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Good Hope Plantation
Cockpit Country, Jamaica

Photographs Nigel D. Lord

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  • 18th Century country house on 2,000-acre plantation high in the lush landscape of Cockpit Country
  • 9 air-conditioned bedrooms in 3 buildings
  • 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
  • river for swimming, tubing, picnicking
  • white sand beach, beach bar and more wonderful swimming 19 minutes downhill
  • bonfire nights at the beach every week (good food and drink ... gorgeous evenings)
  • 18' x 30' pool ... adjacent lunch and party terrace ... ping pong table ... ... yoga room ...
  • jacuzzi with incredible view
  • air-conditioned family room: DSS TV, VCR, conference table, movie library
  • bar room with pool table ... music room with 100-CD sound system
  • lily pond, hummingbird garden, bird sanctuary with 22 varieties and yellow parrots
  • resident sculptor's studio, pottery and kiln
  • full staff: waiters, chambermaids, laundress, gardeners, night watchman and superb chefs
  • children's playground ... nannies available
  • helicopter landing pad
  • favorite location for family reunions ... wonderful for children ... memorable for weddings
9 bedrooms in 3 buildings: Maximum 22 guests

The Great House: Bedrooms are not available for rent. The Great House is a museum/tour destination only. It consists of the Sitting Room, Music Room, Dining Room, Bar with pool table, Barley Room, Copper Room and Blue Room and adjacent Counting House.

Carriage House: 5 bedroom / max. 10 adults & 3 children
Once a Coach House for horses and carriages ... now private quarters with canopied beds, full kitchen including microwave, dining and sitting rooms, large deck with tables and chairs, and an exquisite view.

  • Partners Room: Queensize bed, en-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination, 2 antique wardrobes.
  • Tharpe Room: Kingsize or twin beds, en-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination.
  • Tenison Room: Queensize bed, en-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination.
  • Williams Room: Twin 4-poster beds, en-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination
  • Thompson Room: Twin 4-poster beds, en-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination
  • Sitting Room Upstairs: room with 3 additional twin beds for children, shares the upstairs hall bathroom

No televisions or telephones are in the bedrooms. A cordless telephone is in the Good Hope kitchen. A second phone, fax machine and computer with Internet access are in the downstairs office at Good Hope.

River Cottage: max. 6 adults

  • 3 air-conditioned bedrooms ... each with bath or shower: 1 full, 1 queen, 1 king or 2 twins
  • Swimming pool
  • Living room with TV, VCR, sound system
  • Shaded verandah trimmed in lacy bamboo
  • Staffed by cook/housekeeper/laundress and butler/gardener
  • Next to the river ... 2-minute walk across 300-year-old stone bridge to a delightful
  • swimming hole with a rope swing and floating platform in a green bamboo garden.
  • Have cookouts at the river as often as you wish.

All twin beds can be kissed together as kingsize beds.


For various fees, driver Mark will take you to the beach (and anywhere else if you ever wish to leave Good Hope).

Time ‘n’ Place is a rustic white sand beach next to the beautiful turquoise Caribbean ... just 4 miles east of Falmouth.
Conde Nast described the beach bar here as “the best beach bar in the Caribbean.” Play checkers and listen to music under its thatched roof, have lunch and some brew, nap in its shade.

Bonfire Night at the Beach is private to Good Hope guests every week ... as often as you wish. Have a cookout and see the bioluminous lights on the water from a boat ... a phosphorescent lagoon glistening in the moonlight.

Three rustic, cozy cottages, just steps from the beach, bar and water's edge, are available to rent here.

Yes (18' x 30')
  • full staff: waiters, chambermaids, laundress, gardeners, night watchman and 3 superb chefs

Sitting high in the lush landscape of Cockpit Country stands an 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 19 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. Today, in addition to offering overnight accommodations for guests, Good Hope hosts tours for holiday-goers staying elsewhere. Monday through Friday, excursion buses deliver as many as 50 visitors to tour Good Hope's grounds and buildings, to sample various activities and enjoy lunch.

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 ($50 per adult per day, $25 for children 12 and under) and may pay for snacks and beverages locally.

Trail rides will cost $25 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.

  • Weddings must be held on a Saturday or Sunday
  • Great House bedrooms are not available for rent. The Great House is a museum/tour destination only.
  • Staff Gratuities: 13.5% of the villa rent
    Government Tax: 6.5% of the villa rent

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