About the property
- Villa4000 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Ocean overlook, secluded charm of Norse HIll Estate, villa, cottage, cap.14, 6bd
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
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.
Kay Cain, for owner J. Al Merritt
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- May 18, 2018
About Kay Cain, for owner J. Al Merritt
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
Why Kay Cain, for owner J. Al Merritt chose Port Antonio
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.
What makes this Villa unique
“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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Spectacular View, Stately Villa
We were 2 families of 5 each with kids ranging in age: 5-15.
House is up on a hill, ~1 mile from the main road with a long driveway and a very remote feel. The house is perched on the top of a very lush and tropical hill with an abundance of plants and flowers. Our kids enjoyed walking on the paths through the gardens. There was discreet barbed wire fencing around the property.
The house is grand and quite spacious; having a full bath for each of the rooms was ideal. Furnishings are good and decorations tasteful. Bathrooms need an update, and the pool furniture needs to be replaced (straps were completely broken on some chairs which rendered them unusable). The internet and therefore TV connection was sketchy. There are metal gates on most windows and doors which the butler locked up each night. They seem to have been part of the original house construction and we noticed that all of the houses have these. The highlight of the property is a large ficus tree with a 270 degree view, much of which is of the ocean. Under the tree, the adults enjoyed coffee in the morning and cocktails in the evening. The spot is truly outstanding.
The staff was friendly and accommodating. The butler sleeps in quarters next to the kitchen on most nights. Yvonne from the office was helpful.
The windows and doors were left open during the day and some in the evening which gives rise to mosquitos in the house. It is impractical to think that they could put screens throughout the house, and it would be a sin to fully close up the house and not enjoy the terrific breezes. There are mosquito nets over the beds (a few had small holes which need to be replaced) and there are also fans in the bedrooms. We found that the less-toxic skin-so-soft + picardin bug spray was enough to stave off the bugs but you have to spray first thing in the morning and after showers.
We LOVED Frenchmen's cove and surfed at Boston Beach. Reach falls was the highlight of the trip followed by a bamboo rafting trip. We enjoyed dinner at Nigel's and lunch at Cynthia's.
We used Taryl to drive us everywhere. The drive from MBJ was ~4 hours with no traffic. Taryl has access to many sized vans and could accommodate our group. We really enjoyed Taryl.
House has a few boogie boards and snorkels for the beach but you have to ask.
Most things required cash including 10% recommended gratuity of the staff at Norse Hill.
All in all a great spot.
Charming Cottage in an exceptional location
The cottage is located within the stunning private grounds of Norse Hill Estate. Humming birds and butterflies abound. Anyone with an interest in nature will love it.
The building is well maintained and immaculate inside, has a/c but not needed during my stay. Gentle breezes keep the property cool.
The staff are exceptional, Wayne Alma and Paula will cater to all of your needs. Alma can cook anything asked for and local produce is fantastic.
The local manager is Yvonne Blakey, very efficient and knowledgeable.
I booked the property for 3 days and ended up staying for 11, very little more that I can say to recommend this amazing cottage.
Norse Hill is a beautiful vacation home.It has an amazing view of the ocean.It is a slice of Jamaican heaven.This is a fabulous property with enough space for everyone.We had a most memorable and enjoyable stay.The staff serves delicious meals.
Home Away From Home
From the breathtaking view to the vivacious staff, Norse Hill Is my new most favorite place to stay in Port Antonio. I especially loved how all the beds had mosquito nets so that we could sleep with the fresh ocean breeze.
This beautiful Jamaican vacation home was a wonderful, tranquil place to stay in Port Antonio. The grounds are kept in pristine condition. The staff are friendly, helpful and cooked amazing dishes for us every evening. The rooms and bathrooms are very clean. I can not wait to return to this property. I would recommend this home as the best place to stay in Port Antonio.
Audra, thank you for your perceptive comments. We love it when our guests comment on the very aspects that all the Norse Hill team work so hard on! It was a pleasure to have your group at Norse Hlll Estate and we look forward to your next visit.
Our stay at Norse Hill was EXCEPTIONAL!
We have finally returned from Norse Hill. What a wonderful and beautiful property! Everyone who works with Norse Hill has created an experience for my family we will never forget. I want to thank you all for making this experience so seamless and pleasant for me. Not just the planning, but also the execution.
I must send a special thank you to the staff at Norse Hill. Alma's cooking was nothing short of fabulous. The house was always spic and span, and I must thank Paula and Wayne for that. Wayne was able to easily help us with anything we needed to plan that involved leaving the property and heading into town. They were all so polite and friendly, making our experience absolutely excellent.
Thank you again for providing the means for memories created to last us a lifetime!
Danielle, our team at Norse Hill are delighted with these appreciative comments. They do work hard to give our guests the very best experience possible so this validation is very gratifying for them. The property is such a peaceful place; all of our guests comment on their enjoyment of the seclusion and the beauty. So glad that your special family visit was enjoyed by all of you. We look forward to seeing you again!
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.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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.