Bambu | Mockingbird Hill | Blue Heaven
An exceptional renovation of a classic Jamaican house
Bambu is located at Tamarind Hill which is approximately nine miles west of Montego Bay International Airport.  The property is conveniently located only a few minutes drive from Round Hill, Jamaica’s most elegant hotel and five miles from the Tryall Club with its internationally acclaimed 18 hole championship golf course and other facilities.
Bambu View

This hill top estate of over seven acres is superbly sited to enjoy magnificent views over the Caribbean Sea and along the coast line to Montego Bay. Bambu is set in beautifully landscaped grounds with well manicured lawns bordered by lush tropical flora containing a wide variety of plants including the rare Japanese lantern hibiscus, Giant White Birds of Paradise, agapanthus, West Indian lilies, Giant Crinum lilies and ground planted orchids. There are wild white begonias, three varieties of heliconia, bougainvilleas, rare Bromeliads and Epiphytes with an interesting collection of Palm trees including Fox Tail Palms, Chinese Fan Palms, Lady Palms as well as Royal Palms and Coconut Palms together with white and lavender orchid trees and a bamboo garden. The grounds are well fruited with oranges, limes, guava, avocado, papaya, ackee, honey bananas and three varieties of mango. There are Poinciana trees surrounding the house on the north and east sides and tucked away in this lovely garden are a tree house for little boys and a play house for little girls.

Originally designed by the distinguished architect Robert Hartley in the early 1960’s, Bambu is an impressive combination of classic West Indies architecture mixed with Italian Venetian style and Palladian arches. Together with the William Paley cottage at Round Hill, photographs of Bambu appeared in Slim Aaron’s “A Wonderful Time” in 1974. In 2005 the house was entirely renovated from top to bottom and the newly landscaped gardens completed in 2006. In September 2008 Bambu was on the cover of Veranda magazine together with a featured article on the house and its interior designer Charles Faudree who accurately described Bambu as “….blending Old World elegance with New World comforts.” Extensive work was carried out on the house over the period 2013 to 2014.

The house is entered through a wrought iron gate and double mahogany doors in to an impressive double level entry hall 40 feet high with antique brick floors and limestone walls. A semi circular staircase climbs to the main level of the house where on the west side there is a balcony with views of the Caribbean Sea and Round Hill and on the east side a large arched opening gives access to the main parts of the house through a covered walkway leading to the pool area.

The elegant circular swimming pool surrounded by Palladian arches is a focal point of the house and was inspired by the Emperor Hadrian’s villa at Tivoli. On the west side of the pool area is the dining room
(17ft x 17ft) which has four wooden louvered windows, large double doors opening to the pool and access to the pantry and kitchen. On the eastern side of the pool area is the octagonal living room, each of the eight sides being 12ft 8ins and five of the sides having tall arched French windows. Also on the west side of the pool area is the master bedroom suite with an entry foyer, a large bedroom (28ft x 19ft) and two dressing rooms and bathrooms en suite. There is a private verandah off the master bedroom and a path leads from the verandah to a private outdoor patio overlooking the Great River.
On the south side of the pool area there are two guest bedrooms (16ft x 16ft) and a children’s bunk room all with bathrooms en suite.

On the north side of the pool area there is an octagonal outside dining pavilion, each of the eight sides being 7ft 6ins with great views of the Caribbean Sea and the tropical gardens.
On the north side of the house a covered walkway leads to another bedroom wing containing two more guest bedrooms (16ft x 16ft) with bathrooms en suite. At the end of this bedroom wing there is a very attractive octagonal family room, each of the eight sides being 8ft 3ins which mimics the living room in design and has six large arched French windows. The family room has a full fitted bar and a 180 degree view of the Caribbean Sea from Montego Bay in the east to Round Hill in the west. In the kitchen and staff wing on the south side of the house there is the kitchen, two pantries, staff terrace, two staff bedrooms, staff bathroom, staff kitchen and laundry. On the south side of the staff quarters there is a small house for the gardener, a full house generator and an electronic wrought iron gate on the back drive.
On the lower level there is a garage with access to the entry hall, one staff room, extensive storage and
wine cellar.

