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Sheer Folly Villa

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4 bedrooms
6 bathrooms
10 guests
1 night minimum
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Important Message. We love this place and are happy to leave it empty rather offer it to the wrong guests. Have a read of the information below and ask us some questions before you book. Sheer Folly is a fully staffed family owned luxury villa sitting an acre of lush coastal gardens on the north coast between St Ann's Bay and Ocho Rios. The villa is 'C' shaped with a rectangular pool in the open section. It is a 2-3 minutes' walk to a private beach which hosts a fantastic beach bar restaurant with variety of activities water sports, fishing boat rides around the bay and out to the main reef. The villa is just five minute drive to the famous Duns River Falls, Mystic Mountains and Dolphin Cove. Ocho Rios town is an additional 3 mins further where you will find all the tourist attractio...Important Message. We love this place and are happy to leave it empty rather offer it to the wrong guests. Have a read of the information below and ask us some questions before you book. Sheer Folly is a fully staffed family owned luxury villa sitting an acre of lush coastal gardens on the north coast between St Ann's Bay and Ocho Rios. The villa is 'C' shaped with a rectangular pool in the open section. It is a 2-3 minutes' walk to a private beach which hosts a fantastic beach bar restaurant with variety of activities water sports, fishing boat rides around the bay and out to the main reef. The villa is just five minute drive to the famous Duns River Falls, Mystic Mountains and Dolphin Cove. Ocho Rios town is an additional 3 mins further where you will find all the tourist attractions, restaurants, craft markets, discos, beaches and much more. What's it like? The villa itself is surrounded by a large tropical garden with towering Royal Palm trees and a selection of fruit and flowering trees. and has its own swimming pool. The garden area that has a variety of fruit trees and shady spots where you can relax and sip cool tropical drinks for hours. There is also a shaded dining area outside the main living room for those who enjoy outdoor meals. The new roof top terrace is a large balconied area to view the Caribbean Sea, watch the sunset or just take in the cool breeze and crashing waves set under the beautiful night sky. The villa has  four / five bedrooms with the potential to sleep up to 12 people. Three bedrooms have queen size beds with the other offering two double beds. All main bedrooms have on suite shower rooms with hot and cold running water and are fully air conditioned. The kitchen is fully fitted with all modern appliances, but more importantly the villa is fully staffed with a full time housekeeper, a cook and a gardener. The main living room is on two levels with an open plan dinning at the rear and the main area with sofas, 50 inch flat screen cable TV, WiFi, DVD player and music centre.  This villa is ideal for large families or groups of friends, wanting a relaxing vacation with beach access and short drives to town and a variety of tourist venues. Access to a car will give maximum freedom. Staff: The staff are the true joy of a Jamaican villa experience. They are wonderfully accommodating and will try to do anything you want. Just ask. Some staff live off the property or in separate accommodations on the villa grounds. Your cook will consistently delight you with wonderful Jamaican meals, special cakes for birthday or anniversary events. Staff members may bring unusual fruits or vegetables that they have grown in their own gardens to the villa for you to sample. It is best to tip the staff at the end of your stay, see tipping advice below. The permanent Sheer Folly staff are: House Manager/Cook, Hareen (she lives 3mins away) Housekeeper, Tutu Gardener/Pool, Mr Singh Meals: Ask any repeat traveler to Jamaica about where the best restaurant is and most will tell you 'the villas'. Villa cooks are fantastic. They can whip up a wonderful western omelet or prepare a superb Jamaican specialty such as ackee and saltfish. It's your choice. You can ask that the cook to 'surprise' you with her Jamaican cooking skills, or work with her to plan out your meals. Our experience is that the food is so good you don't even want to think about going out to a restaurant! You should arrange the details of meals with the cook, dinner hours etc. The staff like to have some set hours that they can then work around. Some staff live on the property so can easily provide later dinner service. Other villa staff go home at night and need to use public transportation. They typically work 8-10 hour days. Almost all the villas will stagger some of the staff hours so that you can have dinner served later in the evening if you prefer. We suggest working out a dining schedule and menu for the week with your cook on the day of your arrival. Here is what is typical for villa dining. Breakfast: 8-10 am • 1st course: Fresh juice, Blue Mountain Coffee, and fresh fruit. • 2nd course: Main entree - eggs or omelets, etc. Main entrees are generally served with toast and a breakfast meat of your choice, or try a real Jamaican breakfast of ackee, Calaloo, and Johnny cakes with guava jelly. Lunch: 12-1 pm