St. Nicholas Abbey Plantation, Barbados

Jocelyn Murray May 9, 2011 No Comments

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One of Barbados’ most historic landmarks, St. Nicholas Abbey is a Jacobean Mansion built in 1658.

St. Nicholas Abbey Mansion Barbados

St. Nicholas Abbey Mansion Barbados

The plantation and its buildings appear as they did for several centuries, and include the great house, a rum and sugar bond, a boiling house, and the plantation itself.

St. Nicholas Abbey Outside Entrance

The residence is open for touring by the public where one can see the drawing room, dining room, study and hallway leading up the staircase.

St. Nicholas Abbey Drawing Room

St. Nicholas Abbey Drawing Room

The upper floor is closed for viewing in order to preserve the home’s privacy and integrity.

St. Nicholas Abbey Dining Room Barbados

St. Nicholas Abbey Dining Room

Just outside in the courtyard are Lance and Baby – both cockatoos are pets of the plantation and enthralled our children.

St. Nicholas Abbey Cockatoo

Lance and Baby Cockatoos

The Boiling House is comprised of a steam mill, a syrup plant (where raw cane juice is converted into sweet syrup or molasses), and a distillery known for its handcrafted quality rum.  The rum and sugar bond offers tasting of the special aged rum which is quite delicious.

St. Nicholas Abbey Boiling House Distillery

St. Nicholas Abbey Boiling House Distillery

Visitors can purchase rum, brown sugar, molasses and other homemade products and crafts, or just browse the museum with its interesting artifacts and photos. There is a 20 minute historic film that provides a fascinating glimpse of life on the island around 1935.

St. Nicholas Abbey museum rum and sugar bond

St. Nicholas Abbey museum rum and sugar bond

The Terrace Café has a delicious light lunch menu that can be enjoyed while overlooking the Plantation’s lush tropical gullies. After touring the great house and the rum and sugar bond, we sat on the terrace where we enjoyed fresh fish sandwiches and salads. I found the views of the gullies to be tranquil and restorative.

St. Nicholas Abbey Terrace Cafe

St. Nicholas Abbey Terrace Cafe

Birds with glossy black feathers hovered near us in hopes for some crumbs. The children were delighted to indulge them.

St. Nicholas Abbey Black Birds Barbados

St. Nicholas Abbey Black Birds

After touring the sites and stopping for lunch, we roamed about the plantation where we enjoyed the lush landscaping and views. The children ran through the grounds, expending their seemingly endless energy before we left.

St. Nicholas Abbey Boiling House Distillery Grounds

St. Nicholas Abbey Boiling House Distillery Grounds

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Jocelyn Murray is a travel writer and historical fiction novelist. She holds two university master's degrees in both English and Education, along with a bachelor's degree in Economics and European Studies. She also has a teaching credential and taught at the elementary school level.

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