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The Ultimate Caribbean Getaway

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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
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St Lucia's Best-sited and Most Luxurious Home

The Morne Trulah Estate is a vertiable Mount Olympus, a 7-acre tract of unspoiled rain forest and tropical gardens perched atop a mountain peninsula surrounded 330º by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Within this Eden rests the ruins of a 17c French fort-- among which one of the world's most outstanding and desirable homes was built in 1964 and restored 2013-2016.

Morne Trulah commands spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea in every direction and from every room. It wants for nothing-- and neither shall you-- as it offers its guests a standard of luxury and seclusion greater than any other in Saint Lucia. You will be treated and feel like royalty.

Lounge Areas  As you enter the residence from the South a twenty-feet high, cantilevered cathedral ceiling lifts your spirits. The soaring rooflines frame sublime water views to the North, South, East and West. Beneath your feet rest 500-year-old Tudor bricks and Welsh slate (i.e. repurposed ballast from ancient trading ships coming to the island from England) and extend from the entrance northward through the covered lanai overlooking an infinity pool and beyond to picturesque Rodney Bay.

To the East  The croquet lawn and vibrant bougainvilla hedges frame Trouya Beach;

Westward  Sunsets beckon and illuminate the unbroken expanse of the Caribbean Sea.

To the South  the historic Pigeon Point stands guard at the entrance to Rodney Bay, protecting the island from any of a number of historical invasions launched from Martinique (which can be clearly seen in the distance on most days).

South, East and West  Whether you like to relax with a good book while perched overlooking Trouya Beach or to sip sunset cocktails while sailing ships float gently by in hope of catching the phenomenal 'green flash' at sunset, Morne Trulah is the island’s most perfect residence.

Cinema Area  Inside a cozy nook off the main living area rests the cinema. Designed for comfortable family viewing, the cinema features a 60-inch Sony Bravia television, Yamaha surround sound and Apple TV.

Chef’s Kitchen  If you choose to cook, this kitchen is a chef’s dream. In addition to 180 degree views over the Caribbean, the kitchen boasts a full assortment of commercial appliances and dinner service.

Dining Area  Just off the kitchen is the dining area-- also featuring 180 degree water views framed by the soaring cathedral ceiling. Some compare the feel of the room to being in a giant tree house overlooking the azure sea below.

Guest Suites  Every Morne Trulah guest debates which bedroom suite has the best views. All have spectacular window walls reaching out to the Sea in two cardinal directions and feature their own newly renovated, ensuite bathrooms featuring double vanities and rain showers. Whether you enjoy night-time sea breezes or air conditioning, you will be cool and comfortable in your King-sized canopy bed. Outside your suite a private wrap-around deck awaits, enabling you to savour the views indoors or out.

Seven Lush Seaside Acres  Morne Trulah enjoys one of the Caribbean’s finest tropical gardens. Cultivated over a fifty-year period by three generations of owners, the gardens host hundreds of orchids, exotic trees and local fauna and flora unique to the island. The gardens were conceived in 1964 to take advantage of St Lucia’s rich volcanic soil, the island’s perfect growing conditions, and Morne Trulah’s spectacular views. The previous owners enlisted the island’s foremost horticulturalist, Veronica Shingleton-Smith (owner of Mamiku Botanic Gardens) to oversee the construction of planting out of the gardens. With a background in London stage design, her creation provides the dramatic structure. More recent works by Michael Mills amended and extended the gardens with the richest soils and collections of the island’s most exotic and endangered plant species. The current owners expanded Ms. Shingleton-Smith's original vision by adding an additional three seaside acres to the garden’s original four. Continuing under the unbroken tutelage of Ms Shingleton Smith, hundreds of tons of volcanic top soil was trucked in and tens of thousands of new plantings were established. Morne Trulah now boasts the island’s largest variety of microclimates, exotic flowering trees, fruit trees, vegetables, herbs and rare plam trees.

