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Spacious Private Villa With Pool, In Garden Very Close To The Beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom. Private, plunge pool in quiet, residential area, close to Heywoods Beach.

Emcee has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. (master and en-suite, with walk in shower, being upstairs, private balcony being off the master bedroom), 1 double downstairs and 2 single bedded room downstairs. Both rooms share downstairs bathroom which has bath and over head shower with large rose (also has shower head which detaches to ease showering young children), kitchen with dining area, large lounge with flat screen tv, internet and wifi, private veranda with shutters for outside sitting/living area, even when it rains! plunge pool and garden area. The interior is large and spacious, with an open aspect, light and airy. The kitchen is well equipped with cooker, 19 cu. Ft. Fridge/freezer, microwave, washer/ dryer in utility and the dining area seats 6. The property is air conditioned and fanned throughout. Emcee villa is suited to couples and/or families. It is our home from home, fitted out with everything required to make your vacation comfortable and homely. Our manageress, Helen, is there to help you with any questions, or advise and we are only an e mail away. The Heywoods Estate is situated opposite the Almond Beach and Port St. Charles resorts, on the North West coast of the island. The beach and local town are both within easy walking distance from the villa. (Ask Helen about the short cut too!) Frequently running and very cheap, public transport is accessed between the villa and the beach.

On the subject of Air conditioning, these units are very powerful and consume alot of energy. We have imposed a surcharge fee for electrical consumption over and above 22 KwHrs (Units) per day of £0.15 per KwHr. (That is the actual cost price of electricity in Barbados.) Avoiding this surcharge is very simple. Don't run the air conditioning units 24/7. Shut them down when you leave the house. Treat this issue the same as you would central heating in Northern Europe. If exceeded , this leve will be deducted from the security deposit of £200. You can view your consumption from the electrical supply meter on the house.

More Details

Mr. and Mrs. A. Scott
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Mr. and Mrs. A. Scott

Kate is a Special needs teacher and I am an Engineering officer in the Merchant navy. My wife and I own Emcee, in Barbados and The Old Barn annex in Beckwithshaw, Harrogate. Both homes are very dear to us and guests have commented on how welcome they were made to feel in the home from home atmosphere in both properties. Indeed, we aim to offer our guests as much care as possible during their stays in warm and friendly environments. We have travelled quite a bit and stayed in many self-catering villas, both home and away and so have gleened from this what we all need during our breaks from reality. We hope you have an enjoyable and pleasant vacation wherever you decide to book. All the best. Andrew Scott.

Mr. and Mrs. A. Scott purchased this villa in 2008

Why Mr. and Mrs. A. Scott chose Speightstown

As I have said above, I work as a merchant seaman and know quite a bit about foreign shores. For me, Barbados has that mix of having familiar establishments yet having a different character. Barbados is very safe and the weather is 95% fantastic. We started coming to the island in 1994 and have vacationed here most years since. The people are friendly, helpful, chatty and warming. We purchased Emcee in 2008 from an English couple and annually we have made adaptations to the villa, refurbishing the bathrooms and pool in the past three years. Emcee sits in a quiet, friendly, safe neighbourhood, where you will become part of the local way of living, all witnessed from the veranda and upstairs balcony.

What makes this villa unique

We firmly believe our property offers outstanding value for money. We can meet you at the airport, stopping off to get basic provisions on the way to Emcee if wished and take you to the villa where you are met by our manageress and made to feel most welcome. Our manager's aim is to help all guests during their stay and she is on hand to solve any issues where possible. We enjoy hearing back from our guests and appreciate and take on board any comments they make which will allow other guests to enjoy their stay even more. We do appreciate guests reporting to Helen, any damages incurred during their stay. This is in order that they may be rectified for the following guests. We supply each set of our guests with our "Rough Guide" to Emcee and the island, with handy tips we have picked up while holidaying on the island and some great places to eat, drink, visit. Each week Annette will come to clean, change the beds and linen and tidy up. This time will be arranged on your arrival when you meet Helen. Emcee is our home from home in Barbados- relaxing, comfortable, breezy and spacious, open plan configuration downstairs, light and airy. Very high, beamed ceilings, mosquito nets and monkey bars on windows. Our plunge pool now has atmospheric lighting and a salt water, chlorination system, run from the utility/pump room.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have acted on a number of comments made by our guests. We have installed smoke detectors. We have installed privacy blinds in the master bedroom. We have bought a number of specialised pots & pans, a cool box, and a range of wine glasses. We will always listen to our clients or potential clients. We installed Wifi two years ago and recently a safe.
Sep 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Speightstown in Saint Peter

