3 bedroom, 2 bathroom + 1 garden shower, sleeps a maximum of 6
Dylyn Riley Dalton
About Dylyn Riley Dalton
Cheers! That's me Dylyn, in the picture. I manage the villa which is co-owned by me and other members of my family. Some extended family members who live in St Lucia look after the villa and our guests. My husband (a retired lawyer) and I (retired PA) reside in London, United Kingdom. I love travel, adore entertaining, and strive to be content and happy for myself and for my loved ones.
Dylyn Riley Dalton purchased this Villa in 1996
Why Dylyn Riley Dalton chose Castries City
Because the town of Castries was where I was brought up and the villa overlooks this exciting city. Also, the villa is unique! It's the only holiday home I know of on the island, situated in a real St Lucian community where most of the residents happen to be old friends and tight-knit extended relatives. The beautiful Villa Frangipani stands amongst the homes of my lovely kinsfolk, always willing and happy to help each other and our guests. So here on holiday you not only have sun, sea and sand, but you get that extra buzz - a fascinating glimpse into the culture of St Lucia's wonderful people!
What makes this Villa unique
Staying at this gorgeous, wheel-chair friendly villa with probably the most stunning views on the island means that you can bring your family and friends to the best value-for-money holiday home in the entire Caribbean and you won't break the bank! And for wheel-chair users there is a ramp to the entrance, wide doors and corridors, grab-bars and easy to use showers. The villa is central to most places on the island from which you can easily travel to all other destinations either by public transport or by your own hired vehicle. Many guests say that our fantastic panoramic views could have them spending their entire vacation (armed with a cocktail or three) on our spacious veranda. And for me, my husband and family, we all adore our villa Frangipani and think it is the most beautiful place in the world.
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Beautiful Villa Frangipani: lovely house, gorgeous views
Villa Frangipani was one of the highlights of your 3-week holiday in the Caribbean (Martinique and St. Lucia). The house itself is beautiful and very attractively designed and laid out and the verandah, with its loungers and rocking chairs, is a delight. It’s also cool and airy, and although fans are provided we didn’t need to use them.
The views are fabulous at all hours of the day, and the sunsets are spectacular.
Another plus point is that the furniture and crockery etc. are also attractive: not an afterthought, as in some holiday rentals. You feel as if you're a guest in a real home, which is very nice.
Dylyn, the owner, sent us a helpful newsletter before we arrived, with lots of tips about places to see and things to do in St Lucia, and some useful local contacts. For example, Julie, the villa's joint manager, who also cooked us a wonderful meal; and Paulie, a super-helpful and friendly driver who took us on a tour of local beaches. In the end we opted for Vigie beach: it's nearby and never too full, and great for long walks at the water's edge. We did hire a car, which we found indispensable for shopping and getting to and from the beach. I felt a real sense of accomplishment once I finally plucked up the courage to drive down to Soufriere, where we spent a few days, as my husband had been doing all the driving up till then.
There's a well-equipped utility room in the Villa with a line for drying clothes, but an additional line or clothes horse would be helpful, for beach towels etc.
Our one regret is that we didn't stay longer - we were only there for 6 days. We'd love to go back and stay for a couple of weeks to really enjoy this beautiful home to the full.
Thank you, Dylyn and all your great team!
Honest and truthful about our beloved villa Frangipani, these guests make me happy that they had a good time staying there.
Perhaps they had not noticed (or read our Newsletter) that there is a special area for drying clothes out of doors, which is situated on the level below the villa. You get to it via steps to the left of the building. But this is a very minor point. This nice family will be welcome to stay at the villa Frangipani at any time in the future.
We had a fantastic two weeks at the Villa.
Frangipani is a fantastic Villa with lots of natural breeze blowing through. We stayed there for my Daughters wedding.The ceremony was held on the balcony with fabulous views of Vigie Beach and the Castries Harbour in the background.A sunset to die for as we dined for the reception, one can only say but it has to be experienced to enjoy the full beauty. Thank you Dylyn we had a blast
Thanks for this really lovely review of the villa Frangipani.
We're so happy that your daughter's wedding reception was such a happy occasion and we look forward to you spending time in the villa again.
Sunsets, rainbows, and the view!
My husband Nic and I had a wonderful 2 week stay at Villa Frangipani. We loved that the house was located in a local neighborhood with friendly, helpful people. The openness of the house allowed for wonderful breezes. We enjoyed exploring the island in our rental car and hired Paulie to drive us to the Jump-ups (a street party with great food) on Friday nights. He's a gem and very responsible.
We absolutely loved the large, comfortable porch and spent most of our time enjoying the view, listening to the sounds, and watching the beautiful sunsets! After a rain, we would see large, colorful rainbows, really magical! We ate delicious local food, even buying freshly caught Mahi from local fisherman. On our first night, Julie cooked a delicious traditional caribbean meal for us, served with Hidden's tasty rum punch!! We were fortunate that the owners, Dylyn and Chris were visiting from London. Delightful people we enjoyed spending time with. A great experience on St. Lucia at the Villa Frangipani!!
I apologise for my poor English, but I would like to say that the twelve days we spent in Saint Lucia, at the villa Frangipani, were beyond our dreams.
Forget Rodney Bay, you can find such touristic places everywhere, but you wouldn't find another villa Frangipani. It is located in a pleasant neighbourhood, with nice people around to help you if you need it. Hidden and his wife Julie are just great and... good cooks too. And Paulie is a gentleman I regret not having known better.