½ km Nature Trail  The 2013 addition of three more acres enabled the creation of a private, half-kilometer nature trail that circumnavigates Morne Trulah. Beginning on the west side of the property, one enjoys perfect serenity walking along the top of a seaside cliff shaded by ancient old-growth trees. The pathway itself is covered with a carpet of zoisa grass and meanders through hundreds of coconut palms, bananas, pineapples, citrus, cocoa, passion fruit and scores of other tropical species. The views are uninterrupted across Choc Bay toward Castries Harbour. It is unimaginably beautiful.

The path emerges at the north end of the property where one enjoys uninterrupted views of Martinique and Pigeon Island while strolling amongst the coconut palms and bogenvilla. Around the east side of the property gentle waves crash into Trouya Beach as one winds around to the Morne Trulah vegetable and herb gardens.

Kitchen Garden  As a Morne Trulah guest you are free to pick whatever vegetables, fruits and herbs you like. Or tell one of the gardeners what you would like and they will pick it for you and prepare it for your table. Depending upon the season, enjoy fresh mangoes, pineapples, bananas, watermelon, pumpkin, tomatoes, grapefruit, and many other vegetables and fruits. If you like to cook, help yourself to the fresh thyme, basil, parsley, bay, rosemary and the many other herbs growing.

Croquet Lawn  Morne Trulah boasts the island’s only croquet lawn. Created by the head greenskeeper for the Saint Lucia Golf Club, the green features a 21 metre-long expanse with idyllic, 180 degree views over Rodney Bay toward Pigeon Island and Martinique. The green can also be used for lawn tennis or bowling as well as for large, private events such as weddings and aniversaries. We can seat 400 guests or host 150 for a meal. All catering and decoration can be arranged through Morne Trulah's consierge.

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  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Michael Mills
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french
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What makes this house unique

Seven, private acres of lush tropical gardens surrounded by the Caribbean on three sides! Also located within minutes of the restaurants and bars of Rodney Bay.


based on 3 traveler reviews

The Ultimate Caribbean Getaway
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Morne Trulah - An oasis in an incredible, historic location!

  • 5 of 5

We spent our last few nights in St. Lucia here, and will have a lifetime of memories as a result. The property itself is incredible, with panoramic views of the ocean, Martinique, Pigeon Island, and the coastline. This is truly outdoor luxury living. There are four secure, private, air-conditioned bedrooms, each with a private bath. They are connected via a covered, but open-air common area, which leads to a (also covered) outdoor kitchen and dining area.

As wonderful as the villa itself is, the grounds are even more spectacular! It's clear that it has been a labor of love for the owners as they have renovated the home and grounds, which sit on the (still visible) ruins of the fort used by the French during battles with the British in the 1800s. The staff prepared breakfast for us each morning, and brought fresh fruit and coconuts from the bountiful fruit trees on the property. Sharon even made us some breadfruit (try it!) and helped our girls add some "cornrows" to their hair.

Matthew and Zaneia were very communicative as property managers, too, and helped us feel right at home.

Although you may never feel the need to leave the beautiful gated grounds and pool, there are lots of things to do in the area - Reduit Beach, Pigeon Island National Park, water sports, etc. are all just a few minutes away by car, and there are excellent grocery stores within 10 minutes, too. If you are staying in the north, it's worth a visit to the south (Pitons, etc.), too, and you can easily get a "water taxi" from Reduit Beach to take you there in 30-40 min (much quicker than the 90 minute drive, though it's a beautiful drive through the mountains, too).

Can't say enough good things about Morne Trulah and St. Lucia - thanks for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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THE most relaxing vacation spot I've ever had.

