Huntington Summit

sights / Historic

Lonely Planet review

The extravagant Huntington Summit mansion in May Day, about 3km southeast of the town center, forms the yin to Bloomfield Great House’s yang. The octagonal home is of palatial proportions, with wraparound plate-glass windows and artificial cascades that tumble into a swimming pool, from where waters feed into a pond in the lounge. The ostentatious furnishings reflect the catholic tastes of its owner, Cecil Charlton, a millionaire farmer, politician and self-promoter who served as the mayor of Mandeville during the 1970s and 1980s.

To get here, take Manchester Rd south to the T-junction; turn right onto Newport Rd then left onto May Day Rd, and left again after 1km onto George’s Valley Rd (you can’t miss the big green gates on the left). An appointment and a permit are required to visit; call ahead of time to book.