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Lovely villa-lush gardens. Easy 2 min walk to beach, pool, bars, dining, shops

People7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Space 4,305 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 - 10 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

3 bed detached home, sleeps 2-7+cot. Comfortable, relaxing, great situation.

Exciting news! (Posted January 2018)

Our extension project is finished. Mangoes is now a three bedroom, three bathroom house with two of the bathrooms en suite to the two main bedrooms..

This lovely detached villa, in lush tropical gardens is available for parties up to 7 in number. Couples are particularly welcome - we find it glorious to have this space for the two of us!

It goes without saying that the whole house and grounds are always for your party only.

Mangoes could not be better located; it’s just across the road from a sandy beach and the pool.

Sunset Crest, where Mangoes is situated is a lovely residential area right on the 'Platinum Coast' of Barbados and near the two historic streets of Holetown. Most of the houses are quite large, detached properties (owned by respectable working people) with beautiful, tropical gardens which all add to the pleasant atmosphere of the area.

The beach and the pool are situated just across the road. The pool is privately owned by Sunset Crest property owners and is served by the Beach House which provides restaurant, bar and facilities. Entry to the pool is free for local residents and renters and, as many locals are working people with lives to attend to and not much time to go swimming, this leaves it fairly under-used.

Back to Mangoes …… a new ensuite bathroom to the twin/queen bedroom making Mangoes into a three bedroom, three bathroom house with two ensuite bathrooms and the other for private use by the other bedroom.

The house is large with three areas for dining; formally in our 'al fresco' dining room, quietly in the gazebo tucked away in the rear garden (which I call the secret garden) or on the big verandah; probably the most popular and most used area of the house.

There are seven bed spaces in three generous bedrooms; the master is a twin/super-king (with the safe in the wardrobe) - now en suite, the second is the twin/queen also now en suite and the third has three single beds, or a large double and a single if preferred with a private bathroom a few steps along the corridor.

All the bedrooms have ample wardrobe space, dressing table and seat, hairdryer, full length mirror, bedside table and lamps. All are equipped with ceiling fans and air conditioning at no extra cost.

There is also a fold-away cot.

There are three recently modernised bathrooms, with shower, washbasin and loo.

The kitchen has been recently refitted with plenty of fresh, new cupboards with white doors and granite work surfaces. It is well equipped with tropical fridge/freezer, cooking stove/hob, kettle, coffee maker, toaster, pans, crockery, cutlery etc.

Off the kitchen we have a recently renewed washroom with washing facilities for your use.

The living room is light and airy with windows/french doors on three sides. Keep the breeze flowing though even whilst out by locking the clever wrought iron gates, provided to protect the house and your property.

This room is furnished with a three/two/one cane suite in tropical style, coffee table, flat-screen multi channel TV, video and DVD player and well stocked bookshelves.

Two bright, 'Hunter' lights (with fan) hang from the ceiling and an occasional table in the corner bears a lamp, the telephone and our guest book!

There are three sets of glass 'French' doors leading from the living room; two to the verandah and one to the formal dining room.

The dining room is furnished with a large white-wood table and six upholstered chairs. Its lovely arched windows look out onto the garden on three sides.

The verandah overlooks the main garden and is well furnished with a modern selection of furniture in attractive earth colours. This comprises a two seater couch, two arm chairs, dining table with six padded dining chairs and the famous Mamasan relaxer - much loved by everyone! In all, this amounts to comfortable seating for 11 people! There is also a coffee table, fans and good lighting including an extra standard lamp.

This is a wonderful place to sit in the evening, overlooking the garden with its lovely arch (and fairy lights), relaxing and listening to the happy sound of the tree frogs chirping away!

Decor is up to date and lighting around the property has been carefully considered to promote a soft, relaxing atmosphere when desired whilst also offering enough light to enjoy reading.

A previous guest wrote to us after his holiday, saying that on his first evening, when he sat on the verandah, overlooking the garden, he thought he had died and gone to heaven! He had been looking out at our floral arch, lit with pretty fairy-lights at night. Tropical vegetation is exotic and we have a range of interesting, useful and beautiful plants all around the house. We have bougainvillea, hibiscus, frangipani, lemon grass, aloe vera, alamander, desert rose, bird of paradise and more. The arch itself is adorned with a dainty climber bearing pretty, feathery leaves and delicate pink bells.

