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Rafeen: A beautiful historic colonial house on The Garrison - Own pool

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Pool, pool house and gazebo
Original terracotta tiled veranda with bar.
Grand mahogany dining area - front room leading to the veranda
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Overview
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
5 nights minimum
Villa
Rafeen is a 180 year old listed property situated opposite the Savannah race course in the historic Garrison area of Barbados. The house is full of charm and character with the original large, terracotta tiled veranda complete with a bar over looking the race course which makes for relaxed viewing of the regular race days as well as horses exercising daily. The furnishings are mostly antique mahogany and the reception rooms are spectacular. The extensive gardens include a secluded pool with a pool house, and many and varied fruit trees. The house is perfect for a family or a group of friends. There are many areas to sit and take in the tranquil gardens. Cocktails are perfect at the veranda bar or on the front patio in the shade of the huge and ancient trees where you can watch the horses...Rafeen is a 180 year old listed property situated opposite the Savannah race course in the historic Garrison area of Barbados. The house is full of charm and character with the original large, terracotta tiled veranda complete with a bar over looking the race course which makes for relaxed viewing of the regular race days as well as horses exercising daily. The furnishings are mostly antique mahogany and the reception rooms are spectacular. The extensive gardens include a secluded pool with a pool house, and many and varied fruit trees. The house is perfect for a family or a group of friends. There are many areas to sit and take in the tranquil gardens. Cocktails are perfect at the veranda bar or on the front patio in the shade of the huge and ancient trees where you can watch the horses, monkeys, humming birds or fire flies, depending on the time of day. The back garden offers the pool. You can take some sun on the pool deck or relax in the shade of the gazebo. You may chose to eat in any of these places or simply eat in the kitchen or on the kitchen terrace. More formal dining is on offer in the rather grand dining room at the antique mahogany table. The sitting room next to it offers a huge comfortable sofa where you can relax and take in a movie after a hard day at the beach. The bedrooms are large and air conditioned, and the master bedroom has direct access to the back garden and pool. The kitchen is well equipped and opens onto a lovely back terrace over looking the pool. The wonderful south coast beaches are moments away and all the amenities of Bridgetown just a kilometer down the road. This is a very convenient location for exploring the whole island. History: Rafeen is a very old and historic house. 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 soldiers 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. Several artefacts from military times were found when Rafeen was renovated about 40 years ago and these are preserved in the frame in the dining room. The cottage is occupied with a long term rent and the tenants will be your neighbours. They share the drive and obviously come and go, so do remember to take the key to the gate padlock if you are returning late. The cottage has its own garden and the tenants do not have access to the pool or pool deck. The planting and garden design ensures privacy, but you will probably see their car and them coming and going.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
1 Attached (ensuite), 1 Full bath
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About the Owner
Emma B
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:80%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:April 2008
Interaction with guests
Prior to your arrival you will be given the key for the lockbox code which has the key for you to enter the house. Our Property Manager Trudi would be more than happy to assist you with any information you need to help make your stay a pleasant one. Towels and bed linen are supplied and our wonderful house keeper, Cynthia will visit once a week to make sure you have everything you need and clean the house for you. Gardeners and the pool guy both visit once a week and keep the garden and pool looking lovely and leaf free. There is plenty of local information at the house and we are happy to chat to you before hand if you want suggestions.
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Reviews (9)
Helen S
Helen S
London, United Kingdom9 contributions
What a special house this is! It is full of history which has not been lost with the modernisations that have been done. Brilliant area - near the beach, towns and right opposite the racecourse. Everything we could need was there. Help was a phone call away from the wonderful people who look after the property. Pool, barbecue, Wi-Fi and sun, what more could you want?!
Visited September 2022
Written 19 September 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Jo C
Jo C
3 contributions
We had a fabulous holiday in Rafeen with our teenage boys. The house is stunning with loads of space both inside and out. It is really well equipped and the pool is great. It's the perfect place to enjoy the Barbados sunshine! The location is also ideal, with gorgeous beaches, restaurants etc nearby. Our teenagers loved the water sports on offer - surfing, paddle boarding etc. Everyone was really helpful and friendly, I would definitely visit again.
Visited August 2022
Written 30 August 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Gillian P
Gillian P
5 contributions
We are enjoying our stay in this spacious and gracious home, full of charm and character. Ideal for a family stay as everyone has enough space to have a quiet moment or two! Comfortable and airy and near to fabulous Carlisle Bay, within a 20 minute walk and Pebbles beach in less than 10 minutes. Thankyou Rafeen - we will enjoy the rest of our time here, loving seeing your humming birds and monkeys and we hope to meet again!
Visited July 2022
Written 5 July 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

