My husband, teen daughter and I stayed in the Nguni cottage for 5 nights over the New Year period. I'd booked the 3 day package with tours as a celebration for our daughter graduating from high school. From the initial email communication, it was immediately evident that everything would be good. Craig the Scot is the owner and hands-on manager with a small and competent staff who always have a smile on their faces.
Like most places in the area, the B&B is situated behind an electronic gate in a pleasant area close to town and there's a police station through the park. It's rumoured that hippos come and graze and walk through the town after dark and although we weren't lucky enough to observe this, we did see hippo scat in the park one morning.
Nguni cottage itself is spacious with twin beds in the living area and a double bed in another room. Another arm chair or sofa would be great. Two large bathrooms, fridge and tea/coffee facilities. Lots of lighting options which we always appreciate as we like to be able to read. The cottage is serviced daily (except New Year's day but we didn't mind making our own beds as Craig had given the staff the day off after breakfast and they were so excited to be spending it with their families) and is kept very clean with fresh towels daily. The beds are a bit on the small side if I was to try and find something to balance my review. But still it was a very comfortable stay. Outside each cottage (a terrace of three) is a sitting area in a small pleasant garden.
Guests in the cottages have use of the main house where there's a sitting room, honesty bar, dining room and, outside, the swimming pool and BBQ area. Craig was kind enough to loan us some BBQ utensils to cook our own meal on New Year's Eve and we enjoyed a quiet evening chatting with our Danish neighbours.
The breakfast is varied and comprehensive. We ended up extending our stay for two more nights so it was great to have the variety of cooked fare every day. No haggis involved.
Austin is a resident cat who thinks he's a dog. He actually comes when called. He'd be in your cottage given the chance as previous guests have obviously allowed him entry. My family of non-cat lovers, really took to Austin. We didn't let him in out of respect to future guests who may be allergic.
Craig is available to help with anything you need but he's not in your face. I believe he organises tours for guests. The two tours that come with the 'package' comprise a night drive and a hippo & croc cruise. Craig has an arrangement with a mate down the road who operates the tours. The night drive was unbelievable and our zulu guide was extremely knowledgable and great fun. He found everything from a baby dwarf chameleon to a leopard and hyena stalking a bush buck. You might not be so lucky but it's still a highly recommended tour. The croc and hippo tour was OK but you'll get the same 15 minute introductory speech on both tours so if you missed any snippets on the first......you get the idea. We didn't see much in the way of crocs (and being from Australia, we wouldn't be so impressed anyway, just kidding) but we did get up close to the hippos.
Anyway, I'm getting off topic because Craig isn't running the tours but just to say that, if you're considering taking the package, I highly recommend the night drive and to a lesser extent the hippo cruise.
All in all, it is my great pleasure to highly recommend this establishment to anyone considering staying here. You won't be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Parkers Cottages offer comfortable accommodation in St. Lucia at affordable rates. The en suite cottages have two bedrooms, air conditioning, secure parking and are fully serviced. Set within a tropical garden, there is a private pool and braai area. Breakfast is served in the main house and after breakfast, you can set off to explore the area - we'll be happy to make tour bookings for you or recommend lots of things to do. ... more less