Cobblers Cove, Barbados
Road View, Speightstown
St. Peter, Barbados
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Will Oakley – Experienced General Manager skilled in luxury hotel management, events and hospitality. Strong sales professional graduated from the Savoy Hotel Management scheme and Oxford Brookes University with past experience at Firmdale Hotels, Bespoke Hotels and The Cadogan.
5 – star luxury
Cobblers Cove attracts thoughtful, discerning global travellers who appreciate the good things that life has to offer.
History & Story
Cobblers Cove has a unique history, as a charming plantation-era sea side retreat built in 1944 on the site of a Quaker battery station on the unfrequented and undeveloped north west coast of Barbados. The glamorous honeymoon suites are housed in the original Great House, as is the bar, restaurant and drawing room. The house was converted into a hotel in 1968 by the parents of the present owners, instantly gaining a reputation for excellent cuisine, charm, comfort and elegance. Now in its fifty-first year, the hotel is owned by Hugh and Sam Godsal, both of whom are closely involved in both the operations and development of the property.
Sam has overseen a five year renovation which has seen the upgrading of all suites, with larger bathrooms, coral stone floors, locally sourced fixtures, hand printed linen furnishings, feather upholstery, chic island rattan furniture and fabulous local artwork. Truer now than ever to its original heritage, the original plantation era glamour of Cobblers Cove has been enhanced with exquisite new rattan furniture from Soane Britain, fresh pastel prints on white linen and intricate Caribbean woodwork. A range of luxury toiletries are grown and produced on the island especially for the hotel.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Cobblers Cove is sited in a very private bay with warm, calm water and an offshore reef allowing for excellent snorkelling and the opportunity to swim with the bay’s resident turtles. Located on the sea front, Cobblers Cove has double decker fringed candy stripe sunshades and deep towelling covered sun loungers, said to be as comfortable as beds. A stream of sorbets, fresh fruit and iced water is brought to you as you read and sunbathe. Motorised water sports are offered to guests daily free of charge, as are sailing boats, paddle boards and snorkelling kit.
Cobblers Cove is in the Parish of St Peter, on Barbados’s Platinum West Coast, near the lovely Speightstown. Just 18 miles from Grantley Adams International airport, and a 15-minute drive to Holetown’s shopping area, the hotel is positioned on the most interesting corner of the island. With a quarter mile of white sand beach, the gardens lead straight to the sea. Its glorious tropical gardens are beautifully maintained, full of hummingbirds and Bajan green monkeys, rich in tropical botanical species and fragrant with the scent of jasmine, frangipani and lady of the night.
Key sites/activities in the area
• Heritage Tours – The hotel offers its own private tailor made tours, led by the director of the Barbados National Trust, to allow you to explore the rich history of the island, plantation houses and unique buildings of Bridgetown’s garrison which now has UNESCO World Heritage status.
• Cruise the coast & picnic on a deserted beach – All around Cobblers Cove there are beautiful spots which guests can visit via boat and spend the day eating, swimming and exploring coves.
• Island Taxi Tours – Guests can explore the most celebrated parts of the island or go off the beaten track in air-conditioned comfort. This includes Chalky Mount, Bottom Bay, Bathsheba and Bath Beach
• Hiking Tours – Guided hiking across the island’s lush and wild interior is offered to guests
• Catamaran sailing, deep sea fishing, golf, surfing, scuba diving
• The magnificent Hawksbill turtles hatch on both Cobblers Cove’s beaches and can be seen swimming in the bay. Bajan Green Monkeys are frequent visitors to the hotel gardens, as are mongeese and hummingbirds. If you are lucky, you may see Humpback whales in season, from the hotel.
• Cobblers Cove’s garden is densely planted with many rare and wonderful species.
• Both a personal trainer and tennis coach are available to those wishing to stay in shape on holiday.
• Guests can go fishing with long serving fisherman, Barker, in search of his ‘catch of the day’ which is served to guests in the restaurant.
Children aged 12 or over are welcome to Cobblers Cove, for whom there are many activities, including playing cricket at the nearby Franklyn Stephenson Academy.
• Number of rooms, (keys) in all: 40
• 20 Cobblers Garden Suites overlooking the gardens
• 8 Ocean View Suites with garden and ocean views
• 2 Two-Bedroom Suites accommodating up to 4 adults
• 8 Ocean Front Suites
• 1 Camelot Suite with private terrace, located on the upper floor of ‘The Great House’
• 1 Colleton Suite with private terrace and plunge pool, located on the upper floor of ‘The Great House’
Restaurants & Bars
• Camelot is run by Chef Jason Joseph who joined in 2008 and is instrumental to creating impeccable dishes with fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The hotel fisherman provides a daily catch of the day.
• All suites are offered the Breakfast Plan with the option to upgrade to Half Board or an all Inclusive supplement
• Complimentary aftrenoon tea is offered daily to guests in the Great House
• The hotel bar offers live entertainement several nights a week
• Freshwater sea front swimming pool
• Sea Moon Spa. Treatments include massages, scrubs, facials, manicures and pedicures.
Corporate & Celebration Events
• Weddings & Celebration– buyouts are available, for up to 80 guests
Extra Notable Features
• Swimming with turtles – Barbados is home to the protected Hawksbill Turtles
• Watersports : Water skiing, snorkelling, kayaking, sunfish sailing, fishing, stand up paddle boarding
• Gift shop, Saltwhistle Boutique
Hotel and restaurant Awards
- 2018/19 Luxury Hotel of the Year
• Cobblers Cove was awarded the 2018 Hotel of the Year at the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA) Awards
• Cobblers received the Agricultural Linkage Award for sustainable agricultural and farm to table program
• Water Sports Supervisor, Bradley Broomes, was recognised with a Bravery Award for saving the lives of two visitors who got into difficulty swimming
• Camelot was awarded BHTA’s ‘Restaurant of the Year’ for 2014 & 2015
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