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The Ultimate Caribbean Getaway

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Space 7,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

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 North  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 anniversaries. We can seat 400 guests or host 150 for a meal.

All catering, airport transfers, activities and decorations can be arranged through Morne Trulah's local concierge.

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Amenities

Gros Islet House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 7000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 24 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports Gear
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
Daily housekeeping (including lunch service) is included 6 days per week (except Sundays). Our housekeepers make excellent local dishes and while they leave at 4pm, they are happy to prepare something for your dinner. We can also provide chef service in the evening (at extra cost) on specified nights during your stay if you prefer.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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The Ultimate Caribbean Getaway
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews
San Antonio
5

Beautiful property with attentive staff

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a comfortable home away from home and found it at Morne Trulah Estate. The property is exactly as described with beautiful grounds, an incredible infinity pool, and a gormet kitchen that the housekeepers prepare delicious meals from, especially Ms Catherine...along with private bedrooms/bathrooms for everyone in our party, and a very open family space that allows a carribean breeze from three of the four entrances (large sliding glass doors). The homes architecture allows guests to enjoy beautiful views of the gardens, carribean waters and sunsets.

Nicky is the groundskeeper and an incredible host. He looked after all of our needs..recommended many local spots that we wouldn't have experienced without his suggestions. He and Gregory take great care of the property and the grounds are immaculate. The trip wouldn't have been the same without Nicky's attentiveness.

I'd highly recommend this estate to families, couples, friends who want a true carribean experience with luxury..

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to share your thoughts with us and to have made them available for others. We are delighted to have met your high expectations and feel great pride in having contributed to your comfort and happiness. We hope to welcome you back in future and that you will recommend Morne Trulah to your friends. Warm regards, Michael
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3

High On A Hill

  • 3 of 5

Spectacular view, Excellent staff and food. But, it really was not that comfortable a stay. The furnishing were not made for comfort, the pool was to cold to get in and beach is a 15 minute hike 500 feet down the hill. The biggest inconvenience was the motorize gate. You had to stay alert to listen for the horn of the car carrying your chef each night or a taxi to take you on your excursions. It was not terrible I would suggest add some solar panels to heat the pool, if your that far away from the beach you should be able to use the pool year round, Regular pool lounge chairs at the pool for catching some rays while reading a book enjoying the view.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wow.!! The property is beautiful and well maintained. Will leave a lasting impression.

  • 5 of 5

We were warmly greeted upon arrival and given a short tour. The property is one of a kind and breathtakingly beautiful. We fell in love instantly with everything about this Home. There are clear and pristine views from any of the 4 suites and the open water views from the open kitchen and dining area are perfect for viewing sunsets. There is a large Common area with multiple sliding doors that open the walls completely so you can enjoy the steady breezes all day. Several lush gardens adorn the property with a large selection of fruit and nut trees along with too many species of flowers to count. Hummingbirds are a daily visitor and a pleasure to observe. The infinity pool and surrounding area is tranquil and private. There is also the largest Crochet court I’ve ever seen so we all had to learn how to play and it was actually a lot of fun. It was truly a joy to wake up there every morning and walk the grounds while enjoying the silence, nature and first cup of coffee. Sherman the on-site gardener is so nice and helpful yet unobtrusive. He is definitely an asset to the property and you can tell he really loves the property and his job. Overall this was by far the best vacation spot I’ve ever experienced as I am a well traveled scuba diver. I didn’t get the opportunity to dive this trip but the nearby beach is nice for snorkeling and sunbathing. We did rent a car and were able to drive into Rodney Bay for groceries and we did excursions but we really did NOT want to even leave the property. You feel like you are in your own little world at Morne Trulah and we can’t wait to make it back there again. Mike and Brad, thank you so much for having us in your Home and we will remember it forever. I would highly recommend this property for anyone visiting St Lucia. You will not be disappointed. And I wasn’t kidding about us coming back. We will see you next year.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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michigan
5

Amazing spot on st lucia!

  • 5 of 5

This property is absolutely amazing! The rooms are spacious, beds extremely comfortable. AC in each room keeps you comfortable at night.

The kitchen is well stocked with any appliance you could want. The housekeepers were gracious enough to make us breakfast and lunch every day which really made us feel spoiled! The groundskeepers brought us fresh fruit every day, and Chad even climbed a tree and knocked down some coconuts to bring us fresh coconut water!

The infinity pool was by far my favorite part. The views and sunsets are just stunning. We played croquet a few times and Nicky came over to give us some pointers.

If considering the private chef for dinner, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!! It is definitely worth the price. Best meal we had on St Lucia!

Everything about Morne Trulah was fantastic! There were four of us in our group, and we definitely talked about coming back with more friends. We had started our vacation on the south side of the island, but wished we had stayed here the whole time!

Thank you to Michael and all the staff at Morne Trulah!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma US
5

Fantastic stay!

  • 5 of 5

From the minute we set foot on the property, we were in awe. You are first struck by the amazing views. All the bedrooms have their own view which is amazing. Most of our time was spent in the main area together. With all the open doors, there was always a nice breeze to cool things off. The bedrooms all had air conditioning which was nice at night. The rooms were all well appointed, spacious and comfortable as were the bathrooms. The croquet court proved to be quite the hit. Our "boys" spent many hours there playing. It was the first exposure to this game for several of our guests. They loved it. The house staff made the trip even more enjoyable. Katherine in the kitchen was so accommodating and a great cook. Nikki was everywhere. He was helpful if you needed anything. He gave us green coconuts one day for "fresh water" and showed us how to eat the gel. He had full of knowledge about the house and island. Marguerite was very helpful with excursions and details with the chef. We had Chef Didier come 2 nights. I can not say enough about how special that was. His presentation, the food and personality were all so enjoyable. The grounds are very private and lovely. We did venture down to the private beach a few times. The infinity pool is amazing as well. Overall the experience with this home was great. Booking it was easy with great communication from Micheal (owner). The property and home are so fantastic you won't want to leave. The location on the island was helpful to get to most all activities as well. You won't regret a stay at this beautiful villa!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

One of the greatest places I will ever visit

  • 5 of 5

I recently returned from this location, and am happy to say this was one of the best places I have ever stayed in my life. There are 270° views of the ocean, from a comfortable and architecturally stunning property. For my poor part, as a Wimbledon croquet champion, the croquet lawn was a huge asset. How brilliant to play croquet in the early evening, listening to birdsong, and looking in the distance at the ocean and Martinique. The staff looking after the property were most kind. The local beaches are superb and a trip round the island is highly recommended, particularly a visit to sugar bay. Try and stay here if you can...

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Owner

Michael Mills
Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

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.

Map

Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Vigie Airport
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Windjammer Landing
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Castries
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.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

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 is included (except on Sundays).
Private chef is included for up to three nights per week.
Low Season: Daily housekeeping is included (except on Sundays).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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