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ENJOY LUXURY JAMAICA VACATION: 4 BED/5 BATH VILLA, LARGE ESTATE, 5 STAFF, POOL

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Kay Cain, for owner J. Al Merritt

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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ENJOY LUXURY JAMAICA VACATION: 4 BED/5 BATH VILLA, LARGE ESTATE, 5 STAFF, POOL

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday villa in Port Antonio - Norse Hill Estate

Jamaica vacation at Port Antonio's largest estate: 4 bd/5bth, pool, ocean view

Norse Hill Estate in Port Antonio: serenity and elegance in the most beautiful part of Jamaica. Enjoy a luxurious winter vacation in the island where it is never winter, a perfect wedding or a family reunion in this 4,000 sq ft architect-designed villa with a large pool and huge, impeccably landscaped gardens - eight acres of them! The full staff of five ensure that you have nothing to do but enjoy your stay at Norse Hill Estate.

The four large bedrooms each have bathrooms. The three bedrooms on the second floor have balconies; the bedroom on the first floor has a sleeping loft with additional beds and a private patio. The master bedroom suite also has a dressing room. The beds can be adapted to twin or queen size. The bedroom on the first or ground floor is suitable for those who find stairs a challenge, or for families because the sleeping loft is convenient for young children. Older children staying with their families at Norse Hill Estate also love to have the first floor bedroom as their own space.

To assure your comfort, the bedrooms have fans and a/c but the estate's elevated location provides cooling through the constant sea breezes. Norse Hill Estate is a 12 month vacation paradise. Temperatures are similar to summer in the eastern seaboard of the US but with much lower humidity.

The closest beach is Frenchman's Cove. San San Beach is also only a few minutes away, and is free for guests. There are endless activities within easy reach of the estate. Check our reviews to see what previous guests have enjoyed!

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 amenities of the estate have been updated to the 21st century but the luxurious magnificence lives on. With your butler, housekeeper, chef and gardeners, the gorgeous villa with its striking architecture, period furniture and decor worthy of an art museum, the fantasy of gracious living becomes a reality. The gated property overlooks the turquoise ocean of Port Antonio on Jamaica’s north coast. The villa has over 4,000 sq.ft. (372 sq. m) filled with furniture, artwork, carpets and Asian treasures brought by the original owners from their former Hong Kong residence to Norse Hill Estate.

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 architect designed the villa so that, by opening the floor-to-ceiling doors that line the entire rear of the villa, the inside of the home combines seamlessly with the beauty of the gardens and becomes one.

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. 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; she can arrange for special needs to be met or deal with any obstacles that arise.

The three gardeners also keep the pool immaculate and ensure that 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.

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. We recommend, though, that you extend your Jamaica experience to colonial heritage drinks such as Planter’s Punch, which research by food writer Robert Moss shows was being enjoyed in Jamaica as early as 1878. What could be more appropriate than to sip a glass or two as you sit on the terrace overlooking the glorious view, trying to count the humming birds, with the clink of glasses and silverware in the background as the staff set the table for dinner?

The ultimate tranquility of Norse Hill Estate awaits you.

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Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Kay Cain, for owner J. Al Merritt

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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

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 began to find ways to contribute 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 many attractions that the area has to offer.

“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.

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Reviews

Reviews for this holiday villa rental in Port Antonio, Jamaica

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Enjoy luxury Jamaica vacation: 4 bed/5 bath villa, large estate, 5 staff, pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews
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Port Antonio North Coast Jamaica
5

Magnificent, welcoming, restful, restorative

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 15-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
Norse Hill is a glorious and restful retreat overlooking lush gardens and beautiful waters adjacent to Port Antonio. The house itself breathes serenity with large windows and doors open to the Caribbean breeze--indeed, the place has a unique, affirming spiritual warmth to it. The staff are warm and welcoming and the food is delicious, particularly the fried plantains! We appreciated the freshness and authenticity of the varied dishes.

Norse Hill is located on the northeast part of the island, a less developed area and favorite destination of Kingstonians. Whether by air or by car, it's well worth the trip and guaranteed to be memorable. We were there for four days with two other couples, we could have stayed for a month though even in such a short time we found our bodies and souls replenished.

