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IDYLLIC NATURE LOVERS RETREAT ON BEAUTIFUL EAST COAST

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People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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IDYLLIC NATURE LOVERS RETREAT ON BEAUTIFUL EAST COAST

People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Overview

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in St. John

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

An Authentic Caribbean Island Experience. What Barbados felt like 50 years ago, with the amenities of today.

Nestled into the breathtaking east coast of Barbados, this 4 acre property, "Rabbit Hill Plantation" is a private tropical paradise for travelers seeking an authentic island experience in a rustic setting. Ideal for families, Rabbit Hill is a relaxing haven for adults and a fun-filled paradise for children.

See...the vibrant colors and raw nature unleashed along the unspoiled eastern coastline; the spectacular impact of the Atlantic Ocean's vibrant surf on natural outcroppings...walk along the coastline for miles enjoying the Atlantic, on unrivaled hiking trails.

Hear...the blissful peace of a lazy tropical environment, punctuated by the relaxing sounds of pounding surf, swishing palm leaves and chattering monkeys.

Feel...the calming, tropical trade winds that caress this lushly landscaped property and sway through the breezy bungalow.

Smell...the salty ocean mingled with the citrus and floral scents from exotic tropical island flora.

Taste...the explosion of sweet juice from a freshly cut mango or orange, or the delightfully exotic milk from a coconut right on the property.

Enjoy...breathtaking views of cliffs and oceans, of casarinas, norfolk pine and palm trees all exquisitely co-existing among the luscious hibiscus and bourgonvelia.

Enjoy...the refreshing coolness of the pool, or the tranquil sway of the hammocks as your eyes delight in the multiple of gorgeous views from the large deck.

Experience the ultimate of the tropical Bajan experience, in a refreshing way, as an integral part of the island's authentic lifestyle.

Luxuriate in western amenities of a king size bed, air conditioning, a "Balinese" washroom, a gourmet equipped kitchen, an outdoor dining room that seats ten.

Feel secure in the comfort of a small safe community away from the hustle, bustle and hecticness of the urban tourist environment. The home has been built with safety, security, comfort and total relaxation as its goal. All of our guests have said it has been achieved.

Twenty minutes from the airport...Ten minutes from a local beach...Twenty minutes to the world famous Crane Beach...Minutes from friendly neighbours...Thirty minutes to cross the island with access to everything else that Barbados has to offer, great beaches, golfing, sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming with turtles.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
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Guestbook comments from the owner

These are questions which we sent to our first long term renter, Simon and family from the U.K. who rented Rabbitt Hill for 3 weeks in July.



qte

Were the people who run the house ( Agnes, Winston, Ronie) of help and



available when needed?



Yes but at the same time respecting privacy. It was good chatting with Winston each morning. Agnes was very helpful ( and her husband). Did not get to meet with Ronie but cleaning was excellent and all things we would need in interim were all readily available.





How did you find the East Coast of the island?



The best from a scenery perspective ( along with North). People a little more friendly and environment was still more green and natural. For us Brits July and August is our main vacation time. On the west and south coast it was less noticeable but it is apparent that things are quieter at this time on the East coast. A couple of occasions it was very difficult to eat out locally. I had phoned the Round House the day before to check opening for Sunday lunch but when we got there they were not open!. Atlantis, Edgewater and Dina’s at Bathsheba all recommended. Driving is different in Barbados at night and the drive back from Holetown etc took a little getting used to. I was glad we hired a jeep and feel I would recommend this in order to travel the Island. Must say however looked forward to coming back to east coast every night. Feel any issue or expectation was more with guide books and Barbados web sites etc about level of activity at this time of year











Would you consider going back? Would you recommend Rabbit Hill to others ?



Yes. May be as part of ‘Island hopping’ when kids have gone to college or with other friends. I say this as we were there for almost 3 weeks and covered 1200 km of the Islands 1450km roads rather than any issue with Barbados. In terms of recommending Rabbit Hill to others then absolutely. Happy to do this informally in our own social network or by providing any reference or testimonial for you as needed.





Once again thanks to you and your family for a great holiday !



unqte
Jul 2008
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 12 holidaymaker reviews

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Idyllic Nature Lovers Retreat on Beautiful East Coast
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
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Idyllic Nature Lovers Retreat on Beautiful East Coast
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p114831vb
-(416) 416 364 7727 (Ontario, Canada)
St. John Barbados
5

Just perfect!

