Growing up in the Caribbean these houses were a common sight, but I never knew the history behind them
Chattel houses, which is a Bajan term for these houses, were built for ease of transport. where ever the former slaves could find work they would simply pick up and move….literally, the houses were built without nails and could be disassembled easily. They were placed on bricks (which also went along when they moved)
They are less common now as the houses do not stand up well in hurricane season. In Jamaica the rural communities have more chattel houses than in the urbanised areas but many are derelict.
Today people have added on additional rooms (and they are anchored with nails now of course)
Personally I think Barbados has some of the most unusual and beautiful ones!
Many have been repurposed into shops
I would love to see the reemergence of these houses as they bring a quaint charm to any community especially if they are painted in vibrant colors
To see and learn more about chattel houses please visit Chattel House website! they are on a mission to preserve these houses,now this is a movement that I will gladly join.
I have a thing for historic buildings, so you will undoubtedly see more properties like this one
Butler’s is a historic great house that sits upon 6 acres of a former plantation on a hill that overlooks the sea.
The House accommodates 10 persons (six adults and 4 children) whats great about it is that the house can only be rented by one party at a time so there is no sharing with other guests.
The pool and gardens are all yours to explore
You can chit-chat with the gardener or the cook that are provided for your stay and the usual amenities are included
Cable and wi-fi
Books and media
The island of Nevis is small enough to do much exploring without going too far from your accommodation so the wi-fi and cable TV should take the back burner (you can tell I’m not a fan of lying around while on vacation!)
I need this house in my life!
Check out this video showing the beauty of this place
Please check the availability of the house before booking your flight! there is not a onine Calender listing the available dates but you can immediately find what you need here
there is a part II for this place and you’ll see why!