Fairview Great House & Botanical Garden

Fairview Great House & Botanical Garden

Fairview Great House & Botanical Garden
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Fairview Great House and Botanical Garden is an attraction like no other here in beautiful St. Kitts. Nestled at the foot of Olivees Mountain, enjoy a guided walk around the great house which is believed to have been initially 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. We also operate a number of Tours from this location including our Caribbean Flavours Cooks Tour; Fairview Rum Tour.
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  • Sarah C
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Culinary Flavors of Fairview Shore Excursion
    Wonderful experience! Mida was a very knowledgeable historical guide. Chef was wonderful and self-taught! The recipes were soooo good! The rum tasting was hilarious, but also very informative. I loved this whole tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Neil R
    45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Demonstration of Caribbean cruise and history of thus former plantation house.
    This historical building was a former plantation on the Island of St Kitts, Basseterre. We went on a tour of the house and also had a Caribbean cookery lesson of 3 dishes. Our guide Maya and Chef Shay did a marvellous, entertaining job, teaching us the history of the house and demonstrating the skills of preparing Caribbean culinary cuisines. There is a beautiful garden to walk around, rum tasting and a gift shop.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 November 2023
  • Scott F
    Cheyenne, Wyoming173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting & Beautiful!
    We visited as part of an included excursion on our Viking cruise. The curation is really well done & the staff are extremely friendly & knowledgeable. The gardens are simply beautiful & everything is labeled so you know what you are looking at. The bar is a great place to relax in the shade & enjoy local drinks.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 December 2023
  • ORDFlier
    Chicago, Illinois225 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can’t wait to try recipes at home!
    We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We happen to be the only two in the class, so our individualized attention was super. But Chef Che was excellent explaining the history of the Plantation and the reincarnation of the estate. We can’t wait to get home and make some of the dishes that were demonstrated for us, then we consumed. She also does a rum tasting from Shipwreck Rum if you’re interested too. Overall a great experience.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 December 2023
  • Matt
    Columbus, Ohio29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting history, great rum
    We did the Rum Shots tour with Doreen. We learned about the history of Fairview from its start as a sugarcane plantation to the first bed and breakfast in St Kitts to its current incarnation. Then we stepped into the “conference room” for a rum tasting. In between tastings we learned about the history and process of making rum. Even my friend who doesn’t really like rum walked away with a bottle. Thank you, Doreen!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 January 2024
  • bubba3122
    Ocala, Florida237 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Excursion Ever!
    We did the culinary experience as an excursion with our cruise line. This was absolutely awesome!! I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in local cooking and enjoying a well orchestrated meal preparation class and great tasting food. The grounds and house were nice to see and the view of the Caribbean wan an added plus.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 March 2024
  • hbhakh
    Roanoke, Virginia2,216 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice excursion
    We did the culinary demo/rum tasting from our cruise ship. This is the second time that we've done a similar tour. The bus picked us up promptly and was clean and had good AC. The drive to the Great House is not very long. When we arrived, we were escorted to the demo area, which had ample seating and good views of the chef. It's not air conditioned but there were several fans and a breeze. The chef did an excellent job a preparing and explaining the food. There was also a guide that gave us an overview of the history of the estate. After eating, we had quite a bit of free time (maybe too much) before the rum tasting, which was also well done. Shortly thereafter, our transportation arrived to take us back to the ship. This was an enjoyable excursion,
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 March 2024
  • eviebuttons
    Birmingham, United Kingdom57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Doreen The Great!
    The 5 stars are for Doreen. The best guide I’ve ever experienced, anywhere in the world. Did the house and rum tasting tour. Maybe if I’d spent a little less time rum tasting, I’d have had time to also explore the garden. Visited as part of a cruise excursion. Would love the rum cake recipe. Most delicious! Thank you Doreen. You’re wonderwoman!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 April 2024
  • Lynne
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great pod and home cooked food in a lovely setting
    The pod was amazing, the chickens lovely, the staff amazing and the home cooked food the best. We could not have been made more welcome and looked after better. We had a great time locally and enjoyed Tavistock. Salcombe and Kilnbridge were lovely too.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 May 2024
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Lynne
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The pod was amazing, the chickens lovely, the staff amazing and the home cooked food the best. We could not have been made more welcome and looked after better. We had a great time locally and enjoyed Tavistock. Salcombe and Kilnbridge were lovely too.
Written 13 May 2024
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eviebuttons
Birmingham, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The 5 stars are for Doreen. The best guide I’ve ever experienced, anywhere in the world. Did the house and rum tasting tour. Maybe if I’d spent a little less time rum tasting, I’d have had time to also explore the garden. Visited as part of a cruise excursion. Would love the rum cake recipe. Most delicious! Thank you Doreen. You’re wonderwoman!
Written 8 April 2024
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Kelly M
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This place is spectacular! The views are lovely. The rum that they bottle is fantastic! We did the rum tasting tour with Doreen. She was a fabulous tour guide! And we were able to taste all of their flavored rums plus a rum cake. I don’t like hard liquor but this rum I could supper ice!
Written 21 March 2024
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hbhakh
Roanoke, VA2,216 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We did the culinary demo/rum tasting from our cruise ship. This is the second time that we've done a similar tour. The bus picked us up promptly and was clean and had good AC. The drive to the Great House is not very long.

When we arrived, we were escorted to the demo area, which had ample seating and good views of the chef. It's not air conditioned but there were several fans and a breeze. The chef did an excellent job a preparing and explaining the food. There was also a guide that gave us an overview of the history of the estate.

After eating, we had quite a bit of free time (maybe too much) before the rum tasting, which was also well done. Shortly thereafter, our transportation arrived to take us back to the ship.

This was an enjoyable excursion,
Written 10 March 2024
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bubba3122
Ocala, FL237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We did the culinary experience as an excursion with our cruise line. This was absolutely awesome!! I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in local cooking and enjoying a well orchestrated meal preparation class and great tasting food. The grounds and house were nice to see and the view of the Caribbean wan an added plus.
Written 9 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Matt
Columbus, OH29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
We did the Rum Shots tour with Doreen. We learned about the history of Fairview from its start as a sugarcane plantation to the first bed and breakfast in St Kitts to its current incarnation. Then we stepped into the “conference room” for a rum tasting. In between tastings we learned about the history and process of making rum. Even my friend who doesn’t really like rum walked away with a bottle. Thank you, Doreen!
Written 19 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ORDFlier
Chicago, IL225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We happen to be the only two in the class, so our individualized attention was super. But Chef Che was excellent explaining the history of the Plantation and the reincarnation of the estate.
We can’t wait to get home and make some of the dishes that were demonstrated for us, then we consumed. She also does a rum tasting from Shipwreck Rum if you’re interested too.
Overall a great experience.
Written 29 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Scott F
Cheyenne, WY173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We visited as part of an included excursion on our Viking cruise. The curation is really well done & the staff are extremely friendly & knowledgeable. The gardens are simply beautiful & everything is labeled so you know what you are looking at. The bar is a great place to relax in the shade & enjoy local drinks.
Written 23 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Syl S
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The tour was OK -- best part was the amazing views. But the cooking demo was first-rate. Chef was entertaining and the meal she prepared was delicious. Highly recommend the cooking demo.
Written 22 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Neil R
45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This historical building was a former plantation on the Island of St Kitts, Basseterre. We went on a tour of the house and also had a Caribbean cookery lesson of 3 dishes. Our guide Maya and Chef Shay did a marvellous, entertaining job, teaching us the history of the house and demonstrating the skills of preparing Caribbean culinary cuisines. There is a beautiful garden to walk around, rum tasting and a gift shop.
Written 9 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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