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Art Studios Apt #5: Ground Floor Studio Apartment Next to the West Coast Beach

Bedrooms Studio
Space 437 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Quiet studio apartment in Holetown, Barbados: tropical gardens, short walk to Holetown and all amenities, 30 secs to beach.

This self-catering studio apartment is in one of three low-rise buildings set amid colourful gardens in a quiet location five minutes' walk from Holetown, west coast of Barbados. Next door to the north is the luxury Sandpiper Hotel, and on the other side to the south is Discovery Bay Hotel. Inside the apartment we offer a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom with shower, king size or twin beds, ceiling and stand-alone fans, dining area and other seating. A fold-down bed is available for a small child if needed. Games and books are there for your enjoyment, as well as a CD player and TV. On the patio you can relax with a drink in our comfortable easy chairs, feet up, enjoying the tropical breezes and watching the comings and goings in the gardens. We always eat our meals at the table in the patio, but there is a dining table inside if you prefer. Just a few seconds' walk takes you to the beach, where you will be spoiled for choice – lovely Sandpiper and Settlers beaches to the north or Discovery Bay beach to the south. The west coast has been recently renovated, so the new boardwalks make it easy to stroll further along the coast and choose where you will swim the next day. All the beaches on the island are public, and the swimming is completely safe on this coast. Water sports, tennis and golf are available nearby.

Marion Pogson
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
13 March, 2018

About Marion Pogson

Steve and I (Marion) are originally from the north of England but have been happily settled in Canada since 1981. Our home is in a village about 25 miles out of Ottawa, and we have lived there since 1982. Our son and daughter are in their 30s, and we have one granddaughter and a grandson. Both of us are retired, but I take on the occasional editing contract to keep myself from being bored. Steve was a computer programmer. It was when the children were small that we first visited Barbados and immediately loved the place. At that time we stayed on the south coast, which is a very lively part of the island, but later visits have involved stays at Sunset Crest and then Art Studios.

Marion Pogson purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Marion Pogson chose Lascelles

During a delightful stay at these condominiums one winter we heard that apartment no. 5 was for sale. We decided there and then that it would be the perfect spot to escape the harsh Canadian winters when we retired, and so we started the process of buying it. We manage to visit once a year and come back renewed and ready to cope with –25 degree temperatures.

Art Studios is less than a minute's walk away from the beach and five minutes from Holetown, so we enjoy easy access to safe swimming on the one hand and shops/restaurants on the other. If we decide not to rent a car that's okay because the main bus route to Bridgetown (to the south) and the rest of the west coast (to the north) is very close.

What we really like about this property is that it's so near to the sea, and the setup of the apartments and gardens makes it easy to become friendly with the other guests.

What makes this apartment unique

We particularly like the peaceful location, absolutely gorgeous gardens, and nearby beach. Plus, the apartments are close, but not too close, to Holetown, a thriving little town with a lot to offer in the way of shops and restaurants. Guests and owners alike, are so friendly: you only need to take your drink into the gardens (or to the steps by the sea, at sunset) to strike up a conversation and, who knows, a friendship with other people staying there.

Barbados is a holiday island that has so much to offer: beautiful warm weather, friendly residents, lovely beaches, water sports/golf/tennis, many places of interest, and safe atmosphere. Art Studios is within easy access of all of these and offers very comfortable accommodation at reasonable rates.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The apartment has everything you could reasonably want and dear Audrey keeps it spotlessly clean and ship-shape. The grounds are a pleasure to sit out in and Harry is a positive mine of information when it comes to the local flora and fauna. This unit is just a moment away from the beach with easy walking and snorkelling to both the north and south. . . If you want a quiet relaxing time then get yourselves down to # 5 Art Studios, the only problem you will have is leaving there as after a week Audrey and Harry will make you feel part of their respective families. Lovely people. Lovely Place. Thank you Marion and Steve for sharing your little bit of Heaven with us."

