A small, family-run, eco-guesthouse, where you can experience conscious community living in harmony with nature within a developing communal homestead that utilises permaculture design. We are 2 families who live off-grid on a sunny, peaceful hillside with stunning ocean and mountain views. We offer accommodation in simple wooden cabins that immerse you in beautifully lush, peaceful nature, overlooking the green mountain ridge landscape, Atlantic Ocean and Castle Bruce bay. True paradise!
Built from local hardwood trees for the flooring, local bamboo for the walls and home grown grass for the roof, the hut is an authentic Carib dwelling.
The hut has a double bed (and can also take a single bed upon request) and a large porch which boasts a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean - a little over a mile away - and the two islets of Castle Bruce bay.
There is a separate pit toilet and fresh water shower which is piped straight from the stream that acts as a border to the land. There is a small kitchen equipped with a gas stove, utensils and storage space. The electricity in the hut is limited to one light bulb, but perishables can be kept in my fridge and electrical gadgets can be charged in my house.
In Dominica it is easy to immerse yourself in nature. Hummingbirds hover everywhere, lizards scurry in the bushes, parrots fly above - and occasionally below you - and flowers and herbs emit wonderful scents. The evening is filled with the sound of the tree frogs and crickets, and in the distance, the waves steadily wash up on the shore. It is beautiful and very peaceful. I'm sure you will love your time spent here and make some very special memories!!
Guests have access to all facilities mentioned above; private room with porch, private kitchen and bathroom (pit toilet and cold shower). You have your own key and parking space and are free to come and go as you please. Towels are provided, and a torch (flashlight) also if needed, though I suggest you bring your own too. Due to the remote location and being off-grid, I can only offer wifi via my mobile phone, which is very slow but fine for checking emails etc. Electronic items can be charged at my house and food & drink can be stored in my fridge.
Guests have access to the organic gardens and orchard, the bathing pools in the river bordering the property and the yoga platform (coming soon). For the privacy of our other guests, the Eden Heights - Coconut Cabin accommodation (situated lower down on the property, obscured by trees) is off limits.
I am working towards a dream of community living and as of September 2016, Eden Heights is also home to a lovely family with 2 boys. I kindly ask that their privacy is respected around their house area.
Interaction with guests
I live a pretty busy life maintaining my paradise home and nurturing the little people around here :-) but I do love to interact with guests where possible. There is a warm, welcoming family vibe here and we feel that Eden Heights is a cross between a bed and breakfast, a rural homestay and a wilderness retreat. We are currently in a transition to a very small homesteading community and so there are usually always people around... Our aim is to develop a Permaculture and Homesteading research and development Institute to include educational programs (such as Permaculture Design Certification courses led by Papillon), community workshops, volunteer/worktrade initiatives, homeschooling activities, a recycling/re-purposing facility, and yoga and mindfulness retreats... much more too I'm sure. Please enquire directly or check online for details. Depending on our schedule, you may be able to join us for a dinner or two (if you are really lucky this may be a local cook-up sitting out around a fire under the brilliant light of the full moon). I have a bunch of cool spots and beautiful hikes that I like to recommend to guests. The children like to show you local craft such as natural musical instruments, wood carvings and calabash bowls - which you can make for your own souvenir if available. Feel free to wander the gardens and take a dip in the small river pools bordering the property. You are also welcome to take the opportunity to reconnect with the earth and get your hands dirty in the garden - or even in the kitchen with a local 'ital' cooking lesson.
Breakfast is not included in the price, but can be added at your request at US$8 / $20 EC per person. I also serve dinners on the porch of my house, the price of which is US$15 / $40 EC. The breakfasts and dinners offered are made with strictly local ingredients, often from our organic gardens and food forests. Breakfast includes local fruits and juice, local coffee, bush tea or hot chocolate (cacao tea as it is known here!), cassava bread, plantains, omlette, bakes/flatbreads, or banana muffins. Either fresh coconut or almond milk is usually available (please request in advance if you can't do without cow's milk/cream in your coffee!) Dinner is normally vegetarian/ital style made with home- or locally-grown, seasonal produce. I try to get fresh fish if given enough notice.
Other things to note
Cell phones work and smart phones can access 2g internet with a local sim card and data package, which costs from $2.50ec per day. Slow wifi is available via my mobile phone, best done during breakfast. More speedy internet can be accessed at a local hotel or in the capital, Roseau.
Due to the rugged terrain of the island, we strongly advise you bring comfortable walking shoes to allow you to access locations more easily and safely. It is also wise to bring waterproof casing for cameras, mobile phones and other valuables.
No smoking inside the hut - the grass roof is EXTREMELY flammable!
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Hi, I’m Sian (pronounced ‘Shaan’). I live with my lovely high-spirited 3 year old boy on the mountainside above the small, friendly village of Castle Bruce on the central east coast of Dominica, West Indies. I have been living in Dominica since 2011 and the beauty and wilderness of the island still takes my breath away... Dominica is a destination unlike any other, unspoiled and brimming with adventures waiting to be stumbled upon. I love to see people as enchanted by it as I am. I am living my dream and loving it. I care passionately for the natural environment and healthy living in harmony with the Earth and I also love to discover different cultures, customs and cuisines, but don't travel much at the moment… soon :-) My son and I are responding to a need and desire for communal living and with the love and support of a beautiful like-minded family, we are establishing an educational homesteading community from where we raise our children, grow organic food and research and develop solutions to modern problems. Papillon, Fatou and their 2 sons live in a gorgeous Kalinago style house constructed with all local and sustainably-sourced materials. Research at our place includes areas such as natural building, land regeneration, home-schooling and material-repurposing. Between us we have 2 dogs, 2 cats and a cow, not to mention divine friendship with unlimited lizards, birds, parrots and crabs. French is spoken here fluently (Moi, j’apprende…) and a massage therapist, yoga teacher and permaculture designer and instructor live here and are available for sessions (details in listing profile).
I have 2 cabins available to rent to travellers looking for a relaxing space in the wilderness where you can disconnect and power-down for a while. Where you have ample chance to reconnect with nature and hike along beautiful mountain trails through tropical forests to crater lakes, active fumeroles and crystal waterfalls, observe zandoli lizards scurrying up trees or squawking parrots flapping overhead and be mesmerised by spectacular moon rises over the ocean. Our vibe is more like a home-stay than a resort, somewhere you can experience simple rustic living in harmony with nature. Immerse yourself and witness the natural world unfolding around your private cabin. Feel welcomed in the sacred air of the garden and communal areas, which offer fruit, flowers, herbs, trees, and life at every turn.
My simple motto for life, 'Give what you can, receive what you need'.