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April 2, 2022
Hi Kent & Dawn,
I wanted to drop a note
and thank you for allowing us to share your
beautiful villa in Cane Bay late February 2022.
It was our first
adventure in St Croix and I truly believe that we
could not have chosen a better property for our
group of 3 couples. The Cane Bay location is so
central to everything that we wanted to explore in
both directions but loved coming back to such a laid
back and serene place after our daily exploring. A
week was not nearly long enough. We thoroughly
enjoyed the pool and the large outside deck where we
could just hang out, take in the beautiful ocean
view and the gentle sound of the waves. The villa
has just about everything that we could have asked
for. Your communication regarding a few issues that
popped up was good. We are already trying to come
up with dates to return in 2023. Thanks again!!!
villa was everything we hoped it would be! Best time
ever!! Loved St. Croix and the people.
We WILL be coming back.
Thank you so very much!
Lori & Family
Kent & Dawn - Thank you!!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! This may become our
Thanksgiving tradition. The place was beautiful, clean
and was exactly what we needed. Thank you for all your
patience while I worked to find Jerry places to stay
while working on the island. He and John loved Gentle
Winds / Caribbean Breeze as well. In both places it is
clear they are loved just bas you love your own home,
which make them wonderful places to stay. I will be in
touch about pre-booking next Thanksgiving!
- Pool man came- all is
great. Exterminator came - downstairs
- The yard man came but did not mow. He trimmed but
could have taken time to mow. The grass is not too high
but will not be cut for your next guests.
|Nov. 25, 2020
Beautiful property - big
yard & very well maintained.
Accommodations nice -
well stocked - towels, kitchen items, etc.
6/8 - 6/15 2019
have stayed at many places with our family. Villa Dawn
is by far the best equipped place we have EVER
stayed at! So many amenities for the beach and all we
needed in the kitchen. The view is spectacular!! We got
up daily, early, so we could enjoy it. We loved the
proximity to restaurants and diving. Sweet Bottom folks
were great, as well as
eat@canebay and Spratnet. We were sad to have to
leave! The pool was so nice! Thank you again for
We had the most wonderful
time. Not our first & won't be our last time on the
The view, the pool, the
sunsets, the snorkeling at the bottom of the hill, pizza
at Off the Wall.
Thank you for everything
& the best vacation yet!
Mike & Cathey
P.S. AMA down the hill is
beautiful & the food was delicious but way over priced.
|Jay & Janet B.
We had such a wonderful time in your vacation
home. So beautiful - enjoyed the covered porch and
looking out to the sea and sunsets. The pool was great
and kept very clean. The yard was kept up nicely. Very
thoughtful of you to have some provisions as in toilet
paper, dish soap, laundry soap, etc. for when we came.
Plenty of towels for all of us too.
Overall - we loves staying here and would come back
or we would even be interested in renting your other
place (condo) if we come back. Y
Hi Kent & Dawn
Amazing stay, your home
in STX is truly the best. Nothing else we could have
wanted or needed - you've got the best stocked & most
well appointed home we've ever rented! Thank you!!
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Everything was great during
our trip. We really had no problems and loved the place.
There are some changes on the island due to things
closing, etc. from the previous storms. One of these
changes is that the Cane Bay Dive Shop location on Cane
Bay Beach is no longer there, it is now Sweet Bottom
dive shop. This is just an FYI. We did use Cane Bay Dive
Shop and they were great.
Thanks so much! We will
be back, it was awesome!
note: Cane Bay Dive Shop is still doing North Shore
dives and is still offering all the services they
offered in Cane Bay. They are looking for another North
Shore location for a shop, but for now their Base of
Operations is their shop in Frederiksted across from the
Oct 22, 2018
Hey there - Thanks a lot for
making your home available to us. Itís been an
incredible stay. The place really is amazing, possibly
one of the best views Iíve seen at sunset from the
We are leaving earlier than planned and will be out of
the house in the next 10 mins (11:40). We washed most of
the cups and plates, stripped the beds, and set aside
all of the sheets and towels to make it easier for the
Thanks again, look for are to coming back here again
sometime in the future!
|Traci M. & Family
7/25/18 - 8/1/18
The house & grounds were in excellent condition. The
pool guys & yard guy were professional & friendly. The
instructions you provided were thorough & accurate.
All considered we loved
our stay at Villa Dawn! Great house, great property,
We had a great Vac. Thank
|07/08/18 Villa Dawn
The house is spectacular!
The yard is absolutely beautiful and impeccably kept,
and the pool was fantastic. I can't say enough good
things about this house. Thank you so much for allowing
us to stay here, it made our family vacation perfect.
