Testimonials for Estate Fortsberg - Estate Fortsberg
We've just returned from the most spectacular family vacation at Estate Fortsberg! The house was immaculate and fully stocked. The views were absolutely breathtaking. Every single room has its own outdoor shower. The kids played in the pool while the adults fixed dinner and enjoyed cocktails on the deck and in the hot tub. Every day we explored a different part of the island, including phenomenal snorkeling, going on boat trips, hiking and jogging on mountain trails, etc, etc. KAy and all the people at Windspree were incredibly helpful and accommodating. The only challenge we faced was that the road up to the house is as treacherous as all the reviews said it would be -- incredibly steep and full of loose rocks and dirt -- every time we went up it I was white-knuckled and gripping the edge of my seat. But overall, I would highly recommend this house!!
Dorothy and Peter , 05/2016
I’ve been meaning to call and thank you for your hospitality and courtesies during our visit. It’s always a pleasure working with you. Estate Fortsberg was incredible! We loved it! Everything worked perfectly, except the blender. And that was replaced in an hour. We’ve stayed at other villas on the island, but this was the best by far. Comfortable, clean, incredible panoramic views, great lay-out, well-furnished, plenty of beach chairs and water toys (noodles). We only regretted having to leave.
We hiked up to the Fort one day for a quick look around. We didn’t get to the shoreline battery this trip, but we had explored it on a prior visit.
The new Dolphin Market is great, as is the pizza at Indigo Blue. Miss Vie’s and Maho are still our favorite beaches. The golf outing/fundraiser at Skinny Leggs was a lot of fun.
John & Denise MCQuillan , Fairgrove, MI , 03/2016
It has been ten days since we left St John, but it already feels like months! From the moment we met Richard at the dock to the moment we boarded the ferry to return home, everything was sweet paradise! I spent weeks searching sites for a villa to rent and decided on Estate Fortsberg for its view, location and layout. I have rented nice villas on St John before, all were nice and lovely, but NONE compare to Estate Fortsberg. Our group was in awe the moment we arrived! There are so many wonderful features about the villa, but I would mention three in particular. First, the bedrooms are very private, accessible, nicely decorated and well laid out. Secondly, the massive deck area allowed for enjoyment all day long - sunshine beginning at daybreak through the end of the afternoon. Third, the view! I can't imagine a view any better on the island - and i tried to find one! If anyone has questions to ask about the villa, feel free to share my email address with them! We will be back soon. I am thankful that I will not have to search hundreds of villas the next time. Estate Fortsberg is the one!
Scott N. , 02/2016
We can't say enough amazing things about our stay at Estate Fortsberg. The house and the architecture, the pool, the VIEW! Fabulous weather, visiting 2-3 different bays a day - Vie's beach, Hanson Bay, Hawksnest, Salt Pond Bay, Little Limeshur, etc, etc. The Food - the Tourist Trap (Boom Boom Shake), Vie's snack shack, Shipwreck Landing, Skinny Legs, Miss Lucy's. Riding up the hill to the house - so much fun! Seeing the donkey's and the roosters. Great home for young kids and multiple families. Windspree was great! They met us at the ferry, escorted us to the house and were available for any questions throughout. We look forward to our next trip!
We all will be taking this place back home with us. So absolutely beautiful and truly special place with every detail thoughtfully done.
Our week was filled with snorkelling, sailing, hiking, exploring, eating, sleeping, reading, and starring off into the stars.
Taking back beautiful collection of shells, coral and remnants of the sandy beach!
Thank you for sharing your home with us!
Charlotte, Greg, Bryann, Chas, Trevor, & Lindsey , Pittsburgh, NYC, & Boston , 08/2015
I could write a whole list of what we did and saw but you know those things. Between our two couples, we’ve stayed in 8 difference places on St. John over the 24 years we have been visiting St. John. This lovely home is at the top of the list. You have added many special memories to what we love about St. John. Thank you for sharing your slice of paradise.
Leah & Jannis , Austin, TX , 07/2015
Since the time we booked our return to St. John, the anticipation has grown. Your beautiful villa has not disappointed. The view the pool, the design- all have exceeded our expectations. We love St. John, love Coral Bay, and now love Fortsberg as well! Thanks for such a fantastic place of refuge and solitude.
We’ll be back!
Holly & Cay Dutch , Austin, TX , 07/2015
Thanks so much for havening us at your beautiful home! We love the hikes, the beaches, the food, and most of all the company- You two and Chuck and Kim.
After living in Naples Florida for the past 10 years or so. We always through we lived in paradise but now we have a truly visited another piece of paradise.
See you in Naples!
Patrick & Lisa , Naples, FL , 07/2015
This is our 4th visit to St.John. We continue to enjoy the tranquillity of the island. Great snorkelling this time at Hansen Bay and across from Vies.
The food was great as always at shipwreck and miss lucys.
Hiked reef trail saw the Petroglyphs and lots of flora and fauna.
Fortsberg is perfect. Lots of central gathering spaces but still there are spaces for privacy.
Thank you Kay and Nancy from Windspree!
The Rivers , 06/2015
This is our second time visiting Estate Fortsberg and our third time at St. John. What a fabulous place and fabulous island to play on for a week. We came before with a family and adult children. This time we came with 4 couples. We snorkelled and snubbed and we ate at ZoZos! Great Eats!
