We have just returned from 9 days at Baileys Cottage having spent the same period last year in the adjacent Pavilion. Gibbes is a fantastic set up - three rental properties in the beautifully kept grounds of the main house.
I wrote a review of the Pavilion last year and everything I said then still holds true. We were lucky enough to be upgraded so that we had use of the larger kitchen of the adjacent Osborne Cottage, which was empty for the week that we were there. We might have struggled with the smaller kitchen at Baileys as we cooked in quite a lot. It might also have been less private had Osborne also been occupied. But it wasn't and we had a great holiday!
If we were to be picky, we might suggest that the owners invest in a wifi booster so that wifi can be accessed from the cottages (rather than having to sit on the veranda of the main house). But that really is the only suggestion as otherwise this is a fabulous place, with great staff, brilliant location and incredibly good value for money.
For the price we paid this was a very good deal. There are 2 cottages plus a house on 2 acres of lovely well kept gardens with 2 swimming pools. It is on a busy road but somehow all the vegetation blocks out most of the traffic noise. We had the smaller cottage (Baily) and it was adaquate for the 2 of us. One large bedroom with a sofa and dining table with 2 chairs. There is a small kitchen with a 2 burner stove, microwave, small refrigerator and everything you need for light cooking. We spent most of our time on the veranda which is comfortably furnished. The bathroom and kitchen need updating but then they would probably raise the rent. It's really fine.
The website says there is no TV but that's not so, we had a large screen with cable. There is free wifi but you have to go up to the main house to access it and you can either sit on the veranda or in the garden. There are 2 wonderful ladies who clean the place daily and will call a driver for you if needed. They even do your laundry for no charge! They greeted us upon arrival and helped with the luggage and showed us around. Then they brought us some fish cakes and rum punch which we enjoyed on our veranda. Lovely.
The only drawback is that it is located on a curve on a very busy road with sporadic sidewalks. They offered to help us cross but we declined. Just walk down a bit to get away from the curve then cross to the beach. The busses go right past and the yellow bus will stop when you wave at it. You can walk along the beach to Mullen's Beach Bar which is not far at all. They have very good food and free lounge chairs and umbrellas on the beach. It's a short bus ride to Speighstown which they say is the last unspoiled town in the Caribbean. We liked it very much and they do have some very good restaurants.
We stayed here for 10 relaxing days. I took teabags, coffee, sugar, granola and some cheese and crackers. The owner will send you a shopping list to have things waiting for you on arrival if you wish, nice to have milk, eggs, bread and OJ the first morning for breakfast. I also took salt and pepper but there was some there. There's also a Mr. Coffee maker. There is a supermarket in Speightstown and they will call a cab for you when you are ready to go back.
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