Villa Kelso - Duncans, Jamaica

Wake up, place yourself in the jacuzzi and stare off into the horizon or
on the flip side go mountain trail riding at relaxation or a little adventure awaits.

VILLA KELSO is conveniently located in the town of Duncans only moments from Silver Sands Beach (guests have full access to the beach and bar/restaurant) and within a short drive to Glistening Waters (1 of 3 bioluminescent bays in the world) and equidistance to the attractions Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.

KELSO has spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea and neighboring views of Silver Sands and Jamaica's north coast. Enjoy the private swimming pool, large furnished verandah and beautiful manicured gardens while staring off into the the blue sky and sea.

Just 35 minutes from Montego Bay, 15 from Falmouth, a UNESCO historic site, and set in the tiny village of Duncans -- in a parish where 88 great house sugar plantations once held sway. This elegant villa, owned by a prominent 'old Jamaica' family, is unlike any other on island.

Totally-private and hidden away behind canary-yellow walls and wrought iron gates, with manicured lawns and gardens that look out to sea, Villa Kelso honors the Scottish heritage of its Jamaican owner.

Here, you'll find treasures: fine English, Scottish, Jamaican and American antiques; a classic West Indies covered verandah -- a sweeping 70 feet of breeze-cooled outdoor living space -- fine china, silver; plus mementoes of a gracious, yet little known way of island life. The style is elegant, comfortable and cosseting.

For a wedding or anniversary, a memorable reunion, birthday party or company celebration of up to 150 guests -- or just one extraordinary holiday for yourself, family & friends -- it's very easy to fall in love with Villa Kelso.

Choose relaxation...

Relax poolside in the jacuzzi, or on the villa's own private beach, less than a 10 minute drive away -- Mr. Wilson will be please to take you there daily or for a day trip to Ocho Rios...wherever you like.

Dine casually on the terraces or expansively in the antique mahogany-filled dining room.

Gather in the spacious living room or around the baby grand piano. You'll find many hideaways here for a good book, a good chat or a very good private massage.

Choose excitement...

Ride through the surf and over the hillside. Snorkel. Windsurf. Bamboo raft down a lazy river. Stroll along glorious white talcum powder sands.

Staying at Villa Kelso means you also have guest privileges at the private Silver Sands Beach Club and Braco Great House Stables, 10 minutes drive down from the villa.


Beach privileges at the private Silver Sands Beach Club (less the 10 minutes away) are included with your stay at Villa Kelso -- restaurants, bar, water sports rentals and arguably the finest stretch of white sands on Jamaica's North Coast. Here's the start to a fantastic beach holiday and villa experience, away from the resorts. 

Sleeps 1-10 (8 adults, 2 children in child's room)

Satellite TV/DVD/VCR library/CD-radio player, free internt access, linens and towels provided. Daily housekeeping and cooking.

Bedrooms: 4 well-appointed, A/C bedrooms. No charge for age 2 and under.

Master Bedroom, with sea and garden view, king-size bed, a/c and ceiling fan, closet, adjoining children's room with two twins, 2 en-suite bathrooms
Bedroom 2 with garden view, king-size bed, a/c and ceiling fan, closet, en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 3 with garden view, two full-size beds, a/c and ceiling fan closet, en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 4 with garden view, two full-size beds, a/c and ceiling fan, closet, en-suite bathroom

Villa Amenities:

  • Wonderful staff -- VELMA, cook/house manger, CHARMAINE, cleaning lady/laundress, MARTIN, gardener/caretaker and night security guard

  • Rates do not include, 15% staff gratuity or food/drinks (average US$40-45/adults, US$20/youth -- one can spend more or less depending style of seafood, imported urban goods and amount of liquor)

  • 550 sq .ft. of vacation living at its best

  • Amazing panoramic view

  • Formal indoor & casual outdoor dining area

  • Well furnished 70' verandah

  • Pool & Jacuzzi

  • Veranda with great view of sea & well manicured gardens

  • Villa driver, Mr. Wilson available for weekly or daily local or off-the-beaten track touring.