INCLUDED SERVICES

There are ceiling fans in the living room, kitchen and bedrooms which also offer air-conditioning. (No extra charge for this.)

There is maid service twice per week. This involves changing of bed linen, cleaning of bathrooms and mopping floors etc.

The telephone makes free calls around the island. It will not call to numbers abroad but calls from abroad can be received.

Free Wifi.

The safe - big enough for everyone's property.

More Details

Owner
Cath and Ian Mills
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
9 May, 2018

About Cath and Ian Mills

Hi there,

We are Cath and Ian Mills (Most of the writing on this site is mine - Cath's. That's us above, at a lovely restaurant a bit North of Mangoes - The Fish Pot)

I usually say that we work in tourism as we have three properties for holidays; a guest house in Rothbury, in rural Northumberland in North-East England, an apartment in Mijas Pueblo, in Spain's popular Costa del Sol and my special favourite, Mangoes in Barbados - where it's summer all year round!

We live and work in the guest house, running it entirely ourselves and manage the other two from England with the help of some excellent staff!

We love our own holidays and know how important it is to re-charge those batteries once in a while so we do our best to ensure that all of our guests have a wonderful holiday experience.

We come out to Mangoes twice per year to make sure everything's ok or to make improvements and ..... to enjoy!

You want to know more about us?

Well, we've both worked with people for many years. Before we started running our own businesses, I used to work in child care whilst Ian was in charge of the local Careers department.

Our first business was a coffee shop, then a restaurant, and now the guest house with the additional holiday homes.

We were married on April Fool's day (which tips you off as to our sense of humour!) and we are coming up to our 36th anniversary in this year of 2018.

Cath and Ian Mills purchased this villa in 2003

Why Cath and Ian Mills chose Sunset Crest

We've been travelling to Barbados for around 35 years and have forgotten how many times we've visited.

Way back in the past, I had a 'thing' about Barbados. I think it started when Cadburys chocolate people came to school with a film of 'How we make chocolate' and those little penny bars to give out, one each. I was about 7/8 and very impressionable. The film started with sugar cane cutting in Barbados .... the sky was so blue, the vegetation so lush .....

When I was around 20, there was a documentary about the island showing as the 'second film' at the cinema. There it was again, that intense blue, the emerald greenery, the vibrant colours of the flowers .... how could I resist? I was sunk!!!

When a certain airline (who I suppose must remain nameless) brought the flights down to a realistic price, our whole family took advantage. At first we stayed on the South Coast, which is lovely, but when we found the Sunset Crest/Holetown area, I felt I'd come home.

This genteel area has more gentle seas, the underwater national park (so the snorkeling is great) and it has great facilities - everything's on the doorstep. I always tell guests that they don't need a car here except for sightseeing purposes.

The area has seen some sympathetic re-development in recent years, with pleasing results. The facilities are right up to date for the 21st century whilst all the character and charm of the Caribbean has been preserved, notably the chattel village - a cute collection of brightly painted wooden shanties selling a wide range of goods. By contrast, we have Lime Grove, a smart, semi open-plan shopping mall selling all the top designer labels. It offers several restaurants and a cinema too.

We saw Mangoes in Spring of 2003 and I fell in love instantly. In my eyes it was the perfect house in the perfect place. It did need a lot of TLC, but after quite a bit of updating, it's now a home we are proud to share and we have every confidence that our guests will love it too.

What makes this villa unique

I knew I wanted to buy a big house (big enough for all the family) in Sunset crest/Holetown area - it's such a nice, peaceful tree-lined, up-market place.

It took a lot of planning and hard work to acquire Mangoes - I prepared my personal projection based on our finances eight years in advance of the year we bought and I'm so glad it all came right! We saw Mangoes in Spring of 2003 and I fell in love instantly.

What made me do that? Well .....

