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Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 8,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Glamorous Villa,5 bedrooms, 7 bath with gorgeous sea view in gated community

Classic Jamaican glamour meets luxurious modern conveniences. Newly refurbished,completely redecorated and landscaped, 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 has all the amenities of a world class resort. Modern conveniences and old Jamaican glamour, this BEAUTIFUL AND CHARMING 5 en suite bedroom villa is considered one of the most elegant in the Caribbean with a top rated staff. Guests say the staff is better than a 5 star hotel with gourmet meals comparable to top restaurants. Dramatic views of the Caribbean and soothing trade winds, Great River House is an exclusive beach member of ROUND HILL RESORT where you will have privileges.

Built for a member of the DuPont family as a wedding gift, Great River House is located on five glorious rolling acres of gardens, royal palms and fruit trees including mango, papaya, banana and coconut. Gardens gently lit create a tropical wonderland at night while during the day recreation areas include a PRIVATE hard surface north/south tennis court with wind screen.Newly added Putting Green, plus badminton and croquet equipment are supplied for entertainment. Tree swings for children and a firepit for marshmallow roasting, songs and story telling add extra fun.

The villa's total renovation skillfully combines a timeless elegance with state of the art technology including WiFi, Sonos, Apple TV and RAKU. The 8,000 square foot home is a light filled happy and gorgeous space, newly decorated in icy blues, pinks and white to reflect the sky. Sofas and club chairs in designer fabrics are as comfortable as they are beautiful. Open and airy the villa has the unique feature of every room having attractive louvered SCREENED WINDOWS AND DOORS. Enjoy movie night and board games in the Club Room with a 60" flat screen.

Candlelight dinners created by one of the finest chefs on Jamaica's North Shore are served in the formal dining room with an a wide selection of fine china and Madeira linen or under the stars on the 2500 Sq. Ft. Travertine stone veranda with lanterns surrounding an inviting serpentine saline infinity pool.

As one enters the double parlor the eye is drawn to the elegant verandah and beyond to the dramatic views of the Caribbean. Massive custom made mahogany doors of louver, screens and glass are easily closed in the evening for a more intimate atmosphere.

The Veranda offers a variety of seating and lounging areas in both sun and shade. In addition, a flower filled side courtyard with an outdoor shower provides a retreat for rejuvenating spa treatments, napping or reading. Throughout the day and evening Great River valley breezes and trade winds create a soothing environment. As the sun sets, the butler pours your favorites refreshments 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 comfort, each of the very private five bedrooms and en-suiteKohler designed baths are filled with luxury Italian and French linens. Clothes are expertly laundered and promptly returned so you need not pack too much. Windows all have Screened louvers should you choose to not use the air conditioning and enjoy the night breezes with the intoxicating fragrance of Night Blooming Jasmine. IPOD/ radio clocks are bedside for your favorite music.

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. Meticulously maintained, completely up to date, and in pristine condition reflective of the finest private homes in the world. The villa with its celebrity history is perfect for family and friends, special events, celebrations or as an executive retreat. We look forward to helping make your dream vacation come true.


Great River Private [ 7 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. 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 butler, chef, housekeepers, groundskeepers, and nightwatchman will welcome and quickly make you feel you at home. Chef Desmond will assist in creating personalized Farm to Table menus. Suzette and Karen provide daily laundry services and make your stay comfortable. Mr. Prince, the GRH butler personally sees to your every need, from your favorite drink, midmorning fresh fruit smoothies to arranging tee times at the outstanding Half Moon, Tryall and Cinnamon Hill golf courses. He coordinates schedules to Round Hill, Tryall, and other island sites. Custom menus include freshly caught fish & lobster grilled on your own jerk drum, jerk shrimp and chicken, 5 star lamb chops or crispy duck. The chef prepares mouthwatering meals while the butler makes dining a memorable and entertaining experience for both adults and children.

The Great River House staff is universally outstanding; warm, professional, kind and dedicated to making guests visits memorable. Reliable and loving nannies are on-call.

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 the Jamaican night show or just drinks at the bar, Payment accepted by credit card or cash. 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 and through the hills.

