Cobblers Cove, Barbados
Road View, Speightstown
St. Peter, Barbados
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Will Oakley – Experienced General Manager skilled in catering, hotel management, events management and hospitality. Strong Sales Professional graduated from Oundle with past experience at Bespoke Hotels, Luxury Hotel Partners and Bermondsey Square Hotel.
5 – star luxury
Key development strategy for Cobblers Cove is to look to develop new and emerging markets for luxury travel to Barbados.
History & Story
Joss Haynes was a sugar cane planter and a politician who was active in local government throughout his career. As was common amongst the Barbados elite, the family built a weekend beach retreat where they could escape the island’s windy and rugged east coast – they chose Cobblers Cove. The original plantation house was built in 1944 on the site of the original Quaker Battery Station and was then called Camelot, a name still retained today as one of the signature suites in the Great House as well as the hotel’s restaurant. At this time, the west coast of Barbados was largely undeveloped.
In 1968, Camelot was sold to Alan Godsal and his wife, Lady Elizabeth. Camelot was renamed as Cobblers Cove after the Frigate Bird, also called the Cobbler bird, which you still see fishing outside the hotel in Godings Bay. The house was converted into a hotel and by the 1980s was well established as a luxury boutique hotel with a reputation for fine food and wines, becoming a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux collection of hotels and resorts.
More recently, Alan’s son, Hugh, took on the role of overseeing the management of Cobblers Cove and alongside his wife Sam, remains closely involved in the development of the property and its direction for the future.
Cobblers Cove has recently completed a five year renovation, upgrading all suites with new floors, fixtures and soft furnishings, whilst staying true to its colonial Caribbean glamour and original architecture. All 40 suites were treated with new fittings, fabrics and upholstery, accented by hand painted artwork by local artist, Hilary Armstrong. The bathrooms were also redesigned, increasing size, and fitted with new fixtures and amenities.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Cobblers Cove sits in a protected cove with warm, calm water and an expansive reef offshore allowing for excellent snorkelling.
Cobblers Cove sits on Barbados’s Platinum West Coast in Speightstown, in the parish of St. Peter. Just 18 miles from Grantley Adams International airport, and a 15-minute drive to Holetown’s shopping area, the hotel is perfectly positioned to offer every facet of Barbados, easily at hand.
Claiming one-quarter mile of white sand beach in a quiet cove, the property leads guests straight to the ocean. Its magnificent grounds are encompassed by a coral stone wall to ensure privacy and tranquillity. The lush gardens are carefully conserved, vibrant in colour and fragrant with an array of tropical scents. From the Pride of India trees to the multicoloured frangipani, there seems to be a natural attraction for the indigenous birds that frequent the property.
Key sites/activities in the area
Children aged 12 or under are not allowed at Cobblers Cove, however, for children over the age of 12 there are many activities to enjoy including cricket at the nearby Franklyn Stephenson Academy.
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
• Member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux
• 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 live entertainement several nights a week
• Cobblers features a centrally located, freshwater swimming pool, overlooking the ocean
• Air-conditioned gym
• Floodlit OmniCourt tennis court with complimentary usage and equipment
• Sea Moon Spa: Hair salon offering the finest skincare products from skincare specialists, REN. Treatments include massages, scrubs, facials, manicures and pedicures.
Corporate & Celebration Events
• The Manager’s Cocktail Party takes place every Tuesday
• Weddings – can buyout the hotel with 80 guests
Extra Notable Features
• Swimming with turtles – Barbados is home to the protected Hawksbill Turtles
• Watersports : Water skiing, tubing, snorkelling, kayaking, sunfish sailing, fishing, stand up paddle boarding
• Gift shop, Saltwhistle Boutique
Hotel and restaurant Awards
• 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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