|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Sanctuary home facing the Cabarete lagoon.
The house is designed to inspire and help you relax in a natural setting. Our home is situated in the safe, local community but it takes only 15 minutes to walk to Cabarete beach. The lagoon in front of the home is designated as a National Park. We have a canoe that is available to you for use. We also have one bicycle at your disposal that you can use to get around. It comes with a lock. Moto-taxi is also a very popular way to get around the area. It costs a $1 to get to any part of Cabarete.
My husband and I are both doing non-profit work in Haiti and the house is our place to recharge and rest. We have an 18-month old daughter, so we look forward to spending quality family time here when we can. We feel very happy and safe in this neighborhood. We would love to live here full time, but unfortunately our work is keeping us away. Until we can spend more time in Cabarete, we decided to share our home with others who would love to experience living in a real Dominican neighborhood while enjoying the beauty of the region. Our personal assistant Genesis lives close by and she will make sure that you feel welcome and have everything you might need. If you are looking for an inspiring and restful space that is peaceful yet is a part of the local community you will enjoy staying here.
Most of our personal belongings have been stowed away, but you will find everything you need in terms of kitchen and bath supplies and of course freshly made beds ready for your arrival. The farmer that we use when we are in Cabarete usually comes to the house with a full truckload of fresh fruits and vegetables every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 am. If you wish to use his convenient services please let us know and we will let him know to include you on his route. His produce is always fresh and it comes at great prices.
This is a three story dwelling sleeping 6 maximum. It is best suited for families or two couples (three maximum) as there are no traditional bedrooms - the main level has a comfortable couch that folds out and sleeps 2 and a small full bathroom, upstairs is the master bedroom & bathroom (no doors provided, only a wooden screen) and on the third level there is a loft with a queen bed. The house is child friendly. We have a small children library/playroom downstairs.
Several things to note:
The local kids love to swim in the lagoon in front of the house, so there is usually noise of children at play.
Even though the local electricity supply varies daily, we have batteries/inverter-charger that take care of lighting and outlets at all hours of the day. You will always have electricity, but when the local electricity is off there is no hot water and the fridge is off, even though it keeps cool for a while. The local electricity has a very regular schedule, and is usually not off for more than 6 hours.
There is a washing machine for your use with the help of Genesis.
The pool is always full. It is 4 feet deep, and it is perfect for cooling off in the hot time of the day.
Genesis will be at our home to greet you when you arrive and answer any questions you might have. She speaks only Spanish but if you have specific questions you can ask me and I will make sure to answer and coordinate as necessary with her. Genesis can also provide baby sitting upon request if needed. She has been caring for our daughter when we are in Cabarete, and she is responsible and very loving.
My husband, Demeter, and I are avid travellers, yogis and creative spirits. We have a daughter, Kalina, who is 18 months. We spend our time between Haiti where we work in a non-profit organization & Dominican Republic. We are passionate about social justice issues, progressive education and yoga. We love this island and would love to share our home with you! We will be happy to provide you with tips to make your stay the best possible.
Sara Wolf purchased this house in 2011
Our assistant, Genesis, is a very kind, sweet young woman who has been very helpful to guests. She cleans every 2-3 days, can do laundry and cook.
Our farmer friends, Jesus & Jose Luis, can bring fresh produce to the door every Monday/Wednesday/Friday.
Get to know the families on our street, take a canoe ride into the lagoon or practice your Spanish with neighbors.
The house itself was just as it appeared in the pictures and was very clean, with the exception of the pool, it was very scummy looking. In the rental details it said that the pool chemical levels were checked regularly and that it was cleaned often. We witnessed Genesis 'cleaning' the pool by just dumping in the chemicals without testing the PH or measuring the chemicals, needless to say we never used it. Also, there were mouse droppings all over the kitchen, in pots etc that we had to clean and we did see the mouse. Only one burner on the stove actually worked which made cooking a challenge. The screen on the kitchen door and in the downstairs bathrooms had large rips in them which made it easy for the insane amounts of mosquitos to enter the house and made our sleep quite unpleasant, especially with how hot it was since there were only two fans to cool off the house as the air flow upstairs was minimal. The street itself will likely scare anyone who has never stayed outside of a resort or tourist villa, as it is pretty much the ghetto, even locals were shocked we were staying in that neighbourhood. We felt comfortable there for the most part by the end of the week, but the guys didn't want us girls going it alone at night. There is a house being built right behind the rental and the construction starts bright and early every day at 7am and sounds like they are working inside the rental. Workers could see right into the downstairs bathroom which was a bit startling that early in the day. Luckily they were kind enough to put up a board over the window to save everyone some embarassment. There is a path that runs right in front of the house and the locals use it quite frequently which wouldn't be a problem if they didn't stop and stare to see who is staying at the house. Genesis the housekeeper was lovely and did a great job; however it was never mentioned that she spoke zero English so it made communicating with her extremely difficult and we also couldn't really ask any questions about the house or neighbourhood, even in our broken spanish as she never could understand. We eventually figured out a system of attemping to write stuff down and that worked for the most part. If you don't have a problem with sweating in your sleep while being munched on by mosquitoes and being slightly intimidated by being on your own street at night then you should have no issues staying at the house.
Si nous avions su qu'il y avait de la construction juste à côté, nous n'aurions jamais loué cette propriété. Le bruit était constant et la musique jouait à tu tête durant plusieurs heures jusqu'au soir. Par la suite, s'était les aboiements de chiens qui nous tenaient éveillé et les coqs chantaient le matin très tôt et par la suite les travailleurs de chantiers arrivaient à 7:00 avec leur moto pour travailler.
La maison est situé au bout d'une ruelle, près du lagon mais il y a un chemin qui passe juste en avant de la piscine donc, les gens passent et alors ... hop pour l'intimité d'amoureux.
L'électricité manque régulièrement mais nous l'avons su après la réservation, avant le départ. Il était supposé avoir un camion de fruits et légumes qui passaient aux deux jours selon la proprio mais il n'est jamais venu.
Nous avons eu une intrusion durant une nuit et il a volé une paire d'espadrille et aussi 900 pesos. Le couple de malfaiteurs a utilisé la piscine durant la nuit et par la suite introduisent dans la maison. ils ont oubliés leur sandals de plage alors nus les avons reconnu car ils sont venu nous parler le jour avant, surement pour faire du repérage. Malheureusement, ils étaient québécois, comme nous, une honte à notre peuple.
Génesis la femme de ménage était très gentille mais parlait seulement espagnol donc difficile malheureusement de communiquer. La proprio a pris les choses en main suite au vol et un travailleur du chantier a gardé la maison pour le reste du séjour durant la nuit.
Nous étions confortable dans la maison mais il a fait très chaud et aucun air climatisé.
La position de la maison incitent a passer au travers de Cabarete à tous les jours et le faire à pied oblige de se faire harceler constamment par les vendeurs, à chaque jours ce fut la même bataille et une longue marche de 20 minutes parmi le bruit et le stress ... bref un cauchemars.
En résumé, jamais nous ne retournerons à cet endroit même si la proprio a été très sympathique et accommodante avec nous
We also can show you around our finca (large farm) which is just in the mountains about 1.5 km from the house. We grow fruits, vegetables, cacao and have many animals. If you'd like fresh milk or eggs, let us know! If you'd like to go by bike, horseback or walk, we can arrange for a tour! Kids love to see the animals and explore the tropical mountainous farm.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.