Four Air Conditioned Bedrooms With Baths Ensuite, Pool, 70 Foot Verandah
Erica Downer or Anne Fulton
About Erica Downer or Anne Fulton
Born in jamaica to english parents, i have been going to Discovery Bay since i was about twelve years old and longed for a house there of my very own. Thirty years ago I found my dream spot! This beautiful place has seen my children grow up and been my joy and comfort through every one of life's ups and downs.
Erica Downer or Anne Fulton purchased this Villa in 1985
Why Erica Downer or Anne Fulton chose Discovery Bay
Although this house was not huge, it had about an acre of private garden, wonderful swimming and I could see it's potential. Lacking the capital for a grand build I needed to find a place that could be slowly enlarged and improved, and this was it!
What makes this Villa unique
I fell in love with the music of the murmuring water, turqoise through the bird feeding tree, surrounded by friends' homes so with proximity yet privacy. Being the most elevated of all the houses along the 'strip' it also gathered whatever cooling breezes blew, and I also found Alfred Miller, who has been my butler, support and friend through 30 years. Alfred has finally retired, and has passed on all his skills to dear Elva who, with 25 years' service, is now our mainstay.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Charming house right by the sea
An old and charming house right on the seafront. It is clean and nice and can be recommended.
Some of the bathrooms, jetty down to the sea and the gazebo may need some refurbishment.
Most important, however, is a wonderful staff who provide 3 delicious meals each day, as well as making great drinks and keeping it clean and tidy for all guests.
The local center has some shops but no good restaurants.
If you need a driver, David can be heartily recommended, he drives safely and also works as a guide, since he know a lot of history about the island.
I am so happy you liked our Sea Haven and our staff; Elva has now been with us for close to thirty years. We agree with your comments, the master bath was gutted and completely redone and the others are planned, one by one as space allows. The sea has eroded the steps into the water and they are being redone. And we are happy you liked David, we find him the same, very reliable. I hope you will come back again one day!
Our Amazing Stay at Sea Haven in Discovery Bay, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Our family of 10 rented the Sea Haven property owned by Erica Downer in Discovery Bay, Ocho Rios, Jamaica & we all had an AMAZING, unforgettable time. The staff provided for us consisted of: Elva (Chef), Angela (Hostess), & Camoy (Hostess). These AMAZING ladies fed us 3 times each day, and to experience authentic Jamaican cuisine was something we all looked forward to prior to even getting there. We celebrated our Son’s 13th Birthday while there and the staff made it an AMAZING experience that will NEVER be forgotten. If you love seafood (as we do), we would provide Elva our request and the local fishermen would fulfill our order, so we thoroughly enjoyed fresh fish, crab, and lobster anytime we wanted it. A produce truck would come by daily and Elva would get whatever she needed for our meals which were an added bonus. The cuisine was so exquisite that we took pictures of EACH meal we ate while there.
The property is well kept; both interior and exterior, with a spacious front yard and a back yard that leads right into the bay so be sure to either bring snorkeling gear or take advantage of the equipment provided on site. We saw several different species of fish, touchable sand sharks, a small manta ray, hermit crabs, and rock crabs. One day, there were hundreds of small jellyfish that blew into the bay where my Wife was unfortunately stung by one on her forearm (nothing major that some vinegar didn’t take care of ), but by the next day and the rest of our stay there, they never came back so just be aware prior to jumping in the water.
Anywhere we went, Jr. (Driver) was wonderful at pointing out the significance of different landmarks and areas as we made our way to and from locations; he was a Historian as well as a highly reliable source of information, especially when it came to recommending things to do and places to go based on our wants. We enjoyed AMAZING sunsets and the occasional relaxing kayak ride around the bay and be sure to take plenty of sunscreen (the sun is very intense & also be prepared for the humidity) as well as some strong mosquito repellent as they get you anytime when outside!
We stayed at Sea Haven 5/30/16 – 6/10/16 and to say the least, it was an AMAZING experience with an added bonus of meeting/seeing family that lived there! We definitely look forward to getting back to Ocho Rios and will keep this location as a mainstay anytime we consider going to Jamaica!!!
I will take great delight in sharing this with our staff who will be as thrilled as I was to read it. I am so sorry about the jellyfish sting, perhaps we can get the fishermen to warn us if any come into the bay. I am so very happy that you enjoyed your visit so much and look forward to hosting you again!
Best visit yet!!
As a frequent visitor to Jamaica, I have stayed in several villas in St. Ann. Sea Haven was by far the most convenient, excellent, and recommended villa I have ever stayed in. Everything you need is right there for you. The staff is beyond excellent courteous and professional. Ms. Elva who is the chef prepares meals that are simply delicious, from authentic Jamaican cuisine to anything you heart desires, and everything she makes with her magical hands will leave you wanting more. The grocery store has an account setup with the villa, so you can order all your groceries ahead of time, and additional groceries can be delivered during your stay. The staff goes above and beyond to make sure your stay is comfortable, for instance, I have an allergy to gluten and I let them know ahead of time, so Ms. Elva was prepared to make all meals gluten free, and even went the extra step to buy gluten free flour and other ingredients so that I can enjoy foods that I have not eaten in a long time, and longed for. This was indeed a very special touch. The villa itself is equipped with everything from DVDs, snorkeling gear, beach towels, housekeeping and a kayak. We enjoyed snorkeling and taking the kayak out. The water is very swimmable and includes beautiful marine life to look at while snorkeling, and there are even books so you can see what sea creatures you saw in the water. In past experiences at other villas, I have experienced staff walking throughout the house at all hours of the night, and having to call staff to allow you in/out the villa, but the Sea Haven staff are there for specific hours to fulfill your needs. They will ask what time you want them to come in the morning, what time you want breakfast ready, and after dinner they leave the premises. You have your own set of keys to come and go as you please. Every question we had was answered with wonderful recommendations, there is even a taxi specific for the villa to take you anywhere you need to go. This by far was the best time I have had in Jamaica in the 12 times I have been there. Thank you to the wonderful staff and Ms. Erica Downer for the initial prep work that she put in to make this vacation a superb one.
WOW WOW WOW. This is the level of happiness we DREAM of providing for everyone who stays and what a thrill for us all to read this. I am so very glad you enjoyed....hurry back!!
Our group of seven had six days of perfect relaxation, beautiful views, and the best food imaginable. The staff was wonderful, the meals delicious and we were able to sample all the local dishes. The bedrooms were spacious, air conditioned and provided the perfect nights sleep. Waking up to overlook the waters was one of the best experiences. The house is spacious, living room great for hanging out at night. We loved the huge wrap around veranda for the meals. The driver, Naval, met us at the airport and was available to some day trips we planned. The house staff were friendly, loved to explain their local customs and provided everything we needed. We loved that the fisherman would row to the house at the end of the day with their catches, red snapper channel crabs and lobsters! I would highly recommend Sea Haven for a perfect vacation spot. Thank you Erica.
Carol I am THRILLED that you enjoyed Sea Haven and Jamaica so much! Our staff try very hard and it is WONDERFUL to have the feeling that they have succeeded. Thank you so very much for your kind words and I do hope we will see you again.
Discovery Bay is a fishing village of about 4,000 of the kindest, friendliest people imaginable. It is about 40 minutes from Montego Bay and about 30 minutes from Ocho Rios which are the tourism capitals of Jamaica and there are a huge range of many activities and facilities, from swimming with dolphins, canopy rides, mountain biking, dog sledding, to groceries, banks, duty free shopping, art galleries, restaurants and night spots. Here is every imaginable convenience and recreational activity. I have done many of the activities and tried most of the restaurants and will be very happy to make recommendations!