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An Affordable Caribbean Gem To Enjoy Your Special Holiday On Antigua

Bedrooms 1
Space 300 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3

Pinkshack Studio Cottage is a beautiful private Caribbean guest cottage in the semi rural Caribbean setting of breezy Five Islands, with its breathtaking Caribbean rolling hills, valley and pastures...Pinkshack Studio offers a well secured, genuinely affordable and peaceful property to enjoy your vacation on Antigua, situated in a beautiful tropical garden numerous species of palms, stunning shrubs, a mulitude of tropical flowers grace the Pinkshack gardens.. Local fruit trees, local vegetables, peppers and herbs are also grown at Pinkshack Cottages and we offer complimentary garden produce to all of our Pinkshacker's to sample during their stay... Nature and animal lovers alike will adore the array of tropical birds which frequent the Pinkshack garden, the peaceful area of Five Islands also offers the unique experience to see free roaming donkeys, horses, cows,sheep, goats, ducks and chickens around the property's perimeter...The Five Islands area has no less than 10 of Antiguas 365 breathtaking, secluded beautiful white sand beaches, including one of the only Naturist beaches EDEN BEACH in the Caribbean, it's a rambling, secluded white sand beach which is considered an area of outstanding natural beauty and offers great snorkelling and an opportunity to see the rare Hawksbill Turtle swimming in the Hawksbill crystal clear waters or you may even see some turtle hatchlings scuttling into the clear blue sea... The blissful powder white sand beach at Deep Bay Cove offers an opportunity to hike up to historical Fort Barrington to view the Andes sunken shipwreck... Fort Barrington dating back as early as 1652, fortified in 1779 is one of Antigua's National Parks. . The property is located less than 10 minutes stroll from this outstanding area of natural beauty and history. Nearby stunning Coconut Bay is also less than a minute walk or you may opt to hire a car which means you will reach anyone of these beaches in less than 5 minutes, including Galley Bay, any one of the four Hawkbill Estate Beaches, Eden Beach, Deep Bay, Galley Bay Beach, Armani Beach, Hideaway Bay, Yeptons, Coconut Beach, Pensioners Corner Beach, this is a completely stunning rural area of Antigua and a great place to enjoy your holiday experience... In addition to the Pinkshack's superb rural, yet convenient position it is only a 6 minute Drive to the Capital of St Johns, offering full amenities including a large Supermarket, several pharmacies, banks local fish and fruit/vegetable market and vendors and many Caribbean local shops, bars and restaurants. The historic Redcliff Quay and in complete contrast the modern Heritage Quay offering the Capital's excellent array of interesting Caribbean shops restaurants and cafes and bars. Holidaying in Pinkshack Studio Cottage on Antigua is an excellent self catering choice and is very likely to exceed your expectations as it offers genuine value for money without experiencing budget facilities...

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german
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September 23, 2018


My name is Sonja and I am the owner of the Pinkshack Studio Cottage, here in Five Islands on the peninsular of Antigua just a short drive away from St Johns the Capital.. I live onsite with my small adorable friendly fluffy friends, who are always looking forward to making new friends with our visitors... If you are not sure you would like to interact with my doggies on any level please don't worry they do have their very own tropical garden, and can kept separately from the guest areas and actually they are just very happy doing their own thing... Over the last five years I have been developing my Pinkshack property and the landscaping of the Garden around it.. Pinkshack Studio truly offers a wonderful mixture of exoitic flowers, many varieties of Palms and many wonderful fruit trees, we often are able to offer our visitors the fruits and provisions that grow in the Pinkshack Gardens.. I have focused very much on the types of flowers and planting tropical fruit trees in the garden as the aim was to attract many species of tropical birds, if you love a private tropical setting with humming birds whizzing by and other species of tropical birds and love to expand your knowledge about the places you visit or even just enjoy your days on our fantastic 5 * Beaches here in Five Islands you will love staying with me here at the Pinkshack... I first travelled to Antigua as a tourist myself in 1996 and fell in love with the Island and having been a keen traveller in ym younger years I decided that one day I would live abroad and so here I am!! I can offer a wealth of knowledge for you to have a wonderful time and make the most of your stay here on Antigua, many who have already stayed with me here have loved staying in the Pinkshack, it's a very friendly and easy going atmosphere and the main emphasis when you stay with me is that you have a great holiday :) I hope you decide to book the Pinkshack and meet me here in Five Islands

Why SONJA HAYNES chose Saint John

Pinkshack Studio offers a unique self catering Holiday experience at an extremely competitve price... There are very few other properties on Antigua which offer the exceptional standard of accomodation in this price category.. Whilst here you will receive second to none advice about how to get the very best from your holiday.. Pinkshack is only minutes walking distance from some of Antigua's finest white sand beaches, you will be absolutely spoiled for choice of which of the white powdery beaches to enjoy during your stay... We offer a very warm friendly and down to earth holiday experience... I chose this area of Antigua as it's history is very unique to the rest of Antigua and even today to a very large extent it is still a strong rural community, Five Islands also offers a wealth of the best beaches Antigua has to offer, the nearest of these are only a short stroll away ..