The proximity to the beach could only be better if the situation were beach-front..... we are just across the road; a two minute walk at most! We just grab a towel, take the tiny key for the wrought iron doors, leave the breeze streaming through and cross the road for a swim in the warm Caribbean. If a storm has whipped up the waves a bit too much, we use the pool which is also just across the road.

I like to swim in the late afternoon and to watch the sky changing from blue, through pink and gold to a velvety violet as evening begins. After swimming, we often have a drink at the beach bar and watch the sun setting over the sea.

The other thing that smote me instantly were the gardens which were a dream. I was entranced by the gazebo, secretly tucked away in the secluded, shady, rear garden...... it's where we have breakfast every morning when we are at Mangoes.

Generally, we couldn't have a better location, we are within easy walking distance of all the amenities; a wide range of shops, bars, banks, supermarket, restaurants to suit all pockets - what more could anyone want?

Every little thing we have done to Mangoes has made it that little bit nicer, brighter, homier.

Guestbook comments from the owner

5 Stars

We had a wonderful 10 days over the Christmas/New Year period at the Mangoes. The villa is much improved from when we were last here, with a lovely new en-suite shower room and a large, light and airy laundry room. There were far fewer mosquitoes than in past times (I think as a result of the new laundry room being lighter and airier) which was an added bonus and we came home virtually bite free. Even before the changes it was a lovely place to stay, but now it is fab! The villa has everything you need, including a blender for pina coladas (!), has the lovely Lucille to keep it spotless for you and is so close to the beach (1 min walk away), Beach House (1 min away), supermarket (5 mins away). Talking of the supermarket, it reopened in November and is amazing. Huge, with everything you could possibly want in it. Makes life very stress free having it on your doorstep. We had a truly lovely time. Gorgeous weather, good food, interesting trips around the island, and a lovely beach and snorkelling area on your doorstep. Can't wait to come back. For info, there were 5 of us (2 adults, 3 children aged 12, 10, 9).
Dec 2017
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Sunset Crest in Holetown

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This bathroom is en-suite to the Twin/Queen bedroom
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite to the Master bedroom. Large shower with seat.
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Just a few steps from the triple bedroom.
  • 2017 - We now have a third bathroom - en-suite to the Twin/Queen bedroom and Mangoes is now a three bedroom, three bathroom house with two of the bathrooms en-suite and one just a step or two along the corridor. The two original bathrooms have been recently refurbished to a good standard and clever placing of a new door in the corridor has rendered the Master bathroom en-suite to the Master bedroom. The third bathroom can be considered for private use by the occupants of the triple room if preferable for your party.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , King or Twin
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen or Twin
    Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed , Double + sgl or 3 Singles. There is also a folding cot.
  • The bedrooms are one x Twin/King, one x Twin/Queen and one x three single beds/double +single. There is also a folding cot. Each bedroom has a ceiling fan and air conditioning at no extra cost. All have ample wardrobe space, bedside tables and lamps, dressing table and stool, full length mirror and hairdryer. The wardrobe in the Master bedroom houses a large safe, big enough for everyone's valuables. The Master bedroom and the triple face the main garden whilst the Queen room overlooks the rear gardens. The Master and the Queen were recently fitted with new casement windows. These are not double glazed but close in the same way. The triple room has sliding windows. All the bedrooms have mosquito netting.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • veranda
  • 7 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Maid service is included in the rental price and is twice weekly. The wide 'French' doors allow easy access with a wheel chair into the living room but there are two steps in the corridor which must be negotiated to get to bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen. Smokers are requested to smoke outside only and to dispose of cigarette ends thoughtfully. The telephone makes FREE calls around the island and can receive calls from abroad. It can not be used to call out to abroad. Long term rentals would be several weeks/months not normally year length or more except in unusual circumstances. Please ask.

Reviews

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Lovely villa-lush gardens. Easy 2 min walk to beach, pool, bars, dining, shops
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews
5

Lovely villa with a lush garden & well located

  • 5 of 5

We were very happy with our stay at Mangoes. The property listing was accurate and the rooms comfortable, clean and well-maintained. The owner & property manager provided excellent customer service. We would definitely recommend it to our friends / relatives. We were extremely happy with the villa's location. It was private and at the same time well-located i.e. close to a medical center, grocery store, Limegrove lifestyle centre ( a stylish shop & dine ), beaches, bars and restaurants.

