Barbados Private Estate - Fustic House
In addition to being one of the architectural national treasures of Barbados, Fustic House is one of the most naturally beautiful properties on the island. The approach road to Fustic winds its way through a shaded grove of Mahogany and Pride of India trees before eventually revealing the house itself, serenely tucked away amidst eleven acres of flourishing gardens. Due to its pleasantly elevated position on an undulating coral ridge overlooking the coast, Fustic benefits from spectacular views and refreshingly cool breezes. Fustic is one of those very rare places on earth that naturally exude a sense of spiritual well-being.
The plantation that once occupied the area surrounding Fustic dates back to the 17th century and the original dwelling located on this spot was known as Seaview. Little is known about this early period but for most of the 1800s, Seaview was owned by John Edward Armstrong, who was the Parochial Treasurer for St. Lucy. At some point during the history of Seaview, the name of the house was changed to Fustic, in acknowledgement of the towering Fustic trees that once prospered in this area.
Much of the modern charm of Fustic House must be attributed to the charismatic Oliver Messel, a flamboyant Englishman who, having made his name as a theatre set designer, arrived in Barbados to embark on a new career path as an architect in the 1970s. Messel was destined to exert an enormous influence on contemporary Barbadian design and today he is recognised as the architect who brought romance to tropical living. This whimsical aspect of Messel’s creativity is clearly evident in the stylish ‘al fresco’ architecture he introduced to Fustic.
Fustic House is a classic example of elegant Caribbean indoor/outdoor living at its very finest and it is easy to see why this was one of Messel’s favourite houses.
Today, Fustic House has been tastefully transformed in to a sumptuous ‘private paradise’ where seven elegantly appointed suites in four separate wings can sleep up to 14 guests in luxurious accommodation. Fustic House is the largest private estate that is available for rental in Barbados and guests are vigilantly pampered by 14 dedicated members of staff and a highly-acclaimed private chef.
A recent addition to the estate is a new pavilion that has been purpose designed as an ideal venue for business retreats, corporate meetings or similar events.
Far removed from its days as a sugar plantation, Fustic House is now an elegant retreat where guests can savour a rare degree of secluded peace and harmony while still enjoying the highest levels of hospitality and the best that Barbados has to offer. You may wish to visit the estate's acclaimed web site at www.fustichouse.com.
Article Source - Ins & Outs Barbados (Miller Publishing)