The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.
Hopefield Manor, St. Philip is this week’s Open House.
This fine, classically designed Barbadian house is home to Sir David and Lady Seale of R.L. Seale and Co., Ltd., who also own the nearby Foursquare Rum Distillery and its lovely Heritage Park. Expanded in modern times, the house is strikingly decorated and filled with antiques and local artwork. Prepare to stroll; the grounds are expansive and beautiful. Even the stables are impressive. So are their occupants; the Hopefield horses have won 7 Gold Cups!
Take the ABC highway south, passing Balls Plantation/Barbados Horticultural Society. Between Coverly development and the airport is a left turn to Charnocks. Follow that road into the countryside for about 1 km, then turn right at the junction and look for Open House signs.
Tours from 1:45 pm to 5:00 pm. Walk with those ‘Open Houser’ reward cards.
Wheelchair Access to the Grounds only.
Entertainment will include:
– A performance by the Princess Margaret Steelpan Band – 3:00 pm
– Lively Lecture 1: delivered by Sir Henry Fraser who will tell the history of Hopefiled and its rum connection – 3:15 pm
– Lively Lecture 2: presented by champion racehorse trainer Ms. Liz Deane who will speak about all of Sir David and Lady Seale’s champion thoroughbreds and Gold Cup fame – 3:45 pm
Hold onto to your Open House tickets as there will be a door prizes drawn at 4:15 pm
The Trust’s Food and Beverage stalls will be in attendance serving up tasty eats and thirst-quenching drinks for sale including their famous Rum Punch made with R.L. Seale’s Special Barbados Rum.
Also present will be the Trust’s Artisan’s Mall filled with handmade arts and crafts.
Shop at the Trust’s Souvenir Shop where great books, flowers and the Barbados National Trust’s limited-edition Tea Towels will be on sale.
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
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.