The Vacation Cottage
Breezes Cottage is a charming, self-contained vacation cottage comprising 520 sq. ft. of open plan living, dining and meal preparation spaces. A hallway leads to the master bedroom and a spacious shower. The bedroom contains a full-sized bed for 1 to 2 persons and is fitted out with built-in cupboards. Ceiling and standing fans cool the cottage’s spaces beautifully. A dressing commode provides space for dressing and there’s a luggage stand for your convenience.
The spacious open plan living/dining space is airy and full of light. This opens onto a porch that runs the full length of the cottage and which faces the Atlantic Ocean and its beautiful sky and ocean views.
Your Hostess and Team
Your hostess is an industrious and proud indigenous member of the Kalinago Territory community, which is located on the north-eastern coast of Dominica. Our team, aka YSLE, comprises Ma and all her children. Together, we maintain and enhance the vacation cottage. You may meet any or all of us during your stay at Breezes or communicate with us over the booking system and email.
Our commitment to serve and communicate with our guests is our utmost priority. From the time of your arrival, Ma will be your point lead regarding instructions, advice and any further information you may require during your stay.
The cottage is located in the Kalinago Territory – formerly known as the Carib Reserve and the Carib Territory prior to 2015.
The Kalinago Territory
The Kalinago Territory is situated on the wild north-eastern coast of the island of Dominica. The cottage is just a minute’s walk from the main coastal road – known as the Old Colonial Road and sometimes referred to as the ‘Old Coastal Road’ – that runs through the territory. As such, it is very close to public transport.
Surrounded by Fruit Trees and Vegetable Gardens
Guests spend their days surrounded by the hostess’ fruit trees, crop and vegetable gardens. During fruit bearing seasons, they also enjoy the mangoes, avocados, sweet potatoes, salads, grapefruits and much more which she shares with our guests.
Distance from Douglas-Charles Airport
We are a 40 minutes’ drive from the Douglas-Charles Airport – also known as the Melville Hall airport.
Distance to Roseau and elsewhere
It is 1 hour’s drive to Roseau and just under 10km from the town of Castle Bruce. We are also within just 15 minutes to an hour’s drive from some of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast of Dominica.
Along the Waitubukuli National Trail
Our cottage is a great location if you are looking to take a rest along Segment 6 of the Waitubukuli National Trail (the Castle Bruce road to Hatten Garden Hiking Trail). Staying at our cottage will also give you that much needed rest you’ll need before launching off to hike Segment 7 of the Waitubukuli National Trail.
The Kalinago Territory
The Kalinago Territory lies in the middle of this hiking trail and you’ll have a great opportunity to roam the territory and see how our people now live and work.
Kalinago Barana Autê
You’ll also be able to visit the our cultural village, the Kalinago Barana Autê, which is the community’s pride. At the Barana Autê, you will have the opportunity to expand your understanding of Dominica’s most important First Peoples.
The L’escalier Tête de chien or the Stairs of the Dog-Headed Serpent
The L’escalier Tête de chien, or the Stairs of the Dog-Headed Serpent, is an ancient geological formation that speaks of a Kalinago creation myth involving the historic arrival to the island of a dog-headed serpent named Bakwa.
The almost black-colored natural stair formation resembles a staircase coming out of the Atlantic ocean. The narrow ‘stairs’ extend about 200 feet from the ocean floor to the shore and up the rocks of the coastline. It is in scientific fact, remains of a volcanic lava flow. Hence its black color.
Bakwa, in fact a Boa constrictor of the species ‘nebulosa’ is a dog-headed boa constrictor, endemic only to the island of Dominica. The legend goes that Bakwa made his way up and out of the ocean, leaving his historic trail behind and with that, forever his mark in Kalinago myth.
Dominica is the habitat of the Boa constrictors nebulosa, who can grow up to 10 feet long. The constrictor specie is also known as the ‘clouded boa’ and they are widespread throughout the island. The specie shows a grayish brown ground coloration which subtly reflects the typical Boa constrictor pattern.
The Dominican boa constrictor nebulosa owes its common name to its ‘nebulous’ pattern. This specie of boa constrictor also interestingly possesses the largest number of saddle patches observed in any subspecies of its type. The specie is called ‘Tête Chien’, because their heads resemble a dog’s head. They are generally harmless but are widely feared and unfortunately, often killed by the locals of Dominica.
The legend goes that before the New World was invaded by the Europeans, Bakwa, a huge Boa constrictor nebulosa from the South American Minoco River traveled to the island of Dominica. The dog-headed serpent came up from the ocean and made its way to a cave on Majini Mountain where it continues to dwell to this day.
Bakwa – also known as the ‘Great Serpent – is also thought to have established the first Kalinago village, Sineku. If you follow Bakwa’s trail today, you will reach the cave in the Madjini mountain, where it is said that the Kalinago chieftains still visit the Great Serpent to commune with it, smoke tobacco and leave the tobacco ashes at its cave. To communicate with the islanders, the Serpent is known to transform itself into a white man. The snake is said to repay the gifts of the islanders by providing them with medicine for the sick and other help.
Why not take the hike up to and over Horseback Ridge, one of the most breathtaking and astounding views over the steep valleys and gorges of that section of our territory.
There are several important sightseeing and cultural activities both in our community and in the surrounding areas.
We enjoy having visitors to our small but vital community, as whatever activity you participate in or product and service you spend on in the territory, will continue to assist our people in creating better lives for themselves.