|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Suitable for childrenYes
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|Theme||Adventure, Luxury, Romantic, Beach, Ocean, Tropical|
Description from the owner
Culloden Cove is a beautiful villa with a private beach, jetty and infinity swimming pool on the unspoilt south coast of Jamaica. The newly-refurbished property can sleep up to 10 people and is set in an acre of tranquil, tropical gardens with abundant bird and plant life. This is the perfect place to relax and unwind, away from the stresses of life. Let our welcoming staff take care of you while you stretch out in a hammock, swim in the crystal clear water and enjoy the beautiful sunsets.
Beautiful villa with private beach and pool
Additional Location Information
The property is on the coast, near the fishing town of Whitehouse. This is the real, authentic Jamaica. The villa combines tranquility with proximity to major attractions. The top six places of interest in Jamaica, according to the Lonely Planet guidebook, are all within easy reach. Sandals Whitehouse hotel, recently voted Jamaica's Leading Spa Resort in the 2011 Caribbean Travel Awards, is close by and offers discounted passes to Culloden guests.
Location Type Beach, Ocean, Tropical
Rates shown in $ USD (change)
|Rate Summary||$515||$515||$3,300 - $7,000||$0||2 nights|
|Sep. 8 2012 - Dec. 14 2012
Low season five bedroom occupancy rate
|Sep. 8 2012 - Dec. 14 2012
Low season four bedroom occupancy rate
|Sep. 8 2012 - Dec. 14 2012
Low season three bedroom occupancy rate
|Sep. 8 2012 - Dec. 14 2012
Low season two bedroom occupancy rate
|Nov. 23 2012 - Nov. 30 2012
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|Dec. 15 2012 - Apr. 14 2013
High season five bedroom occupancy rate
|Dec. 15 2012 - Apr. 14 2013
High season four bedroom occupancy rate
|Dec. 15 2012 - Apr. 14 2013
High season three bedroom occupancy rate
|Dec. 15 2012 - Apr. 14 2013
High season two bedroom occupancy rate
|Dec. 21 2012 - Dec. 27 2012
|Dec. 28 2012 - Jan. 3 2013
New Year week
|Apr. 15 2013 - Dec. 14 2013
Low season five bedroom occupancy
|Apr. 15 2013 - Dec. 14 2013
Low season four bedroom occupancy
|Apr. 15 2013 - Dec. 14 2013
Low season three bedroom occupancy
|Apr. 15 2013 - Dec. 14 2013
Low season two bedroom occupancy rate
|Nov. 23 2013 - Nov. 30 2013
Thanksgiving week rate
|Dec. 21 2013 - Dec. 28 2013
Christmas 2013 week rate
|Dec. 28 2013 - Jan. 4 2014
New Year 2013/14 week rate
|All Other Dates||$515||$515||$3,300||-||2 nights|
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Additional notes from owner
There are no additional fees or fees. The range of weekly rates depends on the season and the number of bedrooms occupied. For example, in low season the weekly rate for a two bedroom occupancy is $3300 and for a five bedroom occupancy is $4200. All bookings give exclusive use of the property including villa, cottage, pool, jetty and private beach.
There is a 10% surcharge on nightly rates less than one week. Nightly rates are determined by dividing weekly rate by 7 and adding 10% surcharge. Rates include full villa staff (cook, housekeeper, gardener and security guard)
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What Past Guests Are Saying
The Casali family
A few days in paradise
Thank you once again for a fantastic stay at Culloden Cove. It is such a tranquil, beautiful spot on the South coast of Jamaica. We wanted a weekend break from Kingston for some quality time with my Mum and we certainly had that. Gail's cooking was amazing and very creative. Since our last visit the owners have had a jety built and some lovely mosaics put on the wall. We didn't leave the villa at all in the 48 hours we were there, as we didn't need to! We swam out to the reef (quite a distance, but it felt an achievement!), relaxed in the infinity pool and watched the humming birds...
Thanks andy, we were once again sorry to leave but hope to return one day!
Perfection - beautiful atmosphere, amazing food, welcoming hospi
One of the best vacations we have ever had! The villa is exquisite set on your own private beach with an amazing view. The housekeepers are so hospitable and the food was unforgettable. They provide a full menu to your liking - we couldn't get past the jerk chicken, rum cake, and homemade piña coladas. There are endless activities: snorkeling, climbing the world-known waterfalls, horseback riding, etc. You can even head to the local beach and pick out a freshly caught lobster. They cook it on the spot for you- Best we have ever had! You must visit Rick's Cafe: rated one of the 10 best restaurants in the world for its location - it's set on the top of a cliff where adventurous vacationers are welcomed to dive off into the ocean. We will definitely be returning to Jamaica!
Incredible food, great weather, gorgeous water, and an overall a
Recently stayed at andy's villa with a group of 10. We had an amazing time. The food was by far some of the best that we've ever had! Highly recommend the jerk & bbq chicken. Also the jamaican breakfast. Delicious!
The private beach area was beautiful and the pool area was a lot of fun. We had a driver thru Kiuki Tours that we payed $150 USD per day to drive us all over. We spent a few of our days in Negril going snorkeling, jet skiing, kayaking, and cliff jumping at Rick's Cafe. About an hours drive away, and well worth visiting to get some action into your vacation.
I highly recommend making it back to the villa for dinner though, as the chefs at the villa made better food (better price too) than a couple restaurants we tried out.