What makes this cottage unique

The unique benefits of Five Islands are the many 5* beaches, rolling hills views and free roaming animals such as cows, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens and ducks.. The friendly community of Five Islands is also very appealling, most times I do feel as though I live on another Island other than Antigua as we are very rural, Five Islands is on the peninsula of Antigua, yet only a five minute drive away from St Johns Capital....

Guestbook comments from the owner

Peter from Unterhaid


Stayed Monday 22 September 2014 with Couple

Wir waren im Oktober 2014 für eine Woche im Pinkshack auf Five Island und es war sehr schön. Das Cottage ist gut gelegen. Es sind ungefähr 15 min mit dem Bus nach St John´s und ca. 20 min zu Fuß bis zu den Stränden (wunderschön und man ist in der Nebensaison meist der einzige Besucher). Einkaufsmöglichkeiten gibt es in St John´s, dort ist auch ein großer Supermark und in Five Island gibt es einen kleinen Laden. Die Einheimischen sind alle sehr nett. Sonja, die Vermieterin, ist sehr nett, sie hat uns vom Flughafen abgeholt, wie auch wieder hin gefahren. Sie hat uns auch eine private Inselführung gegeben. Diese war sehr interresant und vorallem sehr gut verständlich, da Sonja sowohl Deutsch als auch Englisch spricht. Sonja hat einige kleine Hunde, das war aber weiter kein Problem. Wer aber keine Hunde mag oder das Landleben nicht kennenlernen möchte, ist im Pinkshack falsch. Hier gibt es Natur pur und "Real Life of Antigua". Alles in allem war es ruhig und wir würden aufjedenfall wieder kommen
Sep 2014
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Saint John Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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An Affordable Caribbean Gem To Enjoy Your Special Holiday On Antigua
average rating of 4.83871 based on 35 reviews

Truly special

  • 5 of 5

I had a fantastic stay in Sonja's little cabin. It's well built, well maintained and truly special, situated in a lush green garden away from it all, yet close to St. John's. There's a fifteen-minute walk to Deep Bay, and chances are you'll get the beach pretty much to yourself.

The cabin has a well-equipped kitchen and a small, nice bathroom, it has a quiet AC system as well as a ceiling fan, keeping the indoor temperature comfortable. Sonja is a fantastic hostess, she's doing exactly what she's meant to do in life. She greeted me as an old friend, arranged transports and took me out sightseeing on several occasions. This cabin is highly recommended, and I’m planning to return soon.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very friendly place to stay, Sonja makes this place, she is so helpful.

  • 4 of 5

Stayed seven nights, Sonja gives you a tour of five island so you know where the beaches are and what's around the area, she is very approachable and will do anything to make your stay enjoyable.The shack we had was very comfortable and the free Wi-Fi was excellent,lovely hot water for the wonderful shower.We did have a jeep and do recommend as you are a little way out from St Johns, we did manage to walk it,took about 40 minutes,you can always get a taxi back. We spent an afternoon at deep bay which is beautiful,we walked there which was lovely as you get to see the sights around you, we also walked around five island village, the people there are so friendly.Sonja has lots of little dogs but to be honest they don't bother you but they love the attention if you want to give it.The tree's and plant's have matured making the shade if you want to be out of the sun,all in all a lovely stay 'thank You' Sonya for your friendship and hospitality.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the Pinkshacks Studio cottage which is beautifully situated in a luscious tropical garden. Our accomodation left nothing to be desired, and Sonja was an amazing hostess who gave us a great tour on our first day and supplied us with lots of information about the island that made our stay that much more fun and interesting. The adorable cats and dogs on the property were lovely to play with!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Hostess at the Pink Shacks!

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I really enjoyed our 1 week stay at the Pink Shacks! Sonja, the owner/hostess is so wonderful! She even gives you a free tour of the Five Islands area / St. John's the day after you arrive! She dedicated the day to us....took us out in her vehicle, showed us all the roads / trails to get to the best beaches!