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I were lucky enough to have spent a week at Morne Trulah. From the time we reserved the house, we were treated like royalty. The Property Managers of Morne Trulah contacted us right away and gave advice and answered any questions we had, right up to the time we got there. Upon our arrival, we realized that the photos just couldn't tell the whole story about Morne Trulah. The house and grounds are magnificent. There are so many places besides your bedroom to sit and read or write or just meditate. There is enough space for everyone. We used Chef Didier for two nights. His meals were delicious and he was a delightful person to be with. Dining at the huge round table in the open kitchen was so fantastic, all the while looking at the boats at sea or the sunset, or just each other. Conversation at a round table is the BEST. It sat all 8 of us so comfortably. The staff is amazing. Not only do they keep the house clean, they will cook lunch for you, or make a dinner for you before they leave that you can just heat up. They became a part of the family. The pool is indescribable. To be in it and looking at the sea is magical. There is plenty to do in St. Lucia and we did some of it. But we found that we mostly just wanted to stay at the home, soak in the beauty, and relax. If you are looking for a place like that, then Morne Trulah is your destination. Don't hesitate to book it....REALLY!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Island Paradise

  • 5 of 5

If I had been looking for Paradise, I think I found it.

I spent 10 days in this wonderful home in January. I loved it so, I went back in April. Wherever I looked there was a fabulous view. Set high atop a hill, there is a panoramic view of the ocean and the ships and yachts sailing into two different harbors. Whether you are swimming in the lovely infinity pool, eating in the outdoor dining area, just lounging on the patio, or even lying in your bed, there is always a wonderful view framed by the lovely garden. After touring the entire island, I realized there was no better place to be, so I seldom left the home.

There were very small children in our group, and they loved it. The pool is entered by a gradual slope, making a nice shallow water-play area for toddlers. A big hit with the children was the beach-sized sand area beside the house.

And a gig hit with the adults were the bed sheets. They were pure linen!

Do you like to cook? There's a beautiful gourmet kitchen.

Whatever your age or stage in life, this is a wonderful place to vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely comments. When we constructed the beach entry pool (the only such pool on the island!), we know toddlers would love it but didn't realize it would be such a hit with adults as well. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Vigie Airport
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Windjammer Landing
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Cap Estate
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Gros Islet Highway
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Windjammer Landing
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Trouya Beach
Car: recommended

St Lucia's Best Sited Home

Morne Trulah began its life as an ancient French fort. The site was re-discovered in 1964, spotted from the cockpit of a King Air flown from Connecticut and enlisted to scout an appropriate compound for four prominent, New England families. The grounds were quickly secured and construction began atop the walls of the 18c French Fort. Then as now, Morne Trulah is considered one of the Caribbean’s most amazing and luxurious homes, boasting spectacular water views from every room.

Morne Trulah was the favorite vacation home for three generations of the original four families and their guests. The residence played host to a bevy of famous literary and media names for almost half a century.

In 2013, the home and grounds were purchased by the current owners. Extensive works to both restore and surpass the home’s former glory began in 2013 and completed in January 2016.

Atop a Peninsula  Morne Trulah is widely regarded as St Lucia’s best-sited home. The residence straddles Trouya Pointe, a high peninsula used by the French to protect both Rodney Bay to the north and Choc Bay to the south. Morne Trulah offers spectacular views of the Caribbean in every direction and from every room.

Centrally Located Morne Trulah is located halfway between the bustling markets in the capital city of Castries and the island’s best restaurants, nightclubs and shops in Rodney Bay. Whether you are in the mood for fine dining, a trek through the rainforest, or relaxing at one of the Caribbean’s best beaches, you are only a few minutes away.

At The Beach Morne Trulah is surrounded by water on three sides – by sheer cliffs to the West and North – and by idyllic Trouya Cove to the East. The cove boasts one of the island’s best small beaches, protected by mountains to the north and south, and naturally shaded by verdant palms, mangroves and [other trees]. One of the island’s best kept secrets, one rarely find more than a family or two at Trouya Beach.

A Historic Fort Over two hundred years ago, Morne Trulah’s prominent vantage point protected both Rodney Bay to the North and Choc Bay to the South. The residence sits astride the walls of the early fort, constructed of local stone, lime, molasses and horse hair. The owners managed to re-open the ancient quarry from which the stones were excavated and engaged the island’s three best masons, who spent two years restoring the walls and sympathetically building new walls sourced from the same stone.

