The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.
Ilaro Court is this week's Open House.
Ilaro Court is the official residence of the Prime Minister of Barbados. It is opened today with the kind permission of the Prime Minister, The Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, QC.
A tranquil oasis less than 2 miles from the heart of Bridgetown, Ilaro Court was designed and built as a retirement home in 1928 by Lady Gilbert Carter, an accomplished American artist whose husband was Governor of Barbados from 1904 to 1911. This gracious mansion successfully combines Edwardian, Italian, and Caribbean features into a distinctive and individualistic whole. It boasts the first swimming pool in Barbados and a park-like garden with gazebo, fishpond and orchid house.
The Lively Lecture, by the Trust's General Manager, Miguel Pena, will take place from 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm.
The Royal Barbados Police Force Band will be playing live music while tea is being served.
Due to security screening, ticketing will begin at 1:30 pm.
From Highway 2A, turn towards Bridgetown at the Emancipation Statue roundabout. Turn in at Sherbourne Conference Centre. Parking is at the right side of the building, and there is a walkway from there to Ilaro Court.
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: Illaro Court, Two Mile 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.