Some visitors like a hearty lunch and others prefer a light lunch after a large breakfast. Typical lunch menu - salads, sandwiches, Jamaican beef/ vegetable patties, or Jerk Chicken and Festival. Dinner: 5:30-7:00 pm You can choose inside or out. Food Shopping: As mentioned an initial supply of food and liquor is purchased in advance and is normally sufficient for two days. Guests are responsible for reimbursing the store which provides the supplies. Your cook will work with you on menus for all the meals and will do the shopping. You will need to provide her with money for these purchases. Some guests prefer to shop for the food themselves, and some go with the cook when she shops for fresh food in the Ocho Rios or St Ann's Bay Market. If you want the staff to food shop you will need to pay for a cab or provide the transportation. Food costs average $35 - $45 per adult per day and $20/day for pre-teens. The size of the group, menu selection and liquor choices will affect the cost, so please remember that this is just an estimate. Also please note that household supplies (such as paper towels, soap, Kleenex) will be included in the grocery costs. Remember that your meal choices will affect the grocery bill and items such as lobster (typically $10 USD/pound) and conch can have a major effect on your meal budget. Each group of people will have different appetite requirements, so the villa staff will need some guidance as to the quantities of food to be purchased. You only need to purchase food for your group and not the villas staff. The staff will do its best to accommodate your needs, but the final decision on menus and shopping are yours as you are the person paying the grocery bills. We know that local lobster and conch are favorites with many guests; however, we request that you refrain from purchasing both these delicacies out of season. They need a chance to breed and replenish the supply, plus it is illegal to purchase live lobsters and conch 'out of season'. The Lobster season is CLOSED April 1 through June 30; and the Conch season is CLOSED July 1 through October 30. You can purchase imported lobster and conch, which may be available frozen in the grocery stores. We have found that the best grocery shopping in Ocho Rios is General Foods.  It is a large air-conditioned store, with a good liquor section and does accept credit cards. It is near the straw market in Ocean Village Shopping Center. There is also an excellent meat market on Main Street, Moneysworth. They will have both Jamaican and imported meats, along with seafood. Last Day Tipping: It is customary to tip your staff at the conclusion of your stay. An appropriate gratuity is 10% This would be divided among the staff members according to their seniority and service provided. It is also appropriate to tip your van driver approximately 10% after they drop you off at the airport on your return home. Typically the largest tip percentage would go to the cook, with the remained divided up among the other staff members. We typically place the tip in individual envelopes for each staff member. We give it to them when the van picks us up for the airport. Here is a table showing suggested tip percentages for each staff member at Sheer Folly. These numbers are suggestions and you can certainly vary them depending on your experience with each staff member. Tipping guidelines House Manager/Cook 50% Housekeeper 30% Gardener/Pool 20% More
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Towels Provided
Ocean Views
Air Conditioning
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Private Garden
A Winter Sun Getaway
Hairdryer
TV
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Shared Tennis Court
Internet Access
VCR
Toaster
Telephone
Staffed Property
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Good Nightlife
Balcony
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

I stayed at this place for Easter weekend and attend beach jouvert and it’s one of the best place I’ve ever stayed , The owner of the property Renata was a wonderful host and it’s just heaven being there

Thank Downayaad c
About the Owner
Barrington B
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:83%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:January 2013
Availability
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About the neighbourhood
Ocho Rios (Spanish for 'Eight Rivers') is a town in the parish of Saint Ann on the north coast of Jamaica. Although he landed in many spots along the Jamaican coast, many believe that Christopher Columbus first set foot on land in Ocho Rios. Just outside the city, travelers and residents can visit Columbus Park, where Columbus supposedly first came on land, and see maritime artifacts and Spanish colonial buildings. It was once a fishing village but now caters to tourists. It is a port of call for cruise ships as well as for cargo ships loading sugar, limestone, and in the past, bauxite. Scuba diving and other water sports are offered in the town's vicinity. The name 'Ocho Rios' is a misnomer because there are not eight rivers in the area. It is most likely a British corruption of the origi...
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Either Kingston or Montego Bay airports are easily accessible with the new motorway links.
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