The National Trust's Open House programme runs January through March 2012.
Every Wednesday a beautiful house in Barbados opens its doors to the public to view from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.
All types of houses are on show from the grand old plantation houses rich with centuries of history, to newer luxurious Bajan-Style villas. The grounds and gardens are part of the attraction. A Bookshop, Craftspeople and Refreshments will also be available.
Check out the March 2012 calendar;
COLLETON HOUSE, St. Peter
Established in the mid 17th century, Colleton is an exemplar on Barbados' rich and tangled history. Most recently it was the home of an extraordinary geologist whose art collection spans the diverse cultures he encountered. This is a rare opportunity to see it, and to reflect on the impact of the two remarkable men who owned Colleton House. We thank Realtors for arranging this date.
BEAUCHAMP HALL, St John
Built in the 1980's in an uninspired plantation style, the new owners, the Kaufmanns' renovated and re-designed the house first in the 1990's and again later to accommodate a more modern and social lifestyle. More Bathrooms were added, outdoor living spaces created to include a pool, and the whole is complemented by dramatic landscaping, Beauchamp Hall is now full re-designed into a very comfortable living space.
There is an album of captivated photographs documenting the transformation. Come, experience the astonishing views and be revitalized by the garden, the breeze and the ambiance.
Llaro Court, St Michael
Ilaro Court is the Prime Ministers Residence. The mansion and its park-like grounds were designed in 1916 by Lady Gilbert Carter, an accomplished American artist whose husband was Governor of Barbados from 1904 to 1911. Ilaro Court successfully combines Edwardian, Italian, and Caribbean features into an individualistic whole.
GEORGE WASHINGTON HOUSE, St Michael
George Washington never went abroad, except to Barbados in 1751. It was a turning point for him, and in this beautifully restored house where he stayed, you learn how. Its upstairs museum uses artifacts and interactive displays to showcase 18th and 19th century Barbados, and gives eloquent witness to the experience of slavery. A short distance away is the Military Cemetery, a place of haunting beauty that few people ever see.
Admission prices are $20 (Bds$) for National Trust members, $25 for BARP members and $30 for non members. For directions to the properties and any further information please email the National Trust.
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