As an addendum to an older blog ‘ Large amounts of peace and quiet in the Blue Mountains’, we, at Lime Tree Farm would also like to point out that there are nearly zero amounts of noise, water, light, people and air pollution. These conditions will not last. Inevitably, the spread of houses, infrastructure and people will increase the levels of all these pollutants, and (what is now being termed) the ‘unspoiled’ side of the hill will be – to us and our lifestyle – spoiled. So, the message is – visit our side of the Blue Mountains sooner, rather than later.
My wife and I, on a whim, decided to get away for a few days, a break – yes, get away from our little spot in paradise to check out the tourist supermarket, Ocho Rios. We trawled through hundreds of potential listings – guest houses, hotels, condo apartments and rooms in houses on various booking websites. After many hours we settled down to scrutinizing ten final contenders for our hard earned dosh. What quickly became apparent was the front page price (the price designed to suck you in) was, more often than not a lot less than we would be asked to hand over to secure the room.
Admin charges, ‘local’ taxes (I have no knowledge of these local taxes in Jamaica), and cleaning fees, as high as 60US$! It also became clear that we were expected to pay (on certain properties) an additional charge for certain items normally considered to be included in the price of a rented room or property. The phrase ‘for your convenience’ we can provide linen and towels at an additional cost made a very tedious search a little more amusing.
At Lime Tree Farm, for your convenience, we provide, free of charge, linen, towels, soap, toilet paper, bed and furniture. Your room is cleaned daily – beds and towels changed every second day at no extra cost. We won’t hit you up for ‘local’ taxes or admin charges – or indeed any other charge we incur in the normal running of our business.
I know you are all dying to know which place we chose. A condo apartment overlooking the cruise ship dock. It was nice enough, (a tad noisy compared to the mountains! ) though we were given one small bar of soap, one bath towel each and one set of bed linen, this to last for 3 nights.
Sunrise hiking to the Blue Mountain peak is increasing in popularity, especially during the full moon – and in particular, the super full moon: this phase can be as much as 15% larger and 6% brighter. Hiking through the night may not sound that exciting, but the payoff is more than worth it. Average hiking time to the peak is only 3 hours, the trail being good and well maintained. ( We strongly recommend a guide!) A few dates to note, though, obviously the info is readily available on the interweb.
Mar 9 Super full moon
Apr 7 Super full moon
Been reading a lot about ‘ dark sky sites’, areas with zero light pollution and clear skies. At Lime Tree Farm, while not a designated sight we have ‘ virtually’ zero light pollution and with the clear, unpolluted mountain air the milky way is clearly visible. Naturally the best times are on new moon nights! On the other hand, full moon and particularly super moon nights are especially beautiful in the mountains. Don’t take our word for it, come see for yourself.
I’m checking through various booking websites, and really, I am a little confused. The distances quoted for hotels in Kingston to the Blue Mountains seem on the ‘ low’ side! These range from 5 to 9 miles. And while they may well bring you within the limits of the Blue Mountains, you will need to travel a lot further to guest houses or the start of the BM peak hiking trail. The real figures are around 20 miles to Mavis Bank and 24 miles to the walking trail, around 1 hour and 2 hours respectively. Budget around 80-100 US$ each way.
Well, looks like it’s all over for another year. Jamaica got lucky and escaped unscathed, new records were set, both meteorologically and financially. I am of course referring to the 2019 hurricane season. Someone, somewhere has to, more often than not take a punch, and while we at Lime Tree let out a sigh of relief, we spare a thought for all those people impacted by storms or hurricanes. Each year we get away with it means there is an ever increasing possiblity we may be next. Still, we were prepared, if you expect a punch don’t stick your chin out.
It’s that time of year again, the coffee is ripening on the bush and we have started picking. The crop looks good, fingers crossed that we get a fair price for it and no last minute farming type disasters. This is our busiest time of year, along with the crop we host a lot of guests. A coffee tour – bush to roaster is one of our most popular attractions and is complimentary to guests.
Again, following a slight confusion during an email correspondence we feel it necessary to clarify another point re ‘ local guided hikes’.
We offer complimentary guided hikes of the trails close to Lime Tree Farm. They are between 1 and 2 hours long and are amongst the most beautiful and remote in the Blue Mountains. The 3 most popular are – Farm view, Governers Bench and Bloxburgh trails. The hikes depart the farm at 10am and 3pm.
We also offer ( at additional cost) excursion hikes to Blue Mountain peak and Cinchona.
Trusting this clears things up.
Another question often asked by guests is – which is the best route to Lime Tree? The easiest and shortest journey time is to pass through Kingston, (Papine) on to Gordon Town and follow the road to Mavis Bank. Traveling from the West or the North coast, this is the most logical route. From Portland there are other options. Taking the B1 from Buff Bay and cutting through the mountains via Irish Town is a very pretty drive, though very twisty and will take longer. From Portland, driving around the Eastern tip of the island and along the south coast there is access turning off at Morant Bay or Yallus. This is the adventurous route, you will need a vehicle with good clearance, preferably 4 wheel drive and it is a much longer journey time. Beware of GPS or Satnav ‘advice’, this can be a little misleading. We are always happy to answer any inquiries re routing or travel times.
There has been some concern from prospective guests regarding the condition of our road. While not unjustified, this does require some clarification.
From Kingston to Mavis Bank Coffee Factory the road is, while not in great condition, still easily driveable in any town vehicle.
The road from the factory to the farm (around 20 minutes) is rough, best to have a vehicle with good ground clearance ,preferably 4 wheel drive.
We offer a complimentary return transfer from the factory to the farm. Vehicles can be safely parked at the factory.
Over the years many guests have driven to the farm, and enjoyed the adventure and experience – pretty well summing up a stay at Lime Tree Farm.
Here in the blue mountains – at the end of every bad road you will find unspoiled beauty, peace and quiet.