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Bedrooms 4
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Only a few steps to the Sea!

Totally Unique - fully staffed twin fairy tale like seaside Castles, in a secure electronic gated estate, offering ultimate tropical splendor with Total Privacy, be it one, or up to 12 guests, the Entire Property is rented Only to one set of guests at a time, in a seeing is believing Caribbean setting, with numerous waterfalls, fishponds, fountains, flowers & multi-fruited gardens, tiki torches and enchanting sunsets.

Amenities Include: swimming and wonderful snorkeling, fishing, all in crystal clear and calm Caribbean multi colored seas, just steps away on Castles breathtaking cliff side setting. With 4 seafront balconies, and a very romantic and secluded outdoor seafront terrace, with a sparkling seafront shower.

In a lush garden setting which overlooks both the Caribbean and many splashing fishponds and fountains, is a state of art hydro-jet 7 person Jacuzzi

See Full Villa Website: Walking thru the manicured lush grounds, graced with numerous fountains, waterfalls and fishponds, 'seeing is believing' flora & orchid filled botanical garden, featuring almost every tropical fruit known to man for your personal picking and eating enjoyment. Both the scents of flora, and delicious tastes of fresh tropical fruits are simply wonderful.

Situated close to villas formally owned by both Ian Fleming (James Bond author, who wrote all 007 books here in Jamaica) and famous British playwright Noel Cowards. Castles by the sea is just about a twenty minute drive to Ocho Rios, and its world famous Dunn's River falls, Dolphin Cove marine park, world class golf courses, tennis, horseback riding, fantastic night life including Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. All bedroom suites offer large private balconies with their superb Caribbean views, for both personal relaxing or dining as you like. Your dining room, lanai, television/living room, and kitchen also view the beautiful seas and pool. Apple tv, cable television, FM stereo, indoor and out door speakers for your choice of music, relaxing poolside/seaside, by the fountains or in the gardens, complimentary high speed internet service at all of our properties.

Your Chef(s) creations are irresistible, while your entire staff (Butler/Personal Chef/Housekeeper) is wonderfully exemplary), and guarantee your special time to be truly unforgettable in every way seven days per week.

See why this private retreat has been the vacation haven for many, and has been featured in leading travel magazines thru-out the world.

Castles by the sea amenities include steps to the sea for both swimming, diving, snorkeling and fishing .

Basket ball, game table , lawn games.

Currently there are many local and private beaches which are just short distances from Castles by the sea, (Boscobel hotel, James Bond beach. Reggae beach. Blue hole .Dunns River Falls.


Please see Tripadvisor for guests reviews

More Details

Joyce Verne Owner
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018


Ocho Rios Castle Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • castle
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 22 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

A vacation that our family will never forget

  • 5 of 5

We received an invention from a close family friend for a destination wedding in Ochos Rio in the spring of 2017. After looking into different travel options a friend of ours suggested a VRBO booking. In the past we traveled to many Caribbean locations on vacations but all were "all inclusive" so I was somewhat apprehensive to try something different. General feeing from our group was lets try it.... We booked airline tickets, reserved a rental car from the airport and booked the stay though VRBO with Joyce and the process was effortless and enjoyable. So here we go I my wife, 3 of our teenage children, our teenage foreign exchange student, a family friends teenage daughter, My wife's sister, brother in law, their teenage daughter, my wife's mother and wife's aunt (12 in all) load up and headed south. Plane ride was normal. Rental car was normal. But then we arrived at Castles on the Sea that's when things changed, we were greeted by four of the nicest people I've met Eda, Nation, Curline and Nadine. They helped us settle in and even though we were 2hrs late they had some how arranged to have a wonderful meal waiting for us. The next morning there was a wonderful breakfast to start the day. We made arrangements with Eda for the 6 days of meals and time for meals which for us is a treat, normally at a resort you get whatever they decide to cook. Eda, Curline and Nadine fixed us local dishes that where all wonderful even the pickiest teenage eaters were impressed! Then there's the Estate.... Our own Pool, Hot Tub, access to the Sea not to mention the views. It was refreshing not having to save pool side chairs, have to be out of a pool at a specific time, be at a buffet at a certain time or use a room key to get a towel....... The Estate and the Staff made us feel as though we were staying with friends and all they wanted was for us to relax and have a good time. We all appreciated having Nation on the grounds, the estate was well taken care of and he was always available to help with estate access and the daily activities. Thank You; Joyce, Eda, Nation, Curline and Nadine for a vacation that our family will never forget!!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jeff and family for your favorable comments. It was always my foremost desire to have our guests experience the ultimate vacation. The staff Eda, Curline, Nadine and Nation spoke very highly of you. Looking forward to your return visit with us. Joyce Verne
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Wonderful vacation for 9 close friends/family

