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


Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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Great River House/5Star Staff/Tennis Ct / Round Hill Beach Member

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Montego Bay Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, En suite Baths,plus 2 powder rooms

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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  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Member since: 2008
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Calendar last updated:
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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.

The Owner purchased this villa in 2006

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!

What makes this villa unique

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!

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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Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Great River House/5Star Staff/Tennis Ct / Round Hill Beach Member
average rating of 4.857143 based on 60 reviews


  • 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: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

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: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was indeed our pleasure! Thank you for the kind words.

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: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Lovington, NM USA

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: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
san francisco

Top-Notch in So Many Ways

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at Great River House with extended family ranging from age 3 to late 70s and the experience was truly a first-rate one. From the outset, we were very impressed with how much legwork the owners did in terms of answering questions, managing logistics, and generally working behind the scenes to ensure that everything flowed without a hitch.

Once at the house, we found the staff to be truly first-rate. Howard (the butler/concierge) is simply a gem who couldn't have been more welcoming and accommodating. He went to great lengths to anticipate our every need and added many personal touches, including being attentive to what the kids needed. Chef Carlington really wowed us by presenting amazing dishes at every meal, displaying his distinctive flavors, versatility and speed. And Brittan, the security manager, won us over with unwavering commitment to making sure everyone stayed safe, not to mention his fantastic reggae singing and great stories around the firepit over smores.

The house is well-maintained (the pool is very kid-friendly and the tennis court has just been resurfaced) and having access to the wonderful amenities at Round Hill is fantastic. In all, we have stayed at many different villas around the world and this villa is highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Bryn Mawr, Pa.

The Great Escape!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had been to Jamaica many years ago. Jamaica seemed a wonderful place to revisit now that some are married and have children of their own. We were a family of seven adults and two children and the Great River House was the ideal place to be altogether for a family vacation. The pictures are great but being there was even better. It felt like home and even my grandson thought he was at my house. The meals were great and Carlington was willing to make anything that you wanted. Howard, was unreal and only wanted to please each and every one of us all the time. The kids loved him and really loved how he placed their napkin on their lap each night. Cookies were made with Carlington and enjoyed by all. His soups were the highlight of each dinner. The last night their was a bonfire as promised that we all enjoyed. Grace and Nicki were always happy and smiled as they beautifully cleaned our rooms and the house each day. To say that it was one of the nicest vacations with wonderful people caring about us and fussing over us was just that, but all along we had our privacy .We would definitely come back to GRH since we feel that it was our home for the week. Thank you again to the owner and his wife for granting us this special week and allowing us to share their piece of heaven!!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Sangster International
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Tryall Golf club..also Cinnamon Hill and Half Moon
Nearest Beach
3 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 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.


Rates & Availability

From $7,000 Per week

Montego Bay Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 13 2015 - Dec 12 2015
7 night minimum stay
Christmas Week
Dec 19 2015 - Dec 26 2015
7 night minimum stay
New Year's Week
Dec 27 2015 - Jan 3 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Van & Driver $600
Notes Summer 3 Bedroom Rates are $857.14/night
Winter 3 Bedroom Rates are $1,142.85/night

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Montego Bay Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 7500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Huge with Kohler rain tiles!
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Beautiful tile,pebble walk in shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , Great for children and adults too
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Rain shower plus Kohler tiles
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Kohler rain tiles and air conditioned!
    Bathroom 8 - outdoor shower , Outdoor shower in private courtyard1
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , First floor powder room with stunning decor
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , Handy to Entertainment room on lower level
  • 5 en- suite; two powder rooms and one outdoor shower!
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Tandom to #2 great for families with children
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Feel the fabulous Great River breeze at night!
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Incredible stand alone space/private balcony
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , Glorious private walk out terrace with seating area to yard
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Private balcony, sea view with cozy seating for 2
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 baby crib , Pack and play also
  • 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!
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • 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
  • 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 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.

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