The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.
Beauchamp Hall, in St. John is this week's Open House.
It’s one of those houses you spot on a country drive and wish you could look inside. Abandoned for several years, it was redeemed in 1995 by owners who enlarged and remodelled extensively, accenting its plantation style features. It is filled with bright Caribbean art including five Boscoe Holder paintings, a melange of antique and fine reproduction furniture made here in Barbados, and interesting personal details. In some ways it’s a showcase, but it feels like a welcoming home.
From Highway 2A, turn inland at the Emancipation statue onto Highway 5 towards Six Cross Roads. Shortly after passing Bentley on your right, turn left to Edgecumbe. Continue past St.Philip’s Church on your right. After passing the prison, take the next left up hill and pass the District C police station. Near Moncreiffe, you’ll see Open House signs.
General Bds $30.00:
Children 5-10-y-o $15.00
Children under 5 Free
BARP Members $25.00
Members of the Barbados National Trust $20.00 upon presentation of membership card.
Dress nicely casual.
No pre-booking is needed. Just follow the directions - look for the signs.
Government House on March 06
for which admission is by ticket only.
Get your ticket at today's Open House.
Call the Barbados National Trust at 426-2421 for more information and to ensure that the viewing is on as advertised.
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.'
Dr Karl Watson - BNT's current president and the editor of the journal of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society. He is also the author of the forthcoming book 'History of the Sephardic Jews of Barbados.'
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.