About this listing
Securely located in a tropical garden behind an historic home, it served as the cook house in the early 1800's. I renovated it into a charming and unique one bedroom apartment. The cottage
has the original brick oven, exposed ceiling beams and a herringbone patterned brick floor.
Located only steps from restaurants, shops, public transportation and with a fully equipped kitchen means you'll save money not having to rent a car or having to go out to eat for every meal.
This well-known home was once owned by the infamous Mexican General Santa Anna of Texas's Alamo fame in the 1850's and by General Vilbrun Guillaume "Simon" Sam, a President of Haiti in the late 1800's. Kitchens were built away from the main house because so many houses were destroyed by kitchen fires. Our harbor town, Charlotte Amalie was destroyed six times by fires and building laws were changed as a preventative measure. Few original kitchen cottages remain intact in the Caribbean. The cottage is securely nestled in a tropical garden that has filled out beautifully to provided safe haven for many types of hummingbirds, bananaquits, tiny doves and butterflies.
The cottage is securely nestled in the enclosed courtyard garden behind the main house. The house is located at the very bottom of a steep hill which means you won't be exhausted every time you return back to the cottage (unlike the many listings perched way up directly behind me).
Guests will have access to my private roof terrace overlooking the cruise ship harbor.
Interaction with guests
I am a very experienced Airbnb host. I have hosted over 350 successfully completed trips and currently have 170 reviews that you can read. So, if you're trying to decide between my listing and one of my friendly competitors...go with experience!
Upon check-in, I will quickly go over the map of St.Thomas to get you comfortable on where you are. I have two print-outs that I make available, one is of mine and my guests favorite nearby restaurants and how to get to them, the other is of our favorite beaches. Don't worry, I'll steer you well clear of sneaky tourist traps (and there are loads of them here:).
I am a very non-intrusive host, but if needed, I live on the top floor of the main house. Don't be afraid to use anything in the cottage and you don't have to stress about replacing anything you may have used. If you have any questions while your here, I will respond promptly to your texts and emails.
Other things to note
The kitchen is fully equipped with pots, pans,dishes, cutlery, toaster, coffee maker, frig, a cooktop and a convection oven. There will be fresh bath, hand towels and washcloths in the bathroom. Yes, there is plenty of hot water (don't laugh, not all listings on this site have a water heater:). There is a hair dryer in the bathroom and an iron and ironing board in the bedroom. The queen size pillow-top bed is new and will have four pillows and freshly laundered linens. There will be two beach towels, an umbrella, sunscreen, insect repellent and Aloe Vera for your use.
There are maps of both St. Thomas and St. John for you to use.
Average Winter High Temperature in Charlotte Amalie: 86 (F)
Average Winter Low Temperature in Charlotte Amalie: 72 (F)
Average Water Temperature: 79 (F)
Smoking is prohibited in the cottage, but is ok in the courtyard. Relax and make yourself at home!
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.
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I moved to St.Thomas from Washington,DC where I was actively involved in a very frantic and stressful real estate market. When things would get particularly hectic, I would slip away to St.Thomas for a few days to regroup and recharge. After my fifth or sixth visit here, I decided that I really liked island life and started looking at properties to buy. Before I knew it, I bought three historic buildings (all in desperate need of renovation) with twenty apartments, sold my last property in DC in 2003 and never looked back! I've since sold one of the buildings and now have just the two with twelve apartments. One of my listings that I call "The Olde Danish Kitchen Cottage w/Wi-Fi" is in a well-known five-unit building built around 1820 that I call "Casa Santa Anna" (it was owned in the 1850's by the infamous Mexican General Santa Anna of Texas's Alamo fame). The other listing called "Historic Danish Kitchen w/Wi-Fi" is in a seven unit building that is registered as a "certified historic structure" deemed important for renovation purposes by the United States Department of the Interior (it was first surveyed in 1833), that I call "Bunker Hill". Who knows, maybe one of them will charm you into making a reservation!
I don't mind sharing my ideas, experiences and favorite places on St. Thomas or anywhere in the Caribbean with my guests. If you want to take home a real island experience, you'll find it here.
Escape for a few days, or maybe a lifetime!