*** Please note that Stony Hill Open House has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.
Stony Hill is this week's Open House.
When Sandford Plantation was subdivided, the Atwells bought a 5-acre parcel with a quarry and bit of gully and hired renowned architect, Kenneth Gardner, to design their house. The result is a 3-storey fortress in mid-century-meets-tropical style, rising from the stone cavity and accessed by a footbridge. It later turned out to be perfect for an artist and her family: Lilian Sten Nicholson has given it great vibes and an eclectic, international feel to each distinctive space. Her studio and work are explorable today.
From the ABC Highway (2A) turn inland at the Bussa roundabout by Skymall. Drive on for miles, passing straight through the roundabout at Six Roads until you reach Hilda Skeene School. Turn left there and pass King George V park. After the road takes a sharp right bend, look for the Mapps Development sign and turn right there. Look for Casuarina Close and Open House signs.
General Bds $35.00
Children 5-12-y-o Half Price
Children under 5 Free
BARP, AARP and CARP Members $30.00
Members of the Barbados National Trust $25.00 upon presentation of membership card. Also applicable to reciprocating Trusts and Societies members.
Dress nicely casual.
No pre-booking is needed. Just follow the directions - look for the signs.
Call the Barbados National Trust at 426-2421 for more information and to ensure that the viewing is on as advertised.
The Open Houses Programme is a Winter Season Tradition in Barbados presented by the Barbados National Trust (BNT). It allows visitors and residents alike access to some of the island's loveliest houses. Discover more about our island's diverse architecture and history.
The programme includes all types of houses - from the grand old plantation houses rich with centuries of history, to the newer, luxurious Bajan-style villas.
Grounds and gardens are part of the attraction. Sip your rum punch in stunning tropical settings.
The BNT sets up a bazaar with books and crafts people. Refreshments are on sale.
In addition, they provide historical and architectural information which you can take home with you at no additional cost.
At 3:15 pm, short lectures are given by the BNT's experts on heritage. These are:
Prof Henry Fraser - a past president of Barbados National Trust and the author of 'Historic Houses of Barbados' and 'Treasures of Barbados.'
Dr Karl Watson - BNT's current president and the editor of the journal of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society. He is also the author of the forthcoming book 'History of the Sephardic Jews of Barbados.'
The Barbados National Trust was founded in 1961 to preserve our unique heritage - be it historic buildings, place of natural beauty or out flora and fauna.
It's a very active Trust and was recently successful in achieving UNESCO International Heritage Site status for Bridgetown and its Garrison.