A breathetaking view from the veranda, singing birds on the trees all around, reggae and calypso instead of alarm clocks and an island with fascinating historic background.
of course there are beaches, and in Saint Lucia they are wonderful, but why not, also, talking to the beautiful people of Saint Lucia ? They have plenty to say about life, economic issues, richness and poverty. About the use of chemicals in agriculture, about the place of the Caribbeans islands in the world.
And about music and parties. Saint Lucia is a musical island and villa Frangipani the most wonderful score of the Caribbeans.
I understand your English perfectly Bernard! The villa Frangipani is my big love and you've made my heart sing with your comments. It is true that there are many places for tourists to stay - some very luxurious too - but there is only one villa Frangipani of its kind in St Lucia. The people in the community are generous and kind, many of them (including my managers) are my own extended family, so there is no shortage of thoughtful attention to my guests.
I have sent a copy of your review to Paulie, my driver, as I'm sure he will be pleased to read it.
Awe: The Villa Frangipani!
A FANTASTIC TIME
Almost 2 weeks ago we came back from St. Lucia, time really flies…
We had a great time at the Villa Frangipani and on the Island. We were really grateful to Dylyn the owner for her little “travel guide" which was contained in a Newsletter, and we tried a lot of the things she recommended.
We travelled to the south of the island and went to the Ladera Resort and had a very enjoyable cocktail and an exceptional close-up view of the Pitons. We travelled to the north of the island and ate at Jambe de Bois restaurant, Pigeon Island. We visited Marigot Bay where we had lunch at “Doolittle’s” where the film 'Doctor Doolittle' was made. The “Jump Up” in Gros Islet was really entertaining, and we were happy at beautiful Anse Chastanet, Anse Cochon, and Ti Kaye Village. The last hours before departure were spent at the Rendezvous Resort, which was lovely and interesting, just as Dylyn’s Newsletter said it would be.
In the evenings we spent several nights enjoying Hidden’s fantastic creole food, his rum punch and – of course – loads of Bounty rum and Piton beer J while experiencing some of the most wonderful sunsets.
Every morning, after an early wake up call from the neighbourhood cockerel, we watched the cruise ships coming into Castries harbour. As I work in tourism, I liked checking out with my binoculars which company was arriving.
Travelling in our little Chevrolet Spark was fun and exciting due to the “crazy roads” and the experience of a flat tyre on the second day – a lot of fun though – and after returning we felt quite odd driving on our good streets again! J
We loved the rainforest and natural beauty of St.Lucia, and will hopefully come back in the future to stay at the villa Frangipani with the stunning views.
We would like to thank Dylyn very much again for renting her lovely house to us. We will definitely recommend it to our friends.
Thanks for this lovely review. I too am very grateful to you for choosing our favourite place for your holiday. We are thankful too for the pictures of the villa and garden which you sent us. And above all, thanks for saying that you will recommend the villa Frangipani to your friends.
Home from Home
My husband and I had a wonderful 2 weeks at Frangipani. David uses a wheelchair and was able to access all parts of the house, he was even able to get his own beer out of the fridge ! The views were stunning and David loved getting up early and getting out on to the veranda to watch the cruise ships coming into Castries. It used to be us on the cruise ships coming into our beloved St Lucia so it was great to see it from a different angle. We have been coming to St Lucia for many years but this is the first time self catering. Hidden and Julie were lovely and Julie's caribbean cooking was yummy as was Hidden's rum punches, wow!. It was great sharing caribbean life with friends and family of the owners, a real home from home. David had a little trouble in the shower as he is unable to stand but Hidden provided us with a plastic garden chair which solved the problem straight away. Nothing was too much trouble, they looked after us so well. Mosquito nets were very helpful and well worth using. We did get a few bites but nothing troublesome, just need to take plenty of mosquito repellent and cream for bites. Dylyn and Chris's Newsletter was the best i have ever read - it covered everything you would need to know - the good and the not so good. I found it so useful, even down to telephone numbers for the airport, taxi's if needed, emergency services and pleasure/ideas for activities and excursions. We spent a day at Rendezvous Hotel where we have stayed many times in the past but we looked forward to going "back home' to our lovely view. As David is disabled we hired a car for the whole holiday which was great. A friend of the owners has a car hire company and they met us at the airport driving us to Frangipani and did the same on the return journey - this was so helpful for us and a great way to start and end the holiday. We will be back next year hopefully with my mum and brother and his wife who I think will love it. Thank you for letting us share your lovely home.
Thank you Vicki for putting a smile on my face!
Not just a sea view - our spectacular, panoramic views will knock your socks off! We overlook the city and surrounding hills, harbour mouth, beach, small airport, the Vigie peninsula, several bays and inlets forged by the Caribbean sea, and there's the island of Martinique whilst doing the washing up! Situated in the heart of a semi-rural neighbourhood, members of the community are mostly related and have a sense of responsibility to each other. This caring hospitality is extended to Frangipani guests but there is no intrusion on privacy. Far from the madding crowd but within easy reach of restaurants, clubs and shopping, the villa is just 1 mile to the centre of town, also 1 mile to the local beach - a 20-30 minute walk if you're reasonably fit, or a very short transport journey through the most picturesque landscapes of eastern Castries. Not absolutely necessary to hire a car, little 12-seater public transport buses are loads of fun and the bus stop is just yards from the villa.
Other Activities: helicopter sight-seeing
Golf: St. Lucia Golf & Country Club is about 5 miles from the villa Frangipani. It is open all the year round and features the only 18-hole golf course on the island. Located on Cap Estate, this course is set in green rolling hills with a stunning panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean and the sapphire waters of the Caribbean sea.