Francis Bay Estates consists of three handsome stone buildings, each with two levels. The buildings are connected by covered walkways and brick decks and each building overlooks the pool and the spacious sundeck. You park above the buildings, walk through a stone gateway with copper doors and then descend brick stairs to the upper level. On your left screened mahogany doors open to the spacious great room (1000 sq/ft), in the main house which contains the living, dining and kitchen and pantry areas. Off the great room is a 500 sq/ft covered deck that overlooks the pool and the unspoiled views. The buildings opposite the main house contains four nearly equal 325 sq/ft bedrooms and baths, all with king beds, with two on the upper level and two on the lower level. The fifth bedroom, also 325 sq/ft and with twin beds, is under the great room and opens to the pool deck. Exterior brick stairs lead from the upper level to the bedrooms and pool on the lower level. The 35 foot pool is bounded on 3 sides by a spacious (3500 sq/ft) antique brick sun deck, complete with BBQ grill and a dining table. Colorful landscaping surrounds the pool, sun deck and the entire villa, and the most spectacular landscaping (the National Park) extends for miles around you.
Distance To Town: Francis Bay Estates is about a 15 – 20 minute drive into/from Cruz Bay and even closer to Coral Bay.
Living And Dining: The Great Room is a beautiful example of a classic plantation style great room, with mahogany floors, windows and antiques, and a vaulted ceiling with valence lighting. Six sets of 8 foot tall, fully screened mahogany doors open to the wrap around covered deck and the views. Close the doors to the armoire and your living room looks like you’ve returned to a beautiful 19 century plantation house. Open the armoire doors and turn on the satellite TV/DVD, or the AM/FM/CD or plug in your I Pod and enjoy the surround sound system (10 Bose speakers), and you’ll quickly return to the 21st century.
The interior dining area has a mahogany table that seats 10. There is also a teak table and chair set that seats 10 on the pool deck, a few steps from the gas grill.
Kitchen: The large and lovely, granite and mahogany Kitchen is definitely 21st century. It is very well equipped and includes a s/s refrigerator/freezer, s/s dishwasher, a 5-burner cook top stove in the center island, 2 s/s ovens, a walk in pantry, microwave, toaster, blender, coffee maker, and abundant cookware and dinnerware.
Bedroom Details: The five air conditioned bedrooms are the same size (350 sq/ft) and very similar in décor. Four of the bedrooms have king sleigh beds, while the 5th bedroom has a set of twins. All have fine Italian bed linens for that luxurious feeling. The bedroom doors are mahogany sliding pocket doors with interior wooden shutters. Each bedroom has an attached tiled bath with double sinks and a stone shower.
On an island known for its fabulous villa locations, Francis Bay Estate’s location is quite unique and exceptional. This villa sits a short distance from the beautiful beach at Francis Bay. It is surrounded by National Park lands and has no abutting neighbors. Except for one other home visible in the distance, your view remains natural and unspoiled. Even by St. John’s high standards, the tranquility, peacefulness and privacy of this setting are quite exceptional.
It’s an easy 5 – 10 minute walk down a gentle slope to the beautiful white sands at Francis Bay Beach. From the beach you can snorkel or swim (the preferred route) over to the calm turquoise waters and white sands of Maho Bay, or it’s a short drive.
The views from your villa stretch from Mary’s Point on St. John west to the islands of St. Thomas, and the Hans Lollicks, and then to Lovango, Congo and Thatch Cays. Fifteen miles to the west, 1500 foot Crown Mountain on St Thomas rises in the distance. The west facing orientation of this home provides all day sun on your totally private pool and sundeck. The sunsets are usually spectacular and the distant lights of St. Thomas at night seem a world removed.
The north shore drive to your villa weaves past some of the worlds most beautiful beaches. Depending on how often you slow down to enjoy this splendid scenery, it’s usually a 15 – 20 minute drive into/from Cruz Bay and even closer to Coral Bay.
– All payments are non-refundable.
