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“Paradise on Gros Piton”
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Soufriere, Soufriere Quarter, St. Lucia

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psudopodd...
New York City, New York
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Paradise on Gros Piton”
Reviewed 27 January 2015 for a stay in January 2015
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The House of the Stars is unforgettable. My husband and I just returned to snowy New York after a 9-day stay at this incredible villa. I miss it already. This property lives up to the high expectations you have after viewing its photos. It's a one-of-a-kind place that affords unparalleled views. Each morning we woke up to rainbows over Petit Piton and the Caribbean; each evening we fell asleep after stargazing for hours in the tower. We just couldn't stop saying, "wow." This is the perfect place to stay if you're not a "resort person."

Getting to the house is a bit of a drive from the main road, but it is straightforward and easy to remember once you make the drive once. If you're a confident driver and have a 4WD vehicle, you CAN drive directly to the house from the airport. We encountered resistance from Oasis Marigot when we asked for directions to the house; they stated it would be too challenging and had us meet a taxi driver in Soufriere and follow him to the house. This was the only issue we ran into with Oasis Marigot; otherwise, no problems.

The house is a bit of a drive from Soufriere (about 15-20 min). We made several runs to the grocery store, butcher, and bakery in town, in order to stock up. The house is 5 minutes' drive from Sugar Beach resort which is very convenient. All beaches are open to the public in St. Lucia - just drive down to the beach and park outside the gate to the resort. A greeting and a friendly smile got me a ride to and from the beach in the resort shuttle a number of times. Tip: the drinks at Sugar Beach are ridiculously overpriced. We packed our own after the first day, and were quite happy about it. Second tip: Sugar Beach gets overrun with cruise ship daytrippers out on snorkeling "excursions." Go early in the AM or later in the afternoon to avoid the rush, as the marine park area is not that large. Third tip: treat yourself to a spa treatment at Sugar Beach - it's worth it!

This property is best suited for able-bodied people and older kids. There are lots of stairs and the house has an open fourth wall (incredible!!), so if I had little kids, I'd be terrified that they'd fall. The master suite is beautiful. I preferred showering in the larger bathroom adjacent to the smaller bedroom; this bathroom features an enormous shower that's built directly into the mountain (very cool). The kitchen has all the basics you need, and there's a nice sound system in the house. I recommend the owner set up an iPod dock so that guests can play music from their phones rather than relying on the CDs in the house. The light switches are what I'd call eccentric - pay attention when you're shown where they are! The pool is gorgeous but freezing - I only got in once. Use the mosquito netting provided when you sleep; you'll need it. The lizards and frogs that hop through the house take care of a lot of the bugs. We had a bird friend come visit us each morning for breakfast.

Mary and Pius, who take care of the property and guests, are warm, wonderful people who made us feel safe and at home. Pius stays at the house when guests go out, which made us feel our stuff was safe (especially given how accessible the house is). We got his cell phone # and simply texted him when we were heading out, which was convenient. Mary made us a fantastic dinner one evening, and also made us delicious soursop juice from fruit we bought at Sugar Beach.

Soufriere tips: Eroline Foods has all the basics you'll need. Go to the butcher next to the supermarket for meat. Purity Bakery across the street has delicious coconut cake. Find Miss Teresa's bakery for the most delicious bread you'll ever taste. Petit Peak has awesome fish rotis but the wait for food tests the most patient of people. Check out the market on Saturday AMs for fruit, veggies, and fish. Drive in to Choiseul for fresh fish. Go to Martha's Table for the best lunch around. Have dinner at Orlando's and make sure you meet him while you're there.

All in all - a fantastic place to stay and highly recommended. I hope we return someday!

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Liked best: the incredible views
Liked least: i wish the pool was warmer
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Joanne R
Toronto, Canada
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“Beautiful Stay and Vacation”
Reviewed 12 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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The service from Mary and Pius was excellent. They really made us feel at home and fixed any issues that we had. The property was beautiful and well-kept. The design and wood-workings are absolutely amazing!! You really feel one with nature here.

