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Good Hope Plantation

Cockpit Country, Jamaica

Sitting high in the lush landscape of Cockpit Country stands a rustic Eighteenth Century Great House named Good Hope. On 2,000 acres 600’ above sea level, Good Hope is framed by dramatic blue-gray mountains and renowned for its excellent food, outdoor activities and country trails. Its grounds are fertile with papaya, oranges, ackee, breadfruit, bananas and coconuts as well as fields of flowers and grasses where cows and horses graze. The country road up from Falmouth weaves by 200-year-old stone fences past fields and orchards, cattle and horses ... gently leading back in time to a quiet era of a more peaceful, healthy and idyllic lifestyle.

This magical perch commands sweeping views of the Queen of Spain Valley, endless acres of plantation land and the refreshing Martha Brae River that wanders through thick bamboo forests below. The entire panorama takes in 20,000 acres of softly rolling mountains whose velvet texture changes with the light hour by hour. While extraordinarily private, this remarkable site is only a 45-minute drive east of the Montego Bay airport and 15 minutes from the beach.

Built in 1755 in classic Georgian style, the Great House was owned by the Tharpe and Tenison families in past centuries. Its current owners have lovingly updated the buildings while retaining many original features, including the first hot water bath in the Caribbean made in late 1700’s and 14’ tall Palladian windows trimmed with plantation shutters. The floors creak, the tall windows squeak, the feeling is a magical trip back in time. Yet, today’s guests enjoy modern comforts and gracious service in this unique home atop a working plantation. Rooms are appointed with antiques. Polished rare wood floors are throughout. Guests may enjoy tennis, hiking through the luxuriant unspoiled grounds, and horseback riding (100 miles of trails, different trail rides possible each day from mountaintop to cool riverbed through untouched bush country). Good Hope has hosted countless ambassadorial parties and fashion shoots (Vogue, Guess, Mademoiselle, Travel & Leisure, Elle) ... and has been beloved as a perfect setting for weddings and family reunions. Click here to see photos of Good Hope weddings. Sunrises and sunsets from this remarkable vantage point are beautiful beyond description. It would be remiss not to mention the sounds of Good Hope. To stand still for several moments invites the sounds of horses neighing across the valley, the braying of a distant donkey, perhaps the bawling of a calving cow, the chirping of birds and merely the wind. Stopping quietly to listen is part of the magic of Good Hope. Here is a tranquil, spiritually uplifting retreat.

Food at Good Hope is extraordinary. Its chefs rank with the best. Favorites are grilled tenderloin, curried shrimp and blackened snapper as well as homemade hors d’oeuvres, soups and desserts. Mealtime at Good Hope will be one of your fondest memories. Guests are asked to prepay for groceries ($65 per adult per day, $40 for children 12 and under). Snacks are additional and are billed locally.

Trail rides will cost $45 per person. Youngsters too small for trail rides can be led around the stable yard by one of the grooms. Older children love to wake early and help the grooms round up the horses.

Fifteen minutes down the mountain from Good Hope is its own beautiful private, sugary white sand beach on 1.5 acres of pristine undeveloped property. Exquisite swimming water is protected by a live reef and is among the most clear and buoyant water on the island. Just off the beach are a cottage with kitchen, bathroom, bar, upstairs deck, and outdoor shower. Beach towels and chaises are provided. Complimentary water toys include snorkels and kayaks. Jet skis can be rented at the beach. The Good Hope cooks will pack picnic baskets of delicious lunches and drinks for you to take with you (5 different menu selections each day). The property adjacent to Good Hope’s own beach consists of 22 acres of long white sand beach.