We went out diving and
saw loads of wonderful things! We saw some lionfish, a
massive school of Jackfish that circled us, and we also
had three large reef sharks swimming around us wanting
to get the lionfish. Snorkeling was also amazing, we
found so many new coral growths! We went around the pier
and saw octopus, a large manta ray and so many other
types of wildlife!
On one of the snorkeling
trips I found a conch shell, but was told I wasn't
allowed to keep it so I had to put it back. So I went to
the gift shop and bought one for you as a thank you
gift. I hope you like it.
Many thanks and God
|6/2 - 6/9 2018
Great stay! Everything was
in good shape. We would gladly have spent many weeks
there just like this one. Left a 1/2 page positive
write-up in the guest book. Thanks for the great
We had a wonderful week
at Villa Dawn. Great views - fun at the beach and pool.
Thank you for all you did - Generators - fans - to make
our stay a memorable one under not so normal
circumstances. We called it "Glamping" - Glamour
Camping. Thanks again for what you did for us.
guests had a family vacation planned at Villa Dawn for
December 2017. There were 14 of them! After hurricane
Maria hit in Sept. 2017, there was still not going to be
power for them in December. After all of the planning
that they did for the vacation, they didn't want to
cancel it. They still wanted to come to Villa Dawn! We
did everything we could to make their stay as
comfortable as possible)
7/22/17 - 7/29/17
Lost the comment sheet
We had a blast! Loved the
house and the location
Thanks again for your
Kent & Dawn-
What a relaxing place you have and that you are willing
to share it with others. Our friends Bob & Jan kept
telling me "how did you find this place?" I told them I
had the "luck of the Irish" --- along with the Luck I
searched "homeaway.com". Everything at the villa was
perfect - the pool, the decor, it was very clean and the
grill was outstanding. We all enjoyed days in the pool,
grilling out, nights playing cards. The week went way
too fast. We all agree we will be coming back to Villa
Shane & Connie D.
|6-12-17 (6-3 to 6-10-17
enjoyed our stay on the island and your home was a bonus
for us because we brought our kids this trip. We
thoroughly enjoyed reading the journals from past
visitors, the puzzles and games, reading material about
the island, and, of course the pool.
We are very appreciative
of your home as it will be forever a memory that is
truly a blessing to our family. Kent, you and your
family are in our prayers during this difficult time.
(my Mom passed away on June 9 :(
God's speed always!
Wonderful house. Can't tell
you how much we enjoyed our week here. Everything was
very comfortable and convenient. Everything was in
working order. Wouldn't change a thing.
|April 22-29, 2017
Thanks for renting us Villa Dawn! It was such a great
place! Here are the keys back! There were no problems at
the house. I did make a couple of calls to my mother in
Massachusetts who is 80 and not in great health, just to
check on her. I did not get cell service at the house.
Please let me know what I owe you for these. You can
email me at....and I can send you a check or you can
charge my credit card!
Thanks again! We hope to
be back some day
We had a wonderful vacation
at Villa Dawn. Thanks again for everything.
|11/23 - 12/3/16
Thanks so much for the hospitality.
We had a great 10 days at Villa Dawn and will keep it in
mind for future trips to St. Croix. Location on the north
shore is great, the pool and views are wonderful and we
loved that it is close to everything yet nice and secluded.
Have a great year folks and
thanks again :)
Scott & Lisa
|August 14, 2016
Hello Kent and Dawn:
Thank you so much for the use of your Villa. We had a wonderful
time. The villa was very spacious and well equipped. The
pool was ideal for the kids after a long day of exploring
the island it was a great place to cool off, have a cocktail
and admire the sunsets. Views were spectacular and the location
was great - nice and quite!!!! Amazingly, I was able to
find it!!!!! We took your suggestions and did Big Beard,
Cruzan Cowgirls Beer Drinking Pigs, Rum Tour, Angry Nates
and Off the Wall. They were all very good. We dined at the
Waves our last night which was also excellent.
Lastly, a big thanks for
the late check-out. That was extremely helpful!!!! Just
wanted you to know that before we left we made sure all
bath and beach towels were washed, dried and put away, we
swept all the rooms including the back and front porch,
wiped down all the counter tops and glass tables, emptied
all trash and cleaned out the fridge and all dishes were
washed and put away. We really left it like we found it!
"Now, these are the kind of guests we love!" :)
Thanks for an amazing vacation.
If you have any questions or concerns about my stay please
feel free to contact me. Doreen
||Shawn & Wendy B.