There is much to do nearby, while never feeling as though you are on the tourist treadmill. Crystal blue waters, kayaking, snorkeling, good local restaurants, and a rich history at your doorstep.
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Enjoy luxury Jamaica vacation: 4 bed/5 bath villa, large estate, 5 staff, pool
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p264085
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Port Antonio North Coast Jamaica
5

Dream place in Jamaica!!!

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 12-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
Having lived in Jamaica for several years, I can definitely say that Norse Hill surpasses by far any other villa I have stayed at. The Port Antonio region is a little known gem, off the beaten track, and Norse Hill is the dream place to enjoy it from. The property is exceptional and the staff is extremely professional, welcoming and friendly.
The only downside to a stay at Norse Hill is how difficult it is to leave it to come back to reality! :-)
Owner's Response: The Norse Hill Estate team is very happy to know that the experience of this guest met the goal that we set ourselves to achieve for all of those who come to the property. A few days at Norse Hill Estate will certainly have an invigorating effect on you! And Port Antonio is indeed a peaceful gem of a town with a surprisingly wide range of activities that can be enjoyed without having to wait in line or contend with large, noisy groups.
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Enjoy luxury Jamaica vacation: 4 bed/5 bath villa, large estate, 5 staff, pool
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Port Antonio North Coast Jamaica
Silicon Valley, CA
5

Stunning Experience

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 26-Feb-2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
We just returned from our stay at Norse Hill in Jamaica and feel blessed to have stayed in the beautiful experience that this home offers. Norse Hill is a peaceful retreat, the staff is lovely and the grounds are special. My favorite moments were waking up each morning to the turquoise light flooding into the bedroom, and sharing rum punch with my husband while relaxing on the lawn overlooking the ocean...a stunning time.
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Enjoy luxury Jamaica vacation: 4 bed/5 bath villa, large estate, 5 staff, pool
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Port Antonio North Coast Jamaica
5

Wow, Norse Hill is amazing!

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
This was my wife and my first trip to Jamaica and this wonderful area near Port Antonio (and this is also my first ever review of a vacation spot). Norse Hill is simply beautiful. The house is large, as are the rooms. The staff was very friendly, polite and welcoming. We only had breakfast because we were gone during the days and nights. Fresh fruit, plantains, pancakes, bacon, eggs, a local dish of greens and fish that was fantastic, juices etc, basically anything we'd like started off our days. From our second floor large balcony we could see the large manicured lawn, stately trees, beautiful swimming pool and view of the Caribbean, which is about a 10 minute ride to reach.

The grounds are a tropical paradise and my only regret is that we didn't spend more time hiking around the property. Trails lead to clearings in what is a real slice of paradise. And the beaches below have the clear aqua green water that you usually see in a magazine like Conde Nast Traveler. Couldn't recommend this place enough. It probably sleeps 8 or more tho I'm not sure. We slept in a large comfortable canopied bed with mosquito netting. We opened the doors to the balcony and a nice cool breeze made sleeping really easy. At night we heard all kinds of exotic bird sounds as well as an early rooster or two.

I've never seen so many different plants, ferns and palms at such a large scale before. If you love gardens this is one you must see and explore!! And the house and grounds are as clean and well maintained as can be.

Just down the road is Gee Jam, a bar/restaurant /recording studio, where the views are as outrageous as at Norse Hill. We got to tour the studio where Beyonce has recorded, among others.

If we ever come back to Jamaica we'd invite some friends along to fill up the house and we'd make sure to tour the grounds more.
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Port Antonio North Coast Jamaica
5

Absolutely fantastic and breathtaking.

