Swanage is a truly special place. Designed in keeping with the old Barbadian chattel house tradition, it is tastefully decorated and furnished to make it a definite home away from home.
There are very few beach front villas in Barbados that puts you this close to the sea. Relax on the patio, watch the spectacular sunsets, sip a drink and look down at the ocean literally at your feet.
Lower Swanage is a one bedroom apartment. Like Upper Swanage, its open plan give you a view of the sea from kitchen, living and dining areas. The apartment comes fully equipped with wireless internet, telephone, cable TV, air conditioning, a fully appointed kitchen and also laundry facilities (washer / dryer).
Located right at the end of the fabulous South Coast Boardwalk The famous Accra (Rockley) Beach is 5 minutes walk up the board walk and Hilton & Coconut Court are both a few minutes walk down the beach.
This villa is very central located right on a public transport route but is also a very tranquil beach front location.
Renting a car is optional as there are many restaurants, shops, banking, tea & coffee houses, bistros & spas within walking distance of the apartment. You can take the public transport to the local grocery store & they will drop you back free of charge.
This was one of the most incredible places. It felt extremely homely and was right on the beach. My friends stayed up the road but would come down to enjoy the splendid sunset on the balcony. Highly recommend staying here.
Philip was a pleasure to deal with.
We spent 12 nights at Lower Swanage in December 2013 and loved it. We would recommend it to anyone who wants an apartment in Barbados. Philip and Tina were great hosts, and we took advantage of their preferred cab driver and car rental as well. Tina also had lots of tips for us. The apartment is located right on the beach, and as advertised the sunsets from the porch are spectacular. We watched them almost every night. The beach itself is nice but not great for swimming. You can sort of wade in, but you're better off taking the boardwalk 1+km down to Accra beach, which we did more than anything else while we were there. We would rent a couple chairs and an umbrella and alternate sitting and swimming for hours on end. Accra is pretty mellow-we weren't hassled but there were guys who would serve as waiters to bring you drinks or food.
The condo itself is perfect for two people, well-cared for, and with a reasonably well-outfitted kitchen for a rental. We cooked a lot (buying food at the farmer's market and the Supercentre Big B grocery) and the kitchen was great to work in. A/C is bedroom only but we found that not to be an issue. Wi-fi was plenty fast and when it went down one night they came over and fixed it promptly. The TV has tons of channels though we didn’t use it (they appear to get some US stations over IP). Furniture was plenty comfortable, including the king size bed. The apartment is an easy walk to lots of restaurants, or hop a bus for a quick ride more or less anywhere you'd want to go. The car rental was great for us as we got to see more remote parts of the island--the nature reserve, the northeast, east and southeast coasts, old signal towers, an old plantation, and so on.
The apartment is an easy walk to stuff (other than some somewhat inconsistent sidewalks), and we enjoyed Mama Mia's and also The Good Life and Chilly Moo's near Accra. Tapas and Naru were okay but a little pricy for what you get. On the other hand, the views at Tapas and Naru are amazing. But there are lots of options around. We also enjoyed Café Sol in St Lawrence Gap. I’ll add that I’m vegetarian and had lots of choices on the trip. Finally, El Tigre catamaran tours are also highly recommended, and they pick you up and drop you off. We did the 5-hour snorkeling trip and wished we’d had more time.
We are definitely planning on coming back.
We had a wonderful time at Lower Swanage. Tina and Philip were wonderful hosts. Whenever we had a question or a problem to solve they were there for us. We´re definitely planning to go back to Barbados/Lower Swanage.
Absolutely fabulous experience. Tina and Phillip were remarkable hosts - their gracious hospitality made me feel safe and welcome. The Lower Swanage unit was clean and lovely. Having a full kitchen gave the option of cooking dinner while looking out over the Caribbean sea. The porch balcony is set right on the beach where you can take a quick dip, or walk down the new boardwalk to restaurants and bars. Loved every minute of it - hope to be able to visit again soon. Many thanks!