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Spacious Plantation Vacation Property on the Grounds of Clifton Hall Great House

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

“Far from the madding crowd”, you have just discovered your dream paradise!

Shhhh! What do you hear? Nothing but the east wind rustling the tall palms, the birds cheeping and peeping, perhaps our resident hens clucking, and the occasional rooster crowing in the distance. Listen hard and you may even hear the monkeys carrying on their own conversations, but overall, what strikes you is the marvelous Quiet!

The Stables at Clifton Hall is found 1 km past the ancient St. John’s Parish Church which, itself, is located on Hackleton’s Cliff, high above the Atlantic where the eastern trade winds constantly blow.

Containing over 2,200 square feet within its distinctive walls, this completely renovated “cottage” has been outfitted with only the best of luxury furnishings and YOU are invited to be among the first guests to call it your home-away-from-home!

As the name suggests, in early days, “The Stables” cottage played a huge role on the plantation because it housed the mounts and carriages belonging to the family of the day and their guests. The stables – now YOUR cottage - served the 13,500 square foot plantation house known then and now as “Clifton Hall Great House”.

The first confirmed mention of this pink confection dates all the way back to 1656! Clifton Hall Great House has a long and varied history, beginning as a 401 acre sugar plantation down through the centuries to the year 2009 when, as near derelict, the current owners rescued the property. With loving care and always mindful of the built heritage of this significant property, the owners turned the coral stone rubble walls, termite-riddled beams and original pieces that could be salvaged into the magnificent presence of today. (Please see for the complete Clifton Hall Great House story, or schedule an appointment to tour the great house and hear the entire story first hand.)

The exterior walls of The Stable at Clifton Hall were constructed of the same coral stone as the Great House. You can see the original bare coral stone in some of the accompanying pictures. These ancient walls that stand more than 2 feet thick help to cool the cottage against the strong Barbados sun. Large windows stand open to catch the trade winds blowing through, cooling temperatures by 2 to 3 C. degrees below those on the west coast. For convenience, the 2 large bedrooms (one king and one twin) both have air conditioning available however, guests will likely find that with a combination of the breezes and ceiling fans, air conditioning will be unnecessary.

Red clay tile floors throughout also help to control the interior temperature by reflecting their cooling surfaces back into the air as heat rises into the open rafters and beams that line the roof above.

The master ensuite is fitted with a Jacuzzi tub/shower combo, while the second bathroom has a large block-walled shower stall. Your master shower curtain matches not only the gorgeous bedspread but also coordinates with the generous sets of fluffy towels you’ll find in each bathroom.

The wide open spaces and modern fittings of the cottage kitchen will rival your kitchen “back home”! The bright green cupboards contain 6 place settings of dishes and glasses yet there’s still lots of space to hide away all those special treats that can only be found in Barbados. The shiny, white countertops where your coffee maker and toaster call out to you to prepare a snack reflect the bright sunshine that’s streaming in through two wide windows. When it comes time for a meal, the glass-topped table in the dining area seats six comfortably and is conveniently located just steps from kitchen activity. Tucked away in the utility room, you will have the convenience of a washer so it’s not necessary to pay extra luggage charges – your bathing suit and your tooth brush are really all you need for your vacation in The Stables at Clifton Hall.

Accessible from the living room walk-out is your own patio where you can relax with a couple of cold Banks Beers or a chilled bottle of wine after a hard day of sunning. The back garden is surrounded by tropical trees and flowers while when you feel like stretching your legs, you are welcome to meander the paths of the Great House. More than 300 fruit trees, common to the Caribbean although not likely to be found in your garden “back home” - mango, lime, pomegranate, soursop, passion fruit and many more - call you to explore.

Whether this is your first trip to Barbados, or your hundred and first, it is pleasant to be greeted as more than “just another visitor”. Therefore, to get your holiday off on the right foot, we are pleased to assist by going that extra step. We can provide you with the names of car rental companies. We are also happy to provide you with a “starter pack” comprised of those essential items that will enable you to laze around on your first morning, rather than having to rush to the supermarket just so you can have your eye-opening coffee. Whatever you want, you have only to let us know.

And whether you are coming for a week, a month, or the winter, you may arrive at The Stables at Clifton Hall as welcome guests but in no time at all, you will be treasured friends we’ll look forward to welcoming back year after year.

More Details

Massimo Franchi
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018

About Massimo Franchi

Massimo Franchi is an international lawyer and sports agent while Karen Franchi is a chartered accountant. In 2009, when Massimo and Karen first saw 13,500 sq. ft. Clifton Hall, it was almost derelict. It took Massimo and his gardener more than three years to restore and renovate Clifton Hall Great House and its 3.5 acres of grounds to bring it up to the standard it is today. Located on the grounds of a true "Plantation House", the renovation of The Stables at Clifton Hall completes many years of planning and dreams-come-true.

Massimo Franchi purchased this cottage in 2009

What makes this cottage unique

You also have access to the unique Barbados Yacht Club where you can enjoy the beautiful sandy beach, turquois seas and relax with a drink or two! (small additional fee applies)


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint John in Barbados

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
Location Type:
  • near the sea ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , All new bedding and mattress
    Second Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , All new bedding
  • the two bedrooms have ceiling fans and air conditioning units
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Grantley Adams International Airport
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
St. Martin's Bay/ Bath beach
Car: necessary

"The Stable at Clifton Hall" is tucked away among palms and fruit trees on the grounds of Clifton Hall Great House. The first record of Clifton Hall was a 1656 mortgage registered to Ferdinand Paleologus, a direct descendant of Constantine, the last Greek Byzantine Emperor, who fled England and established his home in St. John, Barbados and named it Clifton Hall after his home Clifton in Cornwall, England. Within a kilometer, visitors will find historic St. John's Church where the tomb of Paleologus is simple to locate. The original church which pre-dated 1675 suffered from both fire and hurricane until 1836 when the church of today was built high on Hackleton Cliffs overlooking the spectacular rollers of the Atlantic, and looking up the east coast to the Bathsheba and the Scotland districts.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £200

All rooms have ceiling fans but if you wish air conditioning in the bedrooms there is an extra fee of £15 a day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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