A serene and sophisticated resort on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia provides inspiration for Lucia Bleu Cottages, a luxury cottage getaway in Fairhope.
Katy and Jeremy Lee spent their honeymoon at a serene and sophisticated resort on the Caribbean resort island of St. Lucia. The luxury cottage accommodations became the inspiration for the young entrepreneurs’ venture into Resort-Style Vacation Rentals. Back home in Fairhope, they were able to purchase a well-located, wooded lot high on the bluff overlooking beautiful Mobile Bay and the iconic Fairhope Pier and Park. Both Jeremy and Katy had some experience in real estate, and they shared a passion for bringing their dreams to reality.
The couple took their vision of creating cottages that were cozy and spacious, serene, and sophisticated. They drew on their memories of the St. Lucia resort cottages for the sparkling white inside and out, for the broad expanse of glass letting sunlight in everywhere, for the high ceilings and hand-carved corbels and braces that support the broad eaves and give amazing architectural detail. They also incorporated details from 30A and Alys Beach, with some thoughtful European and Western influences. “It was a lengthy process,” says Jeremy. “We purchased the property in late 2015, went through a rezoning process, roughed out what we envisioned, and worked with the city and our design team to firm up our concept and begin turning our ideas, our sketches, our vision, into actual plans. Katy and I stayed involved throughout the process and were able to weigh in on every detail. We brought in the talented architect Andrew Dooley to help us bring the project to its conclusion. We opted for very high-end construction and finishes, and we are beyond pleased with the end result.”
The three Lucia Bleu Cottages are identical in layout and amenities. Each offers a spacious master suite with king bed, sumptuous bath with separate tub and shower, a full well-equipped kitchen, a living area with a convertible sofa for additional guests, full laundry facilities, and an upper-level crow’s nest space equipped with a work station with Google mesh wi-fi, a comfy daybed for reading and relaxing, and stunning views of Mobile Bay through ancient oaks and magnolias. Each cottage also boasts its own completely private spa pool in a walled courtyard, bicycles available for guests’ use, and a common fenced private lawn on the bluff overlooking the bay. The cottages, carefully situated on the narrow lot in such a way that each one has clear lines of sight, receive abundant natural light streaming in from the 47 windows, easy access to private parking and sidewalks leading to the public pier and the heart of charming downtown Fairhope.
“We received our certificate of occupancy a year ago,” says Katy. “We did a lot of dry runs, lots of soft openings before we had our first official guests in May 2019. We wanted it to be perfect! We have received rave reviews, and our guests become our friends.” Jeremy, who travels a great deal himself, agrees, saying his favorite part of the process is getting to know the guests who come and stay. Katy’s favorite part is the preparation. “I love getting a cottage ready for its guests to arrive,” she says. “I get excited when I arrange fresh flowers, make sure the coffee and tea bar is ready, and see that everything is just right. It’s a satisfying feeling to look around and know that we created this, and we are giving someone a great experience.”
The Lucia Bleu Cottages require a three-day minimum stay and provide a perfect setting for romantic getaways, family gatherings utilizing more than one cottage, extended vacations, and the corporate traveler who values privacy and luxury amenities. “We have had wedding parties stay here, and we have several wedding ceremonies booked over the next few months. We envision the lawn on the bluff, under the massive oak tree, being a lovely setting for a small wedding and reception all on-site.”
LUCIA BLEU Cottages on the Bluff
206 South Mobile Street
Fairhope AL 36532