Saint Nicholas Abbey – rum tour

Saint Nicholas Abbey, Barbados
Saint Nicholas Abbey, Barbados

A fun day out in Barbados was visiting Saint Nicholas Abbey, a working rum distillery and sugar plantation, set next to a grandly restored plantation house. It’s set in a pretty flower and herb garden and looks onto a tropical forest.

Saint Nicholas Abbey, Barbados
Saint Nicholas Abbey, Barbados
Saint Nicholas Abbey, Barbados
Saint Nicholas Abbey, Barbados
Saint Nicholas Abbey, Barbados
You can only poke around a few rooms of the house, but it was fun to see. I loved the turquoise walls, Toby jug collection, and the gentleman’s reclining chair – Laz-e-Boy, colonial style.

Saint Nicholas Abbey, Barbados
Saint Nicholas Abbey, Barbados

Cool machinery and vintage doodads were dotted around everywhere

Saint Nicholas Abbey, Barbados
Saint Nicholas Abbey, Barbados
Saint Nicholas Abbey, Barbados
Saint Nicholas Abbey, Barbados
Saint Nicholas Abbey, Barbados

Out back the sugar cane fields were being harvested. Sadly we didn’t visit on a day where the threshing machinery was actually in use.

Saint Nicholas Abbey, Barbados

Shiny machines where the magic happens!

Saint Nicholas Abbey, Barbados
Saint Nicholas Abbey, Barbados

Finally, you get to have a taste – delicious stuff, but around £80 quid a bottle – ouch! We’ll stick to the bargainous duty-free Mount Gay from the airport for now.