Fully furnished,well equipped,breezy,great cross ventilation with open windows,ceiling fans in kitchen,living room,bathroom. AC in bedroom & additional ceiling fan.
Fiddelwood Cottage located on a cul-de-sac, is a very private, one bedroom (with AC), fully equipped, house on the undeveloped, quiet side of St. John, nestled within the Virgin Islands National Park.
The cottage sleeps 2, maximum 3 (pull out couch in living room) and is affordable for those who want complete comfort without pretentiousness. There are established gardens with large trees and fresh herbs growing for your meals. Satellite TV available in both the living room and bedroom.
There is a direct line to the cellphone tower with great reception provided your carrier works here. AT&T service works beautifully but Sprint, Verizon, etc. are spotty. Wireless internet service is available.
Discounts available for stays of 3 weeks or more.
The kitchen is complete with coffee maker, microwave, stove, full refrigerator, toaster, blender, drinking water, paper towels, dish soap,etc. All bed linens and bath towels are also provided.
Laundry facilities are not available for 1 week only rentals. If you need personal laundry done an additional charge of $30 paid directly to housekeeper is available. If you are staying for 2 or more weeks, weekly maid service is provided. Fresh linens, towels along with a light cleaning plus your personal laundry will be done at no extra charge.
There are beach towels, chairs, a cooler and swim fins available but we recommend you bring your own snorkel mask.
Interaction with guests
We will be glad to have boxes shipped of special foods or whatever you need for your visit provided they are shipped altogether and we get tracking numbers. We take no responsibility for damage or loss.
If you'd like to have the cottage stocked with food the day you arrive, we charge a $75 shopping fee plus the cost of food paid directly upon arrival. Just email a shopping list and we'll do the rest. There is an organic garden on island with fresh greens/sprouts always available plus local fruits and vegetables that are in season.
Generally the car rental agencies will meet you at the ferry dock but if need be someone will meet you and escort you to your rental vehicle, grocery shopping and then show you to the cottage.
Since Fiddlewood is a short distance from the end of the bus line some prefer not to rent a car for their entire stay. Instead rent one for the last few days of your trip to explore the rest of St. John. Having a vehicle for your departure makes the journey a lot smoother too!
We provide a Welcome Basket either Afternoon or Morning.
Afternoon: Wine (red or white), Beer(what brand), Soda or Juice (type/flavor) cheese & crackers plus fruit. Morning: Banana or Pumpkin Bread, yogurt & fruit.
Coffee and tea are always provided as well as vinegars, olive oil plus some condiments and spices. Remember there is drinking water at the sink so no need to buy bottled.
We are 40 year residents of St. John and Fiddlewood will be our retirement home when we can no longer make it up the 50 steps from our permanent home in East End. We do all the work and are always available for problems or questions. We love our gardens and depending upon the rain we come every 3rd day after your arrival to water between 3-6PM but always call before hand to inform our guests.
Other things to note
There are fans in all rooms and great airflow throughout the cottage with breezy trade winds. Run fans in kitchen and living room to circulate cool air. AC in bedroom & additional ceiling fan.
There are the occasional donkey's or deer that wander by and like to eat parts of the garden. In the garden by the dining table and gas grill there are fresh herbs for your culinary whims as well as medicinal Native plants for bodily comforts. We have also planted Moringa, Lime, Papaya, and Coconut trees for future treats!
No smoking inside the cottage but outside is fine. We allow well behaved pets and children at an additional fee.
Water is GOLDEN so we ask you be mindful of its usage. We depend on rainfall and have a 5,000 gal. tank. Rain water is far superior to the desalinated trucked in water.
Island Water & Electrical Rules:
1) In the land of FUN and SUN we NEVER flush for #1!
2) Virgin Islands Shower: Get wet, turn off water. Soap up your hair, wet wash cloth, rinse turn off water. Put on hair conditioner, soap up wash cloth, enjoy a delicious scrub, rinse. Done.
3) Turn off overhead fans and lights when you leave the house.
If you drink to get drunk, we will not be held responsible for any injuries. A "Waiver" will be signed prior to arrival to protect you and us.
We have made Fiddlewood Cottage safe and comfortable and ask that it be treated as the "Sanctuary" it has been deemed by our first renters.