This is an off the beaten track experience in a unique and friendly village.
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About Erika Paterson
I bought the property with two friends in 2013 and built the Howler House - slowly. I first came to Belize in 1981 - from Canada, and am now semi-retired here full time. I teach online courses for the University of B.C. and have the Howler House for both my pleasure and extra income. I have a little place over on Caye Caulker too now - which I also rent.
Erika Paterson purchased this House in 2015
Why Erika Paterson chose Burrell Boom
The village of Burrell Boom is so sweet! The people are friendly and open-hearted, the wild life is amazing, the property is a piece of jungle paradise, and the location is central: 20 mins to the airport, and close to so many amazing things to do in Belize.
What makes this House unique
Time changes when you hang in the hammock on the deck of the Howler House listening to the birds and the frogs and watching the river roll by - ahhhh. You will see Big Red, the giant Iguana that lives in the tree beside the house, and there is a new baby crocodile just hatched in the pond behind the house (Do not feed!!) and the family of Howler Monkeys that might wake you up at night howling at the moon, has been living on this river bank for generations and generations. In the evening the sky is alive with stars and the deck of the house is the best place in the world to be,
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 4
- There are not a lot of rules at the Howler House - you can make as much noise as you want, howl with the Monkeys if the mood hits you - stay up all night under the stars laughing and dancing -- and you are welcome to bring pets and kids.
Trip of our life
The house was amazing. Exactly as advertised. The wildlife we saw was unreal. Kenny and Shana were the best hosts you could ask for! Would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for an authentic adventure in Belize
Howler House lived up to all our expectations. Erica, and Tinie made it possible to enjoy the jungle! A special thanks to Kenny and Shana for sharing their knowledge of medicinal plants, Burrell Broom, Howler Monkeys, Belizean dance, food and family life. If you are lucky enough to go to Belize take a cultural tour with Kenshan tours, exceptional people. Also big hugs to Geraldine and Miss Carol for their yummy food. The people of Belize are very friendly and the Howler House is the perfect place to chill!
Wow!!!!! What an amazing find!
From the moment we arrived at the Belize City airport, where Kenny and Shauna picked us up, till they dropped us off when we left for home, we enjoyed every single second of our vacation! Howler House is a hidden gem! Clean, well furnished and comfortable! We loved it! And we loved sitting out on the screened in deck for our morning coffee, watching the howler monkeys in the trees, and the iguana! For anyone looking to avoid the busy, touristy places, Burrell Boom is a sanctuary as well. The people! How do we tell you about how friendly and helpful the people are? Everywhere we went, people stopped to speak, to offer help if needed. We can't find the words to describe what a beautiful people the Belizeans are, and what a beautiful culture it is! Kenny and Shauna are perhaps the best tour guides in the world. They are a lovely young couple with a deep knowledge of the local attractions. They understand the tourist business and are the friendliest, most accommodating people you can imagine! We enjoyed every single second we spent with them, and left Belize feeling we had made new friends. We will be returning to Belize to stay in the Howler House! If you are looking to relax between excursions, the Howler House is just what the doctor ordered!
Wonderfully relaxing few days
Spent 4 nights at Howler house in December. The house is exactly as pictured. We spent most of our time sitting on the deck overlooking the river and trees. Weather was really good, so had no issues with it being too hot to sleep. Everything in the house was in working condition except the ceiling fan in the bedroom which we did not need since there is a remote control fan in the room that is probably more effective anyhow. Mosquito net of the the bed was a really nice touch. Some reviews indicated that the chairs in the sitting room were uncomfortable. We had no issues as there are plenty of cushions to make a comfortable spot to sit. The howler monkeys came through 3 times during our stay. They were mostly quiet, but one evening they did make ruckus which was very interesting to hear. We did see the little crocodile a couple of times soaking up the sun. Of course there were iguanas everywhere. The males were a beautiful orange as it was mating season. In the mornings we sipped coffee on the back side of the house and watched the birds. We identified about 25 or so species just at howler house. Erika hooked us up with Kenny and Shana however they had a death in the family, so Kenny arranged for Marvin to take us all over the place. They really do take care of their guests. Seems Kenny arranges for all the best guides when he organizes excursions. A word of caution Kenny does not take credit cards, so make sure you have plenty cash. We did cycle to the black Orchid one day to laze at the pool. It was ok, but the resort looks a little run down. Service at the restaurant was very bad. Most nights we bought food from the local store and made Belizean style meals. The lady at the store will hook you up with all the spices you need. We did not use the canoe, but life vests and paddles were available if we wanted to. If you are self catering, you really need to buy everything. The house did have dish washing liquid, toilet paper, salt and bug spray. Overall a wonderful few days.
