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 on the day.
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 March 2015 calendar;
Ben Mar, Erdiston Drive is the official residence of the British High Commissioner, is opened today through the kind permission of His Excellency and his wife. Like many of its fellow properties in the elegant Pine Hill suburb, Ben Mar was built in the mid 1920’s with many classic Barbadian features. With its large social areas both indoors and out, this grand house is perfect for diplomatic entertaining. The lovely three-acre garden will invite you to wander and relax.
Is it the landscaping or its position on the lip of a verdant chasm that gives this 21st century “Caribbean colonial” such a dramatic setting Inside, all is comfort, tranquility and taste, with generous proportions and design details to savor. It’s the holiday home of Lord David Evans, whom we thank along with Realtors for opening.
ST.LUCY'S RECTORY & PARISH CHURCH
Towering over its intriguing, mahogany-shaded graveyard, St. Lucy’s parish church was first built in the early 17th century. Reconstructed for the 3rd time in 1837, it is an essentially Georgian building. It is paired today with its rectory over the road, a respectable dwelling that shows traditional Barbadian design of the 19th century. Over the years, both have adapted—either to disaster or changing times.
ALL SAINTS CHURCH
This delightful and historic little church was originally built in 1649 as the first Chapel of Ease on the island, to provide the nearby planters with a more convenient place to worship. Rebuilt (again) in 1884, the current iteration is a neo-Gothic structure with elaborate stained glass windows which have been newly restored to glory. The graveyard is full of important figures from early settlement days including the first settler. Its lovely, elevated position adds to its serene charm.
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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