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Cathy Rioux

Advertiser since: 2010
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Speaks: english, french
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


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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.

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  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Cathy Rioux (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2010
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Speaks: english, french
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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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Stylishly Furnished Plantation House, with Panoramic Views
average rating of 4.9375 based on 21 reviews
Stylishly Furnished Plantation House, with Panoramic Views
+1758 -5180065
Castries St Lucia
near London

Fantastic and homely house with amazing views

  • 5 of 5
What a treat to stay in a real home from home- the owners (Cathy and Jacques) move out when the guests are renting the house but live there when it's not booked and that makes for a wonderful family atmosphere. We were travelling as a family of 4 with a baby and a toddler and they also loved it. The toddler in particular loved her "princess bed" with canopy (mosquito net)! The house was clean and well maintained thanks to the housekeeper Angie who was also a fantastic cook and who taught me some authentic Caribbean cooking- a lasting momento of our stay.
The views from the verandah and upstairs were absolutely amazing, we literally didn't tire of gazing out to sea and over the hills of northern St Lucia. The garden was a real plus, good space for the eldest to run around in and it felt totally safe.
The car hire was pretty much essential but the villa is centrally located to visit much of the island, a highlight for us was visiting The Rabot Estate, home to the Hotel Chocolat estate where you can stop for an indulgent chocolate strewn lunch or dinner.
The closest beach is Vigie which is just across town and almost visible from the house. It quickly became a favourite with us for its authentic and low key feel, perfect for a quick dip or more leisurely sand castle building.
Overall we loved staying in the mango house and wouldn't think twice about recommending it to friends and family, indeed if we return to St Lucia we will definitely be giving Cathy a call!
  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Stylishly Furnished Plantation House, with Panoramic Views
+1758 -5180065
Castries St Lucia

Unforgetable days in the plantation house!

  • 5 of 5
We spent 11 days in the beautyful Manguier Plantation. All the informations from the house and envirement are correct, the fotos show very nice the caracter of the lovley 105 years old, very typic caribbean wodden house.
We had a warm welcome from Cathy and Jaque, the sympatic and so helpful owner from the house. If we had a question, they had always time for us, thank you!
Actualy, plantation house filled up all our expectations we had in it. It is spacious, airy - cause of the natural Aircondition, the Veranda is a place to spend Holidays. When we had breakfast outside, we watched the hummingbirds in the Hibiscus and a in the Harbour of Castries the cruisingboats. At night you go to sleep with the song of the wind and the whizzle frog. If you want it, Cathy and Jaque own a good Guardian dog - Maya - she takes care for your safe sleep. Plantation house makes it possible to experiance how it is to live life as a real caribbean.
The Location is in the hills obove Castries and we would recommend to rent a car (4x4)
We highly recomend this unique house!!

If you go to St. Lucia, do not always take the "Highway", you better discover the Island and the locals if you choose smaller roads.
Go for a snorkle at the small beach Close to the Restaurant on pigeon Island and dont miss a walk in the rainforest.
Merci beaucoup Cathy et Jaque pour votre hospitalité et ces inoubliable vacance!
  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Stylishly Furnished Plantation House, with Panoramic Views
+1758 -5180065
Castries St Lucia

Good Family Adventure

  • 4 of 5
We are a family of 5 with 3 boys with lots of energy and needing lots of space, they all had a good time with the house having enough room for everyone to relax when they needed to.

The house worked very well as a base to explore from being well situated a short drive to Castries and easy to get up the coast to Rodney Bay and Pigeon Island, We rented Cathy's car as well, Having a car was essential to get around.

Cathy was very helpful with anything that came up. Our kids didn't gel with the cat and Cathy took her away the next day.

House was clean and tidy and as described, The housekeeper came in 3x per week and would also do our washing which was handy.

Downsides: dogs are quite noisy at night if you are a light sleeper,

Places we liked: Wakeboarding in Rodney Bay; hanging out at Windjammer Landing, Pigeon Island; Jungle canopy tram and zip-wires.

Disappointing: Soufries and the sulphur baths.

We had a good time at the house and I'd recommend staying there.
  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Stylishly Furnished Plantation House, with Panoramic Views
+1758 -5180065
Castries St Lucia

Wonderful Traditional Caribbean House and Gardens

  • 5 of 5
We are a family of five and have just finished a three week stay in the Mango Plantation House. The house is a traditional Caribbean wooden building with shutters. It has all the amenities a family needs. The house is high up on the Morne and gives stunning views of Castries and its coastline.The gardens are beautiful with bread fruit, bananas, lime and guava plants to name a few. It was also teaming with wildlife and was visited by humming birds every day. This was the first time we had stayed in a house in the Caribbean without air conditioning. We found that we adapted quickly to the climate and that sleeping with room fans under mosquito nets was very comfortable. Jaques and Cathy made the booking process very straight forward and arranged transport from and to the airport for us. Cathy made sure that we had everything that we needed during our stay. We rented Cathy's Rav 4 for the whole of our stay which gave us access to the best beaches and allowed us to reach the local super markets, bakery and restaurants with ease. We dined at Jacques and Cathy's restaurant and the food was superb. We also visited a very good traditional Caribbean restaurant at Gros Islet called 'Flavours of the Grill' which is featured in Trip Advisor.
The Mango Plantation House is well located for travelling to the beaches and attractions both to the North and South of the island.
We have had the most wonderful holiday and would like to thank both Jaques and Cathy for allowing us to stay in their house.
  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Stylishly Furnished Plantation House, with Panoramic Views
+1758 -5180065
Castries St Lucia
United States

Perfect Stay a Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5
We loved the Mango Plantation. It was very spacious and could fit at least 6 more people comfortably. It was fully stocked with all you need to enjoy your vacation. Including Wifi and a local phone to use. The owners Cathy and Jacques (also the owner of Jacques Waterfront restaurant in Rodney Bay) where very helpful and answered all our questions quickly and promptly. We rented the Rav 4 from Cathy and it was helpful getting us around the island. Stanley (their driver) picked us at the airport and drove us to meet Cathy at the restaurant. He was very nice and informative about the island. It was a very welcoming and humbling being the first one we met and the last we spoke to. We followed him to the grocery store and met up with Cathy later who then led us to the house. She provided landmarks and ways to remember how to get up the somewhat remote location. This landmarks where very helpful and made getting lost nearly impossible. I suggest taking a few notes if possible.

