St Nicholas Abbey


St Nicholas AbbeyBuilt in 1658, St Nicholas Abbey is located in the hills of St. Peter, Barbados. It is the only one of three Jacobean mansions remaining in the western hemisphere and remained unchanged for the last 350 years. St Nicholas Abbey is actually an old plantation house that sits on 450 acres of beautiful landscape.

Take a tour through the great house as you admire the architecture and historical furnishings. Boasting unique features of a wonderfully preserved mansion, St. Nicholas Abbey curved Dutch gables, chimney stacks, coral stone finials, Chinese Chippendale staircase, excellent antiques and chinaware’s allows you to bask in the beauty of the mansion as you view the rare splendors.  

You can explore the steam mill and rum distillery which are now in full operation and is used to produce St. Nicholas Abbey Rum. You may purchase rum and other sugar products at the gift shop. While explore the beautiful landscaped grounds with tropical flora, you will come across natural channels that is home to Mahogany and Silk Cotton trees.

St Nicholas Abbey is famous for its savory rum that comes in two types, whisky and cognac.  Enjoy samples of rum as the deep amber color with sweet aromas of fudge, vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon lures you to the smooth taste of dried fruits and spices.

After sampling the rum, you can relax and enjoy a 1930’s film of the sugar plantation life. But most noteworthy is the tragic tale of St. Nicholas Abbey.  The mansion was built by Colonel Benjamin Berringer, but he and his friend Sir John Yeamans entered into a duel over Mrs. Berringer, when Colonel Berringer was killed.

Shortly afterwards, Sir John married Mrs. Berringer and gained ownership of the property. However a court battle ensued and the mansion was returned to Berringer's children. The mansion was then named after Berringer's grand-daughter who married George Nicholas.

Visit St. Nicholas Abbey on your next trip to Barbados and enjoy exploring this mansion that holds an exceptional 350 year heritage.