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A Beautiful Timber Cottage With A Million-dollar Ocean View

Andrew and Kate Thorley

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Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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A Beautiful Timber Cottage With A Million-dollar Ocean View

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Les Saintes - Coconut Cottage

A traditionally styled 2-bedroom Caribbean home with a large west-facing veranda

Coconut Cottage may just be the prettiest house in Dominica.

Situated just 3 miles north of Portsmouth, this traditionally styled cottage nestles on the hillside right in the centre of Toucari Bay with a breathtaking view of the sparkling Caribbean Sea and the lush mountains. Built in 2013 by local craftsmen from the village of Toucari, the structure is all timber with cool tiled floors. You will feel like you have stepped into a real Caribbean home when you enter this airy, sunlight-filled cottage.

Coconut Cottage is the perfect place for discovering the beauty and wonders of this unspoilt nature island. Situated just a few minutes’ walk from the village and bay, Coconut Cottage has that million-dollar Caribbean view that completes any tropical vacation.

Welcome to Coconut Cottage, a traditionally designed Caribbean home with modern convenience and an indisputable feeling of being somewhere really special.

Coconut Cottage includes:

A large open verandah with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, chaise longue, 2 sun-loungers and a dining table & chairs.

A comfortable living room with reclining armchairs, sofa, dining suite, TV, Wi-Fi and a gorgeous view of the sea.

A wonderful master bedroom with a craftsman-made queen size bed made up with luxury cotton (400 thread count) sheets and views of the sea.

A spacious second bedroom with twin beds.

A hand built fully-equipped kitchen (including dishwasher) with local hardwood counter tops.

A beautiful bathroom with huge enclosed shower

Gardens with barbecue area, table and seating.

On-demand hot water and socket outlets for 220v and 110v.

Parking for 2 cars.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Andrew and Kate Thorley (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2015

About Andrew and Kate Thorley

We are husband and wife, Andrew and Kate, from England. We both grew up in the north, worked, travelled and met in the UK military. We married 20 years ago and spent 10 years with serious jobs in London, then decided to change our lives. We bought a chalet in France and hosted a full-service ski lodge for 6 years. In 2008 we were looking for our next great adventure and came to Dominica. We now split our time between Toucari and our family back in UK.

Andrew and Kate Thorley purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Andrew and Kate Thorley chose Les Saintes

We came to Dominica for 6 weeks in 2008 and toured every corner of the island. Toucari is where we decided to look for property. The descriptions we use on this website say it all. So with a place to live for ourselves, we set to building the prettiest rental cottage the island has ever had. Designed to look and feel traditionally Caribbean, but with the size and conveniences of a modern home. This is our labour of love. We have lived in the cottage for a few months ourselves and cannot think of another place in the world we would rather be.

What makes this cottage unique

Choices of accommodation in Dominica are limited. Some are beautiful but highly priced lodges, some are tired, budget-priced cottages. Many are concrete built villas the like you would see in Florida or southern France.

Coconut Cottage is one of a few that try to break this pattern. Come to a genuine Caribbean village, live for a while in a timber house surrounded by nature. Just sit on the verandah in the fresh Caribbean breeze and watch the sailboats and cruise ships pass by, the fishermen struggle with their catch, the hummingbirds in the tree right by you, the magnificent frigate bird soaring overhead or the zandoli tree lizard that is perched looking straight back at you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I don't think airbnb's 5 stars are really enough for Andrew and Kate's cottage. The view is enough for 5 stars on its own. (I can't count the number of rainbows over the ocean we got to see.) And everything - from the on-demand hot water to the US and UK outlets was new and well thought out. Though exciting to get to the first time, the location is great: green and peaceful, while still convenient to Portsmouth's shops and restaurants. (The hosts have written a very handy guide to these.) We look forward to our next trip to this friendly, beautiful island and, hopefully, this house!
May 2014
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A Beautiful Timber Cottage With A Million-dollar Ocean View
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
5

Toucari

  • 5 of 5

What a great experience all around. My husband and I spent a week at coconut cottage. BEAUTIFUL and what a view. It was hard to even leave the house. Such a great experience...the people were friendly and the island was one of a kind. Great snorkeling so definitely bring your gear. Only suggestions I would have for future travelers: saturdays are the market in portsmouth (fruits/veggies/fish) so if you plan on cooking plan accordingly because the stores are limited. Mostly dry goods, DVD player only works with European disks, bring gifts for the neighbors as they are wonderful and appreciative and in need. 5 stars!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Kelowna BC
5

Fantastic stay at Coconut Cottage

  • 5 of 5

As with other reviews, it is difficult to add anything else here. The check in with "Son" was fast and easy, the house was beautiful, exceptionally clean, very well equipped, and comfortable. We especially enjoyed sitting on the deck, enjoying appies and drinks while the sun went down over the ocean. Spectacular views.

The only slightly annoying thing was the roosters starting up at 3:30 in the am, but hey, its the tropics so you get used to it pretty quickly. We will definitely come back to Coconut Cottage and highly recommend it to others.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Suzan for your lovely review. It’s great that you enjoyed the deck as much as we do, but sorry about the rooster. They can be annoying but usually only temporary because soon after one comes of age it is headed for the cooking pot!
Cascade, Idaho
5

The ULTIMATE Dominican experience!

  • 5 of 5

This is the most difficult review I have ever written. Everything that could be said has already been said about this home. And how many descriptive words can one use? Let me begin by saying that after traveling about the Caribbean for the last 15 years - the last 7 years having been spent in VRBO sites - this is the very first time I have cried when I had to leave a place ... and we have spent the last 2 previous years on Dominica.

