MARLIN TOURNAMENT 27 SEPT - NORSE HILL'S 4 BD/5BA W/FULL STAFF, POOL, AVAILABLE

Kay Cain, for owner J. Al Merritt

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
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MARLIN TOURNAMENT 27 SEPT - NORSE HILL'S 4 BD/5BA W/FULL STAFF, POOL, AVAILABLE

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Private idyll at large Port Antonio estate: 5 staff, 4 BD/5BA, pool, ocean views

Discover Norse Hill Estate in Port Antonio: secret, safe and peaceful. The spacious villa is classic perfection, overlooking the most beautiful part of Jamaica. The friendly, efficient staff, endless fun activities in the well-appointed estate and nearby, provide an exceptional vacation - as many previous guests have described. Norse Hill is a supremely romantic wedding venue. Families will find an inviting, secure and convenient location. The full staff of five ensure that you have nothing to do but enjoy a perfect retreat at Norse Hill Estate.

The four large bedrooms each have bathrooms. The three bedrooms on the second floor have balconies. The master bedroom has a king bed and dressing room. The bedroom on the first floor has a sleeping loft to accommodate children, and a private patio. Older children staying with their families at Norse Hill Estate also love to have the first floor bedroom as their own space.

All bedrooms have fans and a/c but the elevated location means cooling sea breezes at night.

The closest beach is Frenchman's Cove. San San Beach is also only a few minutes away. Check our reviews to see what previous guests have enjoyed and find out why Norse Hill Estate is now one of the most popular villas in the Port Antonio area.

Norse Hill Estate takes you back in time to the Port Antonio playground of royalty and celebrities of the early 1900's. Discerning European royalty, celebrities and Fortune 500 CEO's are still our neighbors today, though other properties are barely visible. The villa has striking architecture, period furniture and treasures worthy of an art museum.

The house itself is a marvel of stone, wood and glass. The large entry foyer leads to a grand spiral staircase over a fountain. An oversized living room opens wide to the rear grounds and sea view. The formal dining room opens on each side to the same glorious views and fresh breezes. The floor-to-ceiling doors that line the entire rear of the villa make the beauty of the garden part of the home.

Once you have planned the daily menu with your housekeeper, your only decisions are whether to laze in the hammock, stroll through the jasmine arbor and let the waves of perfume wash over you, or play volleyball or badminton, cooling off with a few laps in the large swimming pool. Tennis racquets are available, courts are nearby. There is snorkeling equipment; you can swim to snorkel at the close-to-shore coral reef. There are boogie boards for your use; a nearby beach offers surfing lessons. Scuba diving or deep sea fishing can be arranged. Entertainment options include many board games, video games, books, TV with DVD player and a computer internet connection gives access to Netflix and other online TV programming. If you must, keep in touch with the rest of the world via wifi or with the mobile ‘phone lent to you for the duration of your stay. ‘Phone cards are readily available or the property manager will have one delivered to the house for you.

The property manager ensures that everything works smoothly during your stay; she can arrange for special needs to be met or deal with any obstacles that arise.

The three gardeners also keep the pool immaculate and ensure that 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.

Food for your meals can be purchased daily by the housekeeper. Estimated cost is $35-40 per person per day, not including alcohol. Supermarket costs are similar to those in the US and Canada. Receipts are carefully documented and presented to you each day. Payment can be made in major currencies; the manager can arrange for currency exchange.

Jamaica has excellent beer and rum. The housekeeper will be happy to add these items to your shopping list. Wine enthusiasts may prefer to bring their own supply. We recommend, though, that you extend your Jamaica experience to colonial heritage drinks such as Planter’s Punch, which research by food writer Robert Moss shows was being enjoyed in Jamaica as early as 1878. What could be more appropriate than to sip a glass or two as you sit on the terrace overlooking the glorious view, trying to count the humming birds, with the clink of glasses and silverware in the background as the staff set the table for dinner?

The ultimate tranquility of Norse Hill Estate awaits you.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Events Allowed

Kay Cain, for owner J. Al Merritt

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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.

Kay Cain, for owner J. Al Merritt purchased this villa in 2004

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 began to find ways to contribute 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 many attractions that the area has to offer.

“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.

