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Coco House is a beautiful house in a great location. We bought the house six years ago after visiting friends in Barbados for the last ten years and renting various houses in St James. We love the house – it’s a great space for entertaining or just chilling out. There are two large bedrooms (with en suite marble bathrooms - a shower and bath in the main bathroom, a walk in marble floored shower ensuite to the second bedroom) with French doors that both lead onto the terrace and the good sized plunge pool and private garden (see pics), and a great sized cottage in the garden that has a double bed, marble bathroom (with shower) and kitchenette (fridge, kettle ).
The house can be rented without the cottage, for 4 people. All linen is European and the furniture is a mix of Asian, dark wood and white furnishings.
Architecturally, it’s a lovely house. The high vaulted ceilings, plantation shutters and use of local coral stone and marble make it aesthetically a real pleasure to be in and to look at. The wide balcony juts out and looks out over a 180 degree view of the Caribbean Sea and sky – and because you’re up, not directly on the beach, you really get an incredible panoramic view of the ocean and stunning sunsets (see reviews). We're really fortunate having this uninterrupted view and it's one of the reasons we chose this particular house, within the Sugar Hill and Westmoreland Estates.
The beach plus watersports is a two minute drive down the hill, or if you feel more energetic a fifteen minute walk. I'd almost go as far to say it's a must to rent a car in Barbados as the pubic transport system isn't as direct as it could be and there are a huge variety of things to do and see all over the island, they aren't in one localised place. There is never a problem parking, it's all very relaxed.
Also, being on the Sugar Hill estate, means you have all the advantages of a hotel, without actually being in one. Sugar Hill is a 50 acre private estate with 24/7 security, which only really gets press when one of its higher profile owners is in town, apart from that it doesn’t self promote and it’s a very laid back place, with wonderful land and gardens. The gardeners keep if looking beautiful (lots of frangipani, coconut tress – if the trees infront of our house have ripe coconuts, the gardeners will happily cut some off for you), security staff and gatemen mean if you have children you will really feel at ease letting them wander off to their tennis or swimming lessons by themselves. The staff are incredibly friendly – the ladies at reception/concierge at the club house (again, a beautiful, large plantation style house made out of coral, marble and deep mahogany floors) will happily help organise your holiday for you, whether it’s a question of booking taxis, restaurants, turtle watching boat trips, riding, surfing or zip wiring over the tree tops.
There are two gorgeous pools - one is the waterfall pool, which is a two minute walk from the house. The other is the clubhouse pool , an infinity pool, which has a stunning view of the West coast. Next to the pool is the club restaurant – another huge plus to Sugar Hill. If you’re too tired to cook you can call the club restaurant and they can sort out a takeaway for you,or if you wish we can organise a cook for you. There is nothing nicer, than after a game of tennis or finishing yoga, sitting out at the bar at Sugar Hill, having a Gin and Tonic and watching the sunset. There are four floodlit championship tennis courts in the grounds, a fully equipped gym and yoga classes at the clubhouse.
Sugar Hill is close to the hustle of Holetown (5 mins drive) and the boho chic of Speightstown (10 mins drive). Holetown, apart from all the normal amenities you need, has the celeb hangout Second Street where you can party the night away and the fab Limegrove cinema and lifestyle mall for glitzy, duty-free shopping, cafes, spas and v good restaurants and the cool Lime cocktail bar which is buzzing on a Friday night. Speightstown has small, tucked away restaurants where you can watch classic black and white movies on the beach and enjoy a quiet more laid back evening, the Orange Street Grocer is a great addition to Barbados' restaurants. Fish markets are close by at Paynes Bay and Speightstown.
If you feel like some pampering and visiting a bit of Barbados old glamour, the grande dame, The Sandy Lane is a five to ten minute drive away. The Spa at the Sandy Lane is considered the best on the island (I've been there and it is amazing) and the golf course is one of the best (Sugar Hill can arrange for you to play there, Westmoreland or Apes Hill where there is an golfing dues arrangement with Sugar Hill ). The Cliff and the polo fields are also all close by.
