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Your tour begins with a narrated drive around historic Basseterre, one the oldest towns in the Eastern Caribbean. You will view Victorian and Georgian style architecture, important monuments such as the Berkeley Memorial Clock Tower, Independence Square (once a former slave market) with its prominent fountain and impressive centuries-old Catholic Co-Cathedral across the street. Your tour then brings you to the newly restored Fairview Great House & Botanical Garden. Here you will enjoy a guided tour around the Great House, which is believed to have been originally built in 1701 by the French.This Great House has had many owners and inhabitants over the years, each leaving their mark and contributing to the unique history of the property.
The rich history of the site and the island is well displayed with its superbly furnished historical information room that brings to life the 1700s – 1800s with true impressions of what life was like on an Estate in St. Kitts during that era. After touring the Great House discover the stone cobbled courtyard with the old kitchen building housing the original volcanic stone and brick oven, along with the old bathing room housing a large volcanic stone warmed bath. Here in the cobbled stone courtyard you will be given the opportunity to taste several flavours of Caribbean rum be given the history of where rum came from in the Caribbean, how Caribbean people made their own rum and a short demonstration of rum being distilled.
Hear stories of when the Irish settled on St. Kitts and the rum legacies they left with us and how and where rum drinking has evolved on the island. After your rum tasting experience, take time to wonder in the 2 ½ acre Botanical Garden. Don’t forget to browse inside the gift shop and pick up some keepsakes that will remind you of this unique experience for years to come. Tour cannot accommodate wheel chairs and it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties.