“Spacious, staffed villa and cottage on a hill near Soufriere, with glorious Piton views, a private pool and a tennis court (sleeps 4-9)”
High ceilings, graceful stone arches and terracotta floors keep things cool at Tamarind, a house built to frame the wonderful views through every doorway. The living room is enormous, with 2 huge sofas and a travertine stone coffee table. Ecelctic art peppers the walls, while cushions and lamps keep things homely. For candlelit evenings, there’s a round antique dining table seating 6-8 on the main terrace, shaded by banana and plantain trees.
The villa has 3 bedrooms: the 2 doubles (one kingsize and one queensize) look straight out to the Pitons and both have a private terrace and four-poster beds dressed in mosquito nets, fiery-hued silk cushions and Egyptian cotton. Minimalist furniture makes each room airy and light, but walk-in wardrobes provide good storage and there are lovely details to prevent the space from looking sterile - the master bedroom has a hand-carved freestanding cheval mirror, the other room has gorgeous white and blue Chinese lamps on its bedside table. One wall in each of the 2 Italian-tiled ensuite shower rooms (there are no bathtubs) is made of louvered doors and opens completely to give showers (and loos) with a view. There’s also a third bedroom for children, with an adjacent bathroom, one double and one single bed and courtyard views.
A self-contained cottage linked to the main house by a terrace provides accommodation for a (lucky) third couple. Its pavilion-like layout and billowing white drapes create a dreamily romantic feel. There’s a wooden four-poster clad in French linen, an ensuite bathroom and 2 sprawling couches dressed with blue and white stripes, with bright paintings by Kate Spencer lining the stone walls. And in case of an attack of the munchies, there’s also a small kitchenette.
Larger parties can also rent La Bagatelle next door, with accommodation for a further 4-5.
The housekeepers Anne and Cheryl come to the house from 9am-2pm each day to clean and do the laundry; they’ll also cook and serve a lazy breakfast and lunch on the terrace if required. For a bit extra, a private chef can be arranged in the evenings to whip up a gourmet feast to be served to you under the stars for dinner - perhaps tangy fishcakes or a spicy Creole curry, accompanied by rum punch.
If you want to cook for yourself in the fully-equipped kitchen, you can ask the staff to shop for you (there’s an additional charge for this service) or head out to the market in Soufriere on Saturdays for fresh fish, spices, breadfruit, plantain, mangoes and more.
And so that you don’t arrive to a dauntingly empty larder, the villa’s owner, Nancy (who lives next door), can provide a starter pack of provisions and a light meal on arrival: we were greeted with Anne’s fresh ginger and lime squash, a beautifully cooked chicken stew and seasoned rice to pop into the oven, and a lemon ice cream that we had greedy third helpings of.
There are plenty of restaurants nearby if you want to eat out: the Anse Chastenet resort has several eateries to choose from and the Mango Tree at Stonefield Estate offers simple but tasty Caribbean and continental dishes, with occasional live band performances. For à la carte French cuisine with a Creole twist (such as succulent steak and freshwater crayfish cooked with home-grown herbs), head to the Lifeline Bar & Restaurant at the Hummingbird Resort. It also serves delicious cocktails made using fresh local fruit juices.
Children are very welcome here and the staff have entertained and fed visitors of all ages for many years. Children must be supervised at all times by the pool and parents should be aware that there are lots of steps around the property. Cots and high chairs are available on request and babysitting can be arranged. Any damage incurred by children to furniture must be paid for before departure.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots and high chairs are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking