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“Wonderful intimate hotel in a great location”

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The House by Elegant Hotels
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Congleton, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful intimate hotel in a great location”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

We arrived by private transfer from the airport, about 30 minutes drive away. The house has the appearance of a Castle at the front, taxis drive over a wooden structure, surrounded by a Lilly pond with koi carp.

The room was beautiful, spacious and fully equipped. We had an ocean suite opening out the pool area. We had concerns about noise but they were unfounded, it is a quiet resort

The house is next to Dafnys Restaurant, which supplies all of the food. The Italian chef, Marco, is really talented, breakfast is first class, and includes champagne (Piper, no cheap rubbish either).

Don't miss out on the glass bottomed boat snorkelling trip. Swim with turtles, or watch from the boat...

Room Tip: 168 is nearest the bar and pool, probably not the best location, but we enjoyed it
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Stayed here in June for ten nights,when you arrive you get a nice rum cocktail, then taken to your room to do check in as they do not have a reception area.
The staff here are very friendly big shout out to Andrew ,Kerri, Charles Shai and Diana just to name a few they were all fab.
Ice cold towels are great when its very hot along with the ice cream and fruit bowels ….
also not forgetting Kerri who came round every day cleaning everyones sun glasses that was fab loved everything about the house except the beds, they had big dips in each side so once you were in bed you couldn't move, didn't complain about it because what they gonna do ,give a knew bed !!!! A must do on the Island is Harrisons cave and a local bar, not a touristy one (just outside the house turn left and cross over its like a little shack) Great little bar but without all the trimmings you get a stool and a drink its fab

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

My husband and I finally took the time for a real vacation after 15 years. We decided on two destinations. The House was our second stop and it did not disappoint! Everything is done to perfection. Staff, beach, food and vibe. Huge value. Highly recommended.

Stayed July 2014
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

My partner and I booked The House after reading other good reviews online and we were attracted by the adult only environment. We wanted a week away of pure relaxation and without the bother of screaming kids...

Upon arrival at The House you notice there is no reception desk. Instead, there is an open space with comfortable sofas and coffee tables and the first thing you see is the gorgeous sand and sea. It's like an open plan indoor/outdoor space which is so unique. The idea of this is to make you feel 'at home' straight away without the sometimes awkward front desk check in procedure. We were greeted straight away by the amazingly friendly ambassadors and invited to take a seat with a complimentary cocktail. We were shown straight to our room by one of the managers where she did out check in sat in our room, answered any questions we had and generally made us feel relaxed and like an honoured house guest from the moment we got there. Our room was on the ground floor with direct access to the pool/beach area from the back door of our room.

We ate at the hotel on our first night, food from Daphne's restaurant which is part of the hotel. A bit expensive but worth it. You cannot fault the service at The House. You are made to feel so special. Breakfast is very varied and delicious with an egg chef on standby to cook your eggs however you like.

Complimentary water sports is a huge bonus and great fun. These include boat trips, canoeing, snorkelling. The beach is lovely and the hotel's ambassadors provide cold towels, bottles of water all day.

Didn't want to leave. Felt so relaxed and special. Staff were outstanding, have never experienced such amazing service. 10/10

Room Tip: Some rooms have their own mini plunge pool but we had a ground floor room which was literally a few...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

We really enjoyed the cozy feeling of this medium hotel, it felt luxurious without effort. Beautiful grounds, awesome entryway, and fantastic staff. Perfection in the Caribbean!
Staff - from the moment you arrive the staff is attentive but not over bearing. They always have a smile and a helpful answer, towel, cold drink, or suggestion at the ready.
Hotel - Wow, what a great find! Excellent location for jumping around the island, a few nearby spots to eat, a quiet beachfront and fabulously groomed grounds. While the hotel isn't a big brand name you get the feeling that it easily could give the big boys a run for their money.
Food - breakfast included daily, with Champaign was a treat every day. The cook knew exactly how to cook eggs (too often the eggs are overcooked) but the professional level of service extends to the chef and wait staff. Dinner - ask the Ambassadors for suggestions, every spot they recommended was great!
Room - garden / ocean / pool view from the ground floor was perfect. We got the best of all worlds room 175!
The lobby is a great meeting area for guests, the pool and beach front are perfectly nestled together. Plenty of room for everyone on the beach. Shade and direct sunshine mixtures, with umbrellas, and amazing sunset views!!! I wish I had never left.
We really enjoyed the cozy feeling of this medium hotel, it felt luxurious without effort. Beautiful grounds, awesome entryway, and fantastic staff.
Lunch, could use some improvement. The menu options are trying to play to the westerns so pizza, fries, etc are listed but I would steer clear...soggy
Better than BIG name Luxury Hotels

Room Tip: Room - garden / ocean / pool view from the ground floor was perfect. We got the best of all worlds r...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ko Samui, Thailand
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46 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Having just spent 10 nights at this hotel may I say the staff were the most attentive to your needs I have ever met. Food on the island was fantastic from the best of restaurants to the roti hut just outside. Andrew was so appreciative of the Liverpool merchandise he has received from guests to date but readily admits all premier league merchandise would be welcome with the exception of Chelsea.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

Very impressive hotel, with the most friendly and helpful staff I have ever experienced. The food at breakfast (with genuine champagne every day) and Daphne's next door was excellent.

Special mention for the effort the hotel staff made for my birthday - they saw the date in my passport at check in. On the day they brought me a cake with a sparkler and sang happy birthday! They also left a bottle of rose in my room with a card to celebrate! You don't get that anywhere else!

I should mention that the beach is beautiful as well, so it's not just great staff that make the place!

To the very rare negative reviews here...trip advisor is about the best overall package, so of course value for money ends up being a consideration. I have never stayed at sandy lane, but for it to be worth multiple times the cost of the house would be an almost impossible task in my opinion.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The House by Elegant Hotels
Address: Paynes Bay, Barbados
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Region: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Saint James Parish
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Saint James Parish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The House by Elegant Hotels 4.5*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The House experience begins when guests enter along an enchanting private driveway, with lily ponds and walls of blossoming bougainvillea, which capture the essence of tranquillity and the promise of pure indulgence ahead. Through the hotel's wooden doors guests are treated to a stunning and unobstructed view of its white sandy beach and the ocean ahead. The open plan lobby is designed to capture the relaxed and inviting charm of the island - one that is sophisticated, yet informal. ... more   less 
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