Frankfort on the Beach: History & Splendour

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What do Winston Churchill, Pierre Trudeau, Queen Mary, Prince Edward, the Archduke and Archduchess of Austria, former Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley, Henry Kissinger, Noel Coward and Drew Barrymore have in common? The have all stayed at one of Jamaica’s loveliest and most storied villas, Frankfort on the Beach. Today you can still take a stroll on the larger property and see the Jamaican Mahogany that Sir Winston planted in 1953.

You can also  add your name to this prestigious list of guests without fear. If the six-bedroom villa has history, it isn’t dusty or musty but has made the transition into the modern era with a location and style to satisfy the most finicky.

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Originally a 17th-century fortress, Frankfort overlooks a 300-foot private white-sand beach, not far from a live coral reef that invites snorkelling over the teeming, colourful sea life. Nestled in landscaped tropical gardens, the villa has a hot tub for eight surrounded by natural decking, enabling you to enjoy ocean views and breezes. An old stone veranda provides protective shade, making it perfect for lounging, entertaining and alfresco dining.

frankfort10History has been paired with a clean, contemporary style. The villa retains the original two-foot-thick stone walls, along with their gun ports, and has added modern flourishes, including Italian marble,  comfortable bedrooms and Sasha-designed interiors. frankfort12Frankfort consists of a main house and an old Schoolhouse set 60 feet away along a cut-stone path. On the ground floor of the main house, ceiling-height bookshelves divide the living room and games/television room from the indoor dining space and bar.

The staff of two butlers, two housekeepers, cook and gardener ensure that guests are treated with same kind of service that royalty, politicians, actors and other celebrities have been accorded.

frankfort_schoolhouseFrankfort on the Beach is part of the 1,200-acre Prospect Plantation, with its crops of Jamaican pimento, coconuts, limes, bananas, coffee and sugar cane that thrive alongside native mahogany and cedar trees. The plantation was bought by Sir Harold Mitchell of England, sight unseen, in 1936, inspired by a well-travelled uncle, who filled his head with stories of the buccaneers of Port Royal, multicoloured hummingbirds, parrots and rare fruits.

In 1947, Sir Harold married Mary Pringle and the couple took up residence in the Prospect Plantation’s Great House. frankfort4Still standing standing today in all its magnificence, the Great House is perched on a prominent hill, with sweeping views of the estate and Caribbean. Originally a fort, with 29 loopholes and three-foot-thick limestone block walls, it was transformed into a residence with mahogany furniture, cedar panelling, Spanish floral pieces and ancestral portraits.

Sir Harold and Mary were one of the original power couples, entertaining dignitaries from around the world in the grand magnificence of their property. In continuing their tradition of impeccable hospitality, Frankfort on the Beach formally issues you an invitation to experience its splendour.

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