Unique Private Retreat in the Dominican Jungle

Main cottage as seen from the large garden
Main cottage as seen from the large gardenSteam rising of the jungle after a midday showerAll three buildings as see from the porch of the main house.The Birdhouse Cottage as seen from the main home porch.The fabulous view from the Birdhouse Cottage (Sleeps two comfortably)
Unnamed Road, Soufriere, undefined, Dominica

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Overview

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps: 6
Type: Cottage
Per night: $195
Per week: $1,200
Pets allowed: No
Internet: No

Description of the Soufriere vacation cottage rental

La Bou is a private retreat consisting of two separate cottages set on 0.85 acres of gently sloping land. The main cottage is a uniquely designed and constructed building. The second building is affectionately known as "The Birdhouse" because it strongly resembles a typical European style birdhouse. The third building houses the large BBQ area, the custom-built rock fire place and a large dining room table. It also has at least two hammocks.

The creator who envisioned and lovingly built this unique retreat with his own two hands, is a well-known Swiss artist who still resides next door. There, he is creating a new master piece in a completely different style.

This previously very private property has now been made available to be enjoyed by the general public. It is now being offered as a short-term rental with on-site management. (provided by the new owners who live just one mile down the same road) All linens are provided. Laundry service is available.

Escape to what has been named the most magical destination on the planet, but most people call La Bou Country Cottage, a place where your mind, body, and soul will relax and become one with nature.

This is also a perfect place to hold Yoga Retreats with small groups. It can be set up to host 6 guests and one instructor.

Area Information

La Bou is located in a largely agricultural area in a large valley in the mountains rising high over Soufriere, a quaint sleep fishing village. The hills behind Soufriere are filled with what the local people call their "Gardens". These gardens are large tracks of land that are being cultivated by individuals who grow food for their own family on the land that they acquired from the Crown many decades ago. Every family has their special plot. Most gardens are approximately an acre in size. The local men work their little gardens daily and harvest the fruit when ripe. Favorite crops in the area are pineapples, oranges, grapefruit, cacao, bananas, sugar apples, sour sops, etc.

Some farmers also keeps a few goats or pigs on their land. These will later be sold as meat or traded with the villagers of Soufriere who in turn supply the fish to the farmers.

The soil is very rich and can support a wide variety of crops. The abundant rain fall does the rest.

The area is also home to some well-known hot springs, namely the Soufriere Sulphur Springs that are located just next door from La Bou Cottage.
There, you can enjoy a healthy hot water dip anytime, day or night.

La Bou does not have TV, Internet, Computers or any of these modern day gadgets. If you must check on the stocks or FB, you can do so one mile away at CarRods Bar where they combine great food and drinks with great Wifi.

Availability Calendar

Rates

Begins Ends Week
Night
Weekend
Night
Weekly Monthly Min
Stay
Jan 01 2014 Dec 31 2015 $195 $195 $1,200 - 2 Nights
Check In: 11 a.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Lodging tax: 10%
Deposits: 30% down to confirm your reservation
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, PayPal, Personal Check
Other Fees: Cleaning Fee is $100.00 per stay. $20.00 transportation fee from Roseau.

Amenities

  • Beds

  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 2 Double Beds
  • Features

  • Balcony
  • Housekeeper
  • Parking Included
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Patio
  • View (Mountains)
  • Full Kitchen
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Appliances

  • Blender
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Stove
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Activities

