Artist's Cottage sleeps 2- 4,
Karen & Ronnie Schleifer,Glory Be, P.O.Box 5 Tower Isle St. Mary, Jamaica, W.I.
- english, spanish
About Karen & Ronnie Schleifer,Glory Be, P.O.Box 5 Tower Isle St. Mary, Jamaica, W.I.
The enchanting property of Glory Be was purchased in 1951 by renowned marine artist, Marion Simmons, who designed the main house and the studio cottage. Karen Schleifer is the grand niece of Marion Simmons and is the present owner. Karen is American and lives in the main house with her husband Ronnie Schleifer, who was in the hotel business for 20 years. Together they have renovated and landscaped in the exquisite taste and style of Karens aunt. The whole property is Karen’s continuing work of art! Upgrades and landscaping are constantly being done.
Karen & Ronnie Schleifer,Glory Be, P.O.Box 5 Tower Isle St. Mary, Jamaica, W.I. purchased this Cottage in 1951
Why Karen & Ronnie Schleifer,Glory Be, P.O.Box 5 Tower Isle St. Mary, Jamaica, W.I. chose Tower Isle
Glory Be says it all! When the bush was cleared, the glorious view was revealed. It was Sir Noel Coward, the English playwriter who lived further along the road on the property of Firefly, who agreed with Marion Simmons to name her property 'Glory Be'. Because the view was so spectacular!
What makes this Cottage unique
The tropical light is ever changing. The sunsets are fabulous and always different. It is an oasis from the hustle and bustle of Ocho Rios. Glory Be is the ultimate destination for the discerning traveler looking for an intimate and romantic hideaway right at the Carribean sea.
Check-in: 2:30 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
smoking allowed on outside verandas and patios
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Travelers arriving with odd behavior due to drugs or alcohol wil not be accepted.Any guests on the property must be approved by the owners.
Lock up valuables. Lock doors and gates for the security of everyone. The owners are not responsible for travelers negligence.
Please take care of appliances and articles for your use.Please replace or pay for anything broken.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Just a wonderful reminder of living in Jamaica as a child. Beautiful open views of the surrounding greenery and the ocean. Comfortable and charming.
Wonderful hosts. Kind and hospitable.
It was wonderful having guests who enjoyed the swimming and the historical and artistic aspects of the property. We are so glad such pleasant people plan to return!
Perfect in every way!
This is a most charming property with such hospitable hosts and a picture perfect location! You are so close to all the action in Ocho Rios and surrounding areas and there is so much to see and explore. You get a real Jamaican feel, total peace and tranquility right along side convenience comfort and perfection!
This was a wonderful family from Canada.They did a lot of research of the attractions and things they wanted to see and do that are near by.
The Artist Cottage at Glory Be, Tower Isle Jamaica is perfect for families of 4. The snorkeling is good and there is lovely tropical vegetation. The owners are glad to give garden tours to see how bananas, pineapple, ackee,noni,moringa and garlic vine grow, as well as many tropical flowers.
It is a great place to rest and relax after seeing the attractions.
Karen and Ronnie Schleifer
If you want to experience the beauty of Jamaica without the commercialism or amusement-park veneer, GloryBe is the place for you. I just returned with my husband from a 5-night stay at the Artist Cottage. Our stay could not have been more relaxing or beautiful. Although it is located close to major attractions on the north coast, we felt far removed from the hustle and bustle. The sound of the ocean waves and assorted wildlife were hypnotic. The cottage is cozy and unique with its own patio, deck, garden, hammock, access to a pool and more -- a wonderful base for exploring the island or retreating from city life. The hosts -- Ron and Karen -- went out of their way to add personal touches (leaving home-made limeade and a snack in our refrigerator to installing a hand-made bench to view the sunset) and assist us in planning activities. There is an excellent beach and restaurant within walking distance. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The week absolutely flew by.
It is great to have such wonderful guests,neat, tidy quiet and self sufficient! We thoroughly enjoyed having them stay here and hope they will return and tell their friends about Glory Be.
Do nothing but Relax!!
We stayed at Gory Be for an entire month, so I can speak for it's pure goodness. Rain or Shine, it is a beautiful place. The Artist's Cottage was "home" for the month, with the ocean on one side of our cottage and the pool on the other. The cottage's covered back deck is surrounded by lush vegetation, with the ocean as it's backdrop.
We walked a few blocks to the small grocery store, and grabbed a bite to eat at an outdoor local dive. Glory Be is 5-10min away from Ocho Rios and our taxi driver was only a phone call away to take us there. Bamboo Beach is a short walk away, if you want the full service beach.
