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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 aniversaries. We can seat 400 guests or host 150 for a meal. All catering and decoration can be arranged through Morne Trulah's consierge

More Details

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 traveler experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2017

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.

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
  • 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.

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The Ultimate Caribbean Getaway
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 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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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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5

The most wonderful position on St Lucia.

  • 5 of 5

From the moment you arrive you know you are somewhere very special. From each of the 4 bedrooms there is a different vista. Each room has its own unique view and outside patio to enjoy your own private space. The housekeeper Katherine was lovely and looked after 8of us with great care. The standard of housekeeping was excellent. The grounds are vast and provide the house with discreet protection from the world at large. Yes there were the few things that did not work as they should,e.g., the jacuzzi did not work , but nothing marred a wonderful holiday in an outstanding surroudings. Thank you for having the 47 ers!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Angela, Thank you very much for your kind words. I am delighted that you and your lovely friends had a wonderful experience. Morne Trulah is indeed a super special place, and I feel very honoured to have the pleasure of owning it and sharing with guests like yourself. I hope that I will have the opportunity to receive you again in future. :-) Warmest regards, Michael
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5

Another day in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

This place was amazing. The views are outstanding and very enjoyable. The mosquitoes were bad at night but other than that I would he stay here the rest of my life. Staff was amazing be sure and get the chef to cook for you.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback which we are grateful to have received. The house, staff and grounds are beyond compare. Lovely; idyllic; awesome. I note with interest your experience with 'the mosquitos'; we are so very diligent with mosquito control, and we do not wish anyone to judge us unfairly. We think, perhaps, that you may have encountered a bout of sand flies-- those horrible little invisible pests that come from anywhere at anytime in the Tropics following a couple days of rain. The house and bedrooms are fitted with micro- mesh to prevent infiltration by those tiny sandflies, if they happen to be on-the-wind. We also have a centralised outdoor perimeter insect spraying system that can be instantly activated to fog the house and grounds if needed. If we were made aware of a problem we would have been able and ready to solve it very quickly. But, you did rent the house for complete privacy and required that no maintenance staff be on-site to perform daily maintenance which included the daily prophylactic spraying and 24-hour instant response butler service. We regret that we were not notified of any mosquito sightings during your residence because we could have solved it instantly! I personally have found that whether at Morne Trulah or anywhere in the Caribbean, one must always be diligent to regularly apply some insect repellant and sleep under a well-tucked mosquito net- just in case. At Morne Trulah there are so few pests because of the near constant, gentle trade winds blowing through the house that it can be very easy for one to become complacent by not applying repellent for lack of any previous problems with flying biting insects. Morne Trulah is mosquito-free on demand.
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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 and private chef are included
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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