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Austin, Texas
Reviewed 14 December 2016

Interesting tour, especially since the house is 180 years old. We saw the ruins of the sugar mill. The owner gave us a quick tour and related the history of the plantation and her late husband's family. The vegetation is lush and gorgeous.

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USA
Reviewed 2 December 2016

We were staying in Bay Treehouse in Laborie and the owners recommended Balenbouche Estate for dinner. So glad they did. We had a lovely dinner at this old plantation house! The service, atmosphere and food wasamazing! Everything from start to finish was delicious and reasonably priced. The owners are warm and hospitable. We loved it! We will be back next...

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UK
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

A disappointing stay - dark, sweltering rooms with limited privacy/security and overpriced food. We were greeted by a large number of barking dogs running at us, which would be alarming to most people - even dog lovers. The place has a lot of character, and the owners are nice people. However, the lack of amenities and discomfort coupled with high...

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Balenbouche, Owner at Balenbouche Estate, responded to this review

We're sorry this couple felt disappointed. They arrived from London and planned to stay with us for one night. This time of year, it is indeed quit hot and humid, especially if you're not yet acclimatized to the tropics. However, the bedrooms all have fans and lots of windows and doors (with security bars). The Banyan cottage, our largest and...

Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 16 June 2016

We stayed in one of the cottages at Balenbouche Estate for one night before staying elsewhere on the island. The cottages are quaint and lovely, and the estate is full of beautiful surprises. There is an old sugar mill slowly being overtaken by an enormous Banyan tree which is simply breathtaking, and a short walk through the estate takes you...

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Reviewed 7 April 2016

We rented the Almond cottage for our family (two adults with a child and a baby) and were very sattisfied. The estate is wonderful with old trees, lots of plants and flowers and an impressive ruin! The cottage is very big with good beds (with mosquito nets), lovely decoration and enough storage space. The highlight is the outside shower! The...

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Balenbouche, Manager at Balenbouche Estate, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! We really enjoyed meeting all of you. All the best to you and your family! Kind regards, Uta, Verena and Anitanja, Balenbouche Estate

Preston, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 January 2016

A stopping point on a cruise ship tour. A quick walk round the house - not impressive - then into the grounds. Here is a lovely spot with remnants of the old mill. Would not make a special visit but it looked like a good place to stay.

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Reviewed 27 January 2016

We stayed at the Calabash Cottage at the Balenbouche Estate for 4 nights and it was such a fun experience! The Estate is managed by a lovely Austrian woman named Uta and her two daughters. We loved being greeted by all the friendly dogs that live on the estate, and our breakfast provided by Uta each morning was delicious. There...

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Castries, St. Lucia
Reviewed 19 December 2015

WE CAME TO DO PHOTOGRAPHY: After a warm greeting we ventured out armed with cameras to explore this wonderful location in hopes of capturing its charm and splendor. I found myself enjoying the peace and tranquility; so much natural beauty along with the artifacts from a bye gone era, truly an enchanting sensation. The remnants of the sugar mill nestled...

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Prague, Czech Republic
Reviewed 6 October 2015

Balenbouche Estate is a real paradise! We spent more than 1 month there and we enjoyed every single minute! Uta,Verena and Anitanja are amazing women! It is incredible how they care about Balenbouche...with so much love and patience and they treat their guests as a family members. Nature is beautiful, animals are very friendly (we enjoyed all of them so...

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Toronto, ON
Reviewed 22 July 2015

We got married at a nearby resort and the day after, got dressed up again and went to take photos at different locations. We stopped at Balenbouche and were not disappointed. Upon driving in, someone came out of the house to say hello. We met the owner (very nice German woman) who told us sure, no problem to use her...

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  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Minibar
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Balenbouche Estate is a Historic Plantation Guesthouse offering several tropical vacation cottages. The 80 acre property includes an expansive park with colonial plantation house, 18th century sugar mill, yoga barn, fruit orchards, lily ponds, nature trails and two secluded beaches just a 5 minute walk away. Balenbouche is not a resort and remains a working organic farm, heritage site, and family residence with a focus on wellness, sustainability and conservation. Our eco-chic accommodations are created from historic structures and sleep between 2 and 6 people, some include kitchens. We prepare breakfast daily, and dinner 2 - 3 times a week by reservation. There is a restaurant within walking distance. Several other St Lucia restaurants as well as a supermarket are a short drive away. We are located 20 minutes from the International airport and 30 minutes from the town of Soufriere, near many of the islands best attractions. Balenbouche is a magical place, a world in itself, popular with artists, photographers, green travelers, wedding couples, honeymooners and families. Our family has owned and managed the estate for three generations. Gradually, the property was transformed into a well known St Lucia attraction, guesthouse and retreat venue. Many of our guests feel very much at home at Balenbouche Estate, and keep returning! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Balenbouche Estate

Address: Balembouche, Laborie, St. Lucia
Region: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Laborie Quarter > Laborie
Price Range: RM535 - RM668 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Balenbouche Estate 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Balenbouche Estate Hotel Laborie
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