The Hilltop Cabins of Farm Ridge by Desmond Farm in Nueva Ecija

Farm Ridge by Desmond Farm Review

Half of the 6 cabins comes with a small private pool

Farm Ridge by Desmond Farm Offers Breathtaking Views of the Sierra Madre and Pantabangan Lake

A 3-hour drive from Manila can take you off-the-grid to a splendid destination in the province of Nueva Ecija. Perched atop a hill in Pantabangan are a few cabins gorgeously blending with nature, facing the picturesque view of the Sierra Madre mountains and Pantabagan Lake.

 the wonderful morning view as seen from Matahum Farm house veranda
the wonderful morning view as seen from Matahum Farm house veranda

Providing an ideal escape from the stress of big city living, Farm Ridge by Desmond Farm offers a country vibe teeming with mother nature’s tranquility.  Part agricultural and farm tourism site, visitors, enjoy much-needed relaxation gifted with a front-row view of the spectacular landscape while gorging on healthy farm-to-table meals.

view from Matahum farm house
view from Matahum farm house

Cabin Fiver

Farm Ridge by Desmond Farm’s cabins instantly gets a five-star rating from guests who have experienced its charming comforts. Modeled after stunning tiny houses that maximize space and functionality, the cabins combine rustic materials with modern architecture to seamlessly fusion with the surrounding nature.

the Amihan and Hiraya Cabins against the backdrop of Sierra Madre
the Amihan and Hiraya Cabins against the backdrop of Sierra Madre

Spread over a vast hilltop property are six cabins of varying layouts but sharing an ambiance of a calm bucolic lifestyle and the main farmhouse called Matahum. Named from words taken from Tagalog, Cebuano and Hiligaynon languages, the different cabins are then referred to as Amihan, Hiraya, Bahaghari, Maharika, Malipayon and Marahuyo.

 inside Malipayon Cabin. This is good for 4 people and it comes with a loft and a small pool
inside Malipayon Cabin. This is good for 4 people and it comes with a loft and a small pool

Half of the cabins have small private pools, while the others compensate with added fabulous views by being perched on slightly elevated ground.

Malipayon Cabin
Malipayon Cabin
Farm Ridge Cabin with Private Pool
Farm Ridge Cabin with Private Pool

Made with primarily wooden interior, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, and nipa thatched roofs, the cabins also come with a private bath, a loft, and a veranda that opens to the majestic views of the mountains and the lake.

Desmond Farms

The property is managed and owned by Desmond Farm and Partners Inc (DFPI). It is a corporation composed of farmers and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who pooled together an investment in developing an organic farm that produces high-quality cacao beans.

sample chocolate products produced by Farm Ridge by Desmond farm.
sample chocolate products produced by Farm Ridge by Desmond farm.
Desmond Farms in Nueva Ecija
Desmond Farms in Nueva Ecija

“Since the management saw the need for a guest house to accommodate our various stakeholders who want to visit the farm, few have been carefully constructed,” said Desmond Farm’s Corporate Secretary Kaiselle C. Atun. “After experiencing themselves, the beauty of the nature surrounding the farm, and recognizing the importance of promoting sound agricultural practices, DFPI started offering the cabins and opening its farm gates to the public,” Atun adds.

Farm to Table Produce

Guests of Farm Ridge by Desmond Farm can also enjoy the farm’s fresh produce that are available upon visitors’ request ranging from vegan and keto-friendly meals to cacao-based sweets and pastries.

One of the vegetable gardens in Farm Ridge
One of the vegetable gardens in Farm Ridge

A small shop is also located on the farm where you can buy fresh vegetables and fruits, pigeon peas, assorted peanuts, Choco Nutri nibs, chocolate peanut spread, and different flavors of chocolate bars made from the cacao harvested on the farm.

start your day with a hot chocolate made from cacao beans harvested in the farm
start your day with a hot chocolate made from cacao beans harvested in the farm

Farm Ridge also offers farming activities to its guests, particularly in learning how to plant and harvest cacao by taking them to the farm’s cacao plantation located a few distances away from the hilltop cabins.

Future plans include the construction of a café dishing a 360-degree view of the striking waving tips of the Sierra Madre and its adjacent rolling hills down to the calm waters of Pantabangan Lake.

How to get there

Farm Ridge By Desmon Farms How to Go
Farm Ridge By Desmon Farms How to Go

Follow these driving directions via Waze.

Rates

According to their website Farm Ridge PH, these are the rates but are still subject to change, especially if the property is running a promotional sale. So, be sure to check their social media posts on their Facebook page for any discounted booking rates.

  • The Matahum Farm House – 3,000 pesos
  • Maharlika Cabin – Currently for renovation
  • Amihan Cabin – 3,000 pesos
  • Malipayon Cabin – 4,500 pesos
  • Bahaghari Cabin – 4,500 pesos
  • Hiraya Cabin – 3,500 pesos
  • Marahuyo Cabin – 7,000 pesos
Sunrise at Farm Ridge
Sunrise at Farm Ridge

What to Expect?

A memorable time, pleasant weather—like Baguio or Sagada feels—good food, friendly staff (most are former farmers trained by the management to learn hospitality housekeeping and kitchen skills), and a satisfying hot cup of hot tsokolate.

A sea of clouds awaits your eyes every morning
A sea of clouds awaits your eyes every morning
Early morning at Farm Ridge
Early morning at Farm Ridge
Amihan Cabin is a top favorite among couples. (Photo credit: Farm Ridge fb page)
Amihan Cabin is a top favorite among couples. (Photo credit: Farm Ridge FB page)

Contact Info

Farm Ridge by Desmond Farm
Address: Km3 Malbang, Pantabangan, 3124 Nueva Ecija
Telephone: 09615325940 / 09673104480
Email: email dfpi@farmridge.ph
Facebook: Farm Ridge Facebook page

Standing at the pool of Marahuyo Cabin.
Standing at the pool of Marahuyo Cabin.

Out of Town Blog’s trip to Farm Ridge by Desmond Farms was made possible by NLEX Corporation, who recently organized a mini Lakbay Norte trip to Nueva Ecija. Participated by travel writers from print and digital media, the journey to the province known as the ‘rice granary of the Philippines’ aims to promote other budding destinations worth visiting.

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