The house itself was perfect for our group. Very clean and spacious.
We all felt very safe and had such an amazing time. We hope to return again in the near future!
Perfect vacation spot!
Culloden Cove is a place you will want to return to again and again. The setting is fantastic and the house is perfectly situated for the most beautiful sunsets. Even though the pool and ocean are great and you will spend plenty of time there, you will not believe how much time you will spend on the beautiful patio/verandah. Besides the fact that you will probably eat all of your meals here, there are also so many places to sit or lounge that everyone will have their own special spot for reading or relaxing.
You will probably never want to leave this beautiful spot but if you do, you are close to Pelican Bar and YS Falls (which is so much better than Dunn's River Falls in my opinion).
The staff at this villa is top notch. You are very well taken care of and the food is simply amazing. Even on the days when we took an outing, we hurried back to have our lunch or dinner at the villa because it was that good. Be sure to try some of the local specialties such as ackee & saltfish, bammy, festival, escoveitch fish, rum cake. It's all delicious!!
I highly recommend Culloden Cove.
Karolyn and Louis
A piece of paradise
An incredible weekend! The hard part is leaving after only two days. Very comfortable and ample room for two families of 4 adults and 5 children. The villa is beautiful and the grounds stunning! We dined by the beach, witnessed the most beautiful sunsets, explored colourful sea creatures while snorkeling, enjoyed the calm of the pool but mostly simply relaxed forgetting every day hassles. We really appreciated looking at the stars at night on the pier. The staff is friendly and very helpful. They prepared for us gastronomic meals and kept the place nice and tidy. This place is perfect. A little paradise!
Culloden Cove had something for everyone in our family
We just returned from Culloden Cove in Whitehouse, Jamaica and we were planning our return trip before we left. My husband & I are fifty-ish and traveled with 4 twenty-somethings and 2 young teens. Each one of us fell in love with the place.
We have been to Jamaica several times in the past and this was our second villa. Our last villa was great but on a rocky shoreline, so we were looking for a beach this time, but within our price range. Culloden Cove in the Whitehouse area was perfect for us. Since this was not our first Jamaica trip, we were fine with the hour and a half drive from the Montego Bay airport. We went on excursions to places we never got to while staying along the north coast. We went fishing out of Treasure Beach, saw Peter Tosh's mausoleum, took a cruise down Black River and saw 5 crocodiles, went to YS Falls (but too late to do the zip line), and made an easy afternoon in Negril.
Our favorite times, however, were spent at home. The staff was superb and the grounds were incredible. The groundskeeper, Karon, spent hours with my husband showing and telling about all the flowers, trees and shrubs. Pictures of the property really don't do it justice because of the different levels and the breadth of the shoreline. The infinity pool was the perfect size for floating or splashing around, not for laps. The beach was perfect access for snorkeling and the pier was my favorite spot for getting sun right above the waves hitting the shore. The covered patio area immediately south of the pool and the bougainvillea bower off the northwest corner of the pool were perfect for napping out of the sun.
The house wasn't luxurious but more than comfortable and we were only inside to sleep. The bedrooms have airconditioning and ceiling fans and the beds have nice firm mattresses. We ate our delicious meals on the patio while watching the hummingbirds and birds alongside us. Dion and Lilly are wonderful people, great cooks and they kept the home spotless. Mervyn provided the nighttime security. The staff was unobtrusive but right there as soon as we needed the slightest thing.
Many thanks to Rimma at Sunny Villa Holidays and to andy, the owner, for ensuring our comfort and satisfaction. We cannot wait to return.
A superb vacation!
Once more we spent a fantastic week at Culloden Cove. Its a firm family favourite as the staff are excellent and the kids have a ball running up and down, swimming in the pool or now playing on the private beach. Each time we return there seems to be some improvements, firstly a gorgeous infinity pool was put in and this time we were very pleased to see a jetty giving access to the sea and a beach!
As we have become accustomed to here the house and gardens are immaculate and the staff friendly and helpful. Dare i mention that the food is exquisite and for those of you with a sweet tooth, the cakes they can bake from scratch are out of this world! Everything you could want for a relaxing vacation is on hand as is a wireless internet connection for those who can't leave the hussle and bussle behind!
Its also a great place to explore the island from. This time we had a superb day enjoying the black river safari, about 30 min drive away, followed by a boat trip to visit the Pelican bar located on a sand bank out at sea.
Weekend in Paradise
We followed andy's excellent instructions, and found the villa at sunset. The villa looks shady and private from the road, spilling into the most stunning garden filled with tropical flowers sloping down to an infinity pool overlooking the sea. Tucked behind it, is a two bedroomed cottage, and the house of the gardener who keeps an eye on the place. We'd rented the whole place as a party of 8 adults, 3 kids and 1 baby, and when we arrived a candlelit table had been set on the porch for supper
The villa comes with two lovely ladies to look after you, who cook (and shop!) to order, keep the place beautiful, and were more than happy to mind the baby to give me the odd break. We ate royally; full breakfasts everyday, and on the 3 nights we had coconut steamed fish with pumpkin rice, grilled jerk pork and chicken, and fish baked with garlic.
After a wild Friday night of drinking like teenagers, we spent Saturday enjoying the villa's private pool, shady hammocks and perfect little beach. On Sunday, we drove off to Treasure Beach, about 45 minutes away, and Captain Dennis took us on a sunny boat trip out to see the dolphins before turning inland up Black River to spot a few crocodiles.
