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Beautiful Cottage Close To Caribbean Dream Beach In Authentic Village

Bedrooms 2
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom House Close To The Beach, seasonal specials on request

Azalea cottage

Is situated at the beautiful west coast of Barbados, where the caribbean sea shows its beautiful shades of blue, green and turquoise and the water is smooth and calm.

The house is 300 meters away from St. Alban`s Beach, (Thunderbay) where you can swim, snorkel or go for a walk on the beach.

The two-bedroom house offers space for up to 4 persons.

All rooms are provided with standing fans and mosquito nets. Bedroom 1 has air condition.

Outside facilities include a verandah, for al-fresco dining as well as a front and back garden.

Two convenient stores, a beautiful restaurant and a local snack bar are less than 5 minutes walk from the house.

Buses and taxis are easy to reach from the coast road. (3 min. walk)

A range of restaurants, from local to fine dine are within 5 minutes drive from the site.

More Details

Karin Theurer
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018

About Karin Theurer

I arrived as a traveller, after 3 days fell in love with this island and its people and decided to stay. At other places on this planet you work to survive. In Barbados you enjoy life although you work.

Karin Theurer purchased this chateau / country house in 2008

Why Karin Theurer chose Lower Carlton

Set in an authentic village close to the beach you can experience Caribbean life style as well as modern life style such as fancy restaurants on the beach, golf, bars and stylish shopping malls nearby.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Azalea cottage is a modern home in a caribbean setting. It makes you feel at home in a different world.


Lower Carlton Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Budget
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Very Good! 4.2/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful Cottage Close To Caribbean Dream Beach In Authentic Village
average rating of 4.1764708 based on 17 reviews

Beds are full size, not queen size. A/C is NOT included in the price. Enjoyed the stay though.

  • 2 of 5

In general, we enjoyed the stay. The unit was clean and functional. Loved the front porch. Property manager was very nice and helpful. The beach down the street is lovely.

There were a couple of unwelcome surprises though.

The biggest negative was that the beds in both rooms were full size (76" x 53", I measured...). One of the primary reasons we rented this unit was because the listing clearly stated queen sized beds. Instead, we had to squeeze onto a full the entire vacation.

Another surprise: The A/C is NOT included in the price although the listing didn't mention that it was extra anywhere that I could see. When we arrived, we were told we'd have to pay extra. They ended up turning it on for us at no charge, but it wasn't a pleasant way to start the trip.

There are roosters everywhere (common in rural neighborhoods like this). They like to roost in a tree outside of one of the bedrooms. They made very loud rooster sounds all night and made sleeping difficult.

Also be aware that we found that the neighborhood to be a bit alarming at first (we are Americans). Don't get me wrong; it isn't a "bad" neighborhood or anything. It just took some getting used to. Some of the nearby houses were in really bad shape and there are alot of young men hanging around outside on porches and in the street. It turns out that they were friendly and helpful, although we were followed a couple of times. I wouldn't have felt comfortable walking around after sunset by myself as a woman.

We weren't bothered by the heat too much in the rooms without airconditioning. We had to close the bedroom windows due to the roosters, but it was still ok for us. Others might find it too hot though.

We managed just fine with no car. Instead, we rode the plentiful buses most places. Be aware that buses are sporadic on Sundays, and we ended up having to take taxis that day. Other days were no problem.

We didn't have issues with bugs at all. Not even mosquitoes (January trip).

We had a great trip overall, largely due to good company and beautiful beaches. Definitely do the cool runnings catamaran trip.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry to state the wrong size of beds. I am German and we do not have a difference between full size and queen size. I did not know it was that important. Different culture obviously. The neighbourhood is one of the safest in Barbados. On the South coast you cannot even sit in the garden since it is not safe, in my garden you can sit all night because of the neighbourhood and you are safe. AC in included now since I changed the price. It had always been stated in the listing, sorry you did not read it. I am so sorry that your life-style in the States is so different from the life-styles in Barbados and Germany, (very alike). New guests, if you want to experience authentic life in the Caribbean come and visit us, but don't expect American way of life. Sorry we do not have that on offer!
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30 year wedding Anniversary

  • 5 of 5

First off I'd like to say that is Azalea cottage was wonderful, the property is amazing. It had lime trees, banana tree, pomegranate trees, plus beautiful flowers all around the property. It really was picture perfect just as you see in the ad. Rodney our caretaker went above and beyond to make sure that we had all our needs met he even took us for a drive around the island and showed us some great local spots to eat. The beach was just a walkaway down the road there was even a little store run by a great lady named Brenda just a few houses down if you needed anything. De outback restaurant was two blocks over and our cottage was located in between Holetown and Speightstown.

