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“Great tour... A little untrue though!” 5 of 5 stars
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Good Hope Plantation
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1 Trelawny St, Falmouth, Jamaica   |  
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“Great tour... A little untrue though!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

The tour of The Good Hope estate was one of our favourite parts of our honeymoon on the Caribbean islands. The staff were very friendly, well organised and knowledgeable.

One thing though... Our tour guide talked about how "nice, well mannered and courteous" the plantation owner was. That he was "good to his slaves and there was never a revolt". Call me crazy but he was STILL a slave owner! I just felt the tour guide (a local woman) was doing her own heritage a disservice by sugar coating the true facts so we all could have a nice afternoon and not get upset by the real history.

I don't want all the gory details but I'm not an idiot either!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

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!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Syracuse, New York
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We visited recently on a cruise excursion. It was a short bus ride from Falmouth thru the countryside. Amazing that a 200 yr old plantation is still intact. Very nice views a top the hillside, garden and landscape very nice. Enjoyed a jamaician lunch and tea as well.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Naples, FL
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We wanted to do something in Jamaica - not thinking that we could climb Dunn's Falls. We made a good choice with the trip to Good Hope Plantation. It was a bit of a bus ride from our docking at Ocho Rios but our guide made the trip very educational with her explanation of life in Jamaica. We were able to see a great deal of interesting scenery on our trip to Good Hope.
Good Hope Great House is a lovely place. The house itself is filled with antique furniture. Our guide gave us an informative talk about the history of the plantation. The location is beautiful with mountains all around. Good photo op.
The "High Tea" was fun - they had lots of assortments of sandwiches and cakes - served outside by waitstaff in costumes of the time.
The company (Chukka Caribbean) which runs these trips is very professional - buses that are clean and are air-conditioned.
All in all we were very happy that we had selected this excursion.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Raleigh, NC
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
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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Columbus, Ohio
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Address: 1 Trelawny St, Falmouth, Jamaica
Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Trelawny Parish > Falmouth
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Ranked #2 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Falmouth
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Good Hope Plantation Hotel Jamaica
Good Hope Plantation Trelawny Parish, Jamaica

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