan Bay...moreless

  • Rural:

    Off the beaten path and easy to find....moreless

  • Village:

    10 minute drive to Coral Bay with 3 grocery stores and organic gardens for produce. ...moreless

  • Water View:

    From the back porch is a view of Grootpan Bay....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    On Mandahl Pond. A saltpond above Grootpan Bay that is not a home for breeding mosquitoes but a sanctuary for nature lovers especially bird watchers....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    2 dining areas: Front deck seats 4, the back deck seats 2....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    In bedroom only. Ceiling fans in every room....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Yes, for stays of 2 weeks or more a weekly maid service is provided for guests personal laundry plus a weekly clean....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    Wireless Internet...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All linens, pillows, and a change of sheets....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Satellite TV, full couch and chair with ottoman, coffee table and end tables, 3 windows, 2 doors, ceiling fan, and very breezy....moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking off the street at house level....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Kitchen, bath and beach towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    For stays of 2 weeks or more a weekly maid service is provided for guests personal laundry plus a weekly clean. Or, an additional fee of $30 to have your personal laundry done for you. ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee grinder and 4 cup coffee maker. Hot water maker and tea pot....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Service for 8, everything you need....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped has filtered drinking water at sink. No need to buy water....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Basic microwave....moreless

  • Oven:

    Full size electric....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Spices, salt, pepper, cloth and paper napkins, dish towels, paper towels....moreless


  • Balcony:

    Back deck overlooking the pond....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Outdoor patio dining for 4, covered back deck dining for 2....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Can be easily rented through us....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The cottage is completely surrounded by gardens with fresh herbs growing. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:


  • Water Sports Gear:

    Snorkel fins, beach chairs, beach picnic backpack, noodles....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


from 11 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Off Season
May 2 - Nov 18, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,200 $4,000

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,200 $4,000

Rates are based on 1 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Pet Fee $200
  • Cleaning $75


Rates are subject to change without notice. We advise always renting cars on St. John as the barges are not reliable. Also economy cars that are low to the ground cannot clear the top of the driveway. We appreciate that you use our personal payment options and communicate directly with us.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
ST. Thomas
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Cafe Concordia
12 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Cruz Bay
0.2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Kiddel Bay

Fiddlewood Cottage is for those seeking peace and quiet. For nature lovers and seekers of solitude. Waking distance to all levels of hiking trails in the National Park. A five minute drive to Estate Concordia for restaurant and yoga activities.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2014

About the owner: We are 40 + year full time residents of St. John and Fiddlewood Cottage will become our retirement home when we can no longer negotiate our 50 steps to our current home in East End. We are both artists and built our East End home plus did all of the remodeling at the cottage ourselves with aesthetics and comfort as our focus. Mary managed 10 successful vacation villas starting in 1986 and sold it in 1996. Having done the vacation rental dance for 10 years we are "old school" and believe those who visit are truly our guests and not just renters. We know what it takes to have our guests feel welcomed, comfortable and secure knowing we are here 24/7 to insure a great stay.

Why the Owner Chose Estate Mandal, Saint John, USVI:
We purchased this property because it is flat land, has established gardens, totally private, walking distance to GREAT snorkeling beaches and is also waterfront. Completely different environment from our beach front, windward side property. The pond below the cottage is full of every variety of bird here in the Virgin Islands. We also love to garden and the property's topography with native vegetation is very inspiring. The contrasting environments is what we LOVE about St. John the most!

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
We saw Fiddlewood Cottage at 4:30 and bought it at 5:00 in July 2013. We are gardeners and the topography is perfect for our old age. Also, short, easy walking distances to beaches with GREAT swimming and snorkeling was another plus we were thrilled to find. The previous owners put in lovely gardens and left ample shade trees in all the right locations. The wide open pond and sea views of the National Park insured we would never be looking at another house or resort. There are great breezes and the feeling of being surrounded by a sanctuary full of wildlife is heavenly! The short drive to Concordia Restaurant, Coral Bay and grocery stores is also a HUGE plus.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

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  • Driveway entrance.

    Driveway entrance.

  • Living room.

    Living room.

  • Bedroom


  • Porch entrance and dining area.

    Porch entrance and dining area.

  • Kitchen from living room & entrance to bathroom on

    Kitchen from living room & entrance to bathroom on right.

  • Back deck late afternoon

    Back deck late afternoon

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Friday, May 26, 2017

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