We love the beauty of the water. One couple loved the hot tub and the scenery. One couple loved waking up 6:00 and watching the sun rise. One couple loved staying in the upstairs bedroom and looking out at all of the beauty. One couple loved how the house was decorated. Happy Faces we had by all. YOUR PLACE ROCKS!
The Phillips, Hammers, Hunts, & Camerons , 06/2015
Since the time we booked our return to St. John, the anticipation has grown. Your beautiful villa has not disappointed. The view, the pool, the design- all exceeded our expectations. We love St.John. We love Coral Bay, and now, love Fortsberg as well. Thanks for such a fantastic place of refuge and solitude.
We will be back!
Holly & Graig Dieterts , Austin, TX , 06/2015
We love St. John and plan to come back as often as possible. Your lovely house made this trip on absolutely perfect vacation! The view is truly breath-taking and the breeze kept us cool at all times.
The fort at the top of the hill is wild! So much history!
Thank you for sharing your home with us- we will remember our stay here forever!
The Shanders , Chattanooga , 05/2015
Thank you for a wonderful week in your beautiful home. It made it easy to wake up every morning and look at this new amazing house with such character and beauty.
We were able to take advantage of visiting all the beaches, eating, in some great restaurants and meeting so many wonderful people along the way. A great time was had by all of us from MD, VA, and NC.
Thanks again and we hope to be back.
MD, VA, and NC , 05/2015
Thank you for a wonderful week in your beautiful home. It made it easy to wake up every morning and look at this view. Amazing house with such character and beauty.
Perfect in every way! Our 13th trip to St. John. This was the best. Can’t begin to express our gratitude in letting us stay and share your house. Wish it could be longer. Hope we can visit again. Thanks for all.
John & Denise McQuillan , Fairgrove, MI , 03/2015
Thank you for another wonderful and adventurous week. We love the house and little buddy.
Clair & Ty , 03/2015
You have truly created a gem for people to vacation, relax, and most of all re-center from busy lives. We came here to celebrate a retirement, two birthdays, and enjoy the gift of friends and family. this was the perfect setting for our getaway. The views are amazing and allow one to reach out to the splenders of our world. Thank you!
Bryan, Terri, Gary, Debbie, David, & Kathy , Indianpolis & Clarksville, IN , 03/2015
Thank you for sharing your amazing house with our family. This is truly the greatest place I have ever stayed. Amazing memories were made here in St. John that I will never forget.
Matt Peters , Herndon, VA , 12/2014
Third stay at Fortsberg. We love the house. Morning noon and night.
New baby donkey born on the hill he is lovely and already stubborn. The momma donkey knew just the right safe location to bring in her new born.
We love to swim and this trip revealed new swim locations and beaches.
South & North Carolinas , 12/2014
Oh my, what a wonderful time we have had visiting your spectacular home in St. John. Everything has been amazing from the lovely views to the entertaining excursions to the hospitality, to the many fancy drinks to the delicious meals and most of all to the friendship!
Donkeys, goats, iguanas, lizards, ghost crabs, pelicans, and roosters. All add to the charm of this place. The restaurants and the bars, ZoZos aqua bistro. Lobster rolls and Skinny legs were incredible and the home cooked meals, ribs, tenderloin, and crab cakes were outstanding.
Fun times and great memories at jost van dyke, soggy dollar, caneel bay, cruz bay, trunk bay, salt pond, corsairs, the bloody marys the painkillers bushwackers and Joes rum hut, beach bar, gilligans island, the luna sea, and the Turman. Driving on the wrong side of the road “up in here, up in here”. Lisa, what a lovely flowers you bought, and oh we can’t forget Brian going Silent (ooops!)
This has truly been paradise at Estate Fortsberg and we thank you for sharing your little piece if heaven with us.
Joanne & Steve Bonacci , 11/2014
Thanks for showing us around the “I” lands. It was very nice of you to invite us to your special place. The house and views were amazing. The driving by Brian not so much!
Larry, Christina, Rosko, & Linda , 11/2014
This place is amazing! my first thought when opening the door outside was “OMG”! I couldn’t stop smiling. The pictures really don’t do justice to the view and how calm and peaceful it is!
We had our wedding and reception here with a small group of family and friends. We really couldn’t have picked a more perfect place (except for maybe the drive hereJ ) A few things we enjoyed were:
Trunk Bay: water and snorkelling is beautiful!
Dinner Cruise tour “dress rehearsal” with new horizons out of Cruz bay was fantastic.
The donkeys, goats, pigs, roadside
But mostly just lounging around the pool!! We love to come back for 5 or 10year anniversary.
The Wilcox Family , 06/2014
“Another perfect stay at St. John and another perfect stay at estate Fortsberg! we have to drag ourselves away from the perfect view!
We loved our 3rd stay here as much or more than our previous visits. Some highlights:
1. food at Aqua Bistro. Nice chef and great food
2. Skinnys for island atmosphere burgers and painkillers
3. Concordia for nice folks, fabulous view and decent food
All of the beaches were fantastic snorkelling with the rays, turtles, and assorted fish. Maho and Hawksnest twice. Denis Bay hike and peace hill hike were nice- not a great hanging out beach but nice to hike and to see.
Also loved feeding scraps of banana to the birds near the pool. We hate to leave bit plan to be back!
