Sunset Crest, St. James, Barbados - 4 bedroom villa
We finished building Tara in 2011 as our families home away from home when visiting Barbados. We hope that you, our guests, will enjoy the home as much as we do.
Tara is a tastefully furnished three story, four bedroom, four bathroom villa located in Sunset Crest, St. James, Barbados. A charming community next to prestigous Sandy Lane Estate within walking distance to beaches, supermarket, restaurants, bar/nightclubs and retail shopping on the famous West Coast of Barbados at Holetown. In addition, Tara is minutes from the new Lime Grove Mall with its fabulous designer retail stores, duty free shopping, restaurants and entertainment spots.
The master bedroom has a king size bed, two others have queen size beds and one has two twin beds. Each bedroom is air conditioned and equipped with a safe for securing valuables. All of the windows at Tara are screened so that if you prefer, you can enjoy the lovely Caribbean breeze wafting across Tara in the evenings. On the main level, double French doors open onto a lovely covered patio, sundeck and pool together with a covered gazebo area, perfect for relaxing during the day or enjoying a cocktail at sunset. Dining can be indoors or out with seating in the indoor dining room or outside under the covered patio next to the pool.
Tara is well equipped with air conditioning in all bedrooms, wireless internet, iPod dock and TV’s in three of the bedrooms as well as a large screen TV located in the media room adjacent to the fourth bedroom. Tara is beautifully and meticulously landscaped with a bountiful tropical garden lovely to look at and a source of privacy at the property.
In addition to the pool located on site and a short walk to the beach, during your stay at Tara you will have access to the 50 foot swimming pool, beach and tennis courts (at owner rates) owned by the Sunset Crest Property Owners Association (SCPO) of which we are members. Just take the SCPO membership card with you.
Tara is a family friendly home equally suitable for couples to get away or for a family with children. Two of the bedrooms at Tara are located on the main level so that elder guests need not worry about climbing stairs.
Tara is lovely but its greatest assets are the people who put a face to the home and welcome you to enjoy your stay to the utmost. Merle, our cook, and Aranda, our maid/laundress will take care of your every need six days a week with charm and good humor. Try Merle’s chicken curry, macaroni pie and rum punch!!
Location: Sunset Crest, St. James
Master Bedroom - King Bed, Bedroom 2 - Queen Bed, Bedroom 3 - Two Twin Beds, Twin beds cannot be pushed together,
Bedroom 4 - Queen Bed
5: All Bedrooms have Bathrooms, plus a powder room on the main floor.
A/C Bedrooms, Apple TV, BBQ, Cable/Satellite, Ceiling Fans, Gazebo, Internet - WiFi, Kitchen, Media Room/Cinema, Near Sandy Lane Hotel, Outdoor Dining, Plunge Pool, Pool, Safe, SCPO Club Membership, TV - Flat Screen
Cook, Maid/Laundress. Tara staff receive one day of each week. Sunday is their usual day off but alternative arrangements can be put in place by discussing with the staff.
Beach Cabana, Family Friendly, Beach Nearby, Supermarket Nearby, Duty-Free Shopping Nearby, Lime Grove Lifestyle Centre Nearby, Restaurants Nearby, Bar/Nightclub Nearby, Places of Interest Nearby
Tara is within walking distance of the supermarket, restaurants, bar/nightclubs, beach, tennis and local park. Community Features: Tennis Courts, Playground / Park, Pool, Restaurant
Reviews: [click on review to expand]
One of the best vacations and crop overs we have ever had. A huge thank you from everyone in our group.
Gary Younge Date of Stay: August 2017
We loved this place, the food and service was amazing!!! Merle is and amazing chef. Order her fish fry, macaroni pie and curry chicken. We miss her pumpkin fritters, don't forget to order them!!! Go out in the morning, come back to excellent food in the afternoon. The two ladies Aranada and Merle definitely made the experience wonderful
Lucas and Kerry Families Date of Stay: July 2017
We have had a wonderful time in the Barbados sunshine & ocean! The Tara Villa with Merle and Aranda has been an oasis to come back to everyday after our adventures on this beautiful island. Thanks to there two lovely ladies for the delicious meals and the clean place to stay, they have made this vacation extra special. Along with staying with great friends this has made this vacation unforgettable!
Christie and Mike Date of Stay: June 2017
Once again we have returned to the beautiful Tara Villa. It has been our fourth visit here and as always our stay was just beautiful. Special thank you to Merle and Aranda for their wonderful hospitality. We are now like family. Cant wait to return to our "home away from home" Thank you
The Spicer Family Date of Stay: May 2017
Had a most wonderful time here, I enjoyed the meals that was made for us. These two lady's are awesome in many ways. Thank you both very much for everything that made my vacation wonderful.
Douglas Parks Date of Stay: May 2017
The girls at the villa are the best! The food was so delicious and the only reason I cam is for the great company and the best treatment we get from Merle and Arianda. We will be back again ladies!
