A very nice property that is a well taken care of and Carol was very pleasant to work with. It was also nice to have property managers in Jan and her husband to be close by if any issues arose. Thanks
Carol for letting taste Barbados in your cozy cute home!
We were two couples sharing the villa from Feb 10 - 24 2018.
From the initial booking query, through the reservation process and all our questions, to our incredible two week stay, Carol was a pleasure to deal with.
Jan met us at the villa and gave us a brief but comprehensive orientation. We immediately changed into beach gear, abandoned our luggage and headed for Bottom Bay. What an incredible place to be able to call "your beach" for two weeks. Once night fell we returned to the villa and our pool and bobbed around drinking rum.
The kitchen has everything required for cooking at home, plenty of pots, frying pans, plates, cups and glasses - as well as plastic to take in the pool. It's long and narrow but able to accommodate two people working together.
We split the time between bedrooms thanks to the mid-stay clean which meant bedding was washed and replaced. The master bedroom has a comfortable king bed and plenty of storage space in the walk-in closet. The en-suite comprises a shower, sink and toilet, and there is limited space for toiletries. The second bedroom has a comfortable queen bed and plenty of storage space in the closet. The bathroom in the hallway comprises a larger shower, sink and toilet, also with limited room for toiletries. We did not use the room with twin beds. On our arrival all bedrooms had a towel/flower arrangement on the beds, a very nice touch.
The living room comprises a couch, two easy chairs and side/coffee tables with a flat-screen smart tv on the wall. It is very nicely decorated and looks very inviting but we found no occasion to sit in there. Leading from the living room through the french doors is a large covered patio with a large table and six chairs. That is where we ate all our meals, rehashed the days adventures, shared (more than) a few drinks and generally hung out. The temperature and constant breeze make it a perfect place to sit day or night. The pool and four recliners are all steps away from the table. Thanks to Jan and Jon for sorting us out with the BBQ.
Jan pointed us towards a few rum shacks. Spend some time at AJ's (walk to the main road, turn right, it's after the school), it's a great place to chat to locals and have cheap drinks.
In short the villa was well maintained, clean and just as seen on the website. We had everything we needed for our stay with the exception of beach towels. Big thank you to Carol, Jan, Jon and the support crew for an awesome time.
Margaret and Alan Griffin
hideaway is a charming and perfect name for this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom bungalow!
The property is located in Atlantic Rising, a small community approximately 6 km from The Crane Beach and The Crane Resort where we went to swim and enjoy several lunches and evening meals. The buffet at The Atlantis restaurant in Bathsheba was a treat as was karaoke night at The Lighthouse!
The house is exactly as depicted in the photographs. It is very well maintained and is very prettily decorated. Marcia, the housekeeper is a gem as is Quincy who meticulously cleans the pool twice each week! We enjoyed meeting several people, like Keo, who live in the neighbourhood.
The pool is off a good-sized, shaded patio where the dining table and chairs are located. All our meals were taken outdoors. The water is always warm due to the orientation of the property which receives the sun all day. Our clothes, once washed, dried in no time.
The owner,Carol, had thoughtfully and carefully prepared information to assist guests with finding the house, the need-to-knows of living in it, local activites, and for planning outings. The managers provided helpful information regarding taxi services. We also rented a B-B-Q from them for one week of our two week stay. The kitchen is well equipped, although some sharper knives and newer pots and pans would not go amiss.
A car really is recommended not just for grocery shopping but for being able to easily get around and enjoy what this beautiful island has to offer.
Bottom Bay beach is within easy walking distance and although it truly is lovely, it is not ideal for swimming as the waves are rough and the undercurrent strong. Best for a picnic and walk. Vendors offer fresh coconut water for sale and beach chairs to rent. Be sure to bring something to pack you lunch in!
Would I return to hideAway? Yes, I would and I would also recommend it to my family and friends!
We are currently spending 10 wonderful days at this beautiful, spacious villa near the sea. The location is great for a private getaway - with amazing beaches and ancient castle ruins a short walk (5min) away.
There are many fun things to do and see and great restaurants-from local outdoor cafes to fine dining in the area, so a car is necessary if you want to enjoy the sites of the Island.
The pool is a fabulous reprieve from the heat - and it's very private. I spend hours relaxing on the loungers with palm trees and flowers all around and enjoying the cooling sea breezes.
We've been spending most nights relaxing around the table on the outdoor patio with just the sounds of the palm trees blowing in the breeze. However, the indoor lounge area is very comfortable if you want to spend a night in watching a movie.
I know I'm going to be completely relaxed by the end of my vacation and I'll definitely be returning to Hideaway!
We had two weeks at Hideaway. Travelled with 2 older teens. The villa was clean and comfortable. The pool is lovely and great for a dip or a little swim. The bedrooms are not very big but we spent little time in them, preferring to hang out on the veranda or in the lounge. There is air con in the bedrooms and a ceiling fan in the lounge. The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking but there is no bbq area outside (you can rent one if you like). This is a quiet, residential area with a mix of locals and holiday makers. The house is alarmed and there is CCTV in the villa and around local area. The beach is a few minutes walk and then down some steep steps. It's beautiful and fairly clean. There is a guy selling coconuts but nothing else. It's not a swimming beach but we had some bodyboards. The boarding here is good but a little rough, so may not be good for younger kids. There is a shop out on the main road but it's a 15 min walk in the heat. We did not have a car but we had a great driver called Ryan (248 5672 or firstname.lastname@example.org) who lives nearby and has good knowledge of the local area. If calling outside add 1246 in front of the number above. We took trips to the local shopping area, emerald city, to stock up the freezer. Jan and John are the managers, they live just down the road and were very helpful. On the first night we went to Marco Polo for dinner & drinks. This is near crane beach and there is a large hotel here. There is no bar or nightlife nearby but Ryan took us to his neighbourhood bar East Coast Grill on a Thursday nights or a great karaoke! We also tried Oistins on a Friday night, we had a great meal at a good price. You can get cocktails and beer and have a dance in the square. Most people would probably feel they need a car to stay here but it's not a big deal if you don't drive, so don't rule it out! We took a snorkelling trip with Calabaza Sailing and they drove out to pick us up. We travelled all along the west coast and had a marvellous day. We didn't go to the Gap as we had been there before and wanted a more authentic carribbean trip. We took a few evening strolls before sundown and thoroughly enjoyed the tranquility. So if that's what your after, you've come to the right place!
My only moans would be the bedding, as the sheets are a little old and I think a small brick bbq/grill in the garden would be useful.
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