Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9
The Green House is a private 4-bedroom villa on the beach in Hope Bay, Jamaica. Hope Bay is in the lush parish of Portland, widely regarded as Jamaica’s most beautiful parish & is 15 minutes' drive from the delightful market town of Port Antonio, erstwhile home of Errol Flynn.
Designed & built in a traditional style using local materials, the Green House is a wooden villa set in 1/3 acre of established gardens & boasts a broad veranda on 3 sides overlooking the ocean. With two of the 4 bedrooms having ensuite facilities & the house sleeping up to 9 (excluding hammocks & cot!) it is perfect for families & even for 2 families sharing.
There are several attractions nearby, not least Somerset Falls, 5 minutes’ walk away & rafting on the Rio Grande less than 10 minutes’ drive, but as the perfect antidote to the rush of modern life, you could be excused for spending a fortnight right here in the peace & tranquility of your hammock. See you soon.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||30 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Kingston 90 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||CD player, Telephone|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 13|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
• Beautiful traditional wooden structure using locally sourced timber; Cedar doors & hardwood Guango Flooring throughout, mahogany & Spanish Elm furniture, Blue Mahoe kitchen, fully equipped
• Huge verandah on 3 sides overlooking the ocean; beautifully furnished, including breakfast table & chairs, deck chairs, lounge chairs, swing sofa & hammock
• Spacious & airy living-dining area furnished with a mixture of lovely antique pieces & locally built ones; opens out to verandah on 2 sides
• Designed for natural ventilation
• Ceiling fans & pedestal fans in every room
• Mosquito nets in every room
• Separate laundry room with washing machine & dishwasher
• Sunken bath with double shower in the family bathroom in addition to the 2 ensuites
• Bedroom 1, ensuite – double four poster bed, double doors open out onto the verandah, looks over the ocean; bedroom 2, ensuite – double bed, double doors open out onto the verandah, looks over the ocean, another window looks over the garden & neighbouring bay; bedroom 3 – 2 single beds, looks over the garden & neighbouring bay; bedroom 4 – bunk beds (bottom double), also looks over the garden & neighbouring bay; cot available
|Further details outdoors|
• Large garden, 1/3 acre of lawns, established trees including almonds, coconuts & fruit trees, beautiful flowering shrubs
• Garden furniture including benches & hammocks
• Outside shower
• BBQ facilities
• 250cm x 150 cm inflatable pool, approx 50 cm deep (approx. 10’ x 6’ x 2’ deep)
There is a housekeeper, Diana, who comes in once a week to clean & do laundry. She is, however, a dynamite Jamaican cook & is available to work for any or all addtional days of your vacation by prior arrangement. Her daily rate is US$25 or JA$ equivalent payable directly to her.
Bunny the gardener will also come once a week but is always on hand to source local fruit & veg for you. Watching him climbing coconut trees is holiday highlight.
Dyce lives next door & looks after security & a million other things. He is there to answer any questions you might have about anything.
The Green House has a mobile phone for visitors' use with any & all useful numbers pre-programmed into it
The North Jamaica Coast region
For centuries, Jamaica has welcomed settlers from all around the world. This small island has played host to the Amerindians who discovered it & later to Europeans, Africans, Asians, Indians and Middle Easterners. After centuries of brewing, all their stories have blended together to give the island its rich history and heritage displayed against the background of Jamaica’s beautiful mountains and valleys.
Jamaica has an island tropical climate. The annual average temperature is 27 degrees Celsius. The hottest months are in the summer, from May to September. The "winter" season (December to March) feels cooler. Areas of high altitude have chilly times. For example, the Blue Mountain Peak has an average temperature of 13 degrees Celsius, and sometimes cooler, depending on the time of year or weather.
The island's main tourist destinations are predominantly along the north coast stretching from Negril in the far west to Reach Falls in the east, some 150 miles. The main tourist towns include Negril, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios & the smallest, oldest & by far the most charming - Port Antonio, birthplace of tourism in Jamaica & erstwhile home of Errol Flynn.
