Pelican House-Charming Villa with Spectacular view
|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
|Living space||1500 square feet|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyAsk
|Theme||Adventure, Budget, Romantic, Away from it all, Beach, Tropical|
Description from the owner
Situated on the exclusive north side of Marigot Bay. The Pelican House offers you an unsurpassed Caribbean vacation. From the spacious, 70-foot veranda you can experience spectacular views of both the bay and the ocean.
Watch the sailboats and yachts enter and exit the bay, and then experience the breathtaking sunsets all from the comfort of the veranda. If boat watching is not your thing, then perhaps the show put on by the hummingbirds constantly flying around the lush gardens will excite you. If relaxation is what you crave, just lie back in the hammock and watch the world go by. If more active pursuits are your pleasure the beach is...Read more
Pelican House-Charming Villa with Spectacular view
Marigot Bay, Saint Lucia
Additional Location Information
Marigot bay is a quiet Sailing harbor with quaint shopping village and numerous restaurants with in the confines of the bay, Transportation by land and water is a 2 minute walk away. The beach and Diving are less than that. There is a public parking area right across from the house. Pelican House is one of only 10 private homes on the North side of Marigot bay
Location Type Away from it all, Beach, Tropical
Rates shown in $ USD (change)
|Rate Summary||$165||$165||$1,100||$0||4 nights|
|All Dates||$165||$165||$1,100||-||4 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
Additional notes from owner
Reservations made within 30 days of travel get a 10% discount.
Mutiple week stays will get a discounted rate
Rates given are for up to 4 guests, Rates for 5-6 guests are $200 more.
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: May 17, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
We stayed at the Pelican House for two weeks in March/April 2012. Our group: four adults, two babies.
It's one of those times where I'm reluctant to review it honestly, because I don't want other people to hog it next year! But in all honesty, the house is just about perfect. The primary design features: three separate deck spaces, each with its own function -- there's the sun deck with a view of the bay and the sea; there's the screened-in porch, perfect for shade and late night card games; and then there's the wide, expansive porch, which is most of the house, and must be one of the greatest places on the island to have morning coffee and evening cocktails.
In terms of location on the island, if you haven't been before, Marigot Bay is the place to be (especially if you like to fantasize about other people's sailboats). Great views and vibe, convenient access to excellent restaurants, great beaches within 15 minutes, quiet and peaceful by 10PM.
The owners were very helpful and responsive to all of our needs prior to our arrival, even going so far as to set us up with a crib. (We didn't need anything once we arrived -- the house is well-stocked with information, phone numbers, etc).
Excellently furnished kitchen.
One small improvement the owner could make (that others have mentioned): issue multiple sets of keys, at least for the front door.
Two very minor issues that the owner may or may not be able to control: both showers rapidly shifted between hot and cold, no matter the setting, which took some getting used to. Also, mosquitoes were pretty bad in two of the three bedrooms (although the place is well screened and we couldn't figure out where they were coming from).
For us, these were minor inconveniences and wouldn't discourage us from renting the place again. It's really an awesome house.
Response from Jim & Gail Burchett - 05/02/2012
Even though we had just installed a new door and lock on the front, multiple keys should have been available from the housekeeper...they are there. We stayed in the house from Jan-march and had no problem with mosquitos in any of the bedrooms. We provided instructions on how to deal with them in the house literature. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay.
Durham, North Carolina, United States
Perfect girls getaway
Myself and 5 girlfriends stayed at Pelican House for a week. What a fabulous location and such an adventure! Jim and Gail had an incredible notebook that told us all we needed to know to set up our week's activities. The house was in a superb, private location and a perfect spot to start out from each day. The house was quiet, beds comfortable and everything was in the kitchen that we needed. After touring each day, the only thing we regret was that we only had Julietta cook for us one evening. We should have had her make us dinner every other night as there was so much food, we had many leftovers. You can tell that the property owners are very involved in the community and well respected as everyone knew them and spoke fondly of them. They support many local groups. If we can swing it, next year we want to stay 2 weeks. Hated to go home when we were just starting to feel "island time". We recommend alex for water taxi to wherever you want to go. Our favorite beach was anse Cochon.
Great place to indulge in total relaxation
Villa is comfortable and adequate for six persons. Loved the simple layout and the children actually read books, played board games and talked to while away the time that we spent indoors. With no TV, radio or internet to entertain, there was no choice. Julietta, the maid was helpful and extremely efficient. The main issue I have is that we were unable to listen to the news or check online updates for when tropical storm Emily passed through the island. We were not even aware that Castries had been shut down because of the weather. In this regard, a radio, and/or internet access is therefore highly recommended. The internet signal from nearby properties was patchy and mostly non-existent. Another recommendation for the owner: please remove the ladder and ironing board from the already tiny closet in the children's bedroom so that they can have space to hang things. Other than that: Stunning view of the bay from the villa, the deck is a nice touch.