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 1-master - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bath 1: Master: large, walk in shower with rainforest rose, toilet, wash basin, cupboard, large mirror, feature shelving. Bath 2: downstairs. Bath, overhead shower with rainforest rose and hand held shower for easy bathing of children, toilet, wash basin with cupboard, large mirror.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bed 1: Master-upstairs, king size bed, air-conditioned and fanned, wardrobes with drawers, vanity unit, balcony with sea view, safe. Windows on 3 sides. Vaulted ceiling. Bed 2: Downstairs.King size double, a/c & fanned, wardrobe and drawers. Side view. Bed 3: Downstairs. Twin beds (can be joined)- more suited to children-, a/c & fanned, wardrobe. Double aspect. Pool and garden view.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: We can meet you at the airport, or villa. The villa is situated in a quiet, residential street (cul-de-sac). The front of the property is gated and the pool rim is raised allowing for better safety for toddlers and small children. Baby sitting can be arranged through our manageress. First aid and blackout candles are found in the cabinet above the fridge. A fire extinguisher and blanket are situated adjacent to the cooker. Two smoke detectors have been installed. Our manageress is easily contactable should any problem arise. Outside: The property is surrounded by pretty landscaped gardens. To the back of the villa is a secluded plunge pool with table, chairs and 2 sun loungers. Pergolla at rear which is in shade at midday. Utility Room: Washing machine and tumble dryer. Mops, laundry equipment. Pool plant room. Cleaning / Towels / Linen Maid service- inclusive of bed and towel change. Light clean. This is provided weekly. The pool is treated by a professional pool company.(Day to day leaf removal from the pool should be undertaken by the occupants, as part of self catering.) Other: Veranda: adjacent to the dining area and can be used as an alternative dining/sitting area. Ceiling fan and shutters


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Spacious Private Villa With Pool, In Garden Very Close To The Beach
average rating of 3.6 based on 6 reviews
Moncton, New Brunswick

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I was at Emcee from March 29th to April 8th, 2018. The house is absolutely beautiful, the location is great, walking distance to the beach and Speightstown. Full size fridge and stove, washer and dryer, plunge pool, you have everything you need in a nice and quiet neighborhood.

Our issue started at check in. Since this property has a surcharge fee for electrical consumption over and above 22 KwHrs units per day, the property manager left us a note with some instructions and the meter reading. Once she left, we unpacked our car and luggage and decided to take a picture of the meter, the reading was up 286, and our total for our stay was only 220. In 20 minutes that it took to unpack, the meter went up 286. something is not right.

Being mature professional working adults, we didn't stress over this insignificant issue, we had proof through pictures that were stamped with the date and time so we didn't fuss over it. We thought we would simply show the owner the pictures and he would see the discrepancies in the 2 meter readings.

I'm shocked to say that we were wrong. The owner accused us of running the AC units with the windows open 24/7. When he was given the pictures he claimed they were too blurry to read. I wish I could attach them here so future customers could see how blurry they are. The pictures were taken in the beautiful Barbados weather with blue skies with a professional camera, they're far from being blurry.

My advice to potential renters is to negotiate the electrical consumption in the price. This would alleviate the issue we had with an unsympathetic owner that accused us of, heaven for bid, using electricity and then claiming the proof was blurry.


