St. George's, the Oldest Community in Bermuda
Aunt Nea's is located in the UNESCO World Heritage site of St. George's.
Don and I already had accommodations for a week at a nearby timeshare condo. When we learned about this guest house built in the 1700's, we couldn't resist.
Behind the Wall
We probably looked like kids sneaking away from summer camp, as we strolled with our overnight bags down the steps of St. George's Club, escaping to our little getaway.
We found the wall surrounding Aunt Nea's, just minutes from our condo. I loved the yellow and white wall that took us right up to the entrance. One hardly needed a wall with all the lush growth.
Who is Aunt Nea?
This grand home was once two residences that were later connected. At one point, it became the residence of the American Consul.
By the 1960's it had become a guesthouse, using the name Hill Crest. But the person behind the name Nea, was a neighbor who lived nearby. Hester "Nea" Tucker was living next door when Irish poet, Thomas Moore stayed on this property in 1803.
The Poet and Nea
In this cozy Bermudian town, where small cottages line winding alleys, neighbors live fairly close to one another. This is considered one of the largest private properties in St. George's.
I picture Mr. Moore strolling in the garden mumbling to himself as he fretted over his poetry. The romantic poem he titled, "Ode to Nea" must have been quite a scandal, since Ms. Nea was indeed married. I'll admit it was a little fun, wondering if those two did any sneaking around on this property.
We arrived in the afternoon and headed up the walk towards the veranda, which went from wood to concrete in the 1920's.
The front doors were wide open and I heard a welcoming voice. My eyes couldn't adjust from the bright sun, but the greeting, "Hi Beth!" made me know it was Stacey. We had been communicating through emails for a couple weeks. She helped me with suggestions and contact info, since I was interested in volunteering with children while staying on the island.
As we entered, Stacey came into focus behind the desk.
As we settled for the room, I studied the staircase to the left. It felt so much more like a private home than a hotel.
Stacey pointed out a sitting area in the back, then we headed through the kitchen where we were told to help ourselves to some nibbles and coffee in the morning.
She took us to our room, which I had chosen on the internet. But after exploring a bit more I asked if we could be changed to the Cedar Room.
What's old about The Cedar Room?
I'm not one of those people who often complains and asks for a better room, but I was so glad I spoke up.
The rooms in the front part of the house shared more of the historic charm. Our ceiling revealed some of the original cedar and the windows were deep and showed the thickness of the walls.
I Like New Stuff Too
Yet the bed and linens, fresh paint and new tile and brick, just felt fresh and clean!
I liked the black and white framed photography with seens from Bermuda.
Luckily Don packed no cowboy boots for this trip, or he might have been in danger of bumping his head. I however, tripped a couple times over the raised stonework that held the shower stall.
Some might care, but we weren't concerned about having a shower and tub in the corner of our room. (The toilet had its own room) If they hadn't frosted the glass so high, I could have watched a Turner Classic Movie while I showered! (Having the TCM station is always a bonus for me. ) Note: We might have had issues with the shower in the room, if we'd been dealing with humid weather.
I always like to mention the room's view.
It's hard to see that our 2 old windows looked out on a stone wall. That sounds boring, but there was something quaint about it!
Scone and Coffee
We had muffins and cheese scones with our coffee in the morning. I do wish we'd had more interaction with others, since we might have learned something.
But it was a lovely morning, with a garden view... if only I'd had a copy of this poem then, I could have sipped and recited!
Ode to Nea:
The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore.
Copyright undated, very old
The Walter Scott Publishing Co. Ltd.
My New Year's Resolution for 2014 was to start documenting some of the memorable overnights I've had in some very odd and curious motels and hotels. Like the adventures in my Dining Blog, I have learned to enjoy the surprises that happen when you step out of the comfort zone, far away from the well-known chains.
I began with a few entries recalling my very first home away from home memories from my youth. Then, I started sharing about some of the quirky and unforgettable motels, hotels and inns that my husband and I have discovered in recent years.
The best part about this challenge was making some lists with Don and getting on the road in search of new overnight adventures. I gave myself a 2-year goal to write up 90 stories and the goal was met. Now we just keep on adding!