Good Hope Plantation Villa
Good Hope Plantation
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Description

Rooms Prime-Winter (Dec. 16 - Jan. 9) Winter (Jan 10 - Apr 15) Summer (Apr 16 - Dec 15)
Daily 1 Bedroom
Daily 2 Bedroom
Daily 3 Bedroom
Daily 4 Bedroom
Daily 5 Bedroom
Daily 6 Bedroom
Daily 7 Bedroom
Weekly 1 Bedroom
Weekly 2 Bedroom
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Weekly 4 Bedroom
Weekly 5 Bedroom
Weekly 6 Bedroom
Weekly 7 Bedroom
US$ Weekly rates include tax and free airport transfers for up to 4 persons (add $10 each for larger groups). Details and deposit requirements | Availability

History

Good Hope began in 1774 as a sugar estate and grew into a village to support the workers after emancipation. In the 18th century, the Good Hope Estate belonged to John Tharpe, then the largest land and slave owner in Jamaica. Aside from Good Hope, Windsor Estate, the extensive Long Pond Estate and a number of other smaller sugar plantations in Trelawny belonged to Tharpe, who had as many as 3,000 slaves to run the plantations. In addition, Tharpe owned much of the prime waterfront property in Falmouth, and his townhouse, now the Falmouth branch of the government tax office, is still one of the most elegant structures in the town. The small village has some of the best examples of Georgian architecture in the island, and the churchyard has many old and interesting tombstones. At dawn, the Cockpit Country comes alive, and the energetic songs of wild birds float gently on the morning mists.

Local Flavor

Although John Tharpe had a choice of four sons from which to name an heir, all four displeased him, and upon his death in 1804, he named his grandson sole executor of his massive holdings. His grandson, however, was rather feebleminded, but then, as is the case now, a feebleminded man with an immense fortune was just as desirable as a smart man with an immense fortune! Several of the colony’s most eligible young ladies vied for his attention, and eventually a marriage to a woman of titled lineage was arranged. Unfortunately, it is said that poor young Tharpe was overwhelmed by the situation, and on his wedding night he became hysterical and practically lost his mind. He was never the same, and although he lived to nearly ninety years old, he never had much to do with the operation of the estates. His sad state plunged the family into a hotly contested battle over his grandfather’s “dead-lef”, and over the years the various properties fell into disrepair and decline.

Famous For

Good Hope is more than just an estate home; it is, as it probably was in the 18th century, a model for elegant country living. The property is now a part of Chris Blackwell’s Island Trading Group, and has retained its Colonial stature and appeal even through its transformation into a luxurious villa complex with all the modern conveniences.

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