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Sago Cottage: Romantic. Quaint, private, Great summer Special

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

1BR Oceanview Vacation Rental St. John, Virgin Islands USA, very romantic

Please read below for info about our Summer Special for all July August and September Rentals.

At Calabash Cottages we specialize in private getaways for two guests. This charming Caribbean cottage, Sago Cottage, is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway or a honeymoon. The open airy design and the cheerful colors are distinctly tropical, while the cozy ambiance of Sago Cottage will make you feel right at home. Sunrise and ocean views can be enjoyed from the four-poster bed. Moon rises from the deck or while lounging in the hot tub under a star-filled sky are unforgettable experiences. The secluded location of Sago Cottage is still just a short drive from our lovely white sand beaches, the national park hiking trails and a variety of restaurants. The cottage has a full kitchen and both indoor and outdoor dining.

We are offering a unique Honeymoon/ Romance package for all rentals in July, August and September. All of our guests will arrive to a prepped meal by our personal chef which can be reheated at their convenience. In addition they will be able to choose one of the following activities: A side by side couples massage at the cottage, a sail or sunset sail, or a guided snorkel kayak or paddle board tour. Please contact us for further details.

IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT RATES AND POLICIES: Our rentals run from Sunday to Sunday. We have two rates: Low season from April 16 to December 14 and High season from December 15 to April 15 and those rates are as listed. The only additional charge is 12.5% hotel tax. We do not collect a damage deposit. Our 20 year relationship with guests has taught us that this is not necessary. We treat our guests with respect and we have found that they return the favor. There are no extra costs for reservations, cleaning or service. If you encounter any additional charges when requesting a detailed quote it would be from the advertising site where you found us. Calabash Cottages is an established company and information about our rentals is easily found.

Car Rentals: Since the purchase of Homeaway and VRBO by Expedia we have seen an attachment at the bottom of our ads with them encouraging guests to book car rentals through their site. Because of our unique location we strongly advise against that. You do need a 4 wheel drive vehicle. We have for over 20 years done business with a very reliable company, Courtesy Car Rental. We believe in them enough that we forgo the commission they would give us and to apply it as a discount to your car rental. Please discuss car rentals with us before reserving. Our most important interest is in satisfying our customers. But the recent take over of our advertising sites by large corporations is constructing communication barriers. We can always be contacted directly.

More Details

Property Manager
Susan Brierley
Member since: 1998
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018

About Susan Brierley

We are thirty year residents of St. John. My husband is a retired builder. We built Sago cottage with about 90% of our own labor. It was truly a labor of love. We designed the sort of cottage that we would like to stay in ourselves. We like privacy and beautiful views. When we vacation, natural beauty is our highest priority, During construction we went on a trip to a nearby island and were disappointed. We made a vow not to ever misrepresent our homes and to always do our best to insure your precious vacation time is well spent at one of our Calabash Cottages. We have stayed true to that for over 20 years. We are very happy to answer any questions to help you decide if Sago Cottage or one of our other Calabash Cottages is a good fit for you.

Susan Brierley purchased this cottage in 1995

Why Susan Brierley chose Estate Calabash Boom

View, view, view. We chose a piece of property with a fabulous view and designed and built Sago Cottage in a traditional Caribbean style. We hope you will love it!

What makes this cottage unique

Our location is very quiet. Sago Cottage has all you need for a romantic vacation. We are extremely responsive to any questions or problems during your stay.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Estate Calabash Boom in Coral Bay

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • Mountain View
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View ...
  • rural
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Enclosed outdoor shower with shower garden
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Sleeping area is enclosed on three sides but open to the living area to afford a view out to sea. Sleeping area is one step up from living area so the view is not obscured by furnishings.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Decking
  • 2 deck chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Sago Cottage: Romantic. Quaint, private, Great summer Special
average rating of 4.84375 based on 32 reviews

Tennessee travelers - 6th year!

  • 5 of 5

What can we say? My husband and I have returned for 6 years and always love Sago cottage. The views are incredible - especially the sunrises. The house is lovely and equipped with everything you would need - snorkel gear, beach chairs, beach towels, fully equipped kitchen, etc. The way the house is situated, there are constant breezes (but just in case - there are 3 ceiling fans and a free standing fan). Susan and crew provide support for setting up the jeep rental, the ground transportation, grocery locations, etc. We really love every detail - even the villa kitty - Tigger (stays outside but is available for attention!). The island, the house, and the view - incredible and highly recommended! We will be back for year #7!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise Found!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a fabulous week at Sago Cottage. A friend recommended this cottage, and it is actually more beautiful in person than in the online photos. The views of Hurricane Hole, The East End, and Tortola from the cottage porch are stunning. The cottage comes stocked with everything you need to enjoy the amazing St. John beaches: snorkeling equipment, beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, and coolers. We snorkeled every day at a different St. John beach. It was like swimming in an aquarium-the turquoise waters were teaming with fish, turtles, and rays. This was our first trip to USVI and the Calabash Cottages staff were so pleasant and professional to work with. They provided travel suggestions for a private airport taxi and a Jeep rental company that made the trip even more stress free. If you are looking for a very private and quiet getaway while enjoying the laid back Coral Bay end of St. John, Sago Cottage is the place to stay!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review. My husband and I built about 90 percent of Sago with our own hands so even 20 years later we are always happy to hear how much guests enjoy there time there. I am sure A. and J. will be glad that their recommendation worked out for you. it sounds like you really made the best of the island. We hope that you come visit us again and promise to always work on maintaining and improving our amenities and services, All the best- Susan
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York, PA