"If you are looking for a very low-key, relaxing holiday this is the place. We will definitely return to Steve & Marion's wonderful space."
Nov 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Lascelles in Holetown

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 437 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • There is a noise curfew after 11pm that applies to all Art Studio apartments.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with large tiled walk-in shower, WC, washbasin, hairdryer, ample cupboard space.
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , The large double bed can be configured as two single beds.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (studio apartment, no separate bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: King size bed, which may be configured as 2 twin beds, 2 bedside tables. A small folding bed for a small child can be provided at a small additional charge. Studio apartment, i.e. no separate sleeping area.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: We are fortunate to have Meschell as our housekeeper; she keeps things running smoothly and is a great source of information. She and Helena clean the apartments and do the laundry. Meschell will make sure there are a few groceries ready for your arrival (basics such as milk, bread, eggs), for which you may pay her on the following day. If necessary a load of washing can be done at a cost of B$20. We have a small "library" of paperback books if your reading material needs topping up, as well as a few games to keep your minds active! There are also leaflets and extensive information about the island's attractions and restaurants. Free, wireless broadband internet service is provided. The patio looks out onto the gardens, so you may enjoy a drink while watching for hummingbirds, the occasional shy mongoose or the local family of green monkeys. Outside: The car park is located next to the grounds and is for guests and owners only. Bus stops are nearby. As well as the plentiful loungers and chairs in the gardens, there is a seating area where guests may meet up for a chat and a drink. The barbecue is located towards the back of the property and is for general use; briquettes may be bought at the supermarket, Holetown. In the same area you will find the clothes lines. Gathering for drinks by the beach steps at sunset is a popular custom for guests.The small animals you may see scurrying out of your way are mongooses, originally brought to the island to keep down the rodent population, which attacked the sugar cane. Families of green monkeys live nearby. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: There is daily maid service. Towels and bed linens are included and changed every 3 days; two beach towels are provided. Other: The patio looks out over the gardens and has a dining table with chairs and two easy chairs with footstools.


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Art Studios Apt #5: Ground Floor Studio Apartment Next to the West Coast Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Super studio on the beach

  • 5 of 5

We loved this studio, it’s practically on the beach. There’s a supermarket across the road and plenty of restaurants close by although a little pricey. Small stroll down the beach and you’ll find beach bars for your happy hour cocktails. Housekeeper is friendly and helpful. Best part:- location, beach is beautiful. Worse part:- air con wouldn’t go a miss. We would definitely return

  • Review Submitted: 21-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect stay in Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We can't stress enough how much we enjoyed our stay. Perfectly located along the West Coast, a few steps away from the beach with everything you need for your home away from home! The manager was really lovely and helpful and the owners were really awesome in helping us make our arrangements. It is comfortable, clean, well maintained and fantastically located near the beach, restaurants, the mall and other activities such as the cinema. My partner and I have found our new home in Barbados. If you are looking for simplicity and comfort look no further.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tip Top !

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay at No 5 art Studios in Jan / Feb 2012 . The apartment is bright welcoming and well layed out with everything to hand and in great working order . Kitchen has all the utensils etc that you might need, roomy fridge freezer for provisions bought from the SuperCenter a 10 min stroll away , very comfy kingsize bed and lovely to have the ceiling fan option .We had clean towels every 2 days and linen changed the same . It was extremely well looked after by Audrey and her other ladies and Harry was most helpful they all had that certain Bajan sense of humour and open ness which was lovely.

We loved walking thro the gardens most evenings around 6 ish with a Rum Punch in hand to watch the sunset sitting at the top of the steps which lead down to the sea . Wonderful . Saw a Green flash too.

Our days were spent exploring by bus car and on foot . It was a nice adventure to walk along the sea shore from the steps all along to Mullins Restaurant with the odd back track up to the road .

The reggae bus stops right out side to go to Speightstown one way and on the other side you can catch the bus to Bridgetown, and also to Oistins on a friday night *YUM*

From Speightstown we caught a bus all the way to Bathsheba it was fantastic way to see the countryside the people and villages . Walking along the sea shore picking up tiny bleached sea urchin shells and driftwood and then climbing up to a higher spot to watch the surfers in the *Soup Bowl* and having our picnic was just the ticket. Check out the bus times on line ! And whats more all for a mere 2 BDS per person !!