– This villa has a $50 non-refundable security deposit waiver which covers up to the first $500 in accidental damage. Damage must be reported to the local office while you are on island, otherwise it will not be covered.
– There is a $50 check-in fee for all arrivals on 9pm to midnight boat.
Vehicle Information: A 4 Wheel Drive vehicle is needed for travel on St John
Rates, Printing Errors, Changes and Omissions: Caribbean Villas is not responsible for printing errors and inadvertent omissions. All rates and villa details are subject to change without prior notice.
PHONE SERVICE/CELL PHONES: Local phone service is interrupted regularly and in spite of our efforts to reinstate service it can some times take weeks. AT&T is the only cell service we find operates efficiently on the island. If you do not have AT&T we strongly suggest you bring a pay as you go AT&T cell phone with you as we do not provide cell phones should the local phone service be interrupted.
CELL PHONE USAGE FROM HOMES LOCATED ALONG THE NORTH SHORE: If you use your cell phone on the north side of the island there is a good chance you will pick up the cell tower on Tortola (British Virgin Islands). If this happens you will be charged for an international call on your cell phone plan.
Internet Service: The internet service is subject to frequent interruption. We cannot guarantee internet quality or speed. Renters might find it convenient to travel with a cellular carrier MiFi – a couple of examples are AT&T and Virgin Mobile. There will be no refunds due to the internet not working.
Pool Floats: Pool floats are not guaranteed with your villa rental. If you want access to them, please bring them with you.
Caribbean Villas Reservation Policies for: Reefside Villa, La Bella Vita, Francis Bay Estates, Sunset Beach, Rhapsody and Vista Caribe. After making your villa/condo reservation with us, you have 7 days to send us your rental deposit. Your sending us your payment constitutes your acceptance and agreement to these terms, conditions, limitations and restrictions as printed below. If you have any problems or questions with any of the following, please phone us for discussion and explanation before you send us your rental deposit monies.
PAYMENT: Caribbean Villas requires 50% down within 7 days of making your reservation. Payments are by check only. Failure to make this payment subjects your reservation to automatic cancellation. The balance of your reservation including tax/service charge, and security deposit where applicable; is due 60 days prior to arrival. Please make checks payable to Caribbean Villas and mail them to Caribbean Villas, 89 Mussey Rd, Suite 103, Scarborough, ME 04074. All cancellations and any requests for changes to your reservation (such as date changes or changes in the number of persons) must be made IN WRITING. Rates are based on Cash Prices – To pay with a visa/mastercard there is a 3% service fee.
CANCELLATION POLICIES: All payments for the following homes are NON-REFUNDABLE/NON-CHANGEABLE: Reefside Villa, Vista Caribe, Francis Bay Estates, La Bella Vita, Sunset Beach, Rhapsody.No-shows, late arrivals, a reduction in the number of persons in your group, and early departures after your arrival are non-refundable. Guests who abandon their villa without permission from Catered To Vacation Homes agree they have no rights to compensation.
TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE: If you do not have a source for cancellation insurance there is a web site with suggestions and reviews –Consumer Advocates – Trip Cancellation Insurance. Please verify all terms and conditions of coverage with the trip cancellation insurance company. It is the guest’s responsibility to cover themselves in the event they need to cancel or change their vacation plans.
Arrivals – There is one complimentary arrival that escorts the party to their villa. You may schedule additional arrivals as needed for $75 per arrival.If you arrive later than 9:00 pm on St. John, there is a charge of $55 for your arrival. If your reservation is discounted or for less than five days, there is an arrival charge of $55. If an arrival takes place on a major holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.) the arrival fee is $100.
Cable Television – Many villas offer expanded cable, a few villas offer premium channels. Occasionally there is a problem with the cable television service Catered To Vacation Homes does not have any control over the cable service and repairs are currently taking between eight and ten days to complete. Satellite Television – Some Villas offer Satellite Television of which a few offer premium channels. Because of the location of the satellite these systems are sensitive to weather conditions and the signal will break up or fail during heavy rainstorms.
