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Nancy Blackwell

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Grand & Gorgeous Tamarind House - book directly with the owner only

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Overview

Mamin Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 4 Bedrooms, 4 baths, sleeps 6 adults, 2-3 children

Tamarind House means different things to the people who have already experienced its beauty and legendary hospitality.

The rare luxury of space and privacy. Room to relax, to breathe, to rejuvenate and dream. Happy memories of drinks and laughter under the tamarind tree. Long white curtains billowing in the breeze. Swimming in the pool under a full moon. Bouganvillea climbing the walls - fuchsia, violet and orange flowers set against a clear blue sky Rum cocktails and fish cakes at sunset.

Tamarind House is located just off the Anse Chastanet Road approximately 1.5 miles from Soufriere and .5 miles from Anse Chastanet Beach. It is a 10 minute walk down to the beach and a 20 minute hike back up the hill. Covering 8850 Sq. Ft. of space, the house is constructed of local stone with exceptionally high 25 foot ceilings and Barbados terracotta tiles throughout. The main house has three bedrooms and bathrooms while the separate Cottage is a master bedroom suite with its own living room, kitchen, dressing area, four poster king size bed and terrace.

The 35 x 15 foot totally private pool is situated below the Cottage and has 1060 sq ft of terrace and shade pavilion around it. The pool edge is open on one side to give uninterrupted views of the Pitons. The house also has a professional size tennis court with a Bioflex surface and of course superb views of the Pitons as you play.

In the main house, a descending staircase leads you into a cool, circular courtyard filled with banana plants and flowers. As you pass through the graceful stone arch doorway, the enormous 2550 sq ft living room stretches away before you and leads to the terrace where the tamarind tree grows up out of the tiles. This fabulous tree provides shade and coolness to the house all through the day. The living room features two seven foot settees and a very large travertine stone coffee table. The round reproduction antique dining table seats 6-8.

The master bedroom has a beautiful king size four poster bed, side tables, hand carved standing cheval mirror and small armoire. There is a walk in closet with a safe, Italian tiled bathroom with shower and double sinks. Open the shower doors and look at the Pitons while bathing! The second bedroom has a queen antique four poster bed, private terrace, Italian tiled bathroom with shower also open to the view. There is a walk in closet and two blue and white Chinese lamps beside the bed. The third bedroom is for children and has two four poster beds, a double and a twin. It looks out onto a private terrace and the courtyard. The Cottage master bedroom suite has three graceful stone arch openings and 25 foot ceilings. Long white curtains at each doorway billow out in the breeze. Two large 7 foot couches with blue and white cushions, a large coffee table and antique tables beside the king size four poster bed make this a wonderfully romantic space. A collection of paintings by St. Kitts artist Kate Spencer are on display here. There is a marble tiled bathroom with shower and a dressing area plus a kitchen with fridge, stove, glasses, plates etc. Exceptionally high quality 100% cotton sheets, and plush towels are standard in all the bedrooms and bathrooms. Each bedroom has a hair dryer provided. Electricity is 220 volts. Staff included six days a week Monday - Saturday for cooking and cleaning. They prepare breakfast, lunch and will leave something prepared for your dinner. New Brinkman five burner gas stainless steel BBQ grill new for 2011 season.Staff come up six days a week , Monday - Saturday, from 9am - 3-pm. Staff must come up at least every other day to clean. No rentals without staff.

NOTE: Always be sure you are contacting the owner of the property. Do not accept offers of big discounts for immediate payment without contacting the VRBO Owner Operated ad. Do not book with villa agents who claim to be the "Manager" of the house. Tamarind House is managed by the owner and always has been.

Keywords: Large family villa

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Nancy Blackwell (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

About Nancy Blackwell

I lived in St. Lucia from the early 1980's until 2011. Tamarind House was a private home and always open to friends and family. It is now open for memorable family gatherings by renting on VRBO. I can answer almost any question you might have about the Soufriere area. And I have a wide circle of people who can help to make your holiday a dream come true.

