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Newly Remodeled Romantic Coral Bay Guest Cottage

Entire guesthouse hosted by Kirsten
2 guestsStudio1 bed1 bath
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Perfect getaway for two, or a delight for one needing me time! Just a hop, skip and jump to Coral Bay or the North Shore Beaches. No stairs: this is rare on our mountainous island! Our newly remodeled studio cottage is bright and airy, easy to find, with lots of easy parking. Deck offers a view of Bordeaux Mountain and Coral Bay. Full-sized appliances and a kitchen stocked with essential utensils for home-made meals. Our place is set up for one or two occupants only.

The space
Are you looking for a perfect getaway for two or a “just for me” cottage for one? Either way, Five Laughing Turtles Guest Cottage (5LT) will delight you. 5LT cottage is a newly-renovated 450 square foot studio with easy access (“What no stairs on St. John? You’re kidding me!”) No, it’s true! Drive or catch a taxi to 5LT cottage (20 minutes from Cruz Bay ferry), walk right in and take a deep breath! You’re on vacation now! Enjoy the gorgeous views of Coral Bay to the southeast and Bordeaux Mountain to the southwest.

Bright and airy, our studio cottage is located on easy-to-find Ironwood Road. And, Ironwood is a road that is a little less bumpy than most out here. There is ample off-road parking.  And once again, believe it or not, there are NO stairs to the front door!  This is rare on our mountainous island!

There are two outdoor sitting areas. One is the front deck looking out onto Coral Bay and the valley and the other is a shade sail covered garden area by the front door.

Coral Bay restaurants and shops are just a few minutes ride down the mountain.  Maho Bay, the best turtle spotting North Shore beach, is a short ten minute drive.  Most North Shore beaches are only a ten to fifteen minute drive away. You do not need to rent a four-wheel drive vehicle to get to our cottage, but you may want one to explore other parts of the island. You can walk or enjoy a morning run on the friendly neighborhood roads just outside the cottage.

In its prior life, our guest cottage was a quaint workshop. The cottage studio was constructed with massive beams left over from construction of the old Cruz Bay ferry dock. We hand-sanded and varnished the cottage beams in order to feature their warmth and unique joinery.   The studio footprint is one room and measures approximately 450 square feet including the main room and bathroom.  The front deck features two Adirondack chairs and is perfect for morning coffee or evening cocktails. The main house is located just below the cottage, and it is one of the first residences built in the Upper Carolina.

A local cabinet maker, Adonis Walters, designed and crafted the kitchen and bathroom cabinets as well as the platform bed which supports a new high-end king mattress.  Drift off to sleep under cool natural fiber sheets after your day exploring this beautiful tropical isle. The studio has air-conditioning available, although because of the constant breezes and moderate temperatures it is rarely necessary. In the morning enjoy lounging on the comfy king bed and gaze out over Bordeaux Mountain and the valley below, or take your coffee to the deck and enjoy viewing Coral Bay.  

We often catch sight of the many birds of St. John from the deck.  Kestrels and Red Tailed Hawks soar and float on the valley winds below and the mountain breezes above you.  Or you might catch a view of a coven of Smooth-billed Ani, called black witches, cackling in the nearby trees.  Or enjoy the territorial spats between a Bananaquit and a Green-throated Carib Hummingbird over a flower or feeder. There is always the chance a donkey or iguana may be in the neighborhood looking for handouts.  The locals try not to encourage their shenanigans with food.

For beach hopping, you will find beach chairs, beach towels, and a small cooler at your cottage. There is even beach friendly plastic dishes if you want to picnic on the beach.  Kayaks are available upon request. For downtime you can reconnect with friends and family on the internet. A smart TV is also available. 

Conveniently located, our house manager is nearby to help you or leave you alone, as need be. Happy Travels!

Guest access
The entire guest house is yours to enjoy. There is plenty of off road parking. You will share parking with the owners, when they are on island.

Other things to note
We are easy to find. Our house manager lives nearby and will be available or as scarce as your needs dictate.
Perfect getaway for two, or a delight for one needing me time! Just a hop, skip and jump to Coral Bay or the North Shore Beaches. No stairs: this is rare on our mountainous island! Our newly remodeled studio cottage is bright and airy, easy to find, with lots of easy parking. Deck offers a view of Bordeaux Mountain and Coral Bay. Full-sized appliances and a kitchen stocked with essential utensils for home-made… read more

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Common spaces
1 king bed

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Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
TV
Air conditioning
Patio or balcony
Hair dryer
Refrigerator
Microwave

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Central, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Ironwood Road is a quiet road, full of friendly neighbors. We overlook Coral Bay and Bordeaux Mountain and the valley below.

Hosted by Kirsten

Joined in June 2019
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We live in the house below much of the time, and our house manager lives nearby and is but a shout or text away.
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House rules
Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with keypad
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Health & safety
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Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Heights without rails or protection
May encounter potentially dangerous animal
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