Our Story

Citrus Creek Plantation VISION & CONCEPT

You may say I am a dreamer… The vision came at the first minute I saw this piece of land.
I had three things in mind :

  • Mixing Agriculture, Real Estate and tourism development so we could operate a traveler’s lodge immerged into a working tropical fruits plantation,
  • Share it with others, coming from different countries and culture, bringing their experience, knowledge and energy.
  • Aim for autarky . This always seemed  to me the best possible life insurance , and it takes all its sense in these troubled days,

Taberi valley, which was then a banana plantation , kingdom of M. Hector (aka Bydebay) seemed to have it all. I purchased it in 2 days in 2007 and we started planning and working. We still work hard today.

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Imagine: A Banana plantation surrounded by dense tropical bush…. To become a sustainable eco-village welcoming international travellers and investors in riverside cottages and villas and feeding them in a good restaurant…….
Thanks to Cyrus, Patricia, Pierre, Mr Matthew and his family team, Allan and his, Jamestia and Karen, Abi , Claudian and Sobers, Richard and Marlon,  this wonderful piece of land was shaped and turned into Citrus Creek Plantation today. Special thanks to Patricia who was the first one to settle here, who planted most of the gardens and continues, who opened the Riverside Café … And very, very , very special thanks to Anne who , besides being the architect and designing all buildings, is involved in each and every aspect of what is happening here.

Since 2008, we opened access roads, digged drains, installed electricity and a solar back up system, designed a water system, landscapped, planted hundreds of trees and thousands of flowers, received subdivision approval from Planning, sold lots, designed and built sheds, workshops, cabins, cottages, villas … Today, 12 cottages and villas have been built at “Taberi” . Taberi, as the area and the river are  known means “home” in ancient Carib indians language; It is now home for Martin from Slovakia, for Tana and Eliot from Switzerland and Dominica, for Patricia from France, for many guests from around the world each year at Citrus Creek Plantation, and of course, for Anne and I. We enjoy it everyday . We welcome you to share it with us , and enjoy it too.

 

Hervé “RV” Nizard
for Anouk and Sasha, my beloved daughters……

Our Lodge

Charming, Casual, Comfortable, Sustainable. “Barefoot Luxury” .
Travellers welcomed as guests at Citrus Creek Plantation

Riverside Café & Lodge operates the Citrus Creek Plantation rental pool program as a hotel – or Lodge – of cottages and villas.

Travellers can now rent for a few days – or more

Unique cottages and villas. set in this 20 acres private valley and tropical plantation, alongside the Taberi river on the pristine and unspoiled East coast of Dominica.

Enjoy privacy but with the convenience of an eco-hamlet with a restaurant on site (Riverside Café) , property management offices including tour desk, car rental ,  ……

Cottages and villas range from 45 Sqm to 230 Sqm , from 1 to 3 bedrooms; All of them enjoy a large private garden and all can enjoy freely the 20 acres of the plantation with hundreds of fruit trees, organic crops, pond, wildlife…. and of course the Taberi river to bathe and chill out.

Choose from a South African safari tent (Ambazaman) , a stone tree house (Banyan) , a large stone cottage (Mango) , an upstairs loft (Vanil Vaness) , a downstairs stone villa 2 bedroom apartment  (Avocado garden) and new in 2015 : . A  large luxurious 2 bedroom villa (Ylang Ylang) and a 1 bedroom suite (Guava-Cherry).

Citrus Creek Plantation is located 2 miles North of the village of La Plaine, just in front of the Bout Sable beach where sea turtles come to nest every year. Surrounded by famous waterfalls and hikes, enjoy Dominica’s nature.

Some call it “Barefoot Luxury”.

– No flat screen TV but plenty space with 20 acres of playground alongside the river,

– No overcrowded swimming pool but private areas to bathe in the pristine Taberi river, or many others

– No AC but natural ventilation, large trees shade and a permanent nice breeze,

– No casinos around, No shops, but thousands of acres of unspoiled nature,

– No fancy beach bar with loud music but hidden beaches where you’ll be alone,

– No shopping malls or large supermarkets but fresh organic produce , fruits and vegetables

– No high end branded stores but waterfalls, hikes in the rainforest, rivers

What else ?

The “luxury” comes from the space, the valley, the plantation, …. and of course, “The Taberi river” . And it does not come from the price !

 

 

Citrus Creek Plantation Site plan

Our Restaurant

Riverside Cafe

 

 

cafe-vegLocal food + French touch =     Bon manger !

Riverside Café is located in the main stone building at Citrus Creek Plantation, just in front of the Taberi river.

All tables are under an open veranda overlooking the river. There are some wooden outside tables in the garden.

Riverside Café is offering as many local products as possible , cooked with a French touch.

