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Reviewed August 19, 2010

We really loved this place, and the people are just brilliant

Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
Thank austinpowersLondon
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Reviewed August 13, 2010

We visited Gibbs Farm as a three-generation family party, with ages ranging from 65 to 2. We all loved the experience. Gibbs provides an outstanding model for sustainable tourism. The beautiful cottages were built by local workers mostly from local materials (90% plus) and are very stylish and tasteful. The water is heated by solar power. All the extensive range of vegetables in the restaurant are grown in the hotel's own 10 acre vegetable garden and milk, yoghurt, cheese, beef and bacon come from the farm. Visits to garden and farm are welcomed. Coffee is grown on the estate and guests can join in the morning ritual of coffee bean roasting. The food is excellent and copious. What makes Gibbs a truly world class place is the way in which the staff welcome their guests and go out of their way to be helpful and share their enthusiasm for the project. They are local and take pride in the place. They will readily cross their formal functional boundaries to provide service and assistance and in a way which is friendly, polite and respectful without ever being servile. This is an incredibly impressive and uplifting place to visit. Stay at least two nights and relax into it.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Thank gandnmunro
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Reviewed July 27, 2010

Stayed at this place right at the end of our 6 day safari. Being in Karatu, it was on the way back from Ngorongoro Crater. We turn into a dirt road from Karatu with dust and sand and Wallah! there it was. The reception wasn't a big place but you get the feeling that it was done that way on purpose to emphasise on the coittages and surroundings beyond the reception building.

There was the usual drinks and towels and two assigned staff members for each of us to sort out our luggage. We stayed at the new cottages and the fact that I took more bytes of pictures and videos of it than ourselves says it all! Even the normal rooms are big and exquisitely appointed.

There was a fireplace which opens up to both the bedroom and the bath area and they come at night at a time you wish to set the fire. There is a desk and work area, a lounge area and a balcony. Members of our group kept thanking me for organising the trip in a way that ended with the best. They all thought this was all done on purpose but of course I had no idea and was pleasantly surprised myself. I can only thank our operator for suggesting this place.

The staff were always at hand to assist and genuinely friendly. I was told that they made it a point to employ around the area, which is good. Dining was superb with drinks priced reasonably. Coffee is gotten from their own plantation and so are the vegetables, which are freshly harvested for dinner. You can also do a walk to some waterfall I was told but we didn't have time to do that. There are activities to choose from at leisure.

We particularly enjoyed walking to a big tree house through vegetable patches, sitting by an open fire, having a drink..and walking back up to the restaurant; we enjoyed the resident bush babies that apparently make a visit every night; we enjoyed sitting in the area just outside the restaurant building which opens up to the rolling hills and coffee plantation, the quiet and the relaxed atmosphere.

If you are organising and want to impress your friends..this is the place.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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Thank FootyboyMalaysia
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Reviewed July 21, 2010

We were fortunate to stay for 2 nights at Gibbs Farm in early May 2010. We were there toward the end of the rainy season. We had light showers each day. The gardens, grounds, views, and skies were gorgeous. We especially liked sitting on the grass in front of the main house before dinner. From there we had an extensive and panoramic view of the rolling hills and coffee growing on them. It was one of the most beautiful locations we have experienced in our travels.
Our cabin was the Weaver. It had a great front porch overlooking a small pond with birds and weaver nests on the reeds /. I enjoyed having coffee delivered early in the morning and having it on the porch. The cottage was large and comfortable with a lovely sitting area. The outdoor shower was a special treat and so was the beautiful bath tub. They both have outdoor views..
We were given a fascinating tour of the large vegetable garden which extends down a slope. Men and women from the neighboring community were busy weeding, planting, and maintaining it.
I took advantage of the consultation and massage services offered by the resident Masai healer. He performed a healing, thorough and relaxing massage.
The menus are thoughtfully planned and prepared each day and provide the best the farm has to offer.
The Farm sponsors resident artists and sells their art pieces in their shop. The work is outstanding.
As you can tell, I loved our experience at Gibbs Farm. What made it most meaningful, though, was knowing how committed the management is to sustaining the land and supporting the nearby communities. Applause, applause!

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank ROBLongBeach_CA
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Reviewed July 6, 2010

A mix - up on bookings meant we had to find a place to stay for the night. Luckily, our driver knew about Gibb's Farm. It is at the end of a long and bumpy road but is certainly worth the journey. Welcome, food, accommodation, ambience all first rate. I wish we'd been able to stay more than one night. There is so much to enjoy!

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank carolmac1
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