We arrived in Gobbler's Corner on December 28th 2010, planning to stay originally for 4 weeks. My wife and I (plus our small dog) were relocating to Bermuda and had to live somewhere until we found our own place. We didn't manage to find a place in time so, in the end, we spent a total of 5 weeks with Brian Oatley in Gobbler's Corner.
The guest house is absolutely excellent! There is cable television and free wireless internet, which was a huge bonus for us since we needed to communicate with our folks in Europe. There is also a fully equipped kitchen with everything from stove and microwave to fridge, freezer, washer, drier, coffe machine, toaster etc. Brian even put some little bits and bobs out for us (coffee and filters, selection of teas) to make our stay comfortable. Since I had to go to work, the iron and ironing board was also a bonus.
The bathroom deserves special mention. Bathrooms in Bermuda tend to be tiny but in Gobbler's Corner, the bathroom is huge and has a walk-in shower. All facilities seem brand new, furnished to a high standard and well maintained. Hot water was never a problem.
Gobbler's corner is in the centre of St George. It's close to an abandoned golf course which makes it ideal for walking the dog. It's also pretty close to Tobacco Bay and St Catherine's fort and beach. These sites are great for swimming and snorkeling although in January, it wasn't exactly beach weather. We did spend some time on the beach but mostly walking and wading into the water up to our knees.
St George is a lovely little town. It's safe any time of the day or night, we never felt threatened. The locals are nice and pretty helpful. You can ask anyone for directions and they will oblige and people even say hi to you when they see you on the street. There isn't a lot to do in Ste George in the winter (e.g. only two restaurants: Tavern by the Sea and Wahoo's) and most of the shops are closed but it's still nice to walk around. I will definitely go back there in the summer months to see it in all it's glory.
One of the best things about the guest house is the owner. Brian is a local guy, very knowledgeable in Bermuda history and, since he's held lots of different jobs in the past, he seems to know a little about many things. This comes in very handy when you need information and Brian is always happy to provide it. He even took us out on his boat during one weekend when it was hot and sailed all the way to John Smiths bay showing us all the houses of the rich and famous in Tucker's Town. Brian is also the commodore of a local sailing club and he invited me out a couple of times for a few frames of pool in the club house.
Brian does have one dog (his second dog died sadly when we were there) and it sometimes barks. But, we were never disturbed by it. We have a dog of our own and the two never caused any problems. He doesn't usually take pets into the guest house but, if you make a good case and your pet is quite small and quiet, he doesn't seem to mind.
The guest house is quite humid but this is no different to any other house of a certain age in Bermuda. You have to be prepared for this and make sure you ventilate the place well so avoid having the humidity settle on your things. We were not so well prepared and managed to ruin a couple of things but it's quite easy to avoid if you know what to do: always keep a couple of windows open, run the ceiling fan if you can and dry your clothes in the drier.
All in all, an excellent guest house experience!
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