The concept of « eat what you grow, grow what you eat » is prevailing at Riverside Café.

We try to use our garden products as we use absolutely no chemicals.

Riverside Café Hours:

  • Open every day from 10:00 AM to 5 PM
  • Open Evenings upon reservation for Dinner . Dinner is served at 7 PM .
    If you want to eat later, or plan to arrive later the first day, feel free to ask us to fill your fridge with food prepared for you .
    See list attached Mini Fridge Cottage supplies

You can as well ask us to fill your fridge and supply you with most of the ingredients we use at the restaurant; From the basics (Pasta, Rice, Vegetables, Fruits…) to our signature meals served at Riverside Café or our selection of French wines and Caribbean Rums,  you can enjoy them all in your own cottage. We can even send one of our cook take care of your lunch or dinner, privately. Just ask … Menu includes a variety of soups , salad, crepes, lionfish, smoked marlin, chicken and beef, pies, chocolate cake, homemade frozen creams…..

 

 

See what our guests are saying about us! Read comments about the Riverside Café on Trip Advisor

Wood oven for homemade pizza parties or barbecue…. Good French wines . Great Caribbean rums … Espresso coffee ….. Wireless internet by the river ….. What else ?

A welcoming dream team with Jamestia and Delia …. and of course Miss Anne !

Enjoy some photos of Le Riverside Cafe

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Riverside Café Menu

Click here for our 2015 menu.  RiversideCafé2016 menu

 

 

Le Riverside Cafe

Villa 2,5 Bedroom : YlangYlang…… from $ 165

Tropical riverside retreat . Gardens planted . House furnished with nice red cedar furniture and doors. 

YlangYlang is the latest riverside villa at CitrusCreekPlantation. Set within a 1/2 acre garden and with direct access to the Taberi river, the stone and wood architecture is perfect for 2 couples and / or families. With 2 master bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, plus an attic with sleeping quarters for up to 3 , this is the perfect Riverside retreat in Dominica. Fully equipped kitchen, large outside dining room under the veranda, and direct access to the river pools.

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Category : Exclusive

Construction : Stone and wood 2 bedroom villa facing the river

Surface : 1500 sq ft

Maximum number of guests : 4+3 children

Number of bedrooms : 2 + attic sleeping area (ladder access)

Number of bathrooms: 2

 

Details:

 

  • Structure and Location: Directly in front of the Taberi river . Stone and wood
  • Bedrooms: 2 with queen size beds and a 3 couch upstairs attic for children ( via a ladder, so not for children under 7 !)
  • Bathroom : 2 ensuite bathrooms with each bedroom.with toilet, face basin. Solar hot water heater.
  • Kitchen : Fully equipped with Stove, Microwave oven, Fridge, Espresso machine and Kitchenware,
  • View : River and gardens
  • Surroundings : Set in a landscaped garden and with a riverside chill out shaded area.
  • Additional Features: Barbecue area on the river banks under the shade of large mango trees, freezer, direct river access… Wireless Internet.

Enjoy some photos of the lovely YlangYlang villa
 

Suite cottage : Guava-Cherry ……. from $ 125

Now available !

Guava-Cherry is the latest riverside cottage at CitrusCreekPlantation. Set within a 1/2 acre garden and with direct access to the Taberi river, the stone and wood architecture is perfect for 1 couple. Master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, all with louvers for natural ventilation, and a large decked veranda overlooking the river with living and dining space and a fully equipped kitchen. Direct access to the river pools, landscaped gardens.

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Category : Barefoot Luxury

Construction : Stone and wood suite-cottage facing the river

Surface : 650 sq ft

Maximum number of guests : 2

Number of bedrooms : 1

Number of bathrooms: 1

 

Details:

  • Structure and Location: Directly in front of the Taberi river . Stone and wood. Veranda on deck.
  • Bedroom: 1 with queen size bed. No extra bed.
  • Bathroom : 1 bathroom with toilet, face basin. Solar hot water heater and large shower.
  • Kitchen : Under the outside veranda : Stove, Microwave oven, Fridge, Espresso machine and Kitchenware, + dining table
  • View : River and gardens
  • Surroundings : Set in a landscapped garden with a riverside chill-out area.
  • Additional Features: Nice river pool in front of the cottage. Wireless Internet.

 

Some nice pictures of the Guava-Cherry cottage.
 

Suite cottage : Mango ……… from $ 135

Mango Cottage

Built in 2011. The cottage is surrounded by huge old Mango trees and enjoys direct access to the Taberi river. This was the first luxurious cottage built at Citrus Creek Plantation. With a large veranda and outside kitchen, living room in front of the river and a  comfortable bedroom inside, this is a truly luxurious escape. Additional guests (or kids, … or parents…) can sleep inside or outside under the veranda. Wireless Internet available . Nice Signature architectural design mixing large stone walls and wooden ceilings.