This is a rural the roads are NOT well marked. Be sure to take her up on this offer! She also rents out jeep like vehicles, if you're interested. So we took her up on that offer too. Good deal. If you plan on driving around / crossing from west to east side of Antigua...a little SUV , like hers, is very helpful. Some steep climbs, windy roads to get to the other side. Lots of potholes to avoid! lol Driving is on the left-hand side of the road (the opposite for us Canadians!), but we did well. I highly recommend the $40 Transfer from the airport to the Pink Shacks upon arrival. Sonja will offer it to you. She has a fellow pick up you at the airport ($40 total, NOT per person); he takes you to the police station and assists you in getting your $20 USD International Drivers' Licence. (required on Antigua). Be sure to have your real driver's license with you. Then he takes you through the city of St. John's (which is very busy and overwhelming, with narrow and tons of "one way" streets. He'll explain all the sites/share knowledge about the area with you. Then, he takes you to a local Supermarket.......and you have 30 minutes to pick up some supplies for the kitchen at your Pink Shack. This was so appreciated and so handy!!!!

Although the PinkShacks have NO air conditioning, no worries. Not needed. Two big ceiling fans/screened windows keep it cool. The plants/trees/ foliage that you see in the photo here have GROWN A LOT! So, lots of shade to keep your cottage cool. Lots of privacy between other pink shacks. 3 in all, I think. The kitchen- well equipped. Full stove/ big fridge There's a little common courtyard area in middle of the property where you can relax or eat at a patio table - nice Gas BBQ provided ! We used it!

Sonja has many cute, friendly dogs/cats she has rescued. If you love animals - this is the place to stay. All small dogs/ very well behaved...and only out in the common courtyard when she is there. (if you're allergic-this is not the place for you) This location is to explore! Just bring bug spray for sunset hours/dining @beach restaurants. Hawksbill Beach area great

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Off-season escape

  • 5 of 5

Pink Shacks was perfect for me: a roomy fully furnished cottage with porch set in a lush tropical garden. The place overflowed with country charm. And it was a few minutes drive from several lovely beaches (mostly empty--after all, it was the off season). Plus, no one could ask for a better hostess than Sonya Haynes. She took me on a half-day orientation tour, helped with laundry, provided beach towels, knew the best places to shop and dine, and had an encyclopedic knowledge of the island, its people, history, ecology and weather. Highly recommended to anyone looking for an off-the-beaten-path island getaway.--Mike

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Avocado Cottage (just down from the Pink Shack)

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I always prefer self catering options and the Avocado Cottage (just down from the Pink Shack) more than fit the bill. It is a two bedroom cottage with one bath, a big kitchen/dining area that is open to the living room and a lovely wrap around porch. The garden around the entire house attracted lots of birds including hummingbirds which delighted me. It is a very picturesque setting, nestled in a valley with ever changing views as the clouds travel over the surrounding hills/mountains. It was located further from town (St. John's - the capitol) than anticipated at about a 20 min. walk, but still VERY doable if you are fit. It is also close to two beautiful beaches "Deep Bay" and "Galley Bay" beach. None of the beaches on the island are crowded. Sonja the very helpful proprietor of the "Pink Shack" went out of her way on two occasions to tour us around parts of the island so we could learn about the history of the island, more about the layout and potential choices for places to visit on our own. We visited St. John's on several occasions and really loved the market day. Fresh turmeric and ginger was a treat. Everyone we met while walking about was very friendly and warm. We were surprised by how many were expat Canadians from Ontario! We had one of the best meals EVER at "Sun Ra" in Falmouth Harbour - surpassing Turks & Caicos and St. Lucia's best. Although we had excellent taxi service from the owner of "Magic Taxi" Mr. Egbert Cuffy, next time in order to see more of the island, we would rent a car. We are already anticipating a return to the island!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
VC Bird Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Five Islands Village
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Miles
St Johns Harbour
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Cedar Valley
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
St Johns
Nearest Beach
900 Metres
Deep Bay
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

New for WINTER 2016/2017 Although all our cottages are really breezy, have extra powerful aircooling fans inside them and also never having had any comments made to us so far that we should install aircon units, some guests prior to booking have requested Air conditioning is an 'absolute must' for them and have expressed that they would be willing to pay for the optional extra of an air conditioning unit throughout their stay. I have thought carefully about this investment as I try to keep the booking costs down per reservation as much as possible for our Pinkshackers and also would like to remain as eco friendly as we possibly can, but despite this, I have acted and on this and have now installed air conditioning in some of our cottages. Stilll being of an eco friendly mind even though you may opt to pay the daily surcharge for A/C I would request that the units are not left on all day if you are not present in the cottage and out all day and should I notice that a unit has been left running by accident and you have gone out for the day I will switch off the unit to save energy, I do hope this sounds reasonable, because I want my Pinkshackers to be as comfortable as possible throughout their stay. Air conditioning available as an optional extra currently at 15USD per night. Any feedback about this optional extra is welcomed as this is new to us and we want to get it right.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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