Response from Jim & Gail Burchett - 08/19/2011
There is a radio and CD player in the bookcase, so you should have been able to get the news. The ironing board and ladder are kept in the closet for the convenience of the housekeeper and she certainly should have moved them to make room for your clothes.
Clean, comfortable house, great views, but a few drawbacks
My wife and I stayed at Pelican House in early May 2011 for a week. Overall we had a good time, although there were a few drawbacks to the house as well. Sorry in advance if this review seems long, but I thought there were a lot of topics to cover that I hadn’t seen mentioned in previous reviews.
We ended up renting a car for our week on St. Lucia, mostly because we like to have the flexibility of going where we want, when we want. Driving to Marigot from the Vieux Fort airport took a little over an hour, and the main road has many areas where the road has a lane closed due to washouts from last year’s Hurricane Tomas. A few white knuckles aside, the ride wasn’t horrible, and the car park at the bottom of the hill just before getting to “downtown” Marigot Bay is free for guests. (At least I think it’s free…the owner told me it was, but a local told me I needed to pay $2/us to park there, and there was a money box on the side of the park that requested payment, but it was unclear whether that was for day-trippers to Marigot, or for everyone.) From the car park it’s about a 30 second walk to the ferry pier, a 1 minute ride across the bay on the ferry, a short walk along the beach and through Doolittle’s before a short but steep walk up the hill to Pelican House. Depending on how long you have to wait for the ferry (usually no more than 2-3 minutes), getting from the car to the house takes about 5-7 minutes total.
We liked the location of Pelican House, on the North (quiet) side of Marigot Bay. The house has amazing views of the Bay, and has wonderful landscaping all around. The living area, which has been explained before, is a large open-air, covered porch, and allows for unobstructed views of the bay as well as pleasant breezes to keep the house cool. The house is situated a little more than halfway up the hill on the north side of the bay, and while there is a small tram you can take to get up the hill, we found it much faster and very easy to simply walk the steps up to the house. The bedrooms are all large enough to accommodate 2 people comfortably, and each has its own bathroom as well. The kitchen is plenty large enough, and has a large fridge, gas oven/stove, microwave, coffee pot, and toaster oven. We cooked dinner in the house a few nights and the kitchen had more than enough cookware and dining utensils to cover our needs. There is also a small coal-pot grille outside, although you’ll need to find your own charcoal to use it.
There were a few drawbacks, and while this may sound like nitpicking to some, it was information I wish I had seen before we booked. First, there are mosquitoes at Pelican House. (It was interesting that none of the reviews on Trip advisor talked about mosquitoes, while about 50% of the people who signed the guest book in the house mentioned them.) Because of the design of the house, which has most of the living area in the open air without screens, the mosquitoes were free to swarm and bite whenever you were there. I got bit at least 7-10 times per day, and it forced us to spend almost all of our “down time” at the house either in the small screened-in porch area, or in the bedrooms (which are screened in as well). However, the kitchen is not screened in, so cooking dinner, fixing breakfast, or even making a sandwich led to many mosquito bites. As I said, all the bedrooms are screened in, and I only had 1 night where a mosquito buzzed my ear, but it did require constant vigilance to keep the bedroom doors closed all the time. I thought this would cause the bedrooms to get hot at night, as it cut down on the ability to get sea-breezes, but in reality we didn’t have any problems with the rooms being too hot at night. (Also, all of the bedrooms have ceiling fans, and 2 of the bedrooms have oscillating fans to assist in moving the air at night.) So my advice: bring lots of bug repellent, keep the bedroom doors closed as often as possible, and if the bugs get bad, spend time in the screened in porch.
The 2nd small drawback was noise at night. During our stay there were several live bands at the bars and restaurants in Marigot Bay and their music easily drifted up to Pelican House. (Since the house is entirely open air, even the bedrooms, there was no way to keep the music out.) There was live music at several different venues on various nights during the week, and they seemed to mostly finish up by 11 pm, so if you’re not one to turn in until late, it probably won’t bother you. For “early to bed, early to rise” folks like myself, it was pretty annoying. The worst, though, was the first night (a Saturday night) where there seemed to be an outside dance party going on at a bar at the top of the hill overlooking the bay. That music/deejay was the loudest of the bunch, and went until past 1:30 am. That seemed to be the only night of the dance party, and the nights without any bands or music I slept fantastic. There are other night sounds to be aware of as well, but these I found extremely pleasant. The frogs/peepers/insects create a nighttime symphony every night that was surprisingly loud but also easy to sleep to. For me, it was like camping in a rainforest but with indoor plumbing. (Interestingly enough, in one of the cabinets at the house I found a bunch of earplugs, so obviously someone else felt that the nighttime noise was a bit loud as well.)
