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Tamarind Great House
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Reviewed 18 July 2011

We have decided to split our first ever Jamaica holiday into two parts, the first an all inclusive hotel at the beach and the second part a something little bit different, which is staying in Tamarind Great House and it turned out to be fantastic! We have booked 3 nights in May 2011. The whole house is beautiful, inside and outside,with lovely antique decorations and a swimming pool. We were staying in a room with a huge terrace with a fantastic view. We were the only guests in the house during our whole stay, which meant that we`ve had the pool for ourselves! Gillian is a fantastic cook, every breakfast and dinner was superb! We really enjoyed our stay and would recommed this hidden gem to anyone who wants to experience Jamaica unspoiled by the mass tourism. Thank you Gillian and Barry

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank foxy_london_lady
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Reviewed 8 June 2011

Found our way here on an island tour.We were SO psyched to find this place,as we had found the guest house where we had planned to stay was uninhabitable .Excellent,quality furnishings and decor. I particularly loved the country setting;mostly quiet , but sweetened by birds in the morning and tree frogs at night. Fine food ;some coming fresh.from their farm! Barry and Jill were excellent hosts BTW. Highly recommended!!

Room Tip: ask for upstairs (view)
  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank demus48
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Reviewed 23 April 2011

One of the objectives that my friend and I wanted to meet during our time in Jamaica was to stay on a plantation: backpacking about Jamaica with only our LONELY PLANET to guide us and up until this point staying in rather rustic accommodations, we were thrilled to discover the review of the Tamarind Great House and decided to make this the final stop, the treat, at the close of our trip. We couldn't have been more thrilled with our choice and still can hardly believe our GREAT fortune in arriving here. In fact, we ended up staying two nights rather than just the one that we'd planned initially because we fell so in love with the setting, and with the warm yet professional hospitality of our hosts, Barry and Gillian. The property is stunning. Period. The lush, manicured lawns, the profusion of flowers dripping over pergolas and bursting out of gorgeous antique pots, the plethora of fruit and vegetables organized into neat beds across the hillside, the sweeping patios, the elegant pool, the stately building itself, and the breathtaking vista from the front porch. Absolutely incredible. The house is rather remote-- but so peaceful as a result, and quite idyllic in its scenery, which includes a river with glorious cascades and pools in which to swim. Furthermore, the area is so removed from the madness of most of the tourist areas in Jamaica that one can real relax and feel safe. The food, all expertly prepared by Gillian in the house kitchen, is nearly all grown on-site-- including the farm-raised talapia from the pond in the back and the chicken as well. It is both artfully presented and deliciously rendered. Barry and Gillian are fascinating, brilliant, generous, and exceptionally welcoming proprietors whose goal it is to give guests the ultimate in comfort and satisfaction; and this is a goal which they meet and exceed! Absolutely DO stay in this fabulous spot if you happen to be in or even around the area...You will not be disappointed!

Room Tip: Call ahead!
  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank GretaGrin
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Reviewed 15 April 2011

My husband discovered Tamarind house around 2006, when we took the long drive from St Elizabeth to St Mary, Ocho Rios. The road was very bad, but I think we were used to it as the road was similar to where we were based. The thing to remember is not to be put off by the road, as it is worth every bump. But once we had arrived at Tamarind House, we were blown away by the beauty and the absolute peacefulness of this place. We were greeted by Gill and Barry, who were so friendly and welcoming. We got on immediately.
The grand entrance is a sight to behold and almost reminds you of the house in 'Gone with the Wind', there are these beautiful stairs that look so spectacular. At Christmas with the lights and Christmas tree, it is simply stunning. The bedrooms are large comfortable very clean and spacious. You are sure to get a good night sleep.
The food was excellent. Gill is a great cook. One of the great features of Tamarind House is that literally everything you eat at Tamarind House is sourced on the premises, i.e. Fruits, vegetables, Tilapia Fish and many more.
The grounds are well maintained and it was just nice to walk around or even sit by the swimming pool.
Tamarind House is a must for us every time we visit Jamaica.

Room Tip: Fruits and Vegetables are grown on the premises.
  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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Thank Janlin21
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Reviewed 11 April 2011

Our stay at Tamarind Great House was very pleasant. The room we were in was spacious and quiet, with a lovely balcony and fantastic views. The food at dinner was tasty and reasonably priced. Breakfast was interesting, with a range of tropical fruit as well as toast, tea/coffee.
Gillian and Barry were friendly and helpful and the pool was clean and relaxing.
If you are scared of dogs be warned, their guard dogs are large (and friendly to legitimate visitors).
The road to get to the house is horrendous but we made it (several times) in a Toyota Yaris, so you can too!
In town we ate at Susie's (between the ATM and the post office boxes). The food was delicious and they didn't charge us extra for being tourists instead of locals (unlike a lot of other places, sadly).

Room Tip: Eat at Susie's for some real Jamaican food
  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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