If you feel like visiting the other coasts, it’s a easy trip to the wilder, Atlantic side (you go over the highlands from Sugar Hill), it takes about fourty minutes to the surfer’s paradise of Bathseba. Boogie boarding at The Crane is again, down the Highway, about 40 mins away. FYI all beaches are public in Barbados.
I hope that gives you a flavour of it. There are a huge variety of things to do and places to visit, whether you’re a couple or family. Any questions do email me.
P.S There is a house manager, Marcia, who can arrange groceries for you before your arrival. She can also organise a cook and give you details of babysitters etc if required. Marcia keeps things ticking along in the house and ensures the house is ready for your arrival. We have a housekeeper who comes in once per week.
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I'm a TV producer and writer, living in London with my husband and children.
Sue Carr purchased this house in 2010
It's a beautiful house with a great view and we're lucky enough to be in a great location.
Situated on the private estate, Sugar Hill, you have all the advantages of being in a hotel - restaurant, tennis courts, pools, a concierge service - with the freedom and space of being in your own home.
After four days of horrendously expensive though very mediocre hotel life, on St James coast our arrival at
Coco House was more than a welcome surprise! For a start everything more than met and even exceeded the owners' website description. As experienced travellers, we know how rare this is. Sugar Hill itself is immaculately maintained - the tropical gardens, the lovely colonial clubhouse, the two pools, tennis court...having Spagos, a west coast restaurant proving dining at the Club House was indeed a bonus. My 76 yr old husband ventured to the gym again while I found the Spago martgarita more than met my exacting standards! As for Coco House itself, the decor is lovely and Margaret the housekeeper is a dream and made life so easy for us. And as for the view form the enormous verandah, wow! That alone made us happy we had chosen the house instead of an apartment we looked at. Thank you for a magical stay, we will be returning soon with our grandchildren.
We spent a glorious week at Coco House on the gated Sugar Hill Estate with our two young sons (8 and 5yrs). The Estate is beautifully looked after with brilliant staff and a club house with a great restaurant- equally good for adults and kids (fab pizza). There are two lovely pools and everything is surrounded by manicured lawns and gorgeous flowers. The villa surpassed our expectations- calming Asian decor - spacious and relaxing with a balcony that spans the house overlooking the ocean. It was so lovely to sip cocktails on the balcony watching the sun set. The bedrooms were perfect too and the kids loved their walk-in marble shower. The plunge pool in the garden was also a winner with the kids and kept them happy for hours. The house manager was brilliant, making our stay so relaxing - organizing everything from car hire, shopping to baby-sitting. The house-keeper cleaned and tidied and washed and ironed our clothes - So I really got to relax! With a fantastic beach just down the road and some brilliant restaurants close by, we couldn't have chosen a better place to stay! Highly recommended!!
We stayed in the delightful Coco House in August 2013 for two weeks and I must say we all had an absolutely fantastic time. The house itself has a really welcoming feel to it, with an outstanding outdoor terrace with views of the lovely surrounding area and the sea. So relaxing at the end of the day! Just sit and look out (with a cocktail!) and admire the view.
We had hired a car, so visiting the whole island was no problem at all, and we went several times to Bridgetown and the exciting beaches (and waves) to the east of the island. We especially loved the quiet coves you can find by exploring the northern tip of the island. Our son (aged 9 years old) adored the whole holiday and loved sailing (at an excellent sailing club) and swimming in the beautiful large clubhouse "infinity" pool with its stunning views. There is a nice atmosphere there and we met some lovely people at the pool, although it is so spacious there that you can always find a quiet corner if you want to have a snooze! It never gets really busy. You can have delicious food and drinks at the restaurant there (lunchtime snacks or evening meals!). Really welcoming staff, who are all extremely helpful. Tennis courts are also available and we enjoyed playing in the late afternoon when it was a little cooler. A short drive takes you down to a wonderful sandy beach (the lovely Lone Star restaurant which is on the beach at the water's edge!) and swimming with the many beautiful turtles just off the shore was a highlight of the trip. I cannot recommend Coco House highly enough. We'll definitely soon be back and it was very hard to say goodbye to the house and the whole Sugar Hill Resort. A wonderful holiday address - 5 stars!!
