Pimento Hill House
Pimento Hill House is a spacious, private home with a stellar history and has complimentary Beach Membership at legendary Round Hill but before describing any more of the history of the villa I would like to reassure any travellers that the villa is ready for guests now after implementing all the recommended cleaning and social distancing protocols set out by the Jamaican Government.
We have passed the inspection from The Tourist Product Development Company (TPDCo) established by the Jamaican Government. The inspection confirms that Pimento Hill has implemented all the protocols as issued by the Jamaican Ministry for Health and Wellbeing. As such the villa is licensed as tourist accommodation by the Jamaican Tourist Board. Recent guests sent this feedback:
‘Our week at your beautiful villa was exceptional and I wanted to take some time to say thank you to you and your staff. There were times when we thought this trip would suffer with so many uncertainties during these challenging times. Thank you for being super accommodating during this whole process. We have created memories that will last for a long time. Your staff have been wonderful, attentive, kind, warm and generous. Your have some very wonderful people working for you…. A warm thank you for all the emails, updates and help. Your staff resonates the same courtesy you extend and yes it is palpable. We depart tomorrow knowing that we had a great time in Jamaica and everything went well.’
Now back to the amazing history of the villa ….
The villa was originally built in the 50s for a French Count and Countess, Jacques and Vera di Sibour. This was a time when Jamaica was a glamorous party destination for the early jet set. Noel Coward, Ian Flemming, the Kennedy’s and many famous actors and actresses spent the holidays at Round Hill or at house parties in nearby villas. When Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip visited Montego Bay at the end of their Carribean tour in 1966, they stayed with the Count at Pimento Hill. There is a scrap book of newspaper cuttings in the villa detailing all the famous guests Pimento Hill has hosted.
In the late 60s Rosser Reeves, a hugely successful American advertising exectutive and pioneer of television advertising, bought the villa from Count de Sibour. The AMC program, Mad Men, uses Reeves as the model for the professional accomplishments of the main character, Don Draper (Jon Hamm).
In 2007 the current owners bought Pimento Hill and extensively renovated the villa while trying to retain the period, colonial features. Owned by a family in London, the villa’s atmosphere is a marriage of the grandeur of a by-gone era with modern amenities.
The villa is surrounded by 6 acres of lush garden with many water features – water lilies, ferns, dragonflies and butterflies abound. There are mango trees, coconut palms, banana plants and even an old cotton tree. There are also large grassy lawns to play cricket or football on. There are stunning views of the ocean and coast line looking out towards Round Hill.
Accommodation – 9000 sq. ft. Hall, great room, veranda, study, 2 pool bedrooms, 1 bedroom interconnecting with the study, 1 large bedroom in main villa, 1 master bedroom with 2 dressing rooms (one used as interconnecting child’s bedroom if required) and 2 bathrooms.
The villa has 7 full-time staff to look after your every need – cook, butler, housekeeper, laundress, 2 gardeners and a night watchman. Also included in the rental is a driver and 14 seat van.
Please note we now have advanced cleaning protocols in place in accordance with the Jamaican Ministry of Health and Wellness and have passed the TPDCo (The Tourist Product Development Company established by the Jamaican Government) inspection and are registered to take guests under the TPDCo specifications.