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Comfortable Studio Apartment - Beach 40 yards, Holetown 400 yards

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Property

Updated: 24-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 3
  • 0 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Perfect for couples or a group of 3 friends.

Comfortable apartment in beautifully kept tropical gardens just steps from the white coral sands, crystal blue waters and palm trees of Discovery Bay. The apartment is bright and airy with colourful fabrics, hardwood and cane furniture, and fans providing a cooling breeze. There is a very well equipped kitchen so you can rustle up anything from freshly caught tuna to a rum punch for sun downers. Enjoy watching humming birds feeding among the hibiscus and monkeys scampering up trees as you relax on the balcony. A wide range of bars and restaurants, an excellent supermarket and duty free shopping are all just a short walk away in Holetown. If you need to keep in touch there is free wireless broadband access for your laptop.

Eating and Drinking: Zacchios Restaurant is a favourite 5 minutes stroll away with water side eating at sensible prices. Nearby Inn on the Beach has a great value buffet lunch and lovely setting. Surfside Bar & Restaurant has a great Happy Hour, simple beach menu and TV screens for sports lovers. ular bars a short walk North and Lexy Piano Bar enlivens the town. Holetown's First and Second Streets offer a mix including Mediterranean, Bajan, South Indian, Italian, Sushi and Asian restaurants. For upmarket dining Tides and The Mews deserve their reputations. Further afield The Fish Pot, North of Speightstown is worth the bus ride - as is Cariba to the South. To eat like the locals try the roadside vans - or the fish frys at Oistins and Half Moon Fort. Patisserie Flint can ease you into another laid back day with a latte and delicious banana bread. If you just want to sit on a beach with a rum punch Harry our gardener has a family recipe and will gladly mix you a bottle of his finest.

Beaches around the island: Discovery Bay and Settlers beaches are ideal for swimming with gently shelving sand, jet ski free areas marked by buoys & floating platforms for diving or sunbathing. If you want to chill in the shade with a good book they are fringed with Coconut Palms & Casuarina trees & Bougainvillea adding a splash of colour. Water skiing and other aqua sports are available on the beach - or you can book ahead at Sandpiper's kiosk. Mullins & Gibbs beaches are 4 miles north, Sandy Lane beach 2 miles south. Brighton beach just north of Bridgetown has a glorious expanse of sand + the delightfully laid back Weisers Bar.The South East Coast is a favourite place with all types of surfer. The East Coast is a complete contrast - almost deserted with big Atlantic rollers crashing in rather than the gentle Caribbean Sea. It is rugged and beautiful but beware of the dangerous undertow in many places. Crane Beach is superb - with a great deli en route. Best eating places there: The Cove & The Crane.

Barbados and the Bajans offer so much: Barbados is a very beautiful island, with lots of art, activities, nightlife, music, history, great restaurants. But what makes Barbados special, and the reason so many visitors return year after year, is the Bajans who are warm, charming, always ready with a smile. They make you feel welcome and really at home on this lovely Caribbean Island. - - Do try a half day catamaran cruise up the West coast with lunch, drinks, wreck snorkeling and a swim with turtles. It departs just by Art Studio. - - Barbados has a reputation for having the finest golf in the Caribbean, with championship at Sandy Lane & Royal Westmoreland 5 minutes away and Royal Barbados Golf Club further south. - - Also: Kensington Oval, best known of all West Indian Cricket Grounds - - Rum distillery tour and rum shops - - Wildlife Reserve (north) - - Andromeda Botanical Gardens (east) - - Harrison's cave with impressive stalactites & and stalagmites (centre) - - the largest military garrison in the Caribbean. - - Enjoy.

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Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Sarah or Simon Ellis
Member since: 2000
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
24 March, 2017

About Sarah or Simon Ellis

We live in Cambridge UK with Katy and Sammy who are 16 and 14.

They love swimming with the turtles and the fresh fish at Ju Ju's Beach Restaurant.

Sarah or Simon Ellis purchased this apartment in 2000

Why Sarah or Simon Ellis chose Holetown

We bought Art Studio #7 in 2000 on our 3rd trip to Barbados. It is great to walk out the door and be on the beach in less than a minute. The Bajans are the friendliest people we have ever met, fantastic with children and wonderfully laid back.

What makes this apartment unique

40 yards/metres from the beach.

Lovely tropical gardens

Holetown on your doorstep.

Everything you need! .

