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          Recent Tartane Reviews

          Comfy Villa with A Wide View of Land and Sea

          5 of 5
          We arrived late. Cyril had waited to greet us for hours but as we got lost numerous times in our drive from the Fort de France airport he told us over the phone that he might need to leave. We were pleasantly surprised when finally we arrived at his charming bungalow painted white with blue highlights and framed by Bougainvillea that Cyril rushed from the front door to meet us. He was very gracious and direct as he explained the nuts and bolts of how the house worked and discussed his custom made book describing local amenities and attractions. It did not take us much time to feel right at home. The villa was as advertised and we were pleasantly surprised to find that it had a full kitchen including an oven, dishwasher, pots and pans and everything we needed to whip up meals with local ingredients. In the backyard was a small BBQ. Later we found a cute restaurant in the nearby village of Tartane to have dinner and a bottle of wine. The next day we were able to discover a Carrefour at the crossroads and stock up on necessities and good French wine at bargain prices. We found that the house was well stocked with sheets and towels and we were able to easily explore during the day and return at night to make a meal of local chicken, salad and a new vegetable for us, "christofine" which is similar to the Mexican achiote. One night Cyril told us he was going to cook a meal for us and gave us the choice of meat or fish. We enthusiastically chose fish. Later that day we heard a knock on the door. It was Cyril holding a fish he had harpooned himself for our dinner! He then proceeded with his wife Celine to make a simple, delicious meal of Barracuda, garlic and tomatoes garnish, christofine and local, sweet melon. This was more than we had bargained for with the house rental and we were thrilled. As we got to know Martinique and the local area we found the villa was very centrally located with almost all areas of the island available to us by a short drive. The villa turned out to be a real joy to stay in and charming in many ways. The sun streamed in when the sun rose in the morning. The small birds were cheeky and charming These sparrow like birds were constantly flying through the open glass doors to check for small scraps of food left on the floor. A constant breeze blew off the water and provided cooling and freshness to the house. Beaches were nearby and accessible by walking or by a short drive. Thanks so much Cyril and Celine!
          • Submitted: Apr 13, 2014
          • Stayed: Mar 2014