Apartment in Holetown, St. James, Barbados - Quiet location, tropical gardens, five minutes' walk to Holetown and all amenities
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 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, kingsize 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/DVD. 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. Watersports and golf are available nearby.
About the Owner
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 very recent grandson. I am more or less retired, just the occasional editing contract to keep myself from being bored. Steve is still going strong as a computer programmer. It was when the children were much smaller 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.
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."
From the Owner
“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. Unfortunately, retirement keeps getting put further back, but 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.”
Activity and Interests
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, Internet cafe, 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.
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, 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). 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.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
21 Apr 2016 - 14 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season 2017
15 Dec 2016 - 20 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
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 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.
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“We particularly like the peaceful location, absolutely gorgeous gardens, and closeness of the beach. But what's really nice about being at Art Studios is that everyone, 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.”
- Ceiling Fans
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Kitchen ...
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair accessible ...
- near the sea
- botanical garden
- duty free shops
- bird watching
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- deepsea fishing
- jet skiing
- bay fishing
- water skiing
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom with large tiled walk-in shower, WC, washbasin, hairdryer, ample cupboard space.
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (studio apartment, no separate bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Extra large double bed, which may be configured as 2 twin beds, 2 bedside tables. A small folding bed for a small child can be provided. Studio apartment, i.e. no separate sleeping area.
- Golf ...
- Notes on accommodation: Following Audrey's retirement we are fortunate to have Meschell in place as the new housekeeper; Harry has been around for many years and maintains the buildings and the gardens. If you feel like eating in without the hassle of cooking, he will deliver a delicious Bajan meal, prepared by his wife, for a reasonable price. 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 the occasional mongoose or green monkey. 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. Green monkeys have been known to drop by. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: There is daily maid service. Towels and bed linens are included and changed every 3 days. 2 beach towels may be rented at a low cost. Other: The patio looks out over the gardens and has a dining table with chairs and two easy chairs with footstools.