Built in 1658, Nicholas Abbey sits pretty in the Parish of St. Peter. Located specifically on a former sugar plantation, the brick and limestone manor is a stunner, with a grand Chinese Chippendale staircase, curved Dutch gables, and period pieces like the bed owned by Napoleon's second wife, Empress Marie Louise. It’s one of one of three Jacobean Great Houses in the Western Hemisphere (Barbados actually claims two—Drax Hall is also on the island). Not only can you explore this charming former home and the perfectly manicured gardens, but you can also visit the distillery that still produces St. Nicholas Abbey Rum. Pick up some sugar and rum treats from the gift shop and admire the sweet view of the east coast from Cherry Tree Hill just outside the main gate.