Catered To Vacation Homes makes every effort to accurately and completely represent our villas on the web, telephone or brochure. If the guest is disappointed or unsatisfied with a property due to differences in taste according to decor, accommodation, location or any other reason and declines to stay at the rental property, this will be considered a cancellation and no rent reduction or refund will be issued.
Capacity Of Villa – Total guests permitted in the villa anytime are restricted to the number of guests who have scheduled and paid. Should a group be misrepresented, they must pay for the extra persons immediately or vacate the villa without a refund. Infants sleeping in a crib are not included in the total headcount.
Construction Noise – The St. John economy is thriving. Construction is everywhere, even next door to some of our villas. Work begins at 7:00 a.m. and stops at 3:30 p.m. weekdays. We do appreciate your understanding in situations where construction exists.
Check-In – 4 PM is the earliest allowed check-in time. This allows the housekeepers to complete their cleaning duties. If you arrive earlier your greeter may take you to the villa to drop your luggage, but you must leave and return no earlier than 3 pm.
Check-Out – 10 AM is the required check-out time. Late checkouts are not available. If there are guests arriving that day the housekeeper will be there at 9 AM to begin cleaning. If the property is not vacated by 10 am, Catered To Vacation Homes is authorized to remove Guest belongings from the property at the guest’s expense. The minimum charge of $60 will be charged to the credit card on file.
Drugs and Hazardous Materials – Guests and members of their party shall not use or permit to be brought into the villa any illegal or hazardous substances.
Gatherings – No groups larger than those renting a house are allowed in our villas without written permission. Additional fees may apply.
Complaints and Maintenance – Catered To Vacation Homes is not responsible for mechanical failures of non-essential or luxury items, including, but not limited to Hot Tubs, Television, Satellite/Cable Service, Dishwasher, Washer/Dryer, Air Conditioning, Spas or any other appliance that fails to operate properly during your stay. No refunds will be issued for minor disruptions of any utilities or appliance including, but not limited to, power outages, water outages, telephone service, etc.
Please report inoperative equipment to Catered To Vacation Homes and we will make every effort to have repairs done as quickly as possible during reasonable hours. Speed of service cannot be guaranteed due to our reliance on island services, repair and utility companies.
Garbage Removal – Guests are responsible for removing all trash to the appropriate outside containers located throughout the island. If trash is not removed from the villa a $75 penalty will be charged to the credit card on file.
House Keeping Service – Your rental villa is thoroughly cleaned before your arrival. On visits of 6 or more days a mid-week cleaning service is provided in selected villas. Additional mid-stay cleanings are provided for multi-week stays in the villas that offer this service. Additional cleanings may be purchased at $25 per hour with a 3 hour per-day minimum.
Hurricane and/or Storm Policy: There will be no refunds given for acts of God or force majeure, such as hurricanes, tropical storms etc. on St John, USVI. This policy applies to current and all future guests who have reservations to travel or are on St John. We highly recommend trip cancellation insurance. If insurance is not purchased and St John is impacted by an act of god or force majeure no refunds will be offered. There will be no exceptions to this policy.