Keywords: Luxury Private Villa for Friends/FamilyHolidays/SpecialEvents /Weddings/Executive/Celebrity Retreats. Includes Exclusive Complimentary Round Hill Membership

More Details

Lise Murphy
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About Lise Murphy

We rented various villas in the Round Hill environs for well over a decade while looking for the perfect home for our family. When we saw Great River House we fell in love with the view of the sea, the extensive grounds, fruit trees, the private tennis court, tree swings and gorgeous infinity saline pool. The house while large is also very welcoming. Our children, small grandchildren in-laws and friends all share our feelings.

Lise Murphy purchased this villa in 2015

Why Lise Murphy chose Saint James Parish

We looked for a property that offered both tranquility and activities (a tennis court and swimming pool ) for our family and friends. One with spectacular views of the Caribbean, privacy and a stone's throw from the Round Hill.. Large enough for everyone to have their own quiet time (8,000 sq. ft.) with gracious generous entertaining spaces for group gatherings.

Elegant and comfortable, private and convenient, self contained with memberships to great private clubs. The staff is world class. Easy to get to from almost anywhere. A pretty perfect

destination. It makes you happy just being there.

What makes this villa unique

Location; Private and Secure with beautiful views of the Caribbean and extensive grounds with many tropical fruit trees. Private, safe and self contained yet 5 minutes to a world class resort and the beach. Convenient to Montego Bay and the airport. It really has everything from a Private tennis court, infinity saline swimming pool, putting green and so many other amenities. Elegant yet comfortable and completely newly redecorated. Year round Trade winds throughout the large fully louvered screened house.

Fragrant Night Blooming Jasmine.

En-suite bedrooms offer seclusion while entertaining areas are close by. Staff is warm, welcoming, professional and always available to be of assistance.The food is better than at any restaurant. Well suited to all age groups.

Perfect for families or a couple's getaway. Great River House is a magical place.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The staff was very friendly, easy going and just overall GREAT! We can not say enough about the wonderful chef...we loved every meal and we ate a lot! We rate the villa excellent in all categories
Nov 2014
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Saint James Parish Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 8000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , Great for children and adults too
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Huge shower with Kohler rain tiles!
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Walk-in Rain shower plus Kohler tiles
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Kohler rain tiles Walk-in Shower
    Bathroom 8 - outdoor shower , Outdoor shower in private courtyard.Great for after massage.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Beautiful pebble stone Walk in Shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , First floor powder room with stunning river rock wall
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , Convenient to Club Room on Garden Level
  • 5 Beautiful Full En-Suite Bathrooms. 1 Private Outdoor Shower. 2 Half Baths. All completely current and meticulously maintained.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Convertible bed(s) - 2 baby crib , Pack and play also
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Incredible Owners Wing/private balcony with magnificent view
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Tandom to #2 great for families with children. Canopy bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Fabulous Great River breeze at night. Canopy bed.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Private balcony, sea view with cozy seating
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , Canopy bed,Glorious private terrace with seating and chaises
  • King size beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (4), Baby Crib (2),Pack and Play 1 , Lovely sleeper oversize twin in middle bedroom in addition to two twins Screened louvers in very room should you prefer wonderful breezes to air-conditioning. The finest European linens in every bedroom. Comfortable reading chairs and benches and good lighting. Soothing color palette.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
Salt water/Infinity Pool overlooking the aqua blue Caribbean, friendly professional staff of 7, including a chef,concierge butler,housekeepers,groundskeeper, nightwatchman. On-site Private Tennis Court, Indoor/Outdoor eating, private balconies and courtyard with shower for on-site spa services & relaxation. Yoga/ Pilates available onsite. Perfect location- 5 min. to beach and convenient to airport. PARADISE!


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average rating of 4.875 based on 62 reviews

Best Vacation our family ever had!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of six adults age 26 to 84 years old and 2 toddlers. The house was perfect for us all. HUGE but