  • 4 of 5

Very nice....we did not want to leave!!! Warren was just outstanding and met our every need. He will really be missed by all of us. The grounds were beautiful and the view was spectacular. We would like to go back every year but wish Sylvia, Doris and Nation could serve us, along with Warren. They were like family to us and found ourselves emotionally attached by the time we left.....there were some tears! Joyce was very nice to work with when it came time to making any arrangements/reservations and would call to make sure everything was okay and that we were happy. From the first time I called Joyce to inquire about this property to our last day, she was just as sweet as she could be and could not have asked for a better person to rent from. The property is absolutely beautiful and we will return!

Medeah Chew

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2013
  • Stayed: February 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you and your friends and family had a wonderful stay with us! The staff most certainly enjoyed your visit. Looking forward to providing another relaxing vacation for you next year.
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Saratoga Springs NY

Quiet, Peacefull, and relaxing time in Jamaica

  • 5 of 5

Wow. We cannot begin to say how impressed we were with this property. The villa is exactly as described in the listing, except better. The bedrooms all face the ocean, and our master suite's bed faced right out towards the sea. What a view in the mornings! The staff are EXCEPTIONAL. We ate better than we had ever eaten before. Beverly, Carlos and Curline were more than just "the staff" they treated us like family for our entire week stay. They helped us get to and from town, arrange drivers, and in general answer questions about jamaica and their family. They went above any beyond every single one of our expectations.

Our highlights of the trip were relaxing by the pool, jumping into the ocean off of the "bridge", and a day trip to James Bond Beach. This is an authentic trip to Jamaica, not an all inclusive taste. We felt submerged in the culture and very well taken care of in an amazing villa. We hope to return next year with more people!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2012
  • Stayed: February 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Girls Trip!!

  • 5 of 5

8 ladies went to the beautiful "Castles" and had the time of our lives!! I can't even begin to tell you how amazing the Staff is!! Chef Warren's jerk chicken was AMAZING!! Curline"s smile and table decortations (fresh flowers every day) were so awesome!! Sharene was so kind, sweet and took such good care of our rooms and even took us out one night to show us the town!! Sylvan was a jack of all trades!! Whatever we needed he got!! The villa itself is spectacular with ocean views from every room!! Make sure you ask for a tour of the grounds and get fresh fruits right off the trees and Sharene will make you some yummy sour sap tea!!! The villa is only 15 mins from Ocho Rios so you feel away from it all and very private but you can also get to town and experience the locals in a short drive. I hope to go back some day to this wonderful place!!! If you make it there please tell everyone "Stacy said hello"!!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2011
  • Stayed: January 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is truly a pleasure for us and our staff to have such wonderful guests as yourself and your group. The staff told us that they enjoyed your stay and taking care of your group entirely. MUCH THANKS and GOD'S blessings to you ALL. Henri & Joyce Verne
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A great place to unwind!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Castles on the Sea in 2007 and have looked forward to returning. The property description cannot do justice to either the view or the fabulous staff Henri has attending to your every need. They even changed and fixed a flat on our rental car!

The houses offer a terrific venue for entertaining or just kicking back and enjoying the beautiful estate. You can enjoy the hot tub, the pool with waterfall or the ocean, just steps from house. The outdoor shower was a treat!

While we went to town one day, I doubt we will leave the grounds on our next trip! It was very hard to come home. On days when the ordinary world has you down in the dumps, I jump on hte Castles web site and start planning the next trip!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2010
  • Stayed: July 2007
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Manhattan Beach, CA

Heaven for our group of 14

  • 5 of 5

I led my family of 14 (5 adults, 9 teenagers) on what turned out to be the vacation of a lifetime at Joyce and Henri Verne's magnificent Castles on the Sea. I barely have the words to describe how perfect this "double" villa is for a relaxing vacation.

First of all, the gorgeous pictures on the internet are all true, but of course, what makes this place better than the internet is the incredible, doting, lovely staff: Warren--a world class chef, Sylvan--the hardworking houseman who keeps the grounds perfect and Curlene and Beverly who keep the villas spotless and do your clothes as well!