On the way back round the coast, our children conked out under towels from the beating sunshine and outboard drone, we stopped at Pelican Bar. This tiny ramshackle bar on stilts is built on a sandbar about 1km out to sea and must be one of Jamaica's best spots for a Red Stripe. We took our beers into the waist deep, sparkling water revelling in how lucky were all are to be out here.
This was our first trip to St. Elizabeth / West Moreland. The countryside is gorgeous and there is an air of laid back friendliness, an easy mix of locals and tourists. None of the hassle of hot spots like Montego Bay or Ocho Rios. This is the first place I've felt safe enough to take the baby out in his stroller for a walk on my own, I only didn't because it's still far too hot! We'll be back...
Culloden Cove is simply the perfect place to stay if you're planning a vacation to Jamaica. Located on the South Coast, it is secluded and provides a great base for exploring the north and southwestern areas. Six of us recently spent a week there and we were all impressed with every aspect of the stay. I had a relatively effortless time reserving the Villa and found andy to be very responsive to my questions and accommodating to requests. When we arrived, Andy called to ensure we were okay and advised us of steps he was taking to secure our safety during the threatened storm, even though we were not concerned. The Villa is exactly as the photos depict - beautiful and very clean, air conditioned bedrooms and fast wifi. The staff is simply superb. They made our stay simply fantastic by catering to our every need. They work well together and are excellent at their jobs. Mervin kept us at ease patrolling the grounds. Gail and Lilly are phenomenal-accommodating the various dining requests by our party and helping us organize certain trips. Kerron constantly works to ensure that the property is pristine and even gave a tour of the local flowers and trees located on the grounds. When I searched the local markets for jackfruit without success, Kerron surprised me by finding a piece. You simply don't get that kind of service at a hotel. Every morning, we started the day at the private beach and followed up with a swim in the pool before breakfast on the patio, which often included fresh fruit that had fallen from the trees. From the Villa, we easily took day trips to YS Falls, Pelican Bar, Appleton and Mobay as these locations are within easy reach. No matter where we went however, we could not wait to return to privacy and comfort of the Villa and the staff. We could not have had a more perfect holiday and were very sad to leave. We will certainly return in the future and encourage anyone reading this review to stay there. You will not be disappointed.
Chris n Nik
So many reviews have been done with positive comments - and they are all accurate. We went as a party of 4 adults and I had astronomical expectations. They were exceeded. We loved the house, the gardens, the pool, the deck by the ocean, and the view. The only thing better than the house and property was the staff. We were blessed with Gail and Lilly to keep the house for us and prepare better-than-restaurant meals. Bird kept the grounds/gardens beautiful and gave a great tour with a lot of interesting info. Mervin kept watch at night, though we never felt like security was necessary. Andy is a great owner and was very responsive answering a lot of questions for a nervous husband who was trying to be sure this surprise trip was perfect for his wife!! It was. We wanted to experience Jamaica away from the tourist spots and just be able to peacefully experience the beauty of the island - that is exactly what we got.
This property is awesome!!
This is the 4th time we rented a villa in Jamaica and believe me, this is the way to go!
Let me say first that although the house is lovely, what I am most concerned with when I rent a villa is the outdoor living spaces and this place is amazing. There are so many comfortable places to relax outdoors.The grounds were beautiful and very well taken care of by Karon. The hammock on the . patio under the pergola was my favorite place to lay back and watch the hummingbirds. The infinity pool was the best place to watch the beautiful sunsets and the gazebo on the water was beautiful. Dion brought a table and chairs down there on our last night and we had our dinner there. Lily and Dion were the chefs and they also kept the home spotless. The wonderful meals they planned and cooked were way better than at the numerous resorts we've been to and because it was just family it was nice to have breakfast in my pajamas and dinner in my bathing suit.The location was quiet and very peaceful. Our stay was awesome and we just can't wait to return. Karon, congratulations on your wedding! Hope to meet at least ! baby when we return.The villa is about 1 hour from the airport which gives you a chance to see some of the beautiful island of Jamaica. See you again real soon Kathleen Gills and family.
Our stay at Culloden Cove was truly unforgettable. We travelled with another family (4 adults and 4 kids, ages 3-6) and we stayed in the main villa. The space was perfect for us! Lots of room for the kids as well as privacy for the adults. Dion, Gail, Lily and Karon are amazing and extremely professional. We chose to eat traditional Jamaican food for our stay with a few exceptions for the kids...every meal was prepared to perfection!
The pool, beach and outdoor space is beautiful and very private. There was tons of room for the kids to play and many quiet little spots to relax. The infinity pool was a decent size and a lovely place to cool off. The gardens are beautiful and Karon was very kind to take us on a tour and let us try some of the fruits and nuts growing on the property.
Andy, the owner, was a pleasure to deal with and was very helpful with the planning of our vacation.
We will be back :)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
All the reviews are true - Culloden Cove is amazing! So much more than I can express in this note!
