Set on five acres of gently sloping land with sea view and surrounded by manicured lawns, today's Great River House is the product of a massive renovation in 2008. Great River House is located in a private gated neighborhood of other upscale villas, the entire property is fenced and entered through wrought iron gates, ensuring complete privacy. Grounds include a hard-surface tennis court and a spacious grassy lawn with badminton and croquet. Royal Palms, citrus and pimento trees are gently lit each evening.
Built in 1956 by a member of the Dupont family, a renovation by modernist architect Tom Reed combines elegance, an expansive pool terrace, state-of-the-art technology including wireless Internet throughout, and cable televisions.
Locally-crafted mahogany furniture reflects an old Jamaica ambience, complemented by contemporary designer fabrics, a chefs kitchen, and Kohler en-suite bathrooms with water tiles. Interiors are distinguished by artwork by famous illustrator Arthur Taylor, George Rodrique and original botanical and Jamaican watercolors and oils. The large serpentine pool features an infinity waterfall edge, fountain, expansive stone terrace and divided shallow childrens pool.
Candlelight dinners are served in an interior air-conditioned dining room where guests may enjoy a view over the pool and its infinity edge to the sea beyond. Meals may also be served al fresco on the 2,400-square-foot pool terrace. The chef treats guests to fresh fish and grilled lobster, and everyone's favorite, jerk pork and chicken prepared on our own jerk drum.
Various nooks and crannies are thoughtfully provided for individual escapes. A flower-filled side courtyard with out-door shower offers a special hideaway for rejuvenating spa treatments on request.
Distance to Beach: 4 minute drive to Round Hill
Distance to Town: 20 minute drive to Montego Bay
Distance to Airport: 20 minutes to Sangster International Airport (MBJ)
6: Chef, Butler, Housekeepers/Laundress, Gardener, Night Manager
Kingsize antique Jamaican 4-poster bed, 200-square-foot en-suite bathroom, walk-in shower, double vanity, cable TV, iPod dock, wired for internet, air conditioning, ceiling fan, sliding doors to private verandah with Caribbean Sea view, opens to pool terrace (400 sq ft)
Kingsize bed, en-suite bathroom, walk-in Turkish tiled shower, double vanity, safe, cable TV, iPod dock, wired for internet, air conditioning, ceiling fan, private terrace with view of Caribbean Sea/garden, connecting door to Bedroom 3 for parent-child suite
Kingsize or Twin beds PLUS Twin bed sleep sofa for a child, en-suite bathroom, tub/shower combination, iPod dock, wired for internet, air conditioning, ceiling fan, connecting door to Bedroom 2 for parent-child suite
Kingsize bed, en-suite bathroom, walk-in shower, writing desk, over-stuffed reading chair, iPod dock, wired for internet, air conditioning, ceiling fan, overlooks tennis court and garden.
Kingsize or Twin beds, en-suite bathroom, large walk-in shower, double vanity, writing desk, iPod dock, wired for internet, air conditioning, ceiling fan, opens to private patio/seating area with garden view, very private Bedroom