Cottage Farm Great House → British Naval Hospital → The Cottage → Bamboo Lodge Guest House → Bamboo Lodge Hotel → Private Estate
Kingston: Kings House to Mona Heights
Bamboo Lodge Guest House, Newcastle Road, Irish Town.
- The Cottage was the 18th Century Great House of Cottage Estate. Cottage Estate was founded in 1730 and was one of the very first Coffee Plantations established in Jamaica.
- In the 1770s Cottage Great House supposedly became a small British Naval Hospital where British Naval Officers from Port Royal went up to the mountains for a change of air in order to recuperate from Yellow Fever.
- At the end of the 19th century, and into the 20th, The Cottage was a weekend and summer residence for Captain Wellington Peploe Forwood (1850-1916), a prominent English Shipping Agent in Kingston from about 1883 until his death. He was also a Justice of the Peace for Kingston, and for many years a member of the Marine Board.
- Opened as the Bamboo Lodge Guest House in 1949 by Alan Stokes. Shortly after, he renamed it the Bamboo Lodge Hotel.
- In 1959 Mr. Stokes decided to retire and the hotel was sold at private auction for £28,000 to Lloyd O'Hara, who planned to continue running as a hotel.
- In 1962, due to the owner's illness, the hotel was listed for sale. The property consisted of five two-bedroom cottages and a three bedroom main house set in six acres of land. Each cottage had magnificent views.
- In 1967 the hotel is listed for sale, as the owner is retiring. The main house is 200 years old. It now has 7-1/4 acres.
- Some of the cottages were listed for rent into the 1970s.
- By 2009 it was the private estate of Danny Williams [founder of Sagicor Group]. He died in 2023.