I traveled with my husband and several of our close friends to celebrate our birthdays. We had such a wonderful time! The staff was attentive and kind. The house was spotless and nicely furnished, with fresh cut flowers upon our arrival, and clean white linens in all the rooms. The pool and grounds are so well maintained - the patios are swept and the pool cleaned each morning. I felt guilty when Karon was sweeping, as I just sat on the patio and drank my coffee! We felt completely safe, but security still patrolled at night for our peace of mind. Wonderful local cuisine was prepared at every meal, along with a birthday dinner complete with cake! Gail and Lily even made tropical drinks for me, and let my husband carry them to the pool and take the credit! :)
We enjoyed our stay so very much. We really didn't want to leave. We look forward to our next trip!
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Homesick for Jamaica!
As other reviewers have mentioned, I selfishly hesitate to share our review of this first rate property in order to keep this little gem to ourselves...but it is too wonderful to keep a secret. It was our first trip as an extended family (both sets of grandparents, mum + dad of a 6 month old baby, and aunties/uncles and their partners...10 adults and one infant in total). Ordinarily, I am a keen explorer when travelling but with everything Culloden Cove villa and its incredible staff had to offer we rarely had reason to leave the beautiful property. We did two side-trips during our stay, a birding adventure with Reliable adventure Tours (also our airport pickup service) and a scuba dive with Sandals Resort next door. The best part of our trip was that the property was ideal for spending time relaxing together. There are many little secluded spots throughout the villa property where we could chat and spend time together: the main patio, the lower pavillion overlooking the sea, poolside, on the pier over the water, swinging in the hammocks...Everything we needed to make it simple to travel with our baby was available to us, from carseat to crib and highchair, plus plenty of beach toys. The only thing that could make the experience there more spectacular would be if the villa had a BBQ and a kayak available for guest use. The fantastic staff always made sure we had everything we needed. Karon gave us a wonderful tour of the property's fruit trees and was a charming host, Gail made sure that between preparing glorious meals she always had time to make our daughter smile, Lily kept the villa beautiful with bouquets of tropical flowers and greens, and Dion was our go-to person for arranging all our side trips. And the food was glorious! Everything was fresh and delicious. We spent a long time searching for the right place to spend our vacation, and are thrilled that we found this very special place, it was everything we could have asked for in our home away from home.
The villa is in an idyllic location on the south coast of Jamaica. It is away from the crowds and cruise ship tourists of the north coast but conveniently located for reaching some of Jamaica's highlights.
The private beach was a real bonus and you can snorkel right from the shore. As soon as you walk through the door and look out on the ocean you relax and feel at home. Lily was very helpful and cooked us some lovely meals and really looked after us.
There are many different seating areas in the villa so you can soak up the sun or relax in the shade in comfort. The infinity pool is a must for a sundowner and the pier is a great for watching the ocean.
marvellous holiday - better than words can express!
We 9 Canadians (ages 12-57)had the most marvellous holiday at Villa Caribe! From the moment we were met at MB airport by Denton of Denton's Transportation, until he returned us there a week later, we felt superbly cared for by him and the outstanding staff at the villa.75 min later, we arrived at the villa: private, beautiful Paradise! While we relaxed by our infinity pool (above our private sandy beach!) our hosts/chefs Dion and Lily introduced themselves, then excused themselves to head indoors to create our first of many delicious Jamaican meals. What a professional and caring staff! They are so proud of the villa, and did a wonderful job of looking after us all week - from planning/preparing meals (we asked for Jamaican dishes(lots of freah seafood and local fruit), to making sure day trips go smoothly: white sandy beaches on sanctuary, a local market cisit, to church on New Years Eve, to bird watching expedition at sunrise. We discovered the snorkelling off our reefs only a day before departure...Dion arranged for Junior, a local fisherman, to pick us up from our new dock, to take us out there...we loved it so much that we returned three times within 24 hours (for 4.5 hours totally magnificent snorkelling - saw puffer fish, lionsfish, starfish, countless schools of fish, parrotfish, etc...and fascinating coral! For sure, we will be back...Junior tells us he has more great spots to take us to, and we can't wait to get back to taste more of Dion and Lily's cooking, and to see what else groundskeeper Karon has done with the gardens. We always felt safe in their care, and knew that they, together with their respected "Boss" Andy McLean were making sure we had the best holiday ever. All of us feel this was a truly special holiday, one that will stay with us forever...and we will be back, hopefully many a time!
Response from Andrew McLean - 03/02/2012
Thanks Margrieta, I'm glad you had such a great holiday. You asked me to clarify that your holiday was at Culloden Cove Villa, not Villa Caribe!
We look forward to welcoming you back!
Glatonbury, Somerset, UK
A fantastic villa in a beautiful location, perfect to explore Ja
The villa is amazingly pretty, really homely, stunning location, great house keepers, really safe. The service was brilliant, the house keepers really looked after us, fantastic cooks. The pool, terrace and gardens are a brilliant place to relax. The water is clear and the kids loved snorkelling. Loads to do close to the house. Loved being able to completely relax and chill out, didn't like having to leave!!!
A Jamaican Oasis
We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful villa. An excellent infinity pool and wonderful access to the sea. Throw in the great housekeeping staff who prepare tasty food and we had all the ingredients for a super holiday.
I almost don't want to share this, but I must
My husband and I are so frequent visitors, locals call us Jamericans. And I feel obligated to write about this extraordinary place we discovered, tho we wish we could keep it to ourselves.
Alas, this is a secret to be shared, for andrew has acquired, rehabbed and staffed this (of several) properties in spectacular fashion. Skeptical of often deceiving photos, we rented this place, hoping that it would deliver on privacy, quiet, and the gardens and staff that many extoll.
