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House of Open Arms Cottage: AC, White Water Views,Romantic, Private,!

Bedrooms 1
Space 650 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, (Sleeps 2) Villa also on propertyHomeaway#177239

Come experience an amazing, beautifully appointed vacation home on St. John! Here you will be surrounded by truly green living with solar and electric power combining the best of both. Live well while remaining in balance with the world around you. My property overlooks Hurricane Hole and East End which is part of the National Park here on St. John. 180 degrees of breathtaking water beauty: the Caribbean in it's full expression!

The Cottage is a charming studio suite, featuring a wonderfully comfortable queen size pillow-top bed,where you can fall asleep to the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach directly below. Air conditioning is a lovely addition, along with a fantastic couch, and an in-laid tile breakfast table and adorondak chairs,.There is also a small library of books, board games, and a BOSE music system. Surrounding the Cottage is a wonderful covered balcony and uncovered wrap-around porch, with 180-degree white water ocean views. The Cottage has a beautiful outdoor stone shower, inlaid with stone and pottery shards, an outdoor kitchen sink and prep area, a gas grill,an indoor storage area with a full size refrigerator with upper freezer unit, an electric stove top burner, fast water pot for heating water for tea or coffee, French press, percolator , and a convection/microwave.

The Cottage features beautiful, luxurious furnishings to make guests as comfortable as possible. Beach chairs and coolers provided as well as all linens and towels,shampoo, body gel, hair dryer, ironing board and iron, and anything else needed to make it your home away from home!

Need more space or want your own private pool with your rental? Check out the villa on Homeaway #177239

Keywords: Cottage, Romantic, Private, Whitewater views, sound of waves heard below, Elegant,large outdoor shower.

More Details

Catherine Perry
Member since: 2007
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2018

About Catherine Perry

Catherine Perry is the owner and innkeeper of A House of Open Arms. I helped to build this house from the ground up. I began in 2004 and completed the building process in 2006. I am a full time artist as well as the Innkeeper on this property and I welcome my guests at the ferry dock in Cruz Bay and offer a first evening welcome dinner. I also provide basic essentials for your first few days:,homemade granola, coffee, sugar and tea, cooking spices,etc.

Catherine Perry purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Catherine Perry chose Estate Fortsberg

I purchased this land in 2003 to begin a dream of being a working artist and Innkeeper on St. John. I create unique lighting for many private homes on St. John. I also have items for purchase for my guests! And they are always. welcome to visit my studio during their stay here!

What makes this cottage unique

A House of Open Arms is on the electric grid to provide A/C. It also has solar powered water system to insure continuos use even in an electrical pause. The water purified rainwater-fed and UV filtered. House of Open Arms sits amid lush tropical gardens with a 180 degree view of the sea. Cooling easterly breezes come up the hill making the need for a/c very optional. Hawks, kestrels, bananaquits, Lesser Antilles bull finches, Puerto Rican bull finches, and magnificent frigates float above with the crashing sea below. This is truly a nature lover's paradise. It is made all the sweeter by the knowledge much of the electricity and all of the water used on the property are collected from the sun and sky, with minimal impact on the surrounding environment.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Estate Fortsberg, Virgin Islands

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Beautifully appointed outdoor stone shower!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Mahogany Queen bed with heavenly bed pillow top mattress through Pottery Barn . Baby Cribs (1) port- a -crib provided upon request.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Welcome dinner provided on arrival evening for guests staying 7 nights or longer. AC provided. Cool ocean breezes all day and all night. Secluded coral beach 5 minutes walking distance (just down the hill). Excellent hikes with historic views very close to property. Few neighbors - extremely private setting. Beautiful outdoor private stone shower


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House of Open Arms Cottage: AC, White Water Views,Romantic, Private,!
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews

Great location, great cottage and great owner....sitting on the porch with view is amazing.

  • 5 of 5

Cottage is perfect for a couple, has everything you need. Catherine's artistic spirit and attention to detail is reflected throughout the cottage. Tradewinds kept everything cool and wonderful. Cannot wait to get back...... Tons of activities to keep you busy, eclectic variety of restaurants (all good in their own way), wonderfully friendly people but our favorite part of the entire vacation was waking up to the view every morning.......we will be back.

  • Submitted: 14-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing experience!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed on St John numerous times but this was our first time at House of Open Arms. I have to admit that we were skeptical about visiting the island after reviewing numerous reports of power outages, closed restaurants, and other hurricane related issues. To our delight this was one of our very best vacations and we owe it all to Catherine, the owner of House of Open Arms. Open Arms is a perfect way to describe Catherine. Not only did we feel life valued guests but after a few days we felt like family. The cottage was a dream to stay in - we are avid sailors and we joked that it was like staying on a magnificent yacht but not having to worry about the anchor. The cottage was pristine, comfortable and the outdoor shower was superb. To add to our experience, Catherine offered to deliver us breakfasts and dinners at a nominal fee as many of the local restaurants are still open on a limited basis. This was a most generous offer and we were not disappointed as the meals were elegant and delicious — from homemade muffins and eggs Florentine in the morning to gourmet fish meals in the evening. Each meal delivered to our front deck table. We were so pleased with our stay and with Catherine’s gracious personality that we have booked again for the same time next year and are doing our best to make another visit during Christmas or Thanksgiving. Five stars are not enough for this delightful experience.