We had a great time staying here. The property managers, Shana and Kenny kept in touch daily and set up all excursions we wanted with guides... we really loved all the tours and the guides could not have been more knowledgeable and friendly.
The Howler House itself was adorable. We saw a dozen or so howlers, several large iguanas, the resident crocodile, lots of different birds, and a few cool spiders.
As very early risers, we loved getting up and making coffee and sitting in the dark on the big wraparound porch listening to the jungle come alive in the mornings.
We would absolutely stay here again!
"You will not be disappointed -- in fact you will be blown away when you stay at Howler House."
The House sits high in the jungle canopy over the river 20 mins from the airport. This is an off the beaten track experience in a unique and friendly village undiscovered by travellers yet central to everything. If you want to experience the local Belize and make some new friends, Kenny and Shana will pick you up and show you all Belize has to offer the curious visitor. Or, I can assist with a rental.
What makes this little spot so sweet? In no particular order, I’d say the people of Burrell Boom, the river, the wildlife, the song birds, the location, the fire flies, the frogs -- and of course the Howler Monkeys The people are sweet because they are kind and shy and wonderful storytellers — who love their baseball, horses and music. And, they are also famous for their wine making skills.
The river is sweet because when it is green it sparkles like an emerald and invites long lovely evening paddles. And when the river is flooding, it slips along in eddies and whirlpools a muddy rich brown color, and it is full of fish and lobster and Manatees too.
The wildlife is awesome . Burrell Boom is a photographer’s dream and a bird-watchers paradise. The people of Burrell Boom live in wonderful harmony with the monkeys and crocodiles. They are proud to protect and happy to share their local knowledge of this amazing jungle wildlife.
Boom is only 20 minutes from the international airport. And, you can travel from the front door of the Howler House to Caye Caulkers, by boat via Belize City, in 90 minutes — from the jungle to the reef, now that is pretty sweet.
I can help you to arrange all your adventures – to anywhere to do anything you might dream-up. And, you’ll find that Burrell Boom is wonderfully central to Mayan ruins and Temples, amazing caves, Hopkins beach, Crooked Tree Bird Sanctuary, the Belize Zoo, the Howler Monkey Sanctuary, Baclar Eco park with horses and bicycle trails, Cave Tubbing and Ziplinning, the most remarkable diving sites and river or ocean fishing.
All the things you can do without leaving the Howlerhouse deck:
Photography, bird-watch, wait for the crocodile(s) to surface and perhaps sun themselves on the bank, get to know the howler monkeys (they like Reggie music), sit still and a Blue Morpho butterfly with an 8-inch wingspan will eventually float by. Play the stock market on-line on high-speed Wi-Fi. Lie under a gentle fan, swing in the hammock and read a good book.
Write a poem, a song, a book or a blog. Watch the sun rise and the river float by, caste a line and catch a fish – yes, right from the deck when the river is flooding.
Make origami. Paint a picture. Star gaze while fire flies light up the sky. Sip on rich local organic coffee in the morning, and exotic local wines in the afternoon. Watch for manatees. Skype your family, your boss, your best friend and show them the howlers in the trees. Stay cool and be prepared to wake up early because all the songbirds and parrots believe it is their daily duty to serenade the rising sun.
All the things you can do if you decide to leave the deck: Paddle down the river, go fishing, ride a bicycle around the village, go to the local baseball games – join the locals on Friday evenings when people gather in the park after dark with music and drinks and snacks for sale. Go to the horse races on Sundays and holidays, Boom has the largest racetrack in the country, and we love our horses as much as our Reggie music. Have an ice-cold beer at Yellow Man’s local Pub along with a juicy burger or fried fish from Miss Caroline — while you are there, play a game of pool or dominoes with the villagers. Go horseback riding -– you could ride as far as the Howler retreat and learn more about these monkeys. Take a short drive to the Belize Zoo and visit the Jaguars, or join a tour to the Mayan Ruins. Hopkins Beach, just an hour down the road, has surf and white sand beaches rimmed with palm trees. Enjoy a delicious meal at the Black Orchid restaurant and then pass the evening in the Jungle Café listening to music and sipping local wines.