330° Caribbean Views

Trouya BeachThe east side of Morne Trulah enjoys views of this charming cove and beach. One of St Lucia's best kept secrets, this unspoiled beach is seldom occupied and only 200 metres (~4 minutes walk) down the mountain from Morne Trulah. The beach is located about 200 metres from (and about 100 feet below) Morne Trulah's East pedestrian access gate.

Rodney Bay  In 1762 forces commanded by British Admiral George Rodney wrestled the islands of Martinique, St Lucia and Grenada from the French. To celebrate the victory, the Admiral re-named the area’s most prominent bay after himself as Rodney Bay. Today the interior of the bay’s five-mile crescent contains the West Indies’ largest yacht harbour, the island’s best restaurants and its most popular beaches. At each end of the bay’s crescent, rugged, natural beauty prevails in the form of Trouya Pointe and Morne Trulah to the South and Pigeon Island to the North.

Pigeon Island  Three miles north of Morne Trulah sits Pigeon Island, now a National Park. From any room with a northern exposure, one can see the old military fortifications.

Martinique  Twenty miles beyond Pigeon Island lay the French island of Martinique- clearly visible day and night. Martinique being a much larger island than St Lucia, at night its lights run across the entire expanse of the northern exposure. On particularly clear nights one can even see the headlights of cars traversing across the island!

Barrel of Beef Rock Situated just a few hundred metres Northwest of Morne Trulah, the rock was so named because it was once used by French soldiers at Morne Trulah to safely store barrels of beef. Today, one is more likely to see the flocks of the protected sanctuary, scuba divers and fishermen than French soldiers on the rock.

Choc Bay/Castries Best viewed from any south-facing bedroom, the kitchen or from the West Dining deck, watch cruise ships arrive in the morning and leave each evening.


Rates & Availability

Gros Islet House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season 2016
Apr 15 2016 - Dec 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $125 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2017
Dec 16 2016 - Apr 13 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $150 per night, per additional guest
Low Season 2017
Apr 17 2017 - Dec 14 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $125 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2018
Dec 15 2017 - Apr 15 2018
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $150 per night, per additional guest
Low Season 2018
Apr 16 2018 - Dec 14 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $125 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $200 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Pet Fee $100

Pricing assumes that one bedroom will be made available for every two guests up to the maximum of four bedrooms.
High Season: Daily housekeeping and private chef are included
Low Season: Daily housekeeping is included except on Sundays

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Gros Islet House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 7000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 24 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Northeast Suite - toilet , tub , shower , Ensuite bathroom and shower. Soaking tub on the outside deck
    Southeast Suite - toilet , shower , double vanity and rain shower
    Northwest Suite - toilet , shower , double vanity and rain shower
    Southwest Suite - toilet , shower , double vanity and rain shower
    Kitchen Bath - toilet , Conveniently located off the kitchen
  • All bathrooms are ensuite. They were recently completely renovated using Delta and Kohler appliances, including double vanities and rain showers. An outdoor soaking tub (with a fantastic view) is located on the deck of the northwest bedroom. A newly installed hot tub also overlooks the Caribbean off the pool area.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Northeast Suite - 1 king , Wraparound deck with panoramic views and outdoor soaking tub
    Northwest Suite - 1 king , Panoramic sunset views overlooking a private "beach" area
    Southeast Suite - 1 king , Private deck overlooking Trouya Cove and its secluded beach
    Southwest Suite - 1 king , Gorgeous sunset views over the Caribbean
  • All four bedrooms have water views, private deck, air conditioning, and ensuite bath with double vanity and shower.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Private chef for dinner is included for three nights per week for High Season rentals. And at extra cost on any night. We recommend a discussion with him a few days before your arrival so he can shop the local markets for local seafood and produce that will delight you! Daily housekeeping (including lunch service) is included 6 days per week (except Sundays).

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