England-born entrepreneur Carole Holding -- owner of the Carole Holding Studios gift shops -- rents two of the most charming bedrooms on record within her private home. They lie within an unconventional and extraordinary house: Built to her specifications in 1996, it occupies land once devoted to a boatbuilding yard directly at waterside on the channel leading in and out of Hamilton's harbor. From the sliding glass doors of each of the rentable bedrooms, you'll have views of ocean traffic which, depending on the light, can be startling and almost mystical. The house was designed in ways that allow guests to have virtually the entire ground floor of the building to themselves. Long-time Bermuda experts Bill and Bonnie Nalwasky, of Staten Island, New York, define the place as better, more appealing, and more cost-effective than most hotels. Throughout, the place is gracious, immaculate, and outfitted in color schemes of coral and white. Breakfasts are more stylish than you might have imagined, and Carole, a gracious hostess with strong points of view about what's good and what's not in Bermuda, is on hand for advice about nearby dining. The pier where you can climb aboard one of the fast ferries sluicing into downtown Hamilton lies within a 3-minute walk from this guesthouse.
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