Lastly, the review below that mentions the skeleton key issue came up for us as well. Since the house is all open air, each bedroom and the kitchen is locked by a unique skeleton key. There is also a house key as well as a key for the safe the owners supply. This huge conflagration of keys was quite unwieldy, especially considering every time we left the house for a long period of time we had to lock all the rooms. The skeleton keys aren’t marked, so it always took a lot of time to go through each skeleton key, try it to see if it works; if not, go to the next, etc. Also, when going to the beach to sit or snorkel, and trying to have as few items with me as possible, having this huge pile of keys to lug with me everywhere seemed quite silly. I guess it’s the tradeoff to having the open-air floor plan, but the reply from the management below that they “fixed” the skeleton key problem is misleading.
Again, these “complaints” might not seem like much to others, but they did bother us on our trip. We had pretty bad weather the week we were in St. Lucia (only 1 ½ sunny days – even all the locals kept saying “This is usually our dry season, but it’s been raining non-stop for 2 weeks!”), which meant we spent more time than most might in the house, and maybe that’s why these issues popped up more for us. But we did have a lot of fun as well, especially going zip-lining in the rain forest, going up to Reduit Beach one day, snorkeling at a couple places on the island, and enjoying the Marigot Bay bars. Our favorites were Hurricane Hole and Chateau Mygo. We didn’t care for Doolittle’s, as it smelled bad and had tons of flies around every time we went, although it also had billiard tables, which aren’t a bad diversion when it rains.
One last note: If you get up to go to the kitchen in the middle of the night, you will most likely startle the cat that will be curled up on one of the chairs on the porch. Although if you’re not expecting it, it will probably scare you more than you will the cat.
Response from Jim & Gail Burchett - 06/24/2011
We appreciate the overall tone of the review. To respond to your concerns. Unfortunately we have no control over the noise..There is a bay wide ageement to curtail entertainment at 11 and most adhere to that. however the dance hall at the top of the hill doesnt. Believe me we have tried to quiet them down. As to the mosquito's..in the literature i send before your visit I advised you to bring bug repellant and to keep the Br doors shut. We have also added the screened Sun room so you have some respite. As to the keys, we generally only recommend locking the bedrooms at night so we usually leave the room keys in the doors and only carry the house key with us, but we are working on a labeling system.We hope that overall you enjoyed your stay and we appreciate your review
Wonderful Stay at the Pelican House!
My family & I had a wonderful stay at the Pelican House, our trip couldn't have gone smoother, from the airport pickup by "Smally" the driver, to "Johnson" the porter meeting us at the ferry dock & taking all of our bags up the hill to where the Pelican House is perched overlooking the turquoise waters of Marigot Bay. There was plenty of room in the house & each bedroom & even the kitchen all open up to the large open air deck with a spectacular view. Each morning we were greeted with various small birds & the colorful flowery vine seems to creep right through the railing on the deck. We enjoyed the local restaurants which were close by, either at the bottom of the hill at Dolittles, or across the bay at Chateau Mygo, among others. From the deck you can see the sunrise over the mountains to the East & then at the end of the day look out between the cliffs & see it sink into the Caribbean Sea. The grounds around the home & the Oasis Marigot were well manicured & lush with tropical plants & flowers, it was fun to explore the paths around the property. I would certainly recommend the Pelican House to anyone visiting the Island. I hope to get back soon!
Live to Travel
Excellent choice for 2 couples with children or a large family
Each of the bedrooms has its own bathroom which is great. Most of the living space is outdoors, very large covered area, with tables, sitting areas. Beautiful views of Marigot Bay. Kitchen was equipped with everything you need. You have to take a small boat to reach this home, which was no problem it was available anytime day or night. We enjoyed having a restaurant below, even if it was just to enjoy the happy hour and meet other travelers.
The reason why I only gave it 4 stars and I think they should consider updating the keys to the home. Each room (4) had its own skeleton key so you had a large cluster of keys, at times it was diffcult to get the middle bedroom door open.
Nice location on the island would love to go back to St Lucia and would definately consider renting this home again..
Response from Jim & Gail Burchett - 03/05/2010
We have since provided a house key and individual room keys for each room so guests are not required to enter the house together.
We stayed in Pelican House for the week of Christmas and couldn't have
imagined a more beautiful place! The house is so charming and has the most
amazing views. The only way to adequately describe it is to say it was
picturesque. The bedrooms were the perfect size and the kitchen was
completely equipped with everything we could possibly need. Our favorite part
of the home itself was that incredible porch with abundant seating and ceiling
fans to keep us cool. I have no doubt that we will return to Pelican House again
happy in st lucia
Beautiful place to stay and relax. Pelican House has everything you need, Never need to leave the bay. Sunsets were magnificant. Drinks on the porch were ideal. Beach is quiet and relaxing. Restaurants are good. Best part is the house, it was perfect.