Hurricanes – In the unlikely event that we should experience a hurricane this season, there are several things you should know:
1. WE DO NOT ALLOW GUESTS TO REMAIN IN OUR VILLAS DURING HURRICANES! We will be available to make recommendations for hotel accommodation on St. Thomas or St. John which will have generators and running water. 2. In the case of a hurricane while you are on island you will not receive a refund of your rental and hotel tax from the day you vacate the villa. We highly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance to cover other canceled expenses. Check with your travel professional or contact a provider for more information. For a free, no-obligation quote for travel insurance, please visit www.vacationrentalinsurance.com/CATEREDD Please note that travel insurance may not be purchased after your final payment has been made. 3. If predictions indicate a hurricane is headed our way and there is enough warning time you need to make every effort to fly out of St. Thomas before the storm is upon us. Delaying your departure plans may trap you on the island when no space is available on departing flights and after the storm you can expect to wait several days before normal airline travel is restored. 4. The Catered To staff will be monitoring the storm’s progress. If we feel strongly that we may be in the path of an approaching hurricane, we will notify you and advise you to fly off the island or to check into a St. Thomas hotel that is equipped with an emergency generator for the duration of the storm. 5. IMPORTANT: Once you make plans for a hotel or to leave the island, you MUST contact Catered To to let us know where you are and what you’re doing … we must keep track of all of our guests! Kindly make sure you call and speak with us before you depart. 6. The Catered To staff will try and assist you with advice but all guests must hurry to make their own airline or hotel reservations. In this emergency situation we will be busy supervising the shuttering and closing of all of our villas, office and preparing our own families and homes for the oncoming storm. We will appreciate your understanding and your full and willing cooperation to help yourselves under these circumstances. 7. Your villa will be shuttered up, electricity and gas will be turned off-island wide. Telephone and cable service will most likely be down also. All items from the patios and decks: furniture, grill, pool equipment, etc., will be put in your villa. There will be neither running water nor flushing toilets. Your villa will no longer be luxurious or even comfortable. Our government will impose a curfew for the day of and sometimes days after a hurricane so you will not be able to leave the property and, of course, the weather will be terrible!
In an extreme situation where there is insufficient time for you to leave the island please come by the Catered To office and we will give you a list of items you should have. This will include a flashlight and batteries, a battery-operated radio, and storm preparation instructions in the unlikely situation that you must ride out the storm in one of our rental villas. YOU MUST COME TO THE OFFICE TO PICK UP YOUR HURRICANE LIST. The Weather Channel (Channel 45) broadcasts a tropical report every hour at 48 minutes past the hour. This source and other information sources have, in the past, given us ample warning of the approach of a storm that will affect the Virgin Islands. When cable and/or TV go out, listen on FM to Isle 95 at 95.1 or on AM to WSTA Lucky 13 at 1340.
Indemnification/Hold Harmless: The tenant and guests agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Catered To Vacation Homes and represented property owners from and against all claims, demands, loss, liability of any kind and character, including cost of defense, arising out of or in any way connected with the tenant’s use of the property: in the event tenants or guests suffer personal/physical/property damage, injury, or loss. Catered To Vacation Homes and property owners are not responsible for lost or stolen items or physical security. The duty to defend arises when the claim or demand is first made and is not waived by a delayed tender of defense.
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Catered To Vacation Homes and its directors, employees, sponsors, licensors, independent contractors, providers, subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively, the “Indemnified”), from and against any and all liability costs (including attorney’s fees and costs) incurred by the Indemnified in connection with any claim arising out of any breach by you of any provision of this User Agreement.
You agree to cooperate as fully as reasonably required in defense of any such claims. Catered To Vacation Homes reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you and you shall not in any event settle any claim without the written consent of Catered To Vacation Homes.
Internet Service – Many of our Villas offer high speed internet and WiFi as a convenience to our guests and is as unreliable as all utilities provided in the Virgin Islands. The internet is provided by a variety of service providers, none of whom are under the control of Catered To Vacation Homes. The interruptions and slow down of the services are not the responsibility of Catered To Vacation Homes. It is certainly not reliable enough to be relied upon for any time sensitive personal or business matters.
Legal Recourse – Any dispute arising out of these rental terms shall be construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the Territory of the US Virgin Islands without resort to the conflicts or choice of law principles thereof. The Courts of the United States Virgin Islands, Division of St. Thomas and St. John, shall be the exclusive venue for all judicial disputes and the prevailing party shall recover its costs, expenses and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Your sending a signed rental form and payment in response to an invoice constitutes your acceptance and agreement to these terms, conditions, limitations and restrictions as printed upon the signed rental agreement.
If you have any problems or questions with any of these rules, please be sure to email or phone us BEFORE you send us your rental deposit.
Liability – Catered To Vacation Homes is acting hereunder as agent for accommodations, and assumes no liability for property loss or damages, nor liability for injury, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle or the acts of any company or person engaged in conveying passengers to or from their villa.
