My wife and I recently spent a week at Banstead Cottage to celebrate our 25th anniversary. After many hotel stays and cruises to Bermuda, we decided to try a new way to enjoy our favorite place and could not have been happier with our choice. The cottage is very much a "gem" - impeccably clean and well-appointed, with all the amenities of home and then some. In addition to the fabulous private pool and tennis court, Susan and Graham have provided absolutely everything that you may need - a local cell phone, beach towels, flip-flops, tennis rackets, oars... just kidding, the oars are for decorative purposes. They also have brochures, maps, and other resources to assist guests with choosing restaurants, attractions, and transportation around the island. Banstead is ideally located in the center of the island, a stone's throw from Hamilton, and convenient to wherever you want to go by foot, ferry, bus, or scooter.
The Jacks are exceptional hosts who truly go out of their way to make sure that you have an enjoyable vacation. From booking to (reluctant) departure, they were always helpful and responsive to any questions or requests that we had, and easily accessible throughout our stay. Susan and Graham made us feel very welcome right from the start, and their generous hospitality made all the difference. We have found a "home away from home" at Banstead - in fact, we were so confident that we were going to love it that we booked another week next year before we even got there! It's the next best thing to actually living there!
After much deliberation around where to stay for a long weekend in Bermuda, we decided that being central to everything on the island, Paget, would be the best location. Then the work started, hotel or rental by owner? We considered our wish-list; privacy, swimming pool, kitchen, A/C, walking distance to beach and Hamilton. We found Banstead, a gracious home with gracious hosts, and a private cottage in the gated pool area surrounded by stunning Bermudian foliage and a gorgeous tennis court (also private!). I'm a stickler for very clean and comfortable furnishings, and the pictures of Banstead agreed, but pictures can be deceiving, so emailing the owners with questions ensued.
That's when we were sold, the Jack's were incredibly responsive and we felt confident. Our hosts were present upon arrival, gave us a tour, answered more questions, and with the unsurpassed knowledge only locals could posses, helped with planning our daily itinerary. The cottage was exactly as depicted, immaculate and charming! The Jack's are the perfect hosts; affording us a level privacy of that made us feel at home, but available when needed. They made sure that we had everything we needed and so our long weekend in Bermuda exceeded all expectations with the bonus of having made new friends. Thanks Graham and Susan, we'll be back!
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