Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Take Five is a beautiful villa set in a small, quiet development of individual houses located on the South East coast right by the shores of the Atlantic. The breezes that blow off the Atlantic ensure that even on the hottest days the temperature is more comfortable. A short 2 minute walk from the front door leads to the hand carved steps that take you down to the coconut palm trees and white coral sandy beach of Bottom Bay - one of the most beautiful and relatively undiscovered beaches on the island. There are plenty of breath taking walks along the cliff tops and several other deserted beaches nearby.
The villa is built to a high standard and is luxuriously furnished and is fully equipped with everything you need for a truly memorable holiday. Wi-Fi is available, and we even provide a mobile phone for guests to use, as well as a telephone in the living room.
The gardens have been exotically landscaped with tropical plants and palm trees, creating a totally private Caribbean idyll. The living area in Take Five is airy and spacious and leads onto a covered terrace with a separate lounge and dining area overlooking the pool and garden. Just off the terrace is a utility room and a separate toilet - to save walking through the house with those wet feet! The large pool is 30 feet long and there are several sun beds around it for relaxing on.
Barbados is a relatively safe and crime free island, but for extra peace of mind we have installed bars at all doors and windows and provided a safe. There is also mosquito netting fitted on all the windows.
Take Five is conveniently situated for Grantley Adams airport - just 20 minutes drive away. Oistins and all the night life of St Laurence Gap and the capital city of Bridgetown are equally accessible, as is the surfers paradise of Bathsheba on the east coast.
The villa was named after the classical jazz piece "Take Five", but of course has the double meaning of taking time out - which is exactly what you do at Take Five
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Grantley Adams International 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
The master bedroom, with its super-king size bed, has a walk in wardrobe and an en suite, with 'his and hers' washbasins. In each of the other 2 bedrooms we have provided 2 single beds, and to enable versatile sleeping arrangements each pair can be conjoined to produce a king size bed. All bedrooms are fully air-conditioned, and there are ceiling fans in all rooms. A large bathroom is located between the 2 bedrooms, ensuring that all the bedrooms are separated from each other.
The lounge is equipped with a super large high definition TV with a DVD player that plays both US and UK DVDs. We have provided a good range of CDs (not just Jazz!!!) to play on the Music Centre, which also has an IPOD connection. In each of the rooms there are electrical sockets for the US and UK type plugs. There is also a telephone with free calls to anywhere in the island, and there is also internet connectivity. For convenience we have also provided a mobile telephone so you can carry it with you on your trips round the island.
The kitchen has a lovely granite work surface and is fully equipped with a whole range of gadgets and labour saving devices, to ensure that you have the least amount of hassle during your stay. We have included a dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker and American style fridge with ice maker, as well as the usual kitchen appliances. There is a washing machine in a separate room off the terrace to keep the machinery noise away from the interior, with a washing line on the lawn.
The temperature is constant all year round in Barbados and the spacious outdoor terrace is a wonderful place to relax in the fresh air but out of the sun. Here is the dining table and chairs for al fresco dining, and also a comfortable lounge area for just sitting and chilling - or for drinking that G & T!
|Further details outdoors|
The swimming pool is unusually large - a good 30 feet in length - and loungers are provided to enable you to enjoy, chill and relax as much as possible. Due to the constant, year round high temperatures, the pool is unheated and the water is wonderfully cool and refreshing. The patio area around the pool is made from a non-slip material for added safety.
There is a WC just off the terrace so that, should the need take you, it is not necessary to traipse through the house in a dripping swim suit! There is also a poolside shower provided to wash off any sand if you are returning from a beach visit.
The gardens all round the house are fully landscaped with indigenous plants such as frangipani, oleander, bougainvillea and palms, and are completely private. At the front is a driveway with sufficient room for 2 cars to park. There is also the opportunity to hire a barbeque for cooking by the pool.