The nice thing about the grounds is that there are so many places to gather to be together--and to be alone if you wish to quietly read or nap. My teenagers took to croquet as if they had played their entire lives and by the end of the week as if their lives depended on it. We had a serious croquet tournament! Being able to swim in the gorgeous water right off the villa was heavenly and actually, far better than going in off a beach where you ended up full of sand. Waking up each morning, we would swim, eat a fabulous breakfast and then lounge. We never had to worry about getting a chair, or crowds or lines. "No worries, mon"--it is true.

The owners, Henri and Joyce are lovely, so pleasant to deal with and are happy to answer any questions and make suggestions about things to do. It is also very nice to have 2 villas--versus one big house, because our group sort of split up into the early to bed crowd and those who stay up until 2 am. We could have killer scrabble games going on and not disturb the others in the other villa. The villa is comfortable, not so fancy that you feel like you're afraid to relax and put your feet up.

The food was spectacular and we all enjoyed gathering every night to whatever Warren made--lobster, fresh fish, chicken and oh, those desserts. Yes, as others have indicated, the key lime pie is the best and this from a lifelong pie baker.

The home is always kept immaculate by Beverly and Curlene--they are like church mice, you don't see them--they just stealthily kept our messes under control. Your privacy is never compromised by the large staff that maintains this home.

I saw a case of Red Stripe on sale today in the grocery store and my heart went pitter-pat--not for my love of beer, which I don't even drink, but for my fond memories of Jamaica and Castles on the Sea.

I feel lucky to have stayed there.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2010
  • Stayed: December 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Please feel free to request our guests email address, or telephone numbers, they will be very happy to oblige, with any questions regarding their vacation experiences, etc. at any of our properties, that they have vacationed at. After a period of 37 + years, MUCH efforts, and expenses, thru consistantly upgrading our properties, several times, each and every year. Then later, to have so many of our guests, (who are often world class travelers), offering such positive comments is truly a very special blessing, which we pray, will assist many other guests, to also later share, simular experiences first hand. Castles on the Sea, has been called by other(s) "the most beautiful property in Jamaica" " a true and Unique Paradise" "Dream Vacation come true" etc. etc. MANY other numerous and wonderful accolades, have come our way. Hopefully, these opinions, will be honestly stated by many future guests, to not simply repeat, but to actually personalize these very positive experiences themselves. As truly THEIR best vacation(s) ever, be it a most memorable HONEYMOON, a most romantic setting for that very SPECIAL OCCASION, for just two, or a group of sixteen compatible guests. We and your fantastic staff, will do our VERY VERY BEST, to make CERTAIN, that this SPECIAL time, WILL ACTUALLY BE, YOUR Very BEST EVER VACATION EVER. We thank all of our WONDERFUL guests, for taking the time to write their honest guest reviews, BUT mostly for giving us the opportunity to be their hosts. We and staff, look forward, to not only welcoming ALL GUESTS, but to once again, royally welcoming, all of our "Returning Guests"to their new "Home away from Home" be it their 2nd or 12th+ visit. All returning guests, also recieve special discounts, as stated on web site. As they say in Jamaica "WALK GOOD" MUCH THANKS and GOD'S blessings to you ALL. Always the Very Best, Henri & Joyce Castle on the Sea Ocho Rios, Jamaica Chateau en Exotica Port Antonio Jamaica
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Dunn's River Falls
Ocho Rios
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Car: not necessary

Golf: Amenities: Latest Upgrades:

Steps and romantic balcony to sea are now in place, and indeed are a beautiful sight to use and to see.

Complimentary high speed internet service, overseas calls is now available.

State of art Jacuzzi type spa for up to seven, with two waterfalls, pop-up speakers with CD and FM stereo in glorious private setting over looking both the Caribbean, fountains and your waterfall pool which now also features additional built in 2nd Jacuzzi type spa and swim up snack/bar.


Basketball practice court in place.

This Eden was formally the fabulous featured property in Maco (Caribbean livings luxury architecture magazine, volume 6 issue #1 on pages 60, 61 - 71.

Activities:Snorkeling, swimming, boating, fishing, fresh water pool with huge waterfalls, in pool spa jets and swim up cocktail seating.

State of art spa with double waterfalls, pop up speakers CD & AM FM satellite radio, basketball, dining on all sea front terraces, Much more.

Ski: Area:World famous Dunn's River Falls, James Bond beach, Reggae beach, Dolphin cove, numerous restaurants, shopping, hiking beaches golf and tennis, horseback riding, river rafting, touring, etc.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750

Rates quoted are for maximum of 6 guests. $50.00 nightly for each additional guest

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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