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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Porters, Saint James Parish, Barbados

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MrsKBucki...
Buckinghamshire
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Dream Holiday Home”
Reviewed September 9, 2017 for a stay in August 2017

We have just returned from Heather and Mark's home, having spent a wonderful time there with our 2 older children.

The villa was perfect for our needs, tastefully decorated, clean and comfortable. For us, the best part was the outdoor space, where we spent most of our time. The beds were comfortable, with immaculate white bedding and beautifully fitted en-suite bathrooms. There were large wardrobes in both bedrooms with plenty of hangers and storage. The kitchen was very well equipped with everything we needed and even toilet paper, kitchen paper, dishwasher tabs and cleaning products were included, which is very unusual. I was also very impressed that even though we only stayed for 12 days, the house was cleaned and towels and beds changed twice.

We were extremely well looked after by the Concierge service who met us on arrival and when departing. Diana was at the end of the phone at any time should we need her and the same for Heather, who was very helpful.

The villa's location is excellent, with frequent buses running from the end of the road into Holetown,Bridgetown and Speightstown. We also hired a car for a few days to go further afield.

We would not hesitate in recommending this holiday property to anyone. It is extremely well managed, and represents excellent value for money.

Thank you Heather and Mark

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David W
Malmesbury, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Lovely home from home”
Reviewed June 24, 2017 for a stay in June 2017

A very nice house, very well designed and equipped. This has been set up tobe an ideal holiday home, not just a rental. Very private back garden, in a quiet neighbourhood but only 10 mins walk to the beach. Excellent snorkelling options especially early in the morning when there are no jetskis, so you arent restricted to swimming areas. Fish life is abundant.
The plunge pool was very convenient to cool off, and the communal pool was always pleasant and warm, but hardly used. Same for the tennis court, which is good for a casual game although too small for anything too competitive.
We hired a car briefly, to tour the island and to do a national trust hike, but buses are cheap and frequent. An interesting experience. Some of the yellow bus drivers should probably be certified.
Overall, we loved the house and its location.

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Sally S
2 reviews
“Loved it!”
Reviewed April 15, 2017 for a stay in April 2017

We have just returned from a fantastic holiday at Heather and Mark's gorgeous home. Perfect location on the west coast, beautiful house, And local beaches are the best we have been to on the island. swimming with turtles, lone star, buffet the royal pavillion, and Santi's bar were all highlights. Heathers communication was brilliant making lots contact to make sure all was well, extras like dishwasher tablets and shower gel and great recommendations for restaurants beaches etc. We will definitely return :) thank you s

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ianhardie
Maidstone
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A slice of paradise!”
Reviewed March 31, 2017 for a stay in March 2017

First of all we would like to thank Heather and Mark for sharing their holiday home with us. It really is in an excellent location and being in a gated community, we felt safe at all times. We will never forget our first morning walk down to Glitter Bay and stepping onto the beach, seeing the Caribbean Sea before us. It was stunning. This villa has everything you need for a very comfortable stay and to be able to sit out in the garden is a lovely way to relax. Raphael, the house manager is so polite and always willing to help-he is a star!

For our two weeks we hired a car from Stoutes car rental and were able to explore Barbados easily. Reading a map and travelling over bumpy roads is all part of the fun on holiday. At Pebble beach we had paddle boarding lesson with Paddle Barbados where Jason proved to be an excellent and patient teacher. We also used Barbados Blue to swim with turtles and snorkel over shipwrecks. Their attention to safety was excellent. We highly recommend them both. There are many interesting places to visit including St Nicholas Abbey, Foursquares distillery, George Washington's house and of course Bathsheba. The gardens at Andromeda, Huntes and Wenchman's gully are amazing. In Speightstown, Arlington museum gives a good history of the area and the art gallery in the town has some amazing pieces of work.

There are many restaurants and beach cafes to try and we enjoyed Sea Cat, the Beach House and Juju's. For Sunday lunch we travelled to the Atlantis hotel near Bathsheba for a buffet lunch. This was very good with stunning views over the Atlantic. It is worth booking though. For something different we tried the Balcony restaurant at Cave Shepherd department store in Bridgetown and this was a buffet which many locals use.It was great watching the world go by from here.Travelling on the reggae buses is a must!

Once again Ian and I would like to thank Heather and Mark for their help in making our holiday run smoothly. Our first visit to Barbados has been truly fantastic. It will not be our last.

Paula and Ian Hardie

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monkeyUK
England
Level 4 Contributor
15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Perfect house, perfect location”
Reviewed February 17, 2017 for a stay in February 2017

Have just returned from 2 weeks in this beautiful home. There was absolutely nothing lacking. From the moment we arrived and were met by the house manager Raphael who showed us everything we needed to know about the house, we knew that we were going to have a great 2 weeks and we weren't disappointed. A beautiful garden, with a frequent visit from some very friendly, and brave, birds. The first day we spent exploring the beaches were in walking distance. The nearest was down the Queens Fort drive just across from Mango Drive. Keep walking down the drive and follow it round to the right. Once you hit the sand turn right and up and over the steps. Beautiful swimming area in front of Glitter Bay. Watch the tide times tho as the steps do become slightly inaccessible at high tide. Reeds Beach (recommended by Heather and Mark) was another beautiful beach although the waves were HUGE one day we went so getting in and out the sea was tricky. These were freak waves I'm sure as other days they were gently lapping up, typical of west coast. Lone Star breakfast is HIGHLY recommended as is the gourmet buffet at Fairmont on a Tuesday night. Although we had a car this time for 2 weeks the location is so ideal that you could easily do without a car. Reggae buses and a pleasant walk to/from Holetown along the beach would make getting provisions easy enough. If you do have a car then Cost U Less near Warrens was the best value for supermarkets.
I've already been looking at returning next year as this is the best house yet. We've stayed in 3 in the area. Thanks Heather and Mark for opening your home for us to enjoy.

