|Minimum Stay||3 - 4 nights|
La Bagatelle villa is a wonderfully spacious villa situated on a hillside overlooking the spectacular Piton mountains and has sweeping views of the Caribbean sea and St. Vincent. The upstairs living/dining area features one enormous 1500 sq ft floor with a pool at the far end. High peaked ceilings, cool smooth polished greenheart floors and a daybed for reading make this villa a luxury of space and style. Two large comfortable settees with blue and white Ian Mankin fabric and a large coffee table are in the middle of the living area. A romantic daybed at one end of the room and a hammock at the other end offer perfect places for reading and dreaming your cares away. There is a music CD player with a port for your i-pod or MP3 player.
Downstairs are two large bedrooms with en suite Italian tiled bathrooms. The master bedroom has a king size West Indian four poster bed, armoire and antique side tables. The bathroom is especially large and bright with a walk in closet. The second bedroom features two beautifully restored four poster beds, a queen and a double. A chaise lounge, red cedar chests of drawers and custom made mosquito nets make these bedrooms especially romantic. The bathroom has two sinks, shower, closet and a safe for valuables.
A full size tennis court with Bioflex surface is available to you and is located below the house. Rackets and balls are provided except childrens rackets not available. The 18x10 foot private pool is surrounded by bamboo and bouganvillea and has room for four pool loungers on the clay tiled terrace or in the shade under the roof.
The villa is a few minutes drive to Anse Chastanet Beach or a 10 minute walk. PADI dive facility, restaurants. Soufriere is a 7 minute drive (road is in poor condition) and there are 3 grocery stores, farmers market and plenty of fresh fruit and veg grown locally. Beer, wine, alcohol all sold in grocery stores.
Jalousie Beach resort is a 15 minute drive.
Visit the Diamond mineral baths, or New Jerusalem outdoor mineral pool, Toraille waterfall, take a plantation tour, zip line through the rain forest, order a massage at the house, climb the Piton nature trails or just relax in this private, peaceful house.
The house includes staff six days a week Monday thru Saturday, 9-3pm who will cook and clean at no extra charge. Valinda is the housekeeper who comes up at 9am - 3pm and will prepare breakfast, lunch and leave something prepared for your supper if you wish. Staff must come in at least every other day to clean. Shopping service can be arranged for a fee. Arrival meal and basic shop can be arranged.
Massages can be arranged at the house with sufficient notice. Also tennis lessons from a pro can be arranged.
Keywords: Romantic Private luxury villa
La Bagatelle was a year long project to rebuild a wood and stone house. Designing decorative details, restoring antique beds and tables to fill the bedrooms and creating a lovely, comfortable space for guests was my goal.
Nancy Blackwell purchased this villa in 1998
Any adjective to describe this place would be an understatement. From the wonderful dive sites, chill attitude of the locals, picturesque town, stunning Pitons, proximity to colorful wildlife, exquisite food, this must be the closest you get to paradise in this life. It is a deep privilege to have spent 10 days on this idyllic island, in the comfort of this cocoon like villa. Thanks for everything.
First visit to St. Lucia and La Bagatelle filled the bill! Situated about 450 feet above the water and with an unsurpassed view of the Pitons, the house is accurately depicted here and is an upside down house with open air living area above and bedrooms below. Spent many hours watching the rainbows, passing cruise ships, fishermen, yachts and hummingbirds feeding on bouganvilli a. Less than a mile to Anse Chastanet where one can swim, sunbathe, dine, dive, and snorkel. Suggest renting a car at the airport, ours was from Cool Breeze. Much to explore on St. Lucia; we especially enjoyed Diamond Falls with its botanical gardens. Staff very nice and owner who lives nearby checked with us to ensure no concerns. House beautifully furnished with original local furniture and paintings. Lovely pool with plenty of places where one could read or doze. Almost no bugs at this time. Generally quiet.
