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SHARON SIMON

Member since: 2010
Speaks English

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

14 Reviews
People8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in North Coast Jamaica - Emerald Estate Gated Community

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 (Digicell). This is a Pay as You Go Service and more info is avaliable on the Digicell Jamaica webiste

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.

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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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
SHARON SIMON (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks English

About SHARON SIMON

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 North Coast Jamaica

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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Reviews

4.6
based on 14 holidaymaker reviews

Home Away from home in a gated community, 15 mins drive to Ochi Rios , WIFI avai
average rating of 4.571429 based on 19 reviews
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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: Jan 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 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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fantastic home and location

  • 4 of 5

my family and i stayed at this location for a week. it is in a wonderful area. close enough to the excitement but far enough away to be peaceful and undisturbed. the house itself is fantastic. large enough bedrooms with comfortable beds, yard space for the kids to play and ms. brown was just across the way if we needed anything. i would absolutely take my family here again. it was really a home away from home.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home from home

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful place to stay, just a short 10/15 minute drive from bustling Ocho Rios. If you want a getaway within a quiet and secure family setting, then this us the place. Friendly and attentive owner, lovely property manager and a great set of neighbours. We really didn't want to leave!! Would rscommend to everyone.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you and the family enjoyed your stay and the property was to your satisfaction. I hope you will return in the near future.
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beautiful house!!

  • 5 of 5

Im currently finishing my week stay at this beautiful house. The booking process was easy. Sharon supplied me with plentiful information about the house, location and check in process. I'm a frequent traveler to Jamaica so this location is perfect for me! Its only a 10 minute drive to Ochi. Mrs. Brown made the check in process very easy and enjoyable! She is a very lovely woman! The community is peaceful but close enough to Ocho Rios if u crave a party. Its a nicely decorated house with everything you can possibly need. I love my stay at this house and will be booking again n the near future. Thank you for allowing my friends and I the chance to stay at your wonderful home!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. I am happy that the property is to your satisfaction and that you are currently enjoying your stay in Jamaica.
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Perfect family home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

The house was as described, we spotted it before we saw the door number. The booking process and check in were both simple and stress free, the house was clean and welcoming. Very spacy with clean well lookd after outside space. The house manager was nice and helpful. Spacey open plan kitchen so I could watch my boys and tv whilst cooking. Lovely hot water pressure, ac and fans.

The house had books and board games, a music center for cds.

Staff and the frot gate were friendly and added to safety. A taxi outside the gate was always available and cost $150JMD either way to Ocho Rios or Oracabessa, less for children.

Rio Nouvo beach and just a short drive away behind the Cool Oasis gas station.

This propery comes highly recommended for our family.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed your stay and the property was to your satisfaction. Happy that the children made the most of the facilities inside and outside the property. Hope to see you next year.
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Home Away from Home! All the comfort you need!

  • 5 of 5

I would recommend this villa to friends and family!

It has everything you need for a comfortable holiday! My children loved playing with the toys provided for them, they also loved the cable television, nick junior etc.

The villa is nice, clean and comfortable a real home away from home.

It is also in a secure location, and I never once doubted our safety during our stay there.

Thank you Sharon we will be booking with you again, as soon as we can, we had such a nice time, the kids didn't want to leave!

During our stay we visited Dunns River Falls, this was fun I would recommend others do the same! We also went to the beach behind the cool oasis petrol station, there is a nice bar there, we went back there many evenings.

Another favorite beach for us was Port Maria Bay! This is a nice spot if you have small children as the sea is calm, enabling them to play in the water.

During our stay we also went to Negril, Montego Bay, And Ochi rios turtle beach, and the craft market in Ochi Rios, We also went on a boat trip, cool runnings, you can pick this up at Dunns River, we had a fantastic time that day.

We also have family in Jamaica so we spent alot of time visiting with them also, but it was great to have the villa for a retreat when we needed those special family moments alone.

Once again, Thanks so much Sharon for making our holiday comfortable for us! We will surely be in touch with you again soon!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased your group had a fantastic time and Iook forward to seeing you and your family again.
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Location

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

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Ocho Rios, North Coast Jamaica

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Standard Rates
8 Oct 2015 - 31 Aug 2016
3 night minimum stay
£186
for 3 nights
From
£62
£450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £150 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
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).

PLEASE NOTE PRICES ARE FROM £450 A WEEK BASED ON THREE ADULTS-MORE THAN 4 GUESTS AND CHILDREN IN GROUP-PRICES WILL BE NEGOTIABLE, BUT WILL NOT EXCEED £600 PER A WEEK.DISCOUNTS ARE AVALIABL

THIS IS A SELF CATERING VILLA-THERE IS NO COOK OR HOUSEKEEPING DURING YOUR STAY.

A HOUSEKEEPING FEE OF 3000 JAMAICAN DOLLARS/ OR ITS EQIVALENT IS TO BE PAID UPON ARRIVAL. THIS IS FOR HOUSEKEEPING TO BE DONE AT THE END OF YOUR VACATION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CO OPERATION

SECURITY DEPOSIT TO BE REFUNDED UPON CHECKOUT, ON THE BASIS THERE ARE NO DAMAGES TO THE PROPERTY

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • near the sea
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower situated in bathtub
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Walk in Shower
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Gated Community
  • Garden
  • Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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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