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Santiago-St. James. Make yourself at home in historic Holetown's coziest cottage

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning


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.

More Details

Lee Farnum-Badley
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish, 'Bajan' (Barbadian dialect)
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2017

About Lee Farnum-Badley

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.

Lee Farnum-Badley purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Lee Farnum-Badley chose Holetown

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.

What makes this apartment unique

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 !!


Lascelles Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Oceanfront
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • 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
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Modern single washbasin with spacious vanity.
  • 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.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Golf Clubs
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
- 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!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Santiago-St. James. Make yourself at home in historic Holetown's coziest cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Charming residence warm and welcoming atmosphere

  • 5 of 5

This is a charming condo equipped for all but the most adventuresome chef located near the beach and close to all the attractions of Holetown. We have stayed here at least 6 years and will continue to return as long as we can

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love to cook ourselves and so we admire your award-winning creations, Maestro !! We are truly honoured and delighted to know that you enjoy your annual visits to Barbados at Santiago. Your faithful hosts.
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Love at first sight

  • 5 of 5

As a young couple, we were looking for a place to relax, but at the same time located close enough to the action and events that frequent the west coast. After researching over the course of weeks, we found the perfect place to spend our two-week vacation. Santiago was an eye-turner from the get-go, after which we didn't have to look any further.

Lee and Marg are wonderful and extremely welcoming hosts, they took care of us even before we arrived. And for that we are ever so grateful :D The place itself was impeccable, decorated and designed with a nautical-tropical theme, which served us a constant reminder that we are not in just any home but a Tropical getaway in a home that is all ours for the two weeks. We definitely recommend this lovely cottage for couples of all ages.

We fell in love with Santiago and Barbados, and would do it again in a heartbeat!


Canadian Love Birds

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Love Birds, you will always be precious and delightful company wherever you alight and we shall certainly cherish the memory of your stay at Santiago. Thank you for your kind comments. We are very pleased to know that Santiago was everything our guests hoped for. Wishing you blue skies always !!! Margaret and Lee.
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Home from home!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a two week stay in Holetown. We love this part of Barbados and this was our fourth stay and our first at finding our own accommodation. We picked a gem! Deceptively spacious with a particularly large bedroom and bathroom, this apartment is not only well equipped but also very well decorated...hardly surprising as Margaret is an event decorator and some of Lee's paintings adorn the walls. you really could not ask for better hosts: although attentive they were never intrusive and even invited two friends staying nearby with us for drinks in their own beautiful home. I watched a troupe of monkeys each morning run through the garden, a herd of goats pass the house each day with no goatherd in sight ( one goat with a sadly broken leg which apparently he has coped with for years) and humming birds in the pretty garden area. What really recommends this apartment is its location. The beach is close although we preferred walking (bus if you will) to Glitter Bay just a

mile north where we regularly swam with turtles coming up to the shore. There, Ramshackle beach bar is fabulous for lunch with a banks beer and like all beaches on the west coast, the sunset is fabulous. Across the road from the apartment is Discovery Bay and Heron Bay which are unspoilt, clean beach areas. In the evening, we love Zaccios. Trudy, Pearson and David serve behind the bar and if you go say hello for us...they are great characters. Our favourite eating places are The Beach House, Angry Annie's, Zaccios and ragamuffins. You will be spoilt for choice. Make sure you take a trip to the East coast as it is spectacular, and if you do, bring Lee back some driftwood. I don't know what he does with it but he will be grateful! We loved our stay here and would happily reccomend Santiago to everyone. Thanks, Lee and Margaret.

Viola and Mick.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Nov 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Viola and Mick !!! What a pleasant surprise . . . I just logged on to HomeAway to check for enquiries and there you are with these beautiful words. So nice to hear you enjoyed your holiday. We enjoyed helping that happen !! You are superb guests yourselves. For next year we'll have a little "morning sun" deck in the garden for you, Viola. Thanks for the idea. Stay well. Mags and Lee Santiago-St.James BARBADOS
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  • 5 of 5

We were absolutely delighted with our stay! Margaret and Lee are the most accommodating hosts! When we arrived at our apartment we were floored at how much space we had. Everything was as described on the site. The beach was beautiful and clean and the locals were great. We were mainly impressed with our hosts. They made sure our apartment was well stocked and checked on us regularly.They were warm, inviting, and well informed; It was almost like staying with your favorite relatives.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words Mahasia and Greg !! We do enjoy having guests at our holiday cottage Santiago-St.James, and it is always an added delight to hear that they took away fond memories of Holetown and Barbados. This little island’s charm for locals and visitors alike is built on its combination of an honest, laid-back, stress-free ambiance with a modern lifestyle . . . . and the appreciative visitors like you that we attract are the glue that fills in the spaces perfectly !! Since you were here, the Limegrove Mall just a stroll away has opened with its fashionable boutiques, bistros, cinemas and galleries. And Greg, thanks for your idea - we now have an iPod dock connected to the TV in Santiago !! Wish you both all the best. Margaret and Lee Santiago-St.James Barbados
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Cambridge, MA

Our honeymoon at Santiago St. James!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I found Santiago to be the perfect home away from home for our honeymoon in Barbados. The location is fantastic as we spent sometime in Speightstown and sometime south in Bridgetown and Oistens but stayed mostly along the west coast. The apartment is clean, well decorated, spacious, and very welcoming. Our hosts Lee and Margaret, while allowing us our privacy, were very attentive and even had a bottle of wine as well as some breakfast waiting for us for the morning after our late night arrival! The apartment is plenty close to the beach - all you have to do is cross the street, but is remote from the developments along the shore. Also, access to buses is very close so we found getting around to be no problem. We enjoyed the ambient sounds of children playing and birds chirping without hearing a lot of traffic. We even saw a monkey in our backyard! We hope to return to Barbados someday and if we do, would not hesitate to return to Santiago.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Kirkland QC Canada

Little bit of Bajan paradise

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed this fantabulous apt. It was clean , spacious and beautifully decorated and lacked for nothing. It was close to the beach, shops, grocery, bars and restaurants. A car is not a must. We would not hesitate to recommend it and we would definitely consider coming back.

Our review is based on over 25 visits to the Island and we consider this apt. as the best of the lot of properties we have rented.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Grantley Adams International Airport
Nearest Barpub
90 Metres
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Sandy Lane and Royal Westmoreland
Nearest Motorway
40 Metres
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
60 Metres
Lemon Grass (Thai)
Nearest Beach
60 Metres
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.


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