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Santiago-St. James. Make Yourself at Home in Historic Holetown's Coziest Cottage

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Last updated: 02/19/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Air Conditioned, spacious, 1 Bedroom, 1 bathroom cottage, Sleeps 2. Pleases all!

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 !!
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Call (246) 432 1292 or email Margaret and Lee Farnum-Badley at and tell us what you need to get you going on your Way.

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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english, french, spanish, 'Bajan' (Barbadian dialect)
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 20%
Calendar last updated: 02/19/2017

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • 1000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 2
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2

  • Bedroom 1: 2 twin/ single


  • Large (300 sq-ft) tiled, air-conditioned room with en-suite shower, king or single beds, built-in closets, ceiling fan and escritoire in spacious room separated from the rest of the house by four curtained french doors....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Modern single washbasin with spacious vanity.

Other Amenities

  • - 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 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


  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Budget


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Recreation Center
  • Reefs
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beach:

    Stretching from Sandy Lane to Glitter Bay...moreless

  • Beach View:

    Close by. The beach front of Discovery Bay is less than 300 yards away....moreless

  • Beachfront:

    Santiago is located within an established seaside residential area contiguous with a major resort and holiday amenities....moreless

  • Near The Ocean
  • Oceanfront
  • Village:

    Jamestown is more of a residential suburb of Holetown...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Fax


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Golf Clubs
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 31 - Jul 31
7 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
$630 $2,610
Sep 2 - Nov 14
7 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
$595 $2,460
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
$700 $2,910
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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Last updated: 02/19/2017
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20 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Grantley Adams International Airport
90 Metres
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Sandy Lane and Royal Westmoreland
40 Metres
Nearest Motorway
Highway 1
60 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Lemon Grass (Thai)
60 Metres
Nearest Beach
Discovery Bay

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.


Owner info

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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Speaks: english, french, spanish, 'Bajan' (Barbadian dialect)
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 20%
Calendar last updated: 02/19/2017

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  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Your hosts, Margaret and Lee!!

    Your hosts, Margaret and Lee!!

  • Your Living/Dining room & Kitchen area beyond

    Your Living/Dining room & Kitchen area beyond

  • You'll sleep like Water Babies!!

    You'll sleep like Water Babies!!

  • Or chat w/visitors ?

    Or chat w/visitors ?

  • Cricket w/White Herons across the street

    Cricket w/White Herons across the street

  • Your Beach . . . Discovery Bay!!

    Your Beach . . . Discovery Bay!!

  • Front Terrace & deck beyond

    Front Terrace & deck beyond

  • You'll cook up a storm!!

    You'll cook up a storm!!

  • You might relax on your deck?

    You might relax on your deck?

  • You'll wash away your cares!!

    You'll wash away your cares!!

  • See why the settlers made it their home.

    See why the settlers made it their home.

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