We were NOT disappointed with this lovely villa at all.... the pictures are accurate and the view is absolutely gorgeous! The villa is very clean , and well maintained. The open air living was a new experience for us ! The villa is spacious and comfortable for 2 couples, as we celebrating a special birthday with our friends! We didn't rent a car, but did refer to a local taxi fellow who drove us on occasion, and was very accommodating. We attempted to walk down the very steep rough road to Anse Chastanet beach ...... I like to walk, but this is not pleasurable at all..... the return walk up was even worse.... everyone refused to walk it again.... we did take a taxi there and back.... for a cost of $ 40 US. I would advise renting a car... if u are the type that needs to be on the go... as the road to villa is treacherous.... but after a few travels u get use to it. We weren't use to or were we comfortable with the concept of having a housekeeper wait on us.... we had a starter pack of groceries provided , and settled the bill on arrival..... we also stopped at grocery store near airport to purchase a few things.... we found meat to be difficult to find.... as we are not very adventurous fish eaters... so we arrived at villa.... hoping the housekeeper could help us purchase some fresh chicken, or steak for us.... however, that proved to be difficult also... and had to settle for what she could get... in all ,it was fine as we had dinner reservations elsewhere on the weekend.... suggest to others in the future, to be specific and direct with your menu choices, and let her do the shopping.... otherwise u will be be managing on your own.
Soufriere is abit rough around the edges to venture into, for our liking. We toured the entire island and seen all the highlights by hired car tour... and also took a water taxi up the coast to Rodney bay, Castries, and Marigot bay. We also went to Sugar beach for the day.... was disappointed in most beaches, in how the resorts segregate small scuffy areas for visitors to sit at..... however we had very expensive drinks at sugar beach patio bar... and had a surprise visit of "Bono" and his family ,who arrive by yacht, and sat next to us on the patio ! So I guess those drinks were worth it ! Warning, at Anse Chastenat beach, the area they direct visitors to is sit at is dangerous due to boat traffic..... snorkelers were frequently in the way .
Great experience , and had a lovely time !
Our family recently spent a week at La Bagatelle and we knew the moment we walked through the gate that this Villa would surpass all expectations. The pictures on the website CANNOT do justice to actually standing on the deck and taking in the lovely Pitons. We loved the "open" concept of the villa and had ample room to spread out. The kids had the most wonderful time using the pool so much so that they didn't even miss not having a TV. Our housekeepers Paul and Valinda kept the villa in tip top shape throughout our stay. We are pretty low key so we did not have Valinda prepare any meals but I'm sure that the ones on the menu would have tasted great! Nancy was very helpful throughout the months leading up to our stay. She was always very prompt in emailing back answers to my questions. It was also nice of her to call us while we were there and make sure everything was going well. The drive in along Anse Chastenet road is quite entertaining and the first time a bit nerve racking however you get comfortable with it after a few up and downs. We found the Anse Chastenet resort to be very friendly to non guests and because of the closeness of it spent the most time down there. Anse Mamin was our favorite haunt as it is less crowded and had some decent snorkeling around the right side of the island. We did travel to Sugar Beach to snorkel and have lunch. It was the best meal we had but pricey. Snorkeling was better here but they keep the non guest on a pretty ratty part of the beach. We did the touristy stops in Soufriere - drive in volcano, botanical gardens, and the Tet Paul trail. Only drawback to these stops are the local vendors pawning there goods. Which is why we always loved coming back to the villa. I cannot recommend this place more highly. Having coffee each morning and watching the sailboats and ships start to come out to play was just so relaxing. Thanks again to Nancy for all your help and for having this slice of heaven. Our family will always have treasured memories.
The house and view are incredible and as advertised. However, I wasn't ready for all that comes with an open air house so my advice to others is just be prepared. The mosquito netting around the beds is there for a reason. One night while eating dinner, a bat was flying around the living room. I prefer to be a little less close to nature, but that's just me.
A few helpful tips:
- The hill the house is on is VERY steep. I am in my early 30s and work out 5 times a week and walking this hill was my workout every morning. If you're elderly or don't like to get your heart rate up, this house is not for you.
- The walk to Anse Chastanet is 15 minutes down, not 5 as other reviewers said. And, walking up in flip flops with beach gear is not easy or enjoyable.