My husband and I with our 17 year old teenager and her best friend stayed here in March for 2 weeks. The accommodations were great, the view outstanding. The pool at the ClubHouse was a 2 minute walk and was pristine -- an infiinity pool overlooking the ocean from afar. We almost always had it to ourselves.
The restaurant at the ClubHouse probably had the best food on the Island and we tried a lot of restaurants. You definately need a carand we got a soft-top jeep which was fairly tight for 4 people, but we made it work. Sue, the owner, was very accommodating with some last minute changes. Our teenage girls spent a lot of time at St. Lawrence Gap which is an expensive cab ride $60 U.S. one way... but they thoroughly enjoyed their late nites out and felt very safe in Barbados. The staff at Sugar Hills were very accommodating. Margaret the housekeeper was a pleasure, cleaned, folded and ironed our laundry -- what a treat. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us -- we hope to come again one day.
I imagine that the names above conjure up peace and warmth. I could write many things about Coco House, Sugar Hill and Barbados, but the words "peace and warmth" best sum up it up. From the time that we all arrived, we felt at ease. Five of us stayed in the property, including the detached cottage. This worked out perfectly for all of us.
The space and tranquility of this property is what I liked. I would often sit early in the morning to watch the sun rise and again, in the evening, watch it set. The views from the Coco House balcony never got old and I am sure that they never will. . My parents and my friends loved eating outside on the balcony and enjoying the peace and warmth of Coco House, Sugar Hill and Barbados.
Coco House is just a two minute walk to the clubhoiuse. The swimming pool is absolutely stunning with views out to the sea once again. It was actually very nice to be positioned away from the actual beach front. Being able to retreat and look over the lush landscape of Barbados from Coco House itself was a lovely feature for all of us.
We all felt as though we were on holiday, but at home. The housekeeping service provided is fantastic. Margaret ( the housekeeper ) who comes over twice per week( and three days if required ) was of great assistance. She cooked twice pe week with the food being delicious. Laundry was also done and this service was excellent. We all tend to take too much luggae on holiday. Pack light and avoid large additional baggage charges.
Renting A car - Places To Go :- Discover the hidden jewels of the island. The main office will sort out the car for you. All beaches are public beaches so explore. Travel to the more rugged East Coast and feel the island change. Stop at The Roundhouse Restaurant and take in the views. Then travel a little further and take lunch at The Atlantis Hotel ( a must ). Take a visit to St Nicholas Abbey and take a step back in time.
On the Way Home :- Stop at Ramshakles Bar and take in the sunset ( just 3-4 mniutes from Coco House ). Just next door to this bar is Lonestar. If you want a top rate lunch, right on the ocean, then book here. ( Wonderful ).
On Sunday evening, take in some Karaoke in Holetown and sample the local culture !! Very amusing indeed.
Kids can play board games once home, and adults can use the Wi Fi if required.
Some places will draw you back. Barbados and Coco House is one of them.
We stayed at Coco House in August 2011 and had the most blissful time. It was even more beautiful than it had looked in the pictures and we couldn't have been happier when we arrived. It was such a romantic place with it's gorgeous colonial feel. It had everything we needed and was so perfectly positioned for the great beaches and restaurants. We loved sitting out on the balcony for breakfast or pre dinner drinks, feeling completely secluded and looking out over the stunning panoramic view. After which we would lounge around in the private garden and pool. There was a feeling of decadence and complete luxury with the crisp white bed linen and enormous sofas with beautiful polished wooden furniture. At the same time it felt very relaxed. In fact we felt so at home that it was incredibly hard to leave at the end of our stay.I would recommend Coco House to anyone who is looking for a really romantic place to stay or a family holiday where you have all your own space and lots to do. We would love to come back with our two children as it would be a perfect holiday for them. We discovered so many beautiful beaches where we snorkelled, swam with turtles, water skied and drank rum punch while watching the sunset. We will never forget our time at Coco House and definitely want to come back!
The rental price is from $200 - $600 and is dependent on the number of people staying and length of stay, over the high Xmas season there is a min 7 day stay and extra cleaning cost as domestic help salaries are doubled over this period. We have a professional rental and house managers in Barbados , as well as our housekeeper, to help make your stay as relaxing as possible. Food can be ordered before your arrival and restaurants booked before your arrival, which we do recommend over the Christmas period.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.