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Granaway or Salt Kettle - Can't Decide Help!

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Granaway or Salt Kettle - Can't Decide Help!

My husband and I are planning a 30th anniversary trip to Bermuda and narrowed it down to Granaway or Salt Kettle House.

Granaway seems so romantic but a little isolated and Salt Kettle looks ideally located but maybe not as cosy and romantic. Have spoken to both Carol from Granaway and John from Salt Kettle and both sound like lovely people. Any advice....maybe a few nights in each?

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1. Re: Granaway or Salt Kettle - Can't Decide Help!

On a relative '..charm..' scale, GRANAWAY would probably rate a bit higher than SALT KETTLE, with better water views of the Great Sound...and perhaps more of a Bermuda-cottage 'feel' to the property. On a relative '..convenience..' scale SALT KETTLE would rate a bit higher for slightly easier access to the PINK--Hamilton-Paget-Warwick public ferry route--a pleasant 200 yard stroll down Salt Kettle Road to the SALT KETTLE ferry dock GRANAWAY (Harbour Rd. at. Keith Hall Rd) will be approx. 400 yards along the Harbour Road from the DARRELL'S WHARF dock (at Cobbs Hill Rd) for the same PINK public ferry route.

We've friends and acquaintances who are regulars at SALT KETTLE and others who took over GRANAWAY for a family wedding. Both rave about each property--the Lowe's (John is the son of the inestimable Hazel Lowe..a minor Bermuda 'institution') of SALT KETTLE and the Ashton's of GRANAWAY.

BOTH properties are wonderful, small guesthouses, with all of the traditional, Bermudian warmth, charm and hospitality that this implies.

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2. Re: Granaway or Salt Kettle - Can't Decide Help!

P.S....Most of Granaway's guest accommodations are B&B guest rooms in the main house. The only guest accommodation at Granaway that offers self-catering kitchen facilities is The Cottage.

Several of the rooms/cottages at Salt Kettle Guest House have partial or full self-catering facility.

And to toss another property into the mix for consideration, you might also have a look at GREENBANK GUESTHOUSE & COTTAGES-- http://www.greenbankbermuda.com/ --which offers a few B&B guestrooms in the main house and several fully self-catering cottages arrayed around the grounds (all with spectacular Great Sound water views) Greenbank is located a bit farther along Salt Kettle Road from Salt Kettle Guesthouse..75 yards from the SALT KETTLE public ferry dock.

And while you're at it, you might also check out WATERCOLOURS B&B-- http://www.bermudagetaway.com/indexWC.htm --situated waterfront, a bit farther west, past Granaway, along the Harbour Road. Watercolours has access to the same PINK public ferry route from the BELMONT dock.

Edited: 1:43 pm, January 26, 2011
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3. Re: Granaway or Salt Kettle - Can't Decide Help!

Hello and thank you for that most informative reply. I think we won't be disappointed either way and perhaps the only solution would to be stay at Granaway for one holiday and Salt Kettle the other! It would give us an excuse to return. Our one and only visit to Bermuda was in 1990 when our son was a baby and we stayed at the Sky Top Cottages which sadly no longer exist. I am very excited about returning and will decide in the next 30 minutes....better grab those availability while they last.! P.S. Thanks for the other suggestions but maybe won't add to the mix as it is difficult enough as is. Promise to comment after our stay which will be in May.

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>>> Our one and only visit to Bermuda was in 1990 when our son was a baby and we stayed at the Sky Top Cottages which sadly no longer exist.<<<

Sadly, the owners of SKY TOP COTTAGES, atop the South Road hillside in Paget, shut down in '02-'03.....replacing Sky Top with twenty-eight(28) lemon yellow, resident-housing apartments. Bermuda has always had a critical shortage of resident housing...so these new apartments were probably necessary (though perhaps not the additional traffic the new ARVs generated)...but it was sad to see still another modestly/moderately priced Bermuda tourist accommodation close nonetheless. That year saw a net loss of ninety-five(95) modestly/moderately priced guest rooms (Sky Top, Loughlands, Marula, Angel's Grotto, Barnsdale, Royal Heights closed; Erdith opened) from Bermuda's inventory.

The 'good news' is that the wonderful little, modestly/moderately-priced PARAQUET RESTAURANT (really more in common with a really good 'diner' than 'restaurant') located just across the South Road, is still open for business and doin' well.

Edited: 11:50 pm, January 26, 2011
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5. Re: Granaway or Salt Kettle - Can't Decide Help!

Thank you once again for that update, you are indeed a wealth of information! I will definitely make a note of the Paraquet (we had a meal or two at the Hog Penny in 1990) as reasonably priced eateries with good food may be scarce! I wasn't exactly sure when the Sky Top cottages had closed but John at the Salt Kettle had told me that his mother Hazel had just spoken to the former owner in England. Small world! We did end up booking at Granaway but will definitely visit the Salt Kettle - I would love to meet Hazel and John and perhaps check it out for a future visit!

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6. Re: Granaway or Salt Kettle - Can't Decide Help!

As noted, all the properties suggested--Watercolours, Greenbank, Salt Kettle--are in the same immediate vicinity as GRANAWAY...so in your regular comings 'n goings it won't be at all difficult to drop by in passing. The owners are all pleasant people and given no other pressing matters, will be delighted to chat with you and show you about their properties.. One of the reasons why there are no '..stinkers..' in Bermuda is the genuine '..pride of place..' that owners/operators have for their properties. These are their '..homes..' as well as guest accommodations.

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7. Re: Granaway or Salt Kettle - Can't Decide Help!

We prefer http://www.greenbankbermuda.com/

on Salt Kettle Rd on the other side of the street from the Salt Kettle and maybe 75 yards towards the point.

Best thing about both Salk Kettle and Greenbanks is the ferry to town leaves from right there.

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8. Re: Granaway or Salt Kettle - Can't Decide Help!

Greenbank Guest cottage or Granaway..both owned and family run by the Ashton family. We are heading back to Greenbank for our 13th time this September.

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>>>We are heading back to Greenbank for our 13th time this September<<<

Yup...that's generally the way it is with all of these properties. They all have extremely loyal, multi-repeat visit clientelle....and that clientelle isn't necessarily staying at any because of the moderate cost. It's often true that they may choose a property originally because of price but they return--time and again--because of the charm, hospitality and traditional '..olde Bermuda..' ambience.

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10. Re: Granaway or Salt Kettle - Can't Decide Help!

I stayed at Granaway one year and enjoyed it. Carol is a charmer. The separate cottage is quite nice and might prove a bit more romantic for your anniversary.