  • Submitted: 26-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hampton, NJ

Truly Paradise!!

  • 5 of 5

Back in June 2017, I booked a week for my girlfriend and I to stay at House of Open Arms for that coming November. Did not anticipate not one, but TWO category 5 hurricanes to rip through the islands in September, 2017! We were uncertain whether the trip would happen due to the damage sustained by the island. But as time passed we received reports of the island beginning to recover. We wanted to be part of the healing, so we kept our reservation, packed our bags and headed to STJ.

We were greeted by Catherine at the Cruz Bay ferry dock and instantly knew we made the right decision. Catherine is every bit as wonderful as all reviewers have stated and then some! At a time when she could have been disgruntled and down... she was anything but. Her island spirit shined through and she welcomed us with open arms (pun intended).

Catherine took us to pick up our rental Jeep (she will recommend which company to use and I can truly say they offer outstanding service!). Afterwards we went to the market for provisions and then embarked on our drive across the island to the Coral Bay area. The island was already "greening" up nicely after the hurricanes stripped the trees of their leaves just 2 months earlier. Beautiful sites abounded!

As soon as we entered House of Open Arms we were completely awestruck by the views from the villa and cottage! The pics on the House of Open Arms page are stunning. But in person... WOW!! Even more impressive!! We slept with the windows open and did not need to put the air conditioner on at night (although it is there for your comfort should you need it). As many reviewers have stated, tropical breezes, chirping frogs and the waves below were all we heard. Truly paradise!

The entire stay was a dream-come-true. Catherine is a remarkable host who is there when you need her... and yet, invisible when you do not. The villa and cottage are perfect for a romantic stay. If I was able to give more than 5 stars... I certainly would!

St John is a magical island and House of Open Arms is among its finest treasures! I urge you to see for yourself!

  • Submitted: 27-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mckinnry, tx

The best property we have stayed at!!

  • 5 of 5

It was our first visit to St. John and thanks to Catherine's hospitality and the use of her cottage we had an amazing visit. As other reviews stated, she met us at the ferry, took us to the car rental, then to the store and finally arrived at her property where she prepared a delicious fish dinner and provided a nice bottle of wine. We visited most of the beaches she recommended and a couple restaurants. We absolutely loved listening to the surf at night and feeling the tropical breeze. We would love to return!!!!!

  • Submitted: 5-May-2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing experience!

  • 5 of 5

The Open Arms cottage presents the bay and the East End of St John with mesmerizing beauty. Catherine creates an engaging sweet spirit. The experience deeply satisfies and flows over our expectations. The snorkeling in Salt Pond Bay (which I think is the most varied) is only a few minutes away. And even closer at Haulover Bay (where the North side, when calm, is as good as it gets for coral presentations). Loved it! We want to return, hated to leave. The stars are best here, away from the lights of busier northern side of the island. Skinny Legs deserves the reputation of best burger (the blue cheese bacon burger is best ever choice!) and its sheer fun. My wife and I made most of our food here, grilling under the stars and loving it all!

We wanted to stay on the porch looking at yachts, sea, bananaquits and sunrises and moonrises (right beyond the rail). This is a private place where our intimacy flourished, away from crowds and delightfully together. Catherine's welcome dinner was excellent, herbed chicken, local sweet potatoes, wow good. We bought a bowl, as Catherine gives a wonderful overview of pottery on the island of many artists when asked. We loved hers best. This is just a place of fun and joy.

This is our 6th time on the island. Have stayed in more expansive and expensive places, but this was terrific and our favorite!

  • Submitted: 21-Feb-2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic, lovely first trip to St. John

  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked to stay at a more beautiful cottage in St. John. Our hostess lovingly attended to our needs, provided excellent suggestions on where to visit, shop, and eat while staying there. You wont regret your stay with Catherine. We have been many places, but will not forget our stay at the cottage, and the lovely trip to St. John.

  • Submitted: 28-Dec-2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
15 Miles
St Thomas
Car: recommended

Coral Bay is the quieter side of the Island with low key eateries and shopping and people. We are located in the perfect spot to get anywhere: East End, Southside, and Northshore beaches as well as Cruz Bay..

Fortsberg is home to the great fort of 1725 and the cannons.

There is a great book and game collection in both the villa and cottage. Visit my art studio upstairs to see work in progress or finished work for sale.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Estate Fortsberg, Virgin Islands

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 22 2018 - Nov 18 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cancellation Information: A cancellation fee of 20% of the total booking price will be assessed for all cancelled reservations that can be re-booked. If the reservation cannot be re-booked, the 50% deposit will be forfeited. No refunds 15 days prior it arrival. Rates and reserved dates listed on website are subject to change without notice but are guaranteed upon receipt of deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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