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Karen & Ronnie Schleifer

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

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

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Tower Isle Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Artist's Studio sleeps 2- 4, Calypso sleeps 2, Sunspots sleeps 2

Four miles East of Ocho Rios, right next to famous Reggae Beach(now called Bamboo Beach), the enchanting cottages at Glory Be offers you old world charm in a private, eco friendly, garden environment with tropical flowers (hibiscus, helaconia, jasmine,…), fruit trees (bananas, tangerines, sour sop, pineapple, ackee, noni), fabulous views and direct access to the sea.


This spacious seaside cottage (1200 sq. ft.), formerly Marion Simmons’ art studio 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 channels as well. A fully equipped kitchen is ideal for self caterers, although some of Ocho Rios' finest dining is nearby. 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 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.

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


The adorable high-ceilinged Calypso cottage (1000 sq. ft.) with an amazing sea view and large outside deck is ideal for a couple looking for a romantic retreat. 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 local 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.

(Rates: US$900 / week, US$150 / night)

(Amenities: Kitchen, WiFi, King Size bed, Safe, Shower, Telephone, 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 sofa, a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom with bathtub. The double veranda has comfortable arm chairs and a large dining table, where you can relax and enjoy the sea view.

(Rates: US$900 / week, US$150 / night)

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

A paradise for artists, 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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Karen & Ronnie Schleifer (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

About Karen & Ronnie Schleifer

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.

Karen & Ronnie Schleifer purchased this cottage in 1951

Why Karen & Ronnie Schleifer chose Jamaica

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.


based on 17 traveler reviews

Artist Studio at Glory Be - Charming seafront cottage with amazing views
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
Seattle, Washington

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: Feb 2016
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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: Dec 2015
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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: Apr 2015
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One of the best accomodations we've ever enjoyed!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had the pleasure of a three night stay in the Artist's Cottage at Glory Be, and it was one of the best vacation rentals we've ever had. We've stayed around the world in places rented on the internet. Sometimes the accommodations match your expectations. Sometimes they are worse than they appear to be from the photos and descriptions on line. Our stay at Glory Be with Karen and Ronnie far exceeded our expectations for beauty, convenience, hospitality and location.

The Artists Studio is a beautifully adorned studio with a well supplied kitchen, which had fresh eggs, bread and milk waiting for us on our arrival. The furniture was comfortable, and the veranda, which is spacious looks out at the Caribbean, just below. While there are three cottages on their property, they are all very private. Another family was at one of the other units but we hardly saw them the way the cottages are laid out. We had a relatively short pathway down to a private ocean entry-point, and there's a second access to a beach which is more swimmer-friendly not far away.

Ronnie and Karen are wonderful hosts who were as helpful as could be. At one point the gas stove stopped working. They invited us into their home to cook, and had a repairman out to fix the gas in a few hours. They are also a font of great information about local attractions and restaurants, and a pleasure to get to know. Of the maybe 20 places I've rented in the last 10 years around the world, Glory Be is one of the very best, which I recommend without hesitation.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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Big Up Glory Be!

  • 5 of 5

I've just returned from my break at Glory Be with Karen and Ronnie, and what a different experience from the impersonal all-inclusive hotels found in Jamaica. Here is a true guesthouse with Old World charm, a Jamaican welcome, a private, exclusive spot in the jungle on the sea. The setting is stunning, set in lush gardens with views of the sea from enormous windows and terraces. You walk down the path to the private beach below the cliff-edge location and you don't have to fight for a chair, they're all yours. There are tables for snacks, an outdoor shower, a stretch of sand and steps into the sea for swimming and snorkeling along a teeming reef. At night from any of the three cottages you can hear the crickets and the waves against the ironshore cliffs, lulling you to sleep, and you awake to the sound of tropical birds greeting the day.

The cottages have an artsy vibe and beckon you to outdoor spaces due to the expansive views. I stayed in the Artist Cottage with high ceilings, a big kitchen, covered porch, outdoor terrace, guest bedroom, and strong Wi-Fi available everywhere. I appreciated the big desk for working when I needed to.

You can walk to Harmony Hall, the best gallery of Jamaican art on the island, and you can dine in the evening at Toscanini's on the first floor. It's a quick hop to downtown Ocho Rios with shops, bars and restaurants, plus the funky Island Village. In the area is Prospect Plantation, Dolphin Cove, Coyaba River Gardens, and Dunn's River Falls. There are plenty of fun day tours and adventures through Chukka Cove, including horseback riding in the sea, zip lining, downhill bike riding, ATV tours, float trips and more.

Hosts Karen and Ronnie make you feel welcome, and will fill you in on all the insider tips and ensure your holiday exceeds all expectations. They know all the doings in the area. You'll feel like you've just stopped in on relatives.

This is a secret hideaway that you'll want to tell your friends about. Big up Glory Be!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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Fabulous place for relaxation!

  • 5 of 5

Glory Be is a wonderful place to relax. The beauty of its surroundings are amazing. There are three cottages on the property, including the owners home, which are each very charming. We stayed in the Calypso Cottage. It Has everything you need for a peaceful getaway. The property is on a cliff and has beautiful steps that lead down to two separate areas for relaxing and getting into the water. The sunsets were amazing, looking out from the patio, over the water, having our dinner and watching faraway ships pass, will be a memory I will cherish forever. My husband enjoyed snorkeling while I enjoyed the sun reading a good book. The reef is steps away and the area perfect for scuba diving as well. My husband was impressed with the reef's beauty and sea life. The property is surrounded with lush gardens, beautiful flowering trees, and is a bird watchers paradise. Very private with gate and faithful watchmen (their sweet dogs). Restaurants within walking distance. And Karen will take you into town for the necessities. If you want relaxation, beauty and peace this is the place to be. WE will be returning for years to come. Ron and Karen, Thank you both for sharing your wonderful home with us. See you next year! Steph and Mike Sarbora, Delaware, USA

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Montego Bay
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Sandals golf course
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 with easy access to the sea, good swimmers can swim to Reggae Beach (you can also easily walk). James Bond beach is 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 ao. the Blue Mountains, Kingston, ... or offer private bird tours, mountainbiking tours,... in and around Ocho Rios.


Rates & Availability

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Swim at your own risk as there is no lifeguard on duty.

Inquire about monthly discounts if you are interested in a wonderful month in Jamaica!

We ask a deposit of half the amount, payable by personal check ?The balance can be paid in cash upon arrival. l.There is a cancellation fee of $200.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Tower Isle Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • 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 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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • 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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