Things to do right here:
• Somerset Falls; 5 mins’ walk – the Daniels River cascades through lush tropical gardens, overlooked by bar & restaurant. Take a little boat up the gorge to the main falls at the top for a great view from the grotto behind the falls
• Rafting on the Rio Grande; 8 mins – this one comes highly recommended! Spend 3 hours relaxing on a 9-metre long bamboo raft while raftsmen, some of whom have spent up to 10 years as apprentices, guide your craft through gentle rapids with long poles. Along the banks, rural life continues much as it always has; mothers wash clothes & children swing from vines that hang above the water or fish for ‘janga’ (shrimp) & 'busu' (freshwater mussels) in the shallows. Ask your captain to stop at Belinda’s shack about half way down for a swim in the most amazingly clear water, a drink and a plate of the most deliciously authentic Jamaican food in the most breathtaking setting
• Scuba diving & PADI classes at Lady Godiva’s in the Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio; 15 mins – there are also bars, restaurants & shops all along the marina &, oh yes, another gorgeous beach overlooking the prettiest town in Jamaica and the mountains beyond. Entry to the marina is via a secure gate but is absolutely free
• Horse riding – right here in Hope Bay, Alfred ‘Cock’ Bell can arrange for you to ride along the beach & through coconut plantations along the banks of the Daniels River at Likkle Porti
• Blue Hole (Blue Lagoon); 30 mins – the intense natural colour of the water is a result of its depth, estimated at 64 metres. Great for swimming & snorkeling, Jacques Cousteau dived here. The restaurant, damaged by hurricane, remains closed but visitors can use the car park when going to the lagoon for a swim. You can also get an unofficial raftsman to take you for a tour
• Dolphin Cove, Ocho Rios; 1 ½ hours – a longer drive than some of the more local attractions & a good deal more expensive, but how often do you get the chance to touch, swim & play with dolphins, feed sharks by hand & cuddle up to friendly stingrays?
• Dunns River Falls, Ocho Rios; 1 ½ hours – possibly overpriced, sometimes overcrowded but undeniably spectacular … & it’s the spot where Ursula Andress emerged from the sea and into cinematic history in the first and best Bond film of them all, ‘Dr No’
• Golf – there’s a 9-hole course at San San, 30 minutes away. For the hard core golfers, Ocho Rios is probably the best bet. The world renowned Tryall golf course is further away in Montego Bay
• Mountain biking – an increasingly popular pastime in Jamaica; companies such as Blue Mountain Bike Tours here in Portland operate trails & rent bikes. The imperious Blue Mountains are practically on your doorstep
• Nonsuch Caves, nr Winnifred’s Beach; 35 mins – believed to have been formed more than a million years ago, the caves are nearly 100 metres long. No-one really knows how deep they are. The caves are home to bats roosting among the stalactites & stalagmites & rare fossils. Tours take up to 1 ½ hours
• Port Antonio; 15 mins – (shopping & amenities, marina, scuba diving, fishing) Port Antonio is a charming old Jamaican town with a colonial feel about it. There is a large covered market with lots of crafty items towards the back. You’ll also need to go there if you need a cash machine
• Or just nothing at all – why not just stay in the hammock on the verandah with a drink and a good book?
• Hope Bay – literally on the doorstep; ‘black’ volcanic sandy beach littered with shells & driftwood; it takes over an hour to walk the length of it. In terms of breathtaking, secluded natural beauty, it is hard to beat. Part way up the beach the Daniels River empties into the bay, the perfect pitstop for a freshwater swim. Walk further and find yourself amongst mysterious driftwood sculptures
• Shanshy Beach – 15 mins; white sand public beach on the edge of Port Antonio, free entry
• Frenchman’s Cove Beach – 30 mins; widely recognised as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. White sand beach in secluded cove with mature tropical trees overhung with vines & bromeliads; a crystal clear river weaving through the grounds & emptying into the sea. Food & drinks available; JA$400 entry
• San San Beach – 30 mins; fine white sandy bay with tropical foliage coming down to the sea in places. Fantastic view of Monkey Island – boat rides out to the island available. Shallow water perfect for small children, ball games or even sitting reading a book. Food & drinks available; JA$400 entry
• Winnifred’s Beach – 35 mins; great for local food & flavour with a dozen food shacks offering strictly local fare. Roughish road down to the beach but well worth it. Beautiful white sand bay used by tourists & locals alike. Lovely swimming; free entry
• Boston Beach – 40 mins; lovely blue bay with bigger waves than most other beaches. Most famous as the birthplace of ‘Jerk’, Jamaica’s spiciest addition to international cuisine, and still the best place to sample it; free entry
• Somerset Falls – only 2 minutes away. Swim in the river, jump off boulders or get under the falls for an invigorating natural massage.
• There’s lovely swimming in the Daniels River, only a short walk up the beach at Hope Bay (& a fantastic seafood restaurant on its banks – see ‘Likkle Portie’ in the ‘places to eat’ section
• Rio Grande – should you choose to go rafting (highly recommended) there is great swimming to be had off your raft along the way
• Chelsea, 15 mins’ drive inland from Hope Bay offers crystal clear river swimming completely off the tourist trail