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The Treehouse Garden Studio - breathtaking garden and sea views!

People2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms2
Space 775 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Not a standard boring villa and pool...

If you are looking for a standard, uninteresting villa and pool rental, then stop reading now! If you like stunning close sea views, abundant wildlife including many birds, wild coastal forest, tropical gardens, sunset and moonset directly in front of your studio, beautiful beaches to either side of the property, peace and quiet, discreet but helpful hosts, homemade ice creams and many other personal touches presented with care and attention, then come and stay with us and enter another world!

The Treehouse Garden Studio is the ground floor of the Treehouse. There is a separate studio called the Treetop Apartment on the top floor but each studio is totally independent of the other, well insulated against noise and completely private with separate entrances.

The Treehouse Garden Studio is set at the top of terraced tropical gardens offering wonderful views of the Caribbean sea with its spectacular sunsets and moon sets and frequent rainbows. Many guesthouses in this area do not have direct views of the sunset and moon set and few are as close to the sea as the Treehouse. Our position is something really special. Even local people are amazed when they see our view! Bordering the tropical garden is the wild coastal forest with its multitude of birds and other wildlife and from the Treehouse Studio balcony you can see pelicans skimming the waters below and fishermen fishing from their boats.

The terraced garden in front of the studio is home to a variety of different sculptures and many fixtures and fittings in the studio have been created using wood from the garden or beaches or other salvaged materials.

The space consists of an open plan living and sleeping area including bed and kitchen. There is a separate indoor bathroom with a shower and WC and a balcony with chairs and table overlooking the terraced garden and the sea. If you leave the large triple doors to the studio open at night - which all of our guests do as it is very safe here - then it is like sleeping outside in the garden. An elevated wooden walkway leads from the balcony down across the terraced garden to the private sun deck with its sun loungers, umbrella, table and chairs. Below the sundeck is a private outdoor shower surrounded by tropical plants. There is an outdoor barbecue with sea views and a private garden entrance from the car parking space.

Pablo and I are committed environmentalists and our passion for nature drives everything we do. Unlike other guest houses we never use pesticides or insecticides but work with natural pest solutions. A network of 15 fishpools provide an environmental solution to prevent mosquitoes breeding as the fish eat any mosquito larvae and therefore drastically reduce the mosquito population - this is in direct contrast to the common local practice of fogging for mosquitos with a spray made of neurotoxins and which is clearly toxic to people and wildlife alike.

We live totally off-grid which means we harvest our own rainwater and produce our own energy. The rainwater is collected in water butts and double filtered before use in the house. It is cleaner than bottled water (which is polluted by its own plastic bottles) and tap water. Our power is produced by solar panels placed on the roof of our own house at the top of the plot.

We deliberately do not have a swimming pool. The dangers of swimming in chlorine are now well recognised, especially for anyone with allergies, skin problems or asthma, but it is obvious that swimming in chemicals cannot be good for anyone. Salt water pools are not a solution since they simply use salt to generate chlorine and the end result is the same. With two beautiful beaches either side of our house you can swim in a totally natural, chemical free environment whenever you want and enjoy the beauty of the undersea world with its corals, fish and other amazing wildlife. One beach is a secluded cove, 10-15 minutes walk away, usually deserted with excellent snorkelling and the other beach is 10 minutes by car (or you can kayak from Marigot Bay or swim round from the secluded cove) and is a wide sandy beach perfect for swimming and enjoying the waves. There is a small bar on this beach selling drinks and fruit and the local owner is happy to make a barbecue for our guests on the beach.

We have planted our garden to encourage birds and other wildlife onto our plot and we have left two thirds of our large property wild as a conservation area. We are also planting many native plants such as orchids and air plants in our plot which have been rescued from development areas in order to protect them from destruction.

We love using driftwood, corals, shells and other items collected from the beaches around the house. The shower curtain in the studio is made from hand made fishing nets given to us by the fishermen on the beach below. Our curtain poles are made from driftwood and our curtains are made from antique 100 year old French linen sheets. We make our own glasses by cutting old wine and rum bottles and we are now making bed and furnishing covers from vintage coffee, potato and olive sacks.