Room Amenities
· 18th Century country house on 2,000-acre plantation high in the lush landscape of Cockpit Country
· 16 air-conditioned bedrooms in 5 buildings
· Air-conditioned family room: DSS TV, VCR, conference table, movie library
· Bar room with pool table
· Music room with 100-CD sound system

Property Amenities
· Stables and miles of riding and hiking trails through untouched forests
· Hard surface tennis court lighted for night play (racquets and balls provided, lessons available)
· Four Mongoose mountain bikes and helmets
· Ping pong table
· Yoga room
· Lily pond, hummingbird garden, bird sanctuary with 22 varieties and yellow parrots
· Resident sculptor’s studio, pottery, kiln and gift shop
· Children’s playground
· Helicopter landing pad
· Coaster bus that seats 22 passengers or 28 passengers with 6 jump seats unfolded ($200 per day)
· Membership at Half Moon Golf, Tennis & Beach Club
(40 minutes west)

Staff and Services
· Superb chefs
· Waiters
· Chambermaids
· Laundress
· Gardeners
· Night watchman

Additional Details
· Favorite location for family reunions, wonderful for children, renowned for weddings

West of Good Hope:
· Golf is 45 minutes west at three excellent courses: Cinnamon Hill, Half Moon and White Witch
· Windsurfing is 22 minutes away at Bounty Bay
· Silver Sands is a 30-minute drive east - half mile of white sand beach, good swimming and dining
· Bamboo poled rafting down the Martha Brae River is just 20 minutes away, Windsor Caves are nearby for caving
· Half Moon Golf, Tennis & Beach Club is 45 minutes west. Golf course; tennis; deep sea fishing; sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling and scuba diving; more horseback riding; biking; spa, massage and hairdresser; shopping village; medical center; bars, restaurants, nightclub. The Ritz Carlton Hotel is adjacent to Half Moon.

East of Good Hope: Lively Ocho Rios ... 55 minutes east
· Dolphin Cove. Swim with the dolphins!
· Dunn's River Falls

Bedrooms: 10, 8, 16, 13
3 BEDROOMS Sitting Room, Music Room, Dining Room and Bar with pool table

Barley Room:
· Queensize bed

Copper Room:
· Queensize bed

Blue Room:
· Optional twin beds or 1 kingsize bed

· Romantic queen-bedded room with bath in the former Counting House for the farm


Partners Room:
· Queensize bed
· 2 antique wardrobes

Tharpe Room:
· Kingsize or twin beds

Tenison Room:
· Queensize bed

Williams Room:
· Twin 4-poster beds

Thompson Room:
· Twin 4-poster beds

Sitting Room:
· Upstairs room with 3 additional twin beds for children

· Queensize bed

· 1 full, 1 queen,
1 king (or 2 twins)

Please ask about additional bedrooms.

Bathrooms: 8-16

Barley Room:
· En-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination

Cooper Room:
· En-suite bathroom with antique 18th Century copper tub and shower

Blue Room:
· En-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination


Partners Room:
· En-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination

Tharpe Room:
· En-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination

Tenison Room:
· En-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination

Williams Room:
· En-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination

Thompson Room:
· En-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination

Sitting Room:
· Shares the upstairs hall bathroom

· En-suite bathroom (below family room)

· 3 bathrooms with bath or shower

Beach: Drive
· River for swimming, tubing, picknicking
· Rustic beach, beach bar and more wonderful swimming 15 minutes downhill

Pool: Yes
· 18' x 30' pool
· Hot tub with view across the Queen of Spain valley (amazing sunsets)
· Additional pool at River Cottage

Maximum Guests: 33
Rates are based on double occupancy per bedroom. For guests in excess of double occupancy, an extra-guest charge of $29 per person per night will apply. This fee is waived for infants under 6 months of age.

Check-in day: Any day

Minimum stay: Low Season: 5 nights / High Season: 7 nights / Pls. inquire for Christmas and New Years

Security deposit: Yes

Rates are based on number of guests / per week (wk) or night (nt) unless otherwise noted.
Winter 2016 Summer 2016 Fall 2016

Season Dates
· High Season: Dec. 15, 2011 – Apr. 15,
· Low Season: Apr. 16 – Dec. 14,

Additional Tax

Additional Service
Staff gratuities are additional (10-15% of the rent)


· Rates are quoted per week and listed in US$'s
· Rates are listed per bedroom and based on 2 guests per bedroom
· When booked at a lower per bedroom rate the other rooms are not rented to other vacationers and will be locked off
· Rates are higher over Christmas / New Years
· Some rates are higher over Easter & Thanksgiving

Rates are subject to change.

Rates may be higher for special holiday weeks.

Please contact us for a quote!