Pitons Stargroves-Overlooking the Piton
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Soufriere villa description
Sometimes a house captures and expresses the spirit of a place so perfectly that it seems to be part of the natural landscape. Pitons Stargroves, perhaps the most unique villa in the Caribbean, is one such home. Located on a gently rolling hill near the tiny village of Morne La Croix, just a few miles from the sleepy port of Soufrière on the southwest side of St. Lucia - a region of small fishing villages, mountains and valleys, carpeted in rain forest, which seasoned travelers often speak of nostalgically as "the way the Caribbean used to be" - the villa looks as if it had actually grown right out of Gros Piton Mountain.
Built from native materials - Greenheart wood from the St. Lucia rain forest and volcanic rock that bubbled to the surface millions of years ago - the villa makes full advantage of its natural surroundings. The west side of the house is an "open wall," inviting one of the world's most breathtaking views into every room. It's also open (literally) to the fresh sea breezes of the Pitons valley and so well ventilated naturally that there's no need for air-conditioning.
Step out onto the villa's multiple decks and take in the panorama of the western cliff of the Gros Piton and the majestic Petit Piton - symbols of St. Lucia and a World Heritage Site - against the deep blue of the Caribbean Sea.
The villa has a spacious living room with a volcanic waterfall as its central theme and a full-size dining room that seats eight in complete comfort. There's a master bedroom suite, with a king-size bed, private sitting deck and full bathroom. Two guest bedrooms (one with a king-size bed, the other with twin beds) share an adjoining bathroom. The bathrooms are uniquely designed with shower stalls (but not tubs) cut into the volcanic rock. A third-story tower serves as a private sitting room or sleeping area. Because of the open design, expect to see small visitors now and then - innocent little lizards and frogs that come and go, happy to be left to their harmless ways, as you relax in the safe and cozy calm under the netting of your four-poster bed.
Pitons Stargroves was built for seclusion and intimacy and it's a tradition we seek to preserve. The villa has no television or telephone. You'll need a cell phone to access the outside world and the staff. But our guests prefer it that way. Some never leave the villa grounds at all during their stay…with its inexhaustible scenery and setting, the villa is a real world unto itself. Enjoy your own scenic swimming pool fed by a small stone waterfall, for a private, refreshing dip just outside your door.
Comfort and privacy are guaranteed by the villa's 24-hour staff of two, Mary and Pious, who are available to clean, arrange sightseeing tours or to be your personal guides on island adventures. Mary, who serves as housekeeper, will be glad to cook for you as well in exchange of a fee. Please note that the guests are also responsible for buying groceries and drinks.
While there are no resort services or activities directly around the villa, the Jalousie Plantation Hotel and a superb public beach are only five minutes by car. The award-winning Dasheene Restaurant at the world famous Ladera Resort is also just a short drive away. For hiking enthusiasts, the Gros Piton Nature Trail sits right in the villa's backyard. For travel from the villa, you can arrange for a car rental, or use the services of Ben, our dedicated taxi driver (taxi fares extra).
- Vacation Rental
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Parking Off Street
- Linens Provided
- CD Player
- Music Library
- Mobile Phone
- Wireless Internet
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool
- Deck / Patio
Location & View
- Ocean View
- Monument View
- Mountain Biking
ReviewsWrite a review
I never write reviews but I wanted to this time. My wife and with our 2 grown children stayed at Pitons Stragroves last week and we had a great time. We'll never forget the first time we walked through the front door and saw that view! The house is "rustic" but it has everything you need including 2 great caretakers. Mary and Pious are amazing people who really do care about you and your comfort. Renting a car is a must because the house is remote and not within walking distance of anything. The Sugar Beach Resort(formerlly Jalouise) is at the bottom of the mountain about 1-2 miles from the house and it is a beautiful place to hang out but I would NOT walk back up the mountain. We used our jeep to explore the island but we were always glad to get back to the house. Stock up at the grocery store in Vieux Fort and really pay attention to how to get to the house if you're going to venture out on your own. The directions to the house that Oasis Marigot provides are not correct as I think they try to take you over a bridge that has been washed out. Plan to have drinks at Laderra for sunset one night while there. It's a 20 minute drive and an incredible resort that was apparently designed by the same guy who designed this house. Go and have fun!