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Mango cottage video : http://youtu.be/WtMliqKLMhc

 

Category : Barefoot Luxury

Construction : Stone and wood unique design. Anne’s masterpiece.

Surface : 800 square feet on 14,000 Sqft riverside Lot . Sleeps 2 + 2 . 1 bedroom + 1 bathroom

+ : Spacious stone construction. Wireless Internet . In front of the river , under the shade of huge Mango trees

-: Small outside kitchen,


Details

  • Beds : 1 Queen size    +   2 bunk beds, with the option to be set outside, under the veranda, under a large mosquito net.
  • Bathroom : Located inside with shower, toilet, face basin. Water is solar heated.
  • Kitchen : Located outside with stove, Microwave oven, fridge, kitchenware, and a dining table which seats 4
  • View : River and gardens
  • Surroundings : Located directly along the Taberi river and set within the gardens, this cottage is 200 yards from Riverside Café and Citrus Creek Plantation’s main office and front desk.
  • Additional Features : a large veranda with outside kitchen, living room and hammock.

Photos of Mango Cottage
 

Suite cottage : Banyan Stone Tree House … from $ 115

Unique location elevated in the forest. Apart from the rest. Exclusive category

Buit in 2014. A stone cottage built around (not “in”) a huge magic Banyan tree. Very private, exclusive. Great use of local red cedar wood. Well ventilated. Window louvers .
The cottage is nestled in the forested ridge among hundreds of coconut trees and leaves you with a delicious feeling of being alone in the jungle. Nice elevated sea views. No neighbours .

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Category : Adventure

Construction : Stone and wood around a huge tree. Nice red cedar furniture.

Surface : 750 sq ft . Sleeps 2 + 1 . Bedroom 1 , Bathroom 1 + tree shower

+ : Quality construction and design, No neighbors, Very nice views, No noise. Nice surface. Barbecue / Fire pit area,  Wireless Internet

– : Not in front of the river.

 

Details:

  • Structure and Location: Elevated above ground and very private. Ventilated. Cosy.
  • Bedroom: 1 queen size bed and a 1 sofa
  • Bathroom : Inside bathroom with toilet, face basin. Solar hot water heater. Outside shower in the roots of the Banyan tree.
  • Kitchen : Located outside, fully equipped with Stove, Microwave oven, Fridge, Espresso machine and Kitchenware,
  • View : Sea, Mountains, Plantation
  • Surroundings : Forested coconut ridge and only 100 yards from Riverside Café and Citrus Creek Plantation’s main office and front desk.
  • Additional Features: Separate car access and stone staircase leading to the plantation below. There is also an outside kitchen and separate fire pit and barbecue with stone seating area in the forest. Wireless Internet

 

Enjoy some photos of the lovely Banyan Stone Tree House
 

Glamping Safari Canvas Cottage : Ambazaman ….from $ 105

Ambazaman Safari Glamping Cottage

Overlooking the Taberi River, this adventure cottage is supplied by a solar electrical system and is made up of 3 layers of canvas supported by a steel structure set on a large wooden deck. This is glamping at its best. Surrounded by jungle and the Taberi river under this perfect South African canvas, with large volumes,you feel the nature and live with the sound of the river. A unique experience. Large deck above the river. Shower hidden in the roots of a large zaman tree by the river.

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Category : Adventure

Construction : South african safari tent of 600 Sqft on 1100 sqft timber deck

Maximum number of guests : 2+2 . 1 Large space inside with small kitchenette

Number of bathrooms: 1 . Inside toilet+face basin , Shower outside in the roots of a large zaman tree (almond) by the river. Hot solar water.

+: Unique glamping experience in total comfort . Overlooking the river . Outside hot shower in a tree root. River pools. Full solar supply “Off Grid” but with all amenities, including wireless internet.

-: Small kitchenette inside .

Panoramic View of Interior
ambaz-panoramic-inside

Details

  • Structure and Location: Elevated wooden deck above ground and overlooking the river
  • Bedroom: Large bedroom with Queen size Mahogany poster bed plus 2 sofas
  • Bathroom : Located inside, with toilet and face basin. Water is heated by a solar hot water heater. Shower is outside, located by the river inside the roots of a huge almond tree with solar hot water
  • Kitchen : Located on the  inside. Equipped with Stove,  fridge,  Kitchenware,
  • View : River and Gardens
  • Surroundings : Set within the garden, this canvas cottage is located directly along the Taberi river. It is only 100 yards from Riverside Café and Citrus Creek Plantation’s main office and front desk.
  • Additional Features: Outside large covered veranda and dining table above the river and outside barbecue.

 

Ambazaman