The National Trust's Open House programme runs January through March 2013.
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 Bookshop, Craftspeople and 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 January 2013 calendar;
FOUR SQUARE 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.
FUSTIC HOUSE, St. Lucy
Fustic House is one of the most distinctive and magical of the transformations created on Barbados by the English theatrical designer, Oliver Messel. Besides the two-part house, thereís a delightful cottage, and the new conference/entertainment pavilion. The overall ambience and the little details all merge to create an atmosphere of unparalleled elegance and tranquillity. With 11 acres of park-like grounds, youíll want to walk a lot.
ANDREWS GREAT HOUSE, St. Joseph
At last it opens! In the shadow of iconic Andrews Sugar Factory, new owners have restored the old plantation house to grandeur with sensitivity and style. Itís amazing what can be done by extending some bits, moving a doorway and staircase, and applying tea to coral-stone. History, decor, country views, and an ancient orchard add up to a satisfying afternoon.
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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