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“Great location--gorgeous gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Estate Lindholm

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Estate Lindholm
Ranked #1 of 5 Cruz Bay B&B and Inns
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Pennsylvania
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“Great location--gorgeous gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at Estate Lindholm for a week in July, and it really was in the perfect location--close enough to walk into town, but high enough on the hill so that all you heard at night were peepers.

The grounds of Estate Lindholm were simply lovely. Very lush; all kinds of tropical plants coupled with a fantastic view of Cruz Bay. We stayed in the honeymoon suite, which had a queen size bed, balcony, nice-sized bathroom, and small sink/mini-fridge/microwave area.

Lauren and Brion, the owners, were very helpful and accommodating (also a big thank you to Lauren's friend, Linda, for all of the useful info). Lauren picked us up at the ferry when we arrived and also took us back to the ferry on the day we left. She was always available to answer any questions we had (and provide freshly cut aloe for our sunburn!).

She had plenty of coolers, beach towels, and beach chairs for guests to use, and they came in really handy. There was also an honor bar set up the breakfast area, which was convenient.

We rented a Jeep from Varlack in Cruz Bay--the folks there were incredibly nice. (You could certainly walk into Cruz Bay and back from Estate Lindholm, which we did a few times--but you really need to be careful walking back at night because there's no shoulder--and no lights--on the road.) We arrived on St. John after Varlack had closed for the day (a Sat.), but Lauren had picked up the Jeep keys for us--so we walked into town Sunday a.m. and got the Jeep then, even though Varlack is closed on Sundays. Then we went back Monday to fill out the paperwork.

When you're in town, Varlack lets you park on the sidewalk (literally--all four tires on the sidewalk) in front of their business. We did that a few times, but then discovered that you can park in the Visitor Center employee parking lot after 5 p.m. every day--which was a lot easier.

I would highly recommend renting a vehicle if you want to go to the "non-touristy" beaches (even though we were there during the off-season, many of the beaches still had plenty of people on them).

The only somewhat disappointment with Estate Lindholm was the breakfast. Granted, we knew going in (and from reading other reviews) that the breakfast was continental. But after 7 days of the same thing (cereal, bagels/croissants, pineapple/cantaloupe) with no protein, it started to get a little old. However, that certainly wasn't even close to being a deal breaker! And you're probably not going to find any place else on the island with such an outstanding view while drinking your coffee!

We would highly recommend Estate Lindholm, and would definitely go back!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Russellville, Arkansas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2013

Estate Lindholm was the highlight of our St. John trip. From the breakfast every morning poolside to many other numerous amenitites, every moment was enjoyable. The grounds are generously lush and some of the most neatly kempt. Lindholm was located just on the outskirt of the port with a gorgeous sunset view. The staff were kind and attentive, the owners made you feel as if you belonged at Lindholm, and it were your home away from home.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013

We had the most wonderful time during our stay at the Estate Lindholm, at the end of April 2012. There were so many things we loved about it, its hard to know where to begin. To say the gardens on the estate were gorgeous is an understatement. Each morning, the groundskeeper carefully placed flower petals on the steps that lead to the breakfast area. The breakfast was a standard continental breakfast, with delicious fresh fruit, but what was most enjoyable about the breakfast was the view. The patio area overlooks Cruz Bay and you can see other islands from it as well.

The owners were also a joy to be around and incredibly helpful and down to earth. We talked to them about some of the things we enjoyed, and they made numerous suggestions. It was very clear that they enjoyed meeting new people, and wanted to ensure that their guests enjoyed all aspects of the island. We mentioned we were on a little bit of a budget, so they made some suggestions for restaurants that wouldn't break the bank. One of the best suggestions they made was for a brief hike to the top of the island. We never would have found this trail otherwise, and were treated to a birds-eye view of the entire island.

The location was perfect. It was a short walk down to town, and within easy walking distance of honeymoon bay, and the aforementioned trail to the top of the island. We even went without a rental car for much of the trip because its location made it easy to either walk to your destination, or hail a taxi.

This hotel offers a charming alternative to overbuilt resorts, while escaping the noise and crowded feel of being right in Cruz Bay. I can't imagine staying anywhere else on the island when we make our return

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bay City, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

Myself and five friends just returned from 10 glorious days in beautiful St. John. I was lucky enough to be able to again stay at Estate Lindholm. This stay was just as fabulous as the last time I stayed last August. The estate grounds are still stunning and the views of Cruz Bay breathtaking. Lauren was once again the most gracious of hosts and went out of her way to make our stay a memorable one. The room I had this time was Caneel and considered a "garden view", but we could still see the bay from our balcony. I would again highly recommend Estate Lindholm to anyone who is looking for a low key place. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty that St. John has to offer. I'm looking forward to visiting again soon and making Estate Lindholm my home away from home!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Oak Lawn, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2013

My husband and I had a perfect week in April. Rained at night to open up to sunny skies at night. You will enjoy the stress free pickup at the ferry from Lauren and a welcome to the island. The complimentary sun chairs, cooler, beach towels and breakfast set us up each day for our beach days. The estate is beautiful, pool area relaxing all with in walking distance to Cruz Bay.
Highly recommend it and can not wait to go again.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2013

Love this place! My wife and I are staying here for 8 nights and it has been truly wonderful! The gardens are very well kept. This is the place for you are not resort people. When we come back we will stay here again! The view is perfect!

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tyler, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2013

My husband and I stayed at Estate Lindholm from May 12-16. KD (Lauren's assistant) picked us up from the ferry dock and escorted us to our jeep rental place. She even waited with us while they were getting our jeep, told us about St John, and even helped inspect the vehicle when we got it! When we got to the B&B it was everything I had expected and more. The gardens at the estate are absolutely beautiful. All kinds of flowers, palms and other plants were very well kept. Paradise is exactly the word I would use to describe it. Birds chirping, lizards running around and the scent of different flowers floating in the air.

We got a "garden" view room, but we still had views of the water! We had our own private patio. The room was simple, clean and cozy. Had a little sitting area with a couch, small kitchen area with a sink, microwave, minifridge and utensils and plates/cups were supplied. AC was more than adequate and our room was cleaned everyday. We would be on the beach by 8am, back in mid afternoon for a nap (haha, we would get worn out) and out again. If I were to be picky, I would of rather of had a king bed instead of a queen and better bedding--but to be REAL, I had absolutely no problem falling asleep every night because I was exhausted. I was out the minute my head hit the pillow. I think expectations play a lot into how well people like a place. This is certainly not a resort. It doesn't make itself out to be that way. If that's what you want, you would be happy at the Westin. Lauren is certainly helpful and is willing to help setup excursions and trips, etc. But she pretty much leaves you to yourself unless you need her. There is no being waited on hand and foot here. But if you want beauty, privacy and feeling like your in your own oasis, this place is for you!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Estate Lindholm
Address: P.O. Box 1360, Cruz Bay 00831-1360, St. John
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Region: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. John > Cruz Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Cruz Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Estate Lindholm 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic small inn within the VI Nat'l Park, overlooking picturesque Cruz Bay harbor - walking distance to gorgeous white sandy beaches and the shopping and restaurants of town. Modern, comfortable rooms, with all amenities. Charming old-world ambiance with beautiful gardens. A rare property, with very personal attention. ... more   less 
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