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This comfortable, self-catering studio apartment is in one of three low-rise buildings set amid tropical gardens in a quiet location five minutes' walk from Holetown, west coast of Barbados. Inside we offer a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom with shower, kingsize or twin beds, ceiling and stand-alone fans, dining area and other seating. A fold-down bed is available for a small child if necessary. Games and books are there for your enjoyment, as well as a CD player and TV/DVD. On the patio you can relax with a drink in our comfortable easy chairs, feet up, enjoying the tropical breezes and watching the comings and goings in the gardens. We always eat our meals on the patio, but there is a dining table inside if you prefer. Just a few seconds' walk takes you to the sea, a choice of lovely Sandpiper and Settlers beaches to the north or Discovery Bay beach to the south. Daily maid service is provided. Bus stops are located nearby, or for those who are renting a car there is free parking.
Art Studios: Art Studios is a small complex of studio apartments owned by a mix of couples, many of whom rent their properties out as well as using them as holiday homes themselves. Following Audrey's retirement, we have been very fortunate to have Meschell in place as our new housekeeper. Harry has been with us for what seems like for ever, and as well as looking after the gardens he very capably deals with any repairs and odd jobs . If you feel like eating in without the hassle of cooking, Harry will deliver a delicious Bajan meal, prepared by his wife, for a reasonable price. The gardens are lush and colourful, and there is a communal seating area where you can join other residents/owners to talk about your day. Then at sundown, guests make their way to the beach steps, drink in hand, to watch the sun slowly sink down into the sea while the beautiful, warm Barbados evening begins.
Barbados is a wonderful holiday island with a stable economy and political system, idyllic climate, and very friendly residents. The west coast is one of the most popular areas, famous for its calm seas and beautiful beaches, all of which are open to the public. This coast has recently been renovated, so the new boardwalks along the sands make it that much easier to stroll along the coast as far as you like and choose the spot you fancy for a swim next day. If you are fond of wildlife you may want to be on the lookout for the occasional mongoose or green monkey in the gardens. A holiday at Art Studios is a very relaxing experience where you may be as solitary or as sociable as you please.
For history lovers: The parish of St. James has great historic significance, as it was here that the first British settlers landed in 1625. Under the authority of King James, the British claimed Barbados upon landing in St. James' present-day Holetown (formerly Jamestown, named after the King himself). St. James parish church, just up the road from Art Studios, is the oldest Anglican church on the island, the original wooden structure (no longer standing) having been built in 1628.
Around the island: Barbados has so many interesting places to explore. The east coast is rugged and wild with spectacular scenery and virtually no commercial development, well worth a long walk along the sands and rock pools (swimming not advised) or, if you're not feeling energetic, a drive to admire the views or the surfers at Bathsheba. There is a wildlife reserve in the north of the island, botanical gardens on the east coast, Harrison's cave in the centre with an impressive display of stalactites and stalagmites, plantation houses, art galleries and craft studios, the largest military garrison in the Caribbean, rum distillery tours, catamaran snorkeling trips . . . the list goes on. Our folder of information in the apartment provides details of the main attractions. St. Lawrence Gap on the south coast is the main nightlife area in Barbados, with hotels, street parties, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Bridgetown is home to a wide variety of shops, and you can benefit from the duty-free goods that are available on Broad Street (don't forget your passport). Wherever you go in Barbados you will find friendliness and good humour.
We (Steve and Marion) are originally from the north of England but moved to Canada in 1981. We have a son and a daughter, both in their early 30s, one granddaughter and a grandson arriving any day! Marion has officially retired from the work force but still accepts occasional contracts as a medical editor to stop her getting bored. Steve continues to work in computer programming and seems reluctant to stop. We visited Barbados a couple of times before finding the Art Studios complex and fell in love with it straight away. Even though we weren't looking to buy property, when no. 5 came up for sale we grabbed the opportunity -- maybe one day it will be our retirement home to escape the Canadian winters.
Marion and Steve Pogson purchased this apartment in 2007
The Art Studios complex has so many advantages: it's right next to a beautiful beach that stretches both ways along an idyllic coastline; it's close to an interesting small town that offers pretty well everything you will need while away from home; and the apartment itself is comfortable and well equipped, so that you'll be happy to spend as much or as little time there as you want.
We can't stress enough how much we enjoyed our stay. Perfectly located along the West Coast, a few steps away from the beach with everything you need for your home away from home! The manager was really lovely and helpful and the owners were really awesome in helping us make our arrangements. It is comfortable, clean, well maintained and fantastically located near the beach, restaurants, the mall and other activities such as the cinema. My partner and I have found our new home in Barbados. If you are looking for simplicity and comfort look no further.
We had an amazing stay at No 5 art Studios in Jan / Feb 2012 . The apartment is bright welcoming and well layed out with everything to hand and in great working order . Kitchen has all the utensils etc that you might need, roomy fridge freezer for provisions bought from the SuperCenter a 10 min stroll away , very comfy kingsize bed and lovely to have the ceiling fan option .We had clean towels every 2 days and linen changed the same . It was extremely well looked after by Audrey and her other ladies and Harry was most helpful they all had that certain Bajan sense of humour and open ness which was lovely.
We loved walking thro the gardens most evenings around 6 ish with a Rum Punch in hand to watch the sunset sitting at the top of the steps which lead down to the sea . Wonderful . Saw a Green flash too.
Our days were spent exploring by bus car and on foot . It was a nice adventure to walk along the sea shore from the steps all along to Mullins Restaurant with the odd back track up to the road .
The reggae bus stops right out side to go to Speightstown one way and on the other side you can catch the bus to Bridgetown, and also to Oistins on a friday night *YUM*
From Speightstown we caught a bus all the way to Bathsheba it was fantastic way to see the countryside the people and villages . Walking along the sea shore picking up tiny bleached sea urchin shells and driftwood and then climbing up to a higher spot to watch the surfers in the *Soup Bowl* and having our picnic was just the ticket. Check out the bus times on line ! And whats more all for a mere 2 BDS per person !!
We watched a 20/20 cricket match and also had a day at the garrison races .
We loved Ramshakles next door to the Lone Star. Great food and Cocktails- altho we didn't make it the Quiz and Curry Night was V popular ! And in the day time you have a lovely beach and turtles to spot if you are lucky right off the shore.
Folkestone Marine Park is a 10 min walk along the beach and break walls for safe goood snorkelling . My husbands favourite spot !
All in all we had a fabulous time and think that the location is just the best . I do believe that Barbados has something for everyone and that if you were to come and base yourselves at No 5 you certainly couln't go wrong .
Thanks to Marion and Steve we certainly had a stress free no worries holiday .
This was our 6th visit to Barbados and most probably the most enjoyable. The Apartment has everything you could reasonably want and Dear Audrey keeps it spotlessly clean and ship-shape. The grounds are a pleasure to sit out in and Harry is a positive mine of information when it comes to the local flora and fauna.. We really needed our 3 week holiday this year and Art Studios provided a perfect stress-free environment. We thought we knew everything and everywhere by now, but this time we again found a new little gem in Fitts Village called Wendy's Snack Bar. It's off Highway 1 and is sign- posted. Don't be put of by the state of the approach road as the best Lunch and the warmest of welcomes awaits you from John Simpson and his Lovely Wife. If you want a quiet relaxing time then get yourselves down to # 5 Art Studios, the only problem you will have is leaving there as after a week Audrey and Harry will make you feel part of their respective families. Lovely people. Lovely Place. Thank you Marion and Steve for sharing your little bit of Heaven with us.
