|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Darlingford Farm is nestled between the beautiful Caribbean Sea and the majestic Blue Mountains and is known for its spectacular views and tropical breezes. This 4 bed 2 bath home has captured the hearts of all those who have stayed here and promises to be a vacation like no other.
For a family vacation, a romantic get away, or even a solo adventure, this property offers you peace and tranquility for when you want to relax and unwind as well as lots of exciting destinations for when you want to explore the Parish and meet our people.
Arriving at Darlingford Farm for the first time will be a memorable experience. As you meander past our distinctive white fence, down our slightly long driveway, and past our grazing horses, you will see for the first time your 'home away from home'. Our farmhouse is wooden and very spacious with elegantly casual decor that captures the splendor of old Jamaican architecture. The beauty found in this home is unique and every room offers something different.
* The living room is large and very comfortable with soft tones and lots of light. Great for an evening drink before dinner and catching up about your day or enjoying a movie before bed.
* The dining room which seats eight has a more traditional 'greathouse' feel with antique furniture and ambiance. This is a charming space to enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by Hopeton.
* The front verandah is an airy space with shuttered windows that feels like it was built specifically to greet the morning and the beauty of the mountains. This is only made better by also having a freshly brewed cup of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee in hand.
* The large back verandah with its unforgettable view, sound of the crashing waves, and constant breeze is perfect for a relaxed lunch and casual lounging during the day.
* And at dusk the terrace below the almond tree is where spectacular sunsets can be seen while enjoying a glass of wine and wondering if you have ever seen something quite this magical before!
The bedrooms at Darlingford Farm are all quite large with high ceilings and fans. Two of the bedrooms have king-sized beds, one bedroom has a queen-sized bed, and the final bedroom has two single-beds. The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom while the other three bedrooms share a large hall bathroom with double sinks.
Darlingford Farm welcomes you!
I grew up at Darlingford Farm and I cannot put into words how wonderful a place I think this is. The memories that I hold dear to my heart, as a child and as an adult, all revolve around this beautiful home and as yet un-spoilt Parish.
Over the years I have watched and been somewhat amused by the number of people, both tourists and locals alike, who have driven into our home to ask if they can stop and take just one photograph. Inevitably, after they have taken dozens of photographs, they ask if they can walk around for just a little bit. Hours later they can be found sitting relaxed on the back verandah, drinking fresh coconut water and wishing they did not have to pull them selves away and continue to where they were going...
It is this memory that has inspired me to open up my childhood home to guests who may want to visit Portland and create their own memories. I truly believe that Portland is a place of healing for the soul and Darlingford Farm is a place of beauty for the heart.
Because there is no other place like it!
The parish of Portland is known for its untouched beauty and natural attractions. Darlingford Farm will provide you with a great base to explore the area and experience true Jamaican culture. My families top ten list would have to include:
1. Frenchman's Cove Beach
2. Reach Falls
3. Boston Bay - surfing the waves!
4. Long Bay
5. Bath Fountain and Hot Springs
6. Rafting on the Rio Grande
7. San San Beach and Blue Lagoon and Monkey Island
8. Morant Point Lighthouse
9. Errol Flynn Marina and Navy Island
10. Boston Jerk center - They have a yearly jerk festival!
And there are so many more things to do too...
This really gave us a vacation like no other! We will never forget this place, and for sure, we would like to come back to this lovely house. The staff made us feel special and gave us excellent service. Everything is exactly as you can see on the pictures, you just have to add the smells, sounds from the birds and the ocean, breeze and atmosphere you only can sense by being there. Everything were functional and in order. Manchioneal have shops to buy food, and the staff made meals for us every day. If you want to go shopping, Port Antonio is about 30 km away, and we recommend you to do this one day. Boston beach is a 18km drive, and Long bay is 7km away. It is easy to get a taxi or a driver, and it is not expensive. Reach Falls and Blue Lagoon are also in the area, so it is much to do if you don't want to just stay in the house and relax. We recommend this place if you want something special!
There is just so much to say about my 35th Birthday Retreat at Darlingford Farm. First off, the staff is truly a magical compliment to this quaint and lusciously green farm house. Our Driver, who soon became our friend, was wonderful with helping us coordinate visits to the various attractions and activities our group wanted to explore. All of his recommendations were wonderful for our group. The Chef, who is filled with pure vibes is simply a master with preparing tasty foods straight from the earth, he deliciously prepared for our plates. Lastly, our housekeeper was such a delight and really made our stay even more pleasant and comfortable.
In terms of the property - it is nestled overlooking a beautiful bay front just beyond my bedroom window. The dining area and porch is spacious, yet intimate for playing cards & dominoes, yoga, working out, or simply lounging. Each time I would retreat to my room, the sounds of the ocean and birds would effortlessly sing me to sleep. That would be marked as some of the best sleep I have had in probably my life or as far back as I can remember. It was a refreshing and renewing experience because I returned back home and to work still feeling the tranquility of Darlingford Farm.
