• Today
    August 20

  • 12:03 AM

A labour of love

HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON, heatherlynevanson@nationnews.com

Added 14 January 2019


Owner of Clifton Hall Great House, Massimo Franchi (centre), sharing a bottle of Clifton Hall rum with guests Anthony Eduardo (left) and Kendra Kelly. (Picture by Heather-Lynn Evanson.)

The refurbishment of Clifton Hall Great House was a labour of love. It was also a great learning curve but it taught him, said Massimo Franchi, that Barbadians were great workers.

Franchi, the Scottish-Italian owner of the St John plantation house, was giving scores of patrons to the Barbados National Trust’s first open house an enthralling recap of the restoration work done on the 17th Century Georgian/Medieval structure.

Clifton Hall will go down in history as the former home of Ferdinando Paleologus – a member of the Greek royal family and a relative of Constantine the Great. Paleologus’ mortal remains rest in the cemetery of St John Parish Church.

Franchi admitted two words were reverberating in his head when he bought and decided to refurbish the plantation house. Those words were “honour” and “privilege”.

“The history of this house is nothing short of incredible. And I knew when I took it on that it was not going to be easy. In fact it would be a labour of love,” Franchi admitted in his thick Scottish accent. (HLE)

Subscribe now to our eNATION edition for the full story.

For the latest stories and breaking news updates download the Nationnews apps for iOS and Android.



Dos and Donts

Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus


Do you think that marijuana should be legalised only for medical and scientific purposes?