The view of the Pitons never got old and every morning we awoke to birds singing and the sound of the wind. And every night we would look at the stars from the watchtower. In bed, the mosquito netting became romantic, and we (my husband and I) slept with the sounds of crickets, frogs and the wind blowing through the trees to keep us company.

The location is perfect, as it is located on a hill and the wind keeps you quite comfortable without AC. I preferred it actually. You are on a hill so driving is an asset. We did not drive and made the trek down to Sugar Beach (20-25min walk downhill)...it's a good work out. We did attempt to walk back up, but not suggested unless you are active individuals!!! You can always call Pius and he picks you up with a car for a small fee.

Around the area we suggest going to Sugar Beach (bring your own blanket as chair rentals are expensive), Sulphur Springs (Skip the tour, but do the bath), check out Soufriere, and every Friday evening in Anse La Raye has an event called the Fish Fry.

For lunch/dinner, check out Boucan Restaurant, Dasheen Restaurant at Ladera (If going to dinner, please call and make reservations in advance) and Petit Peaks in Soufriere for St. Lucia cuisine.

The best part was the view. Even with the design of 3 walls we never got wet and it rained almost every day. If you can get used to some flying bugs, lizards and beetles, then your set. Remember to use minimal lighting especially at night to decrease the bugs.

We recommend this location for families (not with small toddlers due to the pool and watchtower) and for couples or groups of friends. Perfect if you want to be away from all the distractions of city life but still close enough to restaurants and other amenities (if you drive).

Overall, great experience and wouldn't change a thing about our honeymoon at the Piton Stargrove.

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Liked best: The 3 wall design that showcased the spectacular view of the Pitons
Liked least: All the creepy crawlers and flying beetles
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Steven R
Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Our new home away from home in St. Lucia”
Reviewed 2 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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Wow. Pitons Stargroves is an amazing place -- unlike any other home I have ever stayed in or seen. Built into the side of Gros Piton, it has a breathtaking view of Petit Piton. In fact, I'd rank it as one of best views in the entire Caribbean. The hand-crafted, two-storey home is completely open to the northwest and still provides shelter from rain and sun. The home's architect also built Ladera, the well-known and expensive resort similarly located between the Pitons.

We arrived hot and tired, but Mary, the housekeeper, and Pius, the caretaker , welcomed us and made us feel comfortable instantly. You'll never meet two nicer, more accommodating people. While the airy home is so open that you might feel insecure about leaving your valuables at the house, there are no worries with Mary and Pius around. Anytime we left the house, Pius magically appeared to see us off and to give some tips on our plans. And he was always there to welcome us back when we returned.

And lastly, the house is located in the middle of the fun things to do in St. Lucia. Anse des Pitons, Sugar Beach, and some of the best snorkeling in the Windward Isles is just a steep walk/drive down the hill. We did not hike the challenging Gros Piton trail, which is only a fifteen-minute walk from the house. But we did hike the fabulous Tet Paul Nature Trail, which was a fifteen-minute drive away. At one point, the trail looks out over the Gros Piton with Pitons Stargroves directly below us! We yelled for Pius, but we were too far away for him to hear, especially with the constant breeze rushing between the mountains.

That same day, we also toured Sulphur Springs at the Drive-In Volcano and took mud baths, which were very fun. We dined at Petit Peak Restaurant in the charming little town of Soufriere and bought some provisions there as well. Unfortunately, we did not have time to visit the nearby Anse Chastenet and its great beach, snorkeling, and resort, Morne Coubaril Plantation/Zipline, and Diamond Falls and Botanical Gardens. Too much for a three-day stay, that's for sure! So I guess we'll have to go back! Yay!

If you are lucky enough to get a reservation at Pitons Stargroves, take it. It's great.

