The four of us (2 couples) spent 3 weeks here in March. This is the 5th time that the four of us have stayed here at 1 and we’ve booked again for next year. Even though we are returning guests we were still greeted by Sandra from the managing agents to ensure that everything is in order and to show us around the villa. There is a good folder explaining everything that you need to know and light switches are clearly labeled.
It’s in a superb location for the beach (a few minutes walk) and a great base to explore the island by car. The villa is in a quiet complex, is well equipped and is kept spotlessly clean by the housekeeper.
The local buses are great value for short journeys but can get quite crowded.
It’s become our second home to enjoy some winter sunshine, we return year after year, so what more is there to say. Can’t wait for 2016
We stayed at Porters Court for 3 weeks in November 2014. This was the second stay at No.1 for the 4 of us (2 married couples) and hopefully it won’t be our last. If you are looking for a truly relaxing holiday, this is for you. Because it is such a small complex, the pool was never busy, in fact most days we felt as though it was our own private pool. We also understand that the whole pool area is about to be updated, so will be interested to see how they improve it. No.1 has recently changed hands and we see from photographs taken of the property since our visit, that the new owners Caroline and Ian have already put their personal touch on the property with lovely new soft furnishings. Sandra, who worked for the local managing agents, looked after us so well. Nothing was too much trouble. We only had to mention small problems and they were sorted within hours. She is a great character and always so cheerful and obviously very experienced in this field. The housekeeper kept the place spotless and was always so pleasant and helpful, to the extent that when it was raining heavily one day, she drove us to the restaurant we had booked for my husband’s birthday and then picked us up later – that’s real service! There is nothing that I can think of that No.1 doesn’t provide. It’s like home from home, everything you use at home, you will find there. The 2 spacious en suite bedrooms were ideal for us, with plenty of space in the living areas so that we never felt we were falling over each other. There are plenty of top quality restaurants within a short bus ride, not to mention a selection of beach cafe/restaurants within a short walking distance.
Over all, although after the first week we thought we had probably ‘done’ Barbados, by the end of the holiday we were all talking of going back, so what better recommendation.
This wasn’t our first time at number 1, and it definitely won’t be our last! The villa is magnificent, elegantly furnished and with a superbly equipped kitchen. We love to cook and there was no feeling, as there often is in rental properties, that the owners had locked away all the “good stuff.” Top quality pans and decent knives, three solid chopping boards, (one of the bigger ones doubled as a second tray!) and basic “fixings” like salt, pepper, chilli, coffee etc. The beds made up as a super king are fabulously comfy and the base sheet is actually are big enough to tuck in around 2 x single mattresses, so no waking up being hog-tied by loosened sheets wrapping themselves around your ankles…are you listening Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton and all you other “fancy” hotel groups?! The housekeeper keeps the villa spotless and welcoming. Sandra, the manager from West Coast Villas, always checks that all is well and reacted promptly when the ceiling fan on the verandah went wonky. Fixed within 3 hours of reporting the fault, and that’s impressive for such a laid-back island!
For eating out, we love to “do lunch” when it’s not as humid as in the evening. We used to love lunch at the “Tides,” but they no longer open for lunch in the “off” season, i.e. any time between May and November. “Cin Cin,” “Champers” in Hastings, and “The Fishpot” at Little Good Harbour are our favourites. We advise calling ahead if you’d like a table near the rail by the sea at any of these restaurants. “Just Grillin'” by Sunset Crest is good for food and very relaxed and informal, as is the Beach House opposite.
Caroline and Ian, the new owners of the villa, have recently freshened up the decor and soft furnishings, but the excellent facilities haven’t changed.
We thoroughly recommend #1 and the fabulous kitchen may well save you a fortune on eating out!
We stayed at Number One Porters Court from July 7 to July 20 2013 and loved it! The house is beautifully furnished with everything I could ever need-just like home. Very clean, lots of closet space and very very comfortable beds-no skimping here! Books full of info on what to do, where to eat, shop etc…a pleasure to be there. Nice one level living with a beautiful veranda surrounded by nice tropical plants. Private but not if you want to mingle with others. Great time walking around area meeting locals and “yellow” “fun” buses to everywhere was a great choice-very easy from the house location to get around. Very helpful housekeeper, and Sandy of West Coast Villas (she set up all our tours) is an added bonus.
We have rented privately before and it has never been this easy. Everything from start to finish went smooth. We appreciate the availability of getting a starter food pack and transport arrangements + all the info sheets around the house and everything being clearly labelled, ie light switches, etc. Its the little things that matter!
It was the prefect choice for me, my husband and our son. Thanks so much for a lovely vacation!”