This review is for the larger cottage with the outside kitchen/porch.
We have been camping on St John for more than 20 years and tried “Peaceful Cottage” as an alternative this year because Cinnamon Bay is still closed due to hurricane Maria. We are used to cooking outdoors and sleeping in tents and enjoy hiking and and snorkeling at beaches including Cinnamon Bay, Salt Pond, Brown Bay, and Leinster Bay. The following review is based on a two week stay at the end of January 2019 in the cottage with an outside porch that included five nights when our daughter and granddaughter stayed with us. Detailed pros and cons are below. Overall it was more like camping than what we expected for the price, had a suburban not nature location, was noisy, and was out of the way to get to beaches.
Pros: You are on St. John and there is an outside porch cooking area. The beaches are wonderful as is the snorkeling.
1. Can’t drink the water: Although the listing doesn’t mention this, you can’t drink the water and need to keep buying gallons of water to drink and cook. When you arrive, there is no drinking water available.
2. Bedding not provided on arrival: After providing many reminders that two more family members were joining us on Thursday and paying extra, no bedding or towels were provided until Friday. Fortunately, after arriving late on Thursday night, our daughter had brought bedding and a mat with her because we are used to camping.
3. No water for half a day: All water ran out for half a day until late at night. Not only did this mean that we couldn’t shower after a day at the beach, but the toilet did not work.
4. Noisy neighborhood: The location is not in a nature area, but more of a suburb. There are two houses under construction across the street and, in addition to the more natural frogs and morning roosters, there are trucks backing up and going by the house, radios and TVs, dogs barking, an outdoor music concert one night, gasoline powered weed whackers, and chainsaw noises. Trevor is hard of hearing and sometimes leaves his TV on.
5. No washing machine: Although the listing says there is a washing machine and dryer, the washing machine has been broken for six months.
6. Need a Jeep in the rain: The cottage is reached by very steep roads (even for St. John) and when it rained we needed to put our jeep into four wheel drive mode to get up the steep incline.
7. Take care of your own garbage: You need to bag up your garbage, find a dumpster, and take your garbage to the dumpster yourself.
8. Avoid if you are bothered by bugs: There are black small mosquitoes on the porch and cooking area and no-see-ums inside. I had to stay completely covered up (shoes, socks, pants, shirt, hat) to keep from being bitten on the porch and had to be covered up at night to keep from being bitten while sleeping. There are screens but they aren’t fine enough to keep out no-see-ums. I am less bothered from bugs when camping at Cinnamon Bay.