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The Wharf House - Old World Charm By The Sea

Bedrooms 4
Property type house


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

The Wharf House is a beautiful and historic 18th century property located on the shores of the Montego Bay Lagoon, a large saltwater inlet of the Caribbean Sea which is part of the Montego Bay Marine Park. For several decades, The Wharf House has also been - and remains until today - one of the homes of our family.

We are not - nor do we aim to be - a hotel. We are a small and intimate B&B, offering four bedrooms furnished with family-owned antiques and lovely artwork from the Caribbean. Each of our rooms is unique, but all of them reflect - we hope - our passion for “beautiful things”…be they furniture, paintings, art & craft items, or merely the views you have from your bedroom windows.

The Wharf House has its own small private pebble beach (accessible only to Wharf House guests), a swimming pool shaded by massive cotton trees, a large seaside dock, and expansive tropical gardens dotted with a wide variety of fruit trees - mangoes, coconuts, ackees, breadfruit, avocados, lemons and pomegranates. Our staff will be happy to help you to sample some of these fruity delights.

Our property is home to a wide variety of wild life. The lagoon teems with fish and other sea creatures, and our gardens are filled with birds & bees & butterflies & lizards. And, yes, these wonderful creatures sometimes make their way into our house...and we would not want it any other way. Please bear this in mind when considering a vacation at our home.

We - and several generations before us - have greatly enjoyed living at The Wharf House, and we very much hope that you, too, will enjoy your stay…however long or short it may be.

Nikki & Stefan


The driving time from Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport to the Wharf House is approximately 15 - 20 minutes. From our property, you can reach the Fairview Shopping Center (with its large supermarkets, pharmacies, and wide variety of trade shops) in about 10 minutes, by car.


The Wharf House has four bedrooms. Depending on your requirements, you can rent one bedroom, two bedrooms, three bedrooms, or the entire property. All bedrooms are equipped with ceiling fans and A/C. The rate for renting the entire property (all 4 bedrooms) is US$640 per night. If you wish to rent only one, or two, or three bedrooms, please contact us for a quote.

Two of our bedrooms - the Sea View Bedroom & the Garden View Bedroom - are located in the Main House. These two bedrooms are adjacent to the common living room & inside dining area.

The "Sea View Bedroom" has an antique king-size four poster bed, a walk-in closet, en-suite bathroom, and is equipped with a ceiling fan and A/C.

The "Garden View Bedroom" has antique twin beds, a walk-in closet, and is equipped with a ceiling fan and A/C. The Garden View bathroom is located in the Main House, across the living room.

Our other two bedrooms are, in fact, stand-alone cottages.

The “Sea Side Cottage” is located against the very shores of the Montego Bay Lagoon, offering lovely views of the Caribbean Sea from your four poster king-size bed. This cottage has its own small private terrace, walk-in closet, en-suite bathroom, ceiling fan & A/C.

The “Pool Side Cottage”, located a little further back in the gardens, is very private, and has antique twin beds and its own separate access to the shared swimming pool. It, too, has a walk-in closet & en-suite bathroom with shower, ceiling fan & A/C.

Our VRBO listing shows photographs of each bedroom - but if you need or want advice on selecting the bedroom ideally suited for you, please contact us. We will be happy to be of help.

There are several "common" areas, which - unless you have rented the entire property - you will share with other guests: the living room and inside dining room in the Main House, the kitchen, the dock, the swimming pool & gardens, and the pebble beach.

Our rates, which range from US$150 to US$170 per room, per night (double occupancy), include Continental Breakfast for 2 persons and free high-speed WiFi. A staff gratuity of 15% of the total cost of your stay is customary & will be very much appreciated.

Please note that during our main season - from December until April - we give preference to those bookings which are for our entire property, and for a minimum stay of one week.

B&B service:

Our Continental Breakfast is served, buffet-style, between 8am and 10am. Depending on the weather, breakfast is served either on the dock, or in the common living/dining room. You are, of course, free to help yourself to your breakfast from the buffet & carry it to your room…or to any part of the property which takes your fancy.

Our Continental Breakfast consists of seasonally-available tropical fruits, eggs cooked to your liking, breads and toast and pastries, jams, fresh fruit juices, and freshly-brewed Blue Mountain coffee & a variety of teas.


The Wharf House has a separate & large building, which can be used for meetings, Yoga, dance, and retreats of all kinds.

