Speightstown is the proverbial beacon of the north of Barbados, and if you come away feeling like the northern folks are friendliest, the food tastes more ‘Barbadian’ and the air breathes fresher, then you are not alone. Four hundred years after being settled by the British, Speightstown has reinvented itself and is now one of the four pillar towns on the island – but on its maps, the street names and places of interest herald back to days of its infancy.
In fact, the island’s second-largest town has historically been acknowledged as one of be principal ports of trade of the bygone British Empire, and the site of intense military resistance.
But now, besides being a more laid-back version of its other three sister towns, Speightstown is experiencing a modernization that has most recently introduced fine dining restaurants the likes of Hugos, coffee spots and cafes, supermarkets, chic grocers and other attractions to its traditional food stops, hangouts and nightlife spots – creating a delightful juxtaposition of authenticity and new-world comforts.
Arlington House Museum
On a trip to this rural beauty, Queen Street is one of the first streets you will have to acquaint yourself with and she will invite you to explore its museum at Arlington House, its art gallery and its eateries which have all now become staples across the cityscape. She is also home to the cozy beach bar One Eleven East, but Fisherman’s Pub is arguably the most iconic of these food stops, serving up the most authentic local food in a charmingly unrefined Barbadian setting. Or visit to enjoy some of the best turnovers in the north – or possibly in the whole Island – at PRC bakery in Orange Street. And, Speightstown will never let you forget its origins thanks to walking tours of the town and its Arlington House Museum. The museum is a three-storey, colonial building that keeps the town’s history safe and sound within beautiful exhibits that bring sights and sounds of our ancestors’ era to life.
As with any major town, Speightstown is not without its residential pockets. On the outskirts, there are several mature neighbourhoods and the well-known Six Men’s fishing village. There are also several gorgeous villas carrying their own historic relevance dotted within proximity of Speightstown. Nelson Gay is a lovely 1950s build structure that has lovely tropical gardens and direct access to the lovely beach beyond. The absolutely palatial Leamington Pavilion is a stunning holiday home with all the trims and fancies to create stunning memories. And, Schooner Bay is a gorgeous north-based community that ensures absolute privacy and quiet for holidaymakers.
But, Fustic House is the most prolific of these historic homes and we are fortunate enough to feature it in our holiday homes portfolio. On the expansive 11 acres of verdant grounds sits a distinguished 18th century home that now bears an Oliver Messel refurbished splendor. The 7-bedroom home is perfect for traveling families, large groups or those looking to have a wedding in a truly tropical retreat. Find out more about the beautiful Fustic House!