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This traditional Creole cottage is charming and beautifully restored, next to a rushing stream and lovely vegetation, simply but attractively furnished, and very well supplied. It is very close to La Soufrière and other hiking trails, near basic stores in St Claude, but up the hill a ways from beaches and restaurants in Basse Terre and beyond. So whether this is ideal for you or not depends on what you are looking for. Overall we had a lovely time.
Karine communicated well with us, but ask her for more detailed directions, as it was a challenge to find in the dark (and rain) the night we arrived.
My husband I spent a wonderful week at the beautiful cottage owned by Evelyne and Christian. It is located on the edge of St. Claude, an historic and scenic small town above Guadeloupe’s capital city, Basse-Terre, with all the amenities you might require. It is not a touristy area at all, which we especially appreciated. We were just minutes from the coast and spent many hours driving to pretty beaches for swimming and snorkeling, hiking trails, and interesting spots such as a rum distillery, coffee museum and Jacques Cousteau Marine Reserve. French is the preferred language. Evelyne and Christian can speak a little English and we speak a little French so we managed just fine. Also since the WiFi was excellent, we were able to use Google Translate to assist us.
La Vieille Sucrerie is a newly built, spotless, all wood cottage with two air-conditioned bedrooms (very comfortable bed and linens), a shower room, separate toilet room, and a kitchen plus dining and living areas on a large covered deck. The view from the deck is of treed hills with a deep ravine below and the ocean in the distance. You can hear the river rushing, birds, and not much else.
You approach the cottage through a gate and down a steep driveway. We kept our car at the top and walked down the easy steps to the cottage. While the cottage is on one side of the property and Evelyne and Christian’s house is on the other side, we felt we were quite private. The garden below the cottage is very attractive with many native plants and trees. Christian gave us a tour that was worthy of a botanic garden tour guide.
We enjoy cooking with local products and were not disappointed at the variety and quality. There is fresh locally grown fruit and vegetables and locally caught fish in abundance. Roadside stands sell grilled chicken and ribs, and the nearby supermarket had everything else we needed. We especially appreciated the French bread, pastries and wine! The kitchen is well-equipped and, while small, is nicely appointed. Dining every night on the deck, watching the sun go down, was a real pleasure.
Finally, our hosts Evelyne and Christian couldn’t have been more friendly, considerate and helpful. We have travelled the world renting from owners and highly recommend staying at La Vieille Sucrerie.