It did. I have much to say about this villa. The three women are not cooks, they are "chefs". My advice: do come and allow them to cook Jamaica-style and you will not be disappointed.
The on-site manager and groundskeeper Karon has a never-ending smile and persona that you cannot get enuf of.
And the property-well, the photos they post don't do it justice. It is, as they say. For us, it was Jamaican perfection. And I wish I didn't have to share this, because I'd like to call it "my own.".
But that wouldn't be the right thing to do. This is a pristine villa that delivers on its promise. It's as if you rented your own home and your home had the perfectly situated pool to watch the sunset of your dreams from. But someone else is doing all the work! Sigh. Enjoy. We will...again and again.
a lovely, relaxing weekend.
My husband and I and our 3 young children had a lovely stay at Culloden while my parents were visiting Jamaica. The villa was beautiful, very comfortable and well oganised and the staff were lovely. They were fantastic with the children, willing to cook their favourite meals and let them 'help' with the gardening. The food was delicious and the villa made a great base for exploring the local area- and was a perfect place to return to for a relaxing afternoon by the pool.
Staten Island, New York
Perfect getaway to enjoy yourself and relax...
First, I must say thank you to andy and his staff for a truly wonderful and relaxing vacation. My reservations were complicated as the number of people in my party fluctuated almost daily and through my entire stay, he and his staff were always very professional and ensured that I had enough room to accommodate my guests. Highly recommend this villas for a truly peaceful and relaxing holiday.
Important things to know:
> Gail and Dion are excellent cooks! We ate like Kings and Queens. We had freshly squeezed orange juice every morning and we had fresh food everyday. Gail's family members have a farm so she would get eggs from one relative, meat from another, fish from the local fishers men and fresh fruit from the local vendors.
> Bird (groundkeeper) gives a great tour of the property and is always ensuring that the property is well maintained (even the beach!)
> The beach is rocky but once you get beyond a few short steps you will be able to enjoy the cove. The ocean has various depths so it's good for wading and snorkeling. There are also lots of beach toys for children.
> The pool is small but it's an ideal spot to relax with a cocktail and cool off from the sun and for children to play. Not deep enough for cannon balls.
> The main house sleeps 6, but there is a cottage that can sleep an additional 4 (no aC though)
>The property offers various gathering areas. One of my favorite spots was just off the pool under a thatched roof overlooking the crystal blue ocean.
> Attractions: YS Fall & Pelican Bar - both within a half hour drive. Both gorgeous venues and different in their own right. Signage is terrible so ask for directions along the way
> Drawbacks - which were not an issue for us - the TV is small and didn't work so good, but we did pop in a movie one night. Other nights we stayed up and just enjoyed being with family.
Herndon, VA. USA
Excellent and Very romatic
I stayed at Cullodne Cove back in December 2010 with my girl friend. Its a beautiful place. I forgot the name of the cook, the driver and the house keeping boy. They all were very nice. The ride with the driver from the airport to the villa was enjoyable. He is a very funny guy and will not let you get bored ! The cook made delicious food. The villa has beautiful sea views. The small little private beach is nice. The owner andy met us when we checked in. He is a real nice gentlemen. There was a small issue with the Sandals resort. They were supposed to charge us $85 for the day. but they charged $130. Andy took all the extra effort to get back the refund even though it was not his mistake. We thank andy for all his help. We will defenetly go back to Culloden Cove and stay again. Thanks.
Epsom, Surrey, England
What an amazing place!
We arrived to be greeted by Gail who was to look after us in style for the next week. Jamaican cuisine was one of the highlights of our stay at Culloden and Gail certainly knows how to show it off to the maximum. The owners had included in their welcome pack some suggested menus which we chose from. We simply asked Gail in the morning to prepare them and they were as delicious as any restaurant meal on the island. Lobster bought from a local fisherman was an unforgetable highlight.
What I love about Culloden - apart from Gail's cooking! - are the number of different areas. The whicker swing seats on the terrace were perfect for reading first thing in the morning with some fresh blue mountain coffee before the rest of the household woke up. There is another terrace for more relaxation, a sweeping lawn to the infinity pool, recliners around the pool, another comfortable area perched over the sea and finally the beach itself for finding shells and snorkelling - bliss!
When dragged away from Culloden by my son there was certainly no shortage of activity. Within a 15 - 20 minutes drive is black river where we went on a crocodile safari. We saw a good number - some pretty up close and personal! Also a short drive from Culloden are YS falls. The falls are reached after a tractor journey through the rainforest. After a day of exertion at the falls we were due some relaxation. Queue Floyds Pelican bar. After a few calls around meeting the boatman (Culloden provides a mobile pay as you go to avoid roaming rates) we were on our way to a bar about 1K out to sea on a reef where the snorkelling and the red stripe were excellent.
Some of the best beaches in the world are within an easy - if somewhat potholed! - drive from Culloden. Negril is spectacular. However I for one plan to go back, kick back and stay at the house with a rum and coke watching the hummingbirds flitting through the flowers on the terrace until my son drags me out for new adventures.
Garden of Eden
Recently returned from our second vacation at Culloden Cove Villa. We love the tranquility, privacy and Dion's excellent cooking. Although there is plenty to do and see along the south coast of Jamaica, this trip we barely ventured from the property. Why leave the Garden of Eden?
Shepton Mallet, UK.
