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Great Expectations St. John vacation rental villa has 8 bedrooms and 3 pools

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Overview
8 bedrooms
9 bathrooms
20 guests
7 nights minimum
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Great Expectations can accommodate as many as 15 adults plus children in 4 equal Master bedrooms, 2 spacious bedroom Suites, and 2 additional rooms which can also be used as bedrooms for larger groups (we charge only for the bedrooms used). Each of these 8 rooms is air-conditioned and has its own (ensuite) private bathroom. Great Expectations has spectacular views over the Caribbean (both the sunrise and sunset) and is within walking distance to 2 beaches. We offer wedding specials and discounts for grandparents and multiple couples. Note that the rates we are able to show on this Website are for 2 people using 1 bedroom. PLEASE GO TO 'SEE RATES' BELOW FOR MORE PEOPLE/BEDROOMS (we do not charge for children age 2 or under staying in the same room with their parents so let us know t...Great Expectations can accommodate as many as 15 adults plus children in 4 equal Master bedrooms, 2 spacious bedroom Suites, and 2 additional rooms which can also be used as bedrooms for larger groups (we charge only for the bedrooms used). Each of these 8 rooms is air-conditioned and has its own (ensuite) private bathroom. Great Expectations has spectacular views over the Caribbean (both the sunrise and sunset) and is within walking distance to 2 beaches. We offer wedding specials and discounts for grandparents and multiple couples. Note that the rates we are able to show on this Website are for 2 people using 1 bedroom. PLEASE GO TO 'SEE RATES' BELOW FOR MORE PEOPLE/BEDROOMS (we do not charge for children age 2 or under staying in the same room with their parents so let us know the ages of any children and, to inquire about our discounts, if there are any grandparents, brides, grooms, active military or other good and deserving people in your party!). With 3 swimming/wading pools and a large 'infinity-style' pooll, 2 hot tubs, and even a private basketball/tennis court, Great Expectations is ideal for special celebrations and family gatherings. The Villa is also perfect for multiple couples vacationing together offering 4 equal Master bedrooms with private patios overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Each Master bedroom has a large bathroom with indoor/outdoor shower, a walk-in closet with wall safe and floor-to-ceiling mirror, soaring cathedral ceiling with skylight and transoms, and custom-made teak furniture from Bali with a King-size bed which can be set-up as 2 extra-long (California) Twin-size beds. All 4 Master bedrooms are on the same level along with -- to provide privacy for those staying up late or rising early -- a separate Great Room with a large living room, gourmet kitchen, and indoor and outdoor dining areas around the pool and hot tub patios and outdoor barbecue. A nearby two-story Guest House offers 2 spacious bedroom Suites each about twice the size of one of the 4 Master bedrooms. Each Suite has a Queen-size bed and futons for additional sleeping accommodations if needed as well as a private bathroom with indoor/outdoor shower. Upstairs in the Guest House is the Owners Suite with its own kitchen, dining and living areas as well as laundry. It has spectacular views overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The Guest Suite on the first floor of the Guest House has an adjacent sitting area, The Sun Room, with yet another private bathroom, this one with a coral shower. The Sun Room can also be used as a separate, 7th bedroom with Twin beds or a King for larger groups or parents who would like their children in a connecting bedroom. The Club Room has a trundle bed (2 Twins) with its own private bathroom and can be used as a separate bedroom for one adult or a couple of teenagers bringing the total number of bedrooms at Great Expectations to 8 (all air-conditioned and each with a private bathrooms) providing comfortable sleeping accommodations for as many as 15 adults plus kids. We charge only for the number of bedrooms used assuming double occupancy; we have had as few as one couple rent the entire villa and as many as 21 people (there were a lot of kids!). All the openings (sliding doors, windows and transoms) are fully-screened. Italian tile adorns the floors. The Great Room has a gourmet kitchen with granite counters. Native stone work laced with local coral and shells frames the villa entrance and is used around the site to highlight the lush landscaping of beautiful, colored bougainvillea, hibiscus, croton, wild orchids and, and our favorite, frangipani. A number of significant palm trees as well as banana trees complement the beauty of the site. Great Expectations offers extraordinary 'double' east/west views with both the sunrise and the sunset. The villa is located in Estate Chocolate Hole on the south shore of St. John, less than a 5 minute drive on paved roads to town (Cruz Bay) and 10 minutes to the famous, white sand beaches of the U.S. National Park. There are also two beaches within walking distance of the Villa. The closest beach for swimming and fabulous snorkeling is Chocolate Hole, just a short walk (or you can drive and park right next to the beach) -- a sandy beach with calm, protected water on the west side of the villa with some of the best snorkeling on the island thanks to a 'salt pond' (formed during hurricanes when the storm drives the ocean inland and the water then gets trapped). The second beach accessible from a path directly from the Villa on the east side is Hart Bay with great beach combing thanks to the coral reef just offshore The Villa is furnished with custom-made teak furniture and carvings from Bali. Great Expectations does not pretend to be fancy, just very, very special as attested to by the reviews of past guests.More
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About the Owner
Carrie & Steve B
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:89%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:February 2011
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Great Expectations was fortunately undamaged by last September's hurricanes in the Caribbean. To support our friends and staff whose lives and homes were affected, we are donating 5% of any revenue received this year for bookings for next year to the St. John Community Foundation. Please come and enjoy the beauty and tranquiilty of St. John while helping others at the same time.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We utilized this house in November and December for two different groups and it was just outstanding!!! Great pools for the kids, outdoor grill and buffet area were great for our groups. Service by our host was awesome!!!

