Naturalists observe the laws of nature to guide in gaining insight and inspiration to sustain ourselves and tune to these creative forces & aligning with nature, so we may restore and heal ourselves as well as our environment. Farmers are the caretakers of our lands that nurture us. We are off the beaten path on a rugged road which has helped keep our small area in its natural state. We designed our retreat to capture the the beauty of the forest canopy rich with Bamboo Oxygen.
Hand carved Timber Frame Tree House with 3 levels. The top level has a a large 450 SF suite as well as two 200 SF private rooms each with private bathroom. Each level has a private Shower areas. Golden River is a perfect getaway for bird lovers and bird watchers or a simple and peaceful Caribbean honeymoon, vacation, small private wedding, anniversary, or a secluded holiday of tranquility. Whether you’re traveling as a couple, a family or alone, we offer a variety of room and activities for you to experience. Our small development has been designed in harmony with the environment to take in the breathtaking views from our Timber-frame perched on a hillside, to blend into the natural environment. Let yourself be enchanted by the magical forest an listen to Bamboo grow. Sip delicious shade grown coffee or herbal teas. There are many restful spots around the site allowing you to lie back, relax and listen to the many plentiful birds sing sweet melodies and rejoice in the bounty of nature.
Golden River is the place name from which comes from the lore that tiny deposits of gold were found in the many rivers and springs that run through the region in the central inlier. A winding road weaves through the tiny hamlet of our unpopulated mountain community. Before the road ends our private road begins, winding upward to an elevation of 1200 feet above sea level, covered in dense vegetation. This keeps temperatures cooler and perfect for sleeping comfort.
Interaction with guests
We cater to every need of our guests. Golden River is all about revelling in nature, engaging with our community and remembering to enjoy the simple things in life.... like sipping freshly-squeezed mango juice for breakfast, and watching birds and beautiful parrots or listening to bamboo grow in the forest. Our restaurant is wood fired using ingredients from our local region. Sustainability is first and foremost in all we do. We aim to break down to a zero carbon footprint, creating organic compost for our own farming to harvest colorful, and exotic produce as well as from other local farmers. We also collect and forage ingredients that allow us to offer our customer a new and exciting taste from the bush existing for centuries and a way of cooking within our biodiverse environment that we are grateful for its bounty.
We source all our produce locally, but can also have lots of fun discovering exciting foods at wonderful local markets. Better yet, sign up for one of our personalized cooking classes where one of our chefs brings the traditional Jamaican cuisine straight to you, along with a fun and relaxing way to hone your culinary skills. We have many fruit trees native to Jamaica growing on the property – from guava to pineapple, sweetsop to breadfruit and coconuts with their thirst-quenching water and jelly – it’s a feast for your senses. The gardens on the property are also bursting with a variety of wild herbs – great for seasoning your freshly-caught fish or for brewing up a refreshing pot of herbal tea.
Other things to note
For a delicious home-cooked meal served in the comfort of your room or on our private forest deck. We offer a personalised cooking service (up to two meals a day), serving a variety of local organic produce. Meals are inspired by our own unique and innovative twist on Jamaican cuisine. Callaloo, Pumpkin, Ackee, Okra, Cabbage, Mustard Leaves, Pepper. Unique combination of old and new style Jamaican cuisine, to replenish your body with vitamin packed nutritious and delicious meals. Tomato potpourri with green pepper, arugula, carrot, fried plantain with spicy mint, cassava, fried breadfruit. Our Jerk also has its own unique twist with lime mango, pimento, coconut, pumpkin, cabbage soup. lemongrass, pepper, ginger marinade skewered chicken with peanut sauce.
For liability reasons we send a waiver with our email confirmation. Our aim is to stay in tune with the integrity and beauty of the natural landscape. Our terrain is rugged and wild as nature intended. This is part of the beauty and experience we offer our guest. We do our utmost to keep guests safe and secure during their stay. However we require that guests bear in mind the environment and are fully aware of these issues and proceed with this awareness to the surroundings and in activities.
Rosalie Sendelbach, born into family of Austrian farmers, beekeepers, winemakers & pastry chef leading to a life long passion in agriculture, biodynamic farming and is a naturalist. A wine importer by trade and in earlier days worked in the music business in Jamaica & New York City.