My girlfriends and I booked High Trees through a luxury villa website. We were very excited about the villa because of the pictures, but upon arrival we were deflated. The pictures do not reflect the wear of the villa as it was extremely dated. We were not expecting the only rooms enclosed to be the bedrooms, which also happened to be the only air conditioned rooms. The furniture was stained and somewhat dingy. During our stay our bathroom toilets clogged and even overflowed. The staff had to unclog it several times and even call a plumber when our bedroom flooded. We were overrun by mosquitos and could not really enjoy the open air sitting room. We dealt with this because the cook, housekeeper and the other staff members were so wonderful and the highlight of High Trees.
The one thing that stands out and really offended us was the decor that was chosen for the master bedroom. While looking at the wall paintings we noticed the pictures reflected colonial era Barbados. This included a painting of the flying fish industry that included a stereotypical and exaggerated drawing of Africans and referred to them the men as SAMBOS! It also described the women in the marketplace in a insulting manner that refelected colonial prejudices and attitudes of the time. This was unacceptable and I am shocked that the paintings were part of the decor.
In an upscale luxury range of villas, High Trees missed the mark. The only redeeming characteristic was the staff.