Get Away from it all at Sago Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was a great getaway week for my husband and me-we went for our birthdays! The cottage location is fabulous, with great views, privacy, and leaves you feeling removed from the rest of the world. Yet all the comforts of home are provided - well stocked kitchen, hot tub, nice towels & linens. As much as I loved the view from the front deck, the view upon waking up to the sun coming in the windows and looking out over the islands was even better! Groceries on the island are pricey, but the staff of Sago took us to the grocery store upon arrival and gave us advice on nice places to eat. Snorkeling was great every beach we visited. This is a great place to visit for active, laid back people who like to explore and aren't into staying at glitzy hotel type places. Boating is great here, too. Not a good island for biking as roads are curvy, hilly, and have tight bends to get around.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for spending your birthday week with us and sharing your experiences for future guests. I'm glad that you enjoyed the sunrises- they are fantastic. Anyone who can schedule their trip around the full moon will also be treated to gorgeous moon rises. We do have lots of activities for adventurous guests but I agree that it's not ideal for biking. I am one of the few fools that actually do bike on the island but that doesn't make it a good idea:) I hope we see you again! Susan
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A mesmerizing view

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Sago cottage. It is so charming and comfortable and stocked with everything we needed, including beach and snorkeling equipment which were invaluable. Our favorite spot was sitting in the comfortable adirondack chairs on the deck and looking at that amazing view of the islands. And added to the beautiful view is the lush foilage surrounding the cottage which enhanced our enjoyment and was home to a variety of birds. We especially enjoyed feeding sugar to the pretty little bananaquits which were frequent visitors. As much as we enjoyed all the activities of the day, i.e. swimming, snorkeling and hiking, we always looked forward to returning to "our" chairs on the deck and enjoying the view. The service of the Calabash staff cannot be beat and they were so prompt with any questions we had. I could not imagine a better staff and a more lovely spot for our first trip to St. John.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a beautiful description of your week at Sago. I am s glad that you appreciated all the cottage and the island had to offer. My husband and I did almost all of the construction of Sago Cottage. It was truly a labor of love so we are so happy to hear from guests that enjoyed a peaceful happy week there. We hope that is you come back to the island we will see you again. Thanks for your review- Susan
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Cambridge, MA

Loved our time at Sago!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had such an awesome time at Sago cottage. It was exactly what we were looking for in a romantic, fun filled honeymoon. The house was beautiful and very well maintained. I would love to come back some day to stay at Sago in Coral Bay!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Feb-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for trusting us with your honeymoon. I am very happy that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for sharing! I hope we see you again. Susan
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Sarasota, FL

Perfect Island Cottage for Romantic Engagement Week

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at Sago and it will always be very special to us. During our most recent trip I proposed to my now fiancee and we had a perfect week! Our travel to St. John was a mess but a simple call to Susan and her staff was enough to make sure that the ride from the airport, ferry, rental car, and lodging were all still perfectly arranged for a smooth first night on the island. What could have been a horrible start to our vacation was made very simple thanks to Susan, Warren G Taxi, Diane, Margaret and the whole team at Calabash.

Sago offers a beautiful view of the east end of St. John, Norman Island, Coral Bay, and the Hurricane Hole. The cottage is uniquely positioned close to the Salt Pond trails and snorkeling areas as well as north shore road and Anaberg ruins. Grocery shopping should be done at the starfish market when you arrive but you can always visit Louis at the Love City Market in Coral Bay or the Calabash Market. We particularly enjoyed spending time at Skinny Legs and snorkeling Waterlemon Bay. Aqua Bistro is an excellent restaurant with an outstanding bar. The Ram's Head Trail is also close by and is a hot but rewarding hike. In past trips we also enjoyed the morning yoga at Concordia but unfortunately this was closed during our most recent visit. Apparently many things open in mid-November for the "season".

If planning to stay at Sago, make sure to reserve a vehicle with 4WD. This is a MUST and also opens up the island for exploring. I personally love driving on the island but have to remember to KEEP LEFT! The road up to the cottage from salt pond road is very steep and the turns into dirt/gravel. There are two paved switch-backs before you get to the cottage and it helps to switch out of 4WD to make these turns (and go easy on your vehicle's transmission). I have never had trouble on the roads, even in moderate rain, just go slow and make sure to utilize your 4WD!

The sunrise from this cottage is breathtaking! When clear at nighttime (usually a few hours after sunset), it is nice to enjoy the night sky from the spa (while also avoiding mosquitos and no see ums). I would recommend utilizing the mosquito repellant incense or candles while in the spa or outdoor shower. The indoor fans and mosquito netting help prevent these pests while inside and sleeping. Be prepared for morning visits from "sneezy" the friendly island cat and local donkeys.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
St. Thomas
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Shipwreck Landing
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Shipwreck Landing
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
Salt Pond bay
Car: necessary

Remote and quiet setting, three quarters of a mile up dirt road with very little traffic. Beautiful view of Coral Bay and nearby islands. Fabulous sunrises and moon rises. Faces directly into the trade winds. Near to beaches, shops restaurants, hiking trails and boating.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Estate Calabash Boom, St John

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season 2018
16 Apr 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
16 Dec 2018 - 14 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

There is an additional 12.5% hotel tax that will be added to the weekly rate.

Check or money order. 50% at time of reservation. Balance due 30 days before arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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