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Fair review?

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Following a recent scathing review, where we were slated for the terrible condition of the road to Lime Tree Farm – ‘my partner hated it’, it reminded me of a similar review a number of years ago for a guest house close to Irish Town. The establishment was generally praised, though marked down significantly due to the condition of their road – they immediately had my sympathy. I felt it was unfair, since the condition of the road is beyond their control –  the responsibility of the government surely? (fellow taxpayers will agree).  We have a terrible road, all agree, I am constantly apologizing to guests,( but it is only 30 minutes, 3 miles ) while at the same time pointing out that the egregious  condition of the road is the reason Lime Tree Farm enjoys the privilege of such a beautiful, isolated, quiet and unspoiled location. Would it be fair to give a less than favourable review if guests endured a bad flight to Jamaica or were stuck in traffic for hours passing through Kingston? Still, it has proven to be a fun topic of conversation with guests over dinner.

For your convenience

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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.

PS

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.

 

 

Blue Mountain peak full moon hikes.

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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.

Full moon.

Jan 10

Feb 9

Mar 9                Super full moon

Apr 7                 Super full moon

May 7

 

Stargazing in the Blue Mountains

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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.

Time and distance, the truth.

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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.

 

Ants in the biscuits

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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’.

 

Looking good on the bush.

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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.

 

Hiking in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica

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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.

Does what it says on the can. The unspoiled Blue Mountains, Jamaica

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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.

 

 

 

Late coffee crop.

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Due to our ever changing climate, each year is different regarding all or crops – plantain, banana, citrus, pears, vegetables etc. In particular, this year, our coffee crop. We appear to be having a last minute rush! The crop is very late, and due to the decision last year to ‘cut back’ under productive coffee bushes and replanting to replace old coffee bushes the crop will be small. Still, enough for us to process and roast for guests staying at the farm. Our Blue Mountain coffee is complimentary in all rooms and is served with meals.   Our coffee tour, also complimentary to guests, from bush to roaster is one of our most popular attractions. Brave the road and savor a unique experience at Lime Tree Farm.