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“Peaceful stay, near the Everglades” 5 of 5 stars
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19801 SW 318 Street, Homestead, FL 33030   |  
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Peaceful stay, near the Everglades”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

My husband & I had a wonderful stay in the Zen Bungalow. We enjoy camping & being outdoors, so the bungalow was right up our alley. We could open all of our windows in the evening and fall asleep with the sounds of nature & wake up as the sun came through our windows. Breakfast was fresh and very good, we started the day with yogurt, fresh fruits, and granola. There was also fresh orange juice and coffee (which my husband said was excellent). The farm was beautiful, we enjoyed walking around the property and just enjoying some time to relax. The property was also very close to the Everglades National Park, which we visited several days during our stay. When reserving our stay here, my husband and I were a bit unsure about outdoor shower. There was an indoor shower as well, but we ended up using the outdoor shower everyday, it was private and covered from the rain. Great stay, I would definitely recommend.

Room Tip: The Zen Bungalow was a great room, more privacy than the guest house, a bit further from the restroo...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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North Salem, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Our one night stay at Paradise Farms was a most amazing experience from the moment we stepped out of our car and were greeted by Ernest. He gave us a wonderful tour of the beautiful property and helped us bring our things to our cabin. Firstly, the property is an organic farm servicing many of the area's finer local restaurants. It is a very special, serene, tropical and wonderful place in the midst of which was our little "Zen" cabin. In the evening I was able to prepare a wonderful meal in the kitchen next to Ernests cabin and enjoy some talking with he and two of the other lovely folks who work on the farm. How lovely to fall asleep that night to the natural sounds around us and then awake to the sun shining through the lush tropical foliage. Breakfast was artfully served by the pool (what a gorgeous, natural pool it was) where we enjoyed home made granola, yogurt, fresh squeezed orange juice, and an assortment of tropical fruits....and the delightful company of Gabriele, the owner of the farm. This was just the "respite" we needed after our visit to the keys and we will definitely find our way back there again.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Northampton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Paradise Farms is a serene 5 acre retreat, close to the Everglades and the Keys. We wanted some warmth, but not the normal Florida blacktop and chains. the cabins are rustic. the breakfasts great. the hostess informative. a wonderful alternative if you like adventure. we can afford to stay anywhere but chose this place for its non commercial ambiance. we'd go there again in a heartbeat.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Flourtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

My husband and I chose this B&B for two reasons: because it is close to Everglades National Park and because it is a working organic farm. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The lush greenery and pool with the pleasant sound of running water had us relaxed from the start. We loved getting a tour and seeing the various farm operations/produce that included micro-greens, starfruit, avocados, mushrooms, and bee-keeping. We enjoyed our breakfasts, which we had outside when the weather was good, and inside, in Gabriele's house, when the weather was not. Gabriele is a warm and welcoming host who gave us all kinds of extra information about local places to go. She treated us more like family or friends than merely guests, and this made our experience particularly special. She invited us to an evening "games night" in her house, and we had a great evening playing card and board games with other guests and with some of her staff. The effort in evidence throughout the farm to put principles into action and reduce waste was inspiring to us. So if you're looking for something different from the usual B&B experience, this is the place for you!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
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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New York City, New York
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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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Address: 19801 SW 318 Street, Homestead, FL 33030
Location: United States > Florida > Homestead
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Homestead
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3

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