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Description from owner

Description from owner

Bedrooms 2 / Bathrooms 2 / Sleeps 4 / Villa
Bedrooms: 2  Bathrooms: 2  Sleeps: 4  Type: Villa
Secluded private villa, ocean views on St John
TripAdvisor property ID 4302663

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Book this 2 bedroom villa in Coral Bay today! A total of 4 people can sleep here comfortably.

Guests can enjoy a pool, deck, and air conditioning among other amenities offered by this rental.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 19 reviews.

Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $2100, depending on travel dates.

The owner responds to 65% of inquiries, which is lower than average, and last updated the property’s calendar Apr 29, 2017, so this rental may not be available for your requested dates, but please inquire to confirm.

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About the owner

About the owner

Jonathan B.
Response rate:
65%
Calendar last updated:
29 Apr 2017
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English

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Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Coral-bay,-st-john-island Attractions

Amenities

Amenities

General


  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Iron
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

Phone / Internet


  • Internet access
  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet

Pool / Spa


  • Jacuzzi or hot tub

Property Features


  • Mountain Views
  • Parking
  • Sea view

Kitchen


  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Entertainment


  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • TV
  • Video player

Outdoor


  • Balcony or terrace
  • Deck
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Private garden

Suitability


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking allowed

Reviews

Reviews (19)

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“Best Choice for our 25th Wedding Anniversary!”

Reviewed 7 Jan 2015

My wife and I went to the Castle to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and couldn't have been happier. The stone work and architecture of the castle was breathtaking. Every little nook and cranny was thought through. It is a work of art in a way! Then there is the view! The trip up the long drive is worth it. Being on top of the mountain, everywhere you look is pure beauty and it's so private. We liked being on the east side of the island away from the more busy Cruz Bay area. It felt more local and there were a lot of less populated interesting beaches i.e. Francis Bay, Maho Bay, Salt Pond Bay, Drunk Bay etc. I would recommend going to the Concordia restaurant. It overlooks Salt Pond Bay. They have a great food and an open mike night on Monday :) Overall I give the Castle two thumbs and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a private getaway on the most beautiful island I have ever visited.

“It doesn't get any better than this!”

Reviewed 27 Mar 2014

We stayed for 6 nights and wish it could've been longer! The Castle is such a unique and well-designed structure. Attention to detail is evident in every aspect. It's truly a work of art! The location is a little rough to get to but well worth it once you arrive! As beautiful as St. John is, it's hard to leave this sanctuary and it's stunning view! The caretaker lives just down the hill and is extremely accommodating. We can't wait to come back!

“Perfect Honeymoon!!”

Reviewed 27 Jan 2014

We stayed in the Castle for 8 nights, for our Honeymoon in July 2013. Words cannot express enough how absolutely perfect it was! We did not want to leave! Jonathan was such a pleasure to work with. The Castle was so unique and lovely. We loved the open airiness, the wildlife that would meander through the house. The best thing, however, were the views. So beautiful and peaceful. We by far, could not have picked a better place on Earth to have our Honeymoon. As everyone else has stated, you must have a 4 wheel drive for your stay here. We toyed with the idea of not renting a car, but after spending 8 nights here, and exploring the island, it is a must to rent a 4 wheel drive, and we are glad we did. The road is very bumpy and steep (which adds to the fun!). We would highly recommend staying at the Castle, and definitely want to visit again!!

“A serene mind boggling stay”

Reviewed 18 Sep 2013

The castle views are spectacular. You cannot, simply cannot, get any better in the world (at least within a short distance of other folks.) The castle is also very private. I liked the fact we could go for days without having to see any other person. The castle is for folks wanting to feel closer to nature and want to be further away from the usual droll and mundane. If you are a fan of architecture, the castle is a must. The castle offers what I can only describe as social architecture. I cannot see a homestead like this existing in most populated areas on the planet. There are walls and windows omitted in the design, and for good reason too. I truly appreciate the amount of creativity put into the building itself. If you are comfortable camping then the daily flurry of nature's visitors into the castle are no big deal. Hermit crabs, lizards, deer, foxes, donkeys and dragon flies are always around. Some less welcome guests (but usually only outside) are mosquitoes and wasps. You do need a proper jeep or a good 4x4. The hill is very arduous. We made a point of walking up and down from the castle to sea level almost every day, but I doubt many folks will be able to do that unless you are fit. If anything is slightly amiss is the heavy rust present on some of the metal fittings and cutlery. All manageable, but could do with a refresh. All in all, the best place we've ever stayed in the world. I'm in awe of Jonathan and Eve.

