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“Wonderful experience - high tea!” 4 of 5 stars
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Good Hope Plantation
1 Trelawny St, Falmouth, Jamaica   |  
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Raleigh, NC
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“Wonderful experience - high tea!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

Visited the Good Hope Plantation as part of a cruise ship excursion for high tea. We were looking for a quick way to see some of Jamaica's wonderful countryside and and meet some of the local people. We picked the right place! Fairly short ride from port of Falmouth to the plantation. Passed sugarcane fields on the way. Up the hill to the home, led on a tour by a very knowledgeable guide. The floor in the first room is something to see - orangewood (now extinct), never refinished. Still held together by wooden pins, no nails. Views from the house are amazing. Many birds and hummingbirds around the patio/pool area where we had tea, along with a plate of small finger foods served buffet style. Visit the onsite potter for some wonderful pieces. On the way back, we stopped alongside the road so our guide could get out and pick a leaf from a tree - turns out it was a clove tree, and tearing the leaf just a bit gave off a wonderful aroma. Driver was hilarious and entertaining. Highly recommend!
They do weddings onsite and have a honeymoon suite (small cottage to stay in).

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Columbus, Ohio
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

We visited Good Hope Great House as an excursion through Royal Caribbean on a cruise. The excursion was called High Tea at Good Hope Great House and we did not care for it. (either did the others on our tour as they were all complaining and blasting the tour on the survey). The sandwiches were set out on a tray- not covered at all and no ice underneath the tray to keep them cold. Keep in mind this is a patio like semi-enclosed area exposed to bugs and heat. The sandwich fillings were not cold and everyone on our tour was afraid to eat them so we didnt. The cookies were nothing to write home about. I ate very little as nothing was covered and I was unsure how long they had been sitting there among the flies.

The real kicker was the tea. It was TEA BAGS! I am not kidding. That was thing most people could not 'get over' is that you advertise this as a 'high tea' and offer a bunch of teabags that you could have gotten on the ship or at home.

It took about 25 minutes to drive out there and was very disorganized. While the house tour itself was enjoyable and interesting (our tour guide for the house was very knowledgeable) it was not worth the drive out there or the money we paid. I also mentioned how bad the tour was on my end of cruise survey.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2009

Good Hope is one of those places that if you don't look for it, you'll never find it. Near Falmouth, Jamaica, it sits back from the main road. The Plantation covers quite a few acres of land, so you never see fellow visitors, unless you want to. Take the time to wander the plantation, visit the Great House, and visit David Pinto's pottery studio.

Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Edison, New Jersey
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2009

In 1997 I was living in Europe and discovered an article about Good Hope in an English magizine. My wife and I were planning a wedding when she won tickets to Jamaica at her church back in New York. I called from Europe and made a reservation. We stayed in the County House which was called the Counting House then. It was one of the best times of my life. The owner was a great guy and we loved the place.

  • Liked — We were alone, off season, with our own cook/waiter and two very protective dogs followed us everywhere
  • Disliked — Off season so the pool was not ready.
  • Stayed May 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oklahoma
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2008

We have just returned from Good Hope Villa in Jamaica. My family and I enjoyed a wonderful time of fun, wonderful food, and amazing people. From the moment you are greeted at the airport by the villas driver you are made to feel that you are a very special member of their family arriving for a long overdue visit. It's a wonderful place for a family reunion, relaxing time, good walks, horse back riding, swimming or going down to the beach. They have interesting peaces of history about the plantation all over the main house. We had a very special family vacation enjoyed by all, from the grand children to the grand parents and all in between.

  • Liked — Beds comfortable, good food,
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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New York
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2007

We went to Good Hope Plantation for the day to see the grounds, go horseback riding and have lunch. The place is absolutely beautiful, the food was delicious and the staff was extremely friendly. It was the perfect escape from the commercial resort world we were living in for the week - it was the day of nature I had been craving. We had a wonderful day and hope to get back there with friends to spend a few nights.

  • Liked — The non-commercial, natural feel of the place.
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kingston, Jamaica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2006

Good Hope Estate is a fantastic place in the hills of Trelawny, located about 45 minutes from Montego Bay. If you are looking for a vacation in Jamaica that is not on the beach, this is the best place you will find. With its lush greenery, scenic hills, and abundant wildlife, this is the Jamaica that most tourists do not see or even realize exists. There are several trails where one can spend the day exploring. One trail, in particular, took us over a 200+ year old bridge to an equally historic sugar cane mill. They also have a working horse stable if you are interested in seeing the estate by horse.

The estate is a working 2000 acre ranch, with several villas scattered throughout. The villas are refurbished buildings, with 200 year old stone walls. Inside, though, the furnishings are modern and comfortable. The River Cottage, which is the most remote from the other villas, features its own pool and has steps down to the river, where you can swim in a pond. The rooms here are decorated with paintings and sculptures from local artists. No detail has been omitted in the amenities (books, DVDs, CDs) and decor which give it a rustic but funky feel. We also explored the main house which was decorated with historic artifacts and photos/maps which gave us an interesting look into the history of the place.

The food is delicious. Doreen cooked all of our meals and it was some of the best food we have had in Jamaica. All of our meals were served at our outdoor dining area (there is also one indoors) where you can hear the birds and see the fireflies at night. Doreen was also a great source of history about the estate and gave us highlights of what we could expect to see.

This is one of the nicest and most relaxing places we have been to in Jamaica.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Good Hope Plantation

Address: 1 Trelawny St, Falmouth, Jamaica
Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Trelawny Parish > Falmouth
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Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty lodging in Falmouth
Also Known As:
Good Hope Plantation Hotel Jamaica
Good Hope Plantation Trelawny Parish, Jamaica

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