The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.
Coral Hall, St. Philip is this week’s Open House.
Built in 1984, Coral Hall is an open-plan home designed by Peter Burke. Though thoroughly modern, its coral-stone walls, high pitched ceilings and plentiful jalousies reflect local traditions. Inside, a symphony of restrained sea colours creates an ambience of total tranquility. The interior was designed by Faye Parker. The house sits in wide, windswept gardens where hardy plants such as sea grape, croton and crown of thorns help define the landscape. Coral Hall is the house of Sir David and Lady Seale. The proprietor of Foursquare, Sir David is an award-winning rum producer and has been a member of the horse racing fraternity for over 50 years.
The Seales and their family will be there for Open House, and ready for a party atmosphere with steel pan music and rum cocktails.
Sir Woodville Marshall, lead author of the book, “Of Halls, Hills and Holes: Place Names of Barbados”, will be there to speak about the parish of St. Philip and his work.
To get there from the ABC Highway, pass the airport and turn right at the intersection by Rock Hall Sports Bar, where there is a sign to the Crane and Sam Lord’s Castle. Pass the Crane on your right and head towards Sam Lord’s Castle. Go left at the T-junction by Gemswick and through Kirtons. Pass the Crane, Cutters Deli and Atlantic Park. Go right at Marina Drive, right onto Ocean Mist Drive, and then your first left. At this point you are aiming for the coast.
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.