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 27-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
This property is absolutely breathtaking. Our experience unforgettable. The staff was the best. The house is beautiful and spacious. Very nice open floor plan. The view is enchanting. Waking up to the sound of the sea and hearing the birds singing was the highlight. We enjoyed our boat tour on the Blue Lagoon and Jerk chicken at Boston Jerk Centre.We have already shared our experience with our friends and family and is planning our next trip back. We received all that was promised and more. We love Norse Hill estate.
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Location

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Kingston Sangster
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway A4
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
San San - free access, & other private beaches
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Woody's

Norse Hill Estate is just outside Port Antonio, which is the capital of the parish of Portland on the northeastern coast of Jamaica, about 60 miles (100 km) from Kingston. It is a small town with an interesting past history. It is a working port but tourism is the most important industry - dating from 1494 when Christopher Columbus arrived and claimed the island for Spain. He liked the area so much that he visited four times! By that time the British had heard of Jamaica and they took control in 1655. Jamaica has been independent since 1962 and is still part of the British Commonwealth.

Visitors today can enjoy the attractions developed over the last century when Jamaica hosted endless streams of royalty, celebrities and business tycoons. Some of their former estates, or great houses, are interesting attractions for visitors. The clear ocean waters are perfect for scuba or snorkeling, fishing or surfing. And if you have never experienced riding a horse through the shallow water at the edge of the ocean, don't miss it during your stay at Norse Hill Estate! Nearby are tennis and golf, and opportunities for hiking in the mountains. Our local manager can arrange transportation for all the local excursions you want. Check through our reviews to see what previous guests have enjoyed the most. The chef and housekeeper can pack a picnic lunch for you, for an all-day stay at the beach, a visit to Reach Falls or hiking in the rain forest.

Port Antonio is not party central, but the town does offer night life. Don't miss the dance evenings at one of the local clubs.

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Availability & Rates

Rental rates for this holiday villa in Port Antonio, North Coast Jamaica

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate Minimum Stay
 
Summer
13 Apr 2014 - 13 Dec 2014
$600
$4,100
4 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
14 Dec 2014 - 20 Dec 2014
$800
$5,500
4 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas
21 Dec 2014 - 4 Jan 2015
$6,600
7 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $500.00
Notes Rates quoted are for 8 guests. For up to 2 additional guests, per person per night surcharge of $45 applies.
Maximum is 10 guests.
Note that a gratuity of approximately 10% of rental cost is typical for full service villas in Jamaica.
Guests must sign and return a lease agreement, sent by email at the time of booking.
The $500 refundable security deposit is returned within a week of departure.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Port Antonio in North Coast Jamaica

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Mountain View
  • resort ...
  • mountain
  • near the sea
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Security System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Iron & Board
  • Internet
  • Wireless Internet
  • Garage
  • Air Conditioning
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Freezer
  • Blender
  • Lobster Pot
  • Pantry Items
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Ice Maker
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet
  • All bathrooms are large, tastefully decorated and beautifully appointed, in keeping with the standard of the villa.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Double Bed
  • All bedrooms have ceiling fans, mosquito netting and air conditioning. The three bedrooms upstairs have balconies, the bedroom downstairs has an additional sleeping loft (great for children) and its own private patio. Each bedroom has a bathroom. The bedrooms are large, simply yet very elegantly furnished with supremely comfortable beds, thick carpets and more of the artworks that are found throughout the villa. The beds can be configured as twin or queen, according to guests' preferences. Floors are polished hardwood. Decor has been carefully designed to enhance the rooms but not detract from the beauty of the views that can be seen on every side.
Entertainment:
  • Games ...
  • Books ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Radio
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Games for Kids
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Wood Decking
  • Patio
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Gated Community
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Car Optional
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Staff
  • Private Chef
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • waterfalls
  • reefs
  • ruins
  • arboretum
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • walking
  • eco tourism
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • beachcombing
  • antique hunting
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • Babysitter
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting small game
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • whitewater rafting
  • surfing
  • sailing
  • wind-surfing
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • caving
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • jet skiing
  • cycling
  • snorkelling
  • diving
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • golf
  • fishing
Notes:
Guests need only decide what food they want: the chef does the shopping and cooking. The butler serves drinks and meals. You will dine at an elegant candlelit table each night. Cost of food is an estimated $35-40 per person per day but you will see all receipts at the time payment is made. Cost of alcohol is additional.
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