  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Jason. Thank you for reviewing Emcee, our villa and yes, she "is absolutely beautiful, in a quiet neighbourhood, great location within easy walking distance to beach and town. Super facilities and plunge pool- everything you need." Your party booked in Christine's name, however you Jason, wrote the review, so I now answer your views on the electrical points raised. We have rented out our villa for almost 10 years. Never before, or since your stay, have we, as a team, been questioned about our electrical sur -charge. Taking up your suggestion, we did contact BLP asking them to monitor our meter. They did, fully passing it. The meter is made up of a set of small clocks (as are all villas in our area) and for persons who do not read them regularly, they can be tricky to comprehend. Our manageress looks after several properties on the island and is accustomed to carrying out this activity, as are BLP. YOU FAILED TO MENTION IN YOUR REVIEW THAT YOUR PARTY OMITTED TO GIVE OUR MANAGERESS THE £200 damage/over-electrical usage deposit. This is clearly stated in correspondence issued by VRBO. Also, you arranged to meet our manageress at the end of your 10 night stay, at 1400 in Emcee, to hand over keys and to say, "Goodbye", as one does. You departed at 1330, half hour earlier than arranged. We can not understand why you did this after taking several photos of the meter throughout your holiday? Our manageress finalised the readings, alone, reporting your consumption to be 78.3 units daily. (she also discovered the hot water heater switch at "On", having been switched on during your stay) Your booker, Christine, gave me her readings, averaging 49.7 units daily and you stated, Jason, the party's usage to be 22 units daily. (matches our allowance exactly!) The party of 5 prior to your stay consumed around 16 units daily and the party of 2, post your stay, used 9 units daily. (We use roughly, 11-16 daily) We operate a fair system. 22 units of electricity included in your stay's rental amount. Extra usage agreed on at departure and paid for out of the £200 deposit GIVEN ON ARRIVAL. Our only other guests who left early at departure,(giving us a 5* rating) left without their £200. I gladly wired this to them in Canada, paying to do so. We have NOT ASKED YOU FOR ANY EXTRA MONEY. We left this to Christine's discretion. To end, my husband is a seafarer. His ship has no power to upload/download attachments. Emcee's power = relaxation, comfort, beauty and fairness to all.
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Great vacation

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our time in Barbados and in villa,Heywood beach gourges,down side ,top beadroom needs mosques nets in the windows,other than thet we loved it.

Thank you Andrew and Kate

  • Review Submitted: 27-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Adam, Thank you so much for staying in Emcee. We are so glad you enjoyed your 3 weeks. Our manager said you were so friendly. The master bedroom does have mosquito nets, on all 3 windows. The only window without nets is the patio/balcony window, which goes without saying. Thank you once again. Kate and Andrew Scott
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Just Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

This was absolutely wonderful - located a short walk to town and beach. Emcee is clean, fully equipped and a very pleasant home to stay in. We were there for two weeks - owners were very accommodating - the neighbors were lovely. We rented a car and travelled all over the island and the consensus was that our location was the best. I would definitely rent here again should we return to Barbados.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Feb-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Linda, Andrew and I were delighted to hear you and your friends loved our villa and the island. We are always chuffed to bits to convert more people to the beauties of Barbados. Thank you for staying with us and choosing to relax and unwind at our home from home and we do so look forward to you returning in the near future. All the best, Kate and Andrew Scott
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An ideal base for getting around the whole island

  • 4 of 5

My brother in law recommended Emcee to us having stayed there when visiting his mom near by. For two retirees fulfilling the dream of watching test cricket in Barbados the villa proved an ideal base for getting to the match, visiting and sightseeing. The accommodation was clean, bright and airy with both ceiling fans and air conditioning in all rooms providing relief in what even the locals said was a hot spell. We used the downstairs bedrooms but were also impressed with the tastefully decorated upstairs master bedroom complete with balcony. Our favourite features were the well maintained plunge pool and the verandah where we chilled out reading and watching the local little green lizards and humming birds. Emcee has excellent facilities for cooking/eating in but apart from breakfast we decided to eat out. Situated on a quiet residential estate less than 10 minutes walk into Speightstown we were well placed for local bars and restaurants, our favourite meals being fish, rice and peas with local Banks' beer and plenty of cricket talk with local characters.

We decided to use buses during our first week for getting to the cricket. These were both reliable and cheap ($2Barbados to anywhere) if somewhat bone shaking. We therefore chose not to hire a car for our second week as planned but were still able to get round the island easily as well as visit my brother in law's mom at Josey Hill for authentic bajan food. The villa owners (Andrew and Kate) were very helpful through the booking process and lead up to our trip and their rough guide proved invaluable for getting to know the area. The local manager O'Brien (OB) was also a great help. Great fun and very accommodating, he arranged tickets for us to be sat with his family at the cricket and also took us to his own cricket club for a social evening where we met famous former West Indies test stars. The airport pickup service suggested by Kate and Andrew was a major plus. On arrival we queued for nearly two hours to complete delayed luggage forms. Our friendly driver Jennifer from Elite Cars waited patiently outside arrivals before delivering us to our villa without complaint. Needless to say we booked her for the return airport trip. Emcee proved to be ideal both for the cricket and as a base from where we could get to know the real Barbados and its people away from the somewhat sanitised environment of luxury hotels. We can recommend this delightful villa to anyone planning to visit the island.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Peter. Thank you for enjoying Emcee and Barbados. We are so glad that we could provide you with comfort, relaxation, ease and rest. We adore the island, its people, its friendliness and welcome and always endeavour to offer our holiday makers the same. You are most welcome any time. Kindest regards, Kate and Andrew Scott
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  • 4 of 5

Such a super villa for our stay in Barbados

.The location near Speightstown was was perfect for us.