My wife and I have been to Barbados for holidays over twenty times since the mid-seventies. We love the west coast, particularly the area around Holetown. We have stayed often at Discovery Bay Hotel, Settlers Beach, Palm Beach Condominiums Smugglers Cove and the old Golden Palm.This was our first time at the Art Studio Apartments #5 and we were there for almost 4 weeks in March/April of 2009.This unit is just a moment away from the beach with easy walking and snorkelling to both the north and south. We are not fans of "All inclusive" locations and prefer to prepare most of our own meals. The Kitchen at #5 is large and well equipped with an adjoining dining area.There is a large Super Centre grocery store just a five minmute walk away and prices are similar to Canada, even less when you look for local produce. Wine and spirits are also available there. The local rum [Mount Gay Eclipse] is our rum of choice at home and very inexpensive there. Buy your duty free spirits at the airport in Barbados when you arrive. They have a good selection and it's more convenient and cheeper. There are lots of very fine restaurants within walking distance however prices to eat out are pretty hefty !! Check out Flindts Pattisserie just a few minutes away on the Coast Road. They have wonderful baked goods, great lunches and breakfasts, and what they call "Flindt at home menu" Order the day before and enjoy a fabulous meal at home. The seafood crepes are to die for.Don't miss it, you'll be back again & again. Take a sail on the catamaran "Stilletto", a 2 hour sail with an free bar and a swim with the turtles if you wish. The owner is Peter, or "Rabbit as he is known to locals. The cruise leaves and returns right on you beach and you can't miss it. I think the cost is about $60 US per person and usually a dozen or so make the trip. Highly recommend it. The staff at the Condo is marvelous. Audrey looks after cleaning and Harry does the gardens [delightful] as well as maintenance and airport pick ups [same price as a taxi]. Some of the owners were there during our stay and are great company. If you are looking for a very low-key, relaxing holday this is the place. We will definitely return to Steve & Marion's wonderful space. Frank & Gail
My Wife and I stayed there last November as a gettaway for her Fortieth birthday!
We has a great time! The apartment is nice, clean and comfortable, it had everything we needed.
There are so many restaurants with in walking distance, we did not get a chance to visit them all. A great excuse to go back!
Thanks Steve and Marion for the use of your wonderful apartment.
Art Studios are located about 5 minutes' walk north of Holetown, a small but lively town on the main north-south road along the 'platinum' west coast. We are between Discovery Bay Hotel and the Sandpiper, a small hotel in a beautiful setting, which does a sumptuous buffet-type barbecue every Sunday evening – well worth a visit. Holetown offers banking facilities, taxis, car rental, Internet cafe, Post Office, an excellent supermarket, shops (remember to take your passport to get duty-free prices), bars and restaurants, including elegant dining, curry, Thai, pizza or fast food as well as local Bajan cuisine. Nearby Limegrove is a new, 10-acre 'lifestyle centre' with boutiques, restaurants, bars, gourmet foods, an art gallery, cinema and spa. If your cup of tea is sports, then you might join the fans gathered to watch football, rugby or cricket on satellite TV at Surfside, a Holetown beach bar. Buses are frequent, so if you decide not to rent a car there is no problem visiting Bridgetown, the bustling capital of the island, or getting to Oistins on the south coast for the Friday night fish fry. In fact, thanks to a pioneering guest who shared her information with us we can provide details of how to travel by bus to reach most of Barbados's attractions, e.g. Flower Forest, Harrison's Cave, Andromeda Gardens, Bathsheba, St. Nicholas Abbey. To the north of Art Studios and a short walk along the beach is Folkestone Marine Park, which features a museum/aquarium, tennis courts, picnic tables, children's playground and excellent snorkeling around the inshore reef. Your daily walk along the beach could take you past Folkestone and the resorts of Coral Reef, Colony Club and Glitter Bay, up to the Lone Star Cafe for a cooling drink and, perhaps, a sight of the turtles at feeding time. Mullin's Bay is a little further up. The swimming is completely safe on this coast, and a variety of watersports are available for those who want to be active. For the golf enthusiast, Sandy Lane and the Royal Westmoreland golf courses are located in the parish of St. James.
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