About the property
- Studio775 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 nights
Not a standard villa and pool...
If you are looking for a standard villa and pool rental, then stop reading now! If you like sea views, abundant wildlife including many birds, wild coastal forest, terraced tropical gardens, sunset and moonset directly across the sea from your studio, beautiful beaches to either side of the property, no neighbours, peace and quiet, then come and stay with us and enter another world!
The Treehouse Garden Studio is set in terraced tropical gardens offering wonderful views through the trees of the Caribbean sea with its spectacular sunsets and moonsets and its rainbows as well as abundant local wildlife and especially the beautiful birds. The terraces in front of the studio are home to a variety of modern and driftwood sculptures and many fixtures and fittings in the studio have been created using local bamboo and driftwood branches.
The space consists of an open plan living and sleeping area including bed and kitchen. There is a separate indoor bathroom with a shower and a balcony with chairs and table overlooking the terraced garden and the sea framed by the trees. If you leave the large triple doors to the studio open at night - which nearly all of our guests do as it is very safe here - then it is almost like sleeping outside in the garden. An elevated wooden walkway leads from the balcony down across the terraced garden to the private sun deck with its sun loungers, umbrella, table and chairs. Below the sundeck is a private outdoor shower surrounded by tropical plants. There is an outdoor barbecue with sea views and a private garden entrance from the car parking space.
Pablo and I are committed environmentalists and our passion for nature drives everything we do. Unlike other guest houses we never use pesticides or insecticides but work with natural pest solutions. A network of 15 fishpools provide an environmental solution to prevent mosquitoes breeding as the fish eat any mosquito larvae and therefore drastically reduce the mosquito population - this is in direct contrast to the common local practice of fogging for mosquitos with a spray made of neurotoxins.
Using our experience, we provide advice to local hotels to help them reduce their impact on the environment and conserve resources such as energy and water. We have planted our garden to encourage birds and other wildlife onto our plot and we have left two thirds of our large property wild as a wildlife sanctuary. We are also planting many native plants in our plot which have been rescued from development areas in order to protect them from extinction.
We love using driftwood, corals, shells and other items collected from the beaches around the house. The shower curtain in the studio is made from hand made fishing nets given to us by the fishermen on the beach below and the shower base is a sanded wooden pallet. Our curtain poles are made from driftwood and our curtains are made from antique French linen sheets. We are currently making a range of driftwood furniture which embodies our passion for this wonderful environment.
We have inherited a commercial ice cream maker and as Pablo loves ice cream we always have a selection of homemade ice creams available which we invite guests to share if they wish. We just ask a small fee to cover ingredient costs and work on an honesty box principle where you settle for what you have consumed when you leave. They have proved very popular!
We have a family of three black labradors who live with us and who love visitors as well as a family of four goats who keep the grass down along the roadside - so much nicer than using a strimmer!
We work with two local Saint Lucians and we have designed with them a series of land and sea tours which are not on any tourist "programme". These are focused on local experiences and off the beaten track adventures.
The local fishermen on the beach below our house are happy to make fishing outings and/or barbecues on their beautiful beach - they only do this for our guests.
A local Saint Lucian masseuse is happy to come to the house with her couch, towels, oils etc to provide guests with a home massage and we have a special agreement with the watersports shop for the hire of watersports equipment - a special package has been agreed for our guests. All of these experiences are arranged directly with local people, not tour agents, and are described in the information sheet which we send out to our guests once they have booked with us.
Also available for hire if you book it early enough is our spare car, a small 4x4 Suzuki Jimny which is ideal for the road conditions here. Let us know if you want more details.
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About Sarah Rosenthal-Almirall
As you can see from the photo, we were married in the marina in beautiful Marigot Bay next to our yacht, Airborne.. We work together internationally on environmental projects as we are both passionate about nature. At our home we try to live in as eco-friendly a manner as possible such as by harvesting our own rainwater and recycling materials as well as avoiding the use of any pesticides or insecticides. We have set up a network of natural pools with fish which ensures the mosquito population stays low while avoiding putting any poisons into the environment.
