My sister and I booked this excursion while on a Royal Caribbean cruise. We didn't believe climbing Dunn Falls would work for us and I am so happy we choose to do this. We boarded a nice air-conditioned bus in Falmouth and had a informative and comfortable 15-20 minute ride to the plantation. Our guide shared stories about the history of Jamaica, pointed out various trees and plants, sang songs and taught us a little Jamaican.
We were dropped of in a pleasantly cool historic stone building with a small gift shop and clean modern bathrooms located behind the main building. The prices in the gift shop were better than in town and wares of better quality.
Another smaller bus picked us up and drove up a small hill to the plantation. The bus driver shared stories about the plantation, the original owner and plantation life during the time it was built. Another guide met us at the plantation and gave us time to take pictures of the mansion and beautiful hillside before taking us inside for a tour. The mansion itself is well preserved with period furniture, a grave (tomb) room - you'll have to go to find out more!) beautiful original orange food flooring and 4 working bathrooms. The gardens, including an orchid garden, pool, tennis courts and separate building called the money room where the original owner would count money are pristine and very comfortable. The house was a bed and breakfast until 2011 and is still a working plantation.
Lunch was served on a cool and comfortable porch with hummingbird feeders and unusual (at least to us) black hummingbirds with long tails visiting the feeders while we ate. Lunch was self serve and the dishes that awaited were covered until we began to eat. Food was appropriately hot or cold and traditional Jamaican food. Curry chicken (cut whole with bones included, which is traditional Jamaican style) jerk pork and fish (Talapia) were amazing. Sauces to pour over the various dishes were provided and explained by very friendly and hospitable hostesses. Plantains, rice and peas and a Island cooked cabbage with what looked and tasted like fried potatoes accompanied the meal. Servers brought water and a freshly squeezed, grown on the plantation, orange spritzer. At the end of the meal we were given time to wander around the mansion and take pictures, or use the restrooms before getting on the bus and back to the reception building. There is a small pottery studio nearby the reception building and if the potter is not teaching classes, she will happily show you the studio.
The short bus ride back was equally enjoyable, as this guide stopped the bus, broke a branch off a overhanging tree along the way and passed around leafs asking us to guess what it was. It was an allspice tree and smelled like cloves. He also taught us how to say our name in Jamaican, what we loved and say where we are from, going around the bus introducing yourself. It was fun to hear all the different places people came from and hear everyone try to speak Jamaican!
I loved this tour, thoroughly enjoyed the food and warm hospitality of everyone on Good Hope Plantation. If I come back, I'll might try the zip line or 4 wheel tours they provide because it looked like the people going were going to have a great time, although they were a bit younger than myself!
- Also Known As:
- Good Hope Plantation Hotel Jamaica
- Good Hope Plantation Trelawny Parish, Jamaica