The Hollands, Meltons, & Simmons , 06/2014
Estate Fortsberg has been amazing to us for these 7 days. We've enjoyed drinks with a view, sunrises, sunsets, rain & sun and many potholes! We loved the house, the outdoor spaces, and the beautiful island life!
Vicki,Scott,Chad,Dana,Tom,Sara,Brian & Rebecca , 05/2014
Thank you for sharing your house with us. It is perfect! We only hope that we can come back again.
Steve,Ruben,Scott,Kim , NC& VA , 03/2014
It has been ten days since we left St John, but it already feels like months! From the moment we met Richard at the dock to the moment we boarded the ferry to return home, everything was sweet paradise! I spent weeks searching sites for a villa to rent and decided on Estate Fortsberg for its view, location and layout. I have rented nice villas on St John before, all were nice and lovely, but NONE compare to Estate Fortsberg. Our group was in awe the moment we arrived! There are so many wonderful features about the villa, but I would mention three in particular. First, the bedrooms are very private, accessible, nicely decorated and well laid out. Secondly, the massive deck area allowed for enjoyment all day long - sunshine beginning at daybreak through the end of the afternoon. Third, the view! I can’t imagine a view any better on the island - and i tried to find one! If anyone has questions to ask about the villa, feel free to share my email address with them!
We will be back soon. I am thankful that I will not have to search hundreds of villas the next time. Estate Fortsberg is the one!
Scott N , 03/2014
Our short trip was so jammed pack with activities that they are hard to recount. We loved Estate Fortsberg,especially with the layout and ease of use, beautiful architecture and decor. Loved reading the history of Fortsberg and Danish settlement on this hill almost 300 years ago! Can't believe the garrison canons still sit where they were in 1733 when slaves revolted, killing men...just below where this house sits!
We would love to return.Thank you for sharing the wonderful home.
The Highlights: Shipwreck Landing, Calypso private charter,Snorkeling the mangroves, Hiking to Rams Head, Smoothies at mile marker 5!
The McDonald Party , NC&SC , 02/2014
Thank you for inviting me to your beautiful home and for an amazing week here in St.John. From our first day at Francis beach to our final day in the BVI...everything was truely perfect! What a wonderful vacation.
Heather , 02/2014
Where do I begin? Thank you so much for your hospitality and generosity this week. Francis Bay, Trunk Bay,Cinnamon Bay,Coral Bay: they were all fantastic!
But best of all: we were on a boat! BVI and Sunset cruise in Coral Bay were spectacular!
Thank you so much for such a great week!
What a magical week! I think we were able to experience most everything there is to do in St.John,but there is so much more we would love to check off the list. We love the local lore, the fort & cannons.
Love you guys! Can't thank you enough.
John and Susie , 02/2014
En Lunes nosotras fuimos a la Lameshure Bay. Nosotros caminamos a las ruinas. En Martes,Nosotras fuimos a la Francis Bay. Este noche fue noche vieja. Nosotros tocamos una bora a Jost Van Dyke. Lo Fue loco pero la fiesta fue muy interesante. En Viernes nosotros fuimos en una bora a Jost Van Dyke. y otros partes de las BVI. Nosotros nadamos en el mar y vimos a las pescados.Nosotros almorzamos a Sydney's Peace yLove. En toda la vacacion fue muy fantastica.
On Monday we went to the Lameshure Bay. We walked to the ruins. On Tuesday, we went to the Francis Bay. We took a boat to Jost Van Dyke. It was crazy but the Feast was very interesting. On Friday we went on a boat to Jost Van Dyke,and other parts of the BVI. We swam in the sea and saw fish.We had lunch at Sydney's Peace and Love. In all, the holiday was fantastic.
Dos Familias de Carolina del Sur , 01/2014
Third trip to St.John and best villa thus far! Loved the views and lounging in the hammock.
Lunch at Tourist Trap
Paddle Boarding with rental at Cinnamon Bay
Ram's Head Hike
If in Cruz Bay, Lunch or dinner at Sam and Jack's
Snorkeling at Maho Bay,Multiple turtle sightings
Ruins of Estate Fortsberg & Water Battery
We will be returning in the year to come!
Mark,Sharon,Keely,Evan,Rachel,Austin,Shannon , SC,MN,CO,KS,OR , 01/2014
We had a Christmas vacation of a lifetime! The bedrooms were wonderful and the outdoor showers a real treat. We never stopped looking and admiring the awesome view. We loved being near our favorite bar Skinny Legs. Thank you for setting up the Christmas tree we sent ahead of us. Letting us know about grocery delivery, taxis, rentals etc. We felt very taken care of.
Jane & Frank , 01/2014
Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our second trip to Estate Fortsberg. This time we walked up to the ruins located above the villa and took some fun photos. We also did the Ram Head full moon/sunset hike. The sunset was awesome and all the people clapped when it sank into the sea. We didn't stick around too long, we had brought flashlights but never turned them on . I'd reccomend this hike to almost everyone, our group ranged in age from 52 thru 63(me), just bring enough water.
Even snorkeled in a couple of heavy downpours for the first time, which was fun. This was the year of the octopus. We saw them every day and even took a few photos of one walking over some turtle grass, usually you see them in their dens or in the coral. Also had a 9 ft. shark (at least) swim underneath me at Little Lameshur.
As far as the villa goes, you couldn't ask for a better stay. As far as the views, having 4 equal size bedrooms, pool and hot tub, great deck areas, extra freezer, computer and printer, this is the perfect place for up to 4 couples, which we had. I really hate to say too many good things about this place, as I'm afraid they are going to go up on the price.
