The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.
Middle Earth and the Flower Forest is this week's Open House.
This enchanting property was designed by Ian Morrison. As its name suggests, it reminds one of a hobbit's habitation snuggled into a hillside overlooking the Scotland District and replete with curves and passages. No wonder Mick Jagger enjoyed his stay here! Beautifully furnished with antiques and collectibles from around the world, this exquisite home is a veritable treasure box.
At 3:15 pm a guest speaker will deliver the Lively Lecture. A door prize will be drawn at 4.30pm.
The Flower Forest will be offering a 50% discount off the entrance fees to Flower Forest to all patrons who visit Middle Earth. Please present your open house ticket and take advantage of this $15.00 offer.
Turn inland off the ABC Highway (2A) towards Hothersal Turning and keep straight. After about 5 km, look for a fork in the road and go left towards Mount Wilton Plantation. Be sure to check Facebook or our website for onward directions and parking information. Middle Earth is next to Flower Forest.
General Bds $35.00
Children 5-12-y-o Half Price
Children under 5 Free
BARP, AARP and CARP Members $30.00
Members of the Barbados National Trust $25.00 upon presentation of membership card. Also applicable to reciprocating Trusts and Societies members.
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.
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.