I do think that people wanting a busier,faster pace with a variety of nightlife may prefer St Lawrence Gap on the south coast but Emcee is certainly not isolated by any means being close to lovely quiet beaches and to busier ones with a good variety of water sports and beach bars.We found plenty of places to eat, although having a car was a definite advantage but certainly not necessary for the entire holiday

Emcee is exactly as the description says and as good a value for money as you will find.It was spotless ,comfortable,very well maintained with a lovely clean plunge pool and relaxing areas to chill. The owner's,Andrew and Kate, could not have been more helpful.They were aware that it was our Silver Wedding Anniversary and we were greeted on our arrival by the most stunning flower display and complimentary bottle of wine.They also provided us with their own "Rough Guide" which gave lots of really good tips and advice about places,attractions and local restaurants to visit. Our daughter aged 23 joined us for part of the holiday and was also really pleased with our choice.

O'Brien, their contact and villa manager on the island, was also very helpful and friendly.He was always available to answer any queries but everything did run very smoothly from start to finish.

I would definitely recommend the villa to family and friends and would certainly stay there in the future.A gem of a find!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Feb-2014
  • Date of Stay: January 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Anne. It was pleasure to have all 3 of you and we are so glad that you found a villa near to family and friends and indeed, one you would like to re visit. We are always delighted to share our villa, Rough Guide and the beautiful island with people who love it as much as we do. Will pass your kind words to OB, the manager-another island lover. All the best. Kate and Andrew.
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Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

My special interest is eating and drinking. And Barbados is a fantastic place to indulge those pleasures. But don't bother to pick up a glossy magazine which tells you about all those flashy restaurants where all the celebs go, because we supply our own "Rough Guide". And after 20 years of chewing and slurping my way down the west coast, I'm fairly sure I'm giving some good council.


Heywoods beach, on the west coast, is a 5-10 minute walk. All other beaches running along the coast can be accessed by public transport or private car. However there is limited parking at the most popular spots (Mullins), so we would recommend the bus. Water skiing is available on the beach. I've left Jeremy's business card in the kitchen. His boat is available for skiing and fishing also.


Grantley Adams Airport: We can arrange your pickup and "meet & greet" either at the airport, or villa. Due to our proximity to the beach, town and local bus services, there is no need to hire a car. It does come in handy, though. We do recommend one company we have found, who are a family run, reliable rental company and they will deliver to the villa. Speightstown has increased its eateries over the years and has a wide selection of interesting places along the coast road. No need at all to venture south. Most restaurants have sea views and are very pleasant to while away the hours in. Speightstown beach is pleasant and lively, in a quiet, un-touristy way.


Speightstown: 6-8 mins walk. Holetown: 10-15 mins by car/bus. Bridgetown: 35-40 mins by car/bus. Bathsheba (East Coast) 30 mins car, 60 mins bus.

Further Details:

Speightstown contains a range of food markets, stores, banks, art galleries, bars and restaurants. Notably the "Fishermans" which is on the beach and is very reasonably priced. Scuba-diving can also be organised from "Reefs & Wreckers".

We supply you with a "Rough Guide" which is a result of our 20 year holiday affair with Barbados. Not only does it give you a great insight of the island, you can also save at least £50 per person. In the past 5 years, Speightstown has broadened its eateries and now offers great choice and venue for all types of people.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Speightstown, Barbados

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 4
1 May 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
1 Dec 2018 - 28 Feb 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Mar 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
When booking, a 20% deposit will be required, with the final payment due 8 weeks prior to occupation. A refundable security payment of the equivalent of £200 either in us dollars, or dollars bds, or uk pounds, will be required prior to occupation at the villa. This will be handed to the manageress on arrival. If the holiday group has used over electrical consumption of 22kw/hours per day, then the amount will be deducted from the deposit before being returned.

Changeover Day:
No specific changeover day.

Notes on prices:
We are happy to further negotiate rates for long term rentals.

There is a surcharge on electrical consumption over 22 KwHrs (units) per day of 22p per unit, which is the cost of electricity in Barbados. Avoiding this charge is very simple. Don't run the air conditioning 24/7.If your metre reading at the end of your vacation is over the allocated consumption, the extra cost will be deducted by the manager, from your security deposit before you leave the villa.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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