It's always a bit of a gamble when you opt for a private rental but this one certainly paid off!
We loved: the airy, breezy apartment, spacious balcony, comfy bed, beautiful gardens, superb 'extras' such as boogie boards, cool bags etc.
We spent 3 weeks in Barbados and split our time between Hastings and the west coast (near Speightstown). We hired a car for the latter 2 weeks, if (when!) we come back, we will just stay on the south coast as we found the beaches better (bigger and easier access) and the restaurants to be plentiful and less expensive. We wouldn't bother to hire a car as the local buses are great (if a little alarming at times!), cheap and drop you right outside the apartment for 2BD a ride.
The apartment was efficiently managed by Natalie and we were given a wealth of information about the area and all the in-house devices. I'm pleased to say that we didn't even turn the TV on! We had access to spare sheets and towels and the sunbeds provided were portable and very comfy - perfectly good enough to laze on the beach in areas where there were no rentals. We did a deal, however, with the sunbed chap on Accra beach as we paid in advance for 5 days (2 beds+parasol) for 100BD.
We had breakfasts and some lunches on the balcony but went out for dinner each night. There are so many great restaurants (all sorts of prices) that it was hard to choose. Our favourites were Champers and Tapas.
We loved our time at Margate Gardens and are very grateful to Rod and Wanda for providing such a delightful holiday home.