|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 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. A private chef can be engaged for dinner parties by arrangement with Chef Basil.
Always book with the owner in the Owner Operated VRBO ads. Do not book with anyone claiming to be a "Manager" of the house. The owner Nancy Blackwell is the manager and always has been.
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
Every morning we woke up to the same mesmerizing view which will stay etched in our memories forever. Valinda, Wilma and Paul were always kind and made our stay so comfortable. We scaled the "Gros Piton" and bathed in the Sulphur Springs, but most memorable in our minds will be the wonderful hikes we took with Murray, whose warmth and ease of manners are only matched by his boundless knowledge of the flora and fauna of this paradise. You have a beautiful house built with love and we hope one day to be back to enjoy and explore once more!
La Bagatelle has a premiere location overlooking the Caribbean and both Pitons. Nothing can compare with the views at any time of day - mornings watching a passing shower sweep across the Pitons while the sun paints a rainbow, sometimes a double one, so close you feel you could touch it, or the delights of a many-colored sunset as small sailing vessels lazily ply the waters in the distance, or even the nighttime illuminated specks of cruise ships on the horizon off to the next port of call.
With the superlatives views come extraordinary paths to reach it - if you opt to rent a car, it should absolutely be 4-wheel drive as the "road" from Soufriere to the house is extremely steep, more often than not washed out by rains and containing several hair-pin turns. Otherwise, hired drivers are the way to go if you want to get out and see the island. We preferred the independence of our own vehicle and one does get used to the challenge of the ascent over the course of a day or two.
Almost everything you want to see/do is within a 30 minute drive or so from the house so the location is excellent - visiting the volcano and the Diamond waterfall, hiking Gros Piton, doing the Tet Paul Nature trail, and last but not least, wandering Soufriere's streets to enjoy the local color, the market or taking off for a snorkeling/sailing half-day trip. All beaches are public so we visited Sugar Beach [located between the two Pitons - they truck in white sand so it's quite nice] and had lunch [tapas and VERY expensive so order carefully] and the resort down the road, Anse Chastanet, which has a grayer, more gravely sand.
The house is fine with a huge open room at the second level and a small pool [unheated] at the side. There is no question it could use some updating and freshening up, however. There is mosquito netting over all the beds though we never had an issue with insects and the entire house is gated with bars and padlocks [you'll get a hefty set of keys] though it's hard to see how anyone could get up here and want to break in but must be necessary. We felt completely safe, there are villas on both sides.
We were not planning on doing any cooking and so we relied on "menu" lists from the owner which the staff would prepare - four dinners. Unfortunately, we were disappointed in the meals as the ingredients we picked from the list including sauces and fresh vegetables were not followed. Make sure to communicate exactly what you want.
Along with our two daughters we stayed for four nights at La Bagatelle. As everyone has stated, the view is spectacular. More importantly, working with Nancy, Paul, and Valinda made the stay that much more enjoyable. Special recognition to Nancy as we had a couple of challenges, caused by me, which Nancy worked through very professionally. Thank you! We've traveled to the islands in the Caribbean more than 15 times and this was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and one of our most enjoyable. Need to emphasize the value in this villa as Valinda will shop and prepare (or at least assist in prep) any/all/most meals. She made us a fish creole which was out of site! I think I read where someone said the kitchen was outdated. That's bunk. The kitchen is fine. House is great. Took a day to get used to as our living room is wide open! Couple of highlights:
Transportation-Nancy recommends Popo and so do I. My wife wanted to bring him home with us. Great guy, patient(remember, I was with 2 daughters and a wife.....), knowledgable, and knows EVERYONE. We used him once a day which was cheaper than a car rental. Plus the peace of mind not driving on St. L roads and in town. As Nancy states in description the road is rough and narrow. Hence, my reasoning for letting Popo do the driving.
