As I sit on the verandah of our Bellevue Plantation House and take in the lovely setting with all the mahogany trees and colourful bougainvillea and heavily scented lilies…I’m not surprised that the celebrity Girls Aloud pop star Kimberley Walsh and her fiancé Justin Scott chose to stay here for their Barbados wedding last month. Although their wedding was not at the House, the happy couple hosted a few private parties here for family and close friends like Cheryl Fernandez Versini. I gather our wonderful management team, Terry and Rahanna, gave them a lot of assistance with key arrangements for their church service and reception. Thanks guys!
In fact we have been the location for quite a few local and international weddings over the last few years as the secret gets out that the hire rates are amazingly reasonable. Check them out on the website – also three new wedding packages depending on whether you want the House for a day, overnight or a full week….and we have signed up luxury travel specialists Tropical Sky in the UK to promote a wedding package including flights from the UK. http://www.tropicalsky.co.uk/caribbean-holidays/barbados/bellevue-plantation-house-hotel
When we bought the House in 2004, it was set in three acres of lush vegetation and even though it’s just ten minutes from Holetown and the beach, you’d think it was in the middle of a huge private park. In fact, we’ve just bought more of the surrounding land and there’s now 60 acres of grounds around the House, which is located at the end of a one kilometre drive lined with coconut trees…talk about arriving in style! What’s more, we’ve decided to bite the bullet (or puck, I should say) and are installing our very own polo playing field – it doesn’t get much more pukka than that….
But if golf is more your thing, anyone staying at the House is welcome to use the facilities and services of the island’s exclusive Apes Hill Golf Club, and separate private beach clubs Aquamarine Radisson and Port St Charles, ten minutes away.
As for me, I’m staying put to manage the House for a few months (tough life isn’t it)?!, designing bridesmaids dresses (for my lable, The English Bridesmaid) so get in touch if you want to sample a bit of gracious and authentic Caribbean living from a bygone era…I’ll be here, ready with a welcome House rum punch!