A superb location made even better by Dion and her team. They provided outstanding meals and support for a family group of 13 souls ranging from 68 years to 6 months and additional visitors for meals without batting an eyelid.
Nothing was too much trouble including organising visits to Black River, going shopping, buying fish on the beach, arranging deliveries of beer, a boat out to the reef and even taking some of us to her church.
We would happily go again if the opportunity arose!
Home away from home
Everything was super; with the exception of a couple of inconveniences, almost too minor to mention. It is very difficult to find any faults in paradise. It partially rained on 3 of the days this time around so my friends and I had a chance to spend a bit more time inside the villa. I realized that my bed would be a bit cramped if my girlfriend came with me for my next visit (we are 6 feet and over 6 feet tall), we are used to sharing a king size bed at home. There was construction right next door, however after mentioning this to andy (the owner) there was no more noise throughout our stay. It would be great if the villa was set up for stereo sound around the pool and dining areas. The mosquitoes and sand ants and other blood sucking insects collected more than sufficient CCs of blood from us. Remember to bring bug spray...Jamaican insects have teeth :-)
Andy is obviously well regarded in the community and he will always take extra care to ensure your stay is beyond comfortable. Dion and Lilly are the heart and soul of this wonderful villa and have become friends of mine. I already look forward to seeing them again. Their ability to make you feel at home is unparalleled and their ability to cater to my finicky eating requirements is much appreciated. But most of all Dion and Lilly are warm and caring individuals who enjoy what they do. We have gotten to know each other quite well. Till the next time my friends, thank you for taking such good care of us.
Paradise On Earth!
We enjoyed an amazing five-day stay at the idyllic Culloden Cove. Everything was perfect from the spacious and well-designed living area, to the fabulous flora and fauna in the gardens, to the wonderful view of the Caribbean from the truly splendid infinity pool. I could have lied there for weeks just watching the pelicans overhead swoop for fish!
The owners have clearly taken great care to provide a great experience for visitors with lots of nice personal touches. The staff were extremely polite and hospitable too - and very open to cooking a range of cuisines to suit all tastes. Try the home made banana bread in particular - it is truly fantastic.
Beyond the house itself, there are great places to explore in the near vicinity including the not-to-be-missed Black River crocodile excursion and a trip to the nearby Pelican Bar (which sits on sand bank one mile out to sea). The fanstastic beaches of Negril are also only about 45 minutes away for a nice day out.
So all in all we would highly recommend Culloden Cove as a place to visit - either with a family group or friends. You won't regret it and the by the end will be wishing you could stay for longer! We certainly intend to return to this little piece of paradise here on earth as soon as we possibly can...
Nick and Sally
The side of Jamaica you just have to see
What a wonderful setting; what wonderful people and what amazing food.
This place is a total gem, situated just outside a lively little village, with all you could need when it comes to supplies and local charm.
The house itself has an amazing view out to the reef, and a lovely infinity pool right above a private beach.
The real secret to the place is the wonderful staff though. They look after you as much or as little as you need; but the cook/housekeeper, is wonderful - preparing amazing breakfasts, tasty lunch, and simply outstanding dinners.
This place is great for large groups and families and really is in a wonderful part of the world
The Gunning Family
Beautiful Villa / Stress Free Holiday
Having experienced a spectrum of vacations in Jamaica, from all-inclusive to self catered accommodation, Culloden Cove is the Jamaica you read about in coffee table magazines. Tucked away, but close enough for interesting excursions, it provides a relaxing and beautiful base to explore St Elizabeth and beyond. The house is locally furnished, comfortable and clean, overlooking the beautiful Caribbean Sea. The staff are friendly, attentive and discreet. Local dishes are their speciality - we recommend the delicious pumpkin soup! Karan the grounds man is a wealth of local and natural information. He ensures the swimming pool and gardens are immaculate every day. For a tranquil and peaceful holiday, with an infinity pool by the sea, you would be hard pressed to find better. We loved it.
We stayed here in august with a couple of friends and would thoroughly recommend it. Very comfortable rooms, lovely gardens, infinity pool looking out over the sea, great food and service. What's not to like?! One of the nicest places I've been fortunate enough to stay in.
Our group spent a few days at Culloden Cove in October 2010. The villa is spacious and airy but the real beauty of this place is outside.
The secluded and shady patio area is the perfect place to relax - watch out for the regular visits of hummingbirds. There's a great outdoor dining table, so alfresco dining is the order of the day. Lilly was fantastic and I would recommend her cooking.
The villa has beach access with a small reef just metres from the shore, perfect for snorkeling. The infinity pool is a delight, especially at sunset.
There are several attractions nearby and I would recommend arranging tours or renting a car to explore the area.
An absolute gem
It really is a stunning property that enables you to sample the true spirit of Jamaica whilst also retaining many luxurious touches necessary to have a completely relaxing holiday. The owners have clearly devoted much time and energy into creating a tropical paradise and they really have thought of everything. The bedrooms are large and airy, the bathrooms clean and modern and the living spaces are somehow easygoing and relaxing. The mature garden really is something else, at the end of which is an infinity pool, past which are steps down into the sea, a perfect vantage point for taking in the amazing sunsets - what more could you ask for?
