The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.
This week’s Open House is San Flamingo.
Built in 1980, San Flamingo is one of the beautiful homes beside the Holders Polo Field.
Once a part of the vast Black Rock Estate, Holder’s and the land where San Flamingo stands was owned by the Hon. Janet Kidd, the daughter of Lord Beaverbrook. Persuaded by her polo-playing son, Johnny, that the Barbados Polo Club needed a home other than the Garrison, the field was Mrs. Kidd’s 1965 legacy to island sport when the estate was divided and sold off.
She also had the foresight to sell large lots for luxurious properties that now run along the west side of the field. San Flamingo is one of them. San Flamingo has remained in one family—the Drivers, from England—for 38 years and reflects the way they like to unwind in Barbados. A keen polo player himself, the late Mr. Driver so loved it here that he wanted his ashes scattered on the Holders field. Actress Minnie Driver happily spent her early childhood here.
This five-bedroom villa is a fine example of stylish winter getaways built here before glitz took hold. San Flamingo was designed by Ian Morrison, who designed luxurious properties across the Caribbean, including some of the finest hotels on Barbados’ Platinum Coast. The house shows distinct Mediterranean influence. With its red tile roof, exposed beams and use of stucco, one is reminded of Spain. Morrison’s signature use of curving walls and built-in seating is plentiful in this house.
The house is on one level, making it suitable for people with disabilities.
In keeping with the Spanish look of the house, sangria and tapas will augment the usual Open House refreshments.
There will be a Latin dance demonstration by Salsa Caribe.
Enjoy live music by Willie Kerr.
Holders Polo Field is the venue of the final match of the Barbados Polo Club Open 8-Goal Tour, being played at 3:15 pm.
To get there from Highway 1 (the west coast road,) turn up Holder’s Hill, opposite Daphne’s. Watch carefully for our sign and turn left at Polo Ridge, then left again and proceed to the end of the road. Parking is right there.
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.
Barbados National Trust Open Houses
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.