We watched a 20/20 cricket match and also had a day at the garrison races .

We loved Ramshakles next door to the Lone Star. Great food and Cocktails- altho we didn't make it the Quiz and Curry Night was V popular ! And in the day time you have a lovely beach and turtles to spot if you are lucky right off the shore.

Folkestone Marine Park is a 10 min walk along the beach and break walls for safe goood snorkelling . My husbands favourite spot !

All in all we had a fabulous time and think that the location is just the best . I do believe that Barbados has something for everyone and that if you were to come and base yourselves at No 5 you certainly couln't go wrong .

Thanks to Marion and Steve we certainly had a stress free no worries holiday .

  • Review Submitted: 28-Mar-2012
  • Date of Stay: January 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Vale of Glamorgan, UK

Bajan Bliss

  • 5 of 5

This was our 6th visit to Barbados and most probably the most enjoyable. The Apartment has everything you could reasonably want and Dear Audrey keeps it spotlessly clean and ship-shape. The grounds are a pleasure to sit out in and Harry is a positive mine of information when it comes to the local flora and fauna.. We really needed our 3 week holiday this year and Art Studios provided a perfect stress-free environment. We thought we knew everything and everywhere by now, but this time we again found a new little gem in Fitts Village called Wendy's Snack Bar. It's off Highway 1 and is sign- posted. Don't be put of by the state of the approach road as the best Lunch and the warmest of welcomes awaits you from John Simpson and his Lovely Wife. If you want a quiet relaxing time then get yourselves down to # 5 Art Studios, the only problem you will have is leaving there as after a week Audrey and Harry will make you feel part of their respective families. Lovely people. Lovely Place. Thank you Marion and Steve for sharing your little bit of Heaven with us.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2009
  • Date of Stay: September 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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St Catharines, Ont, Canada

Great Barbados getaway

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have been to Barbados for holidays over twenty times since the mid-seventies. We love the west coast, particularly the area around Holetown. We have stayed often at Discovery Bay Hotel, Settlers Beach, Palm Beach Condominiums Smugglers Cove and the old Golden Palm.This was our first time at the Art Studio Apartments #5 and we were there for almost 4 weeks in March/April of 2009.This unit is just a moment away from the beach with easy walking and snorkelling to both the north and south. We are not fans of "All inclusive" locations and prefer to prepare most of our own meals. The Kitchen at #5 is large and well equipped with an adjoining dining area.There is a large Super Centre grocery store just a five minmute walk away and prices are similar to Canada, even less when you look for local produce. Wine and spirits are also available there. The local rum [Mount Gay Eclipse] is our rum of choice at home and very inexpensive there. Buy your duty free spirits at the airport in Barbados when you arrive. They have a good selection and it's more convenient and cheeper. There are lots of very fine restaurants within walking distance however prices to eat out are pretty hefty !! Check out Flindts Pattisserie just a few minutes away on the Coast Road. They have wonderful baked goods, great lunches and breakfasts, and what they call "Flindt at home menu" Order the day before and enjoy a fabulous meal at home. The seafood crepes are to die for.Don't miss it, you'll be back again & again. Take a sail on the catamaran "Stilletto", a 2 hour sail with an free bar and a swim with the turtles if you wish. The owner is Peter, or "Rabbit as he is known to locals. The cruise leaves and returns right on you beach and you can't miss it. I think the cost is about $60 US per person and usually a dozen or so make the trip. Highly recommend it. The staff at the Condo is marvelous. Audrey looks after cleaning and Harry does the gardens [delightful] as well as maintenance and airport pick ups [same price as a taxi]. Some of the owners were there during our stay and are great company. If you are looking for a very low-key, relaxing holday this is the place. We will definitely return to Steve & Marion's wonderful space. Frank & Gail

  • Review Submitted: 19-May-2009
  • Date of Stay: March 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My Wife and I stayed there last November as a gettaway for her Fortieth birthday!

We has a great time! The apartment is nice, clean and comfortable, it had everything we needed.