A small paddle boat is available for guests who wish to explore the Lagoon. Snorkeling equipment is available for those who wish to explore the nearby reef. Also on property: a ping-pong table & a wide variety of board games.


The Wharf House is staffed at all times by our live-in caretaker, Leroy, and our housekeeper, Elisha, and our cook, Pinky.

Additional services - Cook:

If you have booked a minimum of 3 rooms with us & require a full-time cook to prepare your lunches and dinners…no problem. Just give us advance notice, and we will organize a full-time cook for you. This service comes at an additional daily charge for the cook and you will also have to purchase your own groceries for the preparation of your lunches and dinners. Please contact us for costs details and general information. As a general rule, we do not provide full-time cook service for bookings of less than 3 rooms...but, subject to availability, we may be able to do so. So just give us a shout...we will do our best to meet your wishes and needs. Please note that we do not permit guests to cook their own meals.

Additional services - Driver:

If you require a driver, to get around…no problem. The Wharf House has its own licensed tourist taxi, driven by Verol, who will be happy to take you anywhere you wish to go. This service comes at an additional charge. Contact us for cost details & general information.

Additional services - Massages, reflexologies, facials, Reiki, chiropracter, yoga classes etc.

The Wharf House has its own spa room, located right on the sea. Enjoy the sound of the waves lapping against the shore, as you are pampered by one of our professional therapists. These services are available by prior appointment only & come at an additional charge. Contact us for cost details & general information.


Four major golf courses, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, sunset catamaran cruises, zip-lining, river rafting and horseback riding are all within easy reach of our property; as are several restaurants and jerk centers, a cinema, the famous Doctor’s Cave Beach, and much more. We will be happy to help you with reservations & recommendations.

You can also book the Wharf House (subject to availability) for an event: a wedding, spiritual retreat, party, family reunion, etc. Please contact us for conditions & pricing details.


The Wharf House is secured by Hawkeye Security’s 24 hour monitoring service.

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September 18, 2018

Why Nikki chose Montego Bay

The Wharf House has been in my family for several generations. For much of that time, it was one of my family’s homes in Jamaica…a place where we lived, and laughed, and enjoyed seeing our sons and daughters, grand-sons and grand-daughters & nieces and nephews play in the gardens, swim in the sea & the pool, and - quite generally (and far too quickly) - grow into adulthood.

But The Wharf House - at various times during my family’s ownership - has also been: a famous restaurant, operated as “Norma’s on the Wharf” by renowned Jamaican chef Norma Shirley; a luxury villa, available for short-term vacation rental; and a long-term rental property for some of our Jamaican friends and acquaintances.

Today, The Wharf House has been re-conceived as an intimate B&B property…a home away from home…your home in our home. We - Nicky & my husband Stefan - live on property. Not all the time, but as much & as often as we can. If we are not on property during your stay, our lovely staff will be delighted to look after you.

The Wharf House is - believe us - a truly magical place, and we look forward to sharing our home with you.

Nicky & Stefan


Montego Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Sea View Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Garden View Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Sea Side Cottage Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Pool Cottage Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • We provide locally-made, all-natural soaps in all bathrooms.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Main House - Sea View Bedroom - 1 king
    Main House - Garden View Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Sea Side Cottage - 1 king
    Pool Side Cottage - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Coral Gables, FL

Take Me Back!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our visit to The Wharf House was absolute perfection! The property is stunning and the staff was welcoming, warm, helpful and just fantastic. Pinky's cooking is not to miss! Her food embodied the soul of the island and it's people. Everything was delicious and her salad dressing should be bottled! Elisha & Leroy were helpful and attentive every day.

The attention to detail in everything was above & beyond our expectations. It is the ideal place to visit when you want to relax and get away from your everyday life, you may never want to leave as we all did! Thank you Nicky & Stefan for an unforgettable amazing weekend!! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Marita. We will be thrilled to host you & your friends come back anytime! And thank you for this lovely review! Love & best regards from Pinky, Elisha, Leroy and ourselves. Nicky & Stefan
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May be my favorite place in the world

  • 5 of 5

I love this villa and the beauty, elegance, peacefulness and relaxation that it brings to our Jamaican vacations. This was our second visit and it actually exceeded my amazing memories of our first stay two years ago. Stefan and Nicky are the warmest hosts and really seem to take pride in making our time at the villa as wonderful as it can be. The location is unbeatable, the bay is lovely, the property is gorgeous and the staff makes it perfect with their friendly service. I honestly think I will never rent another place in Jamaica.