The drive up to the villa can be a little scary the first time, but after that it got to be fun. Kay and Karen at Windspree are a pleasure to work with, and though we had some issues with the hot tub and computer, everything was fixed in a day. Already planning our next trip, and Estate Fortsberg would be my first choice!!
Tom Mayote , 12/2013
Nine of us came together from three cities. We had 4 toddlers with us and still made it to the end of the week with smiles on our faces (thank you Cruzan Rum). In no particular order, here are the highlights of our trip:
Estate Fortsberg is amazing! Maho and Cinnamon Bays have beautiful white sand beaches, great for relaxing and Salt Pond is great for snorkelling. Star gazing in the hot tub. The kids (age 4, 3, 20 mos and 16 mos) loved digging on the beach. Yummy food at Shipwreck Lamding, Aqua Bistro and Skinny Legs (try the rum punch, wow!) The (adult) guys loved driving the rough roads and pretending the up and down hills were a rollercoaster. Our children learned lots of new words: island, turtle, fish.
The Pawlowski's and the Moller's , MI & IL , 08/2013
A good time was had by all! Estate Fortsberg is perfect. Snorkeling was our thing and we saw so much. The rain came at night and the sun came at dawn - what more can you ask for? Took a boat trip to the beautiful BVI's . The highlight of my week was enjoying the view from the patio! STUNNING! But the highlight of my son's week was getting to drive the jeep around the island. Thank you.
Philips & Company , Colorado , 06/2013
Paradise. Simply paradise.
Meg, Kristen, Ken, Rob, Val & Carolyn , PA & VA , 05/2013
Planning this trip months ahead we had many villas to choose from and we know we picked the perfect one for our group of 8. Estate Fortsberg was so much more than we expected, wonderful & perfect. Appreciated everything about it, all the attention to every detail. It had the WOW factor everytime we walked through the door. We could not have found a better set-up for the four couples-prefect! We discovered the entire island and fell in love all over again. St John is mine and my husband's favorite island and we can't wait to come back someday and we would definitely stay here. Thank you for your beautiful villa.
The Browns & Company , Ohio , 04/2013
We are a group of 8 from Columbia, Maryland and we are still in awe at this house! So many thoughtful gestures - flashlights, totes, perfect kitchen. We all escaped our children and jobs and are planning to stay here forever - hope that's ok!
The Sungs , Maryland , 04/2013
Our first time stying at Estate Fortsberg and we could not have chosen a better villa! Thank you, you have a beautiful home. Our first hikes were to the remains of the fort above the property and the canons down at the point, below the villa. We visitied Annaburg to see the plantation remains also. Some of our groupr hiked to see the petroglyphs via the Reef Bay Trail (take pleanty of water). Snorkeling in Maho bay with the sea turtles was amazing! Would highly recommend the Kekeo and Breakway II for boating trips. We visited Miss Lucy's, Vie's & Skinny Legs. All in all, a beautiful week and amazing experience for us all! Can't wait to be back and can't imagine staying anywhere else. Thank you so much.
The Hubmann's, Erato's, Snow's & Sontag's , Wisconsin , 03/2013
Thank you so much for a fabulous trip, the beaches, laughter and views were splendid, only outdone by the company. I will never forget this...thanks for making it such an incredable birthday!
K & L , Maryland , 02/2013
For a tropical wonder, St. John's where to be, a tranquil isle with the bluest sea.
Underwater life peoples its bays, angels, parrots, turtles and rays.
At the end of the day, when its time to rest, Estate Fortsberg is simply the best!
Our favorites: Maho bay, Columbo smoothie stand, Skinny Legs burgers, Miss Lucy's lunch, lobster rolls at the Tourist Trap, Aqua Bistro for dinner.
Steve & Catherine, Carolyn & Carmine, Pat & Chubby , Maryland & South Carolina , 01/2013
Estate Fortsberg is such a wonderful place. The view is breath taking and the outdoor living spaces of the house were so perfect! The short hike to the fort was a great treat. We enjoyed learning the history of this area and Coral bay. We enjoyed the house tremendously; our memories of our stay at Estate Fortsberg will remain dear to us. Thank you for building such a special home.
Roxanne, Angela and Michael , Boston, MA , 12/2012
Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. We packed all week with lots of pool time, beach exploring, amazing snorkelling, frozen cocktails and hiking! Looking forward to a second visit!
The Ackerman, Lindsey, Galloway and McEtge’s , NY , 11/2012
We have truly loved our Caribbean paradise vacation. We are 4 couples who travel together and this has been an amazing trip. The view from the deck is spectacular. We were lucky enough to be here during a full moon and loved watching it rise every evening. Frank Sinatra and star gazing on the deck complete with dancing. This is a beautiful home and we loved staying here. Thank you so much! We hope to come back someday!
The Hall/McMein, Lockyer, and Fowler’s , New York , 09/2012
We were here for our honeymoon! We loved every minute of Estate Fortsberg. The view was amazing and we enjoyed spending the day in the pool looking at the ocean. We fell in love with this house and all of its details; also the animals in the driveway were picture perfect! Loved everything and it was a perfect honeymoon!
