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NOW BOOKING WINTER ESCAPES AT NORSE HILL ESTATE: 4 BD/5BA W/STAFF, POOL & MORE

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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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/5BA, pool, ocean views

Discover Norse Hill Estate in Port Antonio: secret, safe and peaceful. You will love the classic perfection of this spacious villa, overlooking the most beautiful part of Jamaica. The friendly, efficient staff, the fun activities in the well-appointed estate provide an exceptional vacation. Norse Hill is a supremely romantic wedding venue. Families will find an inviting, secure and convenient location. The full staff of five ensure that you have nothing to do but enjoy a perfect retreat at Norse Hill Estate.

The four large bedrooms each have bathrooms. The three bedrooms on the second floor have balconies. The master bedroom has a king bed and dressing room. The bedroom on the first floor has a sleeping loft to accommodate children, and a private patio. Older children staying with their families at Norse Hill Estate also love to have the first floor bedroom as their own space.

All bedrooms have fans and a/c but the elevated location means cooling sea breezes at night.

The closest beach is Frenchman's Cove. San San Beach is also only a few minutes away. 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 villa has striking architecture, period furniture and treasures worthy of an art museum.

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. 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

5
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Port Antonio North Coast Jamaica
5

AN ETHEREAL PIECE OF PARADISE

  • 5 out of 5
My husband and I rented the property for a week for our family and best friends to stay in, while we also used it for our intimate destination wedding. We knew the moment we saw Norse Hill from only the photos alone that it would be the place for us to wed, however as with planning any wedding, there are many initial concerns. From the very first inquiry Kay, Al and Yvonne, all who take part in management of renting the property, were extremely helpful, insightful and quite reassuring with utmost professionalism. They took no time in responding to any questions, thoughts, or concerns we had which made us feel at ease. Kay even contacted us right up before we left just to be reassuring and see if there was anything else we needed.
We arrived before our guests to see the property, and It was truly breathtaking. To be married in such a place, in such splendor, was awe inspiring; I couldn't concentrate at the moment on the business at hand. I almost felt regret that we were to be staying at a neighboring property (which we chose for privacy away from our guests although NH offers such.) The home is a bit dated, which imo only adds to the character to the very well kept property. The entire exterior and interior from the driveway to the sea is a beautiful utopia that lends itself to the cool tradewinds and fresh mountain air. I could happily spend the rest of my days there.
The staff was very accommodating in providing snacks for the bridal party and vendors the day of the wedding. We also had an additional family dinner during the remainder of our stay after the wedding in which they set up the mid-century modern dining furniture out on the property. The meal was delicious and I'll never have another pineapple upside down cake like I did lest I return. ;)
Yvonne helped us arrange an outing to do the down river bamboo raft tour (request BELINDAS for lunch) as well as some airport transfers at extremely reasonable rates. We were also given a property tour of the gardens by the keeper of 45 years who showed us various ferns, lillies, orchids, spices and fruits, some of which we were able to taste.
The neighborhood location is very safe and secure. In the evening we would walk down the hill and back from the Bushbar (flashlight advised.) This part of Portland as a whole, as I have found on my few trips there, is quite safe. During my last stay, it really began to almost feel like home.
Nobody wanted to leave, but we anticipate our return.
  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
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Port Antonio North Coast Jamaica
5

THE MOST AMAZING PLACE IN THE WORLD!

  • 5 out of 5
I was truly smitten by this magical Villa and surrounding garden! The space is absolutely breathtaking. In addition to a beautiful home we were engaged by beautiful,warm,caring people. I LOVE Jamaica! Can't wait to return!!l
  • Review Submitted: 19-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
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CRETEIL
5

AWESOME EXPERIENCE IN JAMAICA !!!

  • 5 out of 5
A fantastic experience in a great and relaxing home. A discreet and attentive staff. Thanks to Lester for making us discover the jamaica fooding. Thanks to Wayne for his service and attention, thanks to Jacqueline for his kindness and impeccable bedroom service.
The charm of this house also lies in its beautiful garden maintained by two gardeners (thank you to them).
Thanks to Yvonne for his visit to check if we missed anything.
We are delighted with this location, worthy of a grand hotel.
You can go there with your eyes closed!
Sophie (France)
  • Review Submitted: 11-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
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Owner's Response: Sophie, the Norse Hill team were delighted to have the opportunity to look after your wonderful group of French travelers! Thank you for choosing Norse Hill Estate from the countless global sites you considered. Such a strong review from a widely travelled person is a great validation.
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Port Antonio North Coast Jamaica
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5

LIFE CHANGING

  • 5 out of 5
This home and botanical property was like a fairytale. The stunning views from this mountaintop home were incomparable to any other location in the world we've stayed in. The staff were extremely courteous and so very friendly. Privacy and relaxation abound. We were truly in our own world. The trade wind breezes blew through the open windowed rooms and hallways. We awoke each morning to fresh Blue Mountain coffee, and delicious, fresh fruit and food from the property and nearby farms, and relaxed in the beautiful pool or many of the peaceful areas to sit and enjoy peace, quiet, and coastal, mountain views. The gardens were more like lush rainforests, abundant with flora and fauna we had never seen or heard of before. We could walk to the nearby Geejam Bush bar, but all other places in the town, and down the mountain, required driving. There was no need to leave this paradise, yet when we did, it was convenient to many of the attractions in the Port Antonio area.
  • Review Submitted: 07-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
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Port Antonio North Coast Jamaica
5

MAGNIFICENT, WELCOMING, RESTFUL, RESTORATIVE

  • 5 out of 5
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.
  • Review Submitted: 15-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
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Port Antonio North Coast Jamaica
5

DREAM PLACE IN JAMAICA!!!

  • 5 out of 5
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! :-)
  • Review Submitted: 12-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
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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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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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Rental rates for this holiday villa in Port Antonio, North Coast Jamaica

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Summer
13 Apr 2014 - 13 Dec 2014
4 night minimum stay
$2,400
for 4 nights
From
$600
$4,100
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
14 Dec 2014 - 20 Dec 2014
4 night minimum stay
$3,200
for 4 nights
From
$800
$5,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas
21 Dec 2014 - 4 Jan 2015
7 night minimum stay
$6,600
for 7 nights
$6,600
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $500
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:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • resort ...
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Security System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Air Conditioning
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Linens Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Lobster Pot
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Freezer
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Oven
  • Ice Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
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:
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Games for Kids
  • Video Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Gated Community
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • Patio
  • Balcony
  • 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:
  • Private Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Staff
  • Car Optional
  • Private Chef
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • forests
  • reefs
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • arboretum
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • beachcombing
  • walking
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • groceries
  • Babysitter
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • surfing
  • deepsea fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting small game
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • whitewater rafting
  • caving
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • jet skiing
  • cycling
  • snorkelling
  • diving
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • golf
  • sailing
  • wind-surfing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
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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