The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.
This week's Open House is Cockade House
Cockade House was originally built in the eighteenth century as a sugar plantation home set in 2.5 acres and was part of Bennetts Plantation. In 1971, it was later redesigned and transformed by the renowned English theatre designer, Oliver Messel.
With Oliver Messel's reputation and tasteful decoration Cockade House is now one of the most exclusive properties on the island. Messel reconfigured the interior of the house, raised the height of the ceilings, added the verandahs, redid the façade and incorporated a lovely swimming pool.
Today, Cockade House can be marveled as a delightful country house hidden behind a driveway of Mahogany trees with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and Sandy Lane Golf Course.
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.
Students (school children in uniform with adult): Bds $10.00
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.
Venue: Cockade House, Bennets, St. Thomas
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.