First of all the villa was
a beautiful experience. I took my in-laws to the island
for the first time, the location & views were superb. Thank
you for allowing us to stay at your villa. We have plans
to return to St. Croix in the future and would love to stay
at the villa again. The accommodations at the villa was
very comforting & well thought of. We had a great trip and
returned home safely. I would like to know if we did all
that we were to do upon checking out. We have thought extensively
about what more you could have done to accommodate us and
for us it was nothing. Oh, the shower by the steps was not
operational due to water valve handle not present, that
was all we saw. If there is anything you were displeased
about our stay, please let us know, because just as you
want to be great hosts, we want to be great tenants. Thank
you very much!
7/23/16 - 7/30/16
Date: Tuesday September 06, 2016
Time: 10:04 PM
Dear Kent & Dawn, We had the most fabulous time at Villa
Dawn! We love the house, the view, and the locals. I don't
remember the last time I was so relaxed. I woke up Sunday
morning thinking I was at the Villa, only to realize I was
back home in my own bed. It was a somber moment...lol! We
enjoyed every moment of our time together at Villa Dawn
and Cane Bay. The guys said "why can't we pay for late check
out." We made some great memories...snorkeling Buck Island,
jumping off the pier, the tide pools and, spending time
with our favorite locals at EAT! We can't wait to come back
and make even more great memories. Thank you for sharing
your slice of paradise! Suzie, Frank and Roger...Naples,
Date: April 27, 2016
I was on the island for both a sad occasion (with recent
passing of my sis) & happy time with my pre-teen girls!
Thank you so much for accommodating us with your warm hospitality!
After taking care of some estate issues, while my girls
hung round the pool with pristine views of Cane Bay, we
went kayaking (both during day & night translucent @ nearby
Salt River), scuba diving (even my 12yr old) & snorkeling,
horse back riding in the ocean & on the beach with character
& cowboy Steve, Tues Day night bingo & pizza @ Off-the-Wall,
Rowdy Joes for burgers & tuna, even take-out from 5 star
Waves, & Fri nite Pirates BBQ with all you can eat crabs
legs @ Renaissance Resort...Wow!
Thanks again for the perfect loca 2 stay!
Vlad & the girls!
Re: Villa Dawn , St. Croix
Kent Vreeland email@example.com
Date: Sun, Mar 6, 2016 6:30 pm
I wanted to thank you for the opportunity
to stay at your beautiful villa. You have done a wonderful
job of making sure that everything we needed was there.
It was a fantastic way to get to know St Croix.
We loved the island so much that we
have put in a bid on a house in Salt Pond.
Peter and Debbie G.
Kent & Dawn: Thanks for everything.
We enjoyed Villa Dawn very much. My wife and I have been
going to the island for 14 years and enjoyed the location
at Cane Bay. The other couple had never been to STX and
loved everything except the winding roads! They loved the
proximity to the Waves @ Cane Bay and walking to Off the
Everything worked fine while
we were there. We really like that the villa was so well
equipped with dishware, glassware, etc. I like the excellent
organization of your communications, etc. I also commend
you on maintenance. The water pressure is very good and
unlike other properties I've stayed at all the appliances
Jan. 11, 2016
It was just right for all
our needs. The most amazing views!
Thanks and have a Happy New
Re: Villa Dawn June 13th through the 27th, 2015
Carolee R firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Thu, Jul 2, 2015 7:42 pm
Hi Kent and Dawn,
I just realized I sent the key back but forgot to put
the note I had written to you both in the envelope,
I wanted to thank you for sharing your beautiful vacation
home with us and tell you that my family had a wonderful
time on the island. We enjoyed our experiences,
meeting the locals and visitors alike. We enjoyed
the music at both the Eats and Off the Wall, the snorkeling
both off the pier and Buck Island and the diving at
The Wall, as well as several hikes. We spent
a lot of our time on the vacation at the Villa, relaxing
in the pool, playing games and cooking. The kitchen
was equipped wonderfully and made it easy and fun to
enjoy meals in....I thanked Jennifer when leaving a
tip with a note for picking up our first bit of groceries.
She was great in doing a bit of housekeeping between
the two weeks. I read through your guest books
and saw that many of your visitors are returning guests,
I can see why!
Thanking you again.
A much relaxed, quite tanned,
Stay @ Villa Dawn was great.
House had everything we needed and then some. I broke a
broom trying to clean a little but went and bought another
one. No big deal. Pool was great, that's where we spent
most of our time. The location of the villa is great...walking
distance to 3 bars and perfect location for the sunsets,
even though we didn't get any good ones. All in All Villa
Dawn was a great place to stay!
|May 23-30, 2015
Dawn & Kent for
a wonderful week
@ Villa Dawn
April 18-25, 2016
Kent & Dawn,
We had a great week. Thanks
for all the help at check-in. here are the keys & hopefully
we will hook up in the future.
|Sandra & Ken B.
