I am in two minds about how to review my stay at Kingston House Bed & Breakfast in Hamilton, Bermuda. While my natural instinct is to gush uncontrollably about how wonderful my visit was, how Harry & Marlie go out of their way to ensure your stay is memorable, I also feel like I’d be letting everyone in on a secret hideaway that I want to keep all to myself!
Kingston House is tucked off the main road, about a 10 minute walk from Hamilton, the main city on the island. Surrounded by lush gardens, the building is typically old Bermudian with whitewashed roof, colorful shutters and front porch. You are greeted by Digby, the resident dog and once inside, beautiful hardwood floors in the reception rooms and colorful furnishings surround you as you are welcomed by Harry & Marlie.
Marlie showed me around, passing through the dining area where breakfast is served and the guest’s lounge which includes a full-sized fridge (each room has a designated, labeled shelf for food), kettle and sink with various teas and cookies. I stayed in the Jacaranda room which consisted of a queen sized bed with a bench at the foot covered in brochures and Guide Books about Bermuda, two bedside tables, a closet, chest of drawers and chair together with a vanity sink and separate tub and toilet. In the bathroom, you will find shampoo, conditioner and shower gel provided for you with an abundance of towels and a towel heater. The room also included a hairdryer, iron and ironing board, flat screen t.v. with dvd player plus cable system and air conditioner. Kingston House has a library of DVDs to borrow as well as books and free wi-fi access.
Marlie immediately made me feel at home, letting me know where the nearest Bike Rental was and talking about some of the other guests staying at the B&B. Both she and Harry possess the kind of qualities that make you feel as though you have known them all your life. Far from feeling like an intruder in their home (which is how I have felt in the past at other B&Bs), at Kingston House, you feel like a long-lost friend, returning home.
I must admit that one of the aspects I was not looking forward to was breakfast at the shared dining table but it turned into my most favorite part of the day. Marlie and Harry were great at introducing all guests to one another and a lively discussion was had at breakfast about what one had done the day before and what plans lay for the day ahead. Breakfast itself consisted of coffee, tea, juices with a selection of cereals, homemade bread and scones with butter and jams. Marlie and Harry’s knowledge of the island is, of course, extensive and they were always happy to suggest places to visit and make restaurant recommendations.
There are too many events that made my stay at Kingston House so memorable to mention here suffice to say that I cannot wait for my next trip back to Bermuda to see Marlie, Harry and Digby and enjoy all that the Kingston House has to offer.