The National Trust's Open House programme runs January through March 2011.
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.
Check out the March 2011 calendar;
POLLARDS MILL, St Phillip
Pollard's Mill combines the best of old and new. Built circa 1722. The spacious old stone property has had many lives as a plantation, a hotel, and a fine restaurant. A series of renovations exposed its coral stone walls, and imparted a Scandinavian ambiance of light and space. The effect is stunning. The house, cottage, and mill wall are surrounded by 2.5 acres of gardens.
MASKED CARNIVAL PARTY, George Washington House.
The National Trust 50th anniversary celebration is to be Friday 4th March from 8pm to 1am. Good food, hot music, a cash bar and the opportunity to bid on Secret Boxes. Tickets are $100 Bds and are available at Wildey House or at the Open House at Pollards Mill.
MANAGERS HOUSE, JORDAN'S PLANTATION, St. George
Sometimes obscurity produces wonderful surprises. This may be the case at Jordan's Manager's House. Now under renovation, this is a fascinating glimpse of a work in progress.
FOSTERS LODGE, St George
This beautifully proportioned plantation house was built in the early 19th century and has a rich history. Purchased in 1976 by Brian and Sandra Parsons, now Baron and Lady of Ormiston, it has been sensitively updated and lovingly maintained over the years. A collection of crystal, silver, furniture, and Mrs Parsons personal paintings add to the ambiance of historical continuity.
CHUMMERY, Sandy Lane, St James
Chummery is one of the charming villas in the Sandy Lane estate. It was built in the 1970's as a vacation home of the chairmen of Macy's and RCA. The bedrooms overlook a splendid pool while the drawing and dining rooms open onto an elegant veranda and inner courtyard.
WILDEY HOUSE, St. Michael
Our headquarters, Wildey House is a classic Georgian style mansion, thought to have been built around 1760. It was last owned by the Leacock family, who bequeathed it to the Trust. The house has been carefully restored and its ground floor is furnished with the Leacocks' antiques. Offices occupy the former bedrooms upstairs.
Admission prices are $10 for National Trust members, $15 for BARP members and $20 for non members. For directions to the properties and any further information please email the National Trust.
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