The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.
Sweetfield Manor, St. Michael is this week's Open House.
Perched on an escarpment on Brittons Hill, Sweetfield Manor was built in the early 1900s by Danish Virgin Islander, Waldemar Hanschell, founder of the shipping business now known as Hanschell Inniss. From here he could see his merchant ships in Carlisle Bay. The house and outbuildings had fallen into disrepair until rescued with a refreshing flair by American owners about 15 years ago. It has since been further developed and is now an elegant B&B and events venue.
Travel south on Bay Street out of Bridgetown. Take the first left after Harbour Lights (at the traffic lights) onto Beckles Road. Continue uphill about half a mile, turning right onto Brittons New Road, and follow the Open House signs.
Wheelchair Access: Courtyard and ground floor living areas, main house only.
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.
For more information and to ensure that the viewing is on as advertised, please contact the Barbados National Trust:
Tel: (246) 426-2421/ (246) 436-9033
Venue: Sweetfield Manor, Brittons Hill, 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.'
Mr. Peter Stevens - BNT's current president.
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.