San Diego, CA
The Gateway to Happinness and Tranquility
Nestled alongside the potholed roads and treacherous drivers, we arrived at Culloden Cove, the gateway to tranquility and happiness. To welcome us, was the indispensable Dionne & Lily, who without them being there, it would be just another house in paradise. These two wonderful women make it the most special place to visit. Their welcoming smiles and easy demeanor make you feel right at home. The house is airy and spacious and perfect for a Caribbean Vacation place. The garden to the pool is great for the kids to play in and the patio areas are amazing places to spend the days relaxing away. The infinity pool at the foot of the garden is incredible. What a place to chill away and watch the sunsets, passing yachts, variety of birds and ever changing shape shifting clouds. Just a few short steps down and you are in the fantastic Caribbean Ocean with a small reef to do some snorkeling just strokes away. I can understand only spending your time in this beautiful getaway, but you really don't get a feel of Jamaica without stepping out of this paradise. I highly recommend accompanying Dionne to go shopping for veggies at Newmarket. For me this was the highlight of my trip. All the food is as fresh as fresh can be and Dionne & Lily will prepare you meals that will satisfy every gastronomic desire. Every breakfast, lunch and dinner was superb. Just make your request and it will be satisfied, of course with a Jamaican flavor to it. As if this isn't enough, Dionne will arrange taxi's, drivers, busses and whatever excursion you decide to do. We spent time south at treasure beach and north in Negril. This was the most hassle free holiday I have ever had and it was all sweet to the pocket as well. I couldn't say enough good things about the place.
A lovely quiet villa with stunning views. The staff were helpful and also excellent cooks so we ate very well throughout our 3-day stay. The villa is large and airy and simply decorated. Infinity pool overlooking the sea is the perfect place to watch the sunset.
An amazing place in which to relax and explore Jamaica
Our family absolutely loved staying at the villa. It was a beautiful spot and one of the most relaxing holidays we have had. The children loved the house and swimming in the pool and we didnt want to leave. It is a great location, a peaceful haven from which to explore Jamaica and a real treat. I would highly recommend it for a family holiday.
Heaven on Earth...
What an absolutely fantastic place to chill out and unwind. A beautifully kept property with mature manicured gardens and contemporary furniture was our home away from home. It was heaven for our kids who spent all day playing in the infinity pool or running up and down the lawn. Their exhaustion come evening time meant the adults got to spend some uninterrupted quality time too! The staff were superb and tended to all our needs; serving up some tasty home-style cuisine. The lobster and sirloin were particularly sweet. We can't wait to return!
Chillin in paradise, oh, with fun around the corner thrown in
This place is just about as perfect as you can get if you want a leisurely and luxurious holiday, with informed and friendly staff to look after you, while nestled in authentic Jamaica.
My advice is just turn up, speak to Dionne (the cook and cleaner) about what you like to eat that can be obtained locally, then just chill out in the sea, the infinity pool, or a hammock - and let it all just happen.
Difficult to choose between the highlights, swimming in the infinity pool watching the sunset? lunch in the garden watching the humming birds and the pelicans? swimming and floating around the bay for no particular reason? Or a frenetic and funny trip to the Whitehouses supermarket on a Saturday with sound systems blasting away? Just do all of it I reckon...
This place is amazing - the photos really don't do it justice!
I stayed here in June with my partner - we had an absolutely amazing time - the holiday of a lifetime! From the moment we arrived we felt totally relaxed and chilled out - so much so that I left the house twice in a week. Although there's lots of places nearby to visit we were more than happy to stay put and let our biggest decisions of the week be whether to have a swim in the fabulous infinity pool or the sea, whether to eat our lunch sat on the veranda in the beautiful gardens or in the gazebo overlooking the sea, whether to have a cold beer or a a jamaican rum and whether to have fish or chicken for dinner.
The house itself is very relaxing- really comfortable (especially the beds which is important to me), nice furniture all locally made and spacious.
But the grounds are amazing - fantastic tropical plants, humming birds on the vines, pelicans swooping into the sea to catch their breakfast - paradise. The pool is a really decent size - big enough to swim in.
Dion the housekeeper looked after us very well - nothing was too much trouble for her. We ate jamaican food all week (at our request - she can cook lots of kinds of food) but for us ackee and saltfish for breakfast, freshly caught barbecued fish or jerk chicken, conch soup and patties were perfect. Her curried goat and rice and peas was probably the best I've ever tasted. Winson does a great job of keeping the pool and gardens clean and tidy (as well as collecting fresh fruit from the grounds for Dion to turn into tasty juices).
I would whole heartedly recommend this place to anyone - it was a perfect romantic break for us - but would also be ideal for a family or a group of friends.
Whilst the photos look great - believe me - this place is even better in the flesh!
A comfortable house in one of the loveliest spots that I have stayed in in Jamaica, with a view of the sea framed by beautiful garden; tiny beach at low tide and warm waters for swimming and snorkelling. The lady helpers are charming and cook well.
Perfect piece of paradise
One of the rare spots which really delivers on its promise of peace and comfort. We loved our stay here and will definitely come back. the house is really comfortable with spacious bedrooms and clean bathrooms and kitchen - all with lovely finishings. Loads of different places to lounge around to relax in - hammocks, cushioned seats in the lovely garden. Topped off by beautiful sunsets in the pool with refreshments! Dion cooks lovely fresh food and Winston keeps the garden and pool in great condition, but do not invade your space leaving you feeling utterly at home. We loved it.