Our older kids joined us and brought in the New Year with us. They stayed in the other two cottages on the property & loved them. It is a very good set up overall. You will wake up and go to sleep with the sound of the ocean's waves, and enjoy the sound of the little frogs called Peepers at night, as well as the abundance of birds and butterflies.
We planned this month away as a time to "Reset our Busy Meter", find the "Off" button, and do as much of NOTHING as we possibly could. It was great!!
Room Tip: The Artist Cottage is the best location on the property. The Sunspots and Calypso are 2 other cottages that can be rented.
It is wonderful to have guests at Glory Be who appreciate the beauty and tranquility as much as we do. The colors of the sea and sky change daily.
Beauty and tranquility
We loved staying in the Studio with its rustic charm and interesting history. Karen and Ronnie have all the info on that and it's a vacation inandof itself listening to their stories about their Jamaica. We loved the pool and their beach area and even snorkled right by the property but didn't see a lot of fish as Hurrican Irma had played havoc with the sea 2 weeks earlier. Still very lovely just to be out there. Plan your transportation to and fro carefully as getting to Ocho is not very expensive, getting back on the other hand can cost about 20.00. Karen has a lot of info on drivers and where to go, so not to worry, after all you are in Jamaica! Thanks Karen and Ronnie! Can't wait to return to your heaven on earth.
It is great to have such nice guests who appreciate Glory Be. We wish we had had more time to get to know them. They only were here for 5 nights. People should remember that on your vacation they spend 2 days traveling. We will be delighted when they return and plan to spend more time
High praise for Glory Be!
Jan. 25 – Feb. 1 2017
What a wonderful experience we had staying at Glory Be – we miss our time there immensely & will definitely return. It took no time for us to start calling here “home”. I can’t recommend this little piece of paradise enough for anyone looking for something outside the realm of the all inclusive resort. Karen & Ronnie were the consummate kind hosts and were always there for conversation, a history lessons or help in any way we needed. I can’t emphasize enough how much we appreciated spending time with them. (Thank you so much for hosting our little cheese, sausage and cocktail Swaraj with you friends. I can’t believe how fast 6 hours of conversation flew by – our apologies for keeping you up until 11:30pm.) They were available whenever we looked for them but never intruded in upon us. If you want to be left alone, Yea Mon -No Worries!
The property is beautiful, quiet and secure. Ebony & Sunny (guard pups) take care of guarding the property and will let you know if someone has arrived.
Karen & Ronnie have spent a lot of time planting & tending to the vast array of flowers, trees & plants that make Glory Be such a lush environment. We stayed in the Artist Studio and wish we could have brought the whole experience back to Wisconsin with us. The main portion of the cottage wide open with high vaulted ceilings. The A/C is the ocean breeze and that’s all you really need. We kept the windows open all the time and seldom saw any insect life. We were greeted in the mornings with multiple small lizards sunning themselves in the sunny spots on the floor and chasing any tiny bugs that made the decision to enter. There is a stove, oven, fridge, freezer and tv available for preparing your own meals and watching some boob tube. We seldom turned on the tv and did little cooking, as there were multiple places within walking distance for dining and a little store to replenish our drinks.
We spent a lot of time relaxing on our covered veranda and staring out at the ocean. . I could have thrown a coconut to the ocean with a good chuck. We both slept out there several nights on the glider couch. Oh how I miss falling asleep to the chirping of the tree frogs and crickets with the crashing of the ocean waves in the background. We swam and snorkeled from the private man made beach area and even had a small swimming pool available to us. I’ll miss seeing the Doctor Birds feeding from the humming bird feeder during the day and the fruit bats
These guests were truly wonderful and so generous. We had been corresponding for some time. It was great to meet pen pals who turned out to be like family. It is fantastic that people love Glory Be as much as we do. The property got its name because of all the GLORIOUS views.
Glory Be is located 4 miles east of the popular tourist town of Ocho Rios, on the north coast road. Popular attractions like Mystic Mountain, Dunn's River falls, Dolphin's Cove, Prospect Plantation,... are all nearby. Glory Be itself has a beach/ snorkeling area a with easy access to the sea, good swimmers can swim to Bamboo Beach (you can also easily walk).Sugar Pot Beach and James Bond beach are not too far away and there is Turtle Beach right in Ocho Rios. Some of the all-inclusive hotels nearby offer day passes. Tour companies like Chukka cove Adventures Tours provide group tours to the most well-known attractions in Jamaica. Several independent tour guides offer more unconventional and customized tours to . the Blue Mountains, coffee plantations(Jamaica Tour Society), Kingston, ... or offer private bird tours, mountain biking tours,... in and around Ocho Rios.