- Renting a car is good but if you don't, just get to know one taxi driver and rely on him for all trips. Calling a taxi from Anse Chastanet takes time.
- Be very direct with the staff. Our cook/cleaner didn't really want to help us or cook for us. We ended up cooking all our dinners because the list of available dishes did not sound good.
- The masseur who comes to the house was very good. We'd recommend that.
- Jade Mountain is a must see! We went for lunch and dinner and they were delicious!
- The beach at Anse Chastanet is not great. Just OK.
- The Viceroy at Sugar Beach has an amazing spa! They also have a good beach and you can rent a cabana for $150. I'd recommend doing this and spending the day. They have a very good breakfast and lunch too.
All in all, we had a great week at La Bagatelle, but I learned that I'm more of a resort person who needs all the amenities. That's just me.
The house and staff were excellent and exceeded our expectations. We rented a jeep from the airport and found the directions to the house very easy to follow. We really enjoyed having our own car - so we could drive down to the beach and other tourist sights. We asked the staff to cook us dinner on several occasions and the food was fantastic. Better and far cheaper than the restaurants in town. We also used Mystic Man (located near the police station on the dock in Soufriere) for an afternoon of snorkeling.
It was great having a tennis court -- but don't assume that the person playing on the tennis court is a guest of the other house. Four mornings out of our stay, we awoke to a local and a white man playing tennis from 7:30 am - 10:00am. We assumed that the man was a guest of the other house, Tamarind. However on our last day - we learned that these men were local friends of the owner. Thus, we could have asked them to give us the tennis court or asked them to start playing a little later in the day.
If you plan to use an ATM card that is not part of the CIRRUS ( such as a PLUS ATM card) -- then you will need to stop at a bank in Vieux Fort to obtain cash. You should do this before driving to Soufriere -- as the drive is about 1 hour. The ATM machines in Soufriere only take CIRRUS ATM cards.
We were so lucky to be able to spend a week at La Bagatelle. It's a wonderful home, and had everything we needed for a relaxing vacation. Thanks to Valinda and the house staff, the house was neat and clean as a pin, the furnishings were beautiful and comfortable, and the kitchen well stocked. The bedrooms are very spacious and beautiful, and the beds are comfortable and surrounded by the finest mosquito netting we've ever seen. The grounds are lush and well maintained, and the tennis court is in great shape.
We took advantage of the shopping service and airport pick-up. Trevor the driver was the best - he was right there at the gate waiting for us, pointed out all sorts of plants and points of interest on the way to the house, and had a wealth of information on places to go. We were a little worried about not renting a car on this trip, but realized very quickly that having a driver just a call away was extremely convenient and a lot easier on us.
For us, the location was perfect, but we really like walking and I have a thing for steep hills. Soufriere was about a 10 minute car ride, or a quick water taxi ride from Anse Chastenet. We could walk down to Anse Chastenet (15 min) for snorkeling, beach lounging and lunch, then hike back up (35-45 min) to watch the sunsets. The view from this house is jaw-dropping, and none of the pictures really capture how pretty it is. And for all the privacy we had, we felt very safe as there are other villas nearby, and all the gates were very secure.
As for nearby activities and restaurants, there is a ton of stuff to do, but we were so content just lounging around, playing tennis, and visiting the fish just down the road that we kind of ran out of time. Nothing seemed more compelling than sitting back with the one you love and taking in that gorgeous piton view.
La Bagatelle is five minutes from Anse Chastanet resort with superb diving and snorkeling. Botanical Gardens, eco tourism sites, hiking and waterfalls, mineral baths are all in the area.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Apr 15 2015 - Dec 14 2015
3 night minimum stay
2016 High Season
Dec 15 2015 - Apr 14 2016
4 night minimum stay
|Notes||Rates include taxes and staff who cook and clean six days a week, Monday to Saturday from 9am - 3pm. Rates subject to change without notice. NOTE: CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR SUPPLEMENT OF 10% WILL APPLY TO RATES|
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