  • Bicycling
    (onsite)
  • Scuba Diving
    (3 miles)
  • Whale Watching
    (8 miles)
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (12 miles)
  • Grocery Store
    (1 mile)
  • Snorkeling
    (3 miles)
  • Live Entertainment
    (9 miles)
  • Whitewater Rafting
    (14 miles)
  • Restaurant
    (1 mile)
  • Boating
    (4 miles)
  • Shopping Area
    (9 miles)
  • Horseback Riding
    (25 miles)
  • Ocean
    (2 miles)
  • Fishing
    (5 miles)
  • Canoeing
    (12 miles)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:What are the most fun things to do at your vacation rental?
A:Nothing or everything that your heart desires. If you choose to nothing, it will really feel like nothing, as there is nothing to distract you from truly relaxing. No sirens, no cell phones, no anything. Just birds chirping and crickets singing. If you decide to go hiking, whale watching, mountain climbing, looking for wild flowers or whatever you decide to undertake, you will feel a real adrenaline rush as everything you undertake here is exciting and exhilarating. Even going for a drive is a challenge, but a fun one.
Q:What makes your vacation rental special?
A:La Bou is very different because of what it offers you. The amazing architectural design is unique in every way. So is the rural setting in a verdant green valley. All you see is green. This is truly one-of-a-kind. The setting is unique because there is only one valley like it in Dominica.
The feeling it gives you is of being alone in the world, as no other signs of civilization are visible from the home, yet we are strategically located between the end of Segment 1 and the beginning of Section 2 of the 115 mile long Waitukubuli National Trail and right next door to the famous Soufriere Sulphur Springs, where you can go take a healthy hot bath day or night. We are only 1 km away from town and the nearest mini mart. The nearest Bar & Restaurant (with Free Wifi) is within easy crawling range. 7 Km down the road is a great little beach and a perfect place to go for a swim, meet some locals or go for an exciting snorkeling trip. There you can also buy fresh fish as it comes in, straight from the boats.
Q:What is the coolest nearby activity?
A:Hiking the mountains around La Bou is an exhilarating experience. The best hiking starts in the back yard and goes on for miles. The best part is the hot dip in the Sulphur Springs after your hike, to relax your muscles and get ready for bed. Snorkeling in the area is also fantastic, as it is done right in the Marine Reserve at Scotts Head or on the Champagne Bubbles Reef on the main road. Fish life is still abundant here as it is protected by law.
Q:Do you have hot water in all your bathrooms? A lot of places in Dominica do not.
A:There is no hot water at La Bou, since we use only water provided by God. We catch the rain water from the roof and lead it straight to your shower. The sun provides us with free electricity. We use an advanced solar panel array coupled with a battery bank that provides us with ample 12V lights and even enough 110Volts from an Invertor to power your laptop or other gadgets, so you can write, play music or whatever. There is no TV or Wifi at La Bou to help you to totally get in tune with Mother Nature and help you to truly relax. You will surely forget what day it is and what time it is.
Q:What is the best way to get to your vacation rental? Should we rent a car?
A:The scenic drive from the Airport is a long and challenging one. We therefore recommend coming to La Bou by Taxi. Once you are well rested, we can arrange for you to rent a small jeep, which is the perfect car for the Dominican road conditions. A typical rental jeep cost around $52.00 per day. That is with Insurance and unlimited milage. The roads in Dominica are very steep, wet, rough and many are unpaved. Driving here is on the left and is in itself a real adventure. You will need a special Temporary Driving License to permit you to drive here. That will be provided by the rental car company when you go get your car. The cost is $12.00 per person and it is valid for one month.
Q:Who do we contact in case of an emergency at the cottage?
A:Monika and i live just 1 km down the same road and can provide assistance with all your needs within minutes. You closest neighbor is a Dominican police office. In a real Emergency, Dial 999.
Q:Do you keep any dogs at the retreat?
A:As a matter of fact, we do. When we are physically there, we travel with our two pet dogs. When we are not there, Oro, the born and bred "La Bou" dog guards the property for you. He was raised there and only barks when strangers approach the property. Once he meets you, he will accept you as his temporary master.
Q:How many people can sleep in the guest cottage?
A:The guest cottage or Bird House as we call it has only one double bed. Therefore, the maximum amount of people that can sleep in there is two adults.
Q:How are the six sleeping places arranged?
A:The main bedroom has a queen size bed and is located in the main house. On the right side of the kitchen is a loft accessed by a bamboo ladder. The loft has a queen size mattress where two people can sleep. The guest cottage has one double bed where two can sleep comfortably.
Q:What are the most fun things to do at your vacation rental?
