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

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3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
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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. More
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About the Owner
Emma B
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:95%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:April 2008
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You will be met at the house by our lovely property manager, Catherine. She will give you the keys and introduce you to the house and make sure you are comfortable. We will supply a few basic to get you started and Catherine will direct you to local shops for bread, milk, eggs etc. and the near by supermarket if you want it. Towels and bed linen are supplied and our wonderful house keeper, Cynthia will visit twice 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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Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

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Date of stay: August 2018
Reviewed September 14, 2017 via mobile

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...More

Date of stay: August 2017
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Reviewed March 12, 2018 via mobile
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Date of stay: March 2018
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Towels Provided
Air Conditioning
Private Garden
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Ceiling Fans
TV
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Microwave
Balcony
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
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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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