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Great River House/5star Staff/Tennis Ct / Round Hill Beach Member

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A villa and location styled to create wonderful memories!


Last updated: 04/20/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Gather the generations and friends to spend a glorious time together at Great River House, with full privileges as part of the Round Hill Resort Family Check the calendar for availability and enjoy our honors..... L'ecole des Chefs of Silverseas has designated Great River House Chef Carlington Bouland one of its Celebrity guest chefs, Luxury Retreats named Great River House one of its top 4 Jamaican villas! Honored as Top 20 Most Spectacular Villas by Jamaican Treasures, & featured in 'Caribbean Travel and Life', GRH offers the cachet and ambiance of a private resort. The ultimate in relaxation and pampered service it has been selected by dignitaries, diplomats and CE0s as their getaway of choice. Modern in conveniences and amenities,yet classically Jamaican, the 5 bedroom home is considered one of the most elegant in the Caribbean with a top rated staff! World travellers say, the staff is better than a 5 star hotel with gourmet food comparable to top restaurants anywhere! An exceptional retreat for those who are immersed in life! Overlooking the sea with tradewind breezes, the villa is an exclusive beach member of ROUND HILL RESORT where you will have private privileges. Great River House also offers guests membership at Tryall Club where they may use the beach, the facilities and attend Tryall events!

Formerly a pimento plantation, GRH is located on over four glorious acres of gardens, lawns, royal palms and fruit trees. Gardens gently lit at night create a tropical wonderland while during the day recreation areas include your PRIVATE hard surface north/south tennis court with wind screen. Grassy areas for practicing putting and long drives abound plus badminton and croquet equipment are supplied for entertainment. Tree swings for children plus a firepit for marshmallow roasting, songs and story telling add extra fun.

Designed in 1956, for a member of the duPont family as her wedding gift , the villa's total renovation by modernist architect Tom Reed skillfully combines posh and casual ambiance, stunning expanse, and technology (wifi, Ipod, IPad and flash drive connections for surround sound in the main floor living areas and poolside) with the natural setting. The 7,500 square foot home is filled with island crafted mahogany furniture, preserving the old Jamaican Great House tradition with modern designer fabrics, Kohler designed en-suite bathrooms with water tiles, and an expansive Entertainment/Library/Game room [ 32” flat screen TV /DVD] .

Candlelight dinners created by 'the finest chef on Jamaica's North Shore' {state Zagat rated restranteurs from Chicago and GRH guests} are served in a formal dining room or under the stars on the extensive stone veranda with lanterns surrounding an extraordinary serpentine salt water infinity pool.

As you enter, the villa opens to views of the Caribbean leading to a multi purpose covered verandah focusing on indoor/outdoor living, so much a part of Jamaican life. Folding mahogany doors of louvers and glass are easily closed in the evening for an inside cozy feel. The eco friendly salt water pool / waterfall, fountain and children’s area is just steps away surrounded by a 2,400 square ft deck filled with a variety of seating and lounging areas in both sun and shade. In addition, a flower filled side courtyard with outdoor shower offers a retreat for rejuvenating spa treatments,napping or reading. Throughout the day and evening Great River valley breezes and trade winds create a gentle, environment. As the sun sets, the butler pours your favorites, while you watch the twinkling lights of cruise ships and fishermen's lanterns or study the stars through the house telescope as you listen to the tree frogs and follow the flying manoeuvers of the white owls. Savor your morning coffee and bananna bread as the sun peeks through lush foliage.

Combining tradition and innovation each of the five bedrooms and en-suite baths is filled with custom made island furniture accented with designer fabrics, as well as fine linens, good sized closets/chests for clothes, and screened louvers if you choose to not use the air conditioning to enjoy the night breezes which will have you reaching for a blanket. IPOD/ radio clocks are bedside for your favorite music. Four bedrooms radiate from the living core of the house.

