246.429.8356 or 246.825.0050
George Clarke is the son of a native born Barbadian. George often visited the
island of Barbados as a young boy. His fathers ancestors are chronicled to be
among the original British settlers arriving on the island in the early 1600's to
the original ship that landed in Holetown. His great, great, great, grandfather
married Stede Bonnet's widow. Bonnet was a reasonably wealthy Barbadian
planter who turned to piracy, teaming up for a while with the infamous Blackbeard.
His career change lasted just over a year and ended with his hanging in
Charleston, South Carolina.
George knows quite a bit about the history of the island and also has terrific
knowledge on how to get most anywhere on the island!
Anni is an interior designer, children's book author, painter and the cook for the lavish morning meal experiences at Sweetfield Manor. Ann studied at the Florida Culinary Institute in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Her latest children's book titled, 'People Are So Different!' was awarded The Teacher's Choice Award for Best Children's Book of 2008. You will see samples of Ann's artwork throughout the house and delight in what comes from the kitchen!
A Bit on Sweetfield Manor
George and Ann came to Barbados as a result of a Christmas gift holiday planned by Ann in late 2001 after the events of 9/11. While looking up relatives and researching the Clarke family Barbados history on their holiday, George & Ann stumbled upon Sweetfield Manor in ruin, and knew instantly they wanted to restore the plantation.
Perched on an escarpment on Brittons Hill, Sweetfield Manor was built in the early 1900's by the Danish Virgin Islander, Waldemar Hanschell, founder of the shipping business known as Hanschell Inniss. The Danes were not widely known as colonists but during the first half of the 17th Century they established small tropical colonies in Asia and on the west coast of Africa and subsequently turned to the West Indies.
Mr. Hanschell married Miss Amy Manning and also built Rudkip, the house next door to Sweetfield Manor for his bother in mirrored image of Sweetfield Manor. More recently Sweetfield Manor was owned by Judge and Mrs. Blackman and was known as 'Beaulieu' (Beautiful Place). It was from the Blackman's that the Clarke's purchased the property in 2002, renamed it to reflect the Clarke family ties to the island and began renovating.
For the past several years George and Ann have transformed the property they now call Sweetfield Manor to its original state. Ann has eclectically furnished the Bed and Breakfast to reflect her whimsical sense of humor and her talent as an artist. Sweetfield Manor has been seen by dignitaries and guests from all over the world as part of The Barbados National Trust Open House Tour in both 2005 and again in January 2009. Sweetfield Manor is noted to have one of the most beautiful private pools on the island adding splendor to the lush tropical surroundings.
Taken all in with the warm hospitality, pride and gracious service these owner/innkeepers offer their guests and your holiday is certain to be a memorable one. Sweetfield Manor has been featured in ISLANDS MAGAZINE, food network, The travel CHANNEL and CARIBBEAN TRAVEL + LIFE. Come see for yourself the beauty and charm of Sweetfield Manor. A stay in Barbados like no other.
Contact Sweetfield Manor Historic Inn and B&B
Brittons New Road | St. Michael I Barbados West Indies