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.
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.
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.
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.
Half of the cabins have small private pools, while the others compensate with added fabulous views by being perched on slightly elevated ground.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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
Follow these driving directions via Waze.
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
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.
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.