The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.
The Valley Plantation, St. George is this week’s Open House.
This 200-plus acre plantation has changed hands numerous times since its first recorded deed in 1674. Its fortunes reflected the ups and downs of the sugar industry that shaped this island’s history. It is safe to assume that the house was rebuilt after the great hurricane of 1831 destroyed so many buildings. Some may remember Valley Plantation House as the second home of La Bonne Auberge, a French fine dining restaurant that made good use of its elegant spaces. It is now owned by Dr. Michael Krimholz, known variously as an endocrinologist at the QEH, UWI lecturer, or the keyboard and vocals man of The Crustaceans, the jazz band that plays regularly at Lobster Alive. This explains the conversion of one enclosed gallery into a music room. Old maps, history and architecture all hold interest here. The beautiful, two-acre grounds are suitable for children to roam and play in.
At 3 pm, hear the fascinating history of the property when Sir Henry Fraser delivers the Lively Lecture.
Enjoy live music and refreshments, including the Open House rum punch, which is exceptionally good this year.
Valley Plantation is centrally located in St. George. To get there from the ABC Highway, turn inland at the Norman Niles roundabout onto Highway 4. Pass the left fork that leads to Salters and continue straight. In just a few minutes, look for a large warehouse on the left and for Open House parking signs.
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.