COBBLERS COVE: British elegance with Caribbean charm
//by: José Berrocoso//
The hotel’s extensive refurbishment included the renovation of all rooms, suites and public areas and concludes with a remarkable partnership with furniture designer, Soane Britain
Cobblers Cove in Barbados is a family owned hotel which was originally a plantation house, combining the charm of an English country house with Bajan style and character. The hotel is set in its own tropical gardens overlooking a white sandy, palm fringed beach on the northwest coast of the island, located within walking distance of Speightstown with its cafes, small museum and church.
The property has unveiled a dramatic new look last months following a five-year programme. The refurbishment of the all-suite hotel was overseen by the watchful eye of Sam de Teran who has transformed this iconic property into one of the chicest places to stay in the Caribbean. The final chapter of this story is the unique collaboration with leading designer Soane Britain. The ongoing work has seen the transformation of all the suites, guest areas, swimming pool and pavilion while retaining the heritage, charm and character the hotel is best known for. The powder pink exteriors with its pretty white woodwork are complemented inside with elegant shades of blue, pink and green, hand printed linens and rattan furniture.
The final stages of this design story reflect the synergy between Cobblers Cove and Soane Britain including their dedication to local craftsmanship, originality, comfort, charm and old school elegance. A first of its kind for both brands, this partnership has given an exquisite new look to the plantation era Great House and a style quite unlike anything else in the Caribbean. Lulu Lytle, Founder and Creative Director of Soane, has created specific pieces in new colours for the Great House and its honeymoon suites.
Drawing inspiration from the history of the building, the island and from the fauna of the much-loved gardens, delicate and intricately woven rattan and glorious hand-printed fabrics have lifted its décor to a new height of sophistication, deepening the irresistible charm of the hotel. Think fern-inspired console tables, shell-shaped chaises, crisp white rattan day beds, glimmering silver and glass hurricane lanterns, ripple skirted tables, twinkling basketwork lanterns, and fabulous gauzy billowing curtains printed with parrots and climbing vines.
Claiming one-quarter mile of white sand beach, Cobblers Cove is encompassed by lush and scented tropical gardens. Forty cottage suites are spread around the plantation-era Great House. Spacious sitting rooms open onto deep and private verandas with views over the gardens or sea. The two honeymoon suites in the Great House, refurbished by Soane, are the quintessence of Caribbean character, grace and charm, with hand woven grass carpets, four-poster beds, historical island prints, botanical drawings, basketwork lamps and views directly over the sea.