Guestbook comments from the manager

1. My thanks for a wonderful stay in your appt last week. It was a great escape and an enjoyable first glimpse of Barbados! I thoroughly enjoyed it but didn't really do justice to all the places to see and visit in the time I was there but it gives me a good reason to go back. 2. Thanks for a brilliant holiday in Art Studio. We had a great time. Please pass our thanks to Harry, Audrey & Helena. 3. We had a fantastic time thank you very much. 4. We enjoyed our Christmas break at Art Studios. It was a great place to be for 2 weeks. Harry & Audrey were great. 5. We had a lovely time - just what we needed - nothing nicer than a tan for the New Year.
Nov 2007
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Guestbook comments from the manager

1. My thanks for a wonderful stay in your appt last week. It was a great escape and an enjoyable first glimpse of Barbados! I thoroughly enjoyed it but didn't really do justice to all the places to see and visit in the time I was there but it gives me a good reason to go back. 2. Thanks for a brilliant holiday in Art Studio. We had a great time. Please pass our thanks to Harry, Audrey & Helena. 3. We had a fantastic time thank you very much. 4. We enjoyed our Christmas break at Art Studios. It was a great place to be for 2 weeks. Harry & Audrey were great. 5. We had a lovely time - just what we needed - nothing nicer than a tan for the New Year.
Nov 2007
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19 Reviews

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(19 traveller reviews)

4

Well appointed apartment in a central location

  • 4 of 5

The property is in an ideal location. A walk through the gardens and you are on the beach. It is also only 5 minutes to Lime Grove shopping centre and 10 minutes to the centre of Holetown.

The apartment is well appointed and very clean. For what you get in Barbados, in this location, it is excellent value for money. It is lovely to sit on the balcony having a meal and being on the first floor you do get a little breeze which is more than welcome.

The wifi is excellent, plenty of kitchen equipment and there is even a good selection of books to read.

There is also a no noise policy after 11pm which ensures you a good nights sleep.

We would recommend this to friends and relatives as a good value apartment in an ideal location.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Needs refurbishing and website updating

  • 2 of 5

Upon arrival, we were very disappointed with the apartment as it did not resemble the photographs shown on the website. We were told these photographs were taken some years ago and used to advertise other apartments on the site.

Overall the apartment could do with being redecorated and the bed/furniture/whitegoods updating as they were looking old and tired, although the rusty old fridge worked well, it kept you up most of the night.

The infestation of small ants were everywhere, bathroom, kitchen work surfaces, but we put that down to the Caribbean way of life!!

Some of the information provided could do with updating, for instance, the laundry room is not available for use, only through the housekeeping services. The staff that look after the apartments are new, and we felt they could have been more amenable.

The TV/radio didn't work for the length of our stay, which we did report, they tried to fix it but to no avail. So we had nothing to listen to during our stay.

Overall the property was well looked after and kept as clean as they possibly could, the gardens were well maintained and situated close to the beach.

Would we recommend this apartment to a friend or others? No not in its current condition!! Would we stay here again? No, we would pay more money for a more comfortable property.

Overall we enjoyed our holiday and love Barbados and we will return once again, albeit to different accommodation.

Many thanks

Karen and Derek.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Outstanding base for moderately priced Holetown holiday

  • 4 of 5

Arts Studio 7 is a clean and attractively furnished studio in a little condominium complex with direct access to the beach (and superb swimming) on the edge of Holetown. The location is excellent - an easy stroll by beach or road to the facilities of Holetown. The studios are set in small but well tended grounds. In the December to March period there are lots of longer term guests in the complex who have been coming for many years so there is a friendly and welcoming social community. The properties are excellent value given their Holetown location. Slight drawbacks are lack of air conditioning (good screened windows and a fan provide reasonable cooling on all but the hottest days but this does mean you have to accept some traffic noise plus cockerel next door (from 5am)), limited parking - there would have been an issue if one more guest had chosen to have a car - and outlook (the terrace of no 7, which is the only place in the studio equipped for sitting, looks out on the carpark - enlivened by beautiful orchid tree with humming birds. visiting monkeys and mongoose but still a carpark). The windows of the studio are obscured for privacy so there is not much view from the studio itself. It is also worth noting that although there are some loungers and chairs in the communal gardens there is no pool - but wonderful swimming direct from the property so only really an issue when the sea is rough (there were red flags on 2 days during our stay).

  • Review Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful - close to everything we needed!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at apartment #7 October 22-29. It was small, but exactly what we wanted. It was very clean, and lots of fans to provide a comfortable sleep at night.

We loved the close proximity to the beach and enjoyed a coffee and a swim each morning.

We explored various restaurants and shops in the area and enjoyed touring the country.

Thank you to Simon and Sarah for providing us with lots of information beforehand and thank you to Heleena and Meschelle for keeping the place beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

An absolutely awesome vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Barbados, and I totally fell in love with the place we stayed in. The apartment was just beautiful, very clean, and had everything you need for comfortable stay. The entire staff was so nice and friendly, and we absolutely enjoyed every single moment there! Beautiful beach was just around the corner, and all good restaurants, bars and supermarkets were within 5-10 min walking distance. We definitely found what we were looking for, and I am very grateful for that.

