|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
Caneel Trailside Cottage sits one mile outside Cruz Bay, high up on the ridge in the saddle between Caneel Hill and Margaret Hill, adjacent to the Virgin Islands National Park. Forty yards from the backyard, through National Park land, is Caneel Hill Trail, which drops down to the secluded white sand beaches on the North Shore (Honeymoon Beach, Caneel Bay and Solomon Bay) in less than 45 minutes, and drops down to the town of Cruz Bay with a half-hour hike in the other direction. A 1/4-mile hike brings you to the Caneel Hill Observation Platform, where you can see a 360-degree view of both the Caribbean and Atlantic as well as the entire Western Half of St John. From Caneel Trailside Cottage’s doorstep you can literally hike through the forest to get everywhere you will need to be on the western half of St. John.
A lush garden surrounds the private brick patio that encloses a swimming pool with teak poolside chaises and a barbecue area. A wide shaded veranda for outdoor dining and relaxing adds great space to enjoy the breeze and idle away from it all. The veranda looks out over the southwest end of St John and offers expansive views of the Caribbean all the way to St. Croix. The house was built in 2005 and everything is high quality, state of the art, and in perfect condition.
Check out the owner’s website as well: http://www.caneeltrailside.com/
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This house was originally our 3rd choice when making a decision about where to rent, but the other villas were already rented by the time we made up our mind. This house is MUCH nicer than the photos portray. We also drove past our "first" and "second" choices (planning for next year) and were THRILLED that we ended up at Caneel Trailside Cottage. There are obviously some very good photographers on St John. We booked our week for next year at Caneel Trailside Cottage as soon as we got back home.
Just came back from one week stay at Caneel Cottage. Cottage in good shape and nice kitchen. Grill out back. We made 2 dinners there and had all that we needed. Great layout w/ bedrooms each w/ private bath on either side of the house. Very private w/ patio/pool facing National Park and the covered porch has views of the ocean but landscaping blocks views of houses below. Easy access to hiking trails right behind the house. Great location as only one mile to town and not long drive to the best beaches. Really appreciated having the beach chairs and cooler which we used nearly every day. I would stay there again. Staff should be aware the washing machine is quite loud and may be due for some maintainence.
My girlfriend and I visited St John recently for the 2nd time. The Caneel Trailside Cottage was just as described. It had a great view of the southern side of the island and bays and on a clear day you could see St. Croix.The cottage had great privacy and quick access to the Caneel trail right out the back grounds. Although we were only 1 couple the cottage would be perfect for 2 couples with identical master suites. The great room was well laid out with spectacular views and the room decor was excellent. The cottage had airconditioning but was never needed with the constant cooling breezes from atop the hillside. The pool area was also well laid out and was perfect for cooling off after returning from the beaches. The grounds outside were nice with many plants and trees to help provide shade and privacy. The cottage was well situated to get to town and all it's restaurants. It also was easy to get to all of the great beaches that St John has.
We did have an issue for 1 day when the cottage cisterns ran out of water. We contacted the property manager who quickly responded to our issue and had it resolved the next day. The only other issue was the television which on certain days we could get only 1 or 2 channels. It could be due to the island cable system??? Overall we had a great time and enjoyed the cottage very much. I would have given it 5 stars except for those 2 minor things. My girlfriend and I are looking forward to going back to St. John and will strongly consider booking the cottage again. It's a great place!!
This was our second stay at Caneel Trailside, the last in November 2009. Found it by luck just checking different sources and following up where I could. It all paid off. This house is perfect for two couples. Two identical, air conditioned mastersuites w/ baths on either side of the common area which incudes a nice sized kitchen, dining and living areas. The full porch on the southside has a view all the way to St. Croix, 40+ miles away. The house sits high on a hill, only 2 miles up Centerline Road from Cruz Bay. A great, and convenient location for getting to and from Cruz Bay, and everthing else at that end of the island. The house is relatively new, and the owner, Martha, seems to take great pride in keeping it up and providing every amentity possible to make your stay as perfect as it can be. Just check out her website (www.caneeltrailside.com) for very accurate pictures, interior and exterior, and a lisitng of all the house has to offer (Though not what we needed, the house also is set up well for a couple and children, a king bed breaking into two twins). And, if that were not enough, there is a beautiful pool right outside the door that was the perfect way to conclude a day having visited beaches around the island. Every morning we had our breakfast on the veranda, watching the sun come over the mountain top, and preparing our day's activities. It was truly an effort to get up and leave the house for the day. For the adventurous, the Caneel Trail (goes from Cruz Bay to Caneel Bay) is only 100 feet out the back door, and only 1/4 mile up the trail is a most spectacular viewing station which provides a 270 degree view of everything (St. Thomas, British Virgin islands, and west end of St. John), the perfect photo opt.
There may be better rental houses on the island, but we have found what we wanted, are secure in knowing what efforts the owner will go to for us to have a perfect stay, and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone (as long as their stay does not interfere with my next visit). Enjoy.
We recently spent 10 days on STJ at Caneel Trailside Cottage, our first visit to STJ. It was everything we had hoped for - a beautiful home, wonderful weather and gorgeous beaches. The house was perfect for 2 couples; it had identical spacious bedroom/baths on each side of the house for good privacy. Both bedrooms had windows/doors facing the large balcony. We spent a lot of time on the balcony enjoying the Natl Forest which wrapped around on one side and the ocean views. We enjoyed the many birds who came to the balcony for the plants and bird feeders; insects were not a problem because of the great breezes and fans on the balcony. We never had to use the air conditioning in the bedrooms because of the many windows giving great ventilation. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare meals and the spacious living area was comfortable. We especially appreciated the washer/dryer facilities. The owner provided a generous welcome basket and bottle of island rum and the guest book gave us many good tips from other visitors for places to eat and see . The pool was a favorite place to relax and cool down after visiting STJ numerous beaches. Beach chairs and towels were provided. Working with the owner (Joe) was easy; we appreciated the personal contact vs a rental company. The on-island manager helped us immensely when our rental car fell through and answered our many questions cheerfully. We highly recommend Caneel Trailside Cottage for a stay on STJ.
Caneel Trailside Cottage, sits atop of the ridge between the two highest peaks on the west side of St John, about one mile outside of Cruz Bay off of Centerline Road. It features unobstructed spectacular views to the south shore and St. Croix and you can glimpse the north shore through the National Park forest. The property borders the National Park and there is a trail spur to the Caneel Trail that can be accessed from the driveway, hence the Caneel Trailside name. A few minutes hike on that trail toward town takes you to the top of Caneel Hill and a platform with 360 degree views; a few minutes further and you arrive in Mongoose Junction (Cruz Bay).