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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

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Cab0
Boston, MA
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful spot with great views”
Reviewed 12 June 2017 for a stay in April 2017

We rented the gatehouse suite for a week in April for a wedding. The suite had everything we needed and it was very clean. It's a few miles away from town, but close to the North Shore beaches. It's also very close to the North Shore Road, so very easy to grab a taxi that's going by to get to town if you don't have a car.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
14 Jun 2017
Glad you enjoyed the location, close to the most popular beaches as well as Peter Bay's own private beach. Hope to have you back next year.
Richard and Linda Matheny, owners
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Becky G
Madison, Wisconsin
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
“Beautiful, breathtaking and relaxing,”
Reviewed 5 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016

Wonderful place to stay. The view from the deck is absolutely gorgeous! All the rooms are wonderful, perfect size for two. Functional kitchen and ate in most nights and enjoyed the view. Booking was easy and seamless, arrived to a fridge of liquid goodies, and Tommy the caretaker was awesome!!!

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Liked best: The view
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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CoachNino
Tennessee
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24 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Perfect Blend of Seclusion and Proximity to the Beaches.”
Reviewed 2 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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We came to St. John for our Honeymoon. Originally I had planned on renting a car from the airport in St. Thomas and bringing it over on the car barge. However I discovered that driving on the left side of the road was too difficult for me so made it a whole week with no car. We actually added it up and discovered that using taxis was cheaper than a rental car would have been anyway. Sometimes it took awhile for a taxi to show up after we called for one. We found that the best thing to do was to walk down the hill to the Trunk Bay Parking Lot as there were always taxi's waiting there.

The view from the deck is unbelievable! (see picture)

We loved Peter Bay Beach. The other public beaches are not as crowded as the beaches in Florida or Hawaii but there are other people there. If you walk down to Peter Bay Beach you will most likely be the only people there. It has everything the other beaches have (snorkeling, white sand, blue waters, ect...).

Take advantage of the grill and kitchen on the property. We ate 20 meals over the 7 days we were on the island. The 5 meals we ate at restaurants cost twice as much as the 15 we ate at the Gatehouse. The kitchen has everything that you would need. We did not use the dishwasher as it was a drought and we thought washing by hand would save water.

We were able to walk to Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay, and to Maho Bay. We live a fairly active lifestyle so walking to Maho may be difficult for some. However Trunk and Cinnamon are just a short walk for anyone, although you should be careful because the road is narrow.

Some other reviews have mentioned bugs. There are screens and we opened the windows and vents in the living room doors and got a nice cross breeze without letting the bugs in. We did see maybe one mosquito inside each night. Probably got in when we opened the doors a lot going in and out to the grill. Not unlike what happens at home when you cook outside. We did see a few ants but only walking into the ant baits that were set out. We were extra careful to clean up after ourselves, put all the food in the fridge, and take the trash out each day.

The bed is really comfortable and there is A/C in the bedroom. The safe is big enough to hold a laptop computer. The bathroom is nice, make sure to look at the walls and find the different shells that are mixed into the stone work. The wifi worked great and there was a telephone as well.

This is a great villa for a just a couple wanting to get away and relax. It is very reasonably priced (at least for the time of year we stayed here) and we would recommend it to our friends.

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Liked best: Privacy and View
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
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NewBoston...
New Boston, New Hampshire
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Awesome Views and Privacy”
Reviewed 9 May 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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people found this review helpful

Overall this was a great place, beautiful views and privacy was good.

Pros:
Private, gated community
Private beach (absolutely gorgeous and we saw just a couple of people every time we went there)
Large balcony with hot tub
HUGE bed with A/C
Full kitchen and laundry
Two safes to store valuables
Phone, Internet and Dish Network
There was no one in the upstairs "Penthouse Suite" until 1/2 way through our stay so we had the place all to ourselves, which is really what we wanted.

Cons:
Bugs. They have ants. Everywhere.
Termites are munching in a few areas that would cause wood pieces/flakes/dust from their "work" to fall on the bathroom counter and sink - my wife refused to brush her teeth in the bathroom.
Dishwasher was not attached to the cabinetry
Overall appliances could be much nicer for such a nice property.
Privacy, particularly out on the balcony - kind of - there is a "Penthouse Suite" above with a smaller balcony and one can simply walk up to the railing up there and look right down to our balcony.
Someone did arrive in the "Penthouse Suite" halfway through our stay - they were pretty noisy, bumped around a lot and played music and made noise late into the night - I would suggest that if you want to stay here and want some privacy and quiet, take the "Penthouse Suite".
Pricey - $4K for the week - Didn't mind paying that for what we got but I expected a little more for the price.

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Liked best: Privacy and view
Liked least: Bugs and upstairs "neighbor"
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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Jude R
Oakland, California
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful views, well equipped unit, wonerfully managed , but watch out for the bugs!”
Reviewed 16 February 2015 for a stay in January 2015
1
person found this review helpful

The turreted gate house of the Peter Bay estates is a fun little place to stay. The views from this perch are beautiful. The apartment is nice, the kitchen well equipped, comfortable bed, nice linens. There is a washer and dryer available. The owner has thoughtfully provided a selection of snorkels and fins for use. Unfortunately there is a down side: insects.
This unit nestled into the hillside, surrounded by natural and landscaped foliage. And because of this location comes the downside : bugs. No see-ums,( local gnats), mosquitos, ants. There are screens on some of the bedroom windows, and the bathroom windows, but the rest of the unit is open. There are doors to the balcony, large dark wooded doors which you want to keep open to see the views. Even these doors have slats which can allow insects entry. I tried several local and other prescribed insect repellants and I have never been so bitten and bothered by insects. It is too bad. I am not sure there is a way to improve this given the location.

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Liked best: the view
Liked least: the bugs
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
29 Mar 2015
I'm glad you enjoyed the Honeymoon Suite as well as the view. The suite is designed to fully capture the view and the Tradwinds. Every window as well as every door has screening. The screening on the doors is located between the slats (louvers) you referred to. Possibly, you didn't notice them. The screening will not keep the bugs out if you leave the doors open. If on the balcony enjoying the view, it's prudent to close the doors for this very reason. I spent January through March next door at Villa Coco de Mer, which I also own, and observed that the doors were propped open all day long even though you were at the beach. I think a 3 star rating is a bit harsh. Leave the doors open and "they will come in."
OWNER
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