- Guest Tom S. (-)
- Date of stay 03/08/13
- Review Submitted 03/15/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
A Room With a View
A Room With a View
It's difficult to know where to start when writing this review. The house - It's beyond words. Coming up the drive, you can see that you are in for something special but absolutely nothing can prepare you for what happens when you come through the front door and witness the most spectacular view you will ever have. It is epic both to the imagination and the actual scale of the view. We were planning a beach heavy vacation and ened up staying in the house most of the time because it was so relaxing and gorgeous to take in. Mary cooked for us a few nights and she was spectacular. I'm not even going to refer to it as "service" because it wasn't. It was outstanding care taking and it made me understand what hospitality really means. I nearly cried when we left because I wanted Mary in my life all the time... She's so generous and warm. Pious was so great too. He was always around to drive with us into town if we needed help with directions or to navigate the island. The two of them made the VERY secluded location feel super safe and that our stuff was well watched while we were out. Two out of the three bedrooms are more like parlors where a person could receive guests in a private setting inside of the house with ample seating. And I sat up top of the tower getting to know my best friend all over again while we were hovering in the sky somewhere between the Pitons in a vast modernist jungle enclave. There is NOTHING this place does not have and if you manage to find something you need, Mary or Pious will have it taken care of before you know it. There were only three of us that stayed, but we managed to utilize all of the living quarters and bedrooms because the house is designed to be used, so it's not just amazing in pictures it's totally decompressing and comfortable to be in. It took me a couple of days to remember to wander around and sitting in the landscaped property under a cocoa tree soaking in the views was equally fantastic. And for the quality of the destination, the proximity to the nearest resort beach and the care that you will be shown, this place is actually surprisingly affordable. We've never stayed anywhere nicer or more cozy in all of our travels. Period. If it's a toss up between this and a resort and you want luxury and calm, do yourself a favor and just grab this place while you can.
- Guest PrettyDolly (NYC)
- Date of stay 11/18/12
- Review Submitted 01/07/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, girls getaway.
This is such an amazing property, I've never imagined such a great place. Be prepared though! This house is literally wide open. It's slightly intimidating. The entire western side of the house is wide open. Think of it as a 4 story treehouse. We loved it. The caretakers, Mary and Pious, are incredible. Mary cooked us an incredible dinner and they were just wonderful. Make sure you rent a car(they'll hook you up). It's roughly 1/2 hour to drive to town, but the house itself is pretty remote. When the taxi service picks you up (Ben's), pay attention driving into there as it is remote. The house is beautiful, the grounds are beautiful, the view is amazing. We got married there. We had grand ideas of getting married on the beach before we got there, but we ended up doing it right at the house. It's that great. We built a bouquet right out the yard flowers, which Mary helped us with. Bring CD's. they have a nice sound system wired through the house. Easy access(same 1/2 hour drive) to all the sights, Volcano, mud baths, mineral springs, nice restaurants, town. Just be prepared for a bumpy ride in and a wide open house. Don't be intimidated, you'll enjoy your stay.
- Guest Twit (Bay Area, CA)
- Date of stay 11/11/12
- Review Submitted 12/11/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing.
Dec 21-Jan 4: (2pl) $459US/nt, (4pl) $540US/nt, (6pl) $590US/nt Jan 5-Apr 15: (2pl) $418US/nt, (4pl) $500US/nt, (6pl) $550US/nt Apr 16-May 31: (2pl) $302US/nt, (4pl) $384US/nt, (6pl) $434US/nt June 1-Dec 20: (2pl) $280US/nt, (4pl) $362US/nt, (6pl) $412US/nt Rates are in US$ per week and per day (not for each person). Single: deduct 10%. Taxes, fees and security deposits may apply. Children under 2 years free. Children under 14 years: $20/night. Minimum stay at Pitons Stargroves is three days. Holidays, minimum stay is seven d
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