Santiago-St. James. Make Yourself at Home in Historic Holetown's Coziest Cottage
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Property type:Apartment
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Santiago-St.James is a modern semi-detached cottage on a beach-side estate in historic Jamestown. The first European settlers in the island of Barbados chose this area in 1625 because of its sheltered beaches, abundant victualing and healthy, beautiful surroundings. Four hundred years later it's still Barbados' most sought after place to stay - and Santiago-St.James is right there !! Serene, secluded, safe, salubrious, central, spick-and-span Santiago (which is in fact the Spanish for Saint James) and is inspired by the saint's legendary search for a way to the sea.
The 'way' of Santiago is indisputably also the best way to enjoy a relaxing visit to this enchanting island. It's offered to you on a self-cater basis (i.e. no daily housekeeping visits) so you can 'live like a local' - in complete privacy as if you were at home. A gorgeous beach, a town full of amenities, supermarket, restaurants, cinemas, banks, public transport, shopping and night life - all withing reach of a pleasant stroll.
Locational convenience is good value for modern as well as 17th Century explorers: The way to see Barbados is by bus. Santiago has covered parking at the front door just in case guests decide to do their reconnoitering in a rented car, but most days are so fine a car just sits at home.
Play golf? Can't get your handicap down from 40? Across the street from Santiago is a full size cricket playing field where you can recreate your swing or just your stride with a daily routine in the company of curious monkeys, graceful egrets and playful mongooses.
Swim for your life? Why not do it in the company of giant leatherback turtles along the mile and a half of coral sandy gentle shore line from Discovery all the way up to Glitter Bay. Stop paddling and have a Bank's (the beer of the gods) at one of the beach bars along the strip - perhaps watch the last over of a one-day international cricket match on their screen.
Shopping is your thing? Santiago lies practically in the shadow of the island's most exclusive duty free mall: Limegrove LifeStyle Centre. Here are all the chic shops on the sheet plus: cinemas, bistros, concerts, and late night bars where you can rub shoulders with the other celebrities enjoying their anonymity. Truly underspoken sophistication because everyone is sure everyone else is famous . . . but all at very reasonable prices.
How about a little climatotherapy? A change of scene to help you manage a condition that we might suffer from at home . . . Don't we all need it sometimes? Well we have pure vitamin D pouring out of the skies in the sun rays that bathe the open air sunning deck at Santiago. Bring a good book and get better naturally !!!
There will be WiFi, Kindle downloading and internet TV to keep you informed and well 'red', but there'll also be Margaret and Lee - your so to speak - 'landlords' living just next door, and these two eccentric retired land lovers are at your service to help you learn all the survival secrets in the colony !!
A few things Santiago doesn't offer and we are unapologetic about it:: No plunge pool, no barbecue, no 'party-spot' facilities,
Our rents during the Summer (June to November) are about US$ 100.00 per night which includes all taxes and utility charges. No gimmicks or stunts at the 'shrine of Santiago' !! Winters are usually heavily booked up, but still try us . . . the rent goes to US$ 120.00 in that high season. We like to know who's coming so we'll ask you to share some information about yourselves and your expectations.
All said - if you are still searching for your place in the sun. Look no further. Santiago might not be the Ritz but it's a very short distance away from the most exquisitely romantic and re-energizing vacation you'll ever have. Santiago-St.James is the 'Way' - your home away !!
Call (246) 432 1292 or email Margaret and Lee Farnum-Badley at email@example.com and tell us what you need to get you going on your Way.
Member since: 2010
- 1000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Low Allergen Environment
- Non Smoking Only
- Not Suitable For Children
- Pets Not Allowed
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Modern single washbasin with spacious vanity.
- - The use of a basic cellphone is included in the rental (with pay-per-call top-up time sold at the supermarket) - Apartment has an iPod dock for connection to TV set.speakers. - All windows are meshed and fitted with security bars. - Voyager Rent-a-Car station at Discovery Bay Hotel (see http://www.voyager-rent-a-car.com/home) but excellent and frequent public transport services along main road. - Linen/towel changes as requested and a weekly general cleaning is included. - Will stock the kitchen upon request with 'survival provisions' for first supper & breakfast. Enquire. - Property owners Margaret and Lee live next door and are very helpful with general enquiries and general matters!...moreless
- Satellite / Cable
- Botanical Garden
- Duty Free Shops
- Recreation Center
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Beach View:
- Near The Ocean
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Jet Skiing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Water Skiing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 4 people
- Activities Guide
- Air Conditioning
- Basic Soaps
- Ceiling Fans
- Filtered Water
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Mobile Phone
- Mosquito Magnet
- Paper Towels
- Sofa Bed
- Split-System Air Conditioning
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Ice Maker
- Beach Towels
- Golf Clubs
- Kayak / Canoe
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
- Unscreened Porch / Veranda
- Walkway To Water
- Housekeeper Included
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7 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
Sep 2 - Nov 14
7 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
May 31 - Jul 31
7 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
Additional information about rental rates
Additional Fees and Taxes:
None additional. Optional housekeeping visit US$35.00. Standard local mobile telephone charges per call.
