The cottage was not only as lovely and as described in the listing, but even better! There are no worlds to describe what I saw and felt when I woke up each morning- the space was clean, cozy and comfortable, the views were breathtaking and the amenities perfect. It’s very spacious for a studio space (I could stretch, do yoga and dance in the large space between the bed and sofa!) and has everything you need for a week of adventure and/or relaxation. Catherine was lovely- she was there for anything I needed but not at all intrusive. It was nice being left on my own but also knowing I had someone available should I need advice or help. The dinner she made me on my first night was outstanding and we went on an amazing snorkeling adventure!
The location was perfect for me- quiet and away from Cruz, but close to Coral Bay and even the drive to the other side of the island is only 25min. There is SO much light and breeze in the cottage, I had the blinds and windows open the whole time! But there are blinds and curtains on all windows if you need it dark to sleep, and the AC if you need the windows closed. Very easy to get comfortable whatever your needs. I slept so well! The kitchen is modest but perfect- I was able to cook a couple of nights, and it was so charming to do my dishes outside in the sun! Now back at home, I miss walking out to the sink barefoot to do my dishes. The outdoor shower was also amazing. Every night I showered under the stars, and my indoor shower at home now seem so boring.
There is a small steep hill and lots of steps to get to and from your parking spot to the cottage, but for me, this was a bonus, not a con. I could see that being an issue for some, but I think most people know that this is common on St. John with the homes built into the hills like this, and it’s what’s gets you the amazing view and experience- part of the charm and adventure! The steps are safe, well-maintained and well-lit at night, so no issue as far as I’m concerned.
Honestly, no complaints, I wouldn’t change a thing, everything was 200% as great as I thought it would be. I’m already brainstorming some trips back to St. John and am torn over wanting exploring new places or just coming back to this special perfect cottage!
Catherine really has built a special place for herself and her guests, and I hope you all have the amazing experience that I did!