The National Trust's Open House programme runs from January to 1st April 2015.
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 Bazaar with Bookshop and Craftspeople plus Refreshments will be available.
Also at 3.15pm at each event "The Lively Little Lecture Series" will be hosted by Dr. Henry Fraser and Dr. Karl Watson.
Check out the February 2015 calendar;
HOPEFIELD MANOR, Christ Church
This fine, classically designed Barbadian house is home to Sir David Seale and Lady Seale of R.L. Seale and Co., Ltd., who also own the nearby Foursquare Rum Distillery and its lovely Heritage Park. Expanded in modern times, the house is strikingly decorated and filled with antiques and local artwork. Prepare to stroll; the grounds are expansive and beautiful. Even the stables are impressive. So are their occupants; the Hopefield horses have won seven Gold Cups!
CODRINGTON COLLEGE, St. John
The first institution of higher learning in the West Indies, Codrington College was completed in 1748. It now provides dignified and serene surroundings for theological studies. Todayís visit includes the dramatic main building patterned after an Oxford college and rare access to the Principalís Lodge (formerly the Consett Plantation great house) built in medieval design. Approached through majestic palms and surrounded by stunning park land, the total effect is heaven.
CHIMBORAZO HOUSE, St. Joseph
Perched on the very knob of a hill and set in 4 acres of gardens and forest, this gracious 25 year old, coral-stone plantation house enjoys breezy seclusion and surprising vistas. It has been updated for comfort and decorated in multicultural style, yet retains its historic character. Shad galleries, sunny decks and immersion in nature add to its comfort and beauty. Before or after your visit, nearby Hunteís Gardens invites you to visit. There will be an entrance fee.
Admission prices are $25 (Bds$) for National Trust members, $30 for BARP members and $35 for non members. For directions to the properties and any further information please email the National Trust.
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