Tucked away in a lush, intimate seaside garden with magnificent trees is this Spanish Colonial-inspired single storey villa. El Refugio, as its name suggests, provides a comfortable retreat with the white sands and unspoiled, clear waters of Gibbs Beach just footsteps away. Elements of Spanish colonial architecture which give this home its charm include textured walls, red clay tiled roofs and large doorways with iron gates. Designed by eminent architect Ian Morrison, El Refugio comprises 3 comfortably sized bedrooms and three baths. The ceilings throughout feature exposed wallaba beams – a signature of the architect's style. The spacious living room opens out onto a breezy patio, perfect for a laid-back afternoon watching the waves roll in. A coral stone courtyard also offers additional space for outdoor relaxation or entertaining. In fact, it is possible for 18 people to dine simultaneously in three areas of the house, changing rooms and dining neighbours after each course – a British tradition which has been happily practiced by the current owner on many occasions. This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a home on Barbados’ coveted West Coast.