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July 1- Nov, 18 $190/nite Quiet, Sea View, Pond Sanctuary, Walk to Park Beaches

Bedrooms 1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

In National Park, on very private dead end road, 1bedroom, 1 bath 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.

More Details

Les Anderson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Les Anderson

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.

Les Anderson purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Les Anderson chose Estate Mandal

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!

What makes this cottage unique

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.


Estate Mandal Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • When using sprayed personal body products: sunscreen, body oil, bug spray, etc. please apply outside only.
  • Body products that stain linens & towels will cost $75 Sheets, $4 Washcloth, $6 Hand Towel, $8 Bath, $25 Beach &will be deducted from Damage Deposit.
  • Lost beach chairs, fins, $35 will be deducted from Damage Deposit.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Shower, toilet, sink and clothes closet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Overlooks pond, has satellite TV, air-conditioning and fans.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
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


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July 1- Nov, 18 $190/nite Quiet, Sea View, Pond Sanctuary, Walk to Park Beaches
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

We had a fantastic time and throughly enjoyed the house and St John

  • 5 of 5

The house was lovely. Had all the amenities you needed. We spent a lot of time on the porch listening to the birds and just enjoying the Caribbean breeze. The flowers and plants were charming and the outdoor dining area was lovely. The hammock was a wonderful way to spend the late afternoon. The owners were very helpful with directions and suggestions for our stay. The snorkeling located closest to the house was some of the best we have ever done and we loved being the only people on the beach. We were looking for a low key relaxing vacation and the Fiddlewood cottage certainly provided that.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bless you! And we appreciate that you know what is special here on St. John and that you are sharing with your child what to value through Mother Nature's magic lessons. Take good care!
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  • 5 of 5

I strongly recommend this cottage for those who like something small, well-maintained and remote. The setting is beautiful, the cottage is very comfortable, and we enjoyed walking to nearby beaches and snorkeling. Mary is a wonderful hostess. She loves this property, and her care shows. She had good ideas for us, ranging from when and where to snorkel, to how to use the lemongrass in her garden. We enjoyed our stay very much.

Jodie W., Brookline, MA

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much ladies! So glad you enjoyed the herbs in our gardens and the magic of the area!
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Wimauma, FL


  • 5 of 5

Mary has turned this cottage into a perfect get away, put her touches throughout.

St John has some wonderful outdoor activities and local eateries, when you're done with the day Mary's place is your sanctuary. If she tells you about quiet places to snorkel take her advice, both had clear viz, great coral, sea life and almost to ourselves! For those who are more resort or hotel oriented this may be too far outside the box, for the rest of us enjoy and relax. Recommend a 4 wheel drive on the island, useful for the unpaved roads when exploring the island.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind review Zac! We are so appreciative that you and Andres "get" what we know is so special about St. John. Health & peace, Mary & Les
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Brookline, MA

Exceeded our Expectations

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a week, with my sister joining us later in the week. Everything about the house and locale is wonderful. The small house has everything you need, and the wrap around porch with living space on both sides makes for easy indoor/outdoor living. There is wonderful cross ventilation, with a view overlooking the large salt pond and a more distant view of the Caribbean. There is not a house to be seen from the cottage and the stars at night are awesome. The kitchen worked well and we did breakfast outdoors, late lunch after being out in the sun, and dinner at several local restaurants - Concordia Cafe for burgers, Lucy's for fish and steel band, Inidgo for fish tacos and live music, and Shipwreck Landing for fish and chips and live swing music.

Mary has outfitted with useful beach chairs, fins, beach towels, and is extremely helpful in making recommendations for local places to snorkel, rent kayaks, and grocery shop. She is a real resource.

Generally, the area is a bit off the beaten path, at the quiet end of the island (a good 35 minute drive from Cruz bay on windy, hilly roads) , with an old time feel. The south side bays were calm and protected from the winds, which made the snorkeling great. There is a short dirt road to the cottage, and you definitely want a four wheel jeep rental to negotiate some the of pot holes and rocks.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These are the type of guests that "get" what St. John is all about........The natural world that is user friendly, easy to access with one requirement: An adventuresome spirit. Those with a travelers mindset, interested in more than just the next pina colada sitting poolside, is who finds our back time cottage as delightful as we intended. Immersion in nature, allows for drama without incident and this peaceful setting is what brings one back to ones self. We are so very grateful that these are folks who finds us and get it!
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  • 5 of 5

Fiddlewood is a perfect place for a romantic secluded getaway. It is also perfect for a base camp for snorkle and hiking adventures. Mary is a great hostess who wants her guests to have a wonderful vacation experience.

My friend's favorite part was the quiet and seclusion. My favorite part was the lovely cottage and gardens. Fiddlewood is a perfect getaway.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review! We are happy to know that you enjoy the best parts of Fiddlewood Cottage. The quiet seclusion, gardens and the great snorkeling just minutes away! You "get it" and we are so grateful!
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Chico, CA

Peaceful and secluded!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time to the Virgin Islands and our stay at Fiddlewood Cottage in St. John was our favorite part of the experience. Mary's suggestions were really helpful and the cottage was the perfect basecamp for our snorkeling and hiking adventures. There were several hikes and snorkel spots nearby and we enjoyed eating at Cafe Concordia just a few miles away. The accommodations were quiet, peaceful, and had everything we needed! We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks jd & mw for your kind words. Hope you enjoyed the BVI's too!
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
ST. Thomas
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Cafe Concordia
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $200
Tax Rate 12.5%

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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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