There are so many restaurants with in walking distance, we did not get a chance to visit them all. A great excuse to go back!

Thanks Steve and Marion for the use of your wonderful apartment.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Nov-2008
  • Date of Stay: November 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
24 Kilometres
Grantley Adams International (BGI)
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Surfside beach bar
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Sandy Lane is a 5 minutes' drive
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Plenty of choice on 1st and 2nd Streets
Nearest Ski
Water skiing and jet ski rental on the beach
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
On site, a 30 second walk
Car: not necessary


The sandy beaches are calm on the west coast, and swimming is completely safe. Recent beach renovations, including boardwalks, bring much of the west coast within walking access. A short distance north is Folkestone Marine Park, which features tennis courts, picnic tables and excellent snorkeling around the inshore reef. Further along you can walk past the resorts of Coral Reef and Colony Club, up to the Lone Star Cafe for a cooling drink and, perhaps, a sight of the turtles at feeding time.


There is one airport on the island, and it is a 30-45 minute drive away, depending on the time of day. A taxi there costs about 70 Barbadan dollars. Car hire is not necessary, as there is a good bus service along the coasts. We have information on the bus routes to most of the island's attractions, although if you really want to get off the beaten track then car rental for a few days might be a good idea. Bridgetown, about a 15 minute drive away, is the dropping-off point for cruise ships.


Holetown is the nearest town, about a 5-10 minute walk away. It offers banking facilities, taxis, car rental, Post Office, an excellent supermarket, shops (remember to take your passport to get duty-free prices), bars and restaurants, including elegant dining, curry, Thai, pizza or fast food as well as local Bajan cuisine. Bridgetown is in the south west of the island and is about a 20 minute journey on the bus. The island is small, and so there are no long-distance trips.

Further Details:

Barbados is a wonderful holiday island with a stable economy and political system, and an idyllic climate. The parish of St. James has great historic significance, as it was here that the first British settlers landed in 1625. Under the authority of King James, the British claimed Barbados on landing in St. James' present-day Holetown (formerly Jamestown, named after the King himself). St. James parish church, just up the road from Art Studios, is the oldest Anglican church on the island, the original wooden structure (no longer standing) having been built in 1628.

Also close to Art Studios is Limegrove, a new, 10-acre "lifestyle centre" with boutiques, restaurants, bars, gourmet foods, an art gallery, luxury cinema and spa. If your cup of tea is sports, then you might join the fans gathered to watch football, rugby or cricket on satellite TV at Surfside, a Holetown beach bar.

Around the island there are so many interesting places to explore. The east coast is rugged and wild with spectacular scenery and virtually no commercial development, well worth a long walk along the sands and rock pools (swimming not advised) or, if you're not feeling energetic, a drive to admire the views or the surfers at Bathsheba. There is a wildlife reserve in the north of the island, botanical gardens on the east coast, Harrison's cave in the centre with an impressive display of stalactites and stalagmites, plantation houses, art galleries and craft studios, the largest military garrison in the Caribbean, rum distillery tours, catamaran snorkeling trips, the list goes on (see brochures in the apartment).

One of the loveliest attractions, we have found, is St. Nicholas Abbey -- not an abbey but a plantation house (built in 1658), museum and rum distillery all in one -- set in beautiful, lush grounds. Your visit includes an interesting tour of the lower level of the house, complimentary rum punch, sampling of aged rum produced in house, video of the history of the house and the sugar trade, and a visit to the steam mill, where you can watch the local sugar cane being crushed as the first process in the traditional distillation process.

St. Lawrence Gap on the south coast is the main nightlife area in Barbados, with hotels, street parties, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Bridgetown is home to a wide variety of shops, and you can benefit from the duty-free goods that are available on Broad Street (don't forget your passport). Wherever you go in Barbados you will find friendliness and good humour.


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A 25% deposit is required at the time of booking, the balance to be paid 2 months before the date of arrival. Payment may be made by cheque or by electronic transfer of the money from bank to bank.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days are flexible.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.
There will be a small extra charge for a third occupant over the age of 6 years.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.