Offered at US$5,600,000 fully furnished (Excluding works of art)



Mockingbird Hill is located on Round Hill Estate which lies nine miles west of Montego Bay International Airport and is adjacent to the famous Round Hill Hotel, the North Shore of Jamaica’s most elegant hotel. It is four miles from the Tryall Club with its internationally acclaimed 18 hole championship golf course and other facilities. A former coconut and pimento plantation, Round Hill Estate has rolling hills commanding excellent views over the Caribbean Sea to Montego Bay.

Set in two and a half acres of gently sloping land with views over the Caribbean Sea, Mockingbird Hill overlooks a terraced lawn and well landscaped gardens. The property has many mature trees including pimento and citrus.

Passing through the entrance gates of the property one enters a large circular forecourt built of smooth river stones and well shaded with trees. The main house is located on the north east side of the forecourt with the north west side occupied by a garage and extensive staff quarters. On one side of the entrance gates there is a gatekeeper’s house with a bedroom and bathroom en suite.

• The front door of the main house opens in to an entrance foyer leading to the living room which in turn opens on to extensive covered terraces giving the feeling of indoor/outdoor living which is so much a part of Jamaican life. There is a powder room off the living room.
On the right of the entrance foyer a breezeway leads to the bedroom wing. This consists of a master suite with a large bedroom and two bathrooms en suite and three further bedrooms with bathrooms en suite. Each bedroom opens out on to its own covered terrace.
Near the bedroom wing of the main house there is a crescent shaped swimming pool with a pool cabana and a bar area together with two more bedrooms with bathrooms en suite, each in its own separate building.
To the left of the living area there is an elegant octagonal dining room with French windows opening on to the covered terrace on one side and to the lawn on the other side. There is a recently renovated kitchen with all stainless steel equipment and an extensive pantry area.
Nearby is a separate staff block with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, staff kitchen and laundry.

Offered at US$1,650,000 fully furnished and equipped. Click here for more images> | ^go-up

Blue Heaven

Blue Heaven is located at Unity Hall which is approximately six miles west of Sangster International Airport and about two and a half miles from Round Hill the North Shore of Jamaica’s most elegant hotel. Blue Heaven enjoys Beach Club membership at Round Hill including tennis and water sports.  A further four miles to the west is the Tryall Club with its internationally acclaimed 18 hole championship golf course and other facilities.

Perched on a hill with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea both eastwards to Montego Bay and westwards to Round Hill, Blue Heaven sits on approximately 1.4 acres of well landscaped land.  Nestled amongst the tropical landscape are lawns of zoysia grass, hibiscus, ginger lilies, frangipani, bougainvillea, ornamental ferns and assorted palm trees.  Entry to the property is through a wrought iron gate in a cul de sac from which point the drive climbs up through the tropical grounds to the villa.

The villa is of two storey construction and is well sited on a steep hill to take advantage of the panoramic views and the cooling north east trade winds.
On the main floor the villa has extensive verandahs which give a delightfully tropical feel to the house providing several seating areas with magnificent views and enjoying the cooling wind.  The main floor consists of the living room which is 22 ft x 22 ft with sliding glass doors and cedar louvres to take advantage of a view which is equally superb by day with the blue Caribbean Sea as it is by night with the twinkling lights of Montego Bay.  Adjoining the living room on the east side is the den which is 15 ft x 12 ft.  This leads to two bedrooms each 15 ft x 14 ft with an interconnecting bathroom with twin wash basins and bathtub with shower.  These bed rooms open out on to the pool terrace surrounding the swimming pool which is 32 ft x 16 ft. Adjoining the living room on the west side is the dining room 15 ft x 12 ft leading to a powder room, kitchen, laundry and staff quarters.  All bedrooms are air conditioned and a particularly attractive feature of the villa is that the main floor has beautiful Jamaican marble floors throughout including the verandahs and excepting only the kitchen and staff quarters
A wooden staircase leads from the living room up to the second storey which contains an attractive master bedroom 15 ft x 15 ft with magnificent views over Montego Bay.  There is a large master bathroom en suite with double wash basins, walk in shower, bidet and Jacuzzi bathtub.

Offered at US$1,100,000 fully furnished and equipped Click here for more images> | ^go-up