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.
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.
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.
The unique thing about our neighborhood is the nature. All you hear and see is nature. You will fall asleep and wake up to bird song and other natural sounds. Typical sounds here include sounds made by tree frogs, birds and certain insects. We also sometimes hear sounds being made by the local domestic animals in the valley, such as roosters, pigs, goats and cows. Hearing dogs barking is also not uncommon.
As far as getting around is concerned, renting a small 4x4 Jeep is your best option. If you choose not to rent a car, you can still get around quite well if you are not afraid of a little walking. Local buses run to all areas of the island and are inexpensive. The nearest bus stop is about a 15 minute hike down the hill in the fishing village of Soufriere. Hitchhiking is also still a viable option here since the local population is very friendly and always eager to help out visitors. Please make sure you greet all people you meet with a big smile and a loud "Good Morning". They will answer you with a loud "OK" or a thumbs up sign. It is considered "rude" to not greet everyone you pass along the road.
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.
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.