Imagine a 300-year-old cluster of hand-hewn stone buildings next
to the sea. Gun slots in 18-inch stone walls conjure a tale of
soldiers defending the wharf and its sugar trade from Caribbean
pirates and foreign invaders. Now enter the 21st Century and recreate
the image as a casual compound with a kitchen with microwave oven,
new bathrooms, air-conditioned bedrooms, satellite television,
sound system and tiled swimming pool. Today's Wharf House is a
comfortable home on the water's edge which has preserved a piece
of history and added contemporary charm and comfort while still
retaining a definite rustic quality.
The site is comprised of five buildings. Landscaped
walkways connect living spaces, swimming pool and deck. Two stately
old cotton trees grace the lawns.
While the property is indeed absolutely waterfront,
no sandy beach is here. Wave action leaves the sandy water's edge
covered with stones. Guests need simply walk a few feet over the
stones in rubber shoes and a few feet further in the water to
have feet in the sand. For a true sand beach, Round Hill is just
a five-minute drive west.
The Main House consists of the casual living room
with 32" Panasonic television and high rafter-and-beam ceiling.
Adjacent is the large indoor dining area which features antique
Chippendale chairs around a gleaming 10' mahogany table. All rooms
share a wonderful collection of contemporary Haitiian and Jamaican
art. Floors throughout are dark mahogany, stone and brick. While
museum-quality antique sideboards, chests and cupboards are reminders
of past centuries, Wharf House is designed for comfort and fun.
Living room furniture is wicker slipcovered in washable white
canvas so guests can feel free to put their feet up and relax.
Adjoining the living and dining rooms are the two front bedrooms
and connecting bathroom. Two detached cottages hold two additional
bedrooms. Across the lawn, another large building is furnished
as a bar and playroom with sofas, chairs and table tennis.
On the sea side of the Main House, wide mahogany
doors open to a terrace of old brick and a 60' over-the-water
wooden deck. Sunrise here is a time of day to treasure ... with
a cup of rich Jamaican eye-opener coffee and the morning songs
of doves. At dusk, if clouds dot the sky, the sunset is beautiful.
This part of the Bay is an environmentally protected
Marine Water Park. The view over turquoise water is lovely. By
day, children love to feed the fish from the deck. Evenings, the
deck is a breezy spot for homecooked dinners under the stars.
The view becomes a glamorous light show reflecting over the water
from the town of Montego Bay and lighted cruise ships.
If you've left your pets behind, The Wharf House
is home to three friendly dogs and a Daschund-German Shepherd
mix (short but handsome). They tend to stay on the west side of
the property out of guests' awareness. If you wish, they can be
kept in their kennel by the staff quarters and allowed to run
only at night.