Crayfish Bay Organic Estate
St. Marks, Grenada
Two, two bedroom cottages set on the edge of an organic cocoa estate overlooking the Caribbean sea which is just two minutes walk away.
"Our stay at Crayfish Bay Cocoa Estate was an amazing experience! For those who love to learn, hike, camp, explore, eat local, healthy, organic food, embrace diversity and new cultures, want to learn more about chocolate, are open to adventure, and are looking for a unique Caribbean experience - Grenada and Crayfish Bay are definitely for you!... And BTW - the food was DELICIOUS!!" - Jen, January 2018
Crayfish Bay Organic Estate is located on the North West Caribbean Coastline of the Island of Grenada, West Indies, far away from the regular tourist areas.
Severely damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, this idyllic retreat has been lovingly restored over the past ten (10) years and is now fully restored as an operating organic cocoa estate with a small chocolate factory. The estate has two cottages that offer self-catering accommodation for back packers, adventure tourists, nature lovers and chocolate enthusiasts.
During the 17th Century the estate was know as "Non Pariel" which when translated means - as without equal or without parallel. Non Pariel was the site of a large French Molasses Factory and some of it ruins and artifacts are still visible today.
In the 18th Century Non Pariel came under British rule and was renamed Crayfish Bay and became a working cocoa estate.
Presently at Crayfish Bay Organic Estate we offer accommodation to those who would like something different from the usual beach resort holiday. With its off-the-beaten-track and back-to-basics atmosphere it provides a truly authentic Caribbean experience.
Crayfish Bay is run by a mixed batch of people: Kim, an English drifter who washed up on the Island twenty-six years ago; Lylette, his over-imaginative partner; and Gabri, a local gentleman who takes charge of the farming side of life.
There are seven buildings on the estate. As you enter the property, on the left you can see a wooden construction with drawers underneath on runners. These are the drying drawers for the cocoa.
The next building on your right is fondly called "Chicken Shack." It is our informal 'hang-out' spot and has a small living space with one bedroom, kitchen, and a bathroom below. There is also a studio apartment below where volunteers stay.
Opposite ‘Chicken Shack’ is our Chocolate factory where we now spend much of our time making our delicious chocolate which is rapidly gaining positive reviews among local and visiting chocolate lovers.
The big white house is 'the Bucan' and this is where we live. Though it is our only private space on the property we are always happy to share a meal and great conversation with our visiting family, friends and guests.
Then there is the workshop to the left of the Bucan.
The wooden house above the workshop is the "Little House" with two bedrooms, a shared bathroom, outside kitchen and a very big balcony.
The Little House is set up specifically for guest accommodation.
Finally, above the Chocolate factory and overlooking everything is the 'Tree House’. which is also set up for guest accommodation. As the name implies the house is located among the trees and gives a spectacular view of the Caribbean sea.
Interaction with Guests
Guests at Crayfish Bay Estate are free to be a part of any activity on the estate such as cocoa picking, turning cocoa and tramping cocoa.
Other Things to Note
Because it is a Cocoa estate you will find sand flies and mosquitoes often like to take a nibble.
Bring long, light clothing for the early morning and late afternoon which is when sand flies and mosquitoes are mostly about.
Please let us know how many people will be staying and how many rooms you will need prepared. This is mostly if your party is more than a single person or a couple.
There are no restaurants within walking distance of the estate , so we would suggest that you stop at the supermarket on your way from the airport to get a few staples for making breakfast and light lunches.
If you would like to eat out, there is the Belmont Estate restaurant for a buffet lunch. Those who prefer fine dining you can go to Armadillo or Mount Edgcombe restaurant for dinner. Ask us and we can call and book for you, just let us know twenty four hours ahead.
We are close to a frequent bus route which can take you around the island or you can hire a vehicle for further exploration of this beautiful island. There are many beaches and the historic town of Sauteurs is just up the road. For those who enjoy an evening drink, and don't want to drive, there are local rum shops where you will be given a warm welcome. There are numerous restaurants catering to both local and international tastes.
"First & foremost, Lylette & Kim are exceptional hosts. More specifically, they completely opened their home and farm to us as if we were long lost family. If you're into eco-tourism, organic farming, experiencing life away from the hustle & bustle of the 9-5, raw foodist, or just want to experience life in a pristine and scenic environment, this is the place for you. The accommodation isn't 5 star, but the experience is... I would recommend that you give this farm a try, support sustainable farming practices and support this couple...they're a great example of how we should live in accordance with nature and a great treasure to the island of Grenada. The organicly produce chocolate is superb!!" Guest, August 2017, Anthony
The Cottage is available for overnights, weekends, and longer stays.