A lot has been written about the house and it's owners. The introductory guide gives you a rum punch (or two) and sampling the locally made rum, but most importantly an excellent edited film of the 1935 tour of Barbados and the sugar production of a former owner/manager. Not much mention is given to the working or living conditions of the labourers although you could see it was tough. The manager rode on horseback with a stick...
Certainly this documentary film is a gem (and could be longer: any chance of making an extended version?).
The house has significant vintage items and it's collection of old photographs and a 17th century title deed is impressive. The upstairs floors are inaccessible owing to a precarious 200year old Chippendale staircase: it would be wonderful if these rooms could be decorated in a befitting style and opened up by strengthening the staircase or introducing a separate access.
The gardens and sugar cane mill are also impressive, but the lunchtime snacks meagre and expensive!
All in all an excellent place to visit; perhaps a special rate for National Trust members may be considered? Also could any recordings of plantation songs be made available at the push of a button or reconstruction of workers' cottages carried out?
We wish Simon all the best in his family's sincere quest to preserve this heritage site for Barbados.
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