The fifth bedroom and bath has its own low-walled terrace complete with seating and access to the tennis court and expansive gardens on the lower level near the entertainment/ games area and powder room. Configurations of the bedrooms include king beds in three with the remaining two having twins which may be combined into kings. A pull out twin sleeper/sofa is available in one of the twin bedrooms. All is maintained in a completely up to date, pristine condition reflective of the finest private homes anywhere in the world. The villa with its celebrity history is perfect for family/friends, special events/celebrations or as an executive/exclusive retreat!

Great River Private [ 8 miles west of Montego Bay /Sangster Airport] is located a few minutes from world renowned Round Hill where you will be beach club members courtesy of Great River House and four miles from Tryall Club with its 18 hole championship golf course where Great River House maintains a membership for guests who maybe use the beach, amenities and attend club events. Great River is a sought after private conclave of some twenty individually designed/owned luxury villas on a hill along the Great River overlooking the Caribbean Sea with 24 hour manned security.

A friendly, professional staff of chef, concierge/butler, housekeepers, gardener and night manager will help you quickly acclimate to your new home, create personalized menus, return personal laundry daily,arrange tee times at the outstanding Half Moon, Tryall and Cinnamon Hill golf courses and coordinate travel needs to Round Hill, Tryall, and other island sites such as the new Dolphin Cove close by in Lucea. Custom menus include freshly caught fish & lobster grilled on your own jerk drum, jerk shrimp and chicken, or 5 star lamb chops. The chef cooks for you while the butler makes dining a memorable and entertaining experience for both adults and children! Staff will even create a Jamaican day filled with island specialties, learning patois, cooking lessons, rum tasting and celebration dinner with traditional bonfire & folklore.

Round Hill Membership
A 5 minute drive finds you at one of the finest private resorts in the Caribbean. Membership entitles guests to access Round Hill’s private beaches, water sports, Kids club, Spa, pool and jogging trail.Enjoy afternoon tea; partake in Beach Night or theJamaican night show or just drinks at the bar with costs put on your credit card. Round Hill is on Conde Nast's Gold List /“best places to stay in the world, Green Globe Certified /AAA 4 Diamond Resort. It has been used as a movie/tv location,yet maintains the ultimate in privacy and discretion
Tryall Membership
A ten minute drive from the villa this well known resort is famous for its golf course along the sea, through the hills and around the old landmark waterwheel. Guests may make full use of the Tryall Beach Club and all of its amenities. A perfect spot to watch the sunset is from the verandah and bar of The Great House there.
Keywords: Luxury Private Villa for Friends/FamilyHolidays/SpecialEvents /Weddings/Executive/Celebrity Retreats. Includes Exclusive Complimentary Round Hill Membership


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Property Type

  • Villa
  • 7500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    Lovely connecting bedroom with 2 twins and pullout twin sleeper sofa. Crib, high chair, stroller and pack and play...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Tandom to #2 great for families with children...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 king

    Feel the fabulous Great River breeze at night!...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 king

    Incredible stand alone space/private balcony...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 2 twin/ single

    Glorious private walk out terrace with seating area to yard...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king

    Private balcony, sea view with cozy seating for 2...moreless

  • Convertible bed(s): 1 baby crib

    Pack and play also...moreless

  • King size beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (4), Baby Crib (1),Pack and Play 1 , Lovely sleeper oversize twin in middle bedroom in addition to two twins ALL LOUVERS ARE FULLY MESHED SO DELIGHTFULLY CAN BE KEPT OPEN AT NIGHT FOR THE NATURAL FRESH CLEAN AIR BREEZES IF YOU DESIRE!...moreless

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Huge with Kohler rain tiles!...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Beautiful tile,pebble walk in shower...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, tub, shower

    Great for children and adults too...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower

    Rain shower plus Kohler tiles...moreless

  • Bathroom 5: toilet, shower

    Kohler rain tiles and air conditioned!...moreless

  • Bathroom 8: outdoor shower

    Outdoor shower in private courtyard1...moreless

  • Bathroom 6: toilet

    First floor powder room with stunning decor...moreless

  • Bathroom 7: toilet

    Handy to Entertainment room on lower level...moreless

  • 5 en- suite; two powder rooms and one outdoor shower!