  • 5 out of 5
We visited Rabbit Hill in January with our two kids, and we had a perfect stay. Stylish. Personal. Beautiful view. Excellent facilities. This is obviously a place somebody really cares for. Just go. It is better than the pictures show. Just perfect!
  • Review Submitted: 26-Feb-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Idyllic Nature Lovers Retreat on Beautiful East Coast
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p114831vb
-(416) 416 364 7727 (Ontario, Canada)
St. John Barbados
5

Totally relaxing and beautiful

  • 5 out of 5
We stayed one week at Rabbit Hill and after a particulary hectic work/school schedule in London, it was exactly the relaxing environment we needed. It exceeded our expectations which were high as the photographs are lovely, but they do not convey the real beauty of the place when you are there. The owner Tom was exceedingly helpful with his email communication and advice, which turned out to be perfect. We spent a lot of time chilling out in the hammocks on the porch which has lovely views of the garden with the sea in the distance. The breeze from the Atlantic was very welcome to cool us down along with the pool which although small, was a lot of fun. Winston, the gardener was lovely and supplied us with fruit from the nearby trees. We had a lot of fun watching the monkey's in the garden at the back of the house.This is a family home where you can see and feel all the love and hard work that has gone into it. We really enjoyed staying on the east coast, which felt like the real Barbados.
  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feed back.We strive to make the house feel like you arrived home not just another holiday rental place.In this day and age family holidays are more precious than ever and we aim to exceed your expectations when arriving as a guest in our Barbados home.
Continued happy holidays!
Tom
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Idyllic Nature Lovers Retreat on Beautiful East Coast
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p114831vb
-(416) 416 364 7727 (Ontario, Canada)
St. John Barbados
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
5

My Carribean Idyl

  • 5 out of 5
This property is nothing short of stunning. Although I confess to be an off the beaten track kind of traveler, Rabbit Hill has all the amenities one could ever want. It is totally private. The 5 acres are yours alone and you could host a nudist convention here if such were your desire! Situated in the charming little village of Glenburnie (which is so small even the taxi drivers and car rental companies don't know where it is!) you are immersed in the culture of this lovely island. The locals are quite used to the eccentric tourists from RH who stroll along their streets in their shorts and funny looking Tilley hats, and they welcome you and treat you with respect. In fact, we feel exceedingly safe here, as we do everywhere on Barbados.

The views from the verandah, the pool and the newest addition, a little tree fort we call the 'coffee perch' are spectacular. The property is beautifully maintained and the variety of trees, plants and flowers would be worth charging admission to see.

We know Barbados well and have stayed in fancy resorts on the west and south coasts. But we always want to return to Rabbit Hill. Each time we return it looks better than ever and the owners take pride in sharing their private home in paradise with their guests.

You have to be at least mildly adventurous and be prepared to rent a car if you wish to explore the island. However, it doesn't take long to get over the fear of driving on the wrong side and avoiding the potholes. You will regularly get lost on your journeys, which is always part of the fun.

The Atlantic side is very rough. This isn't the side of the island to go to if you want pristine, swimmable beaches. However, once you've seen the beaches at Bathsheba and Cattlewash, you will fall in love. If you are a beach walker, you can walk forever on Cattlewash and never see another soul. Just glorious surf and beautiful mountainous scenery.

You can access the action by driving over to the other side (about 40mins) or hire a local taxi to chauffeur you. However, there are now some good new restaurants that have sprung up nearby that will be sufficient to keep you near to home. And once you're there for a few days, the wanderlust fades as you never want to leave the property.

My wife and I stay in this house by ourselves and consider it a bargain. If you have family, or want to share with friends, it comfortably accommodates 6-8 people. Then it becomes a steal.

However, we are selfish. We don't want to share!
  • Review Submitted: 17-Jan-2013
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Rick and Debbie
Thank you for your review about our home we always welcome comments especially from 5 time repeat renters like yourselves.
To share our east coast gem and continue to improve the experience for holiday seekers is a fun thing to do.
PS. We have no plans to develop the nudist colony part of your review!
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Idyllic Nature Lovers Retreat on Beautiful East Coast
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p114831vb
-(416) 416 364 7727 (Ontario, Canada)
St. John Barbados
Wimbledon, London, Great Britain
5

Beautiful, peaceful, idyllic spot.

