About this listing
If you're thirsty for something new and a bit of adventure, come and experience real ecological living in a traditional grass-roofed hut. Your porch over-looks the beautiful lush green 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 where you can cook on firewood or gas, to your preference. The electricity in the hut is limited to one light bulb, but perishables can be kept in our fridge and electrical gadgets can be charged in our house.
In Dominica it is not hard 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 and toiletries are provided, and a torch (flashlight) also if needed, though we suggest you bring your own too. Due to our remote location and being off-grid, we can only offer wifi via my mobile phone, which is quite slow but fine for checking emails etc.
Our other accommodation, Eden Heights - Coconut cabin, is situated lower down on the property and we ask that guests in the hut respect the privacy of the other guests.
Interaction with Guests
We love to interact and consider Eden Heights as a cross between a bed and breakfast and a homestay. Whether it's cooking you dinner with our homegrown organic produce, showing you how to make your own calabash bowls, or taking you on a hike to see something spectacular that nature has created, we love spending time with our guests! We offer complimentary garden tours of our 2.8 acre property and you are welcome to take the opportunity to get your hands dirty in the garden or even in the kitchen with a local 'ital' cooking lesson!
Breakfast is included in the price and is served on the porch of our house, where we also serve breakfast to guests of our other cabin. Guests can have help from us with planning their day trips, if needed, and ask any questions about the island and its culture, or we can just chat! It's up to you. To give you the most authentic Dominican experience, the breakfast offered is strictly local - local fruits and juice, local coffee, bush tea or hot chocolate (cacao tea as it is known here!), locally-made 'pap' or granola served with fresh coconut or almond milk made from our trees. Boiled or fried plantain is a favourite breakfast dish when it is available!
We also offer our guests to join us for dinner, where we serve vegetarian meals made with home-grown, seasonal produce. A meal is $25 EC or $10 USD per person.
We want you to feel at home and relish in a truly local experience. Help yourself to fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs from the organic garden. Plant a tree! Savour fresh coconut water, learn how to process cocoa or coffee, make your own calabash bowls, press freshly cut sugar cane and discover many other traditional practices that we are excited to show you!
The sprawling village of Castle Bruce is a 25 minute walk away. It is a quiet, friendly place where people usually greet passersby on the street with a 'good morning' or 'good afternoon' and there is a strong community feel. Here you can purchase basic groceries, enjoy a local lunch or dinner (a couple of restaurants also have free wifi), and of course chill out at the beach or river. There are some roadside stands nearby selling fresh produce and there are a couple of stores that sell essential items and basic food supplies should you wish to cook your own meals, but food shopping is best done in Roseau (roughly an hour away) where there is more on offer.
There is lots to do in the surrounding areas; from moderate hiking and visiting waterfalls to bird-watching and visiting the Kalinago Barana Aute model village, and even trekking to secluded beaches! A little further afield are the glorious hot springs, various local health and wellness spas and activities such as canyoning, snorkeling, scuba diving and, of course, chilling out on the calm beaches of the Caribbean Sea.
We are within easy reach of Emerald Pool, L'Escalier Tete-Chien, the Kalinago Territory, segments 5 & 6 of the Waitukubuli National Trail, Dernier Falls, Sari Sari waterfall, and a number of beautiful attractions found in the South-east and centre of Dominica.
I love the safe and peaceful friendliness of our immediate neighbourhood. We have a few rastafarian neighbours who are the most kind and peace-loving folk living simple, self-sufficient lives. Our neighbourhood is also home to a lot of dogs - most of which are very friendly! If you crave a 'day off' from sight-seeing, the walk down to the village is lovely and the beach is always a great and energising hang out spot. We are also very close to some fantastic, secluded river locations that are wonderful for bathing, relaxing and meditating.
We are well connected to the north (50 minutes from the airport) and eastern parts of the island. Roseau and most of the west coast can be accessed within an hour.
Public transport is not too reliable and the accommodation is 1.5km uphill from the main road so I strongly advise you to hire a four-wheel drive car. A rental vehicle will save you time and allow you go explore the entire island as you please much more easily. Rental can be arranged for you or can be booked online and collected at the airport or ferry port on arrival. If you don't drive, I offer a taxi service from and to the airport and ferry terminal and we may also be able to arrange a driver to facilitate your sight-seeing on certain days. Please let me know in advance if you may need this service.
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!