Official residence of the Prime Minister of Barbados was built in early 1920’s by the wife of Governor of Barbados. It was named Ilaro Court after the town Ilaro, where the Governor had been posted for service. This gracious mansion built of local coral-limestone successfully combines Edwardian, Italian, and Caribbean architectural features into a distinctive and individualistic whole; it boasts the first swimming pool in Barbados — in which Prince Edward the Prince of Wales bathed when he visited Barbados. The large, park-like garden has a gazebo, fishpond and orchid house.
The grounds of Ilaro Court are beautifully maintained and play host to a number of social and cultural events throughout the year.
While not generally open to the public, the house is occasionally opened as part of the Barbados National Trust Open House Programme.