We have inherited a commercial ice cream maker and as Pablo loves ice cream we always have a selection of homemade ice creams based on local fruits and nuts in season which we invite guests to share if they wish. We just ask a small fee to cover ingredient costs and work on an honesty box principle where you settle for what you have consumed when you leave. They have proved very popular!

We have considerable respect for our guests privacy and not only do we give you your own "space" when you are staying here but we do all our cleaning and maintenance work ourselves so you will not be disturbed by staff in the studio or gardens.

We have a family of three black labradors who live with us and who love visitors as well as a family of four goats who keep the grass down along the roadside - so much nicer than using a strimmer!

We work with two local Saint Lucians and we have designed with them a series of land and sea tours which are not on any tourist "programme". These are focused on local experiences and off the beaten track adventures. We can also arrange for you to have a barbecue on the beach below the house and spend the day there swimming, kayaking on the river and lagoon or playing dominoes with the local fishermen!

We can arrange for a local masseuse to come to the house on request and we can give you a voucher for the local watersports shop in Marigot Bay for a special week's deal where you can use any of their equipment for a very reasonable price - including paddleboards, kayaks, snorkelling equipment and hobicats.

We have written a detailed information sheet which we send out to our guests once they have booked with us with recommendations on where to go and what to do as well as a description of tours which can be designed with local partners. We can also assist you with car rental with a reliable local family-owned company and taxi collection from the airport by Anthony, our amazing tour guide.

Also available for hire is our spare car, a small 4x4 Suzuki Jimny which is ideal for the road conditions here. Let us know if you want more details and as it is very popular with guests then you are advised to book it early!

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More Details

Owner
Sarah Rosenthal-Almirall
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, Dutch
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
20 September, 2018

About Sarah Rosenthal-Almirall

As you can see from the photo, we were married in the marina in beautiful Marigot Bay. We work together internationally on environmental projects as we are both passionate about nature. At our home we try to live in as eco-friendly a manner as possible such as by harvesting our own rainwater and recycling materials as well as avoiding the use of any pesticides or insecticides. We have set up a network of natural pools with fish which ensures the mosquito population stays low while avoiding putting any poisons into the environment.

Sarah Rosenthal-Almirall purchased this studio in 2011

Why Sarah Rosenthal-Almirall chose Castries City

We love our home because it is so close to nature - it really is paradise! We have wild rainforest and cliff face down one side of the property and amazing ocean views in front. We have built our house at the level of the tops of the trees because we love watching the birds, the lizards, the frogs and other inhabitants of the forest. We like to see the moon sparkling across the sea, we like to have our drink with the sunset on the deck every day and to smell the scented plants in the garden at night-time. We love to live 'off the beaten track' where it is peaceful and away from the noises of other houses - away from street lamps and under the light of the stars!

What makes this studio unique

We built our home ourselves so it really reflects our characters and our love of nature. We have adopted a non consumer-led, minimalist lifestyle where we do all the cleaning and repair work ourselves and upcycle many materials through our house and garden. We are creating a conservation area and a haven for wildlife of all kinds. We have recently installed solar power to go entirely off-grid and we already harvested our own rainwater. What we love most is the permanent views of the ocean where we can sometimes see whales, dolphins or turtles swimming. And we love being able to walk to the secluded cove where we can snorkel around the reefs and rocks which are just below our house.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday studio around the Castries City around the Castries Quarter

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 775 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower , The outdoor bamboo shower in the garden
  • The bathroom comprises a large shower area, WC and washbasin with associated cabinet. The bathroom is painted in yellow and grey like the rest of the studio which gives a bright, clean feeling. The shower curtain has been made using pieces of handmade fishing net made by the fishermen on the beach below the Treehouse. There is also a great outdoor bamboo shower located in the garden which is great for cooling off on hot days or after the beach.
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • The bedroom is open plan with the living and kitchen area which creates a lovely airy feeling. The kitchen has been hand crafted by a local carpenter and makes use of local woodworking techniques as used in the villages. The bed has been built by the same carpenter and has a frame for the large mosquito net - this means you can sleep without tangling in the net during the night! The bed looks directly at the spectacular ocean view through triple wooden doors which can be fully opened day or night. The bedroom curtain is made from a 100 year old linen sheet and all linen is cotton which is wonderfully cool and light.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
Attractions:
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Our spare Suzuki Jimny is available for rental upon request on a first come first served basis

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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The Treehouse Garden Studio - breathtaking garden and sea views!
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews
5

Gorgeous location, breathtaking views, lovely hosts!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Treehouse Garden Studio June 3-7 for the second half of our honeymoon trip in St. Lucia. When we arrived, Sarah and Pablo greeted us at the gate and had everything ready for our stay - Sarah gave us the grand tour and told us everything that we would possibly need to know for our stay, which was so helpful!

