How to Stay in an Historic Cottage in Saba


Saba’s historic Convent Cottage is traveler’s newest option for those looking to live like a local.

The luxury villa brings together Dutch Colonial charm and Old World elegance with a strong sense of island heritage.

Many of the traditional homes across Saba’s landscape are more than 100 years old and have been in local families for generations, and Convent Cottage is no exception.

This two bedroom/two bath house has been restored by third generation owner, Mark Johnson of Saba Island Premier Properties, whose family history with the property dates back 150 years.

Johnson personally designed the interiors and chose the furnishings, including some pieces of art and antiques from his own collection.

The cottage was originally in his mother’s family for several generations, when it was sold to lodge Dominican Nuns who were on the island teaching missionaries.

It was eventually abandoned and in disrepair, when Johnson was able to purchase it a few years ago.

He set about restoring the cottage and named it Convent Cottage in a nod to its history.

Convent Cottage’s wraparound porch is a picturesque spot to relax and enjoy the low key lifestyle of Saba.

The nearly 1,600 square foot home is located in the island’s town of Windwardside– an easy walk to shopping and restaurants.

Just adjacent is the Jewel Cottage, which is Johnson’s home and doubles as a shop where he sells the jewelry he designs.

The period details of Convent Cottage balance the contemporary updates that the restoration achieved, including new bathrooms, a modern kitchen, walk-in closets and crystal chandeliers.

The nightly rental rate for Convent Cottage is $300 and comes with housekeeping services, with a chef available at an additional charge.

— Dana Niland, CJ Contributor