|Minimum Stay||6 - 7 nights|
Lower Swanage is a one bedroom apartment. Like Upper Swanage, its open plan give you a view of the sea from kitchen, living and dining areas. The apartment comes fully equipped with wireless internet, telephone, cable TV, air conditioning, a fully appointed kitchen and also laundry facilities (washer / dryer).
Swanage is a beautifully restored traditional Barbadian Chattel house. It is an enchanting and tastefully decorated and furnished home - you can’t help but take back special memories from your stay!
The upper apartment is a two bedroom ensuite, with an open style living area complete with dining out onto the wonderful and picturesque verandah that overlooks the Caribbean ocean. The lower unit offers one huge bedroom ensuite, with open style living area and dining out to a verandah that is exactly 4 feet above the beach. The balconies from both the upper and lower apartments both overhang the beach itself! They can be rented separately or as a complete unit if you so desire.
It’s not possible to get any closer to gorgeous white sand beach or the ocean on the island. Relax on the patio, watch the spectacular sunsets, sip a drink and look down at the ocean literally at your feet.
There’s always the constant sound of the sea, an unforgettable view, and the gentle rustle of trade winds in the Coconut trees. You can sit on the long stretch of beach, swim and snorkel in the protected lagoon (perfect for kids) or the more adventurous can surf or snorkel the barrier reef just beyond.
Step out onto the beach. Turn left and you can walk on the boardwalk to the spectacular Rockley beach, aka Accra beach, with its famous ultra fine white sand where locals and tourists mix. Turn right and stroll along the peaceful coast towards the famous Hilton beach. Back at Swanage, you will take with you a lasting memory of the sun sinking into the horizon, and as you sit cocktail in hand, you may even see the elusive green flash.
There are three great dining choices on the boardwalk, Blakey’s, Tapas, and Naru with a half dozen others within walking distance. Also be sure to catch the Saturday farmer’s market opposite Blakey’s from 9AM to 1PM for your typical local Barbadian produce and crafts.
It’s a short walk to Lanterns mall, a great stop for groceries and general supplies, a pharmacy, health food store, Haagen Das ice cream, and tasty local and foreign food alternatives for those looking for a quick meal.
For duty free shoppers:
There are duty free shops in Worthing, five minutes by local bus or take a ten minute ride to Bridgetown. On Broad Street you will find fine jewelry shops, Cave Shepherd, a large department store, and other shops. For a great local shopping experience visit bustling Swan Street.
For history buffs:
There’s the Hastings Historic District and storied Garrison area of Barbados. It is the location of the Old Colonial Officers Quarters and Army Hospital. The Savannah comprises the main military guard buildings, with beautiful Victorian architecture complete with a large collection of old cannons, the Barbados Turf Club (Horse Racing), the historical museum, and a vast open sports area for rugby, soccer, cricket, all surrounded by walking and running tracks.
What can i say....we stayed in lower swanage for 14 nights and it was everything we expected and wanted.Promtly greeted at the airport by Rodney our taxi driver,organised by Tina the property manager, taken straight to the appartment where we were met by Tina and her husband Philip.A quick run through the workingsof the appartment and straight onto the balcony for a well derseved Rum whilst watching the sun go down.
The appartment is very clean and well maintained, open the balcony doors and the beach is right there and only seven metres to the water.During our stay we wanted to hire a car and take a boat trip, one phone call to Tina and all was sorted and organsised for us.
As mentioned in other reviews, the beach is very small, but if you want to go somewhere else to soak up the sun, there are plenty of bigger beaches within 5 mins walk.There are plenty of shops within walking distance and a supermarket just a short Van ride away.
If I had to find anything negative to say(which is difficult) it would be that the sun beds provided could do with being upgraded and a new coffee maker is needed!
In all a perfect place to stay and chill out, we have already booked for next year and carnt wait to return!!
