Guest Cabin/private bath in historical Royal Naval Dockyard. Several restaurants/pubs, sights to see, & right by the ferry terminal. Best part - evening cocktails or morning coffee on bow or bridge.
**For more room check out Master Stateroom Listing
You will be on-board a fully functional, well traveled ocean going yacht, which will remain safely in the protected harbor of the historical Royal Naval Dockyard for your visit :)
One of the perks is enjoying a drink on the bow, or upper bridge at the end of the day, or the same with coffee in the morning. Clearly, this is not a cookie cutter Holiday Inn. If you like funky B+Bs, or want to try something different...this may well be a great home base for your Bermuda excursion. With the ferry terminal right across the water, launching to other parts of the island a breeze.
Like to stand up paddle board or rent mountain bike or moped? Right next door.
**Entire 'House' can be rented by special request for all or part of your stay. Ask for details and special rate.
Guests will have their own private double bed and small bath, and use of interior/exterior public areas. A tour of the engine room and other systems can be arranged upon request. When in Bermuda I may be in the other stateroom, at the opposite end of the vessel. I find this allows me to give good attention to my guests and has worked out well so far offering a good balance of social time and privacy/quiet time.
Wifi provided free of charge. Bath towel and hair dryer provided - no need to pack.
Interaction with Guests
Born and raised, I am happy to tell you more about my island home, and some of the must see/do spots and activities....many of which are right here in the 'West End'. If you haven't had a few swizzles, seen the hall of history painting, or walked horseshoe bay beach..it's time for a crash course...let's talk. Getting around the island is easy both by public transportation, or moped rental. I'm happy to talk you through it. Ferries are my favorite, fast and comfortable, with the cheapest tour from the water going! Walks or bike rides through what was once the 'railway trail' (and now a greenway) are a not to be missed excursion. If you're a biker I can point you in the right direction, or even join you.
Situated in the historical Royal Naval Dockyard, there are several restaurants, pubs, the worthy maritime museum, and other sightseeing stops. Great area to walk around. There are also some scenic walks/bike rides leaving from the Dockyard. Just ask!
Some more info on the surrounding area:
• Look at the "Guidebook" on this listing
• Search Dockyard Bermuda
There are small beaches in walking distance, but the best are a 15min bus ride (direct) away.
You are quite literally right at the ferry terminal, bus stops, moped or bicycle rental. It's a 20min high speed ferry ride into the city of Hamilton. Getting around is easy, and I'll help you with copies of schedules, advice, and must see Bermuda stops, both on and off the beaten path. Just ask..
***From Airport I recommend the ferry to Dockyard. Cheaper and faster than by road, not to mention scenic. From April 21st - Nov 3rd. the St. George Ferry runs too and this may be an option. I will e-mail you schedules/suggestions...it's pretty easy.
Other Things to Note
"I'm on a Boat!"
Yes, that's right, and there are a few things that are different that boaters are used to, but we'd like our guests who are not familiar to be aware of ahead of time. Some of the things that will be different from a normal home include steep-ish steps (with railings) going down to staterooms, and a smaller water heater than in a home limiting hot water for a shower to about 15mins per go. Cable/Satellite - I don't buy it...you're in Bermuda remember!? If there's a game you absolutely must catch, check out the Frog an Onion pub, a 5min walk away, which is also Bermuda's only brewpub. We do have a collection of DVDs on-board.
Other than shoes off once aboard, just common courtesy. Smoking in outdoor areas only please.
Small Washer/Dryer on-board - PLEASE ask me to start it for you.
We had an amazing time staying on Darren's boat! Darren is very hospitable and knows a ton about Bermuda. He gave us great tips on where to go and places to see while we were visiting. Staying on a boat is obviously very different than a regular hotel, but Darren's description and pictures are very accurate and so it was exactly what we expected. Thanks for the great vacation!
I was not the easiest of guests to host, particularly on a boat, as I fractured my ankle a few days before my arrival. Although we had some communication problems, prior to my visit, Darren was reassuring about my ability to manage on the boat, despite my temporary disability. He met me on the evening of arrival and explained some of the boaty stuff, as well as giving suggestions for seeing parts of the island. There are definitely idiosyncrasies on a boat that you don’t find in your standard hotel but this was part of the charm of this accommodation. The small guestroom was just as it looks in the photo and most of the time I was left alone to hobble around the deck. Sunbathing one afternoon and sipping wine on the aft deck (or something like that) at sundown was wonderful. Most of the time the boat was so still that I forgot that we were afloat but on my last night, there was a gentle rocking and creaking of ropes which I found soothing. Darren was a great host -unobtrusive and yet accessible. Two other guests joined on my last night, they were charming and there was plenty of room for us all. The Dockyard is an interesting location, catching the speedy Hamilton ferry is a doddle and I really enjoyed the long bus rides; during the day you can see the beautiful beaches and enjoy the company of some local characters. Darren’s boat offers great value and is a perfect base from which to enjoy the beautiful island of Bermuda.
I had a great time on the boat! Very welcoming! Great place to stay on the island would recommend it!
Darren was a wonderful host and an expert guide of his home country of Bermuda. The neighborhood was extremely safe and comfortable. The bus station is a 1 - 3 minute walk from the boat which brought us into town and various pink sand beaches easily!
We started our stay off as guests but have left as friends. Darren's boat is a must for any traveler who wants the opportunity to experience the local charm of Bermuda!
Reasons we loved our stay with Darren:
- Easy access to the public transportation system (ferry & bus)
- Comfortable lodging and nice kitchen to make meals
- Breakfast on the back of the boat on the water
- Access to hidden Bermuda gems thanks to Darren
- Nicest host we have encountered so far on Airbnb
This was a great place to stay. Darren was very friendly and the boat was very comfortable.
A great alternative to the usual sterile hotels.
Darren is a great host and took the time to make us feel comfortable on the boat, in the neighborhood and on the island.
Be prepared for long bus rides after the ferry stops running in the evening. Think of it as a great way to see the island and interact with the locals.
One comment re bus schedules/ferry - in the winter months ferrys do not run as late, unlike the summer. Bus ride from somerset village circa 10mins, south shore beaches and restaurants approx 20-25mins, Hamilton approx 40 mins. For a night in hamilton in winter suggest ferry in and bus or taxi back. Scooters also an inexpensive rental and give you much freedom to explore. Scooter and pedal bike rental shop 2mins walk literally from marina. Same with ferry amd bus stops.
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