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Really excellent accommodation in Holetown

  • 4 of 5

Mangoes is probably better than the listed description and Cathy & Ian have recently upgraded the accommodation so it now includes an additional ensuite bathroom for bedroom no. 2 and a large modern laundry room .

It’s light , bright and airy and Lucille the housekeeper maintains everything to a very high standard .

It’s hard to find fault really ! Cathy prides herself in providing everything you need for a wonderful holiday and is on hand ( by phone or email ) should you experience any problems .

The added bonus is that the rear garden door gives access onto the Chattel Village green which is no more than 200 metres from the beach and the Beach House which is a separate facility owned by the residents of Sunset Crest and offers a large pool with sun loungers . There is also a bar and very good restaurant.

Cafe Carizma in the chattel Village is excellent as is Zacchios and Surfside for all the sports . All are no more than a short walk away. Lime Grove provides high end shopping and the cinema is quite an experience ( not to be missed ).

So Mangoes is easy to recommend but get in soon because we have it booked ( Jan/Feb until 2020 !! )

Howard & Sarah Jones

  • Review Submitted: 07-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi there Sarah and Howard, Thanks very much for taking the time to write this lovely review for us. I endorse just about everything you say (the location was a major reason for buying) but I haven't been to the cinema and have only had a coffee or juice at Carizma. I will give both more attention now that you have recommended them. Thanks for the personal compliments about how I run things. When my guests enjoy, I enjoy too .... if I can't be there myself what better way than by this method of proxy? And Lucille ..... yes she is a treasure - all my guests love her and I know she will always do her best for them. I'm very glad you are coming back in 2019 - it's always a pleasure and I love our correspondence while you're there. It's only around 10 months to go! Take care, cheerio, Cath (and hubby Ian of course!)
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Location

Holetown Beach
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Great experience. Safe, informative, exciting!
Bathsheba Beach
Wild seas, unique "mushroom-like" rocks, undermined by waves balance precariously ...... for...
Accra Beach
Gorgeous beach. Smooth, sandy floor, no pebbles but ..... watch out, some big rollers can su...
Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Grantley Adams International
Nearest Ferry
12 Kilometres
Bridgetown
Nearest Beach
0.09 Miles
Across the road
Car: not necessary

As the island is only 21 miles long by 14 wide, the whole of Barbados could be said to be local to Mangoes - that is, it is eminently possible to explore anywhere and everywhere using Mangoes as a base.

'Is it worth exploring?' Oh, yes! Barbados is a 'big-little' island, with a tremendous variety of things to see and do!

The coastline divides naturally into three parts:-

1 - The East is mostly wild and scenic with huge Atlantic waves pounding cliffs and beaches, brilliant for sightseeing and photo-opportunities but not recommended for swimming!

2 - The West (our bit, also the chosen venue for nearly all of the top-class hotels and homes of the rich and famous) has much calmer waters and is ideal for swimming and snorkeling (the Folkestone Underwater National Park is right opposite Mangoes).

3 - The South Coast Beaches have much less calm waters than the West, but are mostly still safe for bathing. The pace of life is quicker here and nightlife generally noisier especially in 'St. Lawrence Gap'.

Other Activities: Jet skiing

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Sunset Crest, Barbados

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Early summer 2018
1 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£995
for 7 nights
£995
 
 
Summer 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,000
for 7 nights
£1,000
 
 
Late Summer 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
£990
for 7 nights
£990
 
 
1 November - 15 December
1 Nov 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,000
for 7 nights
£1,000
 
 
Christmas and New Year
16 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
10 night minimum stay
£2,136
for 10 nights
£1,495
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£1,505
for 7 nights
From
£215
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Mangoes is a generous house, sleeping 7 in three bedrooms. Smaller parties and couples are very welcome.
Discounts may be available for longer stay and for guests who are prepared and able to be flexible and fit in with our empty slots.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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