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Home Away from home in a gated community, 15 mins drive to Ochi Rios , WIFI avai

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Gated community with communal pool, 24hr security, playground and access to WIFI

The accommodation is situated in a gated community with security guards on the development 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The accommodation is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom property with an en-suite bathroom to the master bedroom. There is a small verandah at the front of the property. All bedrooms are fully furnished with modern furnishings, including air conditioning in the master bedroom and double bedroom. All 3 bedrooms have ceiling fan also.

• The kitchen is equipped with modern named appliances, ‘Whirlpool’ which includes a 6 stove cooker, ice making fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster. There are plenty of large pots and pans, cutlery and dinner tableware to cater for 12 people.

• The through lounge is spacious and comfortable with designer furnishing which includes large sofas, coffee tables, large dinning table which can sit 6 people. There is a CD Music System in the dining room and a television with a DVD player and Cable Television.

• There is an utility room with a washing machine, ironing board & irons.

If you have small children, there is a travel cot, high chair and a car seat available. there is also plenty board games, dominios and a selection of reading books. In the store house there are children's scooters and a baby trike.

Internet service (WIFI) is avaliable within the property with the providers (Flow).

Things to do: The town Ocho Rios offers the white sands and clear water of a Caribbean island, complete with waterfalls and rainforests. Climb the natural staircase of ‘Dunns River Falls’, stroll the ‘Coyaba River Gardens’, take a drive down ‘Fern Gully’, visit the craft markets, swim with the dolphins at ‘Dolphin Cove’ or ride horseback along the plantations or the beaches. Reggae fans should make the trip to’ Nine Mile’, Bob Marley birthplace and final resting in the town of St Ann’s.

Ocho Rios is a well built up area. You will find many local banks with ATM’s, a local post Office, various supermarkets, Cambio Exchanges, local bars, restaurants, nightclubs, takeaway food shops including ‘KFC, Baskin Robins, Jucci Patti and Burger King. There is a market which sells various items, but mainly fresh fruit and vegetables. There are many stores which may interest a holidaymaker, such as Duty Free shops selling jewellery, gifts, souvenirs and alcohol.

Things to do: There are many beaches nearby-if you head towards the left from leaving the property, you will approach a local beach which is situated next to the local gas station. This journey is approximately a 10 minutes walk. There are three further beaches which charge a local fee of JS200. ‘Reggae Beach’ is situated 5 minutes out of Ocho Rios, town centre in the town named ‘White River’. If you head towards the right from leaving the property, you will find the famous, ‘James Bond Beach’ in the town named ‘Oracbessa’ which is approximately a 10 minute taxi drive. In the centre of Ochi Rios, there is the popular Ochi Rios Bay Beach where many local people, day trippers from the cruise ships and holidaymakers visit. These beaches offer changing facilities and refreshments. We are very near Activities such has the 'Blue Hole and Wataland' a water theme park. There is a local river where you can bathe, chill out to some musix, drink and eat....The best two are named 'Little Ochi' this is right opposite by Dunns River....where the locals go and it's free.... you even get to climb some falls....the second one is named "River Island' in the heart of St Mary less than a 5 minutes drive by Rio Nuevo the road opposite Cool Oasis Gas Station.

There are many places to eat locally, ranging from local takeaway, dinning restaurants & ‘Jerk Centres’. The nearest large supermarket to the property is in an area named ‘Stewart Town’, which is approximately a 5-10 minute walk, (turn right outside the main gates). You will also find pubs, bars, restaurants, internet cafe, ice cream parlour and hairdressers/barbers too. During the evening at the weekend, music can often be heard from local dances in Stewart Town and also as far as James Bond Beach......which is pleasant to hear whilst sitting on the veranda in the cool evenings.

Things to do: During the evenings, weekend and public holidays, the town of Ocho Rios becomes alive. It is not uncommon to find people selling jerk chicken until the early hours of the morning and to hear the beats of reggae music pumping on the streets. The stores and the local market are busy and you will also find the local higglers selling a variety of products on the roadside from CDs, DVD’s, clothing and items for the home. For the adventurous, listen to the local radio for events happening in the local area or for billboards advertising local concerts and dances.

Don’t fancy cooking on a Sunday, why don't you take a trip to ‘Priory Beach in Priory, St Anns, near Runaway Bay.The journey time is approximately 30 minutes from the town of Ocho Rios. This is the beach where the locals and tourists attend for a fun family atmosphere. You will find the adults and children either swimming in the beautiful sea, playing domino, cards, football or dancing to the local sounds. Come early or late.

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Member since: 2010
Speaks English
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14 December, 2017


Hi i am a woman in my forties with two young children. I was born and bred in London, in the UK. I have lived in the UK all my life attending school, college and university. My birth father is Jamaican descent who currently resides in the St Thomas parish in Jamaica. My birth mother is Kittian (St Kitts) and resides in London, UK.