Our manager will meet and greet you at the villa to help you settle in and find your feet. She will explain that a maid service is provided and once a week the house will be thoroughly cleaned and fresh towels and bedding will be provided. If you require additional cleaning, barbeque, high chair, babysitting service - or even a chef to visit you to cook a Bajan meal and serve it to you on the terrace - she can arrange this for you for an extra charge.
Water from the tap is perfectly fine to drink. We have fitted filters to the incoming water supply to minimise the lime content.
We have installed security bars at the doors and windows. This is just a safeguard, crime is not prevalent on Barbados, but it is better to err on the side of caution.
Additionally, we have fitted mosquito netting at all the windows which does help to keep the nippers at bay.
The St Philip Parish region
Think of Barbados and what do you come up with - images of blue seas, frangipani, rum, sugar cane, calypso, gospel songs, palm trees and coconuts - the list is endless. The climate is warm all year with temperatures rarely dropping below the mid-70's. There is a good road infrastructure so getting around by car is easy - and its great to explore. There are numerous bus services around the island for those not wishing to drive.
Barbados is divided into a number of parishes - the largest of which is St Philip, which is situated on the south-east coast and where Take Five is located. The famous Crane Hotel is just a short drive away with its numerous restaurants, entertainment and much photographed beach.
There are a number of walks that you can take from the villa with breathtaking views over the Atlantic and to various isolated beaches along the coast - not least is Bottom Bay, the most beautiful beach on the whole island and only 2 minutes walk away. There are no snakes or poisonous insects on the island, so walking is enjoyable (for those of you with various aversions!).
Wherever you go in Barbados you will see impromptu games of cricket being played - whether on a bit of scrub land or one of the many well tended cricket fields. Scattered around everywhere are the ubiquitous rum shacks which are great fun and a must to experience.
Night life and great restaurants abound, but worthy of a mention all on its own is the Oistins Fish Fry (best night is Friday) where you can eat a freshly cooked fish meal by moonlight, on a golden sandy beach by the Caribbean Sea, and then dance the night away under the stars.
Bottom Bay is so beautiful - with its coral sandy beach, coconut trees and blue Atlantic waves - and only 2 minutes walk away from Take Five. It is relatively undiscovered, so the chances are that you will have most of the beach to yourself. There are plenty of other beaches, equally attractive, within walking distance, if you want a change.
The location is quiet and is well placed for visiting many of the island's main attractions. There is a small local shop and bar at Wellhouse, which is about 1km away, as well as several other local rum shacks. Five minutes drive away is the Emerald City Shopping Mall at Six Roads with a large supermarket, bank, stores and a couple of restaurants.
On a few evenings a week there is a local fish fry on the road to Six Hills where you can buy wonderful, freshly cooked food. For a taste of local cuisine try the Watering Hole restaurant - a short walk from the villa.
Before you go it is advisable to plan your trip by investing in a good travel guide. Some of the festivals (such as Crop Over) and annual events are worth planning your visit around.
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15 Jun 2014
"Excellent villa, John and Jan were brilliant"
WOW! What an excellent beautiful villa!.Excellent amenities & space and modern décor and furniture.High standard villa throughout & extremely clean (and didn't see one bug!)Large & luxurious swi… More
We really enjoyed reading your review and are so happy that the villa was everything you wanted and more. Hopefully, we'll see you again soon.
6 Apr 2014
"Home From home luxury villa with all mod cons on a beautiful island"
Greeted @ Take Five by Jan the housekeeper who showed us around the villa which we were amazed at the beauty and cleanliness, where things are, also if we needed any help/assistance she was a stones … More
Thanks for all your amazing comments - you sound just like us when we're over there - can't praise the people and the island highly enough - and, of course, Jan is a gem. Take Five is something we are rightly proud of and it's lovely when others enjoy it as much as us.
We look forward to your next visit.
28 Feb 2014
"The Absolute Best place to stay in Barbados"
Stunning private garden and HUGE pool, amazing service from Pat (the owner) in communication and details of the residence and warm, friendly attentive service from the local care takers John and Jan.A… More
It really is our pleasure - we aim to please and we're so very happy that you love Take Five as much as us. Hope to see you soon.....