Why Nancy Blackwell chose St Lucia

Wonderfully large space, room for everyone to have their own space but be together as well. Fantastic staff who cook fabulous meals.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My sisters have declared this "Best Vacation Ever!!". Thank you for sharing your beautiful house and country with us. Cheryl, Ann, and Zelia were so kind to us, and the food they cooked was delicious! Words cannot describe the view no matter how many adjectives I try, but my sister Roxanne kept looking out and saying "nope, still not tired of it." You could stay here forever and never tire of staring at this beautiful scene. Happy New Year! and Thank you so much.
Jan 2015
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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)
Grand & Gorgeous Tamarind House - book directly with the owner only
average rating of 4.923077 based on 21 reviews
5

Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Our family just returned from a week vacation at the Tamarind house. Nancy was very flexible and easy to work with. She even arranged to have a birthday cake made for our daughter! The house is stunning. The architecture of the home with all the artwork and furnishings is gorgeous. The views of the pitons, flowers and fruit trees make you feel like you are in the Garden of Eden. Waking up to the pitons, stunning views and birds singing every morning was wonderful. One of the best parts of Tamarind is Ann and Cheryl. Together these two fabulous ladies prepare breakfast and lunch everyday. They also keep the home spotless. The food was delicious! We were served daily fresh squeezed juice, and different flavored gelato almost every day. We were never disappointed with any meal Ann prepared. She even gave me the recipe of one of our favorites! We spent the majority of our days at the pool that has an incredible view of the ocean and pitons. The beach is within walking distance. We only booked one excursion due to truly enjoying everything Tamarind had to offer. Relaxation at its best!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I do hope that you can come back soon with ALL of your family group. What would Tamarind be without my staff and the ice cream machine? Thank you so much for visiting beautiful St. Lucia.
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4

STUNNING views in a tropical, lush and casual setting! We would definitely rent again!

  • 4 of 5

The great: We had a fantastic visit to St Lucia and thoroughly enjoyed Soufriere in particular. Beautiful place, beautiful people – we will definitely be back. The views from this home are spectacular!!!! We spent a large percentage of our time just marveling at the majestic Pitons, enjoying sunsets and identifying the diversity of the plants, flowers and birds living on the property. The house is open-air and feels very tropical. We were serenaded to sleep by frogs at night and even enjoyed a few lovely rainstorms. There is no air conditioning at the house, but we were never too hot as there are nice winds and fans in every room. The furniture is comfortable as were the beds and bedding. Ann and Cheryl were very nice and the food they made for us was very good. It’s such a treat to go on vacation and let go of all the daily chores. Nancy was easy to deal with and answered all my questions. We arranged for Popo’s to drive us to/from the airport and to get around during our stay (he’d even drop us off and pick us up later) which was very nice.

The not so good: The electrical was wonky and fried our baby monitor even though we were using a high-end convertor. We ended up only plugging things in when we could watch them and take them off if it got too hot. Many lights didn’t work and seemed to be wired incorrectly. This concerned me because the only way to lock up the house at night is to pad lock yourself in with a different key for each lock. I slept with the keys in my pillow and unplugged anything that seemed dangerous because I was worried about getting out quickly should there be a fire. The wi-fi was terrible because the router is broken - a simple, inexpensive fix. There isn’t enough furniture on the balconies and various outdoor spaces. The pool was extremely dirty and we had to clean it ourselves before we were able to use it. There were also several cigarette buts on the balcony - yuck. While this is a tropical, open home, there were a lot of bugs. We were fastidious in cleaning up food scraps, but we saw quite a few roaches. While it's not possible to avoid this entirely, it might be time for a visit from an exterminator. The ceiling fan in the MBR was very loud and wobbly - an easy fix. More towels in the bathrooms would also be nice. While many of these things are small and definitely wouldn’t prevent me from referring the house, a few easy fixes would make this property more in keeping with a “luxury” rental in this price point.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback, the master bedroom ceiling fan will be inspected next week when I arrive. The electrics are 220 volt and any devices from USA should be used with a proper transformer which are available in the house for cell phones and small devices. The house has RCCB breakers which are required by law and will trip whenever there is an irregularity. Many lights are on two way switches and if you turn them off in one location and try to turn them on at another point, they will not come on. I don't understand why you say the wifi was not working. It was working for the guests before you and is working now. If it was not working, why did you not notify the staff or myself? It may be that you were too far away from the living room where it is located. The stone walls of the house kill the signal and it does not work in the bedrooms or cottage. All of your concerns will be addressed and taken up with my staff, thank you for your insights. I am glad you enjoyed St. Lucia.
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Columbus, GA
5

Better than advertised!

