Testimonials for Wind Ridge - Freeman's Ground
What a delightful Villa! No matter how many pictures you have seen, nothing can prepare you for the astonishing view! It’s hard to describe how much we enjoyed coming home every day.If you’ve just arrived it won’t make much sense but by the time you leave, you’ll understand.
Stephen & Jennifer , North Venice, Florida , 03/2017
Thanks for letting us stay at your wonderful home. We enjoyed our visit and especially on our days of rainy weather. It was a great place to watch the storms. We walked up the driveway from salt pond and that is worth doing only ONCE!
Karen & Denton , New Haven, CT , 03/2017
Karen, Thank you for sharing such a special place with us. It was everything we wanted and we had a great time on the Island, exploring beaches, food, snorkelling and driving. This house was a perfect setting to relax and enjoy the beauty of the island, we will cherish the time we had together. Thanks for all your hard work to make Wind Ridge what it is and to make it a special experience for all who visit.
Jenny & Mary , MI , 03/2017
Thank you for a great experience! We always wanted to get back to St John, and Windridge was the perfect place to enjoy our 35th anniversary. Coral Bay is beautiful, the views from our villa were amazing. The beaches, snorkeling , food and drinks were spectacular. Windridge was all we could want, we were met at the dock and informed about our place and the area, it was spacious, clean and well appointed. Thanks so much Karen for a great week.
Jerry and Mary , 03/2017
Wind Ridge is an amazing villa. It would surprise us if there were any lodging options on St. John that provided a better view of the gorgeous water, or a better location from which to enjoy the island. The attached deck is perched out in the open air, giving a person a sense of freedom and fresh clean air that is more than enough to commit us to a return. Whether we were enjoying a quiet breakfast at sunrise or scanning a gazillion stars at night, the deck was at least as awesome as it appeared in the photos when we were doing our research. But walk back inside the villa and there is a lovely, bright sitting room, a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, a bedroom with its own dazzling view of the water far below, and a convenient laundry area. Slip through the back door and you are in a garden of tropical greenery that drapes over a refreshing outside shower and embraces an awesome hot tub. Each evening, a melodic symphony of frogs would commence at twilight, building to a comfortable volume that would lull us into sleep. How could a person want for more? Quite simply, we do not believe there could be any finer spot on the island of St. John. When we return, which we surely will, it is a no-brainer as to where we will seek out lodging. Beyond the villa itself, Coral Bay is a delightful community with very little influence from commercial interests -- just as it should be. We hope that it stays that way. The snorkeling at nearby Salt Pond Beach, as well as Maho Bay and Waterlemon Cay, is beyond description. We loved the turtles! The hike out Ram Head Trail (from Salt Pond Beach) is a must-do if you like awesome 360-degree views and the freedom that a high rock precipice overlooking the ocean can bring. As for dining, local restaurants like Cafe Concordia, Pickles, and Indigo Grill were a delight that allowed us to enjoy a bit of island culture, though dinner on the deck of the villa can't be beat. Sunday Brunch at Miss Lucy's with live jazz at the water's edge is island dining at its finest. As for the hosts ... Karen and Kay made life so easy as we planned our trip, and while we were there. We truly felt welcome and certainly enjoyed working with them and meeting them. St. John is an amazing place, with 60% of the island protected as a national park -- protection which is much-deserved. And the Wind Ridge villa is a gem on this 20 square mile tropical paradise!
Tom, Cyndy, and Madison Betts , PA , 02/2017
Just a fabulous vacation; our stay here at Wind Ridge was super, beautiful views, great location, outside shower and hot tub. We have been coming t0 St. John for the past 12 years and the past two weeks have been the BEST!! Hiking, snorkelling at waterlemon caye, discovering Indigo Grill and Miss Lucy’s. Pickles in Paradise is a special place too; Volunteering for 2 mornings a wonderful staff to work with and having a chance to walk and participate in the Women’s March in Cruz Bay. Thank you Karen for your lovely home and suggesting to park at the bottom of your driveway
Sharon and Artie , New York , 01/2017
What an experience! Everything about our week at Wind Ridge on St. John exceeded our expectations—the villa itself (layout, décor, cleanliness), the breathtaking panoramic view, the amazing deck, the hot tub, the beautiful weather, the gorgeous beaches, amazing crystal clear water, and the incredible hospitality of the Windspree team. The secluded private setting and peaceful surroundings overlooking Coral Bay and the Caribbean ocean provided the perfect getaway and opportunity for much needed rest and relaxation for the two of us. The beautiful sunrise and sunset each day was nothing short of spectacular. Morning coffee and breakfast on the deck provided the perfect laidback start to each day. Dinner under the stars and backdrop of glimmering lights from Coral Bay and Hansen Bay made our evenings enjoyable and most memorable. The deck and comfortable lounge chairs, consistent ocean breezes, and warm sunshine----offered the perfect opportunity and setting for reading, napping or just RELAXING! It was indeed the most enjoyable vacation each of us has ever had. Although a large part of our time was spent at the villa itself (because the view and setting were so incredible) we did venture out for some time at the beach each day. All of the beautiful St. John beaches are within a short driving distance from the villa as was the surprisingly well-stocked grocery store (Dolphins Market) and several local places to eat (Ms. Lucy’s, Shipwreck Landing, Aqua Bistro). Hat’s off to Karen and the Windspree team for making Wind Ridge the perfect paradise getaway! We will be back!
Teddy and Patty Broussard , Lafayette, LA , 01/2017
Despite the colds we brought with us from the mainland, we had an absolutely wonderful time. Wind Ridge villa was just perfect. I loved the garden with interesting plants and lots of critters. We enjoyed meeting Tiger and Socks, the two house kitties…..we almost packed Tiger into our suitcase to take home with us. This was our third time to the islands and our first spending time in Coral Bay. It was the perfect quiet getaway without the kids. Loved the laid back atmosphere of the bay. Francis Bay was great for swimming, watching the sea turtles and escaping the crowds at the other North Shore beaches. On our last day here, we ventured to Trunk Bay, where we were married before and ran into the woman who married us, Ann Marie Porter! The day ended perfectly with a romantic dinner at Miss Lucy’s. Thank you for a great second honeymoon, the stunning views from the deck at the villa inspires the imagination to wander as though oneself is experiencing a dream that becomes reality. The name Wind Ridge suits the villa very well. Sunrise was amazing, even on the mornings when it rained. The breeze was soothing and the rays of the sun that kept us mystified by its beauty. Thank you for the wonderful stay!
Jennifer and Victor , 03/2016
Thank you, Karen, for sharing the serenity and beauty of Windridge with us! This week was the most relaxing vacation we have had in our 35 years together! We sincerely hope Coral Bay is able to maintain its low key, peaceful character for years to come
Mark and Colleen , 03/2016
We do not want to leave. Our stay couldn’t be any more enjoyable. Loved the beautiful view, great food here and such friendly people. I hope we can come again and stay with you! You’ve made our experience so wonderful! Also took care of us so well. Thank you for everything!
Brian and Jennie , 03/2016
We had an amazing time – the villa and island exceeded all expectations. We can’t wait to come back! Thank you Karen & Windspree! P.S. – Our favorite day was snorkeling at Waterlemon!
Nick and Kara , 03/2016
To the most beautiful place on earth AND a most gracious hostess – We are so grateful for the time we were able to spend on Freemans Ground. To the most beautiful view anywhere we are grateful. The tradewinds make all feel comfortable and at peace. Thank you for everything, Karen!
Hank and Sue , 04/2015