  • Babysitter available


Villa Rates

Minimum reservation:
3 nights

15 April to 14 December
(excluding Thanksgiving week)
2 bedrooms/3-4 adults....US$2,800
3 bedrooms/5-6 adults....US$3,500
4 bedrooms/7-8 adults....US$4,550 (*) 

15 December - 14 April

(excluding Christmas and New Year's week)
2 bedrooms/3-4 adults....US$3,850
3 bedrooms/5-6 adults....US$4,900
4 bedrooms/7-8 adults....US$5,950 (*) 

Two children age 12 and under stay free in children's bedroom

Up to 10 guests (8 adults, 2 children)
Each week. . . . . . US$7,000

Please Add:

  • 10% Staff Gratuity during High and Prime Season, 15% Staff Gratuity during Low Season

  • Food/Beverage Budget: Average US$40-US$50/adult/teen/day and US$20/child/day

Reasonable hirable driver rates: US$750/week

Private PPV certified/insured driver and a/c bus for 12-15 passengers available for roundtrip transfers for MoBay arrivals/departures and driving services during your entire holiday.

Rates include:

  • Live out cook/housekeeper, grounds/poolman

  • Full access to Silver Sand private beach with chaises, thalapas, children's play area, beach club with bar/restaurant, jetty, gazebo, sports gear rental shop, supermarket


A deposit in the amount of 50% of cottage rental will Secure your RE-confirmed reservation.

Balance is due at least 60 days prior to arrival, 75 days for Christmas or New Year's Weeks.

Please inquire for shorter/longer term rentals and cancellation policy.

All rates are subject to change without notice.



"We loved our stay at Villa Kelso! We visited in late June through the July 4th weekend and we were a bit fearful of the heat, but during the day there were wonderful breezes coming up the hill which kept the temperature and bugs at bay. Majestic red tail hawks rode the winds and often swooped low over the hedges and were a pleasure to watch. The views from the veranda are spectacular.

Most of the time you only hear the rustling of the palm fronds from the strong breeze, and we would easily fall asleep to the peacefulness. Occasionally you will hear some goats calling (they are all over the island), and only a few times we heard cars from the highway a few hundred feet below the villa. The outdoor furniture was very comfortable and the veranda just looked classy - we spent most of our time out on the veranda. The grounds were well kept and were mature and lush.

The staff was great! Velma the cook is amazing. We loved all the meals she did for us, and dessert seemed to be her calling. We always saved room for dessert! Angela was the maid worked quietly in the background and kept the villa in top shape. We also called her the laundry fairy as our clean clothes would magically appear. The rooms were well appointed and most rooms had plenty of cross breeze during the day. At night when the breeze dies off the powerful air conditioners were turned on for a comforting and cool night's sleep. (Tip: the AC will only turn on when the main switch in the room is on - sometimes you have to look for it). The temperature of the pool during the summer was just right. We'd often jump in to cool off and relax.

We strongly recommend you consider Villa Kelso for your stay! It's large enough to hold large families, or in our case 4 couples and another friend. If you have a large group and rent the house for a week, check out the extras you get. There is internet at the house, but due to the thick hurricane walls, some of the rooms were not covered or had intermittent signal. There were also occasional internet outages. I've been to Jamaica a dozen times, always staying in villas. This was by far the best one!

Disabled Travelers: This villa is single floor living, though the villa is very large. My wife brought her travel scooter, though mostly used it to get from villa to the car/bus, and then used it around town and attractions which were accessible. When taking the scooter from the bus into the villa, there's a small 1" high change in the floor and the scooter was able to get over it. There are not specific HC accommodations at the villa. We did see a number of wheel chair accessible ramp buses for hire, so it seems like you could bring your power chair if needed."
~ guests from Lynchburg VA

"Accommodations were exquisite~ I loved the feeling of an Old Plantation house, British West Indies~ excellent taste & very classy. But, yet still felt "homey" We felt quite comfortable.View can't be beat- Phenomenal & Gorgeous. Splendor of Jamaica The grounds were beautiful and well kept~thanks to the resident gardner who was both charming & personable. The special touch of his acoustic guitar and voice at dinner was a wonderful surprise! Loved the close to town vicinity- although you could never tell you were that close."
~ guests from the UK

"I have enjoyed all the time I've spent at Villa Kelso . Velma is a treasure, a true professional. We enjoy discussing books, current events and politics...both domestic and international. Martin's smile brightens every day and he is willing to teach me everything I want to know about the gardens, the birds, and life in the past/present of Jamaica. His stories, told through his guitar, always make me smile. He is another treasure."
~ guests NYC