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Barbados National Trust Open House Programme

The National Trust's Open House programme runs January through March 2014.

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 March 2014 calendar;

Sunday March 2 2014
CRICKET LEGENDS, Herbert House

Special Sunday Opening. For a country its size, Barbados has produced a remarkable number of great cricketers, who not only made Barbados proud(er), but also contributed to the former glory of the West Indies team. This is captured at Herbert House, home of Cricket Legends of Barbados. Today’s visit is a double treat immersion in cricket history and a ne example of how repurposing can save historic buildings. The area has an interesting history too, and all will be revealed.

Wednesday March 5 2014
GRENDON HOUSE, Sandy Lane

Live the life of luxury, at least for the afternoon, in this 5-bedroom villa set in the fabled Sandy Lane estates. Its coral-stone walls and high ceilings frame a space where comfort is king and design details give delightful surprises. Both breezy and sumptuous, Grendon House gives a glimpse of getaway good life, Barbados style.

March 12 2014
LAMBERTS PLANTATION HOUSE, St. Lucy

Today you’ll experience a remote discovery accompanied by the strangely plaintive hum of the wind in the casuarinas trees. Built on the foundations of the original 1700’s timber structure, this 1930’s vintage house had slipped into terrible disrepair by the time Ryan Brooker and his wife bought it. They’ve recently rescued it and the results are beautiful. What’s miraculous is that it took only 3 months! The historic millwall and one of the outbuildings have been redone, while others retain their ancient character. Lovely grounds complete the charm.

Wednesday March 19 2014
THE POWERHOUSE, St. George

To us, it has always been “that wonderful house on the hill” the new one just before Orchid World. Over the years, we’ve watched it being built and landscaped, and wondered who lives there. Now we know, and he’s agreed to let us in. Open, airy and designed around connected hexagons, this Tony Hoad design has a 180 degree view and a kitchen that might make you salivate.

Wednesday March 26 2014
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 Leacock’s antiques. Offices occupy the former bedrooms upstairs.

Admission & Directions

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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