800 acres of hiking trails, bird watching, lush tropical gardens, and farmland, located in the cool hills of Caledonia, Westmoreland. This is the former estate of author Alex Haley (Roots). Art gallery with 2 grand pianos, harpsichord. LGBT Friendly. We welcome Musicians who are looking for a quiet and beautiful environment to practice and compose or for a Jam session. You can book the entire Villa for such occasions. Caledonia, Westmoreland, Close to Savanna la Mar. Contact for Driving Direct
“Canute's place - Mountambrin - is a unique lodging up in the hills northeast of Sav-la-Mar, accessed by road from Ferris Cross. It's the former property of Alex Haley (author of Roots), it's an art retreat and outdoor sculpture gallery, a venue for hosting occasional concerts and much more. There are several rooms in the main house, and a couple of stand-alone rooms that visiting artists and performers prefer. All are unique in terms of decoration, but you can expect heavy wooden furniture and unique artwork involving lots of phalluses. The paintings scattered about the property are the works of Canute's father and there's a sculptor who also lives on-site, who's responsible for the wood carvings. If you're of a prudish disposition, then Mountambrin might be a bit full-on, but I get the impression that most guests leave utterly enchanted by the place. During the day you can sit on the verandah and watch the hummingbirds flitting around the fruit trees, or climb the tower for a great view of the property. If you're a walker, you can explore the 4WD tracks around the property on foot. Canute is a wonderful host; really interesting to talk to, and happy to show his guests around. Meals can be arranged on request and the chef is really good. The road leading up to the property is a bit bumpy but perfectly passable by regular car. Canute is also happy to pick up guests from a nearby location, though Mountambrin can easily be reached by public transport (and a 15-minute walk up). All in all, a memorable, wonderful experience!”
This charming hand built wooden home is nestled among terraced gardens and surrounded by jungle near the top of Kentucky Mountain. Be enchanted by the quiet solitude and intimate jungle setting with stunning views of the sunset off the private veranda. When the need for adventure or change of scene arises you can easily travel down to beautiful Bluefields beach or enjoy shopping and sightseeing in nearby Savanna La Mar.
“The Blue Mahoe at Mel's Botanical Retreat was the perfect getaway, an excellent off the grid "glamping" experience! The sunset view from the patio was incredible! We loved it and we look forward to visiting again in the future. Everyone we met there was very friendly and we felt safe. We never locked the door during our four night stay. Mel is an excellent host and cook! Definitely get her meal plan and do Adrian's jerk chicken as well. All of the food we ate at Mel's was very good! We also enjoyed hiking down the mountain with Adrian to go for a swim at Bluefields Beach. On the way down he told us about the ways locals use the many plants that grow in the area. The hike took a few hours. We had Omar's jerk chicken after the swim and that was really good too! We arranged for Rowan to be our driver for several trips. He's a very good driver (this is coming from a very critical former commercial driver's license instructor). We originally planned to rent a car and drive ourselves, but we changed our plan about a week before the trip and I'm glad we did. Drivers in Jamaica are kind of crazy. We were able to see a lot more since we didn't have to drive and I could tell we were in good hands with Rowan. Also, the mountain road is rough and narrow with many blind curves and hairpin turns.”
Nestled within the trees sits a small boarded apartment, equipped with a bathroom a bed and a kitchen area, well suited for a quick space to relax and unwind.
“This rental is perfect for me, but might not be for everyone. If you are used to all inclusive or staying in your air conditioned room all day you are probably not cut out for this spot. I love the seclusion, the feeling of sleeping in a tree house and all that comes with that. The views from he veranda are gorgeous day and night. The bed is very comfortable and the mosquito net is an added bonus. The fan does its job as it does cool down some at night. I will continue to rent here forever ❤️”