Excursions--We walked to the Anse Chastenet beach...it's a solid 15 minutes DOWN ( I timed it) and 20 UP. Go to the beach on "the side" which is Anse Mamin. Quiet and has great restaurant. Highly recommend the Tet Paul trail especially at Sunset. We did Hot Chocolate tour. Hiked the Gros Piton. Don't be fooled, it's 25% hike and 75% climb. Beautiful once your up there though. Did the market on Saturday morning and picked up bananas, plantains, coconut water, and fish. Really fun to be "in town" and experience the people and culture of St. Lucia
Overall, we had a great experience with the people and property and would definitely recommend this to others.
Our family stayed at the Bagatelle Villa for our daughter's wedding this past March, and found the villa to be amazing with the most beautiful view of the Pitons and Caribbean!! We never tired of the view!!! Seeing the glow of the sunrise, and hearing the birds in the morning was paradise!! We saw several rainbows during our stay, -magical! The staff at the Bagatelle were so helpful and prepared some delicious dishes. One morning we walked down to the village and bought fresh caught Mahi Mahi (Dorado) which the ladies prepared for us...Incredible!
The owner of the villa, Nancy, did everything to make our stay wonderful! From the time we booked our stay to the day we left, she was available to recommend restaurants, and even communicated with the locals to ensure we were taken care of! She went above and beyond to make our stay there memorable!
One of our favorite people we spent time with there was Popo, our driver!!! The terrain is a bit challenging, and we were not comfortable driving (on the opposite side of the road) so Popo drove us everywhere!! What a kind man!! I would highly recommend you call on him whenever you need to go anywhere! He did an amazing job, and everyone knows him!
If you are looking for a private villa, and want to relax and truly get away from the hustle and bustle, then the Bagatelle Villa is the perfect vacation get away! We highly recommend it!
La Bagatelle is a beautifully decorated villa with amazing view of the Pitons and the steady stream of sailcraft going by. We always tried to be back from the beach by 5:30, as the sunsets are spectacular!! It is advised that you review and make selections from the menu of food the housekeeper/cook can provide you with, so your first few days of meals are taken care of. Also, shopping at the supermarket on the way from the airport is recommended, as they have a large selection of meats, not always as available in town. The town of Soufriere is enjoyable and very safe, with street shopping for fresh fruit/vegetables and the best in-town grocery is Eroline. They also have a good selection of wine. The local people are friendly and helpful. Saturday morning market (you should get there by 8:30)is great and you can purchase fresh of-the -boat fish there. For confident drivers, renting a 4x4 is highly recommended, as the walk to and from the beach would be difficult for most. There are lots of things to see and do, including the botanical gardens/waterfall/mineral bath, which was our favourite. However, we are beach people and once we discovered Anse Mamin (a ten min walk from the main Anse Chastenet beach), we had found a slice of paradise: a 200 to 300 yd stretch of beach, with usually only 30 to 40 people there. Although isolated, it has beach side bar and grill and umbrella/loungers are readily available for much less than the main beach or Sugar Beach. Nancy, the owner, is very good at making you feel welcome and is very attentive to your needs. Paul, the maintenance man and Valinda, the housekeeper/cook are very friendly and willing; you will be well taken care of by them. We have been to many many sun destinations; by far and away this was our favourite!!! We will return!!!
As advertised, the view of the Pitons and the ocean are wonderful. Sit and watch hummingbirds, grey tremblers, etc work the trees and flowers. At night, watch the sun set and the "glowing" click beetles come out. For first time visitors to St. Lucia, note that all walking involves some very steep roads/paths. Anse Chastanet is close by, but it is a hard walk; rent a car to get around and make trips to the waterfalls, town and other nearby attractions. Do not be put off by needing to use a vehicle; Anse Chastenet and Sugar Beach resorts provide on-site shuttles for their guests due to the steepness of the roads/paths.
La Bagatelle is a well-maintained villa. Kitchen is dated, but everything works. Beds are very comfortable. Pool is nice. Note: there is no air-conditioning. Not a problem for us, there are ceiling fans and trade winds. We are not accustomed to having a housekeeper on-site from 9 am till 3 pm. The housekeeper was not intrusive, but it made us feel awkward to be sitting around as someone did chores in the villa.
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.
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.
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.
FIVE NIGHT MINIMUM IN THE HIGH SEASON.