A minimum of your first night's rent is required to confirm your booking. The first night's payment will be non-refundable (any excess deposit funds will be applied to a future stay if a cancellation was necessary). Deposit by Wire Transfer or Certified Cheque. Full settlement is due upon arrival. Payment may be either in US Dollars or Barbados Dollars exchanged at USD 1.00 = BDS 2.00 .
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Car: Not Necessary
In the summer of 1624 a privateer called John Powell commanding a vessel on its way back to England after trading with Dutch settlements in South America met with a storm that blew him off course and damaged the ship. They were fortunate that the ocean currents took the distressed little pinnace within reach of Barbados, an island that was barely distinguishable on the horizon because of its flat topography. The Portuguese had charted this island’s position ever since the 16th Century and drawn its profile for offshore recognition. In those days there was no navigation equipment that measured Longitude accurately to pin-point an exact location at sea, so many ships missed their intended destination and were lost at sea, their crews perishing from starvation when stores of food and water eventually ran out. Powell put into a bay on the leeward side where he spotted a break the continuous wall of thick bearded fig trees (ficus barbata) growing along the placid leeward shore. He limped his battered little vessel into this “hole” for repairs.
Luckily the island was uninhabited. A sizable Arawak indian population that once lived on Barbados had apparently been decimated by repeated Spanish raiders who carried them off as slaves to work the mines on the mainland. Traces of their thriving agriculture were still evident from the cassava, sweet potato, plantain and various fruit trees growing wild near the creek. The forests had been seeded with swine by Portuguese explorers over a century before who wisely anticipated that Barbados might be an emergency port of call for Portuguese transports serving their new settlements in Brazil.
Powell’s must have felt blessed to have found such a bountiful and safe haven. But this wasn’t the first time Barbados had proved hospitable to visitors: In 1605 another English ship, the “Oliph Blossome” commanded by an inept Captain Cataline who after seriously miscalculating the ship’s bearing came upon Barbados by happy accident too. This voyage had been commissioned by Sir Oliph Leigh, Earl of Marlborough who was desperate to get supplies to his brother Charles Leigh whose attempt at settlement on the Oyapoque river in South America was languishing from hunger and disease. In gratitude for this good fortune the expedition’s mission commander ordered the erection of a large cross at the same waterhole Powell used later, and carved the words “James I - King of England and this Islande” on a prominent mastic tree, evidently proposing to return someday. Nineteen years later, in 1625, John Powell was greeted by these very markings. It is believed that several Dutch transports had made landings on the island and perhaps even used the providence of the Hole, but until 1624 no Europeans made any arrangement for permanent settlement.
Powell’s personal “discovery of the goodness of the land” in was not to be so casual. After repairing and getting back to England, Powell wasted no time urging his principal, the Dutch merchant William Courteen to persuade his friend the Earl of Pembroke Sir William Herbert - to seek a royal charter by which he could establish a settlement at “The Hole” on the island of Barbados. He would call the place Jamestown in honour of the king. So under the auspices of the monarchy, two years later, John Powell’s brother Henry Powell brought a formidable galleon carrying a crew and 50 intrepid pioneers from England as well as 10 Africans that he had liberated from a passing Portuguese slave ship. Armed with the necessary tools, skilled craftsmen, seed and livestock, they cleared the thick forests and founded a community that has grown into today’s modern Barbados.
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: Margaret is a decorator specializing in Christmas tree and seasonal decking for private mansions on the West Coast. She does community work with Soroptimists International and the Barbados RSPCA.. Lee is a retired management studies tutor. We enjoy gardening, reading, playing golf, taking Caribbean cruises and visiting family in the UK, Canada and Washington DC. Both of us have lived in Holetown for over 30 years and have an interest in promoting the 400th anniversary of Jamestown's settlement. We share our space with two amazing cats, Giggles and Mimi.
Why the Owner Chose Lascelles, Holetown, Barbados:
Santiago-St.James is simply the best way to make the most of your vacation in this enchanting island - especially if you are looking for good value, cultural exposure, security, privacy, and a base that is clean, comfortable and central.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
We know what discerning holidaymakers like - because we are fussy about our own accommodation when we travel. Want to know the way to ensure peace of mind and an unforgettable Barbados visit? Call or email us. Santiago is the best Way !!
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Your hosts, Margaret and Lee!!
Your Living/Dining room & Kitchen area beyond
You'll sleep like Water Babies!!
Or chat w/visitors ?
Cricket w/White Herons across the street
Your Beach . . . Discovery Bay!!
Front Terrace & deck beyond
You'll cook up a storm!!
You might relax on your deck?
You'll wash away your cares!!
See why the settlers made it their home.
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