A lot can happen in five years. Which is certainly the case with Cobblers Cove, the legendary Barbados boutique hotel that recently emerged from a dramatic five-year transformation.

It didn’t all go according to plan though… it went better, thanks to a unique collaboration with Soane Britain.

​Cobblers Cove has always been a much-loved Barbados icon: a 1940s mansion with distinctive powder-pink walls and a sizeable reputation for its food and fine wines, situated on a quarter-mile stretch of pure white sand on the island’s quiet west coast. Set in a former plantation, the family owned hotel is the embodiment of English elegance and Caribbean charm; its 40 suites spread amongst nine two-storey cottages in three acres of lush tropical gardens. 

Over the last five years though, this beautiful hotel has been completely refurbished – carefully overseen by the watchful eye of Sam de Teran – to become one of the Caribbean’s chicest places to stay. But the final chapter in the design story may never have happened at all, were it not for a fortuitous photo shoot…

Best of British

​Belgravia-based Soane Britain was founded 23 years ago and in that time has built a fabulous reputation for upholding the best of British craftsmanship, designing and making outstanding furniture, upholstery, lighting, fabrics and wallpapers for clients as diverse as Mick Jagger and The Duke of Edinburgh. 

Having chosen Cobblers Cove as the shoot location for their new range of rattan, fabric and wallpaper designs, co-owner and designer Lulu Lytle started to get involved in the details of the refurbishment, eventually transforming the great entrance hall, drawing room and two signature suites personally. Inspired by the island’s varied flora, historical architecture and original plantation houses, the results are stunning. But the collaboration didn’t end there; the extensive work encompassed all the suites, guest areas, the swimming pool and pavilion, with several of the rooms decorated entirely with Soane designs.

Tasteful & Sophisticated

​Using elegant shades of blue, pink and green, the hand-printed linens and island-made rattan furniture perfectly complement the blush interiors and pretty white woodwork; their spacious sitting rooms opening onto a terrace with views over the gardens or sea. 

The Camelot and Colleton Suites in particular offer the very height of quintessential Caribbean luxury, with their marble floors and four-poster beds. And of course the other elements that have made this such a desirable place to stay are still very much in evidence – like the Camelot Restaurant, a destination in itself, renowned for the finest food in Barbados; its island-inspired dishes overseen by local Bajan Chef Jason Joseph cleverly reflecting the changing seasons.


​So if you're looking for a touch of classic Britishness with a wonderful Caribbean flavour, your first choice simply has to be Cobblers Cove.

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