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank Rick N
VickeryHill, VR Owner at Great Expectations St. John vacation rental villa has 8 bedrooms and 3 pools, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Rick - Thank you so much for coming to stay at Great Expectations and have your corporate retreat on St. John!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately I’m on the car barge leaving St John as I write this. We really would have loved staying here another week! There were 11 adults in our party & we stayed for 1 week. We had three couples and 5 singles so everyone had...More

Date of stay: January 2019
Thank PeggyAnne777
VickeryHill, VR Owner at Great Expectations St. John vacation rental villa has 8 bedrooms and 3 pools, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Peggy, we're so happy to hear from you after your departure. Thanks so much for staying at Great Expectations. Come back anytime :)

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Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

This is a great villa if you are looking for a low key and relaxing place to stay while exploring the beautiful island of St. John. You can’t beat the location which is close to town and the beaches. The air conditioned and spacious bedrooms...More

Date of stay: June 2018
Thank 97pamela
VickeryHill, VR Owner at Great Expectations St. John vacation rental villa has 8 bedrooms and 3 pools, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2018

Thank you so much for coming to our place and reviewing us here and elsewhere!

Reviewed May 18, 2018

Great location. Close to town. Love all the master bedrooms and outdoor showers. Each room has a patio with sunrise and sunset views. The great room is a wonderful gathering place. The infinity pool has views to die for and holds all your friends. The...More

Date of stay: May 2018
Thank 3264Cathy
Management response:Responded June 14, 2018

We are so happy you love our villa too. Look forward to having you back some day soon!

Reviewed February 20, 2018

My husband and I stayed at Great Expectations in lieu of our yearly 2 week visit to Sandcastle on Jost van Dyke. Our stay was fantastic. The new owners (Carrie and Steve) worked hard to ensure that we would have a great experience. They were...More

Date of stay: February 2018
1  Thank Barb_Otto5
Management response:Responded February 23, 2018

Thank you Barb! We are glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your return.

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Safe
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Air Conditioning
Ocean Views
Paper Towels Provided
Private Tennis Court
A Winter Sun Getaway
Books
Ceiling Fans
Hairdryer
TV
Parking
Shared Yard
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Internet Access
Children's Pool
Toaster
Telephone
Stove
Grill
Local Guides/Maps
Gym
Fishing Nearby
Hot Tub
Alarm Clock
Water Views
Blender
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Microwave
Balcony
Mountain Views
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Terrace
Patio
Deck
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About the neighborhood
walking distance to 2 beaches, 15 minute drive to US National Park, sited 100 feet above the Caribbean Sea with dual views to the east and the west offering both the sunrise and sunset!
How to get there
fly into St. Thomas (direct flights from Boston, New York, Washington, Atlanta, Miami, San Juan, etc); St. John is a romantic 20 minute ferry ride from St. Thomas!
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