4 BR, 3.5 BA, & A Large Study Furnished To Sleep 2 (Sleeps 12)
About Prosper Raynold
We are Prosper and Julietta Raynold. We grew up in St. Lucia but left in 1980's to study at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. We live with our two sons just north of Cincinnati in Fairfield, Ohio. Julietta is a science teacher at a local high school and Prosper is an economics professor at an area university. Fortunately, our schedules allow us to spend part of every summer at RayHope House and we love it there. We are also fortunate to have an excellent team (RayHope Team) that keeps the property in excellent condition and that guarantees the comfort and convenience of our guests.
Prosper Raynold purchased this House in 2007
Why Prosper Raynold chose Gros Islet
Both Julietta and I grew up in St. Lucia and our mothers, siblings, and childhood friends still live in St. Lucia. We both have very fond memories of our childhoods in St. Lucia. During cold winters in Ohio we become very nostalgic about the beach picnics that were traditions in both of our families. We are drawn to the the lush tropical vegetation, to picking mangoes during the mango season, to buying fresh fish directly off fishing boats, and most importantly, to the warm and relaxing embrace of friends and family. We wanted our sons to experience these sensations which are so dear to us and to appreciate their roots. This led us to custom build RayHope House which we absolutely cherish.
What makes this House unique
RayHope House offers a unique blend of proximity to activities and seclusion and insulation from outside activity. As such, RayHope is an excellent base from which to explore St. Lucia. When we are at RayHope it feels like we are in our own secluded hideaway where we enjoy sea breezes blowing through the house or can sit in the balcony adjacent to the pool and read a book or surf the web. However, when we need groceries, want to eat at a nice restaurant, go to the beach, or engage in other activities we simply hop in the car and get there within ten or fifteen minutes. RayHope is a spacious house with lots of balcony space and many spots for comfortable relaxation. Overall, RayHope House is the ideal vacation house for those who want a truly private vacation with the option of easy access to fun activities and entertainment. If you are thinking of getting married in St. Lucia, RayHope may be the ideal place for your wedding party. RayHope team includes a Justice of the Peace with many years of experience arranging marriage licenses. Tell us what you need and we will arrange.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
The house needs maintenance and is older than it looks. The pool is no larger than a postage stamp and location to beach and restaurants is definitely not walking distance. We had to have a taxi driver on hand for $200/day which was mandatory. The dishwasher never worked and only one sink in master bath worked.
Linda, the Rayhope team believes that your professed disappointment with RayHope house is a reflection of the fact that you took umbrage to our request for an explanation for how a bed and chair were broken during your stay. However, we regret that the dishwasher did not work for you and that there was some kind of blockage to one of the two sinks in the master bedroom. We have resolved both problems and would have done so during your stay if we had been informed in a timely fashion. With the exception of the above discrepancies, we delivered every service/convenience we promised. The house; its location relative to restaurants, beaches, stores etc; the size of pool; and all other aspects of the house are exactly as depicted. In this regard, the group that stayed at the house just two months before you noted “The home was everything we expected”.
Your unsubstantiated assertion that “the house needs maintenance and is older than it looks” is inconsistent with the following.
1. The 10 reviewers that preceded you, repeatedly noted that the house and grounds are very well maintained.
2. Most exterior surfaces of the house were repainted in August 2019.
3. A roofer performed routine maintenance in Aug 2019 and certified that the roof was in pristine condition.
4. A fresh coat of paint was applied to the interior surfaces in the downstairs area 2 weeks before your stay.
5. A brand new stove was installed 2 weeks before your stay.
6. Most of the downstairs flooring was replaced or refurbished two weeks before your stay.
7. Every living space in the house has an AC unit and ceiling fan. Everyone of them was in prime working condition during your stay.
8. The age of the house not a mystery. This site clearly states that the house was custom built to our specifications and delivered to us in 2007.
Per your request and as a courtesy to you, I arranged for Albert to provide transportation for your group of 12. Hiring Albert was not mandatory, but it was the most sensible alternative for a group of 11 adults and a teenager. You could have rented and driven the two large SUVs that would have been necessary to transport your group at a rental rate of US$140 per day per car. For $200/day, Albert drove you from the airport to the house and back to the airport ( each trip that would cost at least US180.00), was at your group’s beck and call 24/7, provided free advice on places to visit & eat, and took you all over the island.
The home was everything we expected. Ruth was excellent and took care of details. Our driver was willing to take us wherever needed. Johnny, the driver, was careful and knowledgeable about the island. It was a beautiful home with comfortable sleeping arrangements, close to the beaches, and shopping. We had a wonderful time. I would stay at Rayhope House again.
I am very pleased that you and your family had a great time. We recognized very early on that this trip had special significance and was very important to your family. As such, the RayHope team was committed to doing whatever we could to help make your visit an outstanding success. Your kind comments suggest that we succeeded. Thanks for the five stars and we hope you will come back.
A homely Paradise within a Paradise!
