Located in the parish of St Philip, the elegant building – the Sunbury Plantation House, was built around 1660 by Matthew Chapman; a British planter and one of the earliest settlers on the island. This interesting home filled with history is definitely worth a visit while holidaying in Barbados.
Sunbury Plantation House has actually survived several hurricanes, extensive damage from the slave rebellion and was then destroyed by a fire in 1995. A year later, it was restored to its former glory and today, it is the only house in Barbados which offers all of its rooms open for viewing.
Visitors can tour the beautifully-furnished rooms, housing antique mahogany tables, rocking chairs, four-poster beds and a unique collection of 18th and 19th-century artefacts. Down in the cellars, there is an impressive collection of old horse-drawn carriages and some amazing optical testing machinery and equipment. Then, while in the grounds, view the display of authentic old carts and machinery which were once used to cultivate the land.
The on-site Courtyard Restaurant and bar offers buffet-style dining, featuring delicious Bajan dishes; there is also a small shop selling souvenirs.