Villa, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 8-9)
About VIRGINIA SMEDLEY
We are a family of four. We own and operate several restaurants and golf courses in the U.S. I manage the Greathouse and Farmhouse restaurants; our sons work the golf courses in the U.S. In 1972, Mr. Smedley designed & built the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Jamaica. If you play at Cinnamon Hill, mention "the Smedley's" to the caddies. Ask in golf shop for discount. The country was at that time under communist control and it was very hard to get equipment or supplies. Mr. Smedley did however get a hiatel hernia from the stress of working with the communist government. The government has changed from then, but we love the island even more, and especially the people.
VIRGINIA SMEDLEY purchased this Villa in 1989
Why VIRGINIA SMEDLEY chose Coral Gardens
We have been going to Jamaica since the 1960's. When building the golf course on the island, we fell in love with the Island and the people so decided to buy a vacation home. We are golfers and this area is a golfer's paradise. We also wanted to share the Island and our wonderful home with friends and family, and now we want to share our paradise with the world.
What makes this Villa unique
Skibereen is secluded, very private and secure we are in a gated community and also have a privacy fence surrounding our entire 2 acres. I love sitting on the veranda watching the birds and the ocean. I enjoy walking the property and visiting the many flowering shrubs and many birds, humming birds being my favorite. We are so close to fun things to do and are surrounded by golf courses, tennis, water sports, horse back riding, fine restaurants and duty free shopping. All this within 5 minutes of the Villa and I feel no pressure. Skibereen has the most loving staff on the Island, they thrive on making your stay special.
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Great home with a wonderful staff. We truly loved staying at this house!
Best meals ever, refreshing pool!!!
Chef Bajee made the best meals that I ever had. Steve was a great groundsman/pool guy/security. Miss Cassie was so sweet and professional. Donna was friendly and I loved going home with clean cloths. Newman, our driver for the week was the absolute best, he really cares and took us where we wanted to go! There was a lil mixup upon arrival, we requested food and there was none ready so we had to eat out. The house is very dated but after the first night I didn't notice because I was so comfortable, the house makes you feel at home. The outdoor area by the pool has fans and I loved relaxing there. We were a group of 5 ladies. We didn't use the 4th bedroom, it was away from the house on a small hill and it was extremely hot and had a few bugs. That bathroom is open air and the screen was open in some spots. Only the master has air so some of the girl's had a hard time sleeping in the other rooms. There are plenty of games to play, watch tv and or listen to music. Overall I had a great time and cannot express enough how well the chef cooks! I loved being pampered and not having to worry about anything.
Magnificent villa, very large well furnished and with every comfort. Staff very discreet but always present. We were not used to having service staff so at the beginning we were a bit embarrassed but after a while we felt comfortable. The air conditioning only in one room, but honestly not needed, it was very windy and cool at night.
The only problem, that it's 15 km far from the city or anything like super market and we could not move as if we were in the city, but it was also a plus because it was very quiet and safe. If you have to move, take a fixed driver like us.
Beautiful and welcoming. Staff was excellent. Very Happy with our choice.
Our family took our first trip to Jamaica as a Christmas present this year and stayed at this villa. The staff made us feel at home immediately and were excellent. Our cook prepared fantastic meals for us each day and never disappointed. Cassie kept the villa immaculate and was always cheerful. Newman, our driver was excellent also, he knew exactly where to take us and advised us on what to see. Highly recommend this location for family or friends getaway.
Your Home in a Jamaican Paradise
Our family had been looking forward to our trip to Skibbereen for over five months. What was it going to be like? Pictures tell part of the story but people and experiences tell the real tale.
Upon arrival in Montego Bay we were met by Newman, our driver for the vacation. He greeted us warmly and took us on the brief trip to Skibbereen. Newman proved to be an invaluable individual for our Jamaican experience.
Arriving at Skibbereen we were greeted by the staff and after a quick look at the property we were directed to our accommodations. Rooms were spacious and took full advantage of the tropical surroundings. It immediately became apparent that the staff was going to make our stay one we would never forget. Talk about pampered! - meals prepared at our request, linens and bedding tended to daily, laundry service to ensure clean and pressed clothes, along with a pool and grounds that were sparkling clean.
Baygie, the cook, Cassie the housekeeper, Steven the "all around" man and Donna, the laundress, were key to our vacation being utterly relaxing. Baygie prepared meals based on our requests, local favorites or whatever we selected. Meals that stood out were lobster omelets and fish dishes - barracuda and red snapper! But it was not just the food and pampering that made Skibereen special. It was the quality of the people mentioned. Always smiling faces, accommodating our requests and wanting US to be satisfied.
The setting at Skibbereen is perfect for a secluded vacation. There were nine of us (all family)in our group, but the setting was quiet and peaceful. The villa is in a secure community, surrounded by beautiful tropical vegetation but allowing a glimpse of the Caribbean Sea over the treetops. Our family enjoyed the shuffle board court, located adjacent to the pool, and we had a lot of fun conducting an on-going tournament that no doubt broke all rules but was immensely enjoyable and fun. The volleyball court (on site) was very popular with the younger members of the group and of course the pool was heaven for all.
As mentioned earlier, Newman, the driver, added a positive element to our vacation. Not only did he drive us where we wanted (or needed) to go - bank, shopping, beaches, sightseeing - but he added that positive "no problem, mon" Jamaican attitude. He was both a tour guide and friend.
In closing, this trip exceeded expectations. The villa's beauty and the quality of its staff
The VACATION STAY WAS AWESOME!!
The vacation was overall a wonderful experience. The villa was gorgeous and very clean. I enjoyed talking with the cook and the other staff members that were there. The meals were great, the children really enjoyed the pool. The only thing I would recommend is a better working television (it could have been the cable that was messing the tv up) and maybe adding some air condition units. However, this did not make or break the trip. Everything was still absolutely Beautiful and we had a great time. By the way...the art work in the villa was inspiring and awesome!
Thank you so much for the lovely review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your vacation. As you may have noticed the villa doesn't have glass windows. Just screens and shutters. Air conditioning is very costly because of this. Sorry the T.V. WASNT WORKING it is not a month old. Perhaps it was the cable. The things we take for granted are no so on the island. Again thank you for trusting Skibereen for your vacation. Hoping we will see you in the near future. Blessing. Virginia
We are located in a lovely community overlooking the Half Moon Resort. We are within walking distance to one of the finest resorts in Jamaica. On property there is a Volley Ball Court, A shuffle Board Court & Pool. We have total security & a very fine staff of four to tend to your every need. They will shop, cook, clean & wash & iron your personal clothing daily. No need to carry lots of changes of clothes. We have a fine driver with van to take you where ever you might want to go. He will take you on two day trips and as many local runs as you desire. His price is $600.00 per week. Your driver can recommend and take you to all the local interesting places to see. There is excellent shopping close by and four golf courses. Three are very well maintained championship courses. Beaches are within 10 minutes from the villa. Fine Restaurants are within minutes. The food at the villa is every bit as good as the finest restaurant.