The house itself was an older but well taken care of home. We primarily stay on the first floor which is where the master was along with the master bathroom. The shutters where wooden and added such a nice charm to the house. It also had an alarm system we never used. It was on top of a steep hill and we just didn’t see anybody would want to climb it to rob us. Plus there was sweet natured Maya who was the house protector whom guarded it all day. The house is surrounded by the most beautiful fruit trees and flowers of all kinds. You have a beautiful view of Castries bay. We ate all meals on the patio. Angie, the housekeeper, came to the house on MWF and was assisted with laundry and cleaning the kitchen. She was very helpful and informative as well.

We used the home as a base camp for us. We explored all the neighboring cities. Rodney Bay is really close ~20 mins and we went there for several of our meals. We also were really close to Marigot Bay ~ 20 mins. It’s a about a 1.5 hours away from Soufriere Bay which is where you find the active volcano and the Gros and Petit Piton. To us the location was prefect and provided is with lots of privacy and a comfortable place to lay our head. We know if we return we would bring our entire family. Thank you for allowing us to stay in your beautiful home.
  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Stylishly Furnished Plantation House, with Panoramic Views
+1758 -5180065
Castries St Lucia
British Columbia, Canada

Beautiful tropical vacation home

  • 5 of 5
We were intrigued by this house from the moment we discovered it online and it more than lived up to the reviews. We ate all of our meals on the lovely covered veranda where we could watch the city of Castries below, Pigeon Point to the north and the Caribbean Ocean beyond. At night the town was lit up and when it was clear we could see the lights of Martinique in the distance. We were regaled by choruses of cicadas and frogs as dusk descended. Cathy and Jacques welcomed us on our arrival and Cathy was a wealth of information on local sites. She was always available when we had questions. We enjoyed Jacques delicious food and a jazz trio(with steel drum/pans) at the Sunday morning brunch at their restaurant. Angie, the housekeeper, agreed to cook us traditional Caribbean fare and sent us to the bustling Saturday farmers' market with grocery lists for our meals. Glenroy, the gardener, taught my teenagers to climb a coconut tree and to drink coconut water from the freshly harvested fruit.
The house is a great stepping off point for visiting Soufriere, the Pitons and the volcano to the south, Dennery on the Atlantic side, and Rodney Bay and Pigeon Point to the north. We had the added convenience of renting Cathy and Jacques RAV for our sightseeing excursions.
We would love to stay at the Mango Plantation on our next trip to St. Lucia.
  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
2.5 Miles
George FL Charles, Castries
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Sandals Halcyon Hotel
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Jacques Waterfront Dining
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
Vigie Beach
Car: recommended

La Plantation des Manguiers is situated in the tiny community of Bois Cachet (hidden wood). Once at the house it is difficult to believe that you are only minutes from the capital city of Castries, nestled as it is, amongst trees and foliage, notably Mango trees, hence the villa's name. With breath taking views over Castries out to Pigeon Island in the north and Martinique beyond, La Plantation des Manguiers is relaxing and tranquil with plenty of privacy. Castries is 5 minutes by car or bus (10 minutes walk to the nearest bus stop, all down hill!!) The white sand beach of Vigie with it's shady trees is 10-15 minutes from the villa and besides being great for a swim is also nice for a early morning or late afternoon walk. Reduit beach, a popular tourist area is approximately 30-40 minutes by car depending on the traffic. Pigeon Island is 5-10 minutes further north from here and offers beaches, walks and historical ruins, it is a great place for young children to run around.

Golf: Sandals Regency is only 5 minutes from the villa by car or a challenging 30 minute walk and offers a magnificent course with rolling hills and majestic fairways. A challenging nine-hole layout on 3,141 yards and par 33, this course features narrow fairways, making it suitable for skilled golfers, although it is also popular among beginners. There is also the St. Lucia Golf Club which is located on the northern tip of the island and is set within the scenic rolling hills of Cap Estates. The par-71 plays to 6685 yards/6113 metres and overlooks the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The course opened in 2001 and has since become one of the most demanding layouts in the Caribbean. The par 4 opening hole gets players’ attention right away with a fairway guarded on the right by a water hazard and trees and on the left with Out of Bounds. This course is approximately 40 mins from the villa by car depending on the traffic. If you require any further information on Golf in St Lucia, or bookings made in advance of your arrival Cathy will be pleased to help.

Ski: Fantastic Water Skiing! and Wake boarding


Rates & Availability

From $1,000 Per week

Castries Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Christmas 2014/15
Dec 14 2014 - Jan 4 2015
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Notes Please note children under 12 are USD 37 per week, 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. We have a minimum stay of 1 week, the length of rental periods are not limited.
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Castries Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Face basin
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower , Face basin
  • The bathrooms are airy and have plenty of cupboard space and shelves for storing toiletries etc. There is a hair-dryer available.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , En-suite bathroom, room for small child's bed or cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Room for small child's bed or cot
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Room for small child's bed or cot
    Bedroom 4/Reading nook - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /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.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeping
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • 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
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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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