Jacobean Mansions


Jacobean MansionsVisit the lovely island of Barbados and discover some of Barbados’s old great houses that offer a glimpse into the rich history of this Caribbean island. Barbados has two remaining Jacobean Mansions that is worth your time and should not be missed. These Jacobean mansions are centuries old, but still maintains the beauty and elegance of its beginning. The two Jacobean mansions to visit while in Barbados are St. Nicholas Abbey and Drax Hall. Both were built in the 1650’s, as you will find a world of fine antiques, china and silverware of this era while the displays of unique furnishings lures you to take a seat and imagine you were in that time.

Explore Jacobean mansions to enjoy a film about life on the sugar plantations, view artifacts from the plantation days. Drax Hall is located in St. George is still owned by the Drax family and unfortunately is not open to the public. Drax Hall is the oldest of the Jacobean mansions and it was here that sugar was first cultivated commercially in Barbados in 1642. Built by James and William Drax, this sugar plantation home posses a wealthy establishment with influences of Caribbean and international flair.

St. Nicholas Abbey is situated near Cherry Tree Hill as it offers you an architectural heritage of its structure and landscape. Step inside this beautiful house and view the craftsmanship, trade and culture of the period. Enjoy peaceful surroundings as your guided tour takes you to a display of wealthy tradition. While touring you will see adorable antiques and artifacts spread across the home from 350 years.  You will be able to walk around the boiling house and rum distillery to see how the tasty St. Nicholas Abbey Rum is produced.

Both Jacobean mansions are fine examples of architecture that features curved Dutch gables and coral-stone finials, each furnished with antiques. Boasting classic Jacobean styles, you can view the steep gable roofs, stone corner finials, gable windows and the spectacular Jacobean staircase with its richly, carved hall archway of mastic wood.

It’s truly a masterpiece to see while on the island, as the unusual elements of a Caribbean home meets the elegance of distinctive character.