I work in the profession of Social Work working with Children and Families. My job is challenging and demanding so towards the end of the year, I retreat to Jamaica with my sons for a well deserved break.

SHARON SIMON purchased this house in 2007

Why SHARON SIMON chose Oracabessa

I purchased this house during a trip in May 2007 when the scheme was just a building site with only a few houses built with no residents. I purchased this property as i was 'tired and fed up' off staying with relatives whilst on vacation. I wanted my own space and independence and to have a place that i can call home with all my necessary comforts.

I was attracted to the area as i was very impressed with the many upscale properties in the area that you see whilst traveling on the North Coast Highway from Ochi Rios. I have stayed at various hotels situated in the area, so i was very familiar with the area. Huddersfield/Boscobel is in the parish of St Mary. The property is only a 15-20 minutes drive to Ochi Rios (10 KM) on a fairly new highway(No bad roads) which to me, was a blessing !!

There is a further small community literally a 5 minute walk from the property which has a variety of stores which has been very handy for me in terms of grocery shopping and buying a local meal of Curry Goat and Rice and Peas at the popular 'M & M Restaurant' next door to 'Savings Plus Supermarket'. If you fancy an alcoholic beverage, well there is numerous 'Rum Bars' and 'Sports Bar' Entertainment in this community is very good catering for the young and old. Many parties take place in this community with well known sound systems.

Did i mention the beaches? Well you can choose from at least four beaches from Ochi Rios towards Oracbessa. The nearest beach is a 10 minute walk right next to 'Cool Oasis Gas Station' at Rio Nuevro or literally a 5 minute drive to 'Marley Place' in Boscobel. A further 5 minute drive will take you to 'James Bond Beach in Oracabessa'.

What makes this house unique

24 Hour Security in the gated community.

Communal Pool

Good transports links

Good roads

Access to WIFI

Vibrant local community

Beach access

Guestbook comments from the owner

I am an English woman in my 50's and travel to Sharon's house at least 1xs a year. As a White lady on my own, i feel totally safe in the area and is not afraid to venture out on my own to the beach, local river, shops and bars. In fact i walk everywhere and you be surprised how the locals know my name!!

As for the villa, the villa is what you see and looks better in the flesh...none of that drab dark wood furniture....property is clean, fresh and modern.

Ms B, the lady who looks after the property in Jamaica is friendly and knowledgeable. I often sit on her verendah in the evening and talk about good old England and the local gossip on the estate.
Sep 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house on the Oracabessa on the Saint Mary Parish

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • PC
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower situated in bathtub
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Walk in Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Can accommodate a camp bed inside bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , Can accommodate a camp bed inside bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • There is a 22 inch flat screen TV with DVD Player in bedroom 1 and 2. Bedroom 1 (master bedroom also has the addition of cable TV. Located inside the property are two single camp beds which are suitable for young children and teenagers. Remote control air conditioning is situated in the master bedroom. Standing fans are available in each of the bedrooms. The accommodation can therefore hold 8 people.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Gated Community
  • Garden
  • Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Maid service is available at an additional cost of $3000 Jamaican Dollars, approx £20.00 a day. The maid will tidy and clean the whole property and wash and iron bedroom linen. It is often cheaper to hire a helper for the week than on a daily basis. A hot meal can be made available upon your arrival from a local restaurant which serves Jamaican and English Cuisines. The restaurant also offers delivery services. If you require a food parcel upon your arrival, i.e bread, milk, eggs, water, etc., please advise at least 24 hours beforehand so therefore arrangements can be made. This is at an additional cost. If you have children, we offer a travel cot, baby highchair and a car seat. There are also board games for children, scooters and a baby trike, just what you need to keep the children occupied.


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Home Away from home in a gated community, 15 mins drive to Ochi Rios , WIFI avai
average rating of 4.6842103 based on 24 reviews

An absolutely perfect home away from home

  • 5 of 5

The house was everything I had hoped it would be. It was centrally located to Ocho Rios and Port Maria. Felt very safe and secure within the gated community. Kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed. Beautiful neighborhood. I can't say enough good things about it. This home made our two week getaway perfect! Wish we hadn't had to leave!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words...oh my days....so pleased u had a good time and felt safe in the scheme. Pleased the property waa kitted out as if you waa at homeThis is your home now and will happily like to see yoy return again
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beautuful clean plesent location great staff beaut

  • 5 of 5

excellent excellent excellent and more there is not enough space to write whato I really want say .Thank you owner for opening your beautiful home to us me and my family of 5 we enjoyed everything about the house location staff area beeches community party life which we did 3 times I one week local shops calaloo farms ochi rios dunno river mystic mountain taxis at 150 ja dollers to ochi town clean essential home with everything we needed excellent wifi and TV channels lovley furniture plesent neibour beautiful grounds i will recommend to friends and family. easyto find I could go on but check it out for your self

thank you to the owner for all the guidance communication information and presenting us with such a lovley home full of good vibes welldone

and again much thanks..

