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Private, gorgeous villa Port Antonio, Jamaica: 6 bd/bth, 4 staff, pool, 8 acres

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Ocean overlook, secluded charm of Norse HIll Estate, villa, cottage, cap.14, 6bd

Debating whether to choose all-inclusive or a vacation rental for your escape from that overwhelming daily routine? Norse Hill Estate has the best of both choices - a team of friendly and efficient staff who do all the work for you, and an elegant villa on a spacious estate that becomes your own private hotel.

Norse Hill Estate is family friendly, has the space for groups or several couples to enjoy the pool, lawn sports, the gardens or any of a long list of local excursions - not forgetting those uncrowded, white sand beaches. Try a different one every day.

Weddings at Norse Hill - the perfect ambiance for an intimate, romantic wedding. The Garden Cottage, a super-cute renovation with design hints of the past but every modern amenity, is a special place for the bride and groom while family members stay in the main villa.

WHERE? Jamaica's north coast, far from the crowds. Port Antonio is a small town in the "other Jamaica", a laid-back place where you still find 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. The four large bedroom suites can accommodate up to 10; walls of windows capture every breeze with fans and netting, or a/c, to ensure relaxing sleep, walking to bird song instead of sirens.

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 naturally; wrap-around deck with outside bathrooms on both levels and a second twin bedroom on the lower level, plus a small dining area and kitchen. A perfect retreat for a couple, a writer needing to unblock, a bridal couple who can enjoy privacy while their guests occupy the main villa. Book Garden Cottage 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.

More Details

Kay Cain, for owner J. Al Merritt
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 April, 2018

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa on the Port Antonio on the Portland Parish

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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
  • 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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Private, gorgeous villa Port Antonio, Jamaica: 6 bd/bth, 4 staff, pool, 8 acres
average rating of 4.9512196 based on 41 reviews

Charming Cottage in an exceptional location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is located within the stunning private grounds of Norse Hill Estate. Humming birds and butterflies abound. Anyone with an interest in nature will love it.

The building is well maintained and immaculate inside, has a/c but not needed during my stay. Gentle breezes keep the property cool.

The staff are exceptional, Wayne Alma and Paula will cater to all of your needs. Alma can cook anything asked for and local produce is fantastic.

The local manager is Yvonne Blakey, very efficient and knowledgeable.

I booked the property for 3 days and ended up staying for 11, very little more that I can say to recommend this amazing cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great memories

  • 5 of 5

Norse Hill is a beautiful vacation home.It has an amazing view of the ocean.It is a slice of Jamaican heaven.This is a fabulous property with enough space for everyone.We had a most memorable and enjoyable stay.The staff serves delicious meals.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

From the breathtaking view to the vivacious staff, Norse Hill Is my new most favorite place to stay in Port Antonio. I especially loved how all the beds had mosquito nets so that we could sleep with the fresh ocean breeze.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This beautiful Jamaican vacation home was a wonderful, tranquil place to stay in Port Antonio. The grounds are kept in pristine condition. The staff are friendly, helpful and cooked amazing dishes for us every evening. The rooms and bathrooms are very clean. I can not wait to return to this property. I would recommend this home as the best place to stay in Port Antonio.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Audra, thank you for your perceptive comments. We love it when our guests comment on the very aspects that all the Norse Hill team work so hard on! It was a pleasure to have your group at Norse Hlll Estate and we look forward to your next visit.
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Our stay at Norse Hill was EXCEPTIONAL!

  • 5 of 5

We have finally returned from Norse Hill. What a wonderful and beautiful property! Everyone who works with Norse Hill has created an experience for my family we will never forget. I want to thank you all for making this experience so seamless and pleasant for me. Not just the planning, but also the execution.

I must send a special thank you to the staff at Norse Hill. Alma's cooking was nothing short of fabulous. The house was always spic and span, and I must thank Paula and Wayne for that. Wayne was able to easily help us with anything we needed to plan that involved leaving the property and heading into town. They were all so polite and friendly, making our experience absolutely excellent.

Thank you again for providing the means for memories created to last us a lifetime!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Danielle, our team at Norse Hill are delighted with these appreciative comments. They do work hard to give our guests the very best experience possible so this validation is very gratifying for them. The property is such a peaceful place; all of our guests comment on their enjoyment of the seclusion and the beauty. So glad that your special family visit was enjoyed by all of you. We look forward to seeing you again!
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True Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Norse Hill was an amazing experience. From the service to the scenery it was an incredible place to spend spring break with close friends. A nice retreat that feels like you are away from the world. Rooms were spacious and the backyard is incredible. Already planning on coming back!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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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 on the Port Antonio, Jamaica

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2018
15 Apr 2018 - 16 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £38 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2018
17 Nov 2018 - 24 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £38 per night, per additional guest
Late Summer 2018
25 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £38 per night, per additional guest
Christmas 2018/New Year 2018/9
22 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £38 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Estate fee £104.94
Refundable Damage Deposit £349.8

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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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