Thank you for everything!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Still Smiling

  • 5 of 5

A wedding was what brought us to Barbados in May, which we gather is slightly out of season but still beautiful but relatively quiet, which is always a bonus. Our first visit but it will definitely not be our last. The search for accommodation began the year before and the Studio Apartment was perfect for our needs and after seeing the photographs and reading the previous reviews we had no hesitation in booking. It is a lovely bright, clean, well-maintained apartment with a daily maid service, Helena, who is so welcoming and helpful. From the moment we were collected at the airport by Amigo, who is full of the best kinds of information, we felt at home. Holetown is five minutes walk away, with all its amenities, including shops you can spend a fortune in, if that is your bag (forgive the pun) or the local crafts which are beautiful and artistic and much more pleasing to take home. There are plenty of bars and restaurants, a few of which we frequented! The supermarket in the mall is fabulous and stocked with a lot of Waitrose essentials, which we found amusing. The beach behind the apartment, which is really just a stroll away, was as described, blue sky, fluffy clouds, white sand, turquoise sea and the absolute wonder and privilege to swim with our very own turtle, we were utterly in awe. We had a lot of entertainments packed into our wedding week, including a cruise, with booze, for the wedding party (18 of us) that was immense fun and again included turtles, which was amazing, but not quite as special as the personal time spent on the beach behind the apartment with our own turtle. Strolling along the beach in the tide line to restaurants/bars is the stuff of films, but that is what we did. I am writing a book here, the wildlife I loved, the monkeys do visit, as do the mongoose, the bird life is astonishing and has no reservations about jumping on your mug of tea on the balcony on a morning, Elvis the gardener is a match for Gardeners World.... We loved it, the apartment is central but not on the main drag, it is a wonderful Island, the people are enchanting, Papa Earl's food has to be tried, Amigo's recommendation, he pulls up on the green opposite every day at noon, and from the back of his car produces the most delicious traditional food, more than enough for two. You must take your life in your hands and travel on a reggae bus. $2. Enjoy... We did.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

We bought Art Studio #7 in 2000 on our 3rd trip to Barbados. It is great to walk out the door and be on the beach in less than a minute. The Bajans are the friendliest people we have ever met, fantastic with children and wonderfully laid back.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Grantley Adams, Bridgetown, Barbados at 15 Miles Nearest Barpub : at 150 Metres Nearest Ferry : Bridgetown at 8 Miles Nearest Restaurant : at 180 Metres Nearest Beach : Discovery Bay Beach at 30 Metres Car: not necessary

The apartment is 400 yards North of Holetown on the Platinum Coast - named after its beautiful white coral sand. Settlers Beach is 200 yards North and has Spago, a waterfront Italian restaurant. Folkestone Marine Park lies just beyond with excellent reef snorkeling, a museum, aquarium, picnic tables in the shade and tennis courts. Art Studio sits between the Sandpiper and Discovery Bay hotels which are happy for guests to use their pools and bars. Holetown has more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars to suit every taste and budget (see 'Eating & Drinking' section below). It also offers banks, taxis, post office and a good range of shops. Catch one of Barbados' famous yellow buses from a stop 100 yards away to visit bustling Bridgetown or head north to laid back Speightstown.

Other Activities: Liming, steel band, piano bar, reef snorkeling, swimming with turtles, glass bottom boat, jet ski, rum shops and distillery, marine parks.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Jan - Apr 2017
4 Jan 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
£400
for 5 nights
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£80
£555
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Apr - Aug 2017
21 Apr 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
£256
for 4 nights
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£64
£450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Autumn 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£150
for 3 nights
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£50
£350
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
November/December 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 14 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
£264
for 4 nights
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£66
£460
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Xmas 2017 & New Year 2018
15 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
6 night minimum stay
£492
for 6 nights
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£82
£570
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Jan - Apr 2018
4 Jan 2018 - 20 Apr 2018
5 night minimum stay
£405
for 5 nights
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£81
£565
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Apr - Aug 2018
21 Apr 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
4 night minimum stay
£268
for 4 nights
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£67
£465
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Autumn 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
£165
for 3 nights
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£55
£365
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
November/December 2018
1 Nov 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
£268
for 4 nights
From
£67
£470
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Xmas 2018 & New Year 2019
15 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
6 night minimum stay
£498
for 6 nights
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£83
£580
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£192
for 3 nights
From
£64
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £16 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Rental rates include daily maid service, all utilities and linen - but please bring your own outdoor towels for beach and garden use.
Flexible changeover day. You can rent by the night - just divide the weekly rate by 7.
Additional adults are £100 per week, additional children £50pw.
Late availability special rates - email us.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

40 yards/metres from the beach. Lovely tropical gardens Holetown on your doorstep. Everything you need! .

Property Type

  • apartment

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...

Onsite Services

  • Car Optional
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea

Attractions

  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 440 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Tiled bathroom with WC and walk-in shower - powered by efficient solar panels. There is also an outside shower at the side of the apartment for use after the beach.

Bedrooms

  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, The 2 beds can be made up as a king size. 3rd bed available
  • The king size bed can be split into 2 single beds if preferred. Third bed (folding) or a cot available if needed. Please note - there is a small extra charge for a third person in the apartment.

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Small Cooler
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • You will be well looked after by our friendly staff. Meschelle is the Housekeeper who looks after our apartment. She is assisted by Helena (maid) and Elvis the gardener/handyman. They will ensure things run smoothly and answer any questions for you. We can arrange for you to be picked up at the airport by a local taxi firm.

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