Knockando – Round Hill Claimed

Knockando - Round Hill

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More than 50 years ago, a visionary named John Pringle dreamed of turning a magical Jamaican hillside and waterfront into a luxurious retreat and he named it Round Hill. He sat upon the hill, gazed over the deep blue sea and selected the site for his own home, the genesis of what was to become a renowned resort for guests from around the world. Today, that home is Knockando, distinguished by one of the most breathtaking views in the Caribbean.

On floors of cool Jamaican marble in hues of gray, pink, cream and salmon; rich mahogany; high ceilings and lovely antiques ~ Knockando evokes a sense of old Jamaica updated with contemporary comforts and amenities.

The living room opens wide to the heart of the house ~ a 1,300ft2 verandah with generous seating areas in white canvas on oversize bamboo sofas and chairs under five ceiling fans. At one end of the verandah is a bamboo wet bar, icemaker, fridge and cable television. At the opposite end is a wheelchair-accessible bathroom and gently-ramped path to the pool terrace just below.

Home-cooked meals typically are served alfresco on the long verandah. Three other dining areas include the option of an elegant indoor dining room with a 10’ mahogany pedestal table set with Rosenthal, Minton or Royal Worcester china and sterling silver.

Knockando is Gaelic. It refers to the distillery in Speyside, Scotland, renowned as home of the finest single malt scotch in the world.


Deluxe 5½-bedroom private villa atop prestigious Round Hill
Staff of 5: chef, butler, housekeeper, gardener, personal laundress
20′ X 40′ private saltwater pool with pool toys and unique mosaic Chinese dragon design
Wi-Fi Internet throughout
7 flat screen televisions with full cable programming
2 DVD players, CDs and DVDs for parents and children
Sound system in living room, dining room, verandah, pool terace
Excellent chef for all preferences; deluxe Lynx grill for steaks, chops, fish, chicken and lobster
Accessible: ramp, electric wheelchair, Rascal scooter, 3 zero-entry bathrooms and showers, bench, toilet boosters and grab bars
Child friendly: wonderful children’s playroom/bedroom… Olivia’s Treehouse*
Complimentary crib, high chair, booster seat
Nearby nanny’s bedroom and bathroom
2 complimentary four-seat golf carts for transport to beach
Complimentary non-motorized water sports
Complimentary use of the new Round Hill gym and $25 daily fee is waived for Knockando guests (paid by the homeowner)
Complimentary beach
Two connecting heated pools for parents & children
Jogging trail
Manager’s Cocktail Party every Wednesday
For various fees:
Pineapple Kids Club
Hair salon & spa
Bars & restaurants
Gift shops
Water sports
Internet room
Beach parties every Monday and Friday
Complimentary beach
Hummingbird Kids Club
Non-motorized water sports
Internet roomVNew Usain Bolt Games Room for kids, teens & adults
Jogging trail
Afternoon tea & Manager’s Cocktail Party every Monday
For various fees:
Tennis lessons
Happy Hour
Hair salon & spa
Bars & restaurants
Motorized water sports
Beach parties twice every week
5 Bedrooms:
Maximum desired occupancy is 13 guests. All bathrooms provide hair dryers. All bedrooms and Olivia’s Treehouse feature state-of-the-art remote control air conditioning. All bedrooms except Treetops offer flat screen cable TV.

Master Bedroom (650ft²) – Kingsize bed; walk-through dressing room with padded mahogany spindle crib; en-suite bathroom with bidet; large walk-in shower with double showerheads. Adjoins Middle Bedroom to create a convenient parent-child suite on request.
Middle Bedroom – 2 queensize beds; en-suite bathroom with tub-shower combination. Dressing room has interior passage to Master Bedroom via door that may left open or locked in the night for privacy.
Blue Room (400ft²) – Kingsize bed; en-suite bathroom with double-sink and wheelchair accessible, newly renovated zero-entry shower with bench. Interior hallway to small room with one twin bed for child, nanny or other adult. Connecting pocket door may be left open or closed in the night. If occupied, bathroom is shared by all 3 guests.
Treetops – Queensize bed in romantic bedroom on very private upper level, parquet floor, walk-in closet, en-suite bathroom with open-air pink marble shower with sea view. Wraparound wood plank balcony. Gorgeous views on three sides.
The Cottage (400ft²) – Freestanding building across the lawn. Queensize bed; sound system; desk; wet bar and fridge; wood plank floors and bookshelves. En-suite-bathroom, booster toilet with side rails, wheelchair accessible zero-entry shower and bench, Jacuzzi bathtub. Excellent accessible accommodation.
Olivia’s Treehouse (Not really in a tree) – Down one flight of stairs and directly under Treetops (good upstairs-downstairs suite for parents and children). Fanciful playroom/bedroom beloved by children. Bunk beds with side rails; trundle beds for two more. TV, DVD player children’s movies, stuffed animals, books, toys, games, blackboard, little sink and toilet. The entire property is child-friendly and has baby gates to limit unsupervised access to the pool area.