“Simply stunning fully staffed villa with a pool that will make you feel like a film star (sleeps 4-5)”
This is an upside-down summer house, built to make the most of the incredible views across Soufriere Bay to the Pitons. Terracotta-tiled steps lead down from the hilly lane to a dazzling 1700 sq ft living/dining room that feels like the deck of a cruise liner. Polished greenheart wood floors (varnished twice a year to keep them mirror-like), peaked West Indian ceilings and large sofas are all open to the sea and the mountains, with just a hip-high wrought-iron balustrade separating you from the scenery. There's even a four-poster day bed to laze on if it all gets too much. The pool, hammock and terrace are at one end of the room so you won't have far to wander for a cooling dip, and the fully-equipped kitchen is at the back of the house.
Downstairs, there are 2 large double bedrooms where you'll find expanses of cool whiteness with the occasional flash of a gingerbread-coloured accent, reflecting the hues of the blossoms outside. There are open corridors with more glorious views and beautiful antique four-poster beds draped in mosquito netting and crisp linen. One room (with apricot and white walls) has a kingsize bed and an antique cheval mirror. The second bedroom (with blue and white walls) has 2 beds - a double and a queensize - making it ideal for another couple and/or children. Both rooms have large ensuite bathrooms, with lime green and white Italian tiling and hairdryers.
If you're a larger group, there is separate accommodation available next door at Tamarind House, which can be rented separately (for 4-9) or in conjunction with La Bagatelle (for a total of 12-13).
Included in the rental price are the services of a housekeeper/cook, who will prepare meals for you 6 days out of 7. You can eat whatever you want, whenever you want it - Valinda arrives in time for breakfast at 9am and leaves again at 3pm after setting up your evening meal. For dinner, everything is made as easy for you as it can be - tuna is marinated, barbeques are primed, salads are in bowls, the rum punch is mixed and there’s a tub of home made ice-cream waiting in the freezer.
If you want to do it yourself the kitchen is fully-equipped with a coffee maker, a food processor, a blender and a toaster, with visits from the occasional Antillean finch to check on your preparations. For an additional charge you can ask for a starter pack of provisions, as well as a light meal, to be waiting for you on your arrival.
If you want to eat out there are many options in and around Soufriere. We recommend the restaurant at La Haut Resort - widely regarded to be of the best eateries in the area, it serves fresh seafood and Creole dishes such as Mahi Mahi and curried goat. Also worth trying are laid-back Gee’s for great cocktails, light lunches (particularly the curry-filled rostis) and fabulous views, Dasheene at Ladera Resort for modern Caribbean fare, and Debbie’s Place at Laborie for homely Sunday lunches on a shaded plant-filled patio.
Children are welcome at La Bagatelle, though there are lots of steep steps to negotiate. The swimming pool/terrace extends from the main living area but is fenced off. The cook/maid and a babysitting service (available by arrangement) means parents can have some rest. A damage deposit is required if there are any children under the age of 10. Baby cots are available on request.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Tennis court next door (bring children's racquets if required)