Reviewers Rating: Good
We rented Tree House Villa through Windspree in April, 2001 with a party of 6 people. It is located on the top of Ajax Peak, on the east end (Coral Bay side) of St. John, in the Upper Carolina development.
Tree House is a modest, moderately priced, very private home, with spectacular views. In my own personal rating, I would give it three or four stars. It had everything we needed or wanted. However, in competition with the more up-scale villas, it doesn't have some of the more expected amenities.
The home was clean and well cared for. The main living area is on the upper floor, where there is a small living room, kitchen, bath, and bedroom (with king bed), and two beautiful decks. One deck (covered and shaded) runs the entire length of the house, complete with table, lounge chairs, and hammock, and panoramic view of Coral Bay. The other deck is uncovered, with views of the gardens and BVI. Downstairs, there are 2 additional bedrooms (1 king bed in one, and 2 twins in the other), and a second bathroom. There is also a washer and dryer. An outside stairway provides access between floors. There is no air conditioning, but with the mountaintop location, breezes were always adequate. Each room has a ceiling fan. Windows are simply screened, with storm shutters. The driveway is rough and steep, and a bit intimidating at first, but manageable. The grounds are very attractively landscaped.
The Tree House location was perfect for us-- a 10 minute drive into Coral Bay; a five minute drive to the access to Northshore Drive; and about 15 - 20 minutes back to Cruz Bay. It was a very quiet, private, and beautiful setting. I would definitely recommend this property to people who want privacy, peace and quiet, convenient access to the entire island, moderate price, and who aren't hung up on amenities such as A/C, pools, spas, etc. Our dealings with Windspree were excellent. They specialize in renting private homes on the east end of the island. All of our transactions were easily handled by mail or email.
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