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

5
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Marlin Tournament 27 Sept - Norse Hill's 4 bd/5ba w/full staff, pool, available
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews
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Port Antonio Jamaica North Coast
5

An ethereal piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I rented the property for a week for our family and best friends to stay in, while we also used it for our intimate destination wedding. We knew the moment we saw Norse Hill from only the photos alone that it would be the place for us to wed, however as with planning any wedding, there are many initial concerns. From the very first inquiry Kay, Al and Yvonne, all who take part in management of renting the property, were extremely helpful, insightful and quite reassuring with utmost professionalism. They took no time in responding to any questions, thoughts, or concerns we had which made us feel at ease. Kay even contacted us right up before we left just to be reassuring and see if there was anything else we needed.
We arrived before our guests to see the property, and It was truly breathtaking. To be married in such a place, in such splendor, was awe inspiring; I couldn't concentrate at the moment on the business at hand. I almost felt regret that we were to be staying at a neighboring property (which we chose for privacy away from our guests although NH offers such.) The home is a bit dated, which imo only adds to the character to the very well kept property. The entire exterior and interior from the driveway to the sea is a beautiful utopia that lends itself to the cool tradewinds and fresh mountain air. I could happily spend the rest of my days there.
The staff was very accommodating in providing snacks for the bridal party and vendors the day of the wedding. We also had an additional family dinner during the remainder of our stay after the wedding in which they set up the mid-century modern dining furniture out on the property. The meal was delicious and I'll never have another pineapple upside down cake like I did lest I return. ;)
Yvonne helped us arrange an outing to do the down river bamboo raft tour (request BELINDAS for lunch) as well as some airport transfers at extremely reasonable rates. We were also given a property tour of the gardens by the keeper of 45 years who showed us various ferns, lillies, orchids, spices and fruits, some of which we were able to taste.
The neighborhood location is very safe and secure. In the evening we would walk down the hill and back from the Bushbar (flashlight advised.) This part of Portland as a whole, as I have found on my few trips there, is quite safe. During my last stay, it really began to almost feel like home.
Nobody wanted to leave, but we anticipate our return.
  • Submitted: May 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Port Antonio Jamaica North Coast
5

The most amazing place in the world!

  • 5 of 5
I was truly smitten by this magical Villa and surrounding garden! The space is absolutely breathtaking. In addition to a beautiful home we were engaged by beautiful,warm,caring people. I LOVE Jamaica! Can't wait to return!!l
  • Submitted: May 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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CRETEIL
5

Awesome experience in Jamaica !!!

  • 5 of 5
A fantastic experience in a great and relaxing home. A discreet and attentive staff. Thanks to Lester for making us discover the jamaica fooding. Thanks to Wayne for his service and attention, thanks to Jacqueline for his kindness and impeccable bedroom service.
The charm of this house also lies in its beautiful garden maintained by two gardeners (thank you to them).
Thanks to Yvonne for his visit to check if we missed anything.
We are delighted with this location, worthy of a grand hotel.
You can go there with your eyes closed!
Sophie (France)
  • Submitted: May 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sophie, the Norse Hill team were delighted to have the opportunity to look after your wonderful group of French travelers! Thank you for choosing Norse Hill Estate from the countless global sites you considered. Such a strong review from a widely travelled person is a great validation.
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Marlin Tournament 27 Sept - Norse Hill's 4 bd/5ba w/full staff, pool, available
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Port Antonio Jamaica North Coast
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5

Life changing

  • 5 of 5
This home and botanical property was like a fairytale. The stunning views from this mountaintop home were incomparable to any other location in the world we've stayed in. The staff were extremely courteous and so very friendly. Privacy and relaxation abound. We were truly in our own world. The trade wind breezes blew through the open windowed rooms and hallways. We awoke each morning to fresh Blue Mountain coffee, and delicious, fresh fruit and food from the property and nearby farms, and relaxed in the beautiful pool or many of the peaceful areas to sit and enjoy peace, quiet, and coastal, mountain views. The gardens were more like lush rainforests, abundant with flora and fauna we had never seen or heard of before. We could walk to the nearby Geejam Bush bar, but all other places in the town, and down the mountain, required driving. There was no need to leave this paradise, yet when we did, it was convenient to many of the attractions in the Port Antonio area.
  • Submitted: May 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Marlin Tournament 27 Sept - Norse Hill's 4 bd/5ba w/full staff, pool, available
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Port Antonio Jamaica North Coast
5

Magnificent, welcoming, restful, restorative

  • 5 of 5
Norse Hill is a glorious and restful retreat overlooking lush gardens and beautiful waters adjacent to Port Antonio. The house itself breathes serenity with large windows and doors open to the Caribbean breeze--indeed, the place has a unique, affirming spiritual warmth to it. The staff are warm and welcoming and the food is delicious, particularly the fried plantains! We appreciated the freshness and authenticity of the varied dishes.

