And this is a home in the true sense of the word as it is one of the very first villas to be built at the Tryall Club and has remained in the same family ever since. When the owners came to visit the land, as they turned to walk away from the ocean a white owl was sitting staring on the bough of a tree and so it was only natural that their home should be called White Owl.
If you dream of staying awhile in a quintessential beachfront cottage where the waves lap the shoreline, the trade winds blow and the sea and sky constantly shift from one shade of blue to another then this will not disappoint and you may well feel that you have found your utopia. Inherently Jamaican in its spirit and through the colorful works of art that adorn the walls which include paintings and sculptures of owls, the interior style is a celebration of tropical family life with white painted furniture, hand- stenciled pieces, soft- hued fabrics and books aplenty to read. It is a much loved, lived-in home that is instantly welcoming – there is even a wall thoughtfully hung with an assortment of straw hats, some plain and some embellished in case you forgot to bring your own.
The lofty living room is the core of the house with doors that open up on all sides to allow the sea air to flow through and the painted furniture is arranged to provide several seating areas – ideal for entertaining. At the ocean end of the room, doors lead out to a very pretty veranda which flows around the outside of the room, arranged with white rattan chairs to relax in, tables for drinks, a dining area and the swimming pool close by. The beach and sea are just steps away as is the rolling expanse of garden to the right. The private 200 foot long pier is a splendid attribute and there are numerous spaces along the wide private shorefront upon which to dine, sit quietly and read, practice yoga or recline and await the green flash as the sun disappears over the horizon.
There are three large bedrooms and a small 4th bedroom each with a flat screen television. All are air-conditioned and have ceiling fans too apart from the smaller bedroom which has a ceiling fan but no air conditioning. You will more often than not find that by being so close to the sea that the ceiling fan is sufficient together with the ocean breeze. Pleasing pastel colors, white painted and wicker furniture and interesting paintings and objects ensure that each room has its own particular character. The extremely large master bedroom faces both the ocean and the gardens with doors leading out to the sea. The high conical ceiling and graceful window architraves are reminiscent of a classical Jamaican Great House and the atmosphere is one of both calm and serenity. The en suite bathroom has a shower and a separate bath tub. The second, equally spacious guest bedroom has a king size-bed and opens to face the swimming pool and sea; the third bedroom has twin beds which can be made into a king and the fourth smaller bedroom has two twin beds which can also be turned into a king. All have en suite bathrooms with a bath/shower combination.
The experienced staff includes some who have served White Owl for over twenty years, bringing a warmth, and knowledge of Jamaica as well as the Tryall Club. The cook is known for inspired home cooking using herbs, leaves and vegetables grown in the garden.
The Tryall Club Membership
A significant amenity for guests in this villa is membership at the excellent Tryall Club. On 2,200 acres, Tryall’s golf course is among the most beautiful in the world. Its 18 hillside and seaside fairways have been home to the Johnnie Walker, Mazda and other PGA championship events. The resident pro offers workshops and private lessons. The Tryall tennis club features 4 Agile Turf courts and 5 Nova Cushion courts, some lit for night play, with world-class pro’s on call. All white attire required.
The beach is well planned for parents and children. Have lunch at the beach bar. Work out in the well-equipped gym and compete in the Usain Bolt Games Room at the Great House (teens love it). Jog the marked trails. Snorkeling, kayaking, Hobie Cat and sunfish are complimentary. Glass bottom boats, charter fishing, a boat to the reef and any captained craft attract various fees. Enjoy weekly events like complimentary Manager’s Cocktail Party on Mondays, as well as Beach BBQ and Reggae Night beach parties for an additional fee.
*Tryall Club Temporary Membership Dues
Tryall is a private club whose members may use most Club facilities at no charge with the exception of tennis shop, ball boys, bar & restaurant, spa, grocery, motorized watersports, Nanny services and golf. Complimentary amenities include the beach, non-motorized watersports, tennis, the excellent gym, the Hummingbird Kids Club, Great House afternoon tea, the Manager's Cocktail Party and various special events.
The Tryall Club requires all villa and condo guests to become members during their stay via a Temporary Membership Fee of US$130 (plus 15% service charge) per week for each guest 16 years and over, or US$26 (plus 15% service charge) per day per person for stays of less than 7 days.
Plan to pay your TMD fee at the Front Desk in the Great House when you register. They will also set up a charge account for you during your stay. If you plan to pay for your charge account in cash at the end of your stay, they will request a cash deposit. If you plan to pay for your charge account with a credit card, they will place a hold on your card to cover this amount.