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Just Enough, Hand-Crafted Cottage with Views of Coral Bay

Bedrooms 1
Space 512 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 5 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Experience St. John’s natural beauty from this one bedroom home overlooking Coral Bay Harbor. This hand-crafted cottage was specially built by its owner with the protection of the environment in mind. Surrounded by trees, with gorgeous views of Coral Bay and Bordeaux Mountain, this is a perfect couples’ get-away, a beautiful home to call your own for a week or more. With a fully-equipped kitchen, king-size bed, and spacious wrap-around decks on both floors (hammock included!), Just Enough provides the ideal base for exploring the island of St. John. Located ten to fifteen minutes from both North and South Shore Beaches and trails, swimming, snorkeling, and hiking opportunities abound. A variety of restaurants, shops, and bars are less than half mile away in Coral Bay, and the bustling nightlife and shopping of downtown Cruz Bay can be reached in 25 minutes.

Just Enough sleeps two people, but can be rented in conjunction with New Moon (see VRBO listing 107852) for parties of up to four people. Both New Moon and Just Enough were custom built by their owner with the protection of the environment in mind. While separated by lush foliage, the houses are on the same property, connected by a short trail. This design allows for family or friends to have separate space and privacy, but the proximity to enjoy a vacation together. Each two-story house includes a bedroom and bathroom upstairs, living space and a fully-equipped kitchen downstairs, and wrap-around decks on both floors from which to enjoy the views and stargazing

Keywords: Cottage, honeymoon, views

More Details

Property Manager
Jill Kemp
Member since: 2004
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2018

About Jill Kemp

We (the owners Tim & Jane) finished building Just Enough in 2004. The lot was hand cleared in order to retain as much natural vegetation as possible. In addition to building the entire house himself, owner/cabinetmaker Tim handbuilt all of the beautiful mahogany cabinets, as well as the unique coffee table and side tables throughout the house. While we love St John (and Coral Bay in particular) we decided to go cruising in our sailboat to check out other parts of the world. Until we return, we hope you will enjoy staying at our home and exploring the island of St. John!

Jill Kemp purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Jill Kemp chose Upper Carolina

St. John is a wonderful island with so much to offer (including a U.S. national park and national marine sanctuary!). Being *water people* we love the snorkeling and diving all around us. Sailing in the Virgin Islands is also great - we enjoy day sails and overnight trips all over the US and British Virgin Islands from Coral Bay. And hiking in the national park is beautiful - the Johnny Horn trail is within walking distance of our house.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Just wanted to clarify the previous review that states we do not have windows -- there are windows throughout the house, but they are screened (rather than glass) to allow for the tropical breezes to pass through.
Mar 2008
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Upper Carolina, Virgin Islands

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 512 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Pets not allowed
  • For cancellations 60 or more days prior to arrival date, a full refund, less 20% fee. No refund within 60 days unless we rebook your slot.
  • We can negotiate refunds if you need to cancel; HomeAway/VRBO doesn't allow us to specify the refund option that suits our policy.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Answering Machine, Book Collection, Outdoor Furniture, Hammock, Beach Chairs, Beach Towels, Cooler


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Just Enough, Hand-Crafted Cottage with Views of Coral Bay
average rating of 4.857143 based on 29 reviews

Tucked away private cottage with gorgeous views and all the amenities you need!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I celebrated our belated honeymoon at Just Enough Cottage and couldn't have asked for a better home base to explore St. John. We were only the second set of guests post Hurricane Irma. Despite the devastating damage in Coral Bay, the cottage remained entirely intact and was just as it is pictured in the site photos. The owner did a tremendous amount of work to re-landscape the walking path and install automatic solar lighting along the path and cottage stairwell. Sounds like they are working to pull the cottage off the power grid and get to full solar power! The cottage had everything we needed for our five day stay and we ended up preparing most of our meals in the well-equipped kitchen.

The owners and property manager were just wonderful during the process of booking, and the waiting game post-hurricane to decide whether or not to keep our trip. (*Coral Bay got power back just a few days prior to our arrival!)

All the locals we met were grateful we kept our trip - the island, still recovering in many ways, is READY FOR VISITORS! The beaches are stunning, the restaurants are open, the beer is cold, and the markets are stocked. We would go back in a heartbeat and stay at the cottage.

NOTE: you'll definitely want to rent a 4WD vehicle for your whole stay if you choose Just Enough cottage. The road coming up to the cottage is extremely steep.

  • Submitted: 2-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Rica! We certainly appreciated you keeping your reservation and coming to support the island, as I know it wasn't an easy decision. We're so so glad you enjoyed your honeymoon -- Just Enough is a great spot to celebrate a honeymoon! St. John is resilient and while recovery efforts continue, as you note, the island is back up and running, ready to serve our visitors. As our cottages were thankfully spared damage from the storms, we were able to ready for rentals! Much thanks again for your business, and we look forward to hosting you again in the future! All Best, Jane
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Just Enough is a beautiful cottage over looking Coral bay.

  • 5 of 5

Just Enough cottage has everything you need for a wonderful stay on St. John. Beautiful views of the bay and close to restaurants and beaches.

  • Submitted: 13-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just Enough

  • 4 of 5

Had an awesome time at Just Enough cottage on St John, Coral Bay. We really loved this" screened in" Cottage and would definitely return.

  • Submitted: 5-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect view - "Just Enough" for a comfortable escape to paradise

  • 5 of 5

"Just Enough" has everything you need for your stay on the beautiful St. John. The house has everything you need (other than laundry) and great views of Coral Bay from both decks. The iguanas in the tops of the trees were perfect to wake up and watch with our coffee every morning! It's close to great restaurants in Coral Bay - Skinny Legs, Shipwreck, Aqua Bistro were all great. It's also only a short drive up the Northshore Drive to great beaches like Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Maho Bay, and Waterlemon Cay. We also loved the short drive the other direction down to Salt Pond Bay. The only thing to remember is gas and laundry need to be done in Cruz Bay on the other end of the island. Other than that, you could never leave your quiet side of the island and have a wonderful time! Cathy was great to meet us and get us situated at the property, and very responsive if you have even something minor that needs a fix at the house. Would definitely stay here (or at New Moon) on our next trip to St. John!

As a side note - would definitely recommend a side trip over to The Baths on Virgin Gorda and Soggy Dollar on Jost Van Dyke if you have the time and budget for a boat trip!

  • Submitted: 28-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place, it was "just enough" we had a party of 3 and never felt cramped, cant wait to go back!

  • Submitted: 23-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise Found

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I stayed here in January to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. The accommodations were more than adequate and the cottage was very peaceful. The views from both balconies were spectacular and the location is great for all things Coral Bay. I would highly recommend this cottage for younger couples for a romantic St John getaway.

  • Submitted: 26-Sep-2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Indigo Grill, Skinny Legs or Aqua Bistro
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Indigo Grill, Skinny Legs or Aqua Bistro
Car: necessary

The property is centrally located for you to enjoy National Park Hiking Trails & White Sand Beaches, Great Restaurants & Bars (Including Skinny Legs Just Down the Road), Reading & Relaxing in the Hammock!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Upper Carolina, Virgin Islands

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season 2018
Apr 15 2018 - Dec 14 2018
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.5%

$25 per person per night for extra persons (if more than 2 people) plus 12.5% U.S. Virgin Islands hotel tax

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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