On this trip, in addition to my own family, I brought along my mom and my sister and 2-year old nephew and they loved the place as much as I do. There is something for everyone - beach, dock, pool, quiet places to read or nap, snorkling, paddleboards, sunshine, music, great food!

I can't wait to come back, which hopefully will be very soon!!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Amy. Do come back very soon! We love to have you here and are already looking forward to your next visit!!! With thanks & love from all of us at Wharf House. Nicky & Stefan
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Washington, D.C.

A Three-Generation Family Holiday That Was Superb in Every Respect

  • 5 of 5

We are a family with three generations who regularly travel together. In the last three years, we've been to Vietnam, Mexico, Italy, and England. We always pick villas, apartments and home stays, rather than hotels. I picked Wharf House based on the photos and strong reviews.

We had a wonderful stay many years ago at a very fancy Villa on Jamaica's Discovery Bay; Wharf House was, overall, much more enjoyable, and at roughy half the price.

For this trip, we were 10 people -- my wife and I, my daughter and son-in-law, grandchildren aged 16, 8, 7, and 5, plus an au pair and an older friend of my wife's and mine..

Wharf House was a perfect venue for a week's stay in Jamaica. We booked the entire premises, including both main house bedrooms, the two cottages, and a bedroom for our 16-year-old grandson in an additional cottage on the premises that isn't listed on the website. We did very little for the whole week other than enjoy each other on the expansive deck, al fresco dining, and the spacious pool. We were admirably cared for by Stefan and his staff, including Miss Pinky, Elisha, and LeRoy. We planned all meals with Miss Pinky, went out shopping for groceries on our own and with Stefan, and had the fun of dinners with Miss Pinky's oxtail stew, jerk pork, chicken stew, and barbecued ribs, all accompanied by great vegetables and green salad.

The photos on the website capture Wharf House's amenities perfectly, but can't convey the spirit of the place and the enthusiasm and dedication of the staff. It's the combination that can't be beaten.

Our young grandchildren cried when they said goodbye to the staff. Nothing more need be said, except that we'll come back -- ideally the next time with our son, daughter-in-law, and other three grandchildren as well.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jonathan, Thank you for your very kind words. It truly was a joy to be allowed to host you and your lovely & very interesting family at our home. And - believe us - your grandchildren were not the only ones to shed a few tears when you departed...Pinky & Elisha had a little cry, too. We do hope you will make good on your promise to visit us again. If and when you do, it will be for us like a home-coming. A home-coming of people who, whilst not ancestrally related to us, are nonetheless part of our tribe. All of us here send all of you there our love & best wishes. Nicky & Stefan
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One of the nicest places in the world.

  • 5 of 5

If you are considering a stay at The Wharf House, I'd like to highly recommend it. We stayed for a few days before sailing from Montego Bay on a cruise to Cuba, and we all agreed that our time at this lovely home was a high point of our trip. I've had the opportunity to travel to many places in the world through my career, and this historic home with it's beautiful sea view, majestic trees and lush gardens, and friendly and interesting owners and staff is a favorite.

We arrived hungry after flying all day from San Francisco, and Pinky served us a light supper of chicken sandwiches, salad, and ice cold Red Stripe beers. We ate on the dock with twinkling lights and beautiful stars overhead, and the sound of the water lapping on the shore. We immediately felt very welcome and very much at home.

The home and cottages are lovely, with comfortable beds and furniture, and lots of places to congregate if you're there with friends or family. I'd recommend having Pinky arrange meals for your stay...they were fabulous and very affordable. Stefan and Nicky were so kind to us, and a wonderful source of information about Cuba, since they had traveled there many times. We now consider them friends, although we just met them on this trip.

