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Spyglass Hill - Post Irma, and Ready for Visitors

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 6 nights


About the property

Spyglass was damaged in Irma, but is under repair and will be ready for visitors

Spyglass Hill house is situated above Calabash Boom near Coral Bay, on beautiful St John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, an island of mostly National Park, incredible beaches and fabulous snorkeling.

Perfect for one or two families, the house features a main floor with a large living/dining/kitchen area, two bedrooms (one with a king-sized bed and the other with two twin beds) and a full bathroom. The main floor opens to a beautiful deck with views of St John's East End and the British Virgin Islands. The downstairs suite has a queen bedroom, double futon, full bathroom, and living space as well as a kitchenette. There is also a unique star tower deck attached to the house and an additional 'star tower' bedroom with three twin beds.

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About The Owner

Molly Robinson and her fam first came to St. John in March 1966 and stayed on one of the cabins at Cinnamon Bay. We toured the island with Miss Lucy and took a boat trip around the island, stopping in Coral Bay. None of the vacation houses in this area were built at that time and electricity and completion of the paved road came later.

We fell in love with St. John on that trip and returned in 1968. The beginning of the original Spyglass Hill began in May 1970, and our first renters came in March, 1971. The name Spyglass Hill comes from Robert Lewis Stevenson's Treasure Island, which my husband was reading to our children at the time we named the house. We both rented the house and came frequently ourselves until my husband's death in the Summer of 1973. St. John was a place he loved and a haven for him during his years of illness.

Then on September 17th., 1989 Hurricane Hugo swept through the islands causing terrible damage in some places. St. Croix was devastated as were many parts of other islands. St. John did not fair too badly, but sadly, Spyglass Hill was completely destroyed. As winds reaching 200 miles per hour.

We rebuilt the home in 1990, and have been enjoying and renting it ever since.


Estate Saint Quaco and Zimmerman House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Twin - Main Floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Downstairs Suite
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single , Star Tower Room
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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(9 traveler reviews)

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Spyglass Hill - Post Irma, and Ready for Visitors
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

A great place for getting away!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful views, lovely space. A wonderful place to stay in Coral Bay.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot, clean, comfortable, quiet . Good views and fantastic beaches witin a 15 minute drive.

  • 5 of 5

We have been enjoying Spyglass Hill for over 10 years. We come with another couple and enjoy hiking, snorkeling , swimming and the beautiful beaches. There is plenty of room to have larger groups and to eat in or enjoy many different restaurants. The stargazer deck is wonderful on a clear evening.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perect St. John Holiday

  • 5 of 5

This was our 9th visit to St. John and our best rental ever. The house was accessible, beautifully situated, airy, comfortable, completely furnished and equipped with both a responsive owner and house manager. It was ideal for a week with friends followed by another week with children and grandchildren. The absence of television was a plus; the star gazing was magnificent.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Dan! It was great to have you and your family stay. And we loved the photo's Sandra shared. Hope you'll come back soon.
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A great Caribbean Escape

  • 5 of 5

I've been fortunate enough to stay at Spyglass Hill on two different occasions. Our last trip down this October was fantastic. Although it was technically hurricane season (and Hurricane Matthew was battering our home coast), the weather in St. John was perfect. From our home base at Spyglass Hill, five of us (all in our 30s) set out to see all STJ had to offer. Trunk Bay, Cinnamon, Jumbie Beach, East End, Salt Pond, Cruz Bay, Francis, Maho-- all within easy driving distance. After each day at the beach, Spyglass Hill welcomed us back home-- a kitchen well suited to host a family meal, a porch with amazing views of the East End and BVIs, and plenty of space. My only suggestion would be to add wall-unit air conditioning to the bedrooms-- or maybe some more oscillating fans-- at night it was a little warm in the bedrooms. Otherwise, it was the perfect getaway.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a great review, Thanks! We are continuing to upgrade our fans, which, with the trade winds, we think are way better than AC.
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glastonbury, ct

Spyglass Hill House

  • 5 of 5

Spyglass Hill is a spacious, comfortable, unfussy place to relax, play games, look forward to at the end of a busy day snorkeling, beaching, swimming, hiking. It is far from the center of Cruz Bay and in an area with reduced traffic and gift shops. The Dolphin Market is great for shopping and probably has all one needs. The kitchen is well stocked with cooking utensils and pots and pans. We had no reason to drive back to the hub bub of the touristy section. A 4 wheel drive is a must. Would not recommend night driving. Just enjoy this place. E.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

A most delightful and relaxing vacation was had by all!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I brought our two sons, 13 and 8. Each of the 8 days that we spent on Spyglass Hill we had to answer one critical question: Which beach should we go to today? There was no wrong answer. Whether we went to Maho Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Trunk Bay, Salt Pond, Brown Bay or Jumbie, there was sparking clear blue water, white sand, shady palms, and coral reefs teeming with colorful fish of all shapes and sizes. The result - prune fingers.

The house has everything we needed for full-on relax mode. Blenders, deck chairs, views of Tortola, Leduc and Virgin Gorda, tropical breezes, ceiling fans, friendly lizards, sunshine, moonlight reflecting off the ocean like on Loveboat, and comfortable beds with cotton sheets.

If they had 6 stars, I would have to go for that rating for this dreamy property. You can't go wrong with this one!! We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Shipwreck's Landing
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
St Thomas (Red Hook) to St John (Cruz Bay) Ferry
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Ms Lucy's
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Salt Pond
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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