Spectacular views - gentle trade winds -  sophisticated individual pavilions - personalized service
 

The land was originally purchased by Cyrus W. Merrell Jr of Palm Beach, Florida in 1966 and the building of the house started in 1967. The architect was Edward Durell Stone Jr who was a good friend of Cyrus and Gwen Merrell. He is the son of one of America’s most famous architects of the twentieth century, the late Edward Durell Stone who designed many famous buildings including the American Embassy in New Delhi, India and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.


Goat Hill is one of the few houses designed by Edward Durell Stone Jr; after qualifying as an architect at Yale he decided to study Landscape Architecture at Harvard and today he is one of the best known landscape architects in the world with a long list of projects to his credit all over the world including real estate developments in the Caribbean, the Middle East and the Far East, golf courses and hotels such as Sandy Lane in Barbados.


Cyrus and Gwen Merrill who lived in Palm Beach, got divorced and Gwen kept Goat Hill and then married William B. Meyer who was previously married to Sandra Payson daughter of Joan Whitney Payson who founded the New York Mets baseball team.


Eventually Gwen Meyer sold Goat Hill to Joseph Mele of Palm Beach in the early eighties, the villa was owned by the Mele family for many years. Unfortunately Joseph Mele passed away in the late nineties and Goat Hill was then sold in 2005 to the present owners. An extensive renovation took place in the summer of 2005 in order to update all interior spaces; however, the original beauty of this unique architectural design remains the same to this day.


Goat Hill sits on a remarkable site, located specifically to benefit from the spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea and the most favorable trade-winds day and night. The east view captures the sunrise, Montego Bay and the Great River ~ the west view is an equally lovely vista toward Round Hill, the Caribbean Sea and the sunset. Recently, the entire property was lavishly renovated with simply the best of everything.


Designed by the son of architect Edward Durrell Stone, Goat Hill is an ingenious arrangement of individual pavilions ~ wrapped by cut stone terraces and balconies, shaded from the sun by deep cedar eaves. Each bedroom is reached by a stone  stairway. The result is great privacy in every living space. Each pavilion has three walls of single panel glass doors that open wide to the magnificent day and night views and trade-winds. Textures of rich mahogany, highly polished brass and white canvas upholstery form the beautiful interior design. A tiled bar and adjacent powder room adjoin the living room. Rooms are adorned by original art and unique objets d'art. Goat Hill is uncluttered, tasteful and sophisticated.


Chef Patricia recently upgraded her skills during a three-week apprenticeship with Norma Shirley, renowned head chef of Norma’s on the Terrace in Kingston.


Each day at Goat Hill begins with eye-opener coffee trays placed outside bedroom doors so guests may experience the glorious sunrise over the bay from the privacy of their own balcony. Breakfasts are served on the west verandah under the ackee tree in view of the graceful slope of Round Hill across the water. Lunches are served at poolside or on the east terrace to take advantage of the breezes and beautiful view over the deep blue bay. Delicious home-cooked dinners are served by soft candlelight on a gleaming mahogany table as the night lights of the town of Montego Bay and passing cruise ships sparkle like tiny diamonds across the water.


We hope you enjoy your stay as much as we do – a slice of heaven right here in Jamaica!


Enjoy the magic – The Casserly Family



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