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Kay Cain, for owner J. Al Merritt

Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Spanish

New Year 2016 in Jamaica! Norse Hill Estate total 6 bd/bth, full staff, pool

33 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
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 North Coast Jamaica - Norse Hill Estate Port Antonio

Vacation perfection: Port Antonio's largest estate: staff, 6 BD/6BA, up to 14

HOLIDAY SEASONS: Book for New Year 2016 now. New Year week starts Dec 29; full week reservation only.

WHERE? Jamaica's north coast is acknowledged to be the most beautiful part of the island; lush vegetation in dozens of shades of green, translucent turquoise and dark sapphire ocean waters that are always just the right temperature and, on the beaches close to Norse Hill Estate, uncrowded expanses where you can relax undisturbed. Port Antonio is a small town in the "other Jamaica", a peaceful, laid-back area where you can experience the casual, friendly environment of Jamaica as it was decades ago.

MAIN VILLA of Norse Hill Estate: 4,000 sq ft of graciously designed living with charming details to delight the eye at every turn. The four large bedroom suites can accommodate up to 10 (additional charge for 9th, 10th guests). Each has fans and netting over the beds so that you can leave the walls of windows open to enjoy the fresh breezes and the morning bird song. The north coast is well supplied with cooling breezes, despite the tropical climate. But, for those who prefer, there is a/c in all bedrooms.

GARDEN COTTAGE: Large group? Add this charming wooden chalet to your rental; contact us for pricing. Two levels; beautifully designed upper king size bedroom with ocean views and ventilation louvers to lower temperatures without using installed a/c; wrap-around deck; outside bathroom on the deck (privacy louvers here) with a second twin bedroom on the lower level also with deck and outside bathroom, plus a small dining area and kitchen for meals in privacy. The Garden Cottage is perfect for a couple's retreat from the world, a writer who needs fresh inspiration, a bridal couple who can enjoy privacy while their guests occupy the main villa... The Garden Cottage can be booked with the main villa, increasing capacity to 14 persons. Contact us for details.

STAFF: The services of the full staff are included with your booking. They look after you and do the work. You relax or go on excursions. The local manager is an expert concierge. She will describe the options and arrange everything for your excursions, getting you the best prices. The staff will order your food and drink supplies for you, or you can have the fun of visiting a supermarket stocked with tropical fruit and vegetables and other local specialties.

FOOD: Delicious Jamaican specialties as well as North American/European cuisine; food that is fresh and tasty. Even the breakfast bacon and eggs have that wonderful free range flavor! Our chef can cater for vegetarians, vegans, those with food allergies - no problem.

PAYMENT? Secure payment on your credit card via Paypal, personal check or wire transfer. We send you our guest agreement with more details on airport transfers and other information on making a reservation at Norse Hill Estate.

WEDDINGS: Romantic, intimate, never-to-be-forgotten weddings! The gracious villa, huge lawn, gardens filled with rare trees and plants, all combine to provide a spectacular ambience for a small, intimate wedding that will glow brightly in your memories. Norse Hill Estate partners with a wedding planner who specializes in creating magic that will fit any budget. Check the website of White Light Events in Jamaica and look for the Norse Hill Villa photos under the Be Inspired page: http://www.whitelighteventsja.com


PORT ANTONIO: A travel magazine lists Port Antonio as one of the 20 must-visit global locations for 2015. That is still the same for 2016! Articles have given lyrical descriptions of the charms of Port Antonio, like this one: http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2014/09/errol-flynn-the-other-jamaica

Check reviews in our Trip Advisor listing (enter Port Antonio, Jamaica for your destination, and click on vacation rentals. Norse Hill Estate is currently top of the page.) You will see comments on the range of activities guests have enjoyed on the property and nearby excursions. Norse Hill Estate is a safe and convenient location, with splendidly designed and maintained accommodation where the staff ensure that you have nothing to do but enjoy a perfect retreat.

The closest beach is Frenchman's Cove. San San Beach is a few minutes away. There are half a dozen other beaches about ten minutes away, each with their own appeal. Snorkel at Winifred Beach, swim and eat jerk pork at Boston Beach, claimed to be the home of jerk-style seasoning, go surfing at Boston Bay, ride horses in the surf, take surfing lessons, get a boat man to take you on a tour of the beaches, drop you for lunch (previously arranged) at Cynthia's lunch shack and pick you up later, go rafting down the Rio Grande, stopping this time for lunch at the famed Belinda's, climb Reach Falls (without the hundreds of tourists that crowd Dunn's River Falls), visit a coffee plantation, hike in the Blue Mountains........ and much more.