(stayed April 11-18, 2015)
Had a fantastic vacation
and stay at Villa Dawn. The only issue we had was an ant
problem on the patio which we expect is common on the island.
(It can be at times. We have the villa treated monthly for
pests and we had a special treatment for the ants based
on your comments. Thanks!)
Thank you for allowing us
to stay at Villa Dawn. We will definitely recommend your
villa to friends!
Sandra & Ken B.
|Danni & Phil W. & Family
P.S. we never
just took a
peek to see
for next time.
We had a wonderful time at
Villa Dawn. We found the villa to be very well equipped.
We used the washer / dryer once during our stay. Worked
well. We also enjoyed the bluetooth for our music. It was
an excellent idea to bring the GPS. Very helpful and don't
know what we would have done without it! Even the personal
chef from Ziggy's found everything needed to cook a beautiful
meal! We loved every minute of our relaxing vacation.
Danni & Phil, Kelly
We had a fabulous time at
your villa. Very spacious and comfortable. We had everything
we needed there. We spent 2 weeks. The first with 6 retired
adults. We enjoyed the pool & lounging with Pina Coladas
on the veranda. The second week was our family, 2 adult
children with spouses and five grands from 1 1/2 to 11 years
old. Used the pool every day. Tried many beaches and restaurants
including ones on Cane Bay. All agreed it was the best vacation
ever. Thanks for the use of your villa. We would recommend
it to everyone.
|Dave & Kelly T.
12/15/14 (stay dates 12/5/14
Villa was great. Particularly
loved the pool, size, view. Loved the fact that you had
every type of appliance and/or kitchen utensil needed! Our
bathroom was the perfect size! Bed comfy.
We were initially nervous
not having anyone to meet us @ the villa, but it turned
Kent & Dawn,
We had an amazing time and
the best part was Villa Dawn! Your home is wonderful, perfectly
located and better equipped than many other VRBO/Homeaway
rentals we have stayed in over the years. The beds are comfortable,
the grounds well kept, and the location can't be beat. Having
both eat@canebay (try the duck chili) and Off the Wall within
walking distance was great. Add Rowdy Joes and Above the
Cliff minutes away and you never have to leave the area
to have a great vacation. The team down at Cane Bay Dive
Shop is excellent to work with, make sure you dive the pier
at night! I hope we respected your home enough to be back
for another stay.
Thank you, Scott & Ellen
Not even been home a week and
miss Villa Dawn immensely - loved, loved, loved everything
about it - kitchen awesome, well stocked and could cook
and look at the amazing views - Deck - out of this world,
such an amazing gathering place - lived on the deck. The
pool - just beautiful. Loved the location on St. Croix -
sort of right in the middle. Love the restaurants all around
and beach bars.
Thank you so much - Hope
to rent again next year - if possible.
Thank you so much! It was wonderful
to stay in your home. Sorry about the alarm that first day.
It would have been easier for me if the code was included
in that 3 page summary of rules about the house. I simply
didn't read everything because my hands are full!!
All in all, a beautiful,
much needed vacation.
Kale, Leila & Family
Date: January 10, 2014
Kent and Dawn,
We just wanted to say thank you for the use of the villa,
we had a great vacation! I can see why you choose
this location, it is perfect. We loved being able to
walk to the beach, the bars, and restaurants. My girls
snorkeled every day and were able to see octopus, barracudas,
and a sea snake, and a sea turtle, along with many fish
and coral. We had the best lobster ever at the waves,
we were able to pick the ones we wanted out of the cage
in the ocean, loved Eat at Cane Bay, Rowdy Joes was
good with great entertainment. The best drinks came
from off the wall ( much larger and the same price with
more alcohol). We really. Only had time for one outing
and decided on a cruise to Buck Island with Captain
Carl and first mate Dana on Buck Island Charters. It's
on a catamaran and you sail out to buck island. It was
incredible!!! The reef there is second to none, there
were nurse sharks, stingrays , barracuda, and beautiful
coral that so many different fish. It was one of the
best experiences of our lives. We have traveled to many
different islands but we have never seen water as blue
and clear and beautiful as this. We also went to Rainbow
beach, nice sandy, better for swimming, it was very
calm, good for small children.
We don't want to leave, but must.
We made memories to last a lifetime!
We will be back,
The Gallagher Family
The villa is wonderful! Great
location and feels very private.
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