Sarah and Pablo stay in the room above the studio so they were close by if we ever had any questions. And the views were SPECTACULAR! Their property is located on a street that no one else comes down so it was very peaceful and quiet. And the ice creams that Sarah makes are AMAZING - we had 5 while we were there.

The only other thing I will say besides how amazing it was is that you will most definitely want to rent a 4-wheel drive vehicle that is not low to the ground if you are planning to rent a car, because parts of the road getting up to the treehouse are no joke in terms of how jagged they are - and Sarah has that listed as a recommendation but we totally forgot about it (oops). Don't make the same mistake we did (we went for cheapness and rented a little Chevy Spark - and the roads did a little damage to the front of it)!

We will definitely stay again if we visit St. Lucia in the future - thank you so much for everything, Sarah & Pablo!

- Brandon & Kayla from "Sweet Home" Alabama, USA

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jacksonville, FL, USA
5

Amazing vacation and hosts

  • 5 of 5

The Treehouse was a delight and Sarah and Pablo were incredible hosts. The house is a little off the beaten path but it was exactly what we were looking for so we could enjoy the island to its fullest. Make sure you include a trip to the Canaries waterfall with Sava the local boat guide in your travel plans!

Thanks again,

Jon and Anne

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Outstanding setting for relaxation and getting away from the fast pace of life fueled by cruiseships

  • 5 of 5

Pablo and Sarah have found their slice of paradise located at the end of a road leading to a secluded hillside home overlooking the caribbean and the entrance to Marigot Bay. They offer the lower half of the home to guests who seek being a little closer to nature and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and comfort of this environment. The views from the upper and lower deck are fantastic as are the gardens and surrounding tropical plants. The rental comes with the basic amenities and a small kitchen for preparing meals. The refrigerator and cabinets are stocked with adequate necessities for your first couple of days so you won't be forced to do a lot of shopping, and they will take you by a grocery store when they pick you up and advise you on what else you may want for your first few days. The hosts are very accommodating and we enjoyed sharing our experiences with them and their knowledge of the area. Therea are a variety of nice restaurants in Marigot harbour, but you will probably want to have a rented car to get to them.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Ready to come back already!!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in this wonderful place and if we return we would book it again without looking at other places. Pablo and Sarah were wonderful hosts and gave us many great suggestions on activities as it was our first trip to St. Lucia. The view was incredible. We loved the connection with nature that this place and it's hosts embrace. We enjoyed sitting outside and just watching the various species of birds flitting around. I miss it all ready. Thanks again Sarah and Pablo for allowing us to stay at your beautiful location. Pet the pups for us!!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Kim and Ray for your great review. We loved having you here and your enthusiasm for nature and the simplicity of our lifestyle here was wonderful! You are welcome back of course any time and we hope one day to come and see your covered bridges and amazing nature in Indiana. Ray's yellow warbler is missing him... Sarah, Pablo, Tizzy, Lucky and Shadow
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5

Heaven om earth

  • 5 of 5

Back home in Holland after a five-week holiday on St.Lucia and Grenada celebrating our 65th birthday it is time to write a review about the fantastic time we had in The Treehouse. We stayed two great weeks in the appartement of Pablo and Sarah Rosenthal-Almirall.

What could we possibly add to the honest and informative reviews so far. All is true. It was a wonderful experience. A little Paradise on the edge of of the Hills round Marigot Bay, overlooking the caribbean Sea.

If you are looking for a place to relax, a nice hideway in a beautiful tropical setting surrounded by birds with a spectacular sunsets and 180 degrees views over the Carribean Sea, and dark nights with bright stars righy from your bedside, then the Treehouse is the place to be.

Not being a native speaker English it is difficult to find the right words to express our feelings about the marvellous time we had.

