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5 Reasons You'll Want to Stay at Wellington House in St. Helena and Never Go Home

Wellington House - One of St Helena's Oldest Buildings
Wellington House, St Helena island - Reception Area

In the middle of the South Atlantic sits St. Helena - a remote volcanic island that boasts all things tropical and the lovely and welcoming Wellington House.

According to a recent study, by the time we reach our mid-twenties, many people just want to enjoy the "quiet life."

No more crazy party holidays on the Spanish islands, then. Forget flashing the cash on a break in Las Vegas.

Instead, you could go somewhere which is miles and miles from anywhere. St. Helena has been stranded in the Atlantic Ocean for centuries, it's a perfect choice. 

If there is anywhere you can go to escape the crowds and the pressures of work, the island of Saint Helena is certainly it.

Once you visit and stay at Wellington House, you'll never want to leave and go home again.

Do you want to know more about why you'll love this tropical, volcanic island in the middle of nowhere? Read below!

1. Home Away From Home at Wellington House

The historic townhouse, Wellington House was built in the 1730s. Believed to be named after the Duke of Wellington himself, it is authentic while also invoking old world charm. 

Preserved from the period of the British East Indian Company's enterprises across the world, there are few places which feel quite like stepping back in time like Wellington House.

This beautiful old building is certainly not stuffy either. You will be greeted with a warm welcome from the experienced host Ivy.

Taught by her mother before her, she makes quite an impression on her guests with her delicious home-cooked meals. She describes her cooking as "British food with a twist."

You can be confident that you're in for a treat when you arrive at the charming guesthouse in the heart of St. Helena.

2. Abundance for History Buffs

Many people are drawn by the opportunity to explore the unique history of the island which played an important role in the Middle Passage. You can visit the Museum of Saint Helena, where you can learn all about the history of the island. There is a wide range of permanent and temporary exhibitions to get your teeth into.

You can also visit the prison of Saint Helena's most famous resident, Napoleon Bonaparte. Longwood House, where he was exiled, is preserved with furnishings from the time. 

During his time on the island, Napolean grumbled about his conditions and wrote a biography of Julias Cesear.

You can also visit the garden tomb site, which, although it no longer contains Napoleon's remains, is fascinating to behold.

3. Beautiful Views of the Stars and Mountains

Fairy Tern and Lot, Sand Bay - St Helena island
A Fairy Tern Keeping an Eye on Lot in the Distance

For many visitors, St. Helena is breathtakingly romantic. Find the right spot on the island and it's easy to imagine you're the only two people on the planet. 

Due to the island's location, when you look up at the stars on a clear night's sky, you're treated to almost every star shining brightly for you.

Remember, you're also following in the footsteps of many of the greatest astronomers who ever lived. Namely, Edmund Halley, who stayed on the island in 1676-77 to document the stars. 

If you want to do some physical activity during your stay in St. Helena, don't look beyond Diana's Peak. This is the highest point on the island.

You can follow the trail which leads you through the vibrant national park. When you get to the top you can admire the Norfolk Pines, which were planted on the order of the British explorer Captain Cook.

4. Stroll Through the Old-World Streets

St. Helena is nearly 5,000 miles away from the United Kingdom. And yet, the capital of the island, Jamestown gives the impression of being a village from the home counties.

You can stroll through the streets of Jamestown popping into the oldest library in the Southern hemisphere and other little shops. You'll also come across a bunch of charming cafes and attractive dining options. 

In true English style, remember to stop over at the Consulate Hotel for a cup of tea to freshen up. While you're in Jamestown, don't miss the Castle, which is home to the government of ST Helena, Ascension island and Tristan da Cunha.

Head a little further out of the town to visit Plantation House, which is home to the world-famous tortoise. Jonathon the giant tortoise is actually the oldest animal in the world. He is estimated to be an astonishing 187 years old.

5. Experience the Local Life

Remember, St. Helena is not just a holiday destination. It's also a way of life for the people who live there.

You won't be living at the edge of the island. You'll get the chance to experience life on the island just as the locals do.

You don't have to stop for lunch at tourist restaurants the whole time. Instead, head down to Lemon Valley Bay for a BBQ or picnic experience like no other.

After you're full of yummy local cuisine, join the locals diving into the ocean to capture a glimpse of the majestic marine life living at the edge of the island.

You can also attend a service at St Paul's Cathedral or visit Garry at the weather station!

Book a Room in Wellington House

Now you know why staying in St. Helena has so much to offer you on your next holiday, what are you waiting for?

Your only problem is that once you travel to the island, you'll never want to leave. Like many others, you may want to come back time and time again.