A beautiful, stunning home, impeccably clean and prestinely presented.
Ruth greeted us with such warmth, caare and attentiveness for our family of 7.
So attentive to detail Ruth ensured we had milk, water, juice available on arrival. We also had recommendations of local services including lovely caterers to assist with our needs.
I would recommend to any family member and or friend to stay a this magnificently appointed home. We are already considering when we can arrange to return for a longer time.
Many thanks to the kindness and communication from the owner Mr Reynolds. Our stay was indeed perfect for our needs and tentative occassion.
We look forward to being able to stay at Ray Hope House again in the future.
Thanks Susannah for choosing RayHope house and for being excellent guests. The RayHope team strives to deliver an excellent experience for our guests so we derive great satisfaction every time we achieve that goal. We greatly appreciate that you have chosen to award us five stars out of five and for your excellent review of the property. Most of all, I am very pleased that you highlighted Ruth's excellence. While we do all we can to ensure that property is always in pristine condition, we understand that the quality of our guests stay at RayHope house depends on more than just the house's physical attributes. Ruth's attention to the details that make our guests comfortable and her caring human touch transforms RayHope house from a great property to a great home away from home for our guests. As such, the RayHope team is very thankful for your recognition of Ruth's excellence. Thanks again for choosing RayHope house and we hope to host your family if your future plans take you to St. Lucia.
Huge well equipped property with space to relax.
All as advertised except for the added treasure of Ruth. She is the glue that holds it all together. Nothing is too much trouble or difficult to solve. She will organise every thing even using her own phone so so no nasty surprises with international call bills!
We were only 2 so rattled about in this massive luxurious villa. The atmosphere would have been great with all the family staying . Maybe next time!
Thank you for each of the five stars you awarded us. We are fortunate to have a team that is highly committed to delivering an excellent experience to our guests at Rayhope house. Your kind review will serve to further motivate the team. I am particularly grateful to you for highlighting Ruth's excellence. If a family get together in St. Lucia is in your future, rest assured that we will consider it an honor to host your family.
Spent a week in Gros Islet/Rodney Bay area in this lovely home. The owner, Prosper, was always available to us even though he was away. We had a hot water issue which was solved and one or two other very minor things and Prosper responded immediately. He has a great team and Ruth often popped by to make sure we had everything we needed. The house is large, clean, beautiful grounds, fully equipped. You definitely need a car or a driver as it's up a very high hill. Prosper recommended Albert for the week and he was a brilliant driver able to negotiate around tons of holiday traffic on small winding roads. To learn more about the island though, i would suggest doing a tour of some sort as well. We had a great time in this bright cheery home. It looks just as good inside and outside as the photos demonstrate. The air conditioning in the rooms definitely helped drown out any noises outside. We would all highly recommend this gorgeous rental.
Thank you for being great guests and for your truly excellent review of the Rayhope team and Rayhope House. I am particularly grateful for your recognition of the team. Our goal is to ensure a seamless stay for all our guest. We work hard to avoid malfunctions and they are rare. However, when they occur, (as your experience and comments demonstrate) the team (including plumber, electrician, gardener, pool man, host, and housekeeper) is relentless in its commitment to address issues immediately. Each of the five stars your group awarded us will serve to further motivate the team's pursuit of excellence. Again, Thanks.
Great stay at RayHope house.
We had a wonderful time at RayHope house. St. Lucia is a beautiful island and the house is a a nice private retreat. It's spacious and great for large families. We really loved the pool, the grounds were very clean, and well maintained. Both Ruth and Prosper were attentive and easy to work with. We took the suggestion of other reviews and used Johnny as a driver throughout our stay- we would highly recommend him. He really knows the island and we felt safe with him.
Thank you for your very positive review and for being great guests. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay in St. Lucia and happy that Rayhope house contributed to that outcome. The Rayhope team cherishes each of the five stars your family awarded us. We genuinely strive for excellence and continue to make adjustments to improve the product we deliver to our guests.
RayHope House is located at Bonne Terre, Gros Islet which puts it in close proximity (approximately 10 minutes by car) to Rodney Bay and the widely acclaimed Rodney Bay Marina. Rodney Bay boasts the highest concentration of fine restaurants, night clubs, and other entertainment establishments in St. Lucia. The newly developed Baywalk Mall at Rodney Bay includes some of the finest internationally recognized shops and boutiques, a casino, and thoroughly stocked grocery stores. The village of Gros Islet which is a mere 15 minute drive from RayHope comes alive on Friday nights with an open air fish fry accompanied by pulsating Caribbean music and dancing in the streets. The weekly event attracts locals from all over the island and visitors from the many hospitality establishments and hotels in the area. Pigeon Island National Park is within 15 minutes of RayHope and is a must see. The RayHope team is one hundred percent committed to doing everything possible to making your stay at RayHope House a delightfully memorable vacation experience. We stand ready to arrange airport transfers, marriage licenses, weddings, a private chef to cook that special dinner and whatever will make your stay enjoyable.