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Artist Studio at Glory Be - Charming seafront cottage with amazing views

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Artist's Studio sleeps 2- 4,

Four miles East of Ocho Rios, right next to famous Bamboo Beach, the enchanting cottages at Glory Be with fabulous sea views and privacy offer you old world charm ., The whole property is a garden abounding, with lush tropical vegetation . tropical flowers (hibiscus, helaconia, jasmine,begonias,shrimp plants…), fruit trees (bananas, tangerines, sour sop, pineapple,aloe vera, moringa ackee, noni), fabulous views and direct access to the sea.


This spacious seaside cottage (1200 sq. ft.), formerly Marion Simmons’ art studio. Marion Simmons was a member of the American Water Color Society and had several international shows. She chose to buy the seaside property in 1951 as she was an avid snorkeler and artist. She was most well known for her shell motifs.Her original art and prints are displayed in the Artist Cottage. It is romantic for two, comfortable for four. In the great room there is a king size antique bed, a sofa, arm chairs, a stocked book case, antiques, original art work and cable T.V. which has radio and music channels as well. A fully equipped kitchen is ideal for self caterers( June's grocery store is in walking distance), although some of Ocho Rios' finest dining is nearby( Glenn's , Toscanini and a jerk pork center are in walking distance . On the veranda are a dining table, chairs and a glider sofa, where you can see spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. Adjoining the great room is a separate bedroom with two twin beds, a desk and antique safe. The bathroom with a tropical motif has a solar heated shower, toilet and basin and a view of the pool. Ceiling fans and tropical breezes and the ventilation of cathedral ceilings cool the rooms. Next to the veranda are two patios with a charcoal grill and a hammock. Winding stone steps lead to the beach area.

The Artist Cottage is very private,as the only other buildings on the Glory Be property are the main house where the owners, Karen and Ronnie live, the Calypso Cottage for the owners' family and close friends, and the Sunspots Cottage which is for long term guests(please inquire )

(Listed amenities and pricing in this homeaway listing are for this cottage only).


The adorable cathedral ceiling Calypso cottage (1000 sq. ft.) with an amazing sea view and large outside deck i. It is attractively furnished with a king size bed, 2 small loves eats, and a breakfast bar, all with views of the gorgeous Caribbean sea. The entrance door, depicting an orange tree, is an original work by Danish, artist Jonna Brasch. The decor is tropical with carved pineapples, colorful carved fish, bamboo tiles, bamboo glass panels and cedar shelves and counters. The cottage has an open kitchen with all amenities and a bathroom with walk-in shower and skylight. A stairway at the foot of the cottage leads to the sea.

(Amenities: Kitchen, WiFi, King Size bed, Safe, Shower, Ceiling Fan)


This gingerbread cottage decorated with original Jamaican fret work (1000 sq. ft.) is a real Jamaican country cottage. It is ideal for one person or a couple. It has a bedroom with a queen-size bed, a living room with a futon sofa, a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom with bathtub. There is a logia and veranda with comfortable arm chairs and a large dining table, where you can relax and enjoy the sea view.

Monthly rates available on request.

(Amenities: Kitchen, WiFi, Queen Size bed, Safe, Shower,, Ceiling Fan, Washing Machine, Cable TV)

A paradise for artists, snorkelers and swimmers creative spirits, nature-lovers, rest-seekers and photographers, Glory Be is ideal for bird watchers as well. Many types of humming birds and migratory birds make Glory Be their safe haven. The property is very private and has many cozy nooks and crannies. The cottages are situated so there is a true feeling of being alone in paradise. There is a guests-only swimming pool and a private beach area. Many of our visitors enjoy swimming and snorkeling or sunbathing from our beautiful beach side patio.. In walking distance there are an art gallery, restaurants, a jerk (barbeque) center, and a small grocery. Minibuses and taxis make it a short ride to downtown Ocho Rios.

More Details

Property Manager
Karen & Ronnie Schleifer,Glory Be, P.O.Box 5 Tower Isle St. Mary, Jamaica, W.I.
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 12, 2018

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. Although, Karen is nota fine artist, the whole property is her continuing work of love and art!

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 inspired Marion Simmons to name her property 'Glory Be'.

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.


Tower Isle Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Any visitors must be approved by manager
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Outdoor showers at pool and beach area - outdoor shower , solar water heater
    Artist studio Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , solar water heater
  • All three cottages have a bathroom with shower/tub or walk in shower with solar heated water, a toilet and basin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Artist Studio, Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Artist studio, Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • The artist studio has a King size bed in the large great room, there is an adjoining bed room with twin beds. The Calypso Cottage has one King sized bed, The Sunspots Cottage has one Queen sized bed and one sleeping sofa that can sleep an extra person.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Sand Box
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The cottages are restful and romantic for a short term stay but are also available for monthly rental rates. It would be ideal for writers, artists, bird watchers, retired couples who would like to get away for the winter,... Glory Be is all about privacy: the property is large enough and has many cozy nooks and crannies so that you rarely run into the other people on the property.


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Artist Studio at Glory Be - Charming seafront cottage with amazing views
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Do nothing but Relax!!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Beauty and tranquility

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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 Karen
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High praise for Glory Be!

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Truly Memorable Stay at Glory Be!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Glory Be in the Sunspots Cottage for one glorious month! Karen and Ronnie are the perfect hosts. The grounds are gorgeous, the sea beautiful and the cottages very comfy. We went there to relax and that's exactly what we did-- could not have been more content. When we arrived, I had bronchitis and a nasty cold. Karen fixed me some wonderful Moringa tea to help me heal. I am now a believer in the wonders of sorrel juice! Also, we had plenty of fresh key lime juice from the little trees on the property. Ebony and Daisy, the Glory Be doggies, were frequent visitors to our little cottage.

Thanks to the graciousness of Karen and Ronnie, we met many of their close friends. All in all, Karen and Ronnie made us feel like family. We plan to make Glory Be a yearly ritual and we're looking forward to our next visit!

Christine W.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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No more all inclusives!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Glory Be for 7 glorious nights. We rented two of their cottages. My daughter and her boyfriend thought their cottage was the best, but my husband and I believe ours was!! I cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed the privacy we experienced!! Karen and Ronnie were kind enough to have some groceries stocked in our room. The short walk to Glen's restaurant was made several times!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

One of the most perfect places we have ever stayed. Karen and Ronnie are wonderful hosts, so helpful and kind throughout our stay and before - how wonderful to arrive to groceries and homemade lemonade waiting in the cottage. All 3 cottages are beautiful - all set within the grounds of the main house but all totally private. We rented the Artists Studio as we are a family of 3 - very well equipped, beuatiful private garden with tress, follows, a multitude of birds and butterflies, and then steps down to a small private beach and snorkelling. From our garden we could see the crusie ships arriving in Ocho Rios, the tourists arriving on nearby Reggae Beach - and we had the tranquility of Glory Be. It is so peaceful you feel you are away from everything when in fact you are a short walk from 3 restaurants and a well-stocked grocery store. We loved Glory Be so much that we only left the premises to walk to the store to buy groceries.

We will definitely return and would recommend Glory Be to everyone.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Montego Bay
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Sandals golf course
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Bamboo Beach, walking distance
Car: not necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Swim at your own risk as there is no lifeguard on duty.
Be sure you all have valid passports.Most credit cards are accepted in super markets and restaurants except American Express.Get an overseas package on your cell phone as roaming fees are extremely high.
It is better to fly into Montego Bay than Kingston. We
Inquire about monthly discounts if you are interested in a wonderful month in Jamaica!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.