Barbados Opens Its Arms - And Its Homes - To Visitors



    The 2008 Open House Season allows travelers to tour private, historical
    homes in Barbados

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - Every Wednesday from now until
April 9, 2008, the Barbados National Trust's Open House Program provides entry
into rich historic homes that reveal a range of lifestyles, architecture and
historical features across the sun-drenched island of Barbados. The Open House
Program gives locals and island visitors the opportunity to visit private
properties that usually remain closed to the general public. Admission to the
Open House Programme for National Trust members is $5 USD ($10 BDS), $9 USD
($18 BDS) for non-members, per house each week.
    Whether seeking an up-close and personal look at the island's rich
history, or in search of interior design and decorating ideas, visitors are
sure to be fascinated by this year's Open House Program.
    This year's schedule of events includes: Andrew's Sugar Factory,
inhabited by the manager of one of Barbados' two functioning sugar factories,
reflecting a life of travel in other sugar-producing countries.
    The Windward home, beautifully situated in gardens on a ridge of the
Sandy Lane Golf Course, formerly the retreat of legendary racing driver, the
late Count Johnny Lurani.
    St. Nicholas Abbey, not a traditional, religious Abbey, but one of only
three surviving Jacobean-style houses in the Western Hemisphere, was built in
the mid-17th century and is set in 200 acres of cane.
    Pollards Mill built circa 1722, combines the best of both old and new, as
the property's many lives have included that of a plantation, a hotel and a
fine restaurant. Today the whole complex is surrounded by 2.5 acres of walled
tropical gardens.
    For decades, Open House season has been the National Trust's most popular
annual fundraising series, offering insight and entertainment for its patrons.
Funds raised support heritage preservation efforts in Barbados. For further
information, or a schedule of this year's events, visit the Barbados National
Trust's website at http://trust.funbarbados.com/, or call 246.426.2421.

    The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience
with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable
landscapes ranging from rolling waves on the Atlantic to those gently lapping
the Caribbean coast. It is the first and only Zagat rated Caribbean island
with numerous internationally-renowned chefs who masterfully put signature
spins on local delicacies and traditions. Barbados is also an ideal stage for
world-class events and has hosted numerous athletic championships, including
the ICC Cricket World Cup Final 2007 and the 2006 PGA World Golf
Championship-The Barbados World Cup. Accommodations range from picturesque
plantation houses and villas to quaint bed and breakfasts to award-winning
five-star resorts. The newly renovated Grantley Adams International Airport
offers non-stop and direct service from a growing number of U.S. cities via
Air Jamaica, American Airlines, Delta and US Airways, making Barbados the true
gateway to the Eastern Caribbean. The island's official website is
www.visitbarbados.org. For more information, contact the Barbados Tourism
Authority at 1.800.268-9122.




For further information:

For further information: Gail Stewart, Stewart Communications, (416)
410-7193, gail.stewart@rogers.com

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