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Hacienda Venecia Coffee Farm
Ranked #1 of 43 Manizales B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Canada
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40 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Beautiful coffee plantation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

Lovely heritage guesthouse on what is said to be Colombia`s only certified fair trade coffee plantation. Stayed in twin bed room. Shower, sink and toilet were not ensuite but rather adjacent. Not unsurprising in an old home and still convenient. Wrap around verandah offers views of coffee bush covered hills, forest and rivers. Peacocks wander the garden. Housekeeper and her assistant prepared fabulous Colombian fare with avocado, rice, meats and amazing criollo sauce. Three hour tour of the plantation provided plenty of insight into coffee growing and tasting. Cool nights but warm days enhanced by a large shallow pool. Would definitely return.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014

It's taken me a while to get round to reviewing this one but the delay allows me to put it into perspective compared to the last year's other destinations, which includes Mexico. I can frankly say that it is one of the nicest places I've ever stayed, and that's after nearly 70 countries and, apparently, nearly 800 places. Sitting on those verandas, staring out into coffee plantations where, apart from the occasional bird shriek or tractor rev, you could hear a pin drop, was among the most relaxing moments I have ever had. The peacocks and turkeys that work their way among the lawns must have the finiest lives of any birds in the Americas. I wanted it to be somewhere where we could escape, somewhere that was ours and ours alone and it did not disappoint in the slightest. Of course, it wasn't all plain sailing. It never is. Getting there was a trek and a suffered from a degree of confusion. We emailed some time in advance to say we would like to reserve and never heard anything back. We chanced it anyway, arranging also to stay at the hostel which lies at the base of the farm, close to where the track from the main road takes you. The hostel is also good value for money but, obviously, not so luxurious. But, we were collected from the road where our bus dropped us, and taken up to the place as expected. It would have been nice to have had our requests acknowledged as it would have added to our peace of mind, but it didn't spoil the experience. The coffee tour was great. As a coffee place, it rightly prides itself on the quality of its bean and it should do. The espresso on tap is terrific. We bought some of the home grown stuff and it is among the best we've ever bought - and partner is currently working her way through the world's coffee, so she knows. The food is also good. Lots of it. All fresh, home cooked. The bathrooms are shared - but there was no one else there to share them with!
This is not your standard hotel experience. It is a family home that is used to put up guests. It won't be for everyone as it can feel ever so slightly intrusive if you are used to the normal hotel experience. But as somewhere to get away, amid some of the finest landscapes in the Americas, where an upmarket (if not 5 star luxurious) experience is on offer, then it is ideal. I will remember it for a long time.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

We wanted to see the coffee growing and production process, so chose this working coffee farm as both a place to stay and a place to see the production process. It is a very relaxed hostel , we had a room with private bathroom , and three meals a day. We were taken through the farm and shown just how complex it is to grow and produce coffee successfully.
The staff both at the hostel and on the tour are English speakers, very helpful and pleasant.
The accommodation in the hostel is a bit spartan , but adequate.
Because the hostel was full for our second night, we opted to stay at the Hacienda " big" house for that night , swim in that pool and enjoy the pleasures of a typical , elegant hacienda
run not only as a small hotel , but still used by the owners from time to time.
So , a wonderful stay , ever helpful, friendly and informative staff and we learned a lot

Room Tip: All rooms in the Hacienda have cross drafts so stay cool. The hostel rooms seemed very comfortable...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RAGGEDNewHampshire
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Whistler, Canada
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2014

This place is an absolute must and definitely one of our top experiences in Colombia. We loved everything about it from the spectacular countryside and beautiful house and setting, to the wonderful hosts and incredible hospitality. The walk up through the hills of coffee fields to see the layers of lush green mountains from above, back down to the hacienda grounds of tropical flowers, trees and peacocks, topped off with a swim and fresh juice waiting upon return. Awake in the morning to a symphony of birdsong and fresh coffee grown and roasted on site.

Room Tip: Recommend staying in the main house which is worth every penny with the amazing setting, home and cu...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RaeandPeter
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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

Stunning Countryside and a beautiful home. We stayed here for 3 nights and it felt like an authenticate luxury retreat gateway from latin Colombia. BTW food is fantastic too. All great value and a must if travelling into coffee region

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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77 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

As noted, there are two habitable residences on the property, a main house and a hostel. We stayed in the hostel part. We took the coffee tour, (which, at 45,000 pesos was expensive but adequate), & wandered the property, but we were very glad to have some interesting guests to talk with and a bunch of books on my hard drive because the place is somewhat isolated, and the wireless internet signal was pathetic (until another guest allowed me to tether to her iPhone) and there is really not a whole lot to do there. We stayed two nights (definitely long enough) and I appreciated the place more for what it DIDN'T have than for what it did: the weather reports from home indicated temperatures in the minus 20s Celsius and snow half-way to the rooftops. Still, the best part of staying at the Hacienda Venecia was the other guests, which is so often the case when traveling for pleasure. We ate the meals at the Hacienda (the food was a bit of a disappointment) but eventually we walked the 2.5k dirt road up to the highway to have a tasty few greasy empanadas as an alternative. No complaints about the room or the pool. Room with private bath for about 105,000 pesos per night. Plus extra charges for food, tour, transport to & from the H.V..... I hesitate to use the word "boring" because that sounds so pejorative - so I'll just say that the H.V. is "restful".

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Montreal, Canada
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512 reviews
81 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

We spent the night at the hostel, camped on site with our Jeep as we are overlanding thru Colombia. The grounds are amazing, being on a real working coffee plantation is a great experience to be had. The staff is pleasant and helpful and we met nice people while we were here. Just a bit disappointed about all the coffee machine hype as it was broken during our stay and we had to settle for oh hum very ordinary coffee on site. Hope this review was helpful!!!

Room Tip: If you are camping, the one spot they have overlooking the plantation is amazing, if you are overlan...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hacienda Venecia Coffee Farm
Address: Hacienda Venecia | El Rosario Village, Manizales 170009, Colombia (Formerly Casa de Huespeded Hacienda Venecia)
Region: Colombia > Caldas Department > Manizales
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Manizales
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hacienda Venecia Coffee Farm 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hacienda Venecia is a coffee farm with a century's worth of experience in the cultivation, production, roasting, marketing and exporting of Colombian coffee. Due to climate changes, we are also expanding into growing and cultivating cacao where historically it wasn't possible. Along with offering coffee and cacao tours, we offer three types of accommodation, Main House, Guest House and Hostel, all which include unlimited coffee throughout your stay! Main House: The oldest building on the farm, which shows a traditional Antioquian colonisation architectural style. Enjoy our beautiful gardens, private pool, terrace, and game room. Rooms with private and shared bathrooms are available. Guest House: Traditionally where guests of the hacienda would be received, including coffee buyers and roasters before it opened its doors to tourism. A terrace with hammocks overlooks the pool and gardens full of fruit trees. Hostel: Transformed from an old coffee pickers' lodging, our hostel is surrounded by beautiful landscapes and paths amongst the coffee groves. This pretty corner of the Hacienda has a garden with fruit trees, an open kitchen, mini-market, patio, game area and camping space. Each bed has a large locker, bedside shelf, and small locker with a plug socket inside. All accommodations include complimentary breakfast. Traditional Colombian lunches and dinners are available for purchase. ... more   less 
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