The SpaceThe apartment is bright and cheery with large louvered windows that allow the strong trade winds to keep you cool.
There is one queen-sized bed and a sofa/day-bed that is the size of a single. We also have an available air mattress. So it can fit 4 if necessary, but probably better as 2 adults + 2 children rather than 4 adults.
We have solar-powered hot water, and because the sun always shines, it's always hot! Many private rentals in St. Lucia do not offer hot water.
We have one of the most reliable water supplies on the island. They don't tell you this, but many private rentals have inconsistent water due to frequent island-wide water shortages. Our house is located at the convergence of two water mains, so we almost never lose our water. And if we do, we have 2000 gallons of gravity-fed water storage as backup.
We have very fast 50Mbps wireless internet, which is very rare on the island. Plus we use a North American VPN, which means you can still use U.S. Netflix and other video and audio streaming services.
There are full insect screens on all windows and doors, plus optional mosquito nets.
My wife is a professional soapmaker, so all the soaps in the apartment are handmade and luxurious! Guest AccessYou have full access to the apartment, the large 500 square foot patio (with barbecue and outdoor shower), and the fenced yard. Interaction with GuestsWe live upstairs and are often around to offer help or advice.
We have 3 kids, aged 8, 12 and 14. Our 8 year-old in particular loves meeting new guests and may come around to check you out. There will be kids about, but the house is constructed of concrete so it won't sound like elephants overhead.
We have 2 dogs — Amber, a very large mastif, and Maybe, a poodle who is very small (especially beside Amber). Amber is an excellent guard dog and always takes new guests under her wing. She usually sleeps outside the guest suite on the patio, and never barks except when there is a person approaching the house. If you don't care for dogs, just let us know and we will keep her away from your apartment. The NeighborhoodWe've lived in Choiseul for 5 years, and we love how laid-back it is. Neighbours are genuinely kind and interested in your welfare. We all watch over each other and help each other out — loaning tools, sharing fruits from the garden, etc.
We are a 7-minute walk from Choiseul Village, a quaint little fishing town. Choiseul has a fish market, a Saturday fruit & vegetable market, two small grocery stores, a couple of small restaurants, a beach, a general store, a post office, a police station, and a large Catholic church.
The best beach nearby is Sabwisha, which you can walk to in either 5 or 10 minutes, depending on the shifting sands. It has a park and about 400 yards of sand, and it's almost always empty. We go there several times a week to swim, run or paddleboard.
Other nice beaches in the area include Anse Ivogne, at the base of Gros Piton, and Laborie Beach in the nearby town of Laborie. Both take about 15 minutes to get to by car. Sandy Beach in Vieux Fort, about 30 minutes by car, has over a mile of shoreline and is great for swimming, kitesurfing and windsurfing.
For a romantic meal, two famed resorts are within a 15-minute drive: Ladera and Hotel Chocolat. They both have excellent food and drinks, though it's pricey. There are several other small restaurants around Choiseul, but you usually have to arrange your meal in advance.
Because it's rural, there are a lot of animal noises around — sheep, roosters, dogs. I don't notice it, but when I'm on a conference call I always get people asking me, "Was that a rooster?" or, "Did I just hear a goat?" So you will likely notice the sounds. Getting AroundWe are a short walk from the main bus route. During peak times, there are frequent, inexpensive buses to Soufriere and Vieux Fort. However, as buses do not run on a schedule and are mostly unavailable at night and on Sundays, most guests will prefer to have their own rental car. Taxi service is available but needs to be scheduled an hour or so in advance. Other Things to NoteWe have a very steep driveway, which isn't usually an issue unless your rental car has bald tires or a bad transmission (which sometimes happens!).
The stairs from the parking space to the apartment were built out of large slabs of rock, which looks awesome but is not ideal if you have mobility challenges.