Set on over four and one-half acres of gently sloping land and surrounded by well manicured lawns Great River House commands sweeping views of the sea. The property features mature trees including fine citrus and pimento trees together with flowering plants, shrubs and royal palms gently lit in the evening to create a private, secluded, romantic environment. The entire property is fenced and entered through wrought iron gates ensuring complete privacy at all times. There is a formal hard surface tennis court, north/south facing with wind screens on the west side of the property. Many grassy areas are readily available for outdoor games with b...adminton and croquet equipment supplied. Residence Designed in 1956 by one of Delaware's leading architects for the original owner, a prominent member of the Dupont family, Great River House’s complete 2007 renovation by well known modernist architect Tom Reid combines elegant ambiance, stunning expanse, state of the art technology (including internet, wireless and cable TV) with a practical layout. The 7,500 square foot home is filled with original island crafted mahogany furniture preserving the old Jamaican great house feel yet incorporating modern designer fabric, Kohler-designed en-suite bathrooms complete with water tiles, a chef's kitchen and a large Entertainment/Library/Game room with a 32 inch flat screen TV and DVD opening to the tropical property. Elegant candlelight dinners are served in a formal (air conditioned) dining room or outside under the stars on the large stone deck surrounding the extraordinary serpentine, infinity edged pool. Extensive artwork by famous illustrator Arthur Taylor, George Rodrigue and original botanical and Jamaican watercolors and oils create an interesting and peaceful atmosphere throughout the house. The villa is entered through a carved mahogany front door opening to a large living room with views through to the Caribbean Sea. This in turn leads to an extensive covered veranda focusing on indoor/outdoor living so much a part of Jamaican life. The new serpentine, infinity-edged pool with waterfall, fountain and children’s area is but two steps down from the living area and is surrounded by a 2,400 square foot stone deck with nooks and crannies for relaxing. In addition, a flower filled side courtyard complete with outdoor shower offers a retreat for relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatments. Throughout the day and evening the Great River valley breezes and trade winds create a gentle, tropical environment. Combining tradition and innovation each of the five bedrooms and en-suite baths is filled with custom made island furniture accented with well known designer fabrics, fluffy towels, pillows and fine linens as well as good sized closets and chests for clothes. Four bedrooms radiate from the living core of the house. The fifth bedroom and bath has its own low-walled terrace complete with seating and access to the tennis court and expansive gardens on the lower level near the entertainment/ games area and powder room. Configurations of the bedrooms are king beds in three with the remaining two having twins which may be combined into kings. A pull out twin sleeper/sofa is available in one of the bedrooms. Location Great River Estate is eight miles west of Montego Bay International Airport. Conveniently located only a few minutes away from Round Hill, the North Shore’s most elegant hotel and four miles from Tryall Club with its internationally acclaimed 18 hole championship golf course. Great River Estate is a private community of some twenty villas built on a hill along the Great River overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Staff A friendly, professional staff of six (cook, housekeeping maids, gardeners and security) will greet you and help you quickly acclimate to your new home, create personalized menus, arrange and coordinate travel needs to Round Hill, Tryall, Montego Bay and any other island destination you may desire. Custom menus can be created prior to arrival including freshly caught fish & lobster, famous jerk style barbeque cooked on the home’s own jerk drum and the freshest of local fruits and vegetables. Their leader, Miss Carol, is an experienced, professionally-trained hotel/villa manager with a warm, service-oriented approach and delivery. Round Hill Hotel & Villas A special amenity to Great River House is membership at Round Hill. Just a short 5 minute ride finds you at one of the finest private resorts in the Caribbean. Membership entitles guests to access Round Hill’s private beach, water sports program, fitness center (treadmill, rowing and other cardio equipment, aerobics), extensive Spa facilities, pool and jogging trail. Enjoy afternoon high tea overlooking the seaside terrace, the beach and piano bars and wonderful Continental and Jamaican cuisine on the sea side terrace overlooking the Round Hill bay or in the Georgian Dining Room. Delightful sunsets are viewed from both the waterfront terrace or the pool areas. Guests may partake in the Spa amenities, Kids Club, watersports and party dinners (Monday Beach Night, Wednesday Curry Night, Friday Jamaican night plus show entertainment or just hor d’overours and drinks at the bar with costs put on your credit card privileges. Round Hill was chosen by Conde Nast for inclusion on its Gold List of “best places to stay in the whole world, Worlds Best Villa-fifth year running, Green Globe Certified and is an AAA 4 Diamond Resort. Bedroom Configurations All Bedrooms have mahogany floors, are air conditioned, have ceiling fans and are wired for internet Owner`s Suite: • 400 square feet • Antique Jamaican poster King Bed • High Peaked ceilings • 9 ft.sliding doors opening north to a private veranda with view overlooking Caribbean Sea • 9ft. sliding doors opening west directly to stone pool deck • 200 square foot en-suite bath with walk-in shower, side and overhead water tiles and deluxe shower head, marble counter with double sinks . Master Bedroom Suite
. King Bed . Private balcony with view of Caribbean Sea and grounds . Writing desk . En-suite bath with walk-in Turkish tile shower with rain tiles and shower head, double sinks Bedroom #3 • Overlooks garden • 2 twins which may be converted to king • Pull out twin sleep bed/sofa • Writing desk • Adjoining locking door to Sea View Bedroom • En-Suite Ann Sacks & Kohler bath with tub and shower Bedroom #4 • Overlooks tennis court and garden • 2 twins which may be converted to king • Writing desk and stuffed reading chair • En-suite bath with walk-in shower with rain tiles and shower head Lower level Bedroom #5 • Large, very private space • Opens north & west to private, low-walled patio with seating areas • Overlooks tennis court and gardens • King bed • Writing desk • En-suite bath with large walk-in shower with ceiling and wall rain tiles, marble counter with double sinks • Private sitting/ reading looking out over patio and garden Own private tennis court at Great River House set amongst manicured gardens.
For large group reunions, sister villas on the same Great River Private Road: Silent Waters , Destiny Villa , Great River House , Spyglass Hill , Sea Island , Star Apple . Thanksgiving rate is $11,500/wkRead more
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