From the moment you arrive and are greeted by Mr. Douglas and step into Coconut Cottage you know that you are "home"! The Cottage is beautiful and everything you would have expected it to be by the photos on the site. Andrew and Kate have thoughtfully considered everything and there is nothing lacking in the cottage that you could possibly want...except for more time there! The Cottage is basically brand new and has been tastefully decorated. You will not need the living room or the television...the deck and view demand endless hours spent there...with a Kubuli in hand, no doubt!

You are truly going to have a "Caribbean experience" by being in the midst of the village of Toucari. I miss laying in bed in the morning, listening to the village wake up for the day. Or hearing the sound of the surf below, or the music waft up from the rum shops on the main street, or the soft laughter and conversation of neighbors...

After having spent the last 2 years on the Atlantic side of the island, it was a REAL treat to be on the Caribbean side. And Toucari is in the perfect location for a whole lot of exploring and activities only short drives away. Don't miss a picnic at Capuchin and the amazing views, then a walk up the WNT for a beautiful trek (as long as you want to make it) through rain forest with a stream, small waterfall, and old plantation to boot. Or the Syndicate Trail .... we had both to ourselves! Wonderful!!! Cabrits insures a couple of visits as there is much to see and explore. And, of course, beautiful Toucari and Douglas bays for sunning, swimming, and snorkeling.

How we miss the neighbors that felt like family - Son, Tata, Casso and his children, and Christine! Kind, wonderful people that have so much to share with you! I can still hear Son calling, "Halllloooooo" as he walked up to our door bringing a morning treat of coconut or sapodilla or bananas... How blessed we were by all of them!

We were TOTALLY smitten by Coconut Cottage...and you will be too. We promise, you won't regret staying here!!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Absolutely Fantastic Honeymoon!

  • 5 of 5

We chose Coconut Cottage for our Honeymoon house because of the privacy and amazing view and it didnt disappoint. The area is nice, people are friendly and there are tons of things to do, or not do depending on your goals. The house was super clean, well equipped and comfortable. We spent a majority of our time on the porch enjoying the most fantastic view, watching sailboats pass and watching people snorkel in Toucari Bay. It is located just 15-20 mins from Portsmouth, so we could enjoy the city as well. Many roads to explore leading up the mountains in this area that provide breathtaking views. The caretaker, Son and his family were fantastic - helping us carry our luggage in, showing us around and checking on us. Christine takes care of the cleaning and she does the absolute best job, the house is spotless! The only complaint I had was that the beds were not as comfortable as I like, though that is each person's individual preference. Coconut Cottage is a definite must stay in Dominica!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kirsten for this lovely review. (Just a note to readers, the mattress is new and quite firm - although may have softened up a bit after our honeymooners!)
Athens, GA, USA
5

Delightful and a little remote

  • 5 of 5

Coconut Cottage is delightful, situated quite high up on a hill overlooking a nice little beach. We had a truly wonderful week there, and found living there to be far better, and much cheaper, than staying in a hotel. The house is well equipped, pretty much everything worked well for us and the views are magnificent. It was spotlessly clean when we arrived. The description and photos were accurate, and we would recommend this property to the ‘right’ friends and relatives – the reasons for the quotation marks are given below. The Cottage is really set-up for 2 adults, though there is a second bedroom this is probably only suitable for fairly young children. We loved Dominica, and the scenery around the Cottage is really beautiful. It is well worth driving and walking around the north end of the island and Cabritts and the Indian River are real local highlights. Don’t forget to ask for a trip around the bay, especially if you snorkel or scuba-dive – it is not often that you can walk to such stunning sights. In terms of practicalities, a rental car, preferably 4-wheel drive, is essential and we would recommend arriving fairly early in the day, if at all possible, to allow time to stock up on essential supplies in Portsmouth and reach the cottage before dark. The road from Portsmouth to Toucari is poor and not for the faint-hearted at night – though overall driving is not that different from single track roads in the UK – though the potholes and the sudden (and unmarked) end of the tarmac can be alarming on occasion. Toucari is a little isolated at the north end of the island and getting to some of the major sights is a longish drive, so be prepared to see less of Dominica than you might expect. There is not much in the village itself, so we would suggest preparing dinner at the Cottage and eating out for lunch. The local caretaker lives very close to the Cottage and his extended family includes chickens, dogs and small children, so it is not always as quiet as some might like – this should not be a problem, but do not expect complete silence. If you are a little flexible, you should have a wonderful time.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

very beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is our favorite place for holidays!!! This cottage is a "dreamers place". Unfortunatly we stayed only one week, next time, it will be certainly longer. This is a very comfortable, relaxing cottage and with nice view over the sea. The neighbours are also helpful as the owners of the cottage.

  • Review Submitted: May 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Location

Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Melville Hall
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Toucari
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Savanne Paille
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Toucari
Car: recommended

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Prices & Availability

From $110 Nightly

Prices for this holiday cottage on Les Saintes, Guadeloupe

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High Season 2015
1 Dec 2014 - 30 Apr 2015
3 night minimum stay
$420
for 3 nights
From
$140
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season 2015
1 May 2015 - 30 Nov 2015
3 night minimum stay
$330
for 3 nights
From
$110
$660
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season 2016
1 Dec 2015 - 31 May 2016
3 night minimum stay
$420
for 3 nights
From
$140
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season 2016
1 Jun 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
$330
for 3 nights
From
$110
$660
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$360
for 3 nights
From
$120
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage on Les Saintes, Guadeloupe

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Large enclosed shower with instant hot water
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Wonderful ocean view
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
Entertainment:
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • water tubing

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