Sarah Rosenthal-Almirall purchased this Studio in 2011
Why Sarah Rosenthal-Almirall chose Castries Quarter
We love our home because it is so close to nature - it really is paradise! We have wild rainforest and cliff face down one side of the property and amazing ocean views in front. We have built our house at the level of the tops of the trees because we love watching the birds, the lizards, the frogs and other inhabitants of the forest. We like to see the moon sparkling across the sea, we like to have our drink with the sunset on the deck every day and to smell the scented plants in the garden at night-time. We love to live 'off the beaten track' where it is peaceful and away from the noises of other houses - away from street lamps and under the light of the stars!
What makes this Studio unique
We built our home ourselves so it really reflects our characters and our love of nature. We have adopted a non consumer-led, minimalist lifestyle where we do all the cleaning and repair work ourselves and upcycle many materials through our house and garden. We are creating a conservation area and a haven for wildlife of all kinds. What we love most is the permanent views of the ocean where we can sometimes see whales, dolphins or turtles swimming. And we love being able to walk to the secluded cove where we can snorkel around the reefs and rocks which are just below our house.
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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Amazing vacation and hosts
The Treehouse was a delight and Sarah and Pablo were incredible hosts. The house is a little off the beaten path but it was exactly what we were looking for so we could enjoy the island to its fullest. Make sure you include a trip to the Canaries waterfall with Sava the local boat guide in your travel plans!
Jon and Anne
Outstanding setting for relaxation and getting away from the fast pace of life fueled by cruiseships
Pablo and Sarah have found their slice of paradise located at the end of a road leading to a secluded hillside home overlooking the caribbean and the entrance to Marigot Bay. They offer the lower half of the home to guests who seek being a little closer to nature and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and comfort of this environment. The views from the upper and lower deck are fantastic as are the gardens and surrounding tropical plants. The rental comes with the basic amenities and a small kitchen for preparing meals. The refrigerator and cabinets are stocked with adequate necessities for your first couple of days so you won't be forced to do a lot of shopping, and they will take you by a grocery store when they pick you up and advise you on what else you may want for your first few days. The hosts are very accommodating and we enjoyed sharing our experiences with them and their knowledge of the area. Therea are a variety of nice restaurants in Marigot harbour, but you will probably want to have a rented car to get to them.
Ready to come back already!!
We spent a week in this wonderful place and if we return we would book it again without looking at other places. Pablo and Sarah were wonderful hosts and gave us many great suggestions on activities as it was our first trip to St. Lucia. The view was incredible. We loved the connection with nature that this place and it's hosts embrace. We enjoyed sitting outside and just watching the various species of birds flitting around. I miss it all ready. Thanks again Sarah and Pablo for allowing us to stay at your beautiful location. Pet the pups for us!!
Thank you so much Kim and Ray for your great review. We loved having you here and your enthusiasm for nature and the simplicity of our lifestyle here was wonderful! You are welcome back of course any time and we hope one day to come and see your covered bridges and amazing nature in Indiana. Ray's yellow warbler is missing him... Sarah, Pablo, Tizzy, Lucky and Shadow
Heaven om earth
Back home in Holland after a five-week holiday on St.Lucia and Grenada celebrating our 65th birthday it is time to write a review about the fantastic time we had in The Treehouse. We stayed two great weeks in the appartement of Pablo and Sarah Rosenthal-Almirall.
What could we possibly add to the honest and informative reviews so far. All is true. It was a wonderful experience. A little Paradise on the edge of of the Hills round Marigot Bay, overlooking the caribbean Sea.
If you are looking for a place to relax, a nice hideway in a beautiful tropical setting surrounded by birds with a spectacular sunsets and 180 degrees views over the Carribean Sea, and dark nights with bright stars righy from your bedside, then the Treehouse is the place to be.
Not being a native speaker English it is difficult to find the right words to express our feelings about the marvellous time we had.
Pablo and Sarah Rosenthal-Almirral are the most friendly and perfect hosts you ever can expect. They respected our privacy, but anticipated very good on our needs and questions. Their suggestions and advise were welcomed by us. I will always remember mine 65th birthday becase of the delicious diner Pablo prepared for us all, and the discussions about our own history. Their interest in sustainability and durability and the way they enjoy living on St.Lucia is contagiously.