Nicole and Chris , London, England , 07/2012
Thanks again for a wonderful place to call home on St. John for the week. The last night we were sitting around the table on the deck, discussing our next vacation. We can't do St. John every year but we all agreed we need to make a return visit in the future! And as one of our group said "There might be a better place to stay on the island, but I can't believe there is one!" The view was incredible and we loved the sound system out on the deck--we played Frank Sinatra and stargazed and then did some dancing in the moonlight. It was gorgeous with the full moon. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay on the island!
Shirley Hall , Missouri , 06/2012
We are 4 couples from the Indianapolis Indiana area. We need our crying towel today as we must now exit the island and get back to our 9-5 jobs. Paradise lost….wild ride up the mountain and we knew we were not in Indiana any longer. By the end of the week the road was like a boulevard from the hard work the backhoe operator accomplished. I have to admit the outdoor shower was heaven with the birds and other critters singing along with me. The pictures will always bring the sights and smells back to life for each of us in the dead of our Midwest winters.
The Brittain’s/Davis’ Families , Indiana , 05/2012
Coming from the Midwest; Ann Arbor, MI and Chicago, IL, we were loving the tropical climate. Best of all, was this fantastic place with incredible panoramic views! The beaches and snorkelling were great but we always looked forward to returning to this awesome house.
The McNair /McLaughlin Families , MI & IL , 04/2012
Loved your villa! Six adults enjoyed pool, hot tub and ping pong table. Beautiful sunrises! Great breezes. The private road was an adventure each time we used it, frequently greeted by one of the donkeys. The bird bath attracted beautiful birds. The nightly visit of bats was something else!
The Flinks , Loudonville, NY , 04/2012
What can we say! Thanks for sharing your amazing house with us. We had a fantastic time and the view never gets old. It is paradise and so much to do and discover. We made it to the Fort top and bottom. Lots of great memories with friends, we loved it all!
Thanks for an amazing week in Paradise. Everything was wonderful, the days were warm and sunny, we had lots of great food, fun times and the drinks never stopped flowing, and especially the trip was so special due to the friends we shared it with.
We feel as though we were transported to our very own Corona commercial! Words cannot convey our appreciation of Estate Fortsberg. Thanks for the gorgeous views and accommodations, and treasured memories.
Clare and Ty, Terri and Jim, Sean and Tracey , Michigan , 03/2012
This is “Heaven on Earth”. Magnificent house with the best views!! Loved this trip with wonderful friends. Caneel Bay for tennis, Cinnamon Bay beach, Shipwreck, etc. Thanks for sharing this absolutely wonderful place!
Loved our time in this decadent escape! The woodwork and hardware completely remind me of a sailboat. What a wonderful first time on island in the VI’s experience.
Amazing! Words do not begin to describe the beauty and tranquillity of Fortsberg and
St John. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful place with us. Being here with 7 terrific women will forever be a cherished memory.
The words to the Talking Heads song: “We’re on the road to nowhere” went through my mind coming up to the house. Who knew Awesome would be at the end of that road! Thank you for a great GIRLS getaway plus TENNIS! I am truly grateful for our team’s friendships and will treasure the memories and pictures.
Barbara, Linda, Kristin, Amy , From All Over, USA , 02/2012
What a wonderful vacation. Thanks so much for sharing your small slice of paradise with us. We had a wonderful time. The best part was sitting on the terrace and enjoying the view and the pool. Miss Vie’s Snack Shack has a great beach and really good chicken and conch fritters, best on the island. Thanks once again for sharing your beautiful home with us.
The Ehman Family , 06/2011
We are here with our family to celebrate our 30th anniversary! What a fabulous villa, so spectacular, that one forgets the bumpy ride. Being in Coral Bay is so peaceful and beautiful. Definitely island time! While we were here our oldest proposed to his girlfriend, a momentous occasion. Life certainly goes in circles.
The Clarks , 05/2011
I was here with my brother, my mom and dad. We have come to this island 10 times, but this is our favorite so far. We like to be on the East End. The pool is so, so cool because we could look out at the Caribbean. I feel like the luckiest 10 year old on earth. Have a fun vacation.
The Cook Family , 04/2011
Thank you for sharing your beautiful home. It was everything that we expected. The views were amazing! It was worth the trip up and down the mountain every day. This was spring break for my family and the kids' first trip to the Caribbean. We enjoyed hiking up the trail to Rams Head and making rock sculptures along the path. Our favorite place to snorkel was Princess Bay; the shore is rocky but there were a lot of beautiful fish close to the shoreline. We also enjoyed Maho Bay; there were several large turtles and sting rays. Hope to be back soon.
So fortunate to celebrate my 50th birthday on St. John and to stay at such a spectacular villa. Experiencing the beauty and the sight of the Caribbean with my family and friends has been a special gift that I will always treasure. We particularly enjoyed our boat ride to the British Virgin Islands, brunch at Concordia, and spending time on the terrace here.
Harpswell, ME , 04/2011
We came, we saw but unlike in our busy lives stateside, we felt no need to conquer. Instead we let the peace and tranquillity this island has to offer wash over all of us. All sense of time was lost as we enjoyed the pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and candlelight dinners under the stars. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
The Kahls , 04/2011
What a beautiful home with a beautiful, spectacular view at the end of a crazy dirt road! We have had several trips here and this place was our favorite! We did our favorite things and we stayed home one day and floated in the pool. We enjoyed the donkeys, chickens, goats, geckos, iguanas, and bannaquits. Everything was perfect. Hope to be back soon.
