The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.
This week's Open House is Bellevue Plantation.
In 1635, when the plantation was established, it would have had a beautiful view (Bellevue) down to Bridgetown and out to sea. It still does, but the slope is now a manicured lawn, enhancing the stately feeling. The design of the original house reflected the architectural characteristics of the age, to which tropical features were added to create the Caribbean Georgian style. The house was probably built between 1735 and 1750, and since that time has been owned by Barbadian Dowdings, Connells and Collymores, before passing into the expatriate hands of Dr. Arno Trieloff. It is now owned by English developers, who have made further changes.
Large, airy and graceful, the house has been restored and renovated with great sensitivity to its classic design. Inside, antiques mingle easily with contemporary furnishings, and sporty details add pleasant surprises. Mosaics, converted outbuildings, sugar-era relics, horses, and vast gardens complete the ambience.
In addition to the Lively Lecture by Sir Henry Fraser at 3 pm and the garden party atmosphere, this occasion also features an Exhibition Polo Match at 4 pm on the property’s new polo field.
The grounds will be alive with vendors of select fine craft, art, condiments, books, and locally-made refreshments including fresh juices.
A portion of these sales, and all of the admission fee, support the Trust’s heritage preservation work.
Bellevue can most easily be found by following the ABC Highway, and turning towards Bridgetown onto the Waterford Road at the Hothersal roundabout. Pass Waterford Plantation on your left, and it is the next left turn. Plentiful parking is on-site.
General Bds $35.00
Children under 5 Free
BARP, AARP and CARP Members Bds $30.00
Members of the Barbados National Trust Bds $25.00 upon presentation of membership card. Also applicable to reciprocating Trusts and Societies members.
Children 12-17 y.o. and Students (BCC, UWI and Polytechnic with ID): Bds $15.00
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.
Venue: Bellevue Plantation House and Polo Field, Waterford, St. Michael
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.