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Stylishly Furnished Plantation House, with Panoramic Views

People8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Details
Property
villa
People
8
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

4 bedrooms, sleeps 8, 2 bathrooms, tropical garden,Ocean views

La Plantation des Manguiers (Mango Plantation) dates back over 100 years. It has all the hallmarks of a house built to make the most of the climate in years gone by before air conditioning. The windows sport big heavy shutters and there is no glass, allowing the balmy trade winds to flow through the house. The sheltered wrap around veranda stays cool from morning to night protecting the interior from the heat of the day. From this sleepy veranda you can relax whilst watching the world go by in the distance. The commanding view changes constantly, with sailing boats, small planes, cruise ships, the changing colors of the sea and the sky all offering entertainment. On a clear day Martinique can be seen, sometimes so clearly that you feel that you could swim there! The interior of the house is elegantly decorated and furnished in keeping with the 'plantation' style wherever possible and is comfortable and inviting whilst still offering all the mod-cons to ensure a relaxing stay.

The villa is owned by Chef Jacques and his wife Cathy. They also own Jacques Waterfront Dining Restaurant which recently re-located to Rodney Bay on the Waterfront at the entrance to the Marina and is open lunch and dinner every day and brunch on Sundays.

In addition, wedding receptions, birthday parties; in fact any celebration can be arranged at Jacques or catered to the villa. There is a private waterfront deck at the restaurant for larger groups, discounts to villa guests apply, contact Cathy.

Transportation : La Plantation des Manguiers is situated close to Castries the buses are regular. From Castries it is possible to catch buses to anywhere you want to go but be prepared for loud music and being a little squashed! The buses generally don't use air conditioning either, so it is hot but breezy with the windows open. Also please note that the walk to and from the house is for those who are of an above average fitness especially in the heat.

We live half way down a one way road with a bus stop at the top and the bottom. The walk to the bus stop from the house is all down hill. Coming back to the villa it is possible to get off the bus at the top of the hill and walk down the road to the drive way to the villa, however the drive is quite steep and would be challenging to those who do not walk on a regular basis especially in the heat. In this case I would recommend hiring a car. NB. Please contact Cathy for further information on special car hire deals.

Airport information: La Plantation des Manguiers is 21 miles or 1 hour 20 minutes by car from the international airport Hewanorra, which is situated in Vieux Fort in the south of the island. Helicopter transfers are available between Hewanorra and George FL Charles airport in Castries which is only 10-15 minutes by car from the villa. George FL Charles also has flights coming in from other Caribbean islands and flights that connect through Peurto Rico from the USA. Airport transfers are suggested and can be arranged, contact Cathy.

More Details

Owner
Cathy Rioux
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
9 February, 2017

About Cathy Rioux

I was born in Nottingham in the U.K. and spent part of my childhood in Yorkshire, Guernsey in the Channel Islands and Oxfordshire. I studied Hotel Management at Bournemouth University in the UK. I have traveled extensively since then working on a cruise ship, in Bahrain in the Middle East and Sudan in Africa, eventually settling in St Lucia 19 years ago with my husband Jacques who is French and our two children who were toddlers are the time and are now studying at University in Europe. We originally came to St Lucia as Jacques was offered a job as the Executive Chef at Anse Chastanet Hotel in Soufriere. Four years later we decided to move to Castries and open our own restaurant. 'Jacques Waterfront Dining' was located not far from the house in Castries until July 2011 when it was destroyed by fire. Jacques re-opened on 11/11/11 in Rodney Bay in a fabulous waterfront location with view over the Marina.

Cathy Rioux purchased this villa in 1999

Why Cathy Rioux chose Castries

I will never forget the first time that I saw La Plantation des Manguiers (Mango Plantation for short). I was teaching English to children in a French school here in St Lucia. One December another teacher and I decided to teach the children Christmas Carols and organise a bus tour around each of the children's homes to sing to their newly learnt songs to their families. One of the children lived in Mango Plantation at the time. The bus driver dropped us at the bottom of the drive and we walked up the drive with the children. When we got to the top of the drive the view just took my breath away (or what was left of it after the steep climb) a lover of Caribbean architecture I instantly fell in love with the wooden Plantation house and said to my friend 'If I ever live in Castries, I want to live in this house' I never thought another thing about it until a few years later we met the family that was currrently renting in the house, we became good friends and we spent happy times there visitng them. As they were getting ready to leave St Lucia, Jacques and I were getting ready to open our restaurant in Castries and needless to say we jumped at the chance to rent the house. We lived in the house for 9 years and asked the owners if we could buy it several times but they were not ready to sell until 4 years ago. We absolutely love our house and we know that you will too!