  • 5 of 5

Often times, you see photographs of homes and when you get there, you can tell that the owner hired a really good photographer to "enhance" the property. Well, Tamarind House is the exception: The images on VRBO do not do it justice. The home and the scenery are beautiful. I have been fortunate to have traveled to many nice places, and Tamarind House, St Lucia is easily in the top 3!

Our group of 7 (ages 10-54) loved Tamarind House and St Lucia. This is the perfect location to stay in St. Lucia. It is away from the crowds, close to great restaurants, snorkeling, diving and the wonderful people of Soufriere. Tamarind House was a perfect "home base" for us while we where in St. Lucia. We spent a lot of time exploring the island, but always ended up in the pool at sunset, toasting the success of the day!

The staff is good and will take good care of you - very friendly and excellent cooks!

I would highly recommend this property to anyone planning a trip to St. Lucia.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed your time in Tamarind House. It is very difficult to photograph the main living area and give a sense of the space as you walk in to the house. I hope you will visit us again in St. Lucia. All the best, Nancy Blackwell owner
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5

Best in class hospitality with AMAZING surroundings

  • 5 of 5

W had a wonderful time at Tamarind House this May. We were a group of 4 adults with 3 young kids (ages 3, 3, and 6). We spent many hours in the pool, playing and gazing at the Pitons. The pool area is beautifully done, with lots of seating and shade, as well as lots of space in the pool, and even some blow up pool toys for the kids.

Cheryl and Ann took amazing care of us. This was the reason we booked this home, based on the previous reviews, and we were not disappointed. They are very warm, caring, and amazing cooks. We had delicious food all week, and we even had them do the grocery shopping for us (for an extra fee, which was reasonable).

The home is spacious and well appointed. The mosquito nets were very good quality, so no worries about bites.

We used Poppo as a driver (we did not rent as the roads up to the house are very difficult to drive, SO glad we did not rent a vehicle), and he was fantastic. A very safe and courteous driver, and reasonable rates.

Nancy was fantastic to deal with, and answered all our pre-trip questions quickly and thoroughly.

As we were there in May, it was VERY warm with very little breeze through the house. There is no A/C as this is a house designed to take advantage of the trade winds. I think in the cooler months this works very well, but it was really warm for us. There are fans in the bedrooms, which were just enough for us, but in the main rooms when there is no wind, it can be a bit hot. So, we just spent more time in the pool. Do not let this stop you from booking this beautiful home, it is just something I wish I was mentally prepared for=)

Thank you so much for having us in your beautiful home!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you enjoyed your family holiday at Tamarind House. I am so lucky to have wonderful staff who look after people and make their holidays more relaxing. I hope to see you again.
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Indiana
5

So beautiful...almost surreal

  • 5 of 5

Tamarind House is just absolutely stunning, the view, the beautiful flowering grounds and the dramatic Beaty of the house itself. The house is pretty much beautiful stone and large expansive heavy wooden doors, that when opened the beginning and end of the home and the lush grounds becomes a bit blurred. The house is beautifully furnished and full of magnificent artwork and an eclectic library of music.

The island is so green and alive - there are so many different things to explore. But Tamarind House will make it difficult to leave. When I sat on the patio and drank my morning coffee I felt like it almost didn't seem real, it was so perfect.

And it doesn't stop there, the house comes with a staff that have been there as long Tamarind House has. And it shows, the connection Ann, Cheryl and Paul have with the house and each other is apparent. This house is loved, and you in turn feel that love. Ann and Cheryl spoiled us with their cooking and freshening up the house each day with fresh linens, flowers. But best were their smiles, always fun to talk with. Paul keeps everything working and the grounds in pristine shape.

And then there is Nancy, she is an amazing host. She is very quick to respond, warm and informative. She is willing to accommodate any reasonable request if she can and she is gracious. She spent a great deal of her personal time and effort to help one of the members of our group that was having problems getting a visa for the trip. She helped quickly and never seemed put out. She checked in on us, never obtrusive.

All the way around this has been one of the best stays and interactions I have had. The only less than outstanding thing I can say Has nothing to do with the home staff or Nancy. During our stay, our group went diving a few days. I worry for the reef and the marine life around the island, there is no marine park- and with all the boat traffic and overfishing the reefs were in poor condition. I was genuinely surprised at how little marine life there was. Hopefully that is something the island has in its future.

If Nancy will have us, we would love to return!