This is a wonderful place to stay, and my friends and I all loved it and hope to return. I think you'll love it too.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Linda, Thank you so very much for this lovely review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your brief stay with us, and hope that you will visit us again...for a longer time! All of us here at Wharf House send all of you our love and best regards. Nicky, Stefan, Pinky, Elisha, & Leroy
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Inspirational Beauty and Generous Hosts

  • 5 of 5

We recently completed an all too brief, but full, stay at the Wharf House with our best friends at the tail end of our Jamaican vacation. We typically stay at resorts, but were drawn to the 'Old World Charm' of the Wharf House and wanted to try something different. From start to finish, it was a fabulous experience! We were greeted by warm smiles and handshakes and cold beverages. After a tour of the property, we settled in on the wharf and pretty much stayed there the entire time. The aquatic life is diverse and fun to watch both in and out of the water. The unobstructed view of the ocean and Montego Bay are just mesmerizing both during the day and night. Add to that the soft ocean breezes and the soft scent of Jamaica, it just fills you up until you feel like you will almost burst from the beauty of it all. And then there was the food! Sorry Sandals, but you have nothing on Pinky's salt fish fritters...hands down one of the best bites I had on this Jamaican vacation, with the locally made pepper jelly - sooo good. Even a beautiful snack tray that Nicky put together of dips, cheese, and other tasty nibbles was so elegant, again, another black mark for Sandals...Stefan warned that a stay here will change how you want to vacation, and I couldn't agree more. I have never felt more welcome and cared for than at the Wharf House. Such an amazing degree of thoughtfulness was put into our brief stay that I am almost speechless. The next time we visit Jamaica, I hope there are rooms available (the house itself is just beautiful - the wood doors with the key in the lock...) because our next stay will be much longer! Thank you Nicky and Stefan for opening your home to the world. I feel quite blessed to have stayed there.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Alana, Thank you so very much for your very kind words - we, too, thoroughly enjoyed your brief stay with us! Pinky sends you her love & regards & wants you to know that her next batch of salt fish fritters will be even better than the last one (and we are inclined to take her word for it). So, yes, do please come back & stay with us when you are next in Jamaica...and make it a longer stay. With fondest regards & best wishes from all of us here at Wharf House. Nicky & Stefan
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It can't get better than this

  • 5 of 5

For our family reunion it was the perfect setting. We had the needed privacy in our cottages and rooms, but at the same time there were the ideal communal spaces where we gathered. We had all our meals on the amazing deck but we also played games inside in the cozy living room. The kayaks and the beach were well-used during our stay. Each room is beautifully decorated with local art and everything is well-maintained.

I see that other reviewers have mentioned the warm welcome by the staff and by Stefan and Nicole.. I can only second and third that. Stefan checked in with us regularly to see if everything was fine and he gave us excellent advice and help and he was willing to answer all our questions about Jamaica. Pinky the cook made the best Jamaican meals we had and she is a warm-hearted person on top of that. Elisha and Leroy were kind and generous. We also had the services of Verol, a licensed driver, to take us to the Blue Mountains and back and around Mobay. I can recommend him highly.

The serenity and charm of this house will long be remembered by everyone in our family. Don't hesitate, book the Wharf House.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5.5 Miles
Sangster International Airport


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Room Rates:
Our rates (which range from US$150 to US$170 per night) are per room, per night, double occupancy. These rates include Continental Breakfast for 2 persons & free WiFi. The rate for renting the entire property (4 bedrooms, 8 persons) is US$640 per night.

Cook rates:
If you have booked a minimum of 3 rooms with us & require a full-time cook to prepare your lunches and dinners…no problem. Just give us advance notice, and we will organize a full-time cook for you. This service comes at an additional daily charge of US$40 and does not include the cost of food & beverage purchases for your lunches and dinners.
As a general rule, we do not provide full-time cook service for bookings of less than 3 rooms...but, subject to availability, we may be able to do so. So just give us a shout...we will do our best to meet your wishes and needs. Please note that we do not permit guests to cook their own meals.

Driver rates:
Pick-up from Sangster International Airport: US$50 (from 1 & up to 4 persons). Extra US$8 for every additional passenger.
Drop-off to Sangster International Airport: US$50 (from 1 & up to 4 persons). Extra US$8 for every additional passenger.
Short trip into Montego Bay, to visit the beach, or to go shopping: US$30 round-trip (from 1 & up to 4 persons). Extra US$5 for every additional passenger.

You can also hire Verol to be at your disposal (subject to availability) throughout your stay. If you wish to hire Verol as your full-time driver, please let us know your requirements and we will work out the total cost for you.

Rates for massages, reflexologies etc.:
1 hour full body massage: US$75 per person
1 hour Reflexology: US$75 per person
1 hour Facials: US$75 per person
Reiki: US$60 per person
Chiropracter: US$100 per treatment
Yoga classes: please contact us for pricing details

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund