About the property
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- Minimum Stay1 - 5 nights
House, 4 Bedrooms, 3.25 Baths, (Sleeps 8)
'Shutters' is a new but traditionally designed house on the famous west coast of Barbados. Within 5 minutes walk of the quiet but stunning Reeds Bay (see photo), 'Shutters' has the added advantage of a private pool (18' x 12') and garden. All the rooms are spacious and airy, but the house is fully air-conditioned for those who prefer the cold!
'Shutters' is in the village of Lower Carlton which is between Holetown to the south, and Speightstown to the north. Consequently it is within easy reach of all the fabulous bars and restaurants the west (Platinum) coast has to offer. Lower Carlton itself is a very quiet, sleepy village but the Carlton Variety Store (3-4 mins walk from Shutters) offers amazing rum punch, beers and general chatting most nights with fantastic grilled fish on Thurs, Friday and Saturdays, and the famous John Moore Bar is a 8 or 10 mins walk from the house, and there are several nice little eateries within 10 minutes walk. Lower Carlton has a fishmarket which sells the most delicious (and cheap) fish, and a fruit and veg stall which sells local produce. There is also a small mini-mart. For additional shopping Bridgetown, Holetown and Speightstown are a quick bus ride away.
There are a wide variety of activities available up and down the west coast, and the wild surfing water of the east coast is about 40 minutes drive away. The house is 40 minutes from the airport.
'Shutters' is tastefully furnished and comfortable. The housekeeper will clean the house and change the bed linen and towels twice a week. The garden and pool are tended to weekly.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
Why Jennifer Beasmore chose Saint James
We chose to have Shutters in Lower Carlton because I'd visited Barbados many times and wanted to have a house with a Bajan feel away from the massive hotels. It turns out to have been a wise choice because the neighbourhood is very safe and the neighbours extremely friendly and helpful. Many of our guests leave the house on first name terms with the neighbours.
Pool / Spa
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Home from Home in the Sun!
Shutters is a real home from home with everything you could possibly need, kept spotless by the housekeeper and gardener. Great location to explore the island from with the best beach in Reeds Bay at the bottom of the road - an early morning swim is a perfect start to each day! We loved Huntes Gardens, Crane beach including lunch at the hotel, Bathsheba, North Point Flower caves and the Fishpot at Little Good Harbour. Would highly recommend Shutters and will definitely be returning.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review; it is always helpful for other guests. Yes, I agree, our local beach takes some beating and that early morning dip you describe is heaven.
I am delighted that you found the house so comfortable. We look forward to welcoming you again.
Shutters...exactly what we were looking for!
Shutters was the perfect place for our group of 7 to stay! Eudora was there to greet us as we came up the front steps. The house was exactly what we were hoping for...large bedrooms, ample washrooms, great yard and amenities! Although we had been to Barbados many times in the past, we had never stayed on the West coast before. It did not disappoint! The kids loved the pool...I am sure our 12 year old would have slept in it if we let him! It was great to have Wi-Fi for our 16 year old too! Perfect house for a larger group. Roosters take a little getting used to but after a few nights, we didn't notice them! Jefferson down the street is wonderful and we would definitely recommend going to eat there...food is incredible. I would recommend this house to families who want to stay together, but still enjoy having a bit of space to rest and relax. We hope to be back one day! Thank you Jennifer and Eudora for everything!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write your thoughts about Shutters. Our family must mirror yours....the kids live in the pool and we class Jefferson's our favourite 'restaurant'. Lower Carlton isn't on the regular 'tourist' list but it's such a great Bajan area. Looking forward to seeing you on your return. J
A great house for a family trip
A lovely house close to the beach and Holetown. The house has everything you will need and the pool and garden is great place to relax. The neighbors are very friendly and easy going. I would bring some ear plugs as the wildlife gets up early and could wake you if you are a light sleeper.
Jennifer the owner is very easy to deal with and was a great host.
Thank you for staying at Shutters. We're delighted that you enjoyed the beautiful local beach, as well as our garden and pool. Good tip about the earplugs to block out the dawn chorus if you want a lie in; it's amazing how many birds occupy our garden. I wonder if you saw the hummingbirds that frequent the flowers by the pool...... Hope to see you back when you are next in Barbados.
Perfect Vacation Rental for Barbados!!!
Anyone looking for a comfortable, spacious, relaxing, beautiful place needs to stay here!! From the moment I started talking to Jennifer, she was extremely helpful. She is very quick to respond, and will help make your stay perfect.
The beach is just down the road, and it’s a hidden gem. Great beach for snorkeling, but not crowded. The bus stops are super close, so to get to Holden or Speightstown is super easy. There is a mini mart at the bottom of the hill where you can get snacks and drinks, and I would highly recommend eating at the grill on Friday or Saturday night. It was far better than the restaurant that is close by.
The pool was so nice to have if you don’t feel like getting sandy, plus the outdoor shower for cleaning off if you do go to the beach! Lots of seating area outside and I loved waking up and sitting on the chairs on the balcony reading a book! The AC is strong in the rooms and with the shutters closed it stays dark inside, so set an alarm if you want to wake up early! You may hear animals in the morning though, so just bring ear plugs if you are a light sleeper.
Eudora the house cleaner is so kind, and does a great and thorough cleaning job! She made sure we had everything we needed and was very accommodating for our checkout time.
This comfortably fit 3 adult couples, but we could have easily had another couple with no problem and not felt cramped.
I HIGHLY recommend this place to anyone who wants a relaxing vacation, with easy access getting around and exploring with or without a car.
Thanks again Jennifer, we can’t wait to come back again soon!
Thank you so much for that great review. I am so glad that you enjoyed your trip and that you were comfortable at Shutters. Good point about the earplugs - the tree frogs and amazing dawn chorus can make a bit of a racket so they would be a good idea for light sleepers. I will pass your comments onto Eudora. We look forward to welcoming you back. J
The house was in a neighborhood near a great beach
The house was as advertised. The owner was most helpful and the housekeeper was great. The house was clean and well cared for. It was in a local neighborhood about 400 yards from a great beach. It was near 2 restaurant and a bar within walking distance. Holetown was convenient by car or local bus. it would be great to stay on the beach but the price reflects its location and proximity to the beach. I would recommend forum to three couples or a family.
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Shutters. I'm glad that you found the house comfortable and the staff accommodating. And I am delighted that you made use of the beach down the road - I think that it's a pretty well-kept secret because it's one of the best (if not the best) on the island. Thank you for staying with us! Jen
Bellissima location per 8 persone in St James !
La casa è esattamente uguale come viene descritta. Completa di ogni cosa per un soggiorno piacevole , a pochi passi da una delle tantissime meravigliose spiagge dell'isola. L'automobile può essere utile per uscire la sera, ma non indispensabile visti i numerosissimi trasporti locali che passano a non più di 300 metri di distanza. La vicinanza con altre case ed i galli che cantano ogni mattina possono non permettere sempre un sonno perfetto, ma la villa è veramente perfetta per soggiornare. La consiglierei a chiunque.
Thank you for taking the time to write about your stay at Shutters. Unfortunately my grasp of Italian is zero, but I hope that your account will better-inform potential guests who do speak Italian. Thank you.
Lower Carlton is an ideal village to sample Bajan life. It is mainly residential but there is a fish market and fruit & veg stall which are excellent for BBQ supplies. The Carlton Variety Store is within 3 minutes walk of Shutters - basic supplies can be purchased there (eggs/milk/bread etc) but the owner - Jefferson - does excellent BBQ'd local dishes on Thurs, Fri and Sat nights and a bar week nights where locals chat, and play cards and dominos (a lovely place to go for a beer and Jefferson's fantastic rum punch). St Alban's Church is about 3 minutes walk down the road and is the perfect setting, right on the beach, for a wedding or renewing vows. There are also several restaurants within 5 or 10 minutes walk of Shutters, and the Lone Star and Mullins restaurants are both within a 5 minutes bus ride. The highway at the bottom of the road follows the west coast so access to Bridgetown including the Kensington Oval cricket ground, Holetown and Speightstown and beyond is easy by the fantastic (and very entertaining) bus services.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Guests will be sent a copy of the booking details and rental terms. On our receipt of guest's acceptance of the rental terms and the 10% deposit we will reserve Shutters for them. There are no additional taxes or charges for cleaning - that is included in the rental price. Cancellation details are also outlined in the rental terms that guests will be sent.
We ask for a 10% deposit to secure the booking. The balance + damages bond is payable 56 days prior to arrival at Shutters. The damages bond will be returned 7 days after departure from the house in accordance with the rental terms. Cancellation details are outlined in the rental terms sent out by owner.