Temperatures of 80-90 degrees F/26-32 degrees C - add to that an oasis of peace and tranquility, a beautiful escape to privacy. When the heat and humidity of summer lie heavily on the large cities, the breezes of Norse Hill Estate bring refreshment and comfort. A cold daiquiri or rum punch under the huge tree on the lawn definitely adds to that!

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Kay Cain, for owner J. Al Merritt (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Spanish

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 North Coast Jamaica

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.


based on 33 holidaymaker reviews

New Year 2016 in Jamaica! Norse Hill Estate total 6 bd/bth, full staff, pool
average rating of 4.939394 based on 33 reviews


  • 5 of 5

My husband and I visited the estate for a quick stay and left wishing for more time! As others have shared, Alma, Wayne and Yvonne did everything possible to make our visit fun and relaxing. Alma prepared lovely meals that were delicious, hearty and healthy and Wayne spoiled us with poolside cocktails. As busy working parents, it was such a luxury to be pampered in this way. While it was hard to tear ourselves away from the beautiful house and grounds we greatly enjoyed exploring the surrounding areas. We are avid runners and hikers so we actually did most of our exploring on foot. For visitors that are comfortable walking along the busy main road (as local residents do) it is very feasible to enjoy the surrounding sites in this way. For anyone wishing for more tranquil walks, strolling the glorious gardens of the estate or the quiet roads within the community was also a joy. While we were visiting without our children it would clearly make for an idyllic family vacation. The house is so comfortable and well appointed - and so beautifully connected to the outdoors - it would definitely delight all ages. We are already planning to return with our extended family in tow and are so looking forward to seeing everyone on the wonderful Norse Hill Estate team again!

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property!

  • 4 of 5

The property is every bit as beautiful as the pictures suggest. The grounds are lovely and interesting to explore. The staff took good care of us throughout our stay. Alma is a wonderful cook, Wayne made us lovely banana daiquiris, and Rose kept the house lovely and clean. She also did our laundry for us mid-week.

Port Antonio is a lovely unspoiled part of Jamaica. We rafted on the Rio Grande, had an amazing lunch at Belinda's, Jerk and surfing at Boston Bay and visited Reach Falls - not to be missed.

Yvonne helped make the arrangements and generally made sure we enjoyed our time in Port Antonio. We highly recommend to anyone looking to relax and enjoy the warmth of the people, the breezes and the ocean!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Couldn't ask for more

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our amazing 1 week stay at Norse Hill. We were a group of 6 adults and 5 young children (all under the age of 4) and this was the perfect spot. We have travelled to this part of country many times over the years, but this was our first stay at Norse Hill and we couldn't have asked for anything more. The house, grounds, staff, view and feel were beyond lovely. We had to be a bit flexible with the sleeping arrangements given the young children- but the staff were happy to accommodate (they even supplied us with 2 cribs and a highchair). The large lawn was great for the kids and the view simple serenity for the parents. Frenchman's cove was a very short drive down the hill, and this too was a perfect beach for young families. We look forward to visiting this spot again in the future. For those who are not familiar with this part of the country and considering traveling with kids, it is not the easiest of drives from the major airports... but well worth it once you get there.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

From the moment our group of 10 walked through the front door of Norse Hill we knew we had made the right decision. There are 3 bedrooms on the second floor overlooking the pool, tree of life and property and a 4th bedroom on the lower level off the living room and patio. There is a cottage just a short path walk from the main house. The cottage has a king size bed with a small couch 2 chairs and a bathroom with a rainshower. The king size bed is very comfortable and there is a beautiful wrap around deck overlooking the grounds where we spent many mornings sipping coffee and relaxing. If you need more room there is a lower level to the cottage you can also rent with two twin beds a very small bathroom and a camp like kitchen. However the best part of Norse Hill is the amazing staff. Lester our chef made the best food we have ever had. Every evening when we came for dinner it was a joy to see what he had prepared for us that day. Wayne took great care of us and our needs and Arla our housekeeper kept our rooms clean and also did laundry for us as the week went on. There are 2 gardeners that take incredible care of the property and will take you on a tour of the amazing gardens if you would like. Green our driver was awesome! He took us all over the island in his green machine and stayed with us and provided great care and safety and his knowledge of the island and its history was incredible. We were only there a few days when we were planning our next trip back to Norse Hill. Do not hesitate to book this property we believe it is the best on the island.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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it is beautiful, well kept and private

