This small wooden eco cabin is perched high on a cliff with breathtaking views over the Caribbean sea and West Coast of Saint Lucia. With everything you need, our cabin is built by local craftsmen in the traditional village style amid coastal forest in a protected area rich in birds, plants and wildlife. Many of the furnishings and fittings have been upcycled or recycled.
Built entirely of wood by local artisans, we have also upcycled many objects and materials to furnish the cabin which gives it a unique character. As passionate environmentalists the cabin reflects our deep commitment to minimalist but comfortable living and gives you a chance to experience this high quality of life for yourselves.
With an amazing 200 degree view from the large terrace over the neighbouring coastline and the tops of the trees, you can see the birds and butterflies feeding at the same height as your sunlounger! The two sets of double doors open to create a completely unobstructed view and the modest but tasteful living space incorporates a standard double bed with mosquito net, well equipped kitchen area with gas hob and stove and a small bathroom with WC and hand basin.
On a second deck below the main terrace is a private shower accessed by a short flight of steps and this deck also has a drying area for washing or wet towels. Two barbecues are available for guests to use.
We have chosen to produce our own power and we are totally off-grid. In addition, all the water is our own harvested rainwater, double filtered, pure and safe to drink. The water to the shower is heated by passive solar heating through a special hose installed on the roof of the Hangout. The Hangout has its own access to the parking area through a small wooden gate in the fence of the property.
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 where you can buy drinks or fruit from the locals and they have offered to make a barbecue on the beach on request.
A family of three black labradors lives with us on the property so dog lovers are especially welcome! We also have a family of goats which help us to keep the grass down along the roadside!
The Hummingbird Hangout is located below the Treehouse which is the only house down a no through road so it is very safe and quiet. 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.
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 wildlife sanctuary. 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 extinction.
We love using driftwood, corals, shells and other items collected from the beaches around the house. We also make our own glasses from bottles left behind by our guests as well as calabash bowls, as used by the local people in daily life.
We have inherited a commercial ice cream maker and as Pablo loves ice cream we always have a selection of homemade ice creams available 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 take our guests' privacy very seriously and not only do we give them "space" while they are living on our property but we do all our cleaning and maintenance ourselves so that they are not disturbed by on-site staff. We also do not mark the way to our property with signs down the roads as the more commercial guest houses do since we really consider our guests are visiting our private home and we treat them as our private guests.
We work with two local Saint Lucians and we have designed with them a series of private 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 the local people on the beautiful sandy beach below our house for you to spend a day on the beach with a barbecue, kayaking on the river and lagoon, sailing on a hobicat which can be hired from Marigot Bay or just playing dominoes with the local fishermen. This is a wonderful way to discover local life!
A local Saint Lucian masseuse is happy to come to the house with her couch, towels, oils etc to provide guests with a home massage and we have a special agreement with the watersports shop in Marigot Bay for the hire of watersports equipment - a special very reasonable package has been agreed for our guests. All of these experiences are arranged directly with local people, not tour agents, and are described in the information sheet which we send out to our guests once they have booked with us.
Also available for hire if you book it early enough 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.
Fifteen minutes walk down the private road will bring you to a small secluded cove where you can swim or snorkel among coral reefs. In twenty minutes you will be down in Marigot Bay with its cafes, restaurants and marina life, bank, minimarket and ATM.