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 February 2014 calendar;
FISHERPOND PLANTATION HOUSE, St Thomas
This 300 year-old mansion sat empty for years until John Chandlerís magic touch transformed it to the jewel it is today. Built of rubble stone in Caribbean Georgian style, it was later extended with an enclosed gallery. It is now beautifully filled with antiques, paintings and objects díart. With a magnificent dining table that can seat 24, it is splendid for planterís lunches and private parties, for which the Chandlers are now renowned hosts. Luckily, you can book one.
SUGARWATER, Apes Hill, St. James
A contradiction in terms? Clean-lined and spacious, the net-zero Sugarwater enjoys every amenity and none of the electric bills. It also incorporates recycled materials, water catchment, LED lighting, a saline pool, natural cooling and non VOC paint. e holistic vision goes further with grounds planted in edibles and maintained by organic farmers, and housekeeping that eschews harsh chemicals. Eco-structure Barbados believes that luxury can come naturally. It works beautifully and weíre eager to show you how.
FOURSQUARE HERITAGE PARK, St. Phillip
This all-round treat is a fine kick-off to the season. Set in 8 beautifully landscaped and shaded acres, the impressive Foursquare complex connects bygone Barbados with state-of-the-art rum production. Explore delightful museums, tour the distillery, see old machinery and watch Fielding Babb demonstrate his painting methods.
GUINEA PLANTATION HOUSE, St John
As one of the first sugar plantations in Barbados, and the site of the islandís first mango seedlings, Guinea has a long and fascinating history. Like many old buildings, the great house has found new life in conversion to commercial purposes, in this case as an events venue and romantic accommodations. Grand proportions, architectural detail and expansive grounds make it a treat to visit. So does the countryside drive.
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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