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Drambuie Estate • Montego Bay, Jamaica Villa

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About Drambuie Estate

Built in the 1940‘s by the Duke of Marlborough, Drambuie Estate is a slice of old Jamaica when lively drawing room conversation and gracious service ruled the day in an extraordinary private setting.

  • deluxe 7,200-square-foot 5-bedroom villa
  • located 1,500 feet above sea level on beautiful 35-acre hillside estate
  • staff of 7: chef, butler, housekeeper, laundress, gardeners, night watchman
  • 28’ x 65’ private pool and adjacent shaded lunch pavilion
  • DVD, VCR’s and 6 cable televisions
  • sound system and CD players
  • pool table, ping pong, croquet, books, games, videos, large cassette and CD collection
  • complimentary ADSL Internet access, plus wireless network for laptop users (bring your laptop)
  • complimentary international phone calls to the United States, Canada and the UK
  • massage tables
  • breathtaking views day and night
  • complimentary fulltime private driver and air-conditioned van for excursions to the beach, etc.
  • Beach Membership at Hard Rock Café/Montego Bay Yacht Club: swimming pool & terrace, two tennis courts, children's play area, free wi-fi facilities, and Free Access to the new Hard Rock Café Montego Bay (short walk from Yacht Club). Enjoy a 10% discount on food & beverage at both The Seahourse Grill and the Hard Rock Café. For various fees: resident tennis pro, lighted tennis court at night, private meeting room and venue rentals, as well as sail boat and chartered fishing boats for rent.

Built in the 1940‘s by the Duke of Marlborough, Drambuie Estate is a slice of old Jamaica when lively drawing room conversation and gracious service ruled the day in an extraordinary private setting. Today this remarkable hideaway retains many exquisite original features plus contemporary amenities of air conditioned bedrooms, cable televisions and Internet access ~ the best of both worlds from two centuries.

Drambuie is exquisitely furnished with Chinese rugs; original art; 1930’s French posters; carved sculpture from Jamaica, England, China and Africa; and Chippendale and Queen Anne treasures ~ complemented by casual wicker verandah furnishings. A few steps across a grassy lawn are the large pool, umbrella tables and shaded luncheon pavilion. Each night, the lighted town of Montego Bay and cruise ships in the harbor twinkle like a diamond necklace in the distance. Star-gazing through Drambuie’s telescope adds magical nighttime drama.

The Drambuie chef indulges guests in many specialties including Seafood Royale (fish, lobster and shrimp in cream sauce), Quesadillas, Lobster Thermador, Sweet & Sour Pork, Key Lime Pie, Banana Pudding, Crepes ~ and artistic presentation at every meal, served on Wedgwood bone china. The night view from the dinner table is incredible, beautiful beyond words.

Cut stone walls brought from England 200 years ago as ship’s ballast comprise the 18-inch walls of the Main House. Vaulted ceilings are 16 feet high. Floors are cool tiles from England, Mexico and South America. The Main House consists of the Great Room with pool table, 50" smart TV, VCR and sound system; inlaid games table for chess, checkers or backgammon; and comfortable sitting area. French doors open to a 330’ wrap-around stone verandah furnished with al fresco dining tables, wicker sitting area, tempting hammock and lawn leading to the pool. Through tall mahogany doors is the large master bedroom suite. Also in this building are the powder room, butler’s pantry and kitchen.

A tiled path leads 30 feet from the Main House to The Cottage. Here are three more bedrooms which can be connecting for parents and children or kept private via locking doors. A furnished verandah fronts The Cottage. Nine steps down from The Cottage is the fifth bedroom, an intimate hideaway for two.

The Drambuie staff are delighted to take guests on property tours to explain how the estate operates and to point out the many varieties of tropical flora, fauna and birds that thrive here.

Drambuie’s complimentary fulltime driver will handle all airport transfers as well as excursions to beaches, water sports outlets, restaurants, shops and various tour destinations. Guests are asked to tip their driver locally.

Drambuie’s staff and owners love their dogs, free to run the property if you wish. They are calm, friendly and gentle with children. On request, the dogs can be kept in their large fenced yard all day during your vacation.

Drambuie is an exquisite wedding and honeymoon location.


Five bedrooms are privately located under three separate roofs and are accessed by connecting pathways. All five bedrooms feature air conditioning, cable television, boom box and mini-fridge stocked daily with ice and drinks. All bathrooms are en-suite and provide hairdryers.  There are 4 additional twin beds available upon request at no extra charge.

Master Bedroom - 22' x 30'
Kingsize 4-poster antique canopy bed; 40" flat screen TV, large en-suite bathroom with dressing corridor, double vanity, bidet, glass-walled walk-in shower, sunken tub and fanciful etched-glass mirrored walls and ceiling. A mahogany desk holds the computer with complimentary Internet access. French doors open to the verandah, lawn, pool and breathtaking view.

The Cottage
Bedrooms 2, 3 & 4
Kingsize beds; en-suite bathrooms with tub-shower combinations. Green Room and Blue Room are 14' x 18'. Yellow (middle) Room is 18' x 18 with a 32" flat screen TV. All three bedrooms have connecting doors which can be locked for privacy or unlocked for families with children.