Transportation (airline, ferries, charter vessels, rental cars and taxis) is supplied by providers who operate independently of Catered To Vacation Homes. We assume no responsibility, therefore, for any loss, injury, or damage to person or property because of the acts of these providers.
You, the guest, are responsible for his villa during occupancy. You must lock the villa’s windows and doors securely at all times when not on premises,and must exercise care in securing all personal property. You, the guest, must observe all cautions as given in our white guest guide provided in each villa and/or your escort or local contact people.
Linens – Your villa has all required linens, bed covers, bath towels, and beach towels. Clean linens will be put out at mid-week cleaning in selected villas.
Lost Keys – If you are accidentally locked out of your villa or you lose a set of keys you may borrow a key by coming to our Cruz Bay office during office hours from 9 am to 5 pm. A $75 fee will be charged to the credit card on file to replace the keys.
Meetings – No meetings or groups larger than those renting a house are allowed in our villas without written permission. Additional fees may apply.
Office Hours – Monday through Friday 8 to 5. Saturdays 9 to 5 (Because of Arrivals the office may not be staffed at times on Saturdays). An on-island emergency number is available for guests.
Owner’s Closet – Many owners have personal items in locked areas or closets. Please do not tamper with these areas.
Passports – The U.S. Customs service does not require a passport to depart the U.S. Virgin Islands to return to the United States or Puerto Rico. If you do not have a passport you are required to have an “other secure document” such as a drivers license with photo or a notarized birth certificate to reenter the United States from the U.S. Virgin Islands. Travel to other islands like the British Virgin islands does require a passport. Please be aware that not having a passport may delay your passage through customs and immigration upon leaving the Virgin Islands.
Pets – Pets are not allowed in Catered To Vacation Homes Villas. Penalties are a $100 charge to the credit card on file, immediate removal of the pet and/or eviction of the guests. All rental payments will be forfeit.
Personal Effects – Catered To Vacation Homes is NOT responsible for guest’s personal belongs that are lost, stolen or left behind. A $25 retrieval fee will be charged, and if found, the items will be returned at the guests expense.
Property – All Catered To Vacation Homes villas are privately owned. The Owner and Property Manager reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at their complete discretion. The Owner and Property Manager will not be responsible for accident, injury or for the loss of money, jewelry or valuables of any kind. The property will not be rented to anyone under 25 years of age unless part of or guest of a family group.
Rates, Printing or Internet Errors and Omissions – The information about the rental villas offered by Catered To Vacation Homes on our web site is as complete as we can make. Catered To Vacation Homes is not responsible for any changes the villa owner may have made to their property after the time of printing or publication.
RATES AND HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
Real Estate Showings – Occasionally the owner will list a rental villa for sale. We reserve the right to allow the villa to be shown during your stay. This will only be by advance appointment with you, the guest. We will make every effort to schedule such brief showings at a time convenient to you, to respect your privacy, and to minimize the interruption to your stay.
Refunds – No refunds will be granted unless there is a serious problem with the villa itself that cannot be remedied within twenty four (24) hours, and/or causes the guest extreme, undue discomfort or serious inconvenience.
Rental Agreement – By signing the rental agreement the guests are agreeing to abide to all of the requirements herein and authorizing Catered To Vacation Homes to apply any penalties or additional costs to the credit card on file.
Room Tax – Each rental is subject to a USVI Room Tax of 12.5%. This tax is subject to change at any time.
Security DepositWaiver – We require a $50 non-refundable Security Deposit Waiver fee for all reservations. This Peace of Mind fee is in lieu of a damage deposit and covers all minor accidental damage or breakage up to $500. If damage occurs during your stay, please let us know immediately and it will be paid for by Catered To Vacation Homes. This privilege is offered to you as our way of saying thank you for your business.
This policy does not cover intentional acts that results in damage, gross negligence, willful and wanton conduct, or any cause if the guest fails to report the damage to Catered To Vacation Homes before departure. Coverage does not apply to theft or damage of any property owned by or brought onto the premises by a guest. In cases of abuse and malicious damage to rental property the guest will reimburse Agent and/or Owner the amount of all damage including attorney’s fees.