This was not our first, not our last visit to Swanage. It is perfectly located on the South Coast and was just what we needed for a relaxing vacation. Being right on the beach made our stay feel so amazing. The amenities were all we needed to kick back, relax and enjoy the sea and sights. It is so central that we could get around to do whatever we wanted very easily. Tina and Philip were so helpful and welcoming and made us feel at home. Thanks for everything. Can't wait to return!
We stayed at Lower Swanage for our wedding and honeymoon vacation. It was a perfect beachfront honeymoon cottage! The view from the patio was amazing! You can't get any more beachfront! We spent a good chunk of our vacation sitting on the comfy chairs on the patio listening to the waves and the tree frogs. The beach is very nice and you can walk a long ways. It is also pretty deserted, except on the weekends when there are a few locals. The location was quite nice as well. We rented a car and were able to drive all over the island. The condo itself was very nice and extremely clean! It had everything we needed. The air conditioning in the bedroom was very nice and cooled down really fast. As well, Tina was great to deal with! Very friendly and offered many helpful tips and directions. She was also very quick to respond to any emails. Our only problem was that the neighbours we had while we were there were quite noisy and there was not much insulation, so sometimes it sounded like they were in our condo. But everything else was perfect and we would definitely stay again!
This was our third visit to Lower Swanage and it's perfect. You cannot beat the location, price, property and the excellent hosts. We spent a second week next door this time with two other couples and it was amazing. We are looking into flights to return again with a fourth couple.
This is was our third stay at Lower Swanage and it's sure to be an "annual". Tina and Philip are excellent hosts and the property has been spuced up a bit as well. We moved next door to Upper Beachgate for our second week with two other couples and this was amazing as well. We are looking into flights already for a return trip next April with another couple in tow. You simply cannot beat the price, location, property and accomodating hosts.
Right on the beach, waking up to the sounds of the ocean... just what we were hoping for.
We spent two weeks and wanted to stay longer.
- well equipped (washer/dryer; full kitchen with oven/stove top, fridge/freezer, coffee maker...) everything worked well :)
- nice LCD TV with cable, plenty of viewing choices
- phone for local calls
- free wifi
- balcony is only a few feet from the ocean
- last but not least: warm hospitality by the owners & landlords (Tina & Philip)!
- being right on the beach, we had to be vigilant to keep everything secure... but we did not have any incidents
This is a great location for a couple's get-away... very close to a shallow sandy beach, which is relatively calm. Being so close to the boardwalk is great for an early morning jog, or an evening stroll. And there are lots of great restaurants along the boardwalk.
This condo right on the ocean is just amazing!!
If you are looking for something private & affordable, I highly recommend either Swange. The location is just perfect, close to town, shops, grocery store, restaurants...We just loved sitting on the porch watching the world go by listening to the never ending waves of the ocean. There's just something about watching every sunset from your own porch that just fulfills & renews your soul.
Tina & Phillip were just wonderful, I do hope to visit this place again.
~Jeff & Becky
Hastings is approximately two miles from the capital city of Barbados - Bridgetown along highway 7. It is home to the Historic Garrison area and of the Barbados Turf clubs horse racing track.
Popular surfing spots nearby include Brandons beach and Hilton Beach.
The house opens to the beach and is steps away from the popular south coast boardwalk that runs from Hastings to Rockley. Along the way you can find many fine restaurants and bars.
Golf: Barbados is indeed a golfers paradise with several existing golf courses and several more being developed. There is something for everyone as Barbados golf courses appeal to the recreational golfer and the more serious!
Our reputation as a golfing destination has been steadily growing and was further enhanced with the hosting of the 2006 World Golf Championships World Cup at one of the Sandy Lane courses. The Royal Westmoreland course is a regular host of a PGA European Tour Seniors tournament.
The nearest Golf course is Rockley Golf & Country Club which is approximately 3 km away. The par 70, 5610 yd course tests all abilities of golfers, the course can be rewarding for the big hitter but cruel on the wayward aggressive shot.