The weather was wonderful every day with a few rainy times which was definitely welcome plus odd cloudy moment which also was definitely welcome because it was super hot.

We met many wonderful people who have been to the Barbados over and over again and I will tell you we would not hesitate to go back and stay at Azalea cottage again. If you're looking for a nice quiet area the west side is the place to go. Thank you Karine for letting us stay at your cottage and a special thank you to Rodney for looking after us so well you've definitely become a great friend and we look forward to seeing you in the future. Barbados can be expensive if you let it but look for local restaurants local wagons with great ladies selling food in the back on the side of the road because that is where you get the best food the best service and the best prices. Thank you Barbados for showing us a great time hopefully will see you next year and thank you Karine we had a lovely time in your cottage we enjoyed every moment

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Angela, thank you for being our gusts, welcome anytime, Karin and Rodney
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The cottage covered all of our needs adequately for myself and fiancee.

  • 5 of 5

We will definitely be returning to this amazing island and would have no hesitation returning to azelea cottage. Shane&Kim...

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Shane and kin, it was lovely to have you as guests. You will always be welcome, all the best Karin
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Very clean!

  • 1 of 5

We were welcomed by Ron, pleasant and friendly guy, during our stay, we found Ron to be an asset, endless supply of clean linen & towels!

Unfortunately, our stay was ruined by the unbelievable heat in this cottage!?We paid for air conditioning on booking via Homeaway..when I contacted owner, she said we had not paid for a/c?! I informed her we had & would not have booked the cottage without air con? We have been regular visitors to the island & always had a/c.

We had 3 fans on 24/7 , which helped a little, mosquito nets over beds gave little protection?We have never encountered so many insect bites?!The owner did nothing to help apart from send her boyfriend to check the cottage had been sprayed?

My Bajan son in law caught a guy at back of house, trying to break in. Policewere called & given statements.Again, owner was informed & did nothing?

No compensation or re-assurance was offered from owner, who became abrupt & rude?!

We definately would not have booked the cottage knowing what we know now!!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A veritable home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Karin is the perfect host who attended to our every need and was a mine of information on local attractions and social scenery. The house was immaculate and is decorated with esprit and a sense for convenience. It's in the midst of a grown, quite diverse neighbourhood with a pictoresque restaurant (De Outback) close by. Bus stop and beautiful beach are conveniently close and Speightstown is not without merits (don't miss out on the Arlington House Museum).

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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family trip

  • 5 of 5

we loved our stay in this little gem in lower Carlton Barbados, Karin and Anderson really made us feel welcome and at home. the lovely with sandy beach is just down the street. Because the cottage is in a little local neighborhood you get a good feel of live in barbados. everyone is just so friendly and helpful. we loved to go for dinner at the outback, marcy's my kids favorite very local and autentic,the local supermarket { absolutly great food} . for more upscale we loved the seacat.

the cottage is very central located to many great day trips, Animal flower cove, Harrison Cave, Welch man gully, the animal wild life reserve to name a few are all in around 30 minutes drive , little tip don't forget to stop at a church or 2 the are beautiful.

this cottage is not for people that love all inclusive big resorts. this is for people that really like to experience the country the people and its culture.

we are a little family off 4 with young children. for us this was perfect. lovely cottage to unwind and call home for 10 days , great beach, good food and some rum punch , Happy kids. what do you want more,

Karin tanks for all your tips and suggestions.

Bart, Paula and the kids

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Paula for being my guest, you are welcome here any time again. All the best Karin
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Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Thursdays to Sundays
Car: not necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $12.23
cleaning $48.93

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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