  • 4 of 5

it is a beautiful place, a taste of God's beauty and peace, here on earth. Thank you for all your kindness and allowing us to stay there. We were 16 in total and had plenty of space, and even more. We were able to rest, meditate, and pray. Only suggestion, it would of been nice to have change room with bathroom close to pool, so dripping thru house can be avoided.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sister JoAnne, the Norse Hill team are so delighted to know that your group were able to relax in this lovely, peaceful property. You certainly deserve that, and much more, with the selfless work that you and your group do in Jamaica. Thank you for the suggestion for a pool house. We looked into making such an addition some time ago but found that it would be very difficult to get a permit, and that there were other enhancements with greater benefit for our guests. The very charming Garden Cottage, an existing structure that was completely re-designed by our architect, brings our capacity up to 14 just in time for the winter escape season for those who live where cold and snow are arriving now. The owners of Norse Hill Estate have a short and long term program of other upgrades, which are steadily being implemented. Guests at the pool do have access to four different bathrooms just steps away, and of course we provide lots of towels; most guests like to relax in the sun on the lounge chairs after their swim, and with the warmth of the Jamaica sun they are already almost dry when they return to the villa in answer to the butler’s announcement that lunch, or dinner, is ready!
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Everything you'd want and more.

  • 5 of 5

Norse Hill is a peaceful paradise that immediately feels like you were meant to be there. From the landscape rich grounds to the warmth of the residence that sits naturally upon the mountain's side, this is a property that's easy to recommend to others considering a getaway. Oddly, with all the beauty and comfort the residence offers, it might be the accommodating staff that tops the list of reasons to stay here. Five stars.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jim, you join a long list of guests who all have great things to say about our staff! They really are a wonderful group, genuinely anxious to do everything they can to make sure our guests have the best possible vacation. The location really is stunning, isn't it? So glad you had such a wonderful time! Kay for the Norse Hill Estate team
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Kingston Sangster
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
GeeJam, walking
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway A4
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Frenchman's Cove, & many private & public beaches
Car: recommended

Norse Hill is the largest estate in the peaceful town of Port Antonio. No noisy hordes of tourists; just a laid-back pace of life where friendly locals will cheerfully greet you or give you directions, instead of pushing tawdry imported souvenirs. Port Antonio is on the northeastern coast of Jamaica, about 60 miles (100 km) from Kingston. It is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation in every color of green punctuated by brilliant scarlet or neon yellow flowers. It has been through many phases of history since Christopher Columbus arrived in 1494. Those silky white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters were so appealing, he returned four times! But today this part of Jamaica is still an almost secret place, off the beaten track yet easily reached from Kingston or Montego Bay.

The clear ocean waters are perfect for snorkeling, scuba or surfing. If you have never experienced riding a horse at the edge of the ocean, don't miss it during your stay at Norse Hill Estate! Tennis and golf, rafting down the Rio Grande, hiking in the mountains, visiting coffee plantations, enjoying the original jerk pork at Boston Beach ….. our local manager will arrange transportation for all your excursions and the staff will pack a picnic lunch if you’ll be gone all day. Check through our reviews to see what previous guests have enjoyed most.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Port Antonio, North Coast Jamaica

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2016
17 Apr 2016 - 18 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £41 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2016
19 Nov 2016 - 26 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £41 per night, per additional guest
Late summer 2016
27 Nov 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £41 per night, per additional guest
Christmas 2016
23 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £41 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2017
7 Jan 2017 - 15 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £41 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Estate fee £113
Refundable Damage Deposit £377

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa on the North Coast Jamaica, Jamaica

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • mountain ...
  • Mountain View
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View ...
  • resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 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.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Large Double Bed , Bedroom has sleeping loft, great for children sharing room
    Garden Cottage, two bd/bth, kitchen - contact us for pricing - 2 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Can be rented alone or together with Norse Hill Villa rental
  • All bedrooms have ceiling fans, mosquito netting and air conditioning. The three bedrooms upstairs have balconies, the bedroom downstairs has two queen beds and 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, high quality bedding. The beds can be configured as twin or king, 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.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Decking
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
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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