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!
Offrant une vue sublime sur la forêt et l'océan, entourée de végétation luxuriante, parfumée et fleurie cette hutte en bambou traditionnelle est un lieu hors du temps où il fait bon se reposer et admirer les levés de soleil, de lune, lucioles et colibris.
Petit déjeuner local et copieu avec Sian, Curwin et Mario avec fruits et jus venant du jardin, café et chocolat pays, galette de manioc et noix de coco, Johnny Cake.. un vrai régal, ces moments étaient un vrai plaisir gustatif et un moment privilégié de partage. Hôtes généreux et attentionnés, notre séjour fut à leur image authentique et amical.
My wife and I absolutely loved Eden Heights and the generous hospitality of Sian & her family. Our hut was clean as was the drinking water and kitchen. Though obviously a basic 'hut', we had all the necessities for our week stay. We especially loved the mornings, seeing the sunrise over the Atlantic from our porch and the all-natural local breakfasts Sian and Curwin served were as delicious and healthful as the conversations were warm and instructive. Between the two, they've seen most everything on the island and were a wealth of wit and wisdom. We highly recommend Eden Heights for the adventurous, active travelers who want to mingle with the locals and connect with the all the beauty Dominica has to offer.
Note: you do need a 4x4 to get up the 2-tracks.
Amazing!!! Paradise on earth, so peaceful, so beautiful, it was like a honey moon for us :-) Thank you Sian and see you again soon ;-)
Eden Heights is paradise in Dominica. My family and I just fell in love with Sian, Curwin, and Mario's land and family. My husband,our two boys, and I spent the most delightful time there.
The hut is comfortable and beautiful. The view from the porch is breathtaking, and everything is in harmony with the nature around. After one day spent there, I forgot about time, day, the world... Nothing existed around, only us and the amazing nature surrounding us.
Sian and Curwin are great host, so friendly! Sian prepares delicious breakfasts (I am going to miss and crave for your cassava breads!). We also shared a delicious lunch with the family, Sian and Curwin get everything they needed from the garden: veggies, herbs, and fruits.
We enjoyed walking and working in the garden, going to the river and playing in the natural pool. Sian and Curwin are Nature lovers with a great knowledge of their surrounding. They are inspiring! They are positive. They are caring, and they helped us to built wonderful memories for our 8 and 3 years old boys!
We'll visit you again, and we recommend it for sure!
Ein kleines Stück Paradies für diejenigen, die auf Luxus verzichten können/wollen. Die liebevoll eingerichtete, sehr saubere Hütte liegt in einem traumhaften Garten mit der schönstmöglichen Aussicht auf das Meer - einfach fantastisch!
Sian und ihre Familie waren hervorragende Gastgeber, stets hilfsbereit und immer mit einem Lächeln im Gesicht. Das frisch zubereitete (vegetarische) Essen, großteils aus dem eigenen Garten, hat uns ausgezeichnet geschmeckt.
Eden Heights ist eine Erfahrung, die man sich auf Dominica nicht entgehen lassen sollte!
Psssst - this is a real nugget….hurry up and book, otherwise we do again! The pictures and the description is showing what you get! The five days with Sian, Curwin, Mario, and their two dogs and cats were the best that happened to us during our four weeks caribbean holiday!
We arrived by Express des Iles from Martinique and then took the bus first to get to Calibishie. As recommended by Sian and several guests we booked a rental car to get to the hut (which is really very helpful as the way is long) - next time we would consider not to rent a car as we had so much fun exploring the nature and getting in contact with all these friendly people you meet while walking or traveling with the bus.
Sian and Curwin showed us fruits we have never seen and tasted before, and they prepared delicious local breakfast which we will miss. Our 4-years old daughter Elli loved to play with the dogs and cats, she enjoyed the nature around.
A big THANK YOU to you and your little family, thanks to you all to make this experience possible for us. This is our 5-star recommendation!
Anita, Steffen and Elli
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About the Host, Sian
I have been living in Dominica since 2011 and the beauty and wilderness of the island still takes my breath away... Within a week of arriving here, I knew I wanted to stay and I'm very happy I did! Dominica is a destination unlike any other, and I love to see people as enchanted by it as I am. I am living my dream and loving life with my boyfriend, our 1 year-old son and our dogs and cats. I care passionately for the natural environment and healthy living in harmony with the earth, and as such we grow organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. I love to travel and meet new people and discover different cultures, customs and cuisines! I am vegan and like to cook and also grasp every opportunity to improve my skills and learn from others. In my free time you can find me in the garden, down on the beach or chilling at the river - I love to be outdoors! As does my little boy Mario. Come and stay with us, we can't wait to meet you!