St. Nicholas Abbey is one of Barbados’ oldest historic properties having been built in 1658. It is also one of the island’s most popular attractions and this stunning Barbados property is a ‘must visit’ whenever you are here.
Constructed by Lt. Col. Benjamin Berringer, St. Nicholas Abbey has a colorful past. Berringer’s wife embarked on an affair with his neighbor and business partner, John Yeamans. Yeamans then had Berringer poisoned and the Abbey acquired his name. Years later, the property was acquired by one of Berringer’s relatives and became Nicholas Plantation.
Rum making at the property started in the 1800s when the land was bought by Sir John Gay Alleyne, a Bajan. Since then, rum from St Nicholas Abbey has gone on to become world renowned for its quality and taste.
Visitors to the Abbey have the chance to walk through the ground floor of the original house, viewing interesting and quirky artifacts such as the gentleman’s chair – a mobile contraption fully fitted with footrest, reading desk and wheels to gently relocate the man of the house when he started snoring. A guided tour carries you back in time and there is even a video showcasing life on the plantation years before. The fascinating footage even shows old Bridgetown.
As well as award winning rum, the gift shop at the Abbey carries a wide range of local goods including rum truffles, molasses cookies and even rum marmalade! Be sure to have your unique St. Nicholas Abbey bottle of rum engraved before you leave.
What are the ingredients of a perfect island holiday? A Barbados blue sky and RUM!