On the island of St. John, in the beautiful United States Virgin Islands, there are few vacation homes as dramatically beautiful as Maison Miele "The Honey House". This three bedroom, 3 bath masonry and stone home was designed by well-known architect Glen Speer to complement the spectacular and very private waterfront setting on Sabbat Point on St. John's beautiful east end.
Composed of two buildings separated by terraces and set beside an 8 x 30 foot pool, surrounded by tropical plantings and masses of bougainvillea, this St. John vacation rental villa, perches just 75 feet above the clear blue Caribbean Sea. Pelicans fly by at eye level, and frigate birds soar the thermals just outside the villa.
Salt Pond, one of US Virgin Islands National Park's most beautiful sandy beaches, is a mere mile away, but you may not want to leave your villa. There is a deep level of relaxation reached when floating in the pool, gazing out at the nearby islands and watching hummingbirds dart among the flowers that makes it difficult to work up any desire to go anywhere. You hear almost nothing but the surf, the trade winds rustling the palms, and perhaps your favorite music on the stereo.
The Maison Miele entry is a big porch with seating for reading and outdoor dining. Passing through the signature entryway and sitting in the great room of the main house is like being on the bridge of a ship. You are surrounded by walls of windows that allow the constant trade winds to cool the house. As you sit on the comfortable sofa cushions that echo the shifting colors of the water below, you look towards Drunk Bay and Ram's Head on your right, straight ahead to LeDuc Island and several out islands of the BVI's and the eastern Caribbean and to your left the east end of St. John, Flanigan Island and the big island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. Sailboat and motorboats passing to and fro complete the picture. Rainbows are not uncommon - be on the 'look out' for "doubles".
The kitchen has water views on three sides. If you can tear yourself away from gazing out the windows, you'll find everything from lobster pots to blenders to stainless steel appliances. The counters are spacious. There is plenty of room to work, and the Corian counters and mahogany cabinets make it a pretty place to slice and dice. Then again, you are on vacation, and while secluded, Maison Miele is not isolated. If what you most like for dinner is reservations, Coral Bay restaurants (and shops) are only minutes away.
The views don't stop in the great room / kitchen. There are two bedrooms at opposite ends of the house, (one with a king bed, one set up with either two twins or as a king), each air conditioned with full en suite baths. Both have stunning views of sea, sky, and islands. There is a den/office off the great room with a small desk a comfortable futon that is a quiet space to read or that opens to a queen sized bed for an extra person.
Renting 3 bedrooms gives you access to the spacious, air conditioned guest cottage which is a home onto itself with a kitchen, full bath, and king size bed. It has its own deck, and views towards Ram's Head, the British Islands, and St. Croix. In order to ensure privacy, the guest cottage is never rented separately from the main house.
Maison Miele is located on a very private ocean-side lot and the configuration of the house and guest cottage on the property makes this St. John rental villa perfect for one, two or three couples, or for one or two families with children (additional roll away beds can be added in the guest cottage). And since it is all on one level, it is handicap accessible for elderly persons and wheelchairs.
Experience Maison Miele -- stretch out on the hammock in the garden -- laze on a chaise in the sun by the pool with a cold one -- fire up the BBQ at the end of the day. When the sun sets, the night stars shine clearly. Jasmine, night-blooming lilies and gardenias scent the evening air. If relaxation, privacy, and beauty is what you seek, Maison Miele may be just the place for you. Come and 'Dare to Live The Dream' on St. John!
Additional amenities include: ceiling fans throughout, washer/dryer, beach chairs and coolers provided, master bedroom with king bed, all linens, including beach, towels provided, 3 air-conditioned bedrooms with en suite baths, third bedroom with king bed in guest cottage, private pool (10' x 30'), 4 ft (shallow) 5 ft (deep end), second bedroom with twin beds (convertible to king bed), flat screen TV with cable and DVD player, fully-equipped kitchen with all amenities....Read more
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