Peaceful and restorative
The sound and sight of the sea as you step through the door is blissful - with views down the garden though the beautiful flowers and vines on the terrace, your gaze lingers on the infinity pool and is drawn out to the turquoise sea beyond. Peaceful and restorative!
The house is situated in lovely grounds, fruit trees, comfy seats and hammocks aplenty. Comfortable beds, spacious rooms. There is a great library of books and dvds. The housekeeper and gardener help you to have a really luxurious stay.
If you want to stray out there are beaches, crocodile safari and sweet places to eat and drink.
I can't think we wanted for anything!
Irish (living in Kingston, Jamaica)
Culloden Cove - a quiet treasure!
Culloden Cove is an exceptional villa in Jamaica’s South Coast. The owners have created a fantastic retreat that is modern and comfortable that overseas visitors would appreciate, however it also maintains a traditional Jamaican atmosphere so that you are always aware that you are on holiday!
The furniture and house decor is beautiful inside and out. The locally handmade bedroom and dining furniture is exquisite and very desirable. Outside the variety of lounging and relaxing furniture is amazing; Adirondack chairs, hammocks, dining table and chairs, swinging basket chairs, wicker loungers and pool side loungers.
The infinity pool is incredible and fantastically maintained by the full-time gardener. We spent so much time hanging over the edge of the pool watching the pelicans fly past, the fishermen pick up their lobster pots and the sun set so dramatically.
We had such a lovely time there (April 2010) and we were so well looked after by Dion and Lily (housekeepers/cooks) who delivered such great breakfasts and dinners.
There is so much to say about the villa that really you need to experience it yourself; the doctor birds, the hanging orchids, the infinity pool, the villa decor, the lawn, the staff, the garden, the secluded sunset viewing area, snorkelling in the sea, the proximity to local attractions.... we are definitely going back to stay again - for longer next time!!!
Absolutely gorgeous. It is the most peaceful and relaxing of places. Indeed, as you sit quietly on the veranda, looking out over the diamond dancing of the sunlight on the sea, it is difficult to persuade yourself to do anything else. It is the kind of place where you can pass hours just swinging in one of the chairs with a good book and a tasty glass of wine. After a few hours of that, you might walk the few paces to the bottom of the garden to float lazily in the pool. And then return happily to the veranda for a little more relaxation.
The accomodation itself is lovely. The rooms are light and airy, and the furniture both comfy and classy.
It is situated in one of my favourite parts of Jamaica. The countryside is lush and the sea seems just a little bit bluer than in other parts of the island. If you do have the energy to go out and about, then there is also a good number of interesting activities such as talking to crocodiles; or going up the lovely YS Falls.
It is the perfect place for a stress busting holiday.
Culloden Cove a wonderful slice of paradise
For those of you unfamiliar with the small fishing village of Whitehouse you will be pleasantly surprised by its laid back Jamaican tempo. Yes, Sandals is nearby, however the tourists from Sandals rarely seem to fray far from their fenced-in secured enclave; what a shame, since there is so much to discover and enjoy. The Whitehouse community is friendly, laid back and deplete of tourists.
The Culloden Cove experience begins once you drive past the front gates and enter the main house. The main attractions of the villa are two-fold. Firstly, the surrounding grounds are stunning with tropical vegetation abound. The infinity pool is a great lounging pool (open 24/7), not too deep and steps from the beach (watch out for stingrays near the shallow end of the beach). Next to the pool is a covered area with a hammock, a great place to take in an afternoon siesta, or make an appointment for a massage outside, next to the sea. My eyes were mostly fixated on the ocean and magical skies. I took daily photos of the dramatic sky-scape.
Certainly my primary reason for revisiting The Culloden Cove Villa will be to re-connect with my new friends, the staff (Dion and Lilly); they really made me feel at home. I truly appreciated Dion’s incredible flare for cooking. They managed to create a wide array of wonderful dishes and drinks that I really welcomed. Further, Dion really helped us connect the dots in terms of providing us with anything and everything we could possibly need. The villa was always kept spotless, thanks to Lilly and Winston. Before I forget, be pre-warned; remember you are in the Caribbean so bring bug spray with you for nights spent outdoors.
I still dream about my wonderful vacation at Culloden Cove and I look forward to returning one day soon. I know this review may seem a bit verbose, but there is still so much more to say about this wonderful slice of paradise.
Fantastic family holiday
We are ex-patriates living in Jamaica and stayed in Whitehouse with relatives who were visiting from England. We had our own vehicle which was very convenient and allowed us to visit locations an hour or so away (Negril, Treasure Beach etc), in addition to the immediate area.
We loved the villa. It is such a stunning and tranquil setting and the gardens are beautifully maintained. We enjoyed just lazing around the terrace, watching the humming birds or cooling off in the infinity pool, with its magnificent setting, or drifting around in the sea. It was complete bliss. Perfect for whiling away the time with a novel or ipod.
The accommodation was comfortable, with the advantage of airconditioning in the bedrooms. There is no a/c downstairs but this was not an issue for us because of the fans and by opening the doors both sides of the villa to catch the breeze. Also January is one of Jamaica's cooler months.
Deon, the housekeeeper, looked after us well and gave us tips on where to go and how to get things we needed.
It was a great break for a few days. We would strongly recommend if you are looking for an alternative to Jamaica's busier resorts and all-inclusive hotels. It's perfect if you just want to get away from everything for a while and enjoy one of the least spoilt and most picturesque settings on the island. We'd certainly love to return.