A colourful and traditional working coffee farm set amongst some of the most breathtaking scenery
Doubles from $129
Best for: Working Farm
Why stay here? For an authentic working coffee plantation experience
- A working 160 hectare coffee farm
- Year built: Approximately 100 years ago
- The history of the hacienda: The farm has been in the same family for four generations. In 2002 Hacienda Venecia was the first farm to be UTZ certified in Colombia and they are currently working as part of a pioneering worldwide program with US Fair Trade. They opened the farm to guests three years ago with the intention of providing an educational and informative experience of both the coffee making process as well as coffee farm life.
- 6 guest rooms
- Room details: The rooms are singles, doubles and triples. Some with private bathroom, others with shared bathrooms.
Food and Drink
- Dining: Breakfast is included but the other meals are extra
- Bar: Beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks are all available at extra cost
Activities at the hotel
- Coffee plantation tours
- Bird watching
- Swimming pool
Local area attractions
- Coffee zone with plantations
Amenities and Facilities
- Meeting facilities available
- Wifi in guesthouse
- Gardens and terraces
Need to know
- Open all year: Yes
- Best time to visit: All year
- Suitable for children: Children only allowed in the adjacent guesthouse
- Languages: English & Spanish spoken
- Eco credentials: “Social responsibility” for workers
- Special offers: Not available
- Check in/out policies: 11am/12pm
- From $129 to $176 per room in the hacienda. Cheaper accommodation available in the adjacent guesthouse
- Credit cards accepted – Visa, Mastercard and American Express
- Booking and cancellation: Please enquire directly with hacienda as this varies
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- Address: Manizales, Colombia
- Transfers available: Yes from local town of Manizales
A few kilometres outside the city of Manizales down a rather long and bumpy track you will find Hacienda Venecia. It's a working coffee plantation where they run some very interesting and informative tours about the whole coffee farming process. They also have rooms where you can stay – some are in a separate (and also cheaper) building while the more expensive options are in the lovely historic hacienda itself. Old fashioned and rustic Hacienda Venecia feels like it hasn't changed in years and is a charming place to stay.
The hacienda is a typical example of the colonial architecture found in this region with lots of painted red and white wood and wraparound verandahs. It's owned by the family who run the coffee export business and has been in their hands for four generations.
There are 6 bedrooms in the casa principal – a mixture of doubles, twins and triples. However only one is with an ensuite bathroom and for the rest of the bedrooms you have to share but most people find the views from the hacienda more than make up for this minor inconvenience. All rooms are simply decorated and quaintly furnished and are very much in keeping with the general style of the hacienda – plus they are all very clean and well maintained.
Obviously the things to do here are drink lots of coffee, take a tour of the plantation and learn all about the coffee process. After which you can then relax by the pool or in one of the hammocks. It's truly one of the most stunning locations and just to enjoy the surroundings and beautiful gardens is a delight.
Breakfast is included in the rate but lunch and dinner are extra and you can expect to be fed traditional Colombian cuisine. Of course the coffee does not come much fresher or better or in more abundance than you will find here. There is a kitchen attached to the guesthouse area (the adjacent accommodation) so the option to cook your own food is there.
This is a wonderful and traditional coffee hacienda with some of the most breathtaking views you are likely to encounter. It is a very pretty old style building with comfortable rooms and is all rustically and quaintly decorated with a homely atmosphere. The staff are very welcoming and the coffee tours are really educational and enjoyable. It is a great place to spend a couple of days taking in the local area and well worth the bumpy ride and effort to get there. It would be hard to find a more picturesque spot anywhere.