Comfortable Country Home
|Per night||$40 - $45|
|Per week||$280 - $315|
Located in the salubrious climate of Manchester, the house is situated in a quiet suburb of the town of Mandeville, within walking distance of the Manchester Tennis and Golf Club, as well as the Manchester Shopping Centre where supermarket, pharmacy, ATM machine and a variety of other shops are available.
This is a time-honoured, traditionally designed and furnished house, situated on one (1) acre of fruited, immaculately landscaped lawns and gardens.
Located in the center of the Island, about 2000 feet above sea level you will find the town of Mandeville. An average daily high of 70 - 75 degrees F and average night time temperatures of 65 -70 F certainly give Mandeville an ideal climate.
Mandeville is considered the heart of Jamaica for more reasons than one. Unspoiled by its financial success in the aluminum industry, time spent with the people of Mandeville is likely to be a highlight of your trip to Jamaica. Mandeville is unlike other rural Jamaican towns: it is cool, it is clean, and there are no slums. Mandeville is a popular destination for Jamaicans returning from abroad to find the perfect place for retirement. Thanks to energetic promotion by the Central and South Coast Tourism Organization, the town is a magnet for discerning visitors and an excellent base for exploring the central hills and the south coast.
The parish of Manchester was created in 1814 by the then governor, the Duke of Manchester. The parish capital, founded in 1816, was named after his eldest son, Viscount Mandeville, and was one of four hill stations for the British Army. Once a haven for English gentlefolk who deemed it the closest thing to home, it was a prim and rather static place until the advent of the bauxite industry in the 1950s. Overnight Mandeville became a roistering boom town, began to grow and flourish and has continued to do so ever since. As a market centre for farmers, a dormitory town for two large alumina companies and the first choice of returning, retired Jamaicans, the town enjoys a relatively stable economic base and offers the pleasures of rural life with the convenience of a mini-city.
The largest of 12 shopping plazas is the Manchester Shopping Centre on Caledonia Road; there are cinemas and discos, several first-class restaurants, a large public library - the first "Free Library" in Jamaica, established in 1938, and the oldest Parish Library in the island, three hotels, several guests houses and a golf club. The Golf and Tennis Club, founded as the Manchester Golf Club in 1868, was the first golf course in the Caribbean. Admission can be arranged if requested. Mandeville also has a number of schools and colleges including: Manchester High School, Bishop Gibson High School, DeCarteret College, Belair School, St Joseph's Academy, the Church Teachers Training College and the Northern Caribbean University.
In Mandeville's benign climate, both temperate and tropical plants flourish: agapanthus lilies and sweet peas beside hibiscus and bougainvillea, robust vanda orchids beneath peach and lychee trees, begonias and nasturtiums growing wild on the bank sides. Mandeville has one of the oldest Horticultural Societies in the world and is famous for its annual Flower Show and splendid private gardens, some of which can be toured by appointment.
PLACES OF SPECIAL INTEREST
An eighteenth century Great House set in a delightful garden on a 300 acre cattle property. Once a farm house and coffee factory owned by the Earl of Balcarres, Governor of Jamaica 1795 to 1801, it has been continuously occupied ever since and is filled with antiques, paintings and curios, each item with its own fascinating story which the owners Mr and Mrs Robert Sutton will relate to you. Tours can be arranged through Countrystyle Ltd. Birdwatching and hiking are also available here. Robert Sutton, an ornithologist and his wife Anne, an environmental scientist, are both extremely knowledgeable about the island's wildlife and ecology.
SOME THINGS TO DO
Hiking and Horseback Riding: at Perth Great House, a Georgian mansion built in 1760 and owned by John Nightingale's family for over 100 years.
Custom Built Eco-Tours: When he is not too busy planning and lobbying for alternative energy projects for rural districts, Tony Goffe will plan and conduct eco-tours to cater to special interests, be it fossiling for agates, hunting for orchids or exploring the source of rivers.
Mrs Stephenson's Garden: Reputed to be one of the finest in the island. Tours, conducted by the horticulturist herself, can be arranged.
Factory Tours: The High Mountain Coffee and Chocolate Factory at Williamsfield, the Pickapepper Sauce Factory at Shooters Hill and the Bammy Factory in Mandeville can all be toured by appointment.
Countrystyle Tours: This local company, based at Astra Hotel and owned by Mandeville's tourism dynamo Diana MacIntyre-Pike, can introduce you to all the above. Their latest project Village Tourism provides an authentic introduction to the life of a rural Jamaican village using trained community guides the local school teacher, postmistress, pastor or shopkeeper, etc. and allows you to attend or participate in community events like church harvests, school fairs, independence celebrations, etc.
TOURS OUT OF MANDEVILLE
Off the beaten track and approximately 24 miles or 30 minutes from Mandeville via Santa Cruz and Lacovia, are a refreshing contrast to crowded Dunns River. The owners do not advertise, do not accept large groups and there is not even a sign on the highway. YS estate is located just beyond Bamboo Avenue a short distance along an unpredictable country road. One of the leading racehorse stud farms in the island, YS also produces beef cattle and export papayas. The base for visiting the Falls is an extension of what used to be a tiny crossroads rum shop. There are picnic tables, bar, snack shop, grill, restrooms and a gift shop. You ride a tractor-drawn jitney to the falls over a stream and through the pastures with grazing cows and brood mares. The owners, the Browne family, are descended from the Marquis of Sligo, the colourful (and colourblind) Governor of Jamaica when slavery was abolished in 1834. The origin of the name YS is obscure. It has been suggested that it derives from the Gaelic "wyess" meaning winding which describes the course of the river.
Up at the falls you can relax on an emerald green lawn and just look, or you can climb to the top beside them. The dramatic three-tiered waterfall is most dramatic when the river is in spate and the brown water thunders and foams, misting you with spray as you climb. In dry weather the postcard pretty river sings a gentler song as it plunges and froths into green-blue pools. Swimming is permitted and there are lifeguards on duty. A sign posted at the base reports the condition of the river each day. Some of the flora at the falls, like the Cartwheel plant are extremely rare.
Appleton Rum Tour
The Appleton Estate has been producing sugar and rum since 1749. It is the largest of three sugar estates/factories owned by J. Wray and Nephew, the others being New Yarmouth in Clarendon and Holland, adjacent to Bamboo Avenue in St. Elizabeth. This billion dollar company began in 1825 as a popular Kingston rum shop. John Wray, owner of The Shakespeare Tavern at Parade in Kingston, made his fortune blending and selling rum. Just before his retirement in 1864 he took his fashionable nephew Colonel Charles Ward into the business. Ward expanded the scope of the company, acquiring sugar estates and import agencies. Today, J. Wray and Nephew is one of the island's leading exporters and its core business remains the production, blending and bottling of rum.
Appleton, located at the edge of the Cockpit Country where the Black River meets the St. Elizabeth plain, produces 16000 tons of sugar and 10,000,000 litres of rum annually. This white rum is then blended and bottled in their Kingston production plant.
The Rum Tour covers all aspects of production with an introductory video presentation followed by a visit to the distillery. En route you will see the 100 year old donkey driven cane mill and sample fresh cane juice, molasses, wet sugar, high wine and finally Appleton Rum, considered by some connoisseurs to be the finest in the world. Should you wish you can purchase all you want, plus other Appleton products like Mad Annie and Rum Cream in the gift shop which also features items made by St. Elizabeth craftsmen.
Black River Safari Tour
Discover the beauty of the South Coast with an exciting 1' hour boat tour by motor launch up Jamaica's longest navigable river and through what is Jamaica's largest wetland area, the Black River lower morass, where you can view crocodiles and other native species in their natural habitat.
The basic tour takes you six miles up the river to explore remote mangrove swamps, and return, during which a running commentary is given by your captain/ tour guide on both the ecology and a little history of the area.
Over 100 species of birds have been recorded in the Black River morass and many are seen during your trip.
|Dec 01 2014||Apr 14 2015||$45||$45||$315||$1,260||-|
|Sep 01 2015||Nov 30 2015||$40||$40||$280||$1,120||-|
|Lodging tax: n/a|
|Deposits: 50% Deposit to reserve. Balance 2 weeks prior to arrival. Deposit is non-refundable if reservation is cancelled 4 weeks or less prior to arrival.|
|Payment Options: Money Order, Cashier's Check|
|Other Fees: $100.00 refundable deposit for damage or breakages. $120.00 cleaning fee.|
True Jamaican Experience
November 11, 2009
This spacious and comfortable home in a very nice residential area of Mandeville is both quiet and relaxing as well as being reasonably close to the town centre. It is an ideal vacation home for large families or family reunions.Those wishing to have a true Jamaican Experience are in for a treat. Rosalee, the owner, is a very friendly and welcoming host, always ready to please and Pansy, the housekeeper, produces such tasty and authentic local dishes that there is little temptation to eat out. Plenty of room to relax in both the house and garden. Plenty of shade trees from many of which you can pick your own fruit. If you like avocados this is really the place for you! Definitely a place to which my family would return.
September 14, 2008
The property was home from home, we stayed there for 3 weeks. Set in a nice quiet area but very close to the Mandeville city center.T he house is well equipt with dish washer, music center, 2 tv's, towels and bedding. It was good to know the owner was always a phone call away and near by if needed but was not intrusive. The house and grounds are ideal for a large family of 8 and has 3 day rooms to chill out in. Staying in jamaica is always a great holiday but staying in this house made the whole experience even greater. I would recommend this property to any one who wishes to visit Jamacia for a vacation, and I will surely be booking the property on my next visit.
Perth, Scotland, UK
The Real Jamaica
April 19, 2008
Words cannot describe the warmth of our welcome from the moment we arrived at this traditional Mandeville family home. The perfect base to experience the real Jamaica. Mandeville is a friendly and safe place. At 2000 ft above sea level it is pleasantly cooler than the coast - temperature upper 70s/lower 80s F (22-28 C) Highlights included golf at the oldest golf club in the world outside Europe (Manchester Club founded 1867, just 5 minutes walk away); seeing the alligator and manatees at Alligator Pond; Jerk fish on the beach at Little Ochee; being welcomed to Accompong Maroons Village in the Cockpit country; a visit to Kingston; exploring the mountainous countryside of central Jamaica. We were very well looked after by property manager Rosalie O’ Meally and the housekeeper who provided a wide and exciting range of Jamaican meals. This is the venue for the discriminating traveller who wants to get to know the real Jamaica and not one who prefers to lie by the pool or the beach.