First, the photos posted on-line do not begin to show how beautiful the La Batterie house and grounds are, and the view from the balcony- and front bedroom- is the best on the island.
The property is a tough half-hour walk from Soufriere, but it is that climb that produces the view. It may be worth renting a car for exploring the island, but the first time up the road is not for the faint of heart, especially at night. There is a local driver who is very cooperative, but maybe worth setting fares ahead of time as he is quite expensive.
The three bedrooms are each distinctive, and there is plenty of room for getting away from everyone and everything. Each morning you wake in a private garden better than most resorts, and the only sound is birds and the breeze. The house is very clean, kitchen is well-equipped though its galley-style may work better for the housekeeping staff than as a central gathering place. They will cook for you which was particularly helpful on our day of arrival. Meat is of very limited selection in Soufriere.
The pool is big and very well-kept, and is set in the back, amidst the mango trees, palms and flowers. Good BBQ next to the pool.
We were very impressed with the owners' quick response to any enquiries we had, and appreciated all the advice they offered. We ate out at Ladera, which has great choice and quality of food, for dinner. Orlando's for lunch near the villa really impressed us with his delicious and sophisticated versions of local food. The Anse Chastanet resort is past the villa, not a bad walk, and we had a good sunset dinner there, Indian cuisine, reasonable value.
Soufriere town is worth a visit or two, but don't expect anything upscale. It grows on you. The locals are pleasant, and the old architecture is worth seeing. If you need to shop, head to the capital, and enjoy the ride along the hillsides. Parking in Castries is awkward- try the carpark building.
We visited the volcano, which is not overwhelming. But really, preferred to hang around the villa.
Overall, this property definitely exceeded our expectations, and is a great place to get away from it all.
Craig and Krystyna