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed your time at Tamarind House. It truly is a haven of peace for people with busy hectic lives. I look forward to having you stay with us again.
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5

Incredible Home and Amenities - Highly Recommended

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and our 19 year old son and 16 year old daughter thoroughly enjoyed our week at Tamarind House. Based on the pictures, property description and other reviews, we had very high expectations about the property, and the house and the amenities exceeded even our lofty expectations. This is a very unique property. The photos on the VRBO site are representative of the home and the views but still don't do either justice. The views from every part of the property are spectacular and never get old. The den, dining area, master, second bedroom, and cottage each have direct, open views of the ocean and the Pitons. The open air design allows the trade winds to keep the house very comfortable throughout the day. Also, the property is naturally shaded around the large den and dining area. The pool is larger than we expected (and plenty big enough) and is well maintained. The private tennis court is also well maintained and gets shade during the morning hours and a breeze most of the time. We thoroughly enjoyed both the pool and the tennis court. The staff at the house are exceptional. Ann and Cheryl are outstanding cooks. Every meal was excellent and had a St Lucia flavor - breakfast, lunch, dinner, deserts (homemade gelato). Just tell them fish, chicken, etc. and let them do the rest. We normally are very active on vacations, but not this time. Except for one day of deep sea fishing, we stayed on site and just enjoyed all the property has to offer. We have been fortunate to vacation at some great locations and properties over the years, and Tamarind House is at the top of the list. It is a very unique vacation opportunity.

We had no issues with bugs or wildlife. As other reviews have noted, the road is rough getting to the house but we weren't driving so it wasn't a problem. The driver Po Po is very nice and always available.

Finally, the owner, Nancy, is great to deal with. She is very patient in answering questions and provides all the information and coordination you need to make the trip easy. She has a local property manager who can coordinate your travel and other needs on the island. Everything will be exactly as described and promised.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed your family vacation at Tamarind House. My staff and I try to make sure that guests are not disappointed and the property is as good as it looks in the photos. We hope to welcome you to Tamarind House again.
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Hewanorra Airport
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Anse Chastanet Resort

Rain forest tours, mineral baths, waterfalls, massages in house, tennis coach, personal trainer. Rainforest walks can be arranged. Climb the Pitons, bathe in outdoor mineral baths, diving and snorkeling near by.

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Rates & Availability

Mamin Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Future low season
Apr 15 2016 - Dec 14 2016
3 night minimum stay
$770
$5,390
 
 
Future high season
Dec 15 2016 - Apr 14 2017
5 night minimum stay
$1,210
$8,470
 
 
2017 Low season
Apr 15 2017 - Dec 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
$814
$5,698
 

Additional information about rental rates

RATES ARE FOR MAIN HOUSE AND COTTAGE 6 adults and 2-3 children. Tax included

FOR A SMALLER GROUP PLEASE NOTE:
Low season 2016 MAIN HOUSE ONLY 4 adults & 2-3 children rate is $605 per night.
High season 2017 MAIN HOUSE ONLY 4 adults, 2-3 children rate is $990 per night
Low season 2017 MAIN HOUSE ONLY 4 adults 2-3 children rate is $638 per night

TAXES,COOKING, CLEANING ARE INCLUDED IN ALL RATES
Christmas/New Year supplement of 10% will apply to all rates.

FIVE NIGHT MINIMUM IN HIGH SEASON
2017 High season MAIN HOUSE ONLY 4 adults, 2 -3 children rate is $990.00 per night.

A SUPPLEMENT OF 10% WILL APPLY TO CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR PERIOD.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Mamin Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 8850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • Four bathrooms all with shower. Bathroom 5 is for staff.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , master bedroom main house
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2nd bedroom main house
    Cottage suite - 1 king , self contained cottage with living room area and kitchen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , TWO BEDS FOR CHILDREN ONLY. NO ADULTS IN THIS BEDROOM
  • King size beds (1) King bed in cottage suite and main house master bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) queen bed in second bedroom main house, Double Beds (1) one old fashioned double four poster bed in childrens bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (1) one twin four poster in childrens bedroom, Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) available on request
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Cooking and cleaning and personal laundry are included in the price. Guests buy their own food. Massages on site, personal trainer available, tennis coach available. Grocery shopping service available. Private chef can be engaged for evening meals by arrangement with Chef Basil. Other houses do not always include cooking and cleaning. Be sure to find out cost of paying extra for this. Dining out in St. Lucia can be expensive.

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