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A family run business since 1959, The Hollies began as a vegetable stand on the side of the road selling homegrown produce with an honesty box. Over 60 years later, the business is still run by the Cowap family, (now in its second, third, and fourth generation!), and The Hollies Farm Shop has grown to become a retail destination and one of the best farm shops in the northwest of England, UK. The award-winning Little Budworth site now incorporates a butchery, a delicatessen, a fresh fish counter, The Barn home, gift & lifestyle department, The Hollies Takeaway, and luxury forest lodges. A further retail site at Lower Stretton, near to Warrington, Cheshire offers a farm shop, butchery, gift area and Café Hollies.

It is at their original Little Budworth site that the entrepreneurial family had their first venture into hospitality when they launched their caravan park site in the 1980’s, diversifying further to include quiz nights, suppers, and dances in the barn to entertain holiday makers.  For many years, the family talked about expanding their enterprise into self-catering accommodation, and in 2009 they put this idea into practice with log cabin style accommodation at their site at Little Budworth.

Fast forward to today, and The Hollies Retreats now incorporates the 6 luxury forest lodges in Little Budworth, Cheshire; Stay on the High Street with the option of 5 cosy rooms on Tarporley High Street, Cheshire; Muckrach Country House, a luxury private hire house for up to 22 guests in the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland; an additional 3 self-catering units on the Muckrach Country House Estate in the Highlands of Scotland; Cathedral House, Dornoch a cosy interior design led cookie-box cottage; and 2 luxury villas in Barbados.


As the business has grown and developed over the years, what hasn’t changed is the family’s passion for great quality and customer service, the importance of their heritage in farming, and their family values – these all remain today after over 60 years in business.  




The Hollies Retreats include two luxury villas in Barbados. These chic properties are on the glamorous Platinum West Coast of Barbados. Holetown and Speightstown are nearby when you want to visit the local markets, restaurants and designer shops.

Why Barbados Should Be On Your Travel List

When you are planning the perfect vacation, Barbados is a destination hot spot with travellers from around the globe. So, why not make it the top choice on your travel list this year? Simply choose your holiday villa in Barbados and plan your stay.

Barbados is a beautiful Caribbean Island with a well-deserved reputation for entertaining its visitors. And once you set foot on the island, you’ll soon find out why. For instance, there is the beautiful parish of St James on the West Coast of Barbados. Nearby, the secluded Gibbs beach is also a much-loved attraction. These areas celebrate the natural beauty of Barbados with its prettiest, pristine beaches and warm, clear waters.

Relax in West Coast Villas in Barbados

There is no shortage of hotels in Barbados. However, if you are looking for a more private holiday experience, a luxury villa will appeal to you more. And you’ll find the West Coast villas in Barbados offer a little piece of heaven to discerning holidaymakers. The Hollies Luxury Villas on the west coast of the island are gorgeous properties that welcome guests all year round.

Barbados is home to many magnificent beaches. You’ll have no trouble finding somewhere to relax and enjoy the sun and the sea. The beaches also offer many water-based sporting opportunities, such as swimming and sailing. Elsewhere, there are many lively tourist spots that offer much to see and do.

The great thing about an island like Barbados is that its relaxed vibe perfectly matches the mood of the holidaymakers. You can chill out at one of the private villas in Barbados or explore on your own schedule. You can sample exquisite food dishes with big hearty flavours. Then, of course, there is the rum. Barbados is home to many popular rums including the world-famous Mount Gay Rum.

Secluded Barbados Villa Rentals in St James

St James, on the West Coast of Barbados, enjoys near-perfect weather all year round. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing holiday or an action-packed adventure, the St James district is the perfect place. It is a glamorous spot thanks to luxury accommodation and a jet set vibe.

If you like the sound of secluded Barbados villa rentals in St James, take a look at The Hollies Retreats. One of its luxurious properties includes The White House on Mango Drive. As its name suggests, it has a cool white décor that gives this immaculate 4-bedroom villa a modern, unfussy feel. The perfect retreat after a hot day in the sunshine.

The White House villa is built for fun and relaxation. Its outdoor entertaining space is as much celebrated as its elegant interior. Once you step outside, you are surrounded by lush palm trees and immaculate gardens. The beach is not far from your front door, either.

Gibbs Beach Barbados Villas

You may prefer to make the most of your time in Barbados at an upscale resort near Gibbs Beach. The stunning West Coast villas in Barbados include the Hollies Retreats Salt Life 3-bedroom townhouse. It is in the exclusive Claridges boutique resort, which is just minutes from Gibbs Beach itself.

Spending a holiday at one of the Gibbs Beach Barbados villas is the perfect balance of fun and chill-out time. Gibbs Beach is a little piece of paradise. Like the beach, the water is quiet and calm. You can enjoy swimming or snorkelling. And if you stay at the Salt Life villa, you are not far from Holetown and Speightstown where you can visit bars, shops and restaurants. Furthermore, the friendly Bajan locals are always ready to help visitors with directions or recommendations.

To sum up, there are many reasons why Barbados should be at the top of your travel list. The island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, including Gibbs Beach. Moreover, it has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach holiday or an adventure-filled getaway.

The luxury West Coast villas in Barbados are also a big draw for tourists. Properties in and near St James provide a chic and relaxing place to stay. In addition, Barbados is a great place to eat, drink and party. The island has a lively nightlife scene and is home to some of the best rum in the world. So, why not plan a Barbados adventure that you’re unlikely to ever forget?