Located in the hills of St. Peter, St. Nicholas Abbey encompasses over 360 acres of undulating sugar cane fields, lush tropical gullies, mahogany forests and formal gardens.
CHERRY TREE HILL
An ancient natural passageway connecting the east and west coasts of the island, Cherry Tree Hill area has been inhabited for many centuries. Arawak Indian artifacts of ceramic, glass and pottery pre-dating European colonisation have been discovered throughout the Plantation grounds.
Today, Cherry Tree Hill is a magnificent avenue lined with Mahogany (Swietenia mahagoni) trees planted by Sir John Gay Alleyne in the mid 18th
century; the first of their kind on the island. An on-going reforestation programme saw over 130 new trees planted in 2008. Visitors are welcomed to walk along the avenue, enjoying the peaceful tropical surroundings, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the east coast of Barbados.
SUGAR CANE FIELDS
St. Nicholas Abbey has over 225 acres of sugar cane fields as part of the 400 acre estate. Currently leased by the Barbados Agricultural Management Company (BAMC) for use in the island's sugar production, the lands will eventually come back under the Plantation's private management for use in producing its own sugar and related products, including St. Nicholas Abbey Rum.
FLOWER AND HERB GARDENS
The formal gardens and orchards feature too many species to mention; notable flora and fauna include hibiscus, orchids and roses as well as citrus, mango, avocado and breadfruit trees. The gardens are frequented by a pack of Guinea birds, fond of noisily proclaiming their territorial rights, as well as Barbados’ own Green Monkey. Facing the great house, down the steps to the right of the portico is the original coral water drip, designed to both purify and cool drinking water as it passes through the coral blocks to the catchall below.
The herb garden located on the windward side of the house follows a traditional English pattern popular during the 17th century, when herbs were valued for both their culinary and medicinal purposes. The garden features lemongrass, garlic, chives, aloe vera, bay leaf and an assortment of peppers used to make the Plantation's own pepper jelly for sale in the gift shop.