A very private Dominica country house situated on 22 acres of forest and citrus trees. Property has 2 rivers with pools for bathing, a waterfall just inside the entrance, lots of wild flowers, parrots, and a trail with steps leading to the rivers in the valley in front of the house. Ramelton is unhurried, unworried, unspoiled - the perfect place to unwind - either on the veranda or in front of the fireplace in the living room. A perfect base for exploring, hiking, and soaking up the unique creole culture of Dominica. Ramelton is not as predictable as a five star hotel - there is an element of do it yourself to the place which gives you the freedom to personalize your stay.
Ramelton is safe, fully furnished, and has a resident caretaker, maid, as well as an easily accessible property manager.
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I'm an American and have been living and working in the West Indies since 1961. I grew up in Wilmette, Illinois and left the States to go sailing, which I did professionally for 20 years. My wife Dawn is Dominican and Ramelton was purchased fro the former owner who bought the land from Dawn's father. We live and work in Barbados, getting to Dominica as often as possible to 'decompress.'
We bought Ramelton in order to reconnect it to the family estate, Sherwood which is an adjoining 100 acres. The rain forest location is a great way to get a bit of variety in climate - not just sea and sand all the time. Works very well for us - If we want sea and sand it's 10 minutes away.
We like being able to pick our own fruit from the orchard and to experience another island that is far more undeveloped than the main tourist islands. Nowhere else has the unique mountain and valley environment that exists here. Everyone in Dominica still goes to the public market on Saturday to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables - the produce is amazingly good and couldn't be fresher unless you harvested it yourself. It's also nice to sit in front of the fireplace in January - it's not really cold, but the fire still feels and looks good.