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Great River House • Montego Bay, Jamaica Villa

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About Great River House

Classic Jamaican glamour meets luxurious modern conveniences! Set on five acres of gently sloping land with sea view and surrounded by manicured lawns.

  • 5-bedroom, 5 full en-suite baths, 2 half baths, 7,500-square-foot private villa on 5 acres
  • excellent gated neighborhood of other upscale villas
  • complimentary driver, to include: airport transfers, trips within Montego Bay area, and one day excursions (all other trips will be charged locally)
  • private tennis court with pro on call
  • putting green
  • badminton, croquet and bocce ball
  • 30 x 60-foot pool with frontgate float and toys
  • full staff: chef, butler, housekeepers/laundress, gardener, night manager
  • farm to table fruit, herbs and avocados all grown on the property
  • air-conditioned family room with entertainment center
  • bar and icemaker
  • complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access (bring your laptop)
  • cable televisions and DVD player
  • Sonos wireless audio system
  • Netflix, Pandora and Spotify 
  • child friendly:  large lawn, swing, books, games, DVDs, kiddie pool area
  • 2 cribs, 1 high chair, pack & play, 3 car seats, 2 modern strollers
  • Jamaican fire pit for bonfires, story-telling, smores and marshmallow roasts
  • Round Hill membership: complimentary beach, two connecting heated pools for parents & children, jogging trail. For various fees: Pineapple Kids Club, fitness room, tennis, hair salon & spa, bars & restaurants, gift shops, water sports, Internet room, beach parties Mon-Wed-Fri. Current membership runs through October 31, 2018 and villa is intending to renew for 2019 (through October 2019)*

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, a putting green and a spacious grassy lawn with badminton and croquet. Fruit trees enhance the manicured lawns. Royal Palms, citrus and pimento trees are gently lit each evening.

Built in 1956 by a member of the Dupont family, a renovation in 2008 by modernist architect Tom Reed (and latest enhancements in 2015)  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. Also, farm to table fruit, herbs and avocados grown on the property.

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.


All five bedrooms have mahogany floors, fine linens, pillow menus, quiet remote control air conditioning, ceiling fans, wireless audio system and Internet signal. Bathrooms feature Kohler fixtures, wall sprays and rain tile showers. New beds installed in December 2015!

Master Bedroom - 400 sq ft
Antique Jamaican 4-poster kingsize bed, and sliding doors to a private verandah with Caribbean Sea view. Cable television. 200-square-foot en suite bathroom with walk-in shower, side and overhead water tiles, and marble vanity with his and hers sink basins. Opens to pool terrace, also to private terrace.

Sea View Bedroom
Kingsize bed; en-suite bathroom with walk-in Turkish tiled shower, rain tiles and his and hers sink basins. Cable television. Private terrace with view of Caribbean Sea and garden. Connecting door to Garden View Bedroom for parent-child suite. Safe for valuables.

Garden View Bedroom
Optional kingsize or twin beds; also twin bed sleep sofa for a child. En suite bathroom with tub/shower combination. Connecting door to Sea View Bedroom for parent-child suite. Garden view.

Tennis View Bedroom
Kingsize bed; en suite bath with walk-in shower and rain tiles. Writing desk and over-stuffed reading chair. Overlooks tennis court and garden.

Lower Level Bedroom
Optional kingsize or twin beds in very private bedroom. En-suite bathroom with large walk-in shower with ceiling and wall rain tiles, marble counter with his & hers double sink basins. Writing desk. Opens to private patio and seating area with garden view.

Round Hill Hotel and Beach Club Membership

A special amenity available to guests in this villa is membership at Round Hill ... just minutes from the villa and one of the finest private resorts on Jamaica's North Coast.

Round Hill offers a beach, pool, chaise lounges, towels, jogging trail, gift shop, logo shop, library with computer, bar ... and unforgettable long sunsets from the waterfront terrace.

For additional charges, members may enjoy the spa, tennis courts, Pineapple Kids Club, fitness center, salon, a range of water sports and beach parties.

Internet access is $22 per day for up to 3 devices. This may be paid at reception. The internet service can be upgraded to Premium (faster speed) for $33 per day for up to 3 devices.

Round Hill was chosen by Condé Nast Traveler for its Gold List of "the best places to stay in the whole world."


Round Hill will be closed September 4 - October 11, 2018 for their annual maintenance.

*Round Hill membership is guaranteed for guests travelling through October 31, 2018. Some villa beach memberships are not guaranteed if travel dates are beyond October 31, 2018. Ask our Villa Specialists if you have any questions.

Rental Rates

Season Bedrooms Weekly Rate
Low Season
April 27 - December 14
3 bedroom rate does not include the Master Bedroom
1–3 $7,000
Low Season
April 27 - December 14
4–5 $9,000
Thanksgiving 2018
November 17 - November 24
1–5 $13,000
Christmas 2018
December 19 - December 26
1–5 $21,500
New Year's 2018-2019
December 26 - January 2
1–5 $22,500
High Season
December 15 - April 26
3 bedroom rate does not include the Master Bedroom
1–3 $9,500
High Season
December 15 - April 26
4–5 $13,000
Easter 2019
April 20 - April 26
Easter week is any 7 nights that includes Easter Sunday
1–5 $13,000
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Guest Reviews

  • The entire team was excellent. The food was wonderful and everyone was very accommodating to our son with allergies.

    Prince was extremely helpful and we greatly appreciated his efforts, as well as Karen, Suzette, Desmond and Ron.

    Furnishings are very attractive and beds very comfortable!

    Duke - March 2016

  • Terrific, kind, courteous and friendly staff.

    Prince is an exceptional butler. His charm and courtesy made this a delightful experience. We all loved him.

    Desmond is the best cook we've ever met! The cooking here is superb! Desmond accommodated small children, a vegetarian, and different schedules. We couldn't wait for each meal!

    Beautifully maintained house and grounds. We loved the table linens! Having Sonos was great.

    This is the 6th villa we have rented and by far our favorite! Beautiful, well thought out house.

    Thank you for all the ways you made us so cozy and relaxed and happy!

    Alexandra & Frederick P - March 2016

  • Villa was very nice and staff were friendly and helpful.

    Great web site and staff is excellent.

    Terry M - February 2015

  • Dear Linda,

    Thank you! We had a wonderful time at this amazing house! We will miss night swimming, smoothies, the bonfire, tennis and most of all, daiquiri time. The food was delicious and everyone helped to make this an incredible vacation.

    All the best,

    Stephanie M. – New York, NY – March 2013

  • Dear Linda,

    Great River House was absolutely brilliant!!! We had a fantastic time, and were well looked after. Carlington and Radcliffe were especially awesome. Excellent service, and the food was out of this world.

    Hiten P. – Lynn, MA – January 2013

  • Dear Linda,

    The staff at Great River House is the envy of all Jamaica. We loved them all. They truly made us feel welcome and at home. Lovely place and we had incredible weather.

    Randy M. – Chicago, IL – December 2012

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