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind words and I m pleased that you and the family had a good time and the accommodation was to your satisfaction.
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  • 5 of 5

We, a party of 5 adults, thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this 3 bedroom spacious property. It's light and airy and lives up to the photography seen in the listing. Well-maintained, clean and tidy, providing all essential equipment need to make yourself at home including great wifi access . We found the house keeper, neighbours and staff at the front gate very welcoming and friendly which added to the feeling of being secure.

Great location for travelling and touring Jamaica's north coast. I would surly recommend this property to family and friends

  • Review Submitted: 13-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words....I know this was the first time your family were booking a villa in Jamaica, so I m happy that the villa lived up to your expectations. Hope to see you guys again
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A wonderful place to stay with 24hrs security

  • 5 of 5

I was very impressed with the property,It was very well furnished,3 very specious bedrooms,Kitchen was well kitted with all the necessary requirement,all in all this is a top class place to stay,I thoroughly recomend this property.I have been to Jamaica on a numerous occasion and stayed in The Jamaica Grande,Carib Inn resort,etc and can say this place as good if not better,

  • Review Submitted: 11-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind words and I hope to see you again in the near future
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  • 5 of 5

I was so amazed with my stay in this vila. It really is a home away from home! Everything was as stated in the villa description, such a beautiful, safe area. I have a 5 year old who loved it, every morning he ate his breakfast on the veranda and could run about outside without worrying. There were great facilities in the villa and everything was close to reach.

The property was very clean. When we arrived the Villa smelt fresh & clean with clean linen on the beds! A Nice clean bathroom to wash off after the long flight from england and a clean spacious kitchen to make a quick something to eat.

Sharon is very lovely & friendly, as it was my first time travelling to Jamaica she told me everything i needed to know and ensured i was ok with all the details. With any enquiry she got back to me ASAP!

I would recommend this property a 1000 times and more! I have already booked to come back! Such a nice, Secure & friendly area. Also very close to Ochi!

Thanks so much Sharon for all your help!

Cant wait to come back!

Love Hollie & Shenice.


  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure to have you two ladies and the little boy at the home. I mean pleased that the property was to your satisfaction and you guys had so much fun that you felt you were at home. Nice to see you guys Ave booked for Easter 2017 already
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Tranquil clean villa, near Ocho Rio night life

  • 4 of 5

As a couple looking for a rest and enjoyment we found the Emerald Estate just what we needed. It is tranquil and a nice friendly place to stay.

It is pleasant to see so much greenery not just near the Estate, also on the way to Ocho Rio, which is nearby. If you are looking for quiet beaches near to the Estate, there are 3 of them.

We found the Villa reasonably priced and the organisers very helpful indeed and available when you needed them. When we arrived at the house we were pleased with the lady who welcomed us, she was friendly and introduced us to the best way go around, including great places to go in Ocho Rio. The spacious Villa has a lot to offer, air conditioning in most rooms, clean, tidy, restful and is well maintained. We had no problems making ourselves at home. There is even a cleaning service, so we were well on our way to just relaxing. We had all the music and social media you could want, once you got the hang of getting Digicel at Digicel flow in Ocho Rio town centre, though I would say, buy a phone out there so that you can contact the people you need.

There is lots to do in Ocho Rio town centre and we loved going there, we were out every day, partying at the Dag and night, Oceans 11, John Crow, Mango lounge other rage bars galore, not to mention the many restaurants including Chinese ones etc.

We would definitely go back to the villa again and look forward to it.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you had a fab time and look forward to you returning in the near future
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Car: not necessary

Emerald Estate Gated Community is a new development with 2 and 3 bedroom single storey houses, town houses and apartments. The development is approximately a 15 to 20 minutes drive from Ocho Rios Town Centre on the North Coast Main Road in a community named Huddersfield. The property is situated in a residential community with up scale fine property in the nearby ‘Tower Isle’ and ‘Rio Nuevo.’ There are numerous luxury resort hotels nearby such as ‘Couples San Souci’, ‘Sandals’ and ‘Beaches Boscobel Hotel.’

The town Ocho Rios offers the white sands and clear water of a Caribbean island, complete with waterfalls and rainforests. Climb the natural staircase of ‘Dunns River Falls’, stroll the ‘Coyaba River Gardens’, take a drive down ‘Fern Gully’, visit the craft markets, Swim with the dolphins at ‘Dolphin Cove’ or ride horseback along the plantations or the beaches. Reggae fans should make the trip to’ Nine Mile’, Bob Marley birthplace and final resting in the town of St Ann’.

Other Activities: Dunns River Falls, Dolphin Cove, Paintball, Beaches, Bob Marley resting place and Mystic Mountain


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house on the Oracabessa, Jamaica

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Nightly Rate
14 Jan 2018 - 28 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Housekeeping fee £20
Refundable Damage Deposit £50

The cost of rental is £150 per person (adult) per WEEK . The property is based on a minimum 3 guests sharing from (£450 a week).





Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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