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.
All five bedrooms have mahogany floors, fine linens, pillow menus, quiet remote control air conditioning, ceiling fans, iPod docks and are wired for Internet. Bathrooms feature Kohler fixtures, wall sprays and rain tile showers.
Master Bedroom – 400 ft² – 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.
5-bedroom, 5 full en-suite baths, 2 half baths, 7,500-square-foot private villa on 5 acres
Heated infinity-edge pool: salt water (gentle, safe, therapeutic, no chlorine), shallow kiddie section. Heated by request only – $500 per week surcharge applies.
Excellent gated neighborhood of other upscale villas
Private tennis court with pro on call (court resurfaced in November 2013)
Badminton, croquet and bocce ball full staff: chef, butler, housekeepers/laundress, gardener, night manager
Air-conditioned family room with entertainment center
Bar and icemaker
Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access (bring your laptop)
Cable televisions, DVD, CD player and 4-speaker sound system with iPod, iPad and flash drive connection
Child friendly: large lawn, swing, crib, high chair, stroller, books, games, DVDs, kiddie pool area
Jamaican fire pit for bonfires, story-telling, s’mores and marshmallow roasts
Round Hill membership: complimentary beach, two connecting heated pools for parents & children, jogging trail, Manager’s Cocktail Party.
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