Text by Linda Wright | Photography by Jim Bathie and Two & Quarter Photography
Since 1984 Carol West has been called the Bees Nest cottage home. This third-generation Bermudian purchased the cottage from relatives, promising it would be loved.
This coastal cottage in Bermuda has sat on the water’s edge of Harrington Sound for nearly 200 years. Originally built as a fisherman’s cottage from Bermuda stone, it has since been remodeled twice and is a combination of concrete block, stone, and cement.
Homeowner Carol West says it’s safe to say the fisherman wouldn’t recognize the cottage she’s created. The den–office combination houses the remains of the original cottage. With the interior walls painted white the cedar beams salvaged from old ships offer a striking contrast and interest. An African drum brought back from travels to Nairobi takes center stage in the room as the coffee table. A well-loved leather chair provides a comfy seat for reading, and an Oriental rug grounds the floor with color.