The foundations of the house, though not the actual building, date back to Admiral Rodney. George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney, was a British naval officer, whose HQ was on the site.
He is best known for his commands in the American War of Independence, particularly his victory over the French at the Battle of the Saintes in 1782. He is credited with creating a battle tactic which involved “breaking the enemy line” (of ships). The house has a strategic bird’s eye view of Martinique and the Saint Lucia channel.
The house itself is 130 years old and has been the home to government officials, such as Colonel James, a British Chief of Police prior to Independence and Veronica Shingleton-Smith, a notable landscape designer from Saint Lucia. In the past and because of the altitude and cooling breeze, it was also home to a coffee plantation.
It was whilst searching for a historic house as a studio for Wild Orchid Designs, my sister and I discovered, what would become the Pink Plantation House. It also became an authentic local restaurant and a sister to the long-established “Coal Pot” at Vigie.