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Management Response
Apr 2, 2017
We are absolutely delighted that you had such a wonderful holiday and stay in our home. Thank you so much for your lovely comments and compliments, we look forward to welcoming you back again.
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Karen D
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Perfect rental home from home”
Reviewed February 8, 2017 for a stay in January 2017
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Having just returned from Barbados my husband and I found this house to be perfectly positioned for a relaxing holiday. The house itself it beautifully decorated, maintained and comfortable, with many home comforts.
The booking process and payment was so easy and Heather and Mark were always helpful with all of our enquiries.
The house is in a small gated community, with a short walk to lots of beautiful beaches which we walked everyday for miles. We didn't hire a car but Raphael met us at the airport and returned us there on our return, at a reasonable cost. He also stopped off at the supermarket so we could get a few provisions on the first night. As we got there quite late we decided just to go to Groots which is at the end of the road, it doesn't look much but the food it really good and very reasonable but not somewhere you would probably go every night..
We walked into Holetown everyday and back for any provisions and to bars and restaurants on the evenings but the bus was very frequent if you're not into walking. The bus stop is at the end of the road and the buses very frequent although the yellow buses are an experience. We only tried them once when we went to Bridgetown for the day. We had lunch at the Waterfront bar there which was very nice.
We ate at a few recommended restaurants (Tides, Zachios, Sea Cat, Lonestar, Ragamuffins, Beachfront) but the one we enjoyed the most was Spagos in 2nd Street. A little Italian which we visited 4-5 times, the food was good, service excellent and the wine was reasonable.
We did find the food very good everywhere we ate but the wine was very expensive. We ate at Tides for lunch one day and went for a bottle of wine we thought we recognised, we get it from Aldi for £6 it was even the same label and we paid $90 BD for it roughly about £39 !!
The people of Barbados we found to be very friendly and felt very safe there. We would recommend this house and Barbados to anyone thinking of visiting. We will definitely be returning.
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Joanne K
Kissimmee, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Fabulous, simply fabulous”
Reviewed October 23, 2016 for a stay in October 2016
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Where to start. Loved everything about staying here. Right from the communications with Heather prior to arrival, her great suggestions of airport transfer, car rental, catamaran tour etc. She simply cannot do enough to make sure your vacation is perfect.

Ryan met us at the airport as arranged and stopped & waited in Holetown so we could stock up on provisions and then took us to the house. Rachel, the manager, was there upon our arrival and went through all the necessary info, how to use the alarm, gate codes etc. She was at our disposal but we really didnt need her for anything.

The house is in a great location, so close to the beach and a short drive to Holetown. Easy to find yet very secure & private. It has everything you could wish for and more, very stylishly decorated with high end appliances. The pictures do not lie.

We took Heather's recommendation of R and R Cruising vs others we had read about. By far this was the highlight of our trip and it wasnt because of the turtles as the water that day was a little murky due to a strong current so we didn't see any. It was just being treated like VIP's the entire time by Rebecca and Ryan and entertained beyond belief by the hilarious Greg. There were 6 of us on the catamaran and we truly were spoiled rotten. Nothing was too much bother. Our only regret was that we couldn't get a sunset cruise in before we left so that's on top of our list for our next trip.

We loved the local beach and Kevin (who was mentioned in the information from Heather) was our go to guy. He was a great little business man and could get anything you wanted. We had a couple of really relaxing days at the beach and one day was a Sunday and the local bar/restaurant Santi has live music on Sunday evenings so we had a great time singing along to every song by the great band 1359.

Restaurants: CinCin was exquisite but pricey. Definitely worth the dress up though. We really liked the Fish Pot restaurant in Speightstown and Oistins Fish fry on a Friday is a worthwhile trip. No frills, but great food and great value for money. Go hungry! Zaccios actually delivered food to the house on our first night as we didn't get the car delivered till the next day. The food was surprisingly good, and was delivered hot. Everywhere we ate we were happy! Lonestar has a superb breakfast and the best setting.

Basically, a great vacation was had by all and we cannot wait to go back! Thanks Heather for all your help making this a truly wonderful stay.

Joanne & Gerhard

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Management Response
Oct 23, 2016
Dear Joanne, Gerhard, Lynn and Neil,
Thank you so much for your amazing review, the feeling is mutual, you were all an absolute pleasure to host and we truly appreciate your compliments and comments. We look forward to welcoming you all back.
Kind regards
Heather and Mark Bygraves
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