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Oceanview Apartments
Exeter, United Kingdom
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“We loved it here!”
Reviewed January 30, 2014

We had booked this apartment for one week; we wound up staying 12 days and would have liked to stay longer. It is a really friendly, safe and welcoming place. The owners, Caroline (English) and Frank (Dominican), who live upstairs, are kind and lovely people who made us feel at home. Caroline brought us fresh juice from her garden every morning, and did our washing in her machine. The apartment is an open-plan kitchen/living/sleeping area, with the sleeping end partly curtained off, plus a shower and separate toilet. There is a private patio and beyond that the garden of fruit trees, which make it beautifully shady. There is no view from the room itself (because of the trees), but there is a viewpoint at the end of the garden from which you can see the sunset over the sea. There is TV and Wifi. It is just a couple of minutes walk into the laid back village of Scotts Head, which has two small restaurants (Roger's Bar does great fresh fish). There is excellent snorkelling right here, and a lovely walk on the Waitukubuli Trail, which passes the gate. It is easy and very cheap to get around the island by local minibus (half an hour to Roseau, then connect with other buses). OK, the rooms are showing their age, with some small defects - eg the bathroom doors would not shut properly and the ceiling fan did not work (but we were given a portable fan), but this is easily compensated by the pleasant atmosphere.

Room Tip: All three are OK. No. 1 has more sun, Nos. 2 & 3 more shade on the patio.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

We spent two nights at Ocean View during our tour around Dominica. This is a charming and beautiful place, surrounded by mature gardens that Frank and Caroline have cultivated lovingly for many years. Yes, the apartments are older, but they are well equipped, in good working order, comfortable, bug free, and quite clean -- a very fair deal for a very reasonable price, which incliudes free Wifi. We did not find the kitchen 'spooky' at all -- in fact, we found it very functional. The fresh fruit juice Caroline left on our lovely porch every morning was a real treat, as was Caroline's warm hospitality. We arrived mid-afternoon, settled in, and must have looked hungry, because she knocked on our door with a plate full of excellent Dominica-style hot sandwiches. The apartments are located in the village, a short walk up from Roger's Bar, where the octopus and rum punch taste wonderful, and where the owners' six-year old son taught us the basics of playing Dominoes. As an added bonus for us, a couple of trail runners, Ocean View is on first segment of the Waitukubuli trail -- the blue and yellow blazes lead right past the front gate! We enjoyed our stay, and we can't wait to return.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

This place must have been very nice – at its time. Unfortunately now it is really in no good condition. The apartments need cleaning and definitely aircon (it's so hot that you can't think of a good sleep). The rooms are very spacious, but full of bugs. We didn't use the kitchen, because it looked "spooky". You didn't even want to open the drawers or cupboards. Okay, it is only 60 US-Dollars the night and we didn't expect much, but this was really a horrible experience. Can't recommend to stay here, even for one night. Sorry!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

We arrived in scotts head we were immediately in our paradise. The warm welcome from the owners was amazing, it’s a simple accommodation but all the details made this place simple wonderful. A bottle Fruitjuce was every morning available, free of charge and made by Ms Charles. We were also able to make our laundry, and as we overslept the finish of the laundry, Ms Charles made it for as… :-)
We also enjoyed a ride on the loadramp of Ms Charles Car to the capital because it was Sunday and now public transport was available. It was simple a perfect stay. Thanks very much to Mr and Ms Charles. That was not a luxury accommodation with five star beds but with even more warmly and lovely owner who made our stay perfect.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

A garden full of fruit. Every morning freshly made juices (Passionfruit, Grapefruit, Tamarinde...) on our doorstep. Hummingbirds, turtles, Oceanview Terrace. Caroline and Frank made us feel very welcome and did erverything to make us feel at home. Large, well-equipped, clean and comfortable apartements with kitchen and a porch. Hammock under the trees. Interesting conversations. Great Barbecue. Great location on the southern tip of the island. No through road. Warm atmosphere. That's paradise! We hope to come back. The greatest apartment, we’ve ever had. Caroline and Frank thanks again so much for the wonderful time, we’ve had with you. Johannes & Franziska

Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Charles, we loved staying with you!

My husband and I stayed with Francis and Caroline Charles for almost 2 weeks and we immediately felt that Oceanview in Scott's Head, Dominica was our home away from home. Everyday, Caroline brought us freshly made juices on our doorstep. Seeing them in the fantastic garden and wishing us a warm "good morning" everyday was the best! I can't say enough about the conversations we had, the cocktails on the expansive patios and grounds, warm and friendly atmosphere.

The apartments are clean, spacious, well-equipped and comfortable. We spent most of our time in the lush garden, watching hummingbirds drinking nectar from the biggest hibiscus bushes, picking limes, passion fruit and mangoes from the trees when we wanted some.

We are looking forward to returning to Scott's Head and spending more time with Mr. and Mrs. Charles.

Thank-you so much for a wonderful vacation.

Room Tip: All rooms are great.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Salisbury, Dominica
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Reviewed April 2, 2011

Franklin and Caroline make you feel very welcome. They are the most warmhearted hosts one can wish! Thew are very willing to help with any problems and try to answer all the questions about the island and the every day living on it.
The apartments are lovingly arranged. They have a beautiful garden surrounding the house. A nicely build lookout terrace with view to the Atlantic ocean and the sunset. Not to forget the superb and fresh juices waiting every morning in front of your door.
Caroline and Franklin, both made the 6 days we spend there just feeling like we are at home. Thank you very much for the great time with you.

Room Tip: Apartment Nr.1
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Oceanview Apartments
Address: Scott's Head Beach, Scotts Head, Dominica
Location: Caribbean > Dominica > Saint Mark Parish > Scotts Head
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Scotts Head
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oceanview Apartments is located at the southernmost tip of Dominica, just above the quaint fishing village of Scott's Head - one of the most photographed and scenic areas of the Nature Island. We have three self-contained apartments set in a private and secure tropical garden. Our cliffside lookout provides a spectacular view of the sea and our nightly tradition is to gather to toast the setting of the sun. Apartment 1 is a two bedroom studio. Apartments 2 and 3 each have a queen bed +day bed. All of our apartments are equipped with television, fans (no AC), kitchenettes - stove, fridge, kettle, coffee maker, cutlery and dishes. We have free WiFi in the common area. We are perfectly situated for the hiking and diving enthusiast. The first leg of the Waitukubuli National Trail passes right in front of our gate. The Nature Island Dive Center is just 10 minutes away in neighboring Soufriere. Diving in the Scotts Head Marine Reserve has been listed as ONE OF THE TOP 10 DIVE SITES IN THE WORLD! Oceanview Apartments is the perfect accommodation for budget travelers who seek out an authentic Caribbean experience and enjoy immersing themselves in local culture. We have secure parking for guests with rental cars. However many of our guests prefer to explore the island's many attractions using the inexpensive bus system - a three minute walk takes you to the bus stop in Scotts Head. Buses/taxis can also take you to and from the airport in Marigot. We can also arrange dive bookings, hiking guides and full-island tours. We look forward to meeting you on your next trip to Dominica! Your hosts, Francis and Caroline Charles. ... more   less 
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