The island has a fascinating history, linked to British rule and the production of sugar cane and rum

Discover the island’s heritage through its historic attractions

First settled by the British in 1627, Barbados celebrates 50 years of independence from British rule in 2016. The island’s history is closely linked to sugar cane production on slave-worked plantations and visits to historic houses and rum distilleries provide a glimpse into the island’s fascinating past.

All Aboard the New Train at St Nicholas Abbey

by Mark Hammerton

Between 1883 and 1937, a 24-mile-long narrow-gauge railway ran from Bridgetown to Belleplaine including a particularly scenic section along the rugged east coast past Bathsheba. The route had some very steep inclines, some very tight bends and involved 98 bridges. Over the years, the railway gradually deteriorated, and the line eventually closed to passengers in 1934 before the tracks were finally lifted in 1938. Now, Larry Warren and his family at St Nicholas Abbey, have launched a fabulous new tourist attraction for Barbados; a new railway line and the first train to run in Barbados for 81 years.

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A Moonlight Dinner at St Nicholas Abbey, Barbados

by Mark Hammerton

Once a month in winter, St Nicolas Abbey host a special Moonlight Dinner and we were delighted to attend on Saturday (27th January 2018). The evening commenced with cocktails and canapés before we were seated at our candlelit table on the terrace. The excellent menu was created by Chef Scott Ames, who trained at a Michelin-starred restaurant in the UK and throughout the evening, we were treated to entertainment from Sarah Taylor with steel pan accompaniment.

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Step back in time at St Nicholas Abbey

by Lisa Hammerton

There are so many places to visit on the beautiful island of Barbados but if you only allow yourself one or two trips out from your holiday villa then St. Nicholas Abbey should be one of them. With a rich and colourful history St. Nicholas Abbey remains, to this day, one of only three Jacobean houses left in the western hemisphere.

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Mark and Lisa Hammerton

We are Mark and Lisa Hammerton and we are lucky enough to spend our time organising villa and apartment holidays to the wonderful Caribbean island of Barbados.

We have been involved with the travel industry for most of our working lives but fell in love with Barbados after many visits and ended up buying a second home there.

We would love to talk to you about the island and our selection of wonderful properties and, as our priority is matching the right property to your requirements, we will always be open and honest in what we have to say.

Mark & Lisa

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