Pablo and Sarah Rosenthal-Almirral are the most friendly and perfect hosts you ever can expect. They respected our privacy, but anticipated very good on our needs and questions. Their suggestions and advise were welcomed by us. I will always remember mine 65th birthday becase of the delicious diner Pablo prepared for us all, and the discussions about our own history. Their interest in sustainability and durability and the way they enjoy living on St.Lucia is contagiously.

Just as all other guests we were surprised to find not only a well equipped kitchen, but also some cool beer, a bottle of wine and food and fruit for the first day.We are grateful that we could join Pablo in visiting the Saturday market In Castries and Super J the supermarket in Cul de Sac to do our own shopping.

For those who do not bring their own books or e-reader, their is also a small library in the studio. We highly recomment The Glass Palace a 2000 historical novel by the Indian Amitav Ghosh.

As mentioned in other reviews Sarah and Pablo are multilingual. Not mentioned is that Pablo also speaks Dutch. Therefore our last words are in Dutch.

Sarah en Pablo heel erg bedankt voor de gastvrije ontvangst, maar ook voor alles wat jullie voor ons hebben gedaan. Wij hebben dat erg op prijs gesteld. Wij wensen jullie erg veel succes met de innovatieve en inspirerende "Our Planet"projecten. Het gaat jullie goed.

Carla en Meindert Krijnsen Gasteren The Netherlands

  • Review Submitted: 29-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: February 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Carla and Meindert and thank YOU for being such great guests!
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Ayer's Cliff, Quebec
5

Surrounding by rainforest and the sea

  • 5 of 5

Ironically, the very first accommodation that popped up on this site that matched our needs was the perfect choice... we didn't need to search further. Although our airport taxi driver was somewhat confused finding our final destination, Sarah was there on cell and on foot walking to meet us on their winding road. Her beaming smile and gentle soul confirmed that we were in for a grand week of new experiences.

The apartment was just as described with everything you would need to cook your meals while overlooking the Caribbean Sea as the boats (yachts actually) sailing slowly into Marigot Bay for their supplies. Sarah and Pablo, with their 3 Black Labs, are superb hosts that were available when needed yet discrete to allow us privacy to soak up the environment that was lush with the sounds of tropical birds, tree frogs, and the unique sounds of the rainforest.

I could go on and on.. as am now back to Southern Quebec where we woke to -25 degrees (F)... but wish you assure readers that this is a wonderful location to be if you want to enjoy a slower pace, take walks to the nearby beach for snorkeling and collecting pieces of coral washed ashore, elect day trips to other parts of the island, or just be content with the moment.

We didn't rent a car and found that our feet got us where we wanted to go with the occasional day tour that could pick us up at the Bay or doorstep. Our memories are now being shared with our friends back home but extend our sincere thanks to both Sarah and Pablo - they are unique people who are very much in love with one another as they are to their unique home in Marigot Bay.

Make sure you see the Pitons and Soufriere regions. We elected to bike (fat tire) with Jungle Biking for a day that also included water taxi, lunch, more snorkeling, and short hikes for some of the best views on the island. Cappela Hotel is at the Bay and offers a nice lunch overlooking the mega boats moored, good food selection at the local grocery store, town bank requires picture ID to exchange money but ATM is open daily. Taxi stands are also at the bay to take you were you want to go. Castries is only important is you want to shop the marketplace - otherwise, head to Rodney Bay for restaurants and day of shopping (if you prefer).

Ok.. that's it in a nutshell...make your plans, now!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jan-2015
  • Date of Stay: December 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Suzie and Francois, Thank you so much for this great review. We really enjoyed having you! Hopefully this message will bring you some warmth from the Caribbean to tempt you back to see us again sometime!
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Location

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Hewanorra International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Marigot Bay
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Castries
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Sandals Regency
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Road to Castries or Vieux Fort
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Marigot Bay
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Fisherman's cove
Car: recommended

The property is located right next to beautiful Marigot Bay, the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean with its marina, marina shops, dive school, sail boats for charter, bars and restaurants. Also nearby are a secluded cove with barbecue facilities and the weekly 'Fish Friday' street party at Anse la Raye

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You may find us cheaper on other websites. This agency charges such a high commission that we have been forced to raise our own rates to compensate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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