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“A very special place to stay in St. Lucia”
Review of La Dauphine Estate

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La Dauphine Estate
Ranked #3 of 11 Soufriere B&B and Inns
Reviewed 9 March 2016

We stayed at La Dauphine Estate for 3 nights as part of the Adventure package booked through Villa Beach Cottages (separate review posted). We were there with another couple and the four of us were fortunate enough to have the whole estate to ourselves! Upon our arrival we were greeted by Antonia, the housekeeper. She had cooked a meal for us (ordered before our arrival) that was delicious and plentiful which we enjoyed on the back patio, listening to the sounds of the rainforest. We stayed in the estate house, relaxing on the wraparound porch or lounging in the infinity pool. There are tropical plants, flowers and fruit trees all around that make you realize you are in a very special place. Charles, the estate manager, gave us a very interesting tour with a history of the estate and how chocolate is made. The whole estate was available for us to explore and we took advantage of this. We hiked up the ridge and went across the road to see where they grow so many beautiful flowers they supply local hotels and restaurants. This was one of most memorable places I have ever stayed. Antonia and Charles were very helpful and made us feel at home in the rainforest!

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2016

I have stayed here more than once. this is a very special place. The peace and quiet you get here is unbelievable. There are no tvs. You hear the rustle of trees and rain. The rooms are great. you will need a car but you can easily get one as the owners have a car rental company. The place I would say is the best value for money. If you like to go out and eat and see the sights, most of which are near this property. Don't forget to visit Hotel Chocolat. Did I forget to say that the house is situated on a plantation.. many different fruits and trees all on your doorstep.

Room Tip: There are steps up to a room in the roof. Not suitable for small kids. There are 3 rooms downstairs...
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  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 February 2016

We had one night here to experience a working plantation and I just wish we had stayed longer here. Swimming in the infinity pool was beautiful just looking up and seeing the rainforest all around. Seeing all the fruits growing on the trees, you felt so close to nature. Was wonderful to meet Charles the estate manager who showed us around and our kids were fascinated by him and how chocolate is made. Antonia was very welcoming and helpful. We would definitely recommend this place and would love to come back.

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

After the hustle of Rodney Bay we enjoyed our peaceful stay here immensely. I have never drunk so much fresh fruit juice; the novelty of picking and juicing ones own citrus fruits never wore off. Staff are delightful, we we lucky to be provided with some of Antonia's rum cake..."it's the black cake I love".

Stayed: December 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 January 2016

We enjoyed a relaxing 4 day break at the end of our St Lucia holiday at La Dauphine. The house feels untouched since it's Victorian heyday but has all modern conveniences. The infinity pool is magnificent. After a swim in the evening you can look out at the lush rainforested estate and pick the fruits you want to enjoy with the following morning's breakfast. The grounds are beautiful and a morning with Charles (The Estate Manager) is very interesting and worthwhile. Antonia prepares lovely breakfasts and authentic Caribbean meals with local produce,. One of my favourite ever holiday destinations..

  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 January 2016 via mobile

This diamond in the rough estate house is perfect for a family retreat. Both my husband and I lead very busy career lives. With two young boys, we often look for stacation venues which permit us a retreat from the distractions of life. This was perfect. Being able to hand pick and eat fresh fruit (cocoa) off the tree, swim in a private pool, relax in swings or hammocks whilst listening to birds was a real treat. The grounds are well maintained and there is still an authentic, quaint and rustic estate feel to the property from the furniture to the crockery available for use. There was no radio or tv so we re-bonded in a wonderful and magical way. Even our boys ( both under age 10) did not want to leave. Now that says it all. The property is located less than 5 minutes from the sulphur springs and pitons...truly simply spectacular.

Stayed: October 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 December 2015

We stayed for 3 nights in Chateau Lafitte (3 adults) and it was a tropical paradise. There are a variety of fruit trees (avocado, citrus, bananas) which we were able to eat while there, and beautiful tropical flowers as far as the eye can see. There are also cacao trees everywhere! Charles, the estate manager, gave us a wonderful tour around the property, including the great house and the production of cocoa. We hope his plans for a chocolate factory come to fruition very soon- and hope to visit when it's up and running. Antonia cooked an awesome meal of fresh fish and vegetables- it was divine! We enjoyed the pool area and the beautiful views. We enjoyed the fresh pitcher of grapefruit juice with our Chairman's Reserve while watching hundreds of fireflies at dusk. The weather was very comfortable, especially at night when it cooled off considerably and there was a nice breeze. We so enjoyed our brief stay and hope to return again soon.

Room Tip: Due to no A/C on the property, when there was no breeze the bugs bit the one person who was suscepti...
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  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled with family
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Additional Information about La Dauphine Estate

Address: Etangs, Soufriere, Soufriere, St. Lucia
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Region: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Soufriere Quarter > Soufriere
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Soufriere
Price Range: $161 - $410 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — La Dauphine Estate 3.5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Dauphine Estate is a cocoa plantation dating back to the 18th century located in the mountains, four miles from the picturesque, town of Soufriere, in the shadow the Pitons, a World Heritage Site. La Dauphine Great House and Chateau Laffitte are two estate houses located in the heart of this 75-acre tropical plantation nestled in a lush green hillside surrounded by luxuriant gardens, fragrant with exotic flowers. ... more   less 
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