Service/Repair – If the villa or any of its systems or amenities require service or repair the guest will agree to make the villa or room available for the service technician.
Service Interruptions – Catered To Vacation Homes strives to make your villa stay as comfortable and trouble free as possible. Sadly, there are some services over which we do not have any control. Problems with the electrical service, telephone connections, both land line and cellular, Internet Service as well as cable or satellite television are managed by other service providers and we cannot promise that the service will not be interrupted or available.
We will make every effort to work with the various service providers to restore any interrupted service as quickly as possible, but we are at the mercy of the scheduling and effort of the other agency.
Smoking – There is no smoking allowed within any Catered To Vacation Homes Villas. If this policy is violated and smoking is detected in the villa a $150 penalty will be charged to the credit card on file, as well as any required cleaning services.
Substitution – Catered To Vacation Homes reserves the right to substitute comparable or better accommodations without liability, should the villa reserved be sold, be out of order, been inadvertently double-booked, or be deemed substandard by us for any reason. If comparable accommodations are not available, you, the guest, will receive a complete refund of all pro-rated rent and Hotel Tax paid for the original villa.
Telephones – All villas have phones for your convenience. You can only make local calls. If you need to make a long distance call, you can call collect, use a credit card, or us a calling card. Occasionally the telephone service fails. Catered To Vacation Homes has no control over the telephone repair service and Innovative Telephone Company currently has a backlog of eight to ten days for repair service.
Villa Occupancy – Maximum occupancy refers to all persons above the age of two years old. Maximum Occupancy violations will result in rent forfeiture and immediate eviction of all guests.
Weddings – No weddings are allowed in our villas without written permission.
Rates Rates are based on 2 people per bedroom
In Season Prices
Jan. 9, 2023 – Apr. 15, 2023
$14400/wk 2-10 people
Off Season Prices
April 16, 2022 – Dec. 15, 2022
$7700/wk for 2-6 people $8500/wk for 7-10 people
Holiday Rates (Flat Rate)
Nov. 19-27, 2022
$8500/wk for 2-10 people
** Christmas/New Years
Dec. 16, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023
$17000/wk for 2-10 people
** Xmas/New Years – 10 night minimum & if taking both holidays, including Christmas Eve & New Years Eve there is a 12 night minimum
12.5% Hotel tax
$50 non-refundable damage waiver. Covers up to the 1st $500 in accidental damage. The damage must be reported while on island for it to be covered.
From a distance, this very handsome stone and antique brick plantation style home looks like it might have been built in the 19th century, when this land was used to grow the sugar cane that became the rum that (along with a few pirates) made these islands infamous. However, this classic estate home was completed in 2005 and underneath its stone exterior is a thoroughly modern, elegant and very tasteful interior.
This is undeniably a spacious, luxurious and beautifully furnished home, but the feature that really sets this house apart is its location. Unlike other luxury villas, the Francis Bay Estate house does not have villas on adjacent lots or anywhere in your view, with the exception of one house on St. John and 15 miles away on St. Thomas. At night, and even at times during the day, you might get the feeling that you are alone on an island in 1950, or even 1850. This is privacy in one of its purest forms on St. John, for the National Park landscape that surrounds you remains pristine and undisturbed.
It looks and feels like you are in the middle of nowhere, but this (sort of) beach house is an easy walk to Francis Bay beach, and also close to the beach at Maho Bay. For families with beach loving kids, couples or wedding parties, this is a unique choice in island homes.
A bold, beautiful and thoroughly elegant home, and one of the most private, naturalist settings in the Virgin Islands qualifies the Francis Bay Estate house as one of St Johns Ultra Luxury Villas. If you desire a more modest home at a more modest price, one of Francis Bays unseen neighbors is the 4-bedroom villa Serenity.
- We loved Francis Bay! The villa was in great condition and we will tell all our friends about this lovely home!
- Our trip was excellent! House was great! We are looking forward to returning!
Thank you for your interest in Francis Bay Estates!
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