The Hideaway
Bedroom 5
Queensize bed; en suite bathroom with tub-shower combination. Twelve louvered doors open the west wall to a wrap-around verandah with breakfast table, sitting area and hammock overlooking a cool green ravine. Private 14' x 24' hideaway ideal for honeymooners.

Hard Rock Café Beach Club

A special amenity available to guests in this villa is membership at Hard Rock Café Beach Club.

  • Free Access to Hard Rock Café Beach
  • Large Swimming Pool and Terrace
  • Showers and Changing Rooms
  • Free Wireless Internet Facilities
  • Bar and Beach Side Service
  • 10% Discount off food and beverage at the World Famous Hard Rock Café Restaurant. Come experience the Reggae vibes and Hard Rock Café's unique dining experience.

Rental Rates

Season Bedrooms Weekly Rate
Low Season
April 27 - December 14
1–3 $4,950
Low Season
April 27 - December 14
4–5 $7,000
Thanksgiving 2018
November 17 - November 24
1–5 $7,550
Christmas 2018
December 19 - December 26
1–5 $12,000
New Year's 2018-2019
December 26 - January 2
1–5 $13,000
High Season
December 15 - April 26
1–3 $5,750
High Season
December 15 - April 26
4–5 $8,100
Easter 2019
April 20 - April 26
Easter week is any 7 nights that includes Easter Sunday
1–5 $8,100
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Guest Reviews

  • The villa was great, and the staff was excellent.

    We have always been exceptionally pleased with both the service of the Linda Smith Company as well as the villas and staff where we have vacationed.

    Laura R – June 2015

  • The property is nested away in a beautiful setting and the views are astonishing.

    The villa gives you a sense of time traveling: The décor in the house and the amazing patio take you to another era. We ate all meals on the patio and it was lovely. The pool is quite nice and the views are astonishing. It is a great place to relax.

    Charles was amazing! We loved every dish he made and he would check to make sure everyone enjoyed his cooking. My 12 year old loved everything Charles made, he tried it all! The soups were so delicious!

    Craig, the butler, Chrissy and Dorothy the cleaning ladies, were so kind and most helpful. We enjoyed them all.

    Would absolutely recommend Drambuie Estate! There were 9 of us (2 families) ready for an adventure. We had never traveled together. We had a fabulous experience at Drambuie that we will cherish for many years to come! It was so much more than we expected and the people there made all the difference. It was an amazing way to discover a little bit of Jamaica. Expect a little unexpected!

    Berry – March 2015

  • The staff was great

    The house is great

    Happy with the service

    Frank L – January 2015

  • Drambuie is a wonderful villa. The grounds are well kept, the pool is clean and huge, and the house is clean. Best of all, the staff is wonderful. Charles is an excellent cook. We really appreciate that he comes out after every meal and talks to us not only about the food, but about other things. Craig is an attentive butler and also regaled us with stories. He's funny! Dorothy is so sweet and spoiled us with clean clothes every day.

    Excellent service by Villas by Linda Smith, especially Barbara Allen. We have stayed at 4 of your villas and the staff are great.

    Kelly and Geraldine J – November 2014

  • My sister, her friends, and I returned last night from our amazing vacation at the Drambuie Villa. All I can say is WOW. It was her bachelorette party and she said she had one of the best weekends of her life. I can't thank you enough for helping me plan and answering ALLLL my questions. The villa itself was unbeilevable and the staff was even better. They were incredibly nice and helpful and gave us everything we asked for and more. It was so sad to leave and too short of a trip but really really great.

    Thank you again so much!!! I am recommending the villa (and you) to everyone!

    Sharon K - June 2014

  • Dear Linda,

    We had a fantastic week. Craig, Charles and Rico really took great care of our group. I'm having a tough adjustment back to cold Detroit! Thanks for all your help. We will definitely recommend your company as well as the Drambuie Estate.

    John H. – Detroit, MI – February 2013

  • Dear Linda,

    My family had an absolutely superb trip to Drambuie this past March. The pictures on the website don't do justice to the beauty of the views: you lounge on the veranda enjoying cool breezes as the day winds down. The accommodations are spacious and the d'ecor eclectic, with a mix of Eastern and Western designs that gives a real sense of authenticity. No one should ever think that Drambuie is just another Caribbean villa - it's much more real than that.

    But Drambuie isn't about the views or the accommodations - it's about the people who make every effort to ensure your experience is memorable. In the morning, as you get up, you hear the sounds of Ferdie at work in the garden. Then as the sun comes up Craig discreetly places a pot of Jamaican coffee (unbelievable stuff, and I'm not a coffee drinker) on the verandah and you watch things come alive. When everyone finally crawls out of bed, Damian is already at work in the kitchen, whipping up a starter plate of fresh fruit followed by pancakes or omelets or salt fish and ackee. My children were so excited by the surprise each meal presented that when they heard Craig come around the corner with the next course, they would chant "Cart, cart, cart"! Cheryl manages to tidy everything up while you're out during the day or enjoying your meal on the veranda. And if you go, make sure to ask for Rico as your driver. An amateur historian, he took us on some adventures around the island that we will never forget.

    My family has been going to the same summer vacation spot for years, so we're used to having a sense of "place" on our trips. Drambuie didn't disappoint. Hopefully we'll be back soon!

    Rob M - Philadelphia, PA - March 2011

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