Other Amenities

  • Salt water/Infinity Pool overlooking sea, friendly, professional staff of 6, including a prominent Chef,concierge butler, on-site Tennis Court, indoor & outdoor eating, private balconies, private courtyard with shower for on-site spa services & relaxation. Yoga available on site. I-pod docking available throughout villa....moreless


  • Books:

    Both hard back and paperback to borrow or exchange with your newly read ones!...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room:

    Extensive private lower level room for a intense game of cards. chess or giant pick up sticks!...moreless

  • Games:

    Variety for both adults and children plus badminton and croquet...moreless

  • Music Library:

    Bose speakers in main living area of the house attached to stereo and main Ipod/ I Pad and flash drive dock. Individual Ipod/ RADIO CLOCKS in all bedrooms...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    House sound can use your music flash drive , connect to your i Pod, I pad or laptop while an outdoor speaker can be exclusively devoted to your I pod etc. i pod docks in all bedrooms!...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Glorious, relaxing view with exclusive beach membership at Round Hill!...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Watch the cruise ships sail by and the night fisherman with their lanterns....everything is always fresh to the table!...moreless

  • Resort:

    You become beach members at exclusive Round Hill resort courtesy of our private membership! Check it out on-line...moreless

  • Water View:

    The glistening waters of the Caribbean captivate you from the glorious deck of the expansive private deck as you are cooled by the tradewinds and breezes from the Great River....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Glorious art filled dining room separate and air conditioned as well as having doors which open to the pool , sea view and private courtyard! Double tables outside either under the pergola or stars ...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Remote controls/whisper quiet...moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    Hard wired in each bedroom and at a living room desk....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:


  • Fireplace:

    Outdoor firepit for marshmallow roasting, singing and Jamaican folklore!...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Minutes away at Round Hill or jog and walk the hills of the private...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Top of the line European and American...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Separate room with comfy sofas,writing desk, a plethora of reading materials and candlelight at night!...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    A driver and van can be supplied for your entire stay or as needed for a surcharge!...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    (2) Laundry done for you to your specifications by staff...moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove:

    Jerk drum for island cooking all done by the chef with pimento wood and leaves! Imagine the aroma! ...moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Top of the line Jamaican Chef trained in both Jamaica and US/ International cuisine. Easily deals with food allergies and vegetarian specifics....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Early coffee at the bar!...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    For fun daily changes!...moreless


  • Balcony:

    Three private balconies adjacent to three of the bedrooms....moreless

  • Boat:

    At Round Hill...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Expansive pooldeck/terrace filled with lounging , reading and sunning space....moreless

  • Gazebo:

    Perfect for outdoor dining or cocktails by the pool!...moreless

  • Golf:

    Clubs at the house for your practice shots over the 4 acres! Nearby great golf courses include Tryal, Cinnamon Hill and White Witch..our butler makes your reservation!...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    At Round Hill...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Shelter here from the sun and enjoy meals in this glorious spot!...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    One of the few in the area that is walkable filled areas for sports and of course the private tennis coourt. Ask Howard the butler to help set up badminton or croquet. He'll bring smoothies too!...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Jerk drum where the chef can create amazing food!...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Your own private courts for the children to have fun or the adults to have a match! Fun rackets and balls at the house!...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    See Captain Brian at Round Hill and tell him we sent you!...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool:

    Specially designed shallow toddlers area. Entire pool is salt water and will be heated on request for a fuel surcharge of $750..Dec through March if needed...water is usually delightful without heat...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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from 15 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 13 - Dec 12, 2015
7 night min stay

Christmas Week
Dec 19 - Dec 26, 2015
7 night min stay

New Year's Week
Dec 27 - Jan 3, 2016
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Van & Driver $600
  • Taxes Not included


Summer 3 Bedroom Rates are $857.14/night

Winter 3 Bedroom Rates are $1,142.85/night

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Last updated: 04/20/2015
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7 Miles
Nearest Airport
Sangster International
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
Tryall Golf club..also Cinnamon Hill and Half Moon
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Enjoy exclusive membership at private Round Hill

Car: Not Necessary

Dolphin Cove in Lucea is incredible, fun, clean and non touristy...have our concierge/ butler call and make a reservation for a personalized visit!

