Old grey beard, for many years our daily transport. An ex government vehicle, originally a station wagon until landing wheels up in a gully and subsequently converted into a pickup. I believe it was a 1986 series 2A ( feel free to correct me). For many years every block, piece of lumber, bag of cement, nail and screw was lugged up the mountain in old grey beard – Landrover hard fi dead.
This is me the morning after arriving at Lime Tree Farm for the first time, the year is 1993. My geographical knowledge was zero, I booked a flight from Miami to – Montego Bay, wrong end of the island! I hired a small motorcycle in Negril and had an ‘ interesting’ ride to the Blue Mountains. I believe everything happens for a reason, and looking back now with the standard issue rose tinted glasses, I now realise it was the first piece of the gigantic puzzle that has become the Lime Tree Farm experience which has dominated our lives for 26 years. Little by little it is all starting to make sense – to me anyway. PS The ride back to Negril was equally ‘ interesting’.
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.
Another little ditty re life (and living) in Jamaica.
Recently followed an interesting conversation on the radio, where Jamaica was described as a ‘cultural superpower’. Jamaicas’ problems are many and few people here will disagree. But I felt that this sums up Jamaica and its people perfectly. Jamaica and Jamaicans can, above all else be proud of their culture and their out going and friendly nature. In my opinion – one of the most vibrant and enthusiastic cultures in the world. Big up yourself Jamaica.
A lot of guests contact us and enquire if we can accommodate their vegetarian or vegan requirements. With bountiful organic vegetables and fruit on the property and surrounding area there is no problem. In fact, Jamaica generally is, and especially in the country a very good destination for vegetarians or vegans. We specifically ask guests prior to arrival if they have any particular dietary needs, dislikes or allergies.
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.
Following a recent conversation with a good friend in the industry over concerns regarding the validity and authenticity of property photos and reviews we are able to set the record straight. All photographs and images of Lime Tree Farm on our website are true and correct depictions of the property- the place really is that unspoiled and beautiful. Another area of concern is the use of spurious guest reviews. All our guest reviews are genuine and we are able to verify with signed reviews in our guest book kept on the property. Come see for yourselves, if you feel cheated or deceived we will reimburse.
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.
We always thought our old 1994 Landrover Defender, though very well suited to the terrain and bad roads here in the Blue Mountains, was simply noisey, hot and not ‘overcomfortable’. Mostly used to tranfer guests from Mavis Bank coffee factory to the farm, it appears, Big Blue is a big hit with guests. Now deemed (by me mostly) a classic, we are offering the Big Blue experience. Driving from the Lime Tree Farm to Cinchona Botanical Gardens or to Abbey Green and returning via Radnor – aproximately -4 hours. A lot of Landrovers are now in captivity in the cities and suburbs. This is a chance to experience a Landrover in the wild – as was intended by the designer.