  • 5 out of 5
We are a family of 5 ( three teenage boys) and have recently returned from a two week stay at Rabbit Hill. We have had a wonderful vacation and would love to return to Barbados and Rabbit Hill.
The house is in a beautiful position overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and even in August there are cooling breezes particularly on the wonderful deck. It is very well equipped and spacious. Both Agnes and Winston who look after the property are very friendly and helpful but unobtrusive. The garden is amazing with loads to explore. The driveway was excellent for games of road tennis!
We loved being on the east of the island, whenever we ventured west we were always very happy to get back. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. Even though your are in a relatively remote and unspoilt part of the island nothing is very far away- and any journey along the roads of Barbados is interesting with lots to see. We visited many of the islands beaches but our favourite was Bottom Bay, which we usually had completely to ourselves and is only a 20 minute drive away. Walking along the coast both to Bathsheba and Martin's Bay was a wonderful experience with the most stunning scenery. We went snorkelling, surfing, swimming with turtles, visited a rum factory and plantation and lots more. There is an amazing amount to see and do on such a small island. We had lovely meals in The Atlantis Hotel, The Fish Pot and The Lone Star but also at the take away in Martin's Bay! We also enjoyed several meals on the BBQ at Rabbit Hill.
We are a family who prefer to be away from the usual tourist areas and Rabbit Hill is perfect for this. Even the passing of tropical storm Isaac made for a couple of dramatic weather days which was yet another experience. I would recommend Rabbit Hill to anyone who wants to experience the more remote, peaceful, dramatic, beautiful and less touristy side of Barbados.
  • Review Submitted: 21-Sep-2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Idyllic Nature Lovers Retreat on Beautiful East Coast
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p114831vb
-(416) 416 364 7727 (Ontario, Canada)
St. John Barbados
North Bend, Oregon, USA
5

Rabbit Hill--Idyllic, for sure

  • 5 out of 5
We loved our time at Rabbit Hill and only wish we could have stayed longer. Winston and Agnes were very helpful and so friendly, your home was very comfortable and we enjoyed the beautifully tended grounds, trees, animals, pool and porches equally as much. Your packet of information was invaluable but we do recommend that guests take your advice and have Winston pick you up at the airport; it's a hard place to find. The rental car company delivered our car to us the next day- very convenient.

We explored beaches and sights all around the island- recommend the Grenade Hill Forest Preserve (to see wildlife) and St. Nicholas Abbey(history and nice luncheon spot) in particular. We cooked "in" most of the time as we didn't want to leave our beautiful "estate" and bought fresh fish in Oistins at the fish market. Our adult children surfed most days.

The house at Rabbit Hill was was nicely kept and equipped, the photos don't do it justice. For a quiet get-away this is the place to go; it's lovely.

Bill and Ann
  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2012
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Idyllic Nature Lovers Retreat on Beautiful East Coast
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p114831vb
-(416) 416 364 7727 (Ontario, Canada)
St. John Barbados
Montreal, Canada
5

A FEEL GOOD PLACE.

  • 5 out of 5
Coming to Rabbit Hill is like coming home, it feels good immediately. This little banana plantation is cozy. While we were there it was our own little bit of heaven.
We sat on the gallery, drinking rum punches. Layed in the hammocks & read, slept & just let ourselves be swayed by the cooling Trade Winds. No decisions to make, no pressure, no stress & full privacy. We hired Angela who cooked a true bajan meal for us, we asked Winston to bring us fresh coconuts (used the water for our rum punches), relaxed, cooled off in the pool, went to the lookout & enjoyed the view.
It is a dream home in a dream location. The property is clean , well maintained, spacious and fun to discover.. (is that a lime tree or orange?.. are those green monkeys??).
In St.John (where this property is located) you get the real Barbados. Buy your fruits & vegetables from the locals (at local costs not tourist prices). Walk along the Atlantic ocean at Cattlewash, dine at the Cove,the Atlantis or do like the locals & go to the take away at Martins Bay for fantastic chicken & fish. We were never bored, there was so much to do.

If you want to find the true bajan spirit , go to Rabbit Hill that is where it lives.

The Girls
March 11-21st ,2012
  • Review Submitted: 30-Apr-2012
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Location

Location

Enjoy all that Barbados has to offer, including: golfing, scuba, beach exploring, fishing and fine dining.

Experience the nature of the East Coast and feel as if you were in the Barbados of 50 years ago.

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Christmas
15 Dec 2014 - 15 Jan 2015
7 night minimum stay
$2,065
for 7 nights
$2,065
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,365
for 7 nights
$1,365
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $500
Notes Stays over 14 days are negotiable.
Arrangements can be made for airport pickup. Rental car can be delivered to property, if required. Extra maid service during stay can be arranged.
25% down payment on booking; Balance due 4 weeks prior to occupancy.

Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in St. John, Barbados

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1) Master bedroom has King bed & ensuite Bathroom., Queen size Beds (1) 2 rooms with 1 queen bed each., Twin or Single Beds (1) 1 room with two single beds.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
4.5 acre beautifully landscapted property with pool. Pick your own fruit off orange,banana, mango,quava,trees, , wildlife, flowers, ocean breeze, birds, butterflies, private but not secluded, www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPQ-GBFEqjo
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