27 Feb 2014
"Beautiful villa 2 minute walk from beach, amazing pool and gardens"
This was a repeat visit to Take Five having previously visited in 2009 and the stay was another wonderful experience. This time we took some friends with us and they too fell in love with the villa an… More
Music to our ears - thank you for your wonderful feedback.
24 Feb 2014
"Disappointing, given the rave reviews."
It was useful having the property management team close by, and they were courteous and tried to be helpful; and the wi-fi is a definite benefit.Despite this, the overall experience was less than sati… More
So sorry your stay wasn't entirely pleasurable.
15 Jan 2014
"Exactly what it says on the tin!"
Having had two weeks in Aruba where our rental was very disappointing we arrived in Barbados full of trepidation. We landed late at night and only just in time to pick up our hire car at the airport. … More
So sorry you weren't able to book in for next Christmas - there's always a bit of a rush to book at that time of year. Thanks for such a good review - we're so glad you enjoyed your stay. Like you, we love the people of Barbados - and Jan and John are no exception.
Hope to see you again in 2015..!
28 Dec 2013
"Very good and a happy holiday"
We stayed in here in August 2103 and we were not disappointed, as I had been to Barbados before and knew the location. A car is a must. The House was clean, tidy and fully equipped. the pool was great… More
Thank you for your lovely comments - and a happy new year to you....
17 Aug 2013
Perfect villa in a beautiful relaxing area and suitable for all ages.Very clean and situated within minutes of the fabulous Bottom Bay.Swimming pool is large at 30ft and surrounded by palm trees.The b… More
Our aim is to ensure you have a wonderful villa in which to have a memorable holiday, and our property managers share our view. We are so lucky to have John and Jan who are always there for our guests. Looking forward to seeing you again soon........
3 Apr 2013
"5 star experience at Bottom Bay"
We are just drawing our holiday to a close and writing this review from the terrace poolside using the excellent wi-fi.
This is our second trip to Barbados having stayed last year at the Crane with friends.
Take 5 is a real 5 star accommodation and is comparable to TheCrane without the scale. The whole villa has a quality feel about it and the pool is absolutely superb. Aircon if needed but tended to use ceiling fans. Beds - 5 star comfort !
Jan the housekeeper is superb and is on hand to help if anything goes wrong or you need local advise - her cleaning team are brilliant too and do a first class job before and during your stay.
Cannot fault the experience - genuine quality accommodation with a real home from home feeling that gets everyone settled for a great holiday.
Well done Pat and Tim (who were brilliant right through the process of booking and our endless questioning !)
We will be back !
Wow - how great to be compared to the Crane... Come again, do - we look forward to your next visit
10 Mar 2013
"Tropical Paradise! We definitely didn't want to come back...."
We returned from a fortnight at Take Five a few weeks ago and are longing to go back there already!
Take Five is a wonderfully roomy, well equipped villa in a lovely, peaceful location close to a picture postcard tropical beach.We have 2 young children (3 and 1), and so the large pool was a real bonus as we spent lots of time in there. We also made use of the baby equipment to hire (cot, high chair) which was good.
Pat was really helpful with hints and tips before we left, and Jan and John were really welcoming and were on hand if we needed any help or advice whilst on holiday.
We didn't eat out much, but would recommend the fish fry (Fridays and Saturdays) at the Church of the Nazerene which is about a five minute drive towards Six Roads.
We hired a car from Stoutes on Pat's advice, who were excellent. We made use of the discount that Pat has negotiated from them. We enjoyed trips to Crane beach, to Bathsheeba on the east coast and also to Gunn Hill Signal Station and Wildlife Park in the north, amongst others.
A thoroughly enjoyable holiday in a wonderful villa. We would recommend it to anyone!
Reviews like this make all our hard work worthwhile - the whole experience of Barbados, Take Five and our lovely John and Jan as our managers is what we strive for - bliss and perfection. We look forward to seeing you again.........
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