comfortable. Beautiful inside and out. Chef Jerome is an amazingly talented cook and great with children. Kirk, the butler could not have been nicer or more helpful in organizing outings. Karen and Grace are SWEET and kept the house spotless. Thank you to the entire staff. We cannot wait to come back next year. More Bananas Foster please!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Second Visit to Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We had our second wonderful week at Great River House in April. We wondered if it would live up to the exceptionally high standard of two years ago and it most certainly did!! Once again, we were a party of four adults and five children and the house accommodated us easily. The open living spaces and terrace, and large bedrooms and bathrooms, enable everyone to truly relax. Kirk, the new butler was incredibly attentive, polite, helpful and friendly. He recommended some wonderful day trips and organized these for us. Carlington's cooking was delicious once again and he managed to produce amazing meals for both the adults and children in our party. The housekeepers and laundress kept the house immaculate and the beautiful grounds were extremely well cared for. I really cannot find anything to fault at Great River House and would not hesitate to return for a third time! I cannot recommend this house highly enough!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Great River House was really terrific. The house is lovely. The setting is very pretty. The proximity to Round Hill made our trips to the beach and to see friends easy. Throughout our stay, we kept noting how remarkable your staff is. Carlington is without question the best cook we have had in the Caribbean (having been coming down for 30 years). He is imaginative yet 100% reliable. As a person, he exudes warmth and welcome. He was a pleasure to spend time with. Kirk is similarly kind and warm. We spent much time with Kirk discussing the island and various details of our trip. He is a very well-spoken, thoughtful and kind man. He was a joy to be around and he very much helped make our stay what it was. Kirk and Carlington are still being discussed in our apartment in New York as Charlotte, our 3 year old, is still obsessed with them both. Last night we visited Charlotte’s grandmother for dinner and when the desert was not to her liking she asked if she could have dinner tonight with Kirk and Carlington.

The ladies of the house were all smiles and so nice to see each day. The house was immaculate and laundry etc was fully reliable and 100% spot on. The grounds are very well kept and we felt secure at night thanks to Dev (and the dogs). We only regret not getting to do a bonfire so we will need to return another time!

I think being able to keep a staff such as this must be a true challenge and yet a real reflection upon you both - your commitment to the house and the individuals that make up the team. They seem to think very highly of you and are really an impressive group. They are the difference in our view between a mediocre and a fantastic experience.

This was a fantastic trip. We thank you for everything and very much hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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amazing views and home

  • 5 of 5

This is a Five Star experience! The staff were so welcoming and helpful, the house is exceptional in its beauty and amenities. Ken and Carol were so gracious and got us ready for our trip via email. Mr Goofy and Mr Walton were wonderful driving us around for our excursions and sightseeing. It was truly a fairy tale vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was indeed our pleasure! Thank you for the kind words.
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fantastic experience

  • 5 of 5

i cannot speak more highly of the owners or their staff. from the moment you arrive at the property you can tell that everybody involved with great river house takes enormous pride in the home.

the staff were friendly, professional, and accommodating.

the home itself is immaculately cared for.

this is the third villa we have rented in jamaica, and there is no place like great river house.

the owners go out of their way to ensure your stay is the best it can be. when they heard the weather reports, they reached out to us to let us know that we would be welcome to stay longer should our flight be cancelled.

we cannot wait to return to grh!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beyond our Expectations!

  • 5 of 5

My family (including 6 adults and 3 children) rented Great River House the first week in December. We were very impressed not only with the villa, but also the staff. The villa is absolutely beautiful, sumptuously appointed and immacutately kept! The staff was amazing - very polite and competent in their jobs. From welcoming drinks to farewell goodbyes, they spoiled us beyond belief. We were told that our chef, Carlington, was one of the best on the island. Our opinion was that he must be THE BEST in Jamaica! From breakfast in the morning to dinner in the evening, our meals were each and every one a gourmet delight - absolutely 5 star.

I cannot say enough about Howard, the Butler. He took care of our every need - from having a piece of luggage repaired to making all our reservations (golf at White Witch, ziplining, ultimate swim with the dolphins, beads in the 5 yr. old's hair and a great babysitter for the 2 yr. old). When we arrived back at the villa in the late afternoons, he had cocktails waiting for the adults and snacks for everyone.

Britton, the Security Manager, was a delight. He looked after us every night and entertained us with his stories and reggae singing.

Our family had a wonderful time in Jamaica and the overwhelming reason was because of our stay at this property. The owners, Ken and Carol Radtke, were very helpful before, during and after our stay. No wonder they have put together such a great staff at the villa, for they are certainly wonderful people to deal with, very hands on - We give it 5 stars and will absolutely choose this property again on return visits.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Sangster International
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Tryall, White Witch, Cinnamon Hill and Half Moon
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Enjoy exclusive membership at private Round Hill
Nearest Point of Interest
Round Hill Private Resort
Car: not necessary

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

The house has glorious sea views with privacy and trade wind breezes, 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.

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $1,500

Inquire about 3 bedroom rate and 5 day rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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