What makes this villa unique

Plantation des Manguiers is a typical Caribbean Plantation style house. The foundations date back over 100 hundred years. The wooden part has been renovated over the years but by all accounts has been kept true to the original style. The view is superb. We never get tired of sitting on the veranda and watching the ever changing sea and sky. We look out over the City of Castries to Pigeon Island beyond. On a clear day we can see Martinique so well, you would believe that you could swim there! The lights twinkle at night. We live only minutes from Castries but the house feels secluded, there are neighbors but we can't see them, and they can't see us.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Merci beacoup Cathy. Nous avons profite de ta mervielleuse maison et n'oublierons pas les merveilleux petits dejeuners avec vue panoramique. Ta maison est ideale comme point de depart pour visiter le nord et le sud de l'ile, et le charme de la maison tout comme l'ile nous est conquis. Merci encore.



Thank you very much Cathy, we enjoyed your marvellous house and won't forget the marvellous breakfasts with a panoramic view. Your house is ideally located to visit the north and the south of the island. The charm of the house and the island won us over. Thanks once again.
Mar 2014
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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(29 traveller reviews)

5

Wonderful stay in Castries

  • 5 of 5

Even after seeing the pictures on the website, and reading the previous reviews, it was a really shock when we arrived and discovered this wonderful house. The house is really unique. The garden and the view are incredible. We really enjoyed this place. Cathy and Jacques are also lovely people, who are doing the best they can to help, give advices, and make your stay as best it can be. Sushi the cat and Maya the dog are also very nice. Castries is also a central location to visit the different parts of the island. Our top 3 : anse castanets, la Soufriere and Pigeon island.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A wonderful stay in this superb house

  • 5 of 5

We had never been to the Caribbean before and my wife and 2 young boys were very excited - coming to this old plantation house exceeded all their expectations. Cathy, the owner, had helped us with the taxi and transport arrangements here (which in retrospect were essential as we would not have found the property easily by ourselves driving from the airport) and we arrived to be greeted by her and this beautiful - and beautifully appointed - house with its magnificent views high above Castries. It is very different from the anonymised poolside apartments and was just prefect for us - with the wonderful rainfalls teeming in front of us as we ate on the terrace and the balmy winds drifting through the house at night. We cooked for ourselves during our week long stay - a beautifully provided kitchen - and just simply unwound and relaxed in the house, on the terrace and driving to nearby beaches and bays. We watched the boats and cruise liners come in and out of the bay, adored the gardens and remained fascinated by the amazing birdlife and the little lizards. It is accessible by a very steep hill drive but this definitely part of the fun and the glory of this superb and characterful property. We could not have wished for a more gracious, fascinating and comfortable house. Cathy could not have been more helpful and welcoming (and her cat a lovely house companion

  • Review Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was a pleasure to have you to stay with us. So pleased to hear that you enjoyed it as much as we do!
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5

The perfect place to unwind after the beach!

  • 5 of 5

We had plans to make our three children's first vacation one that they would remember for a lifetime and this amazing house was a huge part of that. We were scheduled to arrive on March 24, 2016 ( the day before Good Friday) at around 2:30 pm and make our way up to Castries to meet Cathy to get settled into the house. Well... things didn't go according to plan. Due to a snow delay in Toronto, we weren't able to connect with Cathy until about 11:00 that night. In all the chaos, we didn't realize that all the stores would be closed on Good Friday! Now this is where we see the kind of person Cathy is. She realized the situation we would be in and had gone out and picked up groceries for us to get us through a couple days until we could get to a store! We knew right then that we found someone that we could rely on.

If you look at the pictures you will see the stunning views from the house. These pictures are 100% accurate. The one thing they don't give you are the smells and sounds of the lush garden that surrounds the property. You will be amazed at the birds and geckos that surround the property, as well as the flowering shrubs and trees. All of this topped off with flowing trade winds that took the edge off the tropical temperature. It was an experience in itself to eat breakfast every morning on the deck and take in our surroundings. Cathy also has beautiful German Shepherd named Mia that kept a watchful eye on us as we enjoyed the house. Our kids also had fun playing with her.

The one thing we appreciated about this house was the combination of old world charm and character with the amenities of a modern house. The wifi worked great, there was a television to watch if you wanted, (even caught a game on Hockey night in Canada too!) and a pile of board games. The kitchen had everything we needed to comfortably cook our meals and enjoy our stay.

Cathy and Jacques also gave us complete privacy at the residence as well but were very helpful whenever we had a question about the house or the island. I would also like to recommend a meal at Jacques Waterfront restaurant as well. He won't disappoint!

After spending 10 nights at Cathy and Jacques house, we felt a level of relaxation we hadn't felt in years.

PS. Cathy, If you ever want to sell...