Norse Hill is located on the northeast part of the island, a less developed area and favorite destination of Kingstonians. Whether by air or by car, it's well worth the trip and guaranteed to be memorable. We were there for four days with two other couples, we could have stayed for a month though even in such a short time we found our bodies and souls replenished.

There is much to do nearby, while never feeling as though you are on the tourist treadmill. Crystal blue waters, kayaking, snorkeling, good local restaurants, and a rich history at your doorstep.
  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
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Port Antonio Jamaica North Coast
5

Dream place in Jamaica!!!

  • 5 of 5
Having lived in Jamaica for several years, I can definitely say that Norse Hill surpasses by far any other villa I have stayed at. The Port Antonio region is a little known gem, off the beaten track, and Norse Hill is the dream place to enjoy it from. The property is exceptional and the staff is extremely professional, welcoming and friendly.
The only downside to a stay at Norse Hill is how difficult it is to leave it to come back to reality! :-)
  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Norse Hill Estate team is very happy to know that the experience of this guest met the goal that we set ourselves to achieve for all of those who come to the property. A few days at Norse Hill Estate will certainly have an invigorating effect on you! And Port Antonio is indeed a peaceful gem of a town with a surprisingly wide range of activities that can be enjoyed without having to wait in line or contend with large, noisy groups.
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Kingston Sangster
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway A4
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
San San - free access, & other private beaches
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Woody's

Norse Hill Estate is just outside Port Antonio, which is the capital of the parish of Portland on the northeastern coast of Jamaica, about 60 miles (100 km) from Kingston. It is a small town with an interesting past history. It is a working port but tourism is the most important industry - dating from 1494 when Christopher Columbus arrived and claimed the island for Spain. He liked the area so much that he visited four times! By that time the British had heard of Jamaica and they took control in 1655. Jamaica has been independent since 1962 and is still part of the British Commonwealth.

Visitors today can enjoy the attractions developed over the last century when Jamaica hosted endless streams of royalty, celebrities and business tycoons. Some of their former estates, or great houses, are interesting attractions for visitors. The clear ocean waters are perfect for scuba or snorkeling, fishing or surfing. And if you have never experienced riding a horse through the shallow water at the edge of the ocean, don't miss it during your stay at Norse Hill Estate! Nearby are tennis and golf, and opportunities for hiking in the mountains. Our local manager can arrange transportation for all the local excursions you want. Check through our reviews to see what previous guests have enjoyed the most. The chef and housekeeper can pack a picnic lunch for you, for an all-day stay at the beach, a visit to Reach Falls or hiking in the rain forest.

Port Antonio is not party central, but the town does offer night life. Don't miss the dance evenings at one of the local clubs.

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Availability & Rates

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Port Antonio Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2014
Apr 13 2014 - Dec 13 2014
4 night minimum stay
$600
$4,100
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter 2014
Dec 14 2014 - Dec 20 2014
4 night minimum stay
$800
$5,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas 2014
Dec 21 2014 - Jan 4 2015
7 night minimum stay
$6,600
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter 2015
Jan 5 2015 - Apr 12 2015
4 night minimum stay
$800
$5,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer 2015
Apr 13 2015 - Nov 21 2015
4 night minimum stay
$600
$4,100
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
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.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Port Antonio Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Resort ...
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
General:
  • Telephone ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Security System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Oven
  • Ice Maker
  • Stove
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Lobster Pot
  • Pantry Items
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
  • All bathrooms are large, tastefully decorated and beautifully appointed, in keeping with the standard of the villa.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double
  • All bedrooms have ceiling fans, mosquito netting and air conditioning. The three bedrooms upstairs have balconies, the bedroom downstairs has 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, thick carpets and more of the artworks that are found throughout the villa. The beds can be configured as twin or queen, 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.
Entertainment:
  • Television ...
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games for Kids
Outside:
  • Wood Deck
  • Patio
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Gated Community
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Deck / Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Events Allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Car Optional
  • Private Chef
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • marina
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • reefs
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • arboretum
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
  • eco tourism
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • Babysitter
  • medical services
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting small game
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • whitewater rafting
  • surfing
  • spelunking
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • jet skiing
  • cycling
  • snorkeling
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • golf
  • sailing
  • wind-surfing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
Notes:
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.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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