A:Nothing or everything that your heart desires. If you choose to nothing, it will really feel like nothing, as there is nothing to distract you from truly relaxing. No sirens, no cell phones, no anything. Just birds chirping and crickets singing. If you decide to go hiking, whale watching, mountain climbing, looking for wild flowers or whatever you decide to undertake, you will feel a real adrenaline rush as everything you undertake here is exciting and exhilarating. Even going for a drive is a challenge, but a fun one.
Q:What makes your vacation rental special?
A:La Bou is very different because of what it offers you. The amazing architectural design is unique in every way. So is the rural setting in a verdant green valley. All you see is green. This is truly one-of-a-kind. The setting is unique because there is only one valley like it in Dominica.
The feeling it gives you is of being alone in the world, as no other signs of civilization are visible from the home, yet we are strategically located between the end of Segment 1 and the beginning of Section 2 of the 115 mile long Waitukubuli National Trail and right next door to the famous Soufriere Sulphur Springs, where you can go take a healthy hot bath day or night. We are only 1 km away from town and the nearest mini mart. The nearest Bar & Restaurant (with Free Wifi) is within easy crawling range. 7 Km down the road is a great little beach and a perfect place to go for a swim, meet some locals or go for an exciting snorkeling trip. There you can also buy fresh fish as it comes in, straight from the boats.
Q:What is the coolest nearby activity?
A:Hiking the mountains around La Bou is an exhilarating experience. The best hiking starts in the back yard and goes on for miles. The best part is the hot dip in the Sulphur Springs after your hike, to relax your muscles and get ready for bed. Snorkeling in the area is also fantastic, as it is done right in the Marine Reserve at Scotts Head or on the Champagne Bubbles Reef on the main road. Fish life is still abundant here as it is protected by law.
Q:Do you have hot water in all your bathrooms? A lot of places in Dominica do not.
A:There is no hot water at La Bou, since we use only water provided by God. We catch the rain water from the roof and lead it straight to your shower. The sun provides us with free electricity. We use an advanced solar panel array coupled with a battery bank that provides us with ample 12V lights and even enough 110Volts from an Invertor to power your laptop or other gadgets, so you can write, play music or whatever. There is no TV or Wifi at La Bou to help you to totally get in tune with Mother Nature and help you to truly relax. You will surely forget what day it is and what time it is.
Q:What is the best way to get to your vacation rental? Should we rent a car?
A:The scenic drive from the Airport is a long and challenging one. We therefore recommend coming to La Bou by Taxi. Once you are well rested, we can arrange for you to rent a small jeep, which is the perfect car for the Dominican road conditions. A typical rental jeep cost around $52.00 per day. That is with Insurance and unlimited milage. The roads in Dominica are very steep, wet, rough and many are unpaved. Driving here is on the left and is in itself a real adventure. You will need a special Temporary Driving License to permit you to drive here. That will be provided by the rental car company when you go get your car. The cost is $12.00 per person and it is valid for one month.
Q:Who do we contact in case of an emergency at the cottage?
A:Monika and i live just 1 km down the same road and can provide assistance with all your needs within minutes. You closest neighbor is a Dominican police office. In a real Emergency, Dial 999.
Q:Do you keep any dogs at the retreat?
A:As a matter of fact, we do. When we are physically there, we travel with our two pet dogs. When we are not there, Oro, the born and bred "La Bou" dog guards the property for you. He was raised there and only barks when strangers approach the property. Once he meets you, he will accept you as his temporary master.
Q:How many people can sleep in the guest cottage?
A:The guest cottage or Bird House as we call it has only one double bed. Therefore, the maximum amount of people that can sleep in there is two adults.
Q:How are the six sleeping places arranged?
A:The main bedroom has a queen size bed and is located in the main house. On the right side of the kitchen is a loft accessed by a bamboo ladder. The loft has a queen size mattress where two people can sleep. The guest cottage has one double bed where two can sleep comfortably.
Q:Are there any dangerous animals in the jungle or around La Bou?
A:The wildlife at La Bou consists of bird, insects, an occasional possum, tree frogs, etc. There is nothing to be scared off or to be wary off. The insect most encountered is the common millipede, which lives in the soil and is harmless. Mosquitos are not an issue here, contrary to popular believe. Boa Constrictors are said to live on the island, but we have never encountered one as yet. They also are harmless to humans and are not poisonous. They only eat rats and only about one per week. Look it up for yourself, if you are not yet convinced.
Q:Do we have to cook or can you arrange to have someone cook for us?
A:If you would rather not cook, just let us know and we can have food prepared for you. We can also help with all other requests, whether it be for massages, hiking trips, whale watching excursions or whatever. Just ask and you shall receive. We can also supply you with special cheeses and fine wines if need be. We have the right connections to make everything possible.

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