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About this listing

A charming little Cottage in the garden of La Bou Cottage that resembles a birdhouse. It features a full size bed, a ceiling fan, 12V lights, a closet and a door with a privacy lock. A unique open-air design built by a swiss artist.

The space

La Bou is a truly unique Country Retreat in the wilderness of Dominica. This is no ordinary log cabin or bamboo hut. This unique 0.85 acre retreat was hand-built by a Swiss artist and his wife over a period of two years in a stunning location. The main house is for rent to parties of 2 or more. See our other listing. The guest room in the garden is the Bird House Cottage described here.

Guest access

Guests have access to their cottage and the entire gardens, including the BBQ area with fire place, the shower and the toilet of the main house and of course, they also have access to the surrounding area and all that is has to offer.

Interaction with guests

We are off island at this time, so we can't interact with our guests.

Other things to note

La Bou is located between sections 1 and 2 of the National Trail and right behind the famous Soufriere Sulphur Springs. Soothing hot baths can be enjoyed there day and night. The springs are about a 10 minute walk down the road. La Bou gets its water from the rain, so there is no hot water in any of the buildings. Electricity is provided by a battery bank charged by solar panels. 12V and 110V is available throughout. There is no Internet or TV available at La Bou. Guests can get access to the Internet and phone line at our support house 1km away.

We are living in the middle of nature here, so do expect to see lots of wildlife, including but not limited to insects, birds, lizards, etc. Also let us know if you are allergic to dogs, or anything of that nature, as your allergies might act up here in the middle of the jungle.

Make sure you bring enough of your prescription medication if you need any. It may not be readily available here.

Please note: We do keep at least one dog at the retreat at all times. His name is Oro and he was raised there.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Discount: 10%
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 2PM

As far as house rules are concerned, we just want you to behave as you would in your own home. Smoking is allowed, but please don't smoke in the bed.



Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

18 Reviews

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Julien User Profile
October 2016
The host canceled this reservation 12 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Joe User Profile
June 2016
Awesome! The birdhouse and its surrounding property was such a treat. Though we only had one day and night to soak it all in, we'll surely never forget the experiences we had here. Such a beautifully executed and welcoming place. Wish we could have met the owners, but their caretaker Fabrice was a great substitute. Thanks!

Anaelle User Profile
August 2015
The host canceled this reservation 13 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
Arent User Profile
Response from Arent:
Unfortunately, TS Erika damaged the access road to the point that driving to La Bou was no longer possible. We are very sorry for this inconvenience. We plan to re-open as soon as the roads are repaired.
August 2015

Kelly User Profile
April 2015
We loved it here!!! The beauty of this property and area is indescribable!! Arent and Mabel we zoo sweet and helpful, they definitely made our trip amazing!! The birdhouse is very rustic but thats just what we wanted. You won't spend much time indoors anyways, you can even sleep outside here!! Don't miss the hikes in the area and Rodneys for dinner!! We walked everywhere, no need for a car.

Anna User Profile
March 2015
This place is magnific! Very relaxing, elegantly designed and surrounded by stunning nature. The hosts are very kind and explained us thoroughly how to best enjoy our time in Dominica! Having a car at disposal, Soufriere is a very good location for the stay in Dominica: the hiking tracks of the area are easily reachable and, when you go back at night, you can always have a quick swim in the sources or at the beach and eat good local food! This is a place I totally recommend!

David User Profile
February 2015
Our recent stay at the Birdhouse Cottage near Soufriere in Dominica was marvelous - we only wish we could have stayed longer! The architectural detail of the cottage and main building is impressive and facility is completely off-grid. Cooking and dining is accomplished in a beautiful covered outdoor shelter with gas-burner and fireplace. For a unique and peaceful stay in the mountains and small farms of in the South of Dominica this is a wonderful choice. Hosts Arent and Mabel were welcoming, generous and also offered a degree of privacy that was conducive to such a romantic hideaway. Loved it!

Antti User Profile
January 2015
Arent and Maple were welcoming and nice hosts. We stayed two nights in the birdhouse which was a bit shabby but otherwise pleasant experience to sleep like in the jungle. The place was surrounded by the mountains, which was great. The main house and the other parts of the place were uniquely decorated. With own car it is much more easier to get there. Would recommended this place!

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Soufriere, Dominica · Joined in December 2013
Arent User Profile

Pleased to meet you! My name is Arent and my wives name is Mabel. Together we have been doing business on Dominica for the last 3 years? I was born in the Netherlands, but have spent the last 39 years in the Caribbean, namely on St. Maarten, where I worked as a Hotel and Restaurant manager. Mabel has spend the last 35 years in banking in Florida.

We look forward to welcoming you to our very special slice of paradise, where Mother Nature still rules the roost.

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