Spyglass Villa takes its inspiration from the unique Saban vernacular with its charming white-washed board and hand-cut stone exterior. But modern conveniences and a contemporary interior awaits inside featuring a large gourmet kitchen with breakfast bar, dining and living area, 3 bedrooms (one is a bunkroom with single bed) and 3 full-sized baths. The wrap-around veranda has vistas of Mount Scenery and 270 degrees of ocean view including distant islands.
The Vrbo Bear stayed here
We found this property to be beary special
We Invite You to Relax As You Indulge in the Sanctuary of Spyglass Villa
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About Barney Gibbs
Father and Son, Chris and Barney Gibbs are born and bred-Barbadians. Saba and Barbados have shared seafaring traditions since the 17th century, and the flat, limestone island to the South is a vastly different landscape to Saba's volcanic peaks. But both islands are home to Chris and Barney.
Barney Gibbs purchased this Villa in 2009
Why Barney Gibbs chose Windward Side
Purchased as a virtual ruin in 2009, the Barbadian owners of Spyglass Villa have meticulously renovated the property as a refuge for all who choose to stay here. Through careful study of the unique Saban vernacular in its over 100 year old cottages, we have not departed from the well-crafted and intricate details of Saban architecture, while also maintaining a contemporary, but comfortable feel in the property. Saba is a quiet and charming island surrounded by spectacular sea and mountain views and each space in the home was designed to ensure that visitors enjoy peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. ‘Spyglass’ is the current name given to the property which was formerly constructed and occupied by well-known Saban Calvin Holm. After a few visits to the island the current owners decided to undertake a renovation of the property to make the house befitting of the beautiful, almost 360 degree views of the sea and mountain.
What makes this Villa unique
Spyglass offers guests the comfort of tradition with modern conveniences. Spyglass is a sanctuary where you can choose to switch off and just contemplate life as the clouds circle around your little mountainous retreat. Spyglass features a large modern kitchen and several indoor and outdoor dining options. Bedrooms are generous with full en-suite bathroom/shower. Guests of Spyglass Villa will have access to free WiFi, Cable TV and the full amenities listed.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Vrbo Bear Stay review
On top of the world
Immaculate, charmingly designed and decorated home—although we were a little unlucky with the weather, we loved staying here. The view from this house is spectacular. The house was well stocked with towels and kitchenware—we found everything we needed. The grounds were designed for lounging while enjoying the view—an expansive sun deck, stone tub for cooling off, and an elevated covered porch off the house all provided relaxing seating for enjoying the view. The location was great for walking to the Windward Side restaurants (you must be fit as the roads to town are steep) or alternatively, taxis were readily available. The friendly taxi drivers are locals who have a wealth of information about the island. We hiked on the Mary’s Point trail which was a well maintained trail with a couple gorgeous view points and would have liked to hike the Mt Scenery trail but the top was shrouded in clouds for our entire stay. Had a delicious meal at Chez Bubba with Harry as our waiter—so pleasant and wonderful service. Would have liked to have tried The Brigadoon but with no reservation couldn’t get in—it was highly recommended. Enjoyed visiting Jobean’s glass jewelry shop and taking a quickie glass bead making lesson. She is very talented and I bought several pieces of jewelry. Would love to return to Saba and would stay at SpyGlass again!!
Totally met our expectations. Very well maintained villa with everything one would think off available. Spectacular views of most of beautiful Saba
What a great place to stay on Saba. The house is amazing, has everything you need, we found it hard to leave even to go into town. The views are spectacular. It is an easy 10 min walk down into Windwardside, the hike back up is a good workout! There are good grocery stores and restaurants in town. The hiking is great. Look forward to coming back someday soon.
Nothing short of fantastic!
A wonderful and very private beautiful home. The views are beyond belief. Saba is a wonderful safe island with the greatest and friendliest people. This was our second trip and our first at this house but we will be back for many more.
Wonderful villa with breathtaking views. Stunning!!
We absolutely loved our stay at Spyglass in Saba. Without doubt the most relaxing vacation we have ever had. The people are so friendly, the views are breathtaking, and the unspolit beauty of the island is like nothing we could have imagined. The sunsets, the sunrises, and the daily rainbows allowed us to reconnect with our inner selves, and we look forward to returning to Saba and Spyglass in the very near future.
Pictures do not do justice for this house. Everything was perfect and Barney and Mark were a pleasure to work with.
Spyglass Villa is the perfect retreat after a day of diving the must-see pinnacles in the Marine Park that encircle the island. Sea Saba in Windwardside would love to arrange your dives in Saba. For those who are enthusiastic about walking/ hiking, Spylgass is situated near to various trailheads near Windwardside, including the hike up to beautiful Mt. Scenery. Visit the Saba Conservation Foundation Trail Shop in Windwardside for more information.
Dining out could not be more easy in Windwardside which has a variety of restaurants at price points to suit every taste for every time of the day.
For those who want to spice things up in the kitchen themselves, Windwardside has two supermarkets to stock up your pantry.
But most of all, Spyglass is to be enjoyed by those who are looking for a little peace and quiet. Read a book. Listen to the waves in the distance and watch the Frigate Birds (Boobys) sail the air currents. They are just as free as you will be once you arrive at Spyglass...