You know how to reach us! :-)

PSS. If you need to rent a car, contact Marcus Antoine at www.islandercars.com call 758-719-2837. Great service, best price on the island!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review. So pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay in our home. I hope you will come back to see us again. For the benefit of future guests Maya is a lovely friendly dog who adores children, however if you are not keen on dogs please note that she doesn't have to stay at the house, we can take her with us.
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5

Wonderful family get away

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a glorious week at Mango Plantation with four adult children. What a wonderful way to re-connect! The house is spacious, well appointed and had all the comforts needed for a relaxing stay, including a selection of well-loved board games we played every evening. Early mornings were spent with a cup of coffee on the porch, listening to birdsong and watching the cruise ships in the harbour below. If arriving on the island in the afternoon I highly recommend having supper prepared for you by the host Cathy and her chef husband Jacques. A delicious lasagne, salad and garlic bread were heaven sent after the hour ride from the airport. We rented two four-wheel drive jeeps and were glad we had as the driveway to the house is steep; but we found the roads in Saint Lucia to be in great shape, if a bit twisty. Having the jeeps allowed us to see the whole island easily. Great hosts and great memories☺

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
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4

Fantastic stay in a 'get away from it' location

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in January 2015. This was the second of a two-centre stay on the island, the first being a property overlooking the pitons, on the south-west coast. Cathy picked us up from there, and from that moment everything went swimmingly well.

Our daughter and partner joined us for the stay in Plantation House. She had brought heels with the anticipation that we could walk to a nearby restaurant. This is not possible, as the house is up in the hills overlooking the town, and we thought, all the better for it. In this respect a car is really necessary, but we rented Cathy's Rava 4, and that was absolutely ideal and did everything we wanted of it. The house is just as described, and as portrayed by the photos. One of the best aspects was to actually stay in a house that has no glass windows, just a mixture of bars at some windows, and shutters at the others, both of which allow a warm breeze to gently blow through the house, making it very natural. If you are arriving / departing at the main international airport at the south of the island, it is well worth having Cathy arrange a pick-up / delivery for you as this is seamless and at a great price. Just another thing to ensure you have a great stay.

if you enjoy animals, you will be smitten by the two dogs, although they can be removed if you would rather.

Thanks again Cathy for a great stay.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful treasure, lovely hosts and cosy feel!

  • 5 of 5

Cathy was very welcoming and was able to answer all my queries regarding the house. We were 5 medical students working at the nearby hospital, and we found the house to be the perfect balance of relaxation and culture!

The house was beautifully furnished and was situated in a very quiet area.

We had a few barbecues where we invited fellow medical students to the house, and all commented on how nice the place was!

The house does suffer from quite a few Mosquitoes as there are no nets around the windows, however all the beds had nets around them. If you are particularly worried, just stock up on plenty of mozzy spray!!

Overall, the house was just perfect for us 22-24 year olds!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Christmas 2017/18
17 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£805
for 7 nights
£805
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £16 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£636
for 7 nights
£636
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £121

Please note that the above rates are inclusive of two people, extra adults are charged a USD 15.00 per person per night to cover linen utilities and cleaning and children under 12 are USD 5.50 per day, children under 5 yrs are free of charge. We can arrange extra children's beds or cots in the parents' room on request.

Our usual change over day is Sunday although we can be flexible depending on other bookings. Extra nights are charged on a pro-rata basis, the length of rental periods are not limited.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Charlotte, St Lucia

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Flask
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Face basin
    Upstairs Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Face basin
  • The bathrooms are airy and have plenty of cupboard space and shelves for storing toiletries etc. There is a hair-dryer available.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , En-suite bathroom, room for small child's bed or cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Room for small child's bed or cot
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Room for small child's bed or cot
    Bedroom 4/Reading nook - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , These 2 single beds to be requested
  • All bedrooms are equipped with mosquito nets and standing fans. (no air condition) The house is on a hill with lovely trade winds blowing. There is ample closet space and a cupboard with shelves in each room. The two upstairs bedrooms share a bathroom and the master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom. We can provide two singe beds in the reading nook. Please note that there is no charge for extra beds and cots for children in their parents room, although due to space constraints we can only accept one bed/cot per bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeping
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
HOUSEKEEPING. Also included in the price is a housekeeping service 3 days a week. Our housekeeper Angie normally works Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-4pm. These hours can be changed to earlier or later, or you can request that she not come at all. It's your vacation, it's your call. Angie is also an amazing cook if you want to hire her to cook Caribbean style meals for you during your stay. MEET AND GREET. Cathy will meet you on your arrival and familiarize you with the house and the surrounding area. She will also be happy to chat with you about the things you can see and do in St Lucia and help you with any reservations or booking of tours. AIRPORT TRANSFERS. Cathy will be happy to organise these for you. Ask for details. SHOPPING We are happy to shop for you before you arrive (for a small fee) if you send us a list, or if you prefer we can arrange a stop at the supermarket on the way from the airport.

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