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  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 travelers 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” .
Travelers 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.

Travelers can stay here for a few days – or more, and can choose between simple rental of the cottage or villa (AirBnb style – no services), or can choose full lodge services including breakfasts, housekeeping, meal plans, packages including transfers and tours….

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 stone tree house (Banyan) , a large stone cottage (Mango) , an upstairs loft (Vanil Vaness) ,  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 our manager Aurore “Dominique” , and Jamestia ….of course .

Enjoy some photos of Le Riverside Cafe

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Riverside Café Menu

Click here for our 2019 menu.  RiversideCafé2016 menu

Le Riverside Cafe

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

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

YlangYlang is a 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 – Toilets : 3

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, 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:  freezer, direct river access… Wireless Internet.

Enjoy some photos of the lovely YlangYlang villa


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Ylang Ylang

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

Guava-Cherry is a 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,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.

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Guava Cherry

Suite cottage : Mango ……… from $ 135

Mango Signature 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 kitchenette, Not fit for extensive cooking. Enjoy Riverside Café !


Details

  • Beds : 1 Queen size    +   2 bunk beds, with the option to be set outside, under the veranda. If inside, all are in the same room. Perfect cottage for one couple. If 2 couples, we recommend choosing another cottage offering more privacy; YlangYlang, VanilVaness, Kashima.
  • Bathroom : Located inside with shower, toilet, face basin. Water is solar heated.
  • Kitchenette : 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


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Mango

Suite cottage : Banyan Stone Tree House … from $ 115

Unique location elevated on the ridge. Apart from the rest. Exclusive category. Panoramic views.

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 on the ridge 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 : 650 sq ft . Sleeps 2 + 1 . Bedroom 1 , Bathroom 1 + outside tree shower

+ : Quality construction and design, No neighbors, Very nice ocean 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 in the same room.
  • 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, Fridge, Espresso machine and Kitchenware,
  • View : Atlantic Ocean, 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. Many stairs to be so remote !!

Enjoy some photos of the lovely Banyan Stone Tree House


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Banyan

Kashima wooden bungalow From $ 145

 Tana’s world – Wooden Family- roots bungalow .

Part of “Tana”s world” , together with Vanil Vaness stone loft. 

Still within and managed by Citrus Creek Plantation, they belong to Tana, a swiss artist lady living on site, who is part of the Citrus Creek rental pool program. All is managed by Citrus Creek, like for other cottages, but she decorated her cottages to her taste. And she is an artist, so these 2 are not “standard” .

Kashima is a local hardwood bungalow designed with taste . The space is large enough for 4 with a downstairs master bedroom with queen size bed, and an attic above the bedroom with 2 single beds .

There is a wide kitchen/ dining room facing the gardens, plus a large gazebo to chill out in front of the river.

You “feel” you are in an artist’s home . Colors are bright, decoration details, driftwood, paintings, even the overall plan comes from an artist.

Tana live downstairs the large stone building next door, called “Avocado island” .
All are alongside the Taberi river, with direct access and a riverside Gazebo to chill out and socialize with her and VanilVaness stone loft guests .

Buit in 2016. A bungalow built using local wood overlooking the Taberi river.  Nothing showy here . Basic rustic wooden bungalow with plenty space .

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Category : Tana’s world – Family-Roots

Construction : All wood. many stones around. Large Outside Gazebo facing the river

Surface : 500 sq ft . Sleeps 2 + 2 . Bedroom 1 , + 1 attic bedroom (sleep 2) : Bathroom 1 Outside of the main bungalow.

Price is US$ 145 + taxes per night for up to 4,

+ : Very unique “wood” ambiance. Rustic and roots yet comfortable. Ideal for family with parents sleeping downstairs and children upstairs in the attic bedroom. Plenty space outside.. Barbecue / Fire pit area,  Wireless Internet

– : Not in front of the river, just above .

Details:

  • Structure and Location: Wooden bungalow. Ventilated. Cosy.
  • Bedroom: 1 queen size bed  downstairs + Upstairs (attic) sleeping for 2 (single beds)
  • Bathroom : Outside bathroom with toilet, face basin. Solar hot water heater.
  • Kitchen : Located outside, equipped with Stove,  mini oven, Fridge, dining table and Kitchenware,
  • View : Gardens, river.
  • Surroundings : Private garden. River access.

Enjoy some photos of the lovely Kashima roots cottage


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Kashima

Upstairs unique Stone loft : Vanil Vaness …… from $ 155

Tana’s world – Large unique upstairs artist’s stone loft . Mosaics, stone furniture and walls, driftwood…..

Both Vanil Vaness loft and Kashima wooden bungalow are part of Tana’s world, still within and managed by Citrus Creek Plantation. They belong to Tana, a swiss artist lady living on site, who is part of the Citrus Creek rental pool program. All is managed by Citrus Creek, like for other cottages, but she decorated her cottages to her taste. And she is an artist, so these 2 are not “standard” .

Vanil Vaness is an upstairs, large loft built in stones and decorated with stones, mosaic, driftwood… with taste by Tana . You “feel” you are in an artist’s home . Colors are bright, decoration details, mosaic and paintings, even the overall plan comes from an artist.
Tana live downstairs, in what is called “Avocado island” . Kashima is next door. All are alongside the Taberi river, with direct access and a riverside Gazebo to chill out and socialize with her and Kashima guests .

Very large surface . Many sleeping options . 2 bedrooms with King size stone beds + 1 bedroom with 2 stone sofa beds (single) + 1 more stone sofa bed

2 bathrooms , kitchen , Large local hardwood “family and friends” dining area . Stone walls . Well ventilated. Upstairs.

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Category : Tana’s world – Family & Friends – Stone lovers

Construction : All  stones around. Stone villa with many stone work inside.

Surface :1800 sq ft . Sleeps 4 + 2 + 1 .
Bedroom 2 , + 3 bunk beds : Bathroom 1,5

Price is US$ 155 + taxes per night for up to 4,

+ : Very unique “stone” ambiance. Rustic and comfortable. Ideal for family with children or many friends.  Plenty space available .  Wireless Internet via Satellite

– : Not in front of the river, just above . Direct access

Details:

  • Structure and Location: Elevated above ground . Ventilated. Cosy.
  • 2 Bedrooms:  King size beds
  • + 1 bedroom with 2 single sofa (stone) beds + 1 more
  • Bathroom : 1full with toilet, 1 shower/Face basin, 1 separate toilet
  • Kitchen : equipped with Stove,Fridge, dining table and Kitchenware,
  • View : Gardens, river.
  • Surroundings : Additional riverside gazebo with dining area and barbecue

Enjoy some photos of the lovely VanilVaness upstairs loft


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Vanil Vaness