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“Wonderful stay at this charming oasis” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Paradise Farms B&B Farm Stay

Paradise Farms B&B Farm Stay
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Paradise Farms B&B Farm Stay
19801 SW 318 Street, Homestead, FL 33030   |  
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“Wonderful stay at this charming oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Different people have different expectations clearly, after reading the other reviews of this B and B. I personally loved every minute of our experience and this B and B was a perfect place to stay to be close to the Everglades so that we could spend the whole day in the park. Although the town is not too interesting, there are a few good restaurants and an amazing place for fruit milkshakes. We stayed in the bunkhouse, which was an adorable yellow room that was so cheery and breezy. No connected shower but we used the communal one that had plenty of hot water. The owner gave us a tour around the farm, and there were so many flowers and avocado trees, and we took a few of the avocados which were ripe. The whole place is surrounded by thick jungle of vegetation. The breakfast was lovely, with fresh edible flowers lining our plates. The owner is very helpful and very concerned that all her guests are comfortable. I liked how concerned they were with taking care of the environments and you feel like you we being a part of something good. In short, this place is off the beaten path and quirky, and for anyone up for something different and a breath of fresh air, this is it. Enjoy!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

Paradise Farm is a working organic farm so we were prepared for the practical intrusions this brings, we live in the country and have stayed on farms before. We were also looking forward to a sort of hippy quirkiness that uses feng shui to lay out the farm and does not allow meat, tobacco or children in the site.
Regrettably what we got was shabby, grubby, accommodation with a startling lack of attention to detail and to customer service.
Starting with the positives, this farm is lovely and quiet, I imagine if you live in the chaos of a big city you would feel that it was an oasis of calm. It has been planted as a tropical garden and there is an endearing natural pool, not sure I would like to put my feet in it though. The farm has tropical fruit trees and the plate of fruit for breakfast was delightful.
What the owner has not considered, and yes I did tell her all of this before leaving, is that a beautiful location is not enough to make a holiday.
We stayed in the Guest House, which is the lower floor of the owner's house, and is the most expensive accommodation on the farm, it has a bedroom, bathroom, lounge and a patio area with bug screens. The other two units are smaller and don't have integral bathrooms.
It seems that the bug screens have been renewed or replaced recently, judging by an earlier review, but there are still gaps around the doors, which the owner told us they had meant to get sorted, apparently we were "meant" to get white sheets as well, but we didn't.
There is a fridge in the property, but it was not plugged in when we arrived, understandable if we had walked in off the street, but we had not, we arrived at the time we said we would, it also had a rusty shelf. Most of the furniture in the Guest House was the sort that would be seen in a flea market, there was no attempt to smarten it up, this was not shabby chic, it was just shabby.
We stayed three nights on a b+b basis there was no servicing of our accommodation at all! no removal of rubbish, sweeping the floor, making the bed. When this was brought to the attention of the owner she said she did not want to intrude on guests - we went out each day we were there.
Lack of attention to detail, there really is so much that could be said, but the reader and writer would lose the will to live, so here are a few examples:CDs in the lounge, but nothing to play them on, no kettle or coffee maker, kettle was provided when we asked, curtains that barely cover the windows, no cutlery except a few plastic knives and forks of the sort that are given away at a roadside diner, no microwave or cooking facilities, cupboards and drawers which were filled with overspill storage that had nothing to do with the use of the space as a guest house. Scruffy visitor information, with a local map that was inaccurate.
To her credit, when our concerns were brought to the attention of the owner, she did listen and made notes, however it is of deep concern that she needed to be told about the fundamentals of operating a guest house.
I really do hope she takes action as well as notes, most of all I hope she begins to anticipate the needs of her paying guests rather than waiting to be told of them.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We just returned from this B&B and I have to say people were very nice but the facility is very dated and in run down condition. Screen doors had holes that were repaired with duct tape.
Pool was not clean. Additionally the Homestead area is unfortunately not very nice either.
Several bright spots were the Schnebly winery which was very good for wine and beer tastings and the Ernest Coe Everglades area which is run by terrific Park Rangers.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

This B&B was such an unexpected surprise! We absolutely loved it. Where to start......first with a farm tour, including edible flowers. We stayed in the guest house and we loved the openess of it. Gabriele is a wonderful host and we so looked forward to the morning breakfast and chatting with her and fellow guests. The food was all healthy and the micro greens are out of this world good. The coffee was incredible.

We enjoyed the tropical setting around the breakfast table and the natural pool was relaxing to hang out by to read or drink wine. (nearby Schnebly winery). While this is an ecelectic experience and this place might not be for everyone, it happened to be one of our most relaxing and enjoyable stays.

This was perfectly located for an Everglades vacation, five miles from the park entrance. Also close to Robert Is Here, which is handy to pick up healthy snacks for spending the day in the park. Closeby to Homestead for restaurants.

Thanks to Gabriele, Rebecca and Tom for your hospitality and for making our stay a true pleasure! We learned a lot about the farm, the local area and food during our stay. Great info and conversation.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Woodhall Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

What a wonderful find. Our stay was different from any other B&B we had experienced. We so enjoyed the peaceful energy of the farm- we arrived tired and stressed and as Gabriele showed us around the stress melted away. We loved being amongst the lush tropical growth and walking around. The breakfasts were great and Gabriele was an excellent host. We love camping in the summer in Europe so staying in a wooden bungalow amongst the trees was the perfect experience for us. We were able to visit the southern section of the Everglades and saw abundant wildlife and we were able to explore the Keys during our stay. We would love to return and stay here again - it is a very special place.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Paradise Farms is a working organic, fruit, and edible flower farm. We had an absolutely great stay. Highlights included sampling fresh ripe starfruit from the trees and arugula right from the vegetable bed (it was past avocado time and mangos were just blooming...at different times of year, you'd have that instead) and drinking wine with fellow guests in the garden pavilion late into the night. Charming owner. Breakfast in the garden by the pool under the trees. A ton more memorable than chain hotels and motels, which is what you'll otherwise find in the area.

However, don't come here with wrong expectations. This is not a fancy boutique hotel. The two less expensive rooms are smack dab in the middle of the land. They're not large. And you either use a composting toilet or walk across the farm - with a flashlight - to the office to use the full bathroom. Entertainment is sitting outside under the stars (there is wifi).

If - like us - you're perfectly happy to camp while travelling, just didn't feel like schlepping your camping gear down from wherever you came from, and want to really experience outdoor and rural Florida, it's a wonderful place and one you'll remember. If you're looking for Miami Beach on the cheap, or a no-surprises anonymous hotel/motel room, this ain't it (though the more expensive room in the lower level of the house is less camping-like).

Room Tip: Zen is probably best room. The downstairs room in the house is the most conventional/boring.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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vero beach, fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012 via mobile

While conveniently situated shooting distance from Miami this lush tropical setting takes you to a place that you would have to replicate by flying to Costa Rica

Be amazed by the inventive gardening , bee keeping , and mushroom caverns procreating a plethora of varieties

. Owner Gabriele knows all the treking paths, Tom will prepare you organic juices or smoothies. Breakfast with just picked fruits and farm made flower teas organic coffee and I could go on.

You Eco cabin is surrounded by a tropical wonderland if you want to de-stress and nurture body and soul come here

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 19801 SW 318 Street, Homestead, FL 33030
Location: United States > Florida > Homestead
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty lodging in Homestead
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