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Rafeen House in the Garrison, St.Michael, Barbados

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3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
5 nights minimum
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.Dear guests, Welcome. We are delighted to host you at Rafeen and hope that your stay will be wonderful. Please do let Catherine know if there is anything you need to make you more comfortable. First a little history so that you understand where you are and the story of this delightful and quirky house. Rafeen is a 180 year old historic house located in a UNESCO World Heritage site. The building was actually part of the military Garrison which together with our neighbours Geneva (a single storey building at the time), and Letchworth House were built as the Ordnance Hospital and later used as the soldier’s library. Rafeen was built on a parcel of land comprising 13,744 sq. feet with frontage onto the Garrison road. The original Ordnance Hospital was sold by the War Dept.in 1905 when the ....Dear guests, Welcome. We are delighted to host you at Rafeen and hope that your stay will be wonderful. Please do let Catherine know if there is anything you need to make you more comfortable. First a little history so that you understand where you are and the story of this delightful and quirky house. Rafeen is a 180 year old historic house located in a UNESCO World Heritage site. The building was actually part of the military Garrison which together with our neighbours Geneva (a single storey building at the time), and Letchworth House were built as the Ordnance Hospital and later used as the soldier’s library. Rafeen was built on a parcel of land comprising 13,744 sq. feet with frontage onto the Garrison road. The original Ordnance Hospital was sold by the War Dept.in 1905 when the Imperial forces departed from Barbados, and the house came into private ownership in 1921 from the government of Barbados. The Cottage at the end of the garden is built on a plot of land acquired later. Rafeen is listed by the Barbados National Trust as a building of historic interest and the whole Garrison area was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2016. Several artefacts from military times were found when Rafeen was renovated about 40 years ago and these are preserved for you to see in a frame in the dining room. Rafeen came into our lives 10 years ago. We had arrived in Barbados for a ‘senior gap year’ with our three children then 2, 3 and 5. We fell in love with Barbados and decided that we would stay for the whole year – who would have guessed that our planned world travel with three under-fives was a bad idea? – We needed a place to stay long-term. We met the owners and succumbed to the magic of Rafeen. We made it our home and tried to keep the original old-world charm, simultaneously creating a more modern and comfortable living environment. We installed the pool and the air-conditioning and over the years have learned the quirks and foibles of the house as each stage of maintenance and renovation has been undertaken, culminating in a new roof last year. We hope that you will love Rafeen as much as we do and return as often as you can for peaceful escape from city living. Rafeen house is full of charm and character. The foot-thick coral stone walls ensure that the inside remains cool during the day and the large gardens give many opportunities for relaxation and alfresco living. Rafeen house is a perfect holiday location for a family or a small group of friends seeking a quiet holiday with access to all that Barbados has to offer. Rafeen has a shared driveway - so although very private you will have neighbours in the cottage. James and Rebecca are lovely and are long term guests. They are happy to answer any questions you have and give the benefit of their local knowledge. More
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Catherine Wilson
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:July 2013
Interaction with guests
Catherine is the Property Manager for the house and will be on site to meet and greet you when you arrive. She will introduce you the the house and your surroundings, hand over keys, show you how to use the cable television, locate outside switches etc.
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Suitable For Children Under 5
Air Conditioning
Private Yard
Cable/satellite TV
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Secure Parking
Wi-Fi
Internet Access
Children's Pool
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Are there nightlife options close to this vacation rental? YesNoUnsure
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About the neighborhood
Rafeen is located in the historic Garrison area with easy walking distance to some of our beautiful sandy beaches like the one located to the right side of the Hastings Police Station . Or a little bit longer walk will take you to the Pebbles Beach which is between the Radison and Hilton Hotel. It's a lovely beach and a favourite with families who have small children as the water is relatively calm and shallow. The Museum is literally a two minute walk and just to the right of the race track you will find George Washington House and a lovely cafe where you can enjoy great coffee, cakes and delicious meals.
Getting around
If you choose not to rent a car the bus routes with regular services are located on either side of the road. Cross the road will take you to Bridgetown and Speightstown and on the side right opposite the Savannah Hotel will take as far as Oistins, This bus will pass the Worthing area where you will find the Trimart and Massy Supermarkets along with the post office.
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