The Lochner Family , 03/2011
We had a fantastic first trip to St. John. Everything was perfect. The house exceeded our expectations! The view is one of dreams; I kept pinching myself to see if I was awake! Everything we did was our favorite! Believe or not we loved the driveway, an adventure every time we came home.
The Hallends Family , 08/2010
Thank you for sharing your amazing villa, truly paradise! We brought the whole family and had a wonderful time, snorkelling, relaxing by the pool, sunrise, Skinny’s for burgers, breakfast at Donkey Diner (and pizza on Wednesdays, a must)! Eating out on the terrace, the views are gorgeous! The Fort behind the house, a hidden piece of history. So much to take in, it is hard to leave this beautiful villa and island. Best vacation in a long time, kids had a blast and we were still able to relax.
The Brady Family , 08/2010
We had a great week! We enjoyed the windsurfing, snorkelling, the beaches, the pool and especially the amazing view! Thanks for a fantastic vacation!
Annapolis, MD , 07/2010
We had an amazing week! Despite a few battles with insects small and large, we were blessed to be here. In addition to the wildlife every visitor has written of, we found great joy in our sail on Breath, the beaching and snorkelling on Cinnamon and Trunk Bays, the peace and style of the house and dinner at Chateau Bordeaux on Bordeaux Mountain, among our best. It is easy to understand how so many have decided to trade their stateside life. We have done much, but left even more to do and to see for future visits. Thank you owners for the great privilege of being in your home, we look forward to another visit.
Pittsburgh, PA , 07/2010
Thank you so much for letting us visit your beautiful home in paradise! We brought our whole family and enjoyed every minute. This is the best time we’ve spent on St. John. We loved the pool, porches, beds and the showers. Fantastic! It was a great gift. The critters were so interesting and unexpected. Our little ones loved the hermit crabs, donkeys, chickens, goats, and birds. Wow! best wishes from Missouri!
The Gaunt Family , Missouri , 06/2010
Loved your villa! Six adults enjoyed pool, hot tub and ping pong table. Beautiful sunrises! Great breezes... The private road was an adventure each time we used it. Frequently greeted by one of the donkeys. the little bird bath attracted beautiful birds. The nightly visit of the bats was something else!
Schauffers , 04/2010
We have stayed in many parts of the Caribbean, but your house takes first prize! The location and design features are outstanding and we really, sincerely thank you for allowing us to experience them. We all agree that the East End has a charming community spirit which seems quite different from the rest of the island and to us was the most preferable. Thank you again for allowing us to stay.
The Kidd and Brooks Families , 04/2010
The first day of spring. With the arrival of spring, going back to Boston after a week in your lovely villa is a little bit easier. This is a magnificent home in an unbelievable sliver of paradise! So hard to leave. Thank you for opening it up to our family.
Boston, MA , 03/2010
This is a magnificent home in an unbelievable sliver of paradise! So hard to leave. Thank you for opening it to our family. We had 3 of our 4 teenagers with us. We will just have to return to experience the wonder of the sun, water, roads, donkeys and rum! Thank you and enjoy!
The Kenary's , Boston, MA , 03/2010
We had an amazing time on St. John. We all agree this villa is amazing; we don’t want to go home! You have really thought of everything here. The details were wonderfully thought through: kitchen utensils, room design, coolers, washer/dryer, LOVE IT! Thank you and we hope to visit again.
New York , 03/2010
We had an amazing time on St. John! We all agree that the villa is amazing! We don't want to go home. You've really thought of everything here. The details were wonderful throughout...love it! Thank you and we hope to visit again!
Erin and Gregg , NY , 03/2010
We had a wonderful stay here at Estate Fortsberg! Thank you so much for building this home and letting us share this amazing place! I’ve really enjoyed every minute! Great views, amazing friends and good times!
West Orange, NJ , 02/2010
What an amazing week we had on St. John using this beautiful estate as our home base. We travelled with another family and our combined 2 toddlers who had such a great time in the pool. Thank you Windspree and the owners, we will definitely be back!
Massachusetts , 02/2010
We had a wonderful stay here! Thank you so much for building such a beautiful home and letting us share this amazing place! I've really enjoyed every minute.
Lynda and John Bradley , West Orange, NJ , 02/2010
This home is paradise! We were so happy we decided to stay in Coral Bay! We enjoyed this peaceful and gorgeous side of the island and will never stay anywhere else in St. John. Thank you, Windspree and the owners, for giving us such an amazing vacation! Our 16 month daughter's 1st trip and she also had a blast!
The Schindlers , Boston, MA , 02/2010
Wghat an amazing week we had on St. John using this beautiful estate as our home base. we traveled with another family and our combined two toddlers who had such a great time in the pool. Favorite "must dos": Ted's supper club (comes to house to cook), dinner at Shipwreck, Paradise massage, discovering the East End, brunch at Miss. Lucy's, breakfast and take-out pizza at Donkey Diner. Thank you Windspree and owners--we'll definitely be back!
The Kropps , MA , 02/2010
The view is beyond description! You feel like you are on a ship, not land! Had the best weather and went to a different beach every day. You have a great spot!
The view is beyond description! You feel like you are on a ship, not land! Had great weather and went to a different beach every day. Trunk Bay always beautiful, but Lil Lameshur Bay great to get away from crowds. You have a great spot!