Just as all other guests we were surprised to find not only a well equipped kitchen, but also some cool beer, a bottle of wine and food and fruit for the first day.We are grateful that we could join Pablo in visiting the Saturday market In Castries and Super J the supermarket in Cul de Sac to do our own shopping.
For those who do not bring their own books or e-reader, their is also a small library in the studio. We highly recomment The Glass Palace a 2000 historical novel by the Indian Amitav Ghosh.
As mentioned in other reviews Sarah and Pablo are multilingual. Not mentioned is that Pablo also speaks Dutch. Therefore our last words are in Dutch.
Sarah en Pablo heel erg bedankt voor de gastvrije ontvangst, maar ook voor alles wat jullie voor ons hebben gedaan. Wij hebben dat erg op prijs gesteld. Wij wensen jullie erg veel succes met de innovatieve en inspirerende "Our Planet"projecten. Het gaat jullie goed.
Carla en Meindert Krijnsen Gasteren The Netherlands
Many thanks Carla and Meindert and thank YOU for being such great guests!
Surrounding by rainforest and the sea
Ironically, the very first accommodation that popped up on this site that matched our needs was the perfect choice... we didn't need to search further. Although our airport taxi driver was somewhat confused finding our final destination, Sarah was there on cell and on foot walking to meet us on their winding road. Her beaming smile and gentle soul confirmed that we were in for a grand week of new experiences.
The apartment was just as described with everything you would need to cook your meals while overlooking the Caribbean Sea as the boats (yachts actually) sailing slowly into Marigot Bay for their supplies. Sarah and Pablo, with their 3 Black Labs, are superb hosts that were available when needed yet discrete to allow us privacy to soak up the environment that was lush with the sounds of tropical birds, tree frogs, and the unique sounds of the rainforest.
I could go on and on.. as am now back to Southern Quebec where we woke to -25 degrees (F)... but wish you assure readers that this is a wonderful location to be if you want to enjoy a slower pace, take walks to the nearby beach for snorkeling and collecting pieces of coral washed ashore, elect day trips to other parts of the island, or just be content with the moment.
We didn't rent a car and found that our feet got us where we wanted to go with the occasional day tour that could pick us up at the Bay or doorstep. Our memories are now being shared with our friends back home but extend our sincere thanks to both Sarah and Pablo - they are unique people who are very much in love with one another as they are to their unique home in Marigot Bay.
Make sure you see the Pitons and Soufriere regions. We elected to bike (fat tire) with Jungle Biking for a day that also included water taxi, lunch, more snorkeling, and short hikes for some of the best views on the island. Cappela Hotel is at the Bay and offers a nice lunch overlooking the mega boats moored, good food selection at the local grocery store, town bank requires picture ID to exchange money but ATM is open daily. Taxi stands are also at the bay to take you were you want to go. Castries is only important is you want to shop the marketplace - otherwise, head to Rodney Bay for restaurants and day of shopping (if you prefer).
Ok.. that's it in a nutshell...make your plans, now!
Hi Suzie and Francois, Thank you so much for this great review. We really enjoyed having you! Hopefully this message will bring you some warmth from the Caribbean to tempt you back to see us again sometime!
Relax with the best ocean views!
The treehouse was the first place we stayed in St. Lucia, and its perfect for just relaxing and enjoying the days in a quiet beautiful setting away from the crowds, but its also nice if you want to venture around to different areas of the island on the north side. Sarah and Pablo are the nicest people, and it was super easy to get there from the airport with the directions they provided. The beach next door its just perfect for relaxing on the dock, snorkeling or even BBQing.
The kitchen its fully equipped with anything you may need, blender, bbq, coffee maker. And the outdoor shower is perfect for sunsets. It doesn't get much better than this place, what a gem!! with nice helpful hosts that could point you on the right direction to anything you may need, Thank you Sarah and Pablo, we hope to come back one day!
Thank you so much Marilu! We really enjoyed your stay and we hope you will come back and see us one day! Thank you for being such great guests... Sarah and Pablo
The property is located right next to beautiful Marigot Bay, the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean with its marina, marina shops, dive school, sail boats for charter, bars and restaurants. Also nearby are a secluded cove with barbecue facilities and the weekly 'Fish Friday' street party at Anse la Raye
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You may find us cheaper on other websites. This agency charges such a high commission that we have been forced to raise our own rates to compensate.