“Heavenly Honeymoon”

Reviewed 8 Apr 2010

Castle St. John was different from anything else we had seen when trying to pick the perfect honeymoon location and believe me, I took my time looking. Once we came across it we were hooked. Jonathan was my contact and talking to him was one of the most enjoyable parts of the whole experience. Got to the island with little light to spare, but after a day of nothing but travel and exhaustion, we new were home when we topped the hill and saw the castle. Next morning the sun came out and and so did the kid in us. We explored everything and it was amazing. We love nature so even the lizards were exciting. I still swear they starter posing for pictures after day two. The views are like nothing you'll ever get a resort (which we hate). Bottom line, stay here and experience everything, you'll think about it every day and for those who work their tails off like us, its a piece of heaven you'll keep forever.

“awesome”

Reviewed 8 Apr 2010

my wife and I chose the castle for our wedding. What a terrific decision. I can't say enough wonderful things about this place. The only negative is the road up the hill, but to be totally honest it was worth it. My new bride wanted to stay another week. Then she wanted to buy the place. We plan on going back every year for our anniversary.

“Simply Amazing...”

Reviewed 8 Apr 2010

The Castle acted as my honeymoon villa for a week and my wife and I were completely blown away by it's complete awesomeness. The ride up the mountain made the whole thing so much greater as well! The Castle is beautifully made, has a wonderful collection of books, musical instruments (I'm a musician), and art. Bonnie, the property manager, is an absolute pleasure and I would like to purchase the Castle should it go on the market...unfortunately I'm newly married and broke from my St John wedding experience! Thank you John and Eve for sharing your absolutely magical and love-inducing hideaway with us! We will stay there again~

“An amazing way to experience St John”

Reviewed 31 Mar 2010

We're Castle Addicts! My wife and I have stayed at the castle two years in a row and plan to make this the third. The location is fantastic - amazing views, absolutely peaceful, very private. The Castle is a wonderful work of art in itself, and the deck is a slice of heaven. Every part of the villa has the best views on the island. It's a completely unique experience! Visit their website - castlestjohn.com - for more info and search YouTube for "Castle St John" for some videos. The Castle is perfect for couples or a pair of couples. Particularly folks looking for a bit of an adventure. The drive up the mountain is very rough and can be nerve racking for some. Once you're there, you are literally on top of the world. We got into a good groove of waking with the sun, taking an easy breakfast, going to a beach for the morning with a picnic lunch, taking a nap and reading books on the deck in the afternoon, then going out for dinner. Note that the Castle is fairly rugged. There aren't many doors, and the ones there don't seal - but they're beautiful heavy doors like you'd expect on a castle! You'll need to be friends with small wildlife. The lizards particularly like to watch your vacation. The A/C is marginal at best, so if you're there in the summer, be prepared to dress light and stay in the breeze. There's always a fresh wind up there! The Castle is incredibly open, but that's never a worry. Most of the days had perfect weather. When we had storms, we actually preferred to stay in the great room and watch! The kitchen has everything you'd expect and there is a gas grill. We cooked over half our meals at the Castle. There is a TV - we turned it on just to see if it worked. My wife left part of her soul in Maui with the whales, I left part of mine on the Castle's deck. Must go back regularly to visit.

“Unforgettable Honeymoon Spot”

Reviewed 30 Mar 2010

Our stay at The Castle was amazing. For those looking for a bit more adventure than the average resort folk, this is the place to go. We stayed there for a week in late April with awesome views and weather the entire time. Even on hot days, the wind across the ridge keeps you cool. And while a jostling trip up and down the 4WD-only "road" would scare some people away, it also guarantees total privacy. We saw nobody from our villa all week, other than the cars that looked like ants on the roads below. We also made daily excursions out for hikes, beaching it, or eating dinner in Cruz Bay, so the entire island is still at your disposal even with the remote location. The bustle is nice occasionally for food and a little shopping, but if you want a place with absolutely none, The Castle is perfect. It is also more affordable than most other villas on the island, probably due to the lack of a swimming pool and the need to drive to the beach. It does have a hot tub however, and the positives of total privacy and a continually stunning view more than make up for the added travel time, at least for us. We'd go back in a heartbeat.

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