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Liked best: Outstanding views, unique home design, Mary and Pius
Liked least: Non-working indoor waterfall, non-locking doors between bedrooms.
Travelling group: Extended Family
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PujolsAdv...
Sarasota, Florida
1 review
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“Incomparable view,amazing house, perfect hosts, perfect serenity!”
Reviewed 11 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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We spent a week at "Pitons Stargroves" for our 20th wedding Anniversary!
We had originally been going to book at Ladera, however they were closed for renovations! How lucky for us! The home, the privacy, the spectacular views. as well as our gracious hosts, Mary and Pious could not have been better!
Our daughter came all the way from California as a surprise, so we decided what a perfect time and place to renew our vows! She picked Flowers from the garden, and decorated the "tower" for our little ceremony. Then we had a champagne toast on the "Top of the World". One little tip for those coming here. Make a comprehensive list of things you will need at the grocery store and get as much as you can in Vieux Fort on the way in. Once you are there, going out for that "missing item" is not a simple proposition, and you don't really want to leave anyway! Enjoy!
Jean Michel & Cher Pujol Sarasota, Fl.

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Liked best: Views and open wall concept, amazingly not a single mosquito that we saw!
Liked least: It would be great to have a 1/2 bath on the main living level. It seams there is plenty of space to
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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nautilusl...
Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
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“Absolute Paradise!!!!”
Reviewed 8 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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We stayed at Stargroves for 8 nights and we could not have been happier!!! All the pictures and reviews do nothing to prepare you for the sight when you walk in to the front door. Mary and Pious are absolutely wonderful people who are there for anything you need but also give you all the space in the world! Mary cooked us an amazing local meal of goat, beans, rice, and fried plantains!! Definitely make sure and stop at the grocery store on the way to the house, however we liked the grocer in Soufriere because it felt less Americanized and you can get amazing, fresh local produce and meat. The house is a short drive from all of the attractions you'd like to see, and make sure you eat a cacao infused dinner at Boucan! Also, book a trip with ZIon Lion Farm, you get your own private beach for a day and get to learn so much about St. Lucian lifestyle and cuisine. All in all, we wish we never had to leave this perfect place and we wouldn't think of staying ANYWHERE else except "The House Of The Stars"!!!!!! Thank you for such an amazing trip!!

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Liked best: Open air rooms
Liked least: Stairs at night
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Anony m
Toronto
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“Unique experience!”
Reviewed 3 August 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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We stayed for three days in June, 2012, after several days in Marigot Bay. Piton Stargrove is quite stunning. Wish we had more time to stay there -- the photos do it justice, but only partly. Our family could not understand people's complaints about the nighttime "noises". Nature is nature, and we did not even notice - certainly did not disrupt our sleep. Mosquitoes, etc were a non-issue for us. One day was noisy as the groundskeepers were at work for quite a while, but otherwise quite relaxed & secluded. David and Mary & Pious were very nice, helpful and accommodating. Mary made us a dinner that is still memorable

Two pieces of advice. Because it is so secluded, be sure to get groceries on the way there -- the taxi who led us there did not. Pious was great taking us back to town to get groceries, but it meant about hour or more, round trip, Also, we would advise bringing some reading lights/flashlights. There are many different floor levels, about one to three steps between them. It would great if David were to put s string of LEDs at the step edges to see them in dim light. But meantime, bring a light and also for reading in bed.
Then wake up and enjoy the incredible views!

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Liked best: Unique open-air experience and views
Liked least: Getting to & from
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Courtney...
Nashville, Tennessee
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“Pitons Stargrove was wonderful!”
Reviewed 8 June 2012 for a stay in April 2012
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We had a fantastic experience at the Pitons Stargroves. Mary and Pious made our stay enjoyable and relaxed. And Mary is a fantastic cook! She even had cold fresh coconut water waiting for us when we got back from hiking Gros Piton! We enjoyed the beach at Jalousie Plantation, had a wonderful dinner there one night in the Great Room, and another delicious dinner at Dasheen Restaurant (at Ladera). We ate at Martha’s (which was fantastic!), went to the “drive in” volcano, and explored Soufrière on a couple of times (for groceries). All in, a wonderful relaxing island vacation we’ll always remember.

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