Oh - the horses and caretaker were also a wonderful bonus, as I love horses. Guests are welcome to have a ride if they wish, or they can simply interact with the horses in passing. The best for last - Tigres who accompanied the first one(s) up to early morning walks and runs. She would escort us through the roads and byways of Manchioneal, Portland.
Overall, I could not have picked a more ideal place to share my 35th birthday with my friends I have known since childhood. It was a perfect sum of tranquility, beauty and open spaces, combines with shopping, waterfalls, jerk & local cuisines, night life (dancing), and more.
One thing I will note is that you will have to drive to the attractions and shopping areas. This property is perfect for those who really desire to get away and unplug (even thought WiFi is available - no one has to know), while having an intimate setting.
Let's just say whenever life starts to get at me, I know the ideal place to retreat; Darlingford Farm and would recommend it for couples, families, girls or guys week or weekend get-a-ways.
Our family recently spent 4 nights at Darlingford Farm and were terribly sad to leave when the time came. The property is stunningly beautiful. The home is casual and the setting relaxing, with nice comfortable seating throughout, especially on the veranda.
The staff (Hopeton, Sandra, Pauline and Winston) was just as described by other reviewers...friendly, welcoming, and happy to serve! We absolutely loved Hopeton and were wowed constantly by his culinary skills. He went out of his way to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. In fact, even surprised us multiple times with appetizers and snacks (like plantain chips fried in coconut oil) that we did not ask him to handle. Each time was a welcome and pleasant treat.
Also, Bronwen, the owner, was very helpful, honest and responsive while we planned our trip.
I can't say enough good things about this place. It was our very first VRBO, and Darlingford Farm has set the standard.
Our family of four adults absolutely loved Darlingford Farm. Of all the places we stayed on our road trip it was by far the most special. The house, the view and Hopeton who cooked the most wonderful meals were all amazing . We miss Hopie! Also Sandra who kept the house looking lovely . If you're looking for a traditional Jamaican experience-off the grid, back in time-this is the place to go. For swimming, we recommend Winifred Beach & don't miss Reach Falls. Thankyou for a truly memorable stay!
I just spent a week on Darlingford Farm with my husband and 2 children (11 year old daughter & 6 year old son). I can sum it up with my son's departing comment. "I want to live here!" He said this after a rainy week with no internet or cable. Darlingford the place is magical. A true grand home with the most beautiful landscape ever. Comfy beds, and a spotless home perched on a hill overlooking the sea. It is remote which to me is why it is still so special. Portland is a lovely untouched part of Jamaica. If you are looking for the all inclusive party Jamaica you are in the wrong part of the country. In Portland the mountains meet the sea and the vegetation is lush and gorgeous. I loved looking out and seeing the pony in the driveway in the morning waiting for Winston to come with feed. My son loved the gaggle of dogs that we're happy to be his playmates. I can't say enough good about this home.
Darlingford the people. The owner is lovely and helpful even from afar. But, Hopeton is the gem of Darlingford. He was so personable and has such a lovely spirit. He made us feel very welcome. We immediately liked him and then we tasted his cooking...he is a self taught master of flavor. Each meal was better than the last. Beautifully prepared and presented. Sandra, the housekeeper is also lovely and made us very comfy. And last but not least, our guide, Frederick, did a great job helping us get to know Portland, even in some pretty rainy conditions. We love Darlingford Farm and hope to return.
Darlingford must surely be one of the most beautiful places on earth. Hopie and Sandra were excellent hosts. Hopie is an amazing chef....cooking up perfectly presented Jamaican food - steam fish, ackee, callaloo and best of all stewed guava in coconut cream. The farm feels like a real place - not plastic package and the sea air and portland lushness are rejuventating for stressed out urbanites. Give thanks and respect to all the hands and hearts who make this place possible.
Our week stay at Darlingford Farm was a magical experience. The beauty of its surroundings, all the history and the friendliness and kindness of the staff was outstanding. The house was roomy and comfortable with nice ventilation and cross breezes. Hopeton is an awesome chef and a wonderful person. He made us hearty Jamaican breakfast and delicious dinners every day of our stay. The animals around the farm were very pleasing. Five well-behaved and friendly dogs, five beautiful puppies, the horses, chickens and a rabbit, all complimented the beauty of this place. There were five in our group and we all felt the same way. We would recommend this property for people that can appreciate tranquility and love nature. The Portland area is very lush in vegetation with many places to see for example Reach Falls, Blue Mountains and beaches very close to Darlingford Farm. Also the local people were very helpful and friendly. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PLACE. Can't wait to go back. Luis and Kathi.
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Dec 16 2016 - Apr 13 2017
2 night minimum stay
Apr 14 2017 - Dec 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
15% Gratuity for staff is not included