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Norse Hill Estate, Port Antonio, Jamaica: 6 Bd/Bth, Full Staff, Pool, 8 Acres

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Huge master bedroom suite - balconies on both sides for ocean views & breezes

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Last updated: 02/21/2017
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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:4.5
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

Follow a different drum: Norse HIll Estate, Jamaica's past life in Port Antonio

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

MORE DETAILS:
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.

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Member since: 2009

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/21/2017

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 4000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Car Optional
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Contact us to discuss your requirements....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

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  • Bedroom 2: 2 double

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  • Bedroom 3: 2 double

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  • Bedroom 4: 2 queen

    Bedroom has sleeping loft, great for children sharing room ...moreless

  • Garden Cottage, two bd/bth, kitchen - contact us for pricing: 2 king

    Can be rented alone or together with Norse Hill Villa rental...moreless

  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

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  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

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  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

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  • Bathroom 4: toilet, combination tub/shower

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  • Bathroom 5: toilet

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  • All bathrooms are large, tastefully decorated and beautifully appointed, in keeping with the standard of the villa....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    A large range of books is available for your enjoyment....moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    A wide range of board games and electronic games are available....moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    An internet connection is provided for Netflix and other online programming....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Rain Forests
  • Reefs
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Beaches are white sand with clear, turquoise water...moreless

  • Mountain:

    The hills behind the estate have many opportunities for hiking and visiting coffee plantations...moreless

  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View:

    Panoramic views of the ocean from many areas of the 8 acre gardens surrounding the villa...moreless

  • Resort:

    Norse Hill is an eight acre estate, surrounded by its own extensive garden, with local and exotic plantings, and wonderful vistas of ocean and mountains....moreless

  • Water View:

    Large pool on the estate, visible from some balconies, lawn and patio...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Spelunking
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    High quality linens are provided for all bedrooms....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Large living room with an entire wall of floor to ceiling doors that open to join the living room with the beauty of the garden....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone:

    Guests are lent a mobile 'phone on their arrival, so they can purchase a 'phone card and keep in contact without incurring high roaming charges....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped kitchen, but with your own chef, you may never need to enter it....moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Kayak is available for guests' use....moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Tennis:

    Tennis racquets are available, courts are nearby....moreless

  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Snorkeling equipment is available....moreless

  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2017
Jan 7 - Apr 15, 2017
4 night min stay
$950
$6,300

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $55 per night, per additional guest

Summer 2017
Apr 16 - Nov 17, 2017
4 night min stay
$750
$4,800

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $55 per night, per additional guest

Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 18 - Nov 25, 2017
7 night min stay

$5,300

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $55 per night, per additional guest

Late Summer 2017
Nov 26 - Dec 22, 2017
4 night min stay
$750
$4,800

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $55 per night, per additional guest

Christmas 2017
Dec 23 - Jan 6, 2018
7 night min stay

$7,300

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $55 per night, per additional guest

Winter 2018
Jan 7 - Apr 14, 2018
4 night min stay
$950
$6,300

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $55 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$950
$6,300

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Estate fee $150
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

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:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Location

50 Miles
Nearest Airport
Kingston Sangster
0.25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
GeeJam, walking
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway A4
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Port Antonio, Jamaica:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
“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.


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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/21/2017

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Photos

  • Huge master bedroom suite - balconies on both sides for ocean views & breezes

    Huge master bedroom suite - balconies on both sides for ocean views & breezes

  • Panoramic vista from Norse Hill Estate; peace, privacy in this beautiful garden

    Panoramic vista from Norse Hill Estate; peace, privacy in this beautiful garden

  • Dining room opens to the garden; the butler likes to decorate table with flowers

    Dining room opens to the garden; the butler likes to decorate table with flowers

  • First floor bedroom with two queen beds and sleeping loft for the children

    First floor bedroom with two queen beds and sleeping loft for the children

  • Chef Leston preparing the next meal; salads, barbecue, or Jamaican specialties

    Chef Leston preparing the next meal; salads, barbecue, or Jamaican specialties

  • One of Norse Hill's friendly, helpful staff; Alma is a favorite with all guests

    One of Norse Hill's friendly, helpful staff; Alma is a favorite with all guests

  • Norse Hill Estate: so many delightful ways to let go of stress, let in the peace

    Norse Hill Estate: so many delightful ways to let go of stress, let in the peace

  • Bedroom seating area in the new Garden Cottage upper level bedroom

    Bedroom seating area in the new Garden Cottage upper level bedroom

  • Essence of a tropical vacation - outdoor bathroom!  Garden Cottage upper level

    Essence of a tropical vacation - outdoor bathroom! Garden Cottage upper level

  • The Garden Cottage is a masterpiece of design; includes kitchen, dining area

    The Garden Cottage is a masterpiece of design; includes kitchen, dining area

  • Views delight the eye in every direction; optimal ventilation but fans, a/c too

    Views delight the eye in every direction; optimal ventilation but fans, a/c too

  • Winifred Beach -  unfrequented, great swimming, creative playground, great food!

    Winifred Beach - unfrequented, great swimming, creative playground, great food!

  • Norse Hill living room mixes comfort with elegant oriental decor & Jamaican art

    Norse Hill living room mixes comfort with elegant oriental decor & Jamaican art

  • Four spacious bedrooms at Norse Hill Estate main villa; two in Garden Cottage

    Four spacious bedrooms at Norse Hill Estate main villa; two in Garden Cottage

  • Another large, airy bedroom with views across garden and ocean to the horizon

    Another large, airy bedroom with views across garden and ocean to the horizon

  • Sensitive architecture: local materials have achieved graceful, appealing design

    Sensitive architecture: local materials have achieved graceful, appealing design

  • Norse Hill's beauty is emphasized at dusk; highlighting the elegant design.

    Norse Hill's beauty is emphasized at dusk; highlighting the elegant design.

  • The estate's huge gardens; space for weddings, families, relaxing, playing..

    The estate's huge gardens; space for weddings, families, relaxing, playing..

  • Welcome to the new Garden Cottage at Norse Hill Estate!  Steps from main villa

    Welcome to the new Garden Cottage at Norse Hill Estate! Steps from main villa

  • King size bed in the new Garden Cottage; nostalgic design but all the amenities

    King size bed in the new Garden Cottage; nostalgic design but all the amenities

  • Outdoor shower in upper level Garden Cottage bathroom - no need to close louvers

    Outdoor shower in upper level Garden Cottage bathroom - no need to close louvers

  • Many ways to relax but also many excursions to enjoy; we arrange it all for you

    Many ways to relax but also many excursions to enjoy; we arrange it all for you

  • One of many Port Antonio beaches - quiet, laid-back, empty, just how we like it!

    One of many Port Antonio beaches - quiet, laid-back, empty, just how we like it!

  • Pool, ocean, tropical trees, flowers - nice change when your view is all grey!

    Pool, ocean, tropical trees, flowers - nice change when your view is all grey!

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