The house has glorious sea views with privacy and tradewind breezes...both often missing at the beach houses. Your private exclusive beach is at Round Hill courtesy of GRH and only 5 minutes away,creating the best of both worlds including a with a spa!

Secure gated GREA RIVER PRIVATE, small elegant area of 21 very private villas in close proximity to exclusive ROUND HILL. All villas fully staffed and surrunded by lovely properties. Gates at main entrance with manned security 24/7.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: The lush beauty and scenic vistas of Jamaica bring renewal to your mind and body while restoring your well being. The laughter and joy radiating from staff will bring smiles for months to come.

Why the Owner Chose Montego Bay:
As a family we rented for over a decade at almost all of the available villas on the north shore and felt it was time to create our own up to date house with the very best staff possible. After all those years of choosing rentals , we understand how important it is to continually maintain and add innovation to give guests the reality of photos and description. Our biggest gratification is when guests say 'your house is even more beautiful than your photos and amazingly maintained'. So be pampered by a kind intuitive staff who are loving and thoughtful while always working to make your stay just the way you dreamed!

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Sitting on the terrace each evening; listening to the tree frogs in the background; smelling night blooming jasmine and watching the constellations and space station overhead; this is a memory for a lifetime! Everyone who stays agrees, the stars are not brighter any where else on earth: we furnish the telescope but it really is not necessary!

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • A villa and location styled to create wonderful memories!

    A villa and location styled to create wonderful memories!

  • Begin Your Day Having Breakfast  with Fountains and Waterfalls poolside!

    Begin Your Day Having Breakfast with Fountains and Waterfalls poolside!

  • Perfect spot for meditation and relaxation.......a view to infinity!

    Perfect spot for meditation and relaxation.......a view to infinity!

  • The veranda  for reading, game playing, and planning your day!

    The veranda for reading, game playing, and planning your day!

  • Separate Living Room for Reading, Chatting or Afternoon Tea

    Separate Living Room for Reading, Chatting or Afternoon Tea

  • Sumptuous Stand Alone Owner's BR w/ Private Veranda and 400 sq. ft. bath

    Sumptuous Stand Alone Owner's BR w/ Private Veranda and 400 sq. ft. bath

  • Garden Level BR with its Own Wraparound Terrace

    Garden Level BR with its Own Wraparound Terrace

  • Spa like bathrooms!

    Spa like bathrooms!

  • Waterfalls & Fountains Delight All Ages with a safe kiddie end!

    Waterfalls & Fountains Delight All Ages with a safe kiddie end!

  • Will this be your favorite view from the pool deck?

    Will this be your favorite view from the pool deck?

  • There is even an outdoor shower for after your massage.

    There is even an outdoor shower for after your massage.

  • Ready to welcome you back!

    Ready to welcome you back!

  • Your welcome candlelight gourmet dinner! Formal Dining Room opens to pool & sea

    Your welcome candlelight gourmet dinner! Formal Dining Room opens to pool & sea

  • Moving through the day!

    Moving through the day!

  • Private Nooks and Crannies Surround the Infinity Edge Salt Water Pool

    Private Nooks and Crannies Surround the Infinity Edge Salt Water Pool

  • Games, TV and More

    Games, TV and More

  • 5 Luxurious BR's & Baths all en-suite

    5 Luxurious BR's & Baths all en-suite

  • Bedrooms are Delightful Spaces

    Bedrooms are Delightful Spaces

  • With cool Great River breezes, this is a favorite bedroom..

    With cool Great River breezes, this is a favorite bedroom..

  • Refreshment time with a butler at your service!

    Refreshment time with a butler at your service!

  • A friendly visitor poolside!

    A friendly visitor poolside!

  • A private courtyard  awaits for massage , napping or reading.

    A private courtyard awaits for massage , napping or reading.

  • The firepit is perfect for marshmallow roasting and family memories

    The firepit is perfect for marshmallow roasting and family memories

  • Your very own private tennis court is part of the expansive grounds.

    Your very own private tennis court is part of the expansive grounds.

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