Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday villa in Port Antonio - Norse Hill Estate
Private idyll, largest Port Antonio estate: 5 staff, 4 BD/5BA, pool, ocean views
Discover Norse Hill Estate in Port Antonio: secret, safe and peaceful. Live in the glamor of days gone by at this classic villa. The five staff provide the environment of your own private hotel.
Check our reviews for the huge range of activities enjoyed by guests. Families will find an inviting, secure and convenient location. The staff ensure that you have nothing to do but enjoy a perfect retreat at Norse Hill Estate. Norse Hill is a supremely romantic wedding venue.
The three bedrooms on the second, upper floor have bathrooms & balconies. Beds are king or queen size. The first, ground floor bedroom has sleeping loft (great for children), private patio and bathroom.
All bedrooms have a/c and fans but the elevated location gives you cooling sea breezes at night.
The closest beach is Frenchman's Cove. San San Beach is also only a few minutes away. Kayaking, snorkeling, scuba, surfing - and much more! Our reviews will show you what previous guests have enjoyed; and why Norse Hill Estate is now one of the most popular villas in the Port Antonio area.
Norse Hill Estate takes you back in time to the Port Antonio playground of royalty and celebrities of the early 1900's. Discerning European royalty, celebrities and Fortune 500 CEO's are still our neighbors today, though other properties are barely visible.
The house itself is a marvel of stone, wood and glass. The large entry foyer leads to a grand spiral staircase over a fountain. An oversized living room opens wide to the rear grounds and sea view. The formal dining room opens on each side to the same glorious views and fresh breezes. The floor-to-ceiling doors that line the entire rear of the villa make the beauty of the garden part of the home.
Once you have planned the daily menu with your housekeeper, your only decisions are whether to laze in the hammock, stroll through the jasmine arbor and let the waves of perfume wash over you, or play volleyball or badminton, cooling off with a few laps in the large swimming pool. Tennis racquets are available, courts are nearby. There is snorkeling equipment; you can swim to snorkel at the close-to-shore coral reef. There are boogie boards for your use; a nearby beach offers surfing lessons. Scuba diving or deep sea fishing can be arranged. At-home evening entertainment options include many board games, video games, books, TV with DVD player and a computer internet connection gives access to Netflix and other online TV programming. If you must, keep in touch with the rest of the world via wifi or with the mobile ‘phone lent to you for the duration of your stay. ‘Phone cards are readily available or the property manager will have one delivered to the house for you.
The property manager ensures that everything works smoothly during your stay.
The gardeners also keep the pool immaculate and ensure that the estate grown fruit such as papaya, banana, oranges, limes will appear each morning on your breakfast table. Between meals, the butler will bring you glasses of fresh lime juice, and don't miss his Norse Hill special cocktail.
Food for your meals can be purchased daily by the housekeeper. Estimated cost is $35-40 per person per day, not including alcohol. Supermarket costs are similar to those in the US and Canada. Receipts are carefully documented and presented to you each day. Payment can be made in major currencies; the manager can arrange for currency exchange.
Jamaica has excellent beer and rum. The housekeeper will be happy to add these items to your shopping list. Wine enthusiasts may prefer to bring their own supply.
One of your treasured memories will be that of cocktails on the lawn patio, watching the sun set over the ocean, with the clink of glasses and silverware in the background as the staff set the table for dinner.
The private tranquility of Norse Hill Estate awaits you.
- Events Allowed
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair accessible
About Kay Cain, for owner J. Al Merritt
The owners have lived in Miami for many years, bringing up their children there while running a successful business that provided essential medical equipment to health institutions throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Kay Cain, for owner J. Al Merritt purchased this villa in 2004
Why Kay Cain, for owner J. Al Merritt chose Port Antonio
One spouse was born and brought up in Jamaica, in the Port Antonio area. Many family members still live there. Through frequent visits over the years, the family became committed to supporting community development efforts in Port Antonio and the surrounding parish. Learning by chance that this property was on the market, it took only one visit for them to realize that this was not only the perfect holiday residence for their own family, but also a place where many could come to find peace and renewal in the incomparable beauty and amenities of the estate, and to enjoy the huge variety of attractions that the area has to offer.
What makes this villa unique
“The property itself is arguably the best endowed in Port Antonio.” wrote Oliver Hill, a travel writer, in 2010. A luxury estate with all the features of Norse Hill, with its lush acreage of carefully maintained tropical gardens, interspersed with exploration trails, could be a destination in itself. There is certainly no equal to it in the area and there are probably few estates in the Caribbean with such a large acreage combined with a villa of such unique features. Large villas along the coast are usually cheek by jowl with other large villas. Not so with this property. You may need to enlist the help of the gardeners to find the children as they explore the gardens! The security of the property, as well as the very low crime rate in the parish, means that you can let them roam in safety. The estate is actually within the prestigious San San Nature Reserve & Bird Sanctuary. The Norwegian shipping magnate who built the villa in the early 1960’s was a botanist. He had both local and exotic flora planted in a harmonious array to provide peaceful seclusion for his family and an environment favored by a huge number of birds and butterflies. The estate grown papaya, banana, oranges, limes and other fruit will appear each morning on your breakfast table. Between meals, the butler will bring you glasses of fresh lime juice or drinks of your choice.
The location above Port Antonio guarantees breezes for better air circulation and wonderful views, in addition to the privacy. Neighboring estates are barely visible. There is a large pool but when the beach beckons, a taxi will whisk you there in five minutes. A call on the mobile will summon the driver to return you to the villa where the chef will have your lunch ready, and the butler will be waiting to serve it.
Your only decisions will be menu planning, and deciding which of the many activities to choose each day.