Uta and Marina made our stay lovely. Our two teen daughters loved the family’s dogs and the short hike to the beach—which we had all to ourselves. We requested dinner and breakfast, and enjoyed both. We met another couple out on the porch and enjoyed hearing about their trip to the island. Our girls love nature and enjoyed that the rooms are quite open (some without windows). This is not for the uptight American tourist who can’t handle the sights, sounds and critters that come w being in the rainforest. We had hummingbirds and little lizards on our porch and heard owls perched outside our open window at night. It was truly an authentic St. Lucia experience.
My husband and I decided to visit the estate as one of our activities on our honeymoon. We went around lunchtime and seemed like we were the only people there not staying on the grounds. We got map and some information at the main house and spent a few hours exploring! It was so much fun seeing the old sugar mill and nature. We found a beach where we had all to ourselves which I don’t recommend going into the water if you find it! Highly recommend spending a couple hours here! I wouldn’t mind spending a few days here either:)
We went here for breakfast, which was amazing (sitting on the terrace of an old plantation house with fresh and local ingredients), and then did a self-guided tour of the property including a massive and cool old sugar mill, and two lovely beaches. It looked like a wonderful place to stay for a few days.
This is not Rodney Bay. There are no crowded beaches or hoards of tourists spewing off cruise liners. The accommodation is not sleek and luxurious. However Balenbouche is perfect in every way if you want to get off the beaten track. Our cottage was a delight. Imagine the Inspector’s shack in Death in Paradise. Natural air conditioning, quirky bedroom opening onto verandah, shower built from local stones and pebbles. Verena and Ute are perfect hosts and the old plantation house is beautiful and like stepping back into another age. Breakfast and dinner on the verandah are thoughtfully presented and very tasty. Edward, the security/handyman, loves to talk about St Lucia and all it has to offer and provided us with coconut, almonds and starfruit straight from the trees as he walked with us to the adjoining beaches. I just wish we’d stayed longer.…
We visited Balenbouche for dinner and had a great experience. Dinner is served ‘family style’ with generous portions of delicious locally sourced food. Seating is out on the wrap around porch of this old plantation-style property. As well as being high quality food, its great value for money ( eating out can be relatively expensive in St Lucia ). The family is doing an amazing thing in preserving and developing this lovely old property - I would recommend anybody to support their efforts and get an amazing home cooked meal in unique surroundings.