JULIE D
JULIE D
23 contributions
So having visited Barbados numbers of times over the last 10 years and rented many villas we had high hopes for this lovely house. Yes it is a nice house, with nice old furniture but that is where nice stops. Not mentioned in the details of the house is the fact the pool backs directly onto the neighbours patio, there are even 3 steps down to their place. It is not secluded by any stretch of the imagination. You sit by pool and watch them come and go just 3 feet away in their cars, along the driveway which is shared, again not told about this until arrival. Clearly the land at some point was sold and the cottage built. They are long term tenants. The security gate at night must be locked as apparently the neighbour told us it is not a safe area at night, we were pretty shocked by this on the first day until we heard the dogs. Oh my goodness, every night about 7pm and then again at 4.00am the other neighbour to the right has 2 large security dogs out all night in yard barking. We did not get a single all night sleep out of 15 nights. The master bedroom has a very poor bed that screams when you get in, we tried WD40 to no avail; NO curtains, sun rises around 3.30am to 4.15am so you will not sleep if you do not have an eye mask. I did not have one unfortunately. The shower in the main bedroom is scary, it is like a game of russian roulette, you do not know if you will freeze or burn, it would not cost much to put in a new one. The whole place needs some TLC, outdoor furniture is very old, some chairs were broken. Back at Christmas but wont be staying here, it does not offer value for money, privacy or a decent nights sleep.
Visited May 2021
Written 8 June 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

HOLLYOAKSHOLLYOAKS
HOLLYOAKSHOLLYOAKS
Chiang Mai, Thailand8 contributions
Four of us went to stay in this lovely house next to the Racecourse in Garrison, Barbados. We needed to rest and chat, and this was the perfect spot to do so.We spent most of our time by the pool! Sipping Bajun coffee! The house is clean, tidy, with plenty of space to be together, or alone, I couldn't recommend this house highly enough...
Visited November 2019
Written 17 September 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Adjoa A
Adjoa A
1 contribution
Incredibly beautiful setting for a spacious comfortable colonial heritage bungalow in a remarkable setting, close by the serene Bridgetown race track; a race track Barbados style - open immaculate tree lined, encircled by beautifully preserved 19th century architecture making up the Garrison area of town. A stroll from gorgeous unspoilt beaches, tennis courts, and boutique restaurants and shops. An open friendly atmosphere in town and a pool to relax in, in the garden, if even the short stroll to the beach feels too taxing!🤗 A great visit🙏🏾
Visited November 2019
Written 26 January 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Quest812343
Quest812343
Rafeen was a little piece of paradise on earth ... a beautiful setting, a clean, well equipped villa and wonderful people to look after you. We could not find any faults ... loved watching the horses on their morning gallops and simply fell in love with the green monkeys that visited the garden on several occasions, an unbelievable experience. Cannot recommend Rafeen highly enough ... we had a wonderful time. This was our third visit to Barbados and by far the best. We have many fond memories, great photos and Rafeen will always have a special place in our hearts.
Visited August 2018
Written 4 September 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Gonzalez O
Gonzalez O
Hyeres, France1 contribution
Nous avons passé de belles vacances en partie grâce à cette maison chargée d histoire de ce magnifique pays. Nous avons eu la chance d assister à la racing gold cup qui est un événement national. L absence de télévision est un pur bonheur, les petits singes viennent se montrer le matin dans le jardin ainsi que les colibris... les chambres sont confortables et la cuisine bien équipée... les voisins étaient très sympathiques...idéalement placée car au calme mais à 2 mn des plages à pied et proche de Bridgetown... nous recommandons cette maison qui est un merveilleux nid au paradis !
Visited March 2018
Written 12 March 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

fransi160716
fransi160716
Manchester, United Kingdom1 contribution
I stayed at Rafeen with my husband for three weeks. It is a gorgeous, renovated historic house overlooking the Garrison. Most days we chilled by the pool then headed to the beach 5 mins walk away. It was so laid back! There is a racetrack opposite so we had trackside views of the horses, and when we were feeling energetic we did some sightseeing at other listed properties nearby, and also headed into Bridgetown a short drive away. We also hired a car and toured the whole island. It is surprisingly easy to navigate! Once we'd seen the sights we were really happy to just relax poolside. Can't wait to go again!
Visited August 2017
Written 14 September 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Conditioning
Balcony
Ceiling Fans
Deck
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Dryer
Freezer
Refrigerator
Internet Access
Business Travel
Kettle
Business Travel
Microwave
Patio
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Private Garden
Cable/satellite TV
Secure Parking
Stereo System
Cooker
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Wi-Fi
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Horse Riding Nearby
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
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About the neighbourhood
Rafeen is on the Garrison Savannah just off the main coast road. The closest beach is Drill Hall where you can see turtles nesting and hatching in season. The South coast beaches are beautiful, and you can walk from the house along Carlisle Bay into Bridgetown. In the other direction the board walk will take you to Accra beach passing many beach front restaurants on the way, from KFC to more fancy places for a treat - our favourites are Tapas and Champers. For those after a little culture away from the sun there is the delightful Barbados museum a short walk away and you can visit George Washington House for a tour or just for the best coffee on the island at Stable Café. There are also fascinating walking tours of the Garrison area.
Getting around
We recommend that you hire a car especially if you plan to see the whole island. There are many wonderful places to visit such as Welchman Hall Gully and St Nicholas Abbey to name just two. (further details and recommendations can be found at the house.) Many places are in walking distance, but Barbados is hot and the pavements are not so easy to negotiate. Public buses run up and down Bay Street (the coast road) along the South Coast and you can get to the West Coast on the SpeightsTown bus just outside the house.
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