The Edwards , Westborough, MA , 02/2010
Thank you so much! Wow! A great house which created a wonderful experience that we will always remember! Highly recommend Captain Truman 's Flyaway Charters for a boat cruise (right out of Coral Bay). What a great time. Loved the Cinnamon Bay hike as well as Rams Head hike. Beautiful full moon on our last night. Thanks for a great time.
Severna Park, MD , 01/2010
What a great time! Highly recommend Flyaway Charters, right out of Coral Bay. Loved the Cinnamon Bay hike as well as Ram's Head hike. Beautiful full moon on our last night. Thanks for a great time!
Diane and Nick Lambrow , 01/2010
Wow! A great home that created a wonderful experience that we will always remember! Thank you so much!
The Powell's , MD , 01/2010
Great house, amazing views, and a great pool. Perfect for a big group (we were 10).
Virginia Beach, VA , 12/2009
Great house, amazing views and great pool. Perfect for a big group (we were 10).
Debbie , FL and VA , 12/2009
We had an amazing time here at your home! Beautiful home, location, and sunrises. We enjoyed nightly falling stars, watching the cruise ships cross, and hearing the waves crash! Island Blues was one of our favorites for food, really good! Chartered the boat Fly Fish with Captain Truman, he knows all the spots to hit and we had a great time! Hope to be back in 6 months!
Carroll, IA , 12/2009
We had an amazing time here at your home! Beautiful location, home, sunrises. We enjoyed nightly star gazing, watching the cruise ships, and hearing the waves splash! Island Blues was one of our favs for food--really good! Took a boat out and it was a great time. Hope to be back in 6 months!
The Simons , Carrou, Iowa , 12/2009
We highly recommend waking up every day for sunrise, breathtaking! We enjoyed Maho Bay, Francis Bay, Salt Pond Bay, and Cinnamon Bay, all very beautiful with great things to enjoy. Skinny Legs was a lot of fun with great drinks and a wonderful shopping area. The pool and hot tub are wonderful here, very relaxing. The rooms here are great with a lot of privacy and space, very nice!
The Mauceli Family , 11/2009
Your villa is amazing. This is a wonderful place to come back after a day of hiking and snorkelling. The views and privacy were exactly what we were looking for in a villa. We hope to return soon!
Monroe, CT , 11/2009
We highly recommend waking up every day for sunrise...breathtaking! We enjoyed going to maho Beach, Francis, Salt Water Pond and Cinnamon Bay... all very beautiful will great things to enjoy. The pool and hot tub are wonderful here-very relaxing. The rooms are great with lots of privacy and space--very nice! The road to get up here is a bit challenging but if you have the right rental car it's a lot of fun! Unbelievable house and view! We had a fantastic time, can't wait to come back.
Bruce and Lisa , PA , 11/2009
We brought our closest friends down for our wedding at Nazareth Lutheran in Cruz Bay. Having everyone here together prior to the wedding was the most special experience of our lives! The villa is beautiful, well done! Anyone who has the gumption to climb the hill to the Fort, it is well worth it!
S & J Cochran , 10/2009
Once again we had the time of our lives. Weather was fantastic, beaches were awesome and the house was grand. Thanks for having us!
Jen, Pat and Katie , 07/2009
Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful island house with us! It was perfect! Warmest regards,
Craig and Michelle , 07/2009
Thank you so much for opening your home to us-what a lovely place! Cant go wrong with the fish and chips at Shipwreck Landing. Too many great places to name them all but Im sure youll see them for yourself.
CO , 06/2009
Did and loved it all! What a fantastic vacation we had! Cinnamon, Trunk, Jost, Soggy Dollar, Foxys, Capt. Truman, Willy T at Norman Thanks so much!
MD , 06/2009
Perfect family vacation location. Lots to do, lots of comforts, loved it all! Thanks!
MD , 06/2009
Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us. We had a great time and are leaving with a lot of amazing memories.
Davidsonville, MD , 05/2009
Your villa is amazing. This is a wonderful place to come back to after a day of hiking and snorkeling. The views and privacy were exactly what we were looking for in a villa. We hope to return soon! Recommendations: -Book a full day sail on Long Distance-Go to Vies beach-Snorkel Haulover-Hike Ram Head-Hike to the Battery (cannons below) pizza at Big Belly Deli-Breakfast at Donkey Diner-Any meal at Shipwrecks-Dinner at Aqua Bistro
Michael and Suzanne , 05/2009
Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us. We had a great time and are leaving with a lot of amazing memories. Thanks!
MD , 05/2009
This place is amazing! Loved Skinny Legs! Loved snorkeling. Water is so beautiful!
Melani and Matthew , 05/2009
Great house and we had a great time! Loved Salt Pond Bay! Saw turtles at Waterlemon. Trunk Bay was beautiful but crowded. Skinnys has good burgers. Had fun in the pool and loved the outdoor showers. Hope to come back next year!
Tim and Alice , 04/2009
This house is soooo amazing!! The island is beautiful from the beaches to the mountains to the donkeys. Some of the things we really enjoyed were Donkey Diner, Skinny Legs and the Calypso Catamaran sailing trip. Thanks for the great experience and a fun vacation!
Caroline , 04/2009
We had a fabulous time-thanks so much! Wonderful house-loved the sounds of the waves every night-just lovely-wish we didnt have to go home
David, Lisa, Alex, Steph, David, Victoria, Brittany and Alex , 03/2009
Wonderful vacation! Incredible views! Whales in Coral Bay! Weather was great! Food was great. Rum was better. HOT TUB!! Dirt road keep it, dont pave Already thinking about next year.
TN and GA , 03/2009
I had a great time! This is a great house and the bed is soft! And the pool is fun! And the view is pretty! I like to throw diving rings in because it is fun!
Meg, age 7 , Rome, GA , 03/2009
Your house here is wonderful, the beds are so soft and me and my daddy love to play on the ping pong table! The pool is so nice! The first day here I said, I can stay here for a long time. Maho is the best bay and kid friendly! Me and my daddy are going snorkeling there! The waves are not that rough there! Cinnamon Bays waves are rough and it has lots of rocks. My sister, Megan got a scrape on the rock but she did not cry! My brother Ian and I love the waves, we play with the waves! My family and I had a great time! Love
Sydney, age 9 , Rome, GA , 03/2009
Weve explored this beautiful island from this beautiful home Wow! Thanks for the memories
Erik and Lisa , 02/2009
Hmmm .Sun was too hot! Im too tan! Beer was too cold! The slight breeze was annoying those birds are nasty creatures! Loved the bumpy driveway! Your neighbour is some partier-dont ever invite us back again!
Denise and Lee , 01/2009
Heaven on Earth! Thank you for a fantastic vacation. Your home is amazing and the view is beyond words! Many thanks!
Scott and Mary , 01/2009
Our stay was spectacular from start to finish. We were greeted with your beautiful home, ideal for the perfect escape. Breathtaking views, fabulous cuisine and drinks, especially lobster at Morgan’s Mango where the entertainment was Greg Kinslow on guitar (fabulous). We saw 4 perfect rainbows during our week here. Love the beaches, hummingbirds, pelicans, goats and donkeys. To end our stay we took a ride on Pirates Penny to The Baths on Virgin Gorda, Cooper Island for lunch, and the Soggy Dollar for painkillers. The captain told great stories thoughout and he and his crew were great. We couldn’t have asked for a better vacation.
Guldan , 12/2008
What a great family vacation! The house was awesome, the weather great, and the beaches beautiful. But most important, the memories are priceless. Thank you for sharing your slice of heaven!
NY , 12/2008
Our stay was spectacular from start to finish! Your beautiful home is ideal for the perfect escape. Breathtaking views everywhere, fabulous cuisine and drinks We saw 4 perfect rainbows during our week here. Love the beaches, pelicans, goats and donkeys. Ride on the Pirates Penny to Virgin Gorda and snorkel the Baths Cooper Island for lunch Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost for a painkiller. We couldnt have asked for a better vacation. Thanks!
Kimberly and Michael , 12/2008
This place is truly spectacular. We enjoyed every moment on the terrace. As a group we stopped counting at 50 pain killers (try the vanilla mango pain killer!). Three out of 4 of us got the ring on the hook. Pain Killers, Soggy Dollar, Zozo’s, Shipwreck, Island Blues, sunrise at 6am...one of our best vacations ever, will return home and tell everyone we know.
A & B Werder , 11/2008
1. Painkillers 2. Soggy Dollar 3. Zozo's at sunset 4. Shipwreck 5. Island Blues 6. Sunrise 7. One of the best vacations ever 8. Will and return and tell everyone we know as a group (4) we stopped counting after 50 painkillers (Try Vanilla Mango Painkiller!) This place is truly spectacular. We enjoyed every moment on the terrace.
MD , 11/2008
Wow! What a beautiful place-inside and out! We couldnt have enjoyed our vacation more. We feel so lucky to have shared in your wonderful villa-thanks!
The Cecere Family , 10/2008
A wonderful way to spend a 40th birthday. We celebrated with great friends in a beautiful house with an even better view. Everything was better than perfect. The days were just too short. We covered the island more than once, the beaches are great, the restaurants are great and the people are welcoming.
Golderi , Stansville, MD , 07/2008
What a great way to spend a 40th birthday. We celebrated with great friends in a beautiful house with an even better view. Everything was better than perfect. The days were just too short. We covered the island more than once the beaches are great, the people are welcoming.
FL and MD , 07/2008
Your home is as beautiful as the island itself. Thank you for sharing it with us. We had the time of our lives and cant wait to come back again.
The Cavanaush's , 07/2008
What a beautiful home, surrounded by nature’s beauty. Gorgeous views, wonderful beaches, home cooking, Donkey Diner, great food, and Cruz Bay! At night lie on the recliners and watch the stars in the darkness (some shooting stars, of course). What a great week, we cannot wait to come back!
Caldwell , Salisburg, MD , 06/2008
Beautiful house, awesome views. We had a great time and enjoyed everything about our stay and we are excited to return as soon as we can. Thanks for setting up such an incredible place.
B.E. , Annapolis, MD , 06/2008
Gorgeous views, wonderful beaches and great food-home cooking, Donkey Diner, etc. Watched the stars at night. What a beautiful home surrounded by natures beauty. We cannot wait to come back!
MD , 06/2008
Beautiful house, awesome views. We had a great time and enjoyed everything about our stay and are excited to return as soon as we can. Thanks for setting up such an incredible place.
MD , 06/2008
Wow! What a beautiful place, inside and out! We couldn’t have enjoyed our vacation more! We feel so lucky to have shared in your wonderful villa, Thanks!
The Cecere Family , 01/2008