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The Honeymoon Cottage 12/15/2005
Reviewers Rating: Stars Excellent
THE HONEYMOON COTTAGE On our 2004 visit to St. John, we had stayed at The Cottage at Francis Bay, which was a rustic little place in a great location. We were the last to stay in it before it was completely rebuilt and is now known as The Honeymoon Cottage and is now a luxurious little place.

The first advantage of The Cottage is its proximity to the Francis Beach. It is which is located at Mary Point, at the end of the North Shore Road, and is about a 5 minute/ mile walk to the beach at Francis Bay. (It is also about a 1 mile walk to the Annaberg Ruins and about a 1 1/2 mi walk to Waterlemon Cay, another great snorkeling spot.). The Cottage is at the end of a 1/8 mi driveway up the hill from where the road to Francis Bay and the road to Maho Bay diverge.

The second advantage of The Cottage is its seclusion. It is located in a cluster of three houses on a little driveway above the road to Francis Bay. However, because of the vegetation, you can not see either the road nor the other houses from The Cottage. The nearest houses you can see are eastward are on Tortola, BVI. Since no one can see you, the only things you need wear on the deck at The Cottage are a smile, suntan lotion, and a hat (unless you're bald its really tough to rub suntan lotion onto your scalp!)

The third advantage of The Cottage are its outdoor features - deck, gazebo and hot tub. The deck faces eastward toward Tortola and is a great place for getting an all over tan in the morning. When we stayed in May 2004, we could watch the sun rise over Tortola; however in December the sun rises well to the south over St. John and is not visible until about 9 am, and the deck is a great place from about 9 am till noon to get an all over tan. Wed still get up at dawn and eat breakfast in the little screened porch, and then head up to the hot tub. The hot tub and gazebo are up a twenty-foot path, and are snuggled into the hillside overlooking Mary Creek. The hot tub has different jets in each corner, and the jets can be adjusted to massage whatever part of the body you want. The gazebo is in the woods adjacent to the hot tub and has its own queen size bed. Between the seclusion, the sun, the deck, the hot tub and the gazebo, its a very very romantic atmosphere, as in Who needs Viagra when weve got all this!

The Cottage itself is about 20 ft by 20 ft, and of exposed beam wood frame construction. With the exception of the bathroom, it is one big room. The kitchen area is completely equipped full size refrigerator, stove/oven a microwave, blender, coffeepot, and a full set of utensils. There is a queen size four-poster bed, a sofa, TV/DVD (but no broadcast TV), and a CD/stereo, and an outside shower. All of the appliances and d飯r appear to be top-of-the-line. Its got everything the two of us need to stay there, and no more. Previously we had stayed in bigger and more expensive villas, and compared to them The Cottage is really a good value for two people.

We rented The Cottage from Terry Witham. We found renting from Terry (who lives on St. John) to be a big advantage over renting from a realty company. Furthermore, Terry must know every resident of St. John, so if you have any questions about snorkeling, or beaches, or what boats to rent, Terry either knows or can find out.
The Cottage - Terry Witham - 340-777-6867
Sandy and Dave

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