Sharn and David Date of Stay: April 2017
We have had the most enjoyable time in your lovely home, beautiful location and very handy for all the amenities. The staff made available were very polite, attentive and with a good sense of humour. (Merle and Aranda) we will certainly look to stay here again when the opportunity is available
June, Carol, Sally, Graham Date of Stay: April 2017
What a beautiful place! the beaches are lovely, the people are lovely and the villa Tara is a brilliant place to stay. it is our 1st time in Barbados and it didn't disappoint. The staff here at Tara are lovely people and will help in anyway possible. Hope you all enjoy your stay here as much as we have. Enjoy!!
Thomas Family (Nottingham) Date of Stay: March 2017
It was our first time in Barbados and we had the best time ever! Everything was within walking distance and the outdoors were beautiful! The house was always cleans and the food the chef cooked was delicious. The was very kind, caring and welcoming. This vacation was so relaxing. The pool was great and we spent a ton of time at the beach house swimming in the pool and the beaches! It was AMAZING! This vacation was so stress-free and allowed for everyone to take a break from life back home in snowy boston. This was the best vacation ever and we wish we could have stayed longer
The Enad Family Date of Stay: February 2017
What a wonderful way to begin a new year! Being in Barbados is always amazing but this visit was extra relaxing because of the comfortable and spacious accomodations at Tara. My family easily went from very active to very relaxed thanks to the service provided by Merle and Aranda who always had our meals prepared and laundry done. Everything was clean and well stocked, especially with towels even without having to ask. The house is beautiful and well appointed and convenient to shopping and the beach. Our three sons enjoyed splashing in the pool and lounging in the chairs . Dining al fresco was also fun. We will be back to Barbados again and hope a return stay at Tara is possible. Thank you for a good time
The Hernes Date of Stay: January 2017
We cam to Barbados with our relatives, and we fell in love with Barbados. We want to say a big thank you to Merle and Aranda. They welcomed us with open arms and plenty of yummy food. Without them our stay wouldn't of been so good. My mom also says to say that Merle makes the best rum punches! once again we will be back, lots of love from the Robinson's.
Robinson Family Date of Stay: November 2016
Superb vacation! Merle and Aranda are wonderful! The house was always super clean - even with our endless sand and cannonballs in the splash pool. The food was terrific. I highly recommend Merle's Bajan Meal (flying fish). Barbados was stunning and we experienced as much of the island as possible in two weeks.
Calkins Date of Stay: February 2016
WHAT AN AMAZING PLACE!
Our first visit to Villa Tara. What an amazing place. Extremely 5 star service by Merle & Aranda. They made our Christmas very special. We have stayed in many villas in Barbados, this has been the most special. Thank you for letting us share your wonderful villa.
Lisa & Perry Date of Stay: January 2016
It was a perfect vacation! Weather was beautiful, people are so friendly, Aranda and Merle are amazing! We cannot thank them enough. Tip - ask merle for the pumpkin fritters, a definite must! We will be back :)
The St. Johns Date of Stay: November 2015
Our stay at the Tara Villa was awesome. Merle & Aranda did an amazing job of making us welcome. The house amenities gave us all the comforts of home and the meals...excellent! Thank you for making our family vacation another success.
Taylor & Coble Families Date of Stay: November 2015
Our stay at Tara was absolutley fabulous. The villa is simply amazing!!! The lanai area made relaxing enjoyable and peaceful. Tara has so many great amenities. Ms Merle and Aranda were absolutely extraordinary. They took care of our every need. Ms Merle is a FABULOUS chef!!! Thank you for a memorable stay!
Richmond USA Date of Stay: October 2015
Merle and Aranda went out of their way to make our stay at the Tara House as pleasant as possible. We really enjoyed eating jerk chicken, perfectly seasoned hamburgers and spaghetti night after night at the outdoor dining table. We especially enjoyed the numerous chocolate cakes and homemade brownies that were lovingly prepared for us each day. Aranda did a fabulous job with the laundry and the house was kept very well. We also really enjoyed the amenities the property had to offer. Our daughters, eight and eleven, spent fun-filled days in the splash pool. We also had a movie day, which was easily accomplished because of the iPhone docking systems in the bedrooms. It was easy to download netflix movies from our phone, no video store required. Thank you for renting your lovely home to us!
The Clarks Date of Stay: May 2015
1ST OF MANY
This was our first visit, hope is not our last. Found Tara Villa and "the ladies" just incredible. They say your vacation is only as good as the people your with which made this vacation amazing. As Sharon says "TARA ROCKS"
Dan and Sharon Gilbank Date of Stay: January 2015
THOROUGHLY ENJOYED OURSELVES
Two years later and we are back at the Tara and once again thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Merle and Aranda are wonderful. My favorite dish this time round was Merle's chicken curry and still the pumpkin fritters. Merle fish cakes - was better than Oistins. The upgrade to the beach house - WOW!! Well spent money and the beach there was WONDERFUL. We didn't trip around much to other beaches this time but stayed at the beach house. To the owners - THANK YOU!! Your villa is wonderful and nicely decorated. We will be back in two years!!!
Barry & Fiona Whitney Date of Stay: October 2014
We had a fantastic time in Barbados. Staying at Tara made it that much better!! The villa is everthing we expected and more. God bless your vacation home. Merle & Aranda were exceptionally pleasant and accommodated all our needs at all times. Our meals were all prepared with love and perfection. Having our clothes washed and living areas well kept at all times was beyond remarkable. Merle’s macaroni pie is a must try! If we ever come back to Barbados we wouldn’t want to stay anywhere else! Thank you for making our stay a memorable one! The service we received was outstanding!
Guzman family Date of Stay: July 2014
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
I especially enjoyed staying at the villa that is my namesake. Everything was wonderful. The house was so beautiful and welcoming. I loved the villa so much I would like to take it off your hands. LOL! Merle and Aranda were gracious and made our stay unforgettable. We dined on succulent roast chicken, rice and beans, macaroni pie, shepherd's pie, pumpkin fritters (the best ever) and the rum punch was refreshing! Breakfast was always delicious and delivered hot and fresh. I will be back with my family one day to show them the villa named after me (I knew I was special!). I can't wait to come back. Thanks for the memories and hospitality!
Tara & the girls Date of Stay: July 2014
WE KEEP COMING BACK
This is our 3rd stay at Tara Villa and once again no words can describe the perfection of our stay. Once again Merle and Amanda were absolutely wonderful. Always very pleasant the food was delectable. Thanks you once again, until next time!
Leale & Sherri S. Date of Stay: June 2014
Once again we had a wonderful vacation here in Barbados at Tara Villa. Merle and Aranda were just wonderful, the service they provided us was top notch and we truly appreciated their hard work. Once again we leave with many pleasant memories and look forward to coming again! Thank you ladies; Merle and Aranda, for everything, you spoiled us and made this vacation another wonderful one!
The Spicers & Evelyns Date of Stay: July 2013
BEAUTIFUL VILLA WITH CONVENIENT LOCATION
Spent 2 weeks with family and friends. The villa is gorgeous and extremely close to the center of Holetown (maximum a 5 minute walk to the grocery store and Surfside beach). I have stayed at many villas in Holetown over the years and this was probably the best location (unless you can afford a villa direct on the beach). We had morning visits on most days from the local monkeys (they use the back fence as a highway). Merle and Aranda (I hope I spelt her name correctly) took very good care of us the whole time and we really appreciated the hard work and long hours they put in. The local Property Manager (Michelle) was also helpful and accommodating especially given that we kept calling her because people kept locking themselves out of their safe (the local rum punch will make you do silly things if taken in large enough quantities). I would have given the villa an excellent rating except for 1 thing (although it is not the villa's fault). The neighbor next door is probably the most unpleasant person I have ever dealt with. Our first introduction to him was at about 8PM on our second night when he shoved his head through the bushes and started yelling we were being too loud. Granted we were having a good time but not so loud as to deserve such treatment. Had he been polite we would have been very accommodating and understanding. I could go on and on about the different "encounters" with him but suffice it to say, any noise level above what you hear in a library will get a reaction from him - no matter what the time of day is...We did eventually learn how to deal with him, and what initial upset us we now see as funny memories and stories to tell our friends, so I would definitely go back. Just wanted to give everyone fair warning ;-)
Karmakaxboo Date of Stay: May 2013
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY
Our first time here at Tara and Barbados! What a beautiful country! The villa stay was exceptional! Complete amenities and beautiful house! Merle and Aranda made our stay comfortable, headache free and enjoyable! Merle's jerk chicken, macaroni pie, rum punch, pumpkin fritters and fish fry will be missed! Hopefully we can replicate her recipes! Aranda's housekeeping and laundering of our clothes regularly made our trip home easier and our stay as well! We hope to return soon!
Mancini Family Date of Stay: March 2013
NEVER BEEN TREATED THIS WELL!
we had a wonderful time. Merle & Aranda were great! We never have been treated this well anywhere. merle cooked us great meals. Aranda cleaned & did laundry. We would recommend Cool Running for a catamaran boat ride and Williams Bus Tour around the island. We definitely would come back here.
Bob & Deanna Date of Stay: February 2013
What an amazing time we had at Villa Tara. We were visiting Barbados for our friends’ wedding and our stay here was perfect. Merle and Aranda were wonderful and prepared us yummy scrambled eggs, beans and toast every morning. Merle also made us the BEST pancakes which went down a treat. On our last day, a fantastic lunch of homemade jerk chicken, macaroni pie and salad was made for us which was again incredibly yummy! Thank you so much for all the work you have done for us – you will be missed! We have had an amazing holiday visiting this beautiful island and look forward to coming back! Thank you so much.
Klaudia, Nick and Family Date of Stay: January 2013
Nightly Rates: 3 bedr. 4 bedr.
April 16 - December 14: $ 500 $ 600
January 7 - April 15: $ 650 $ 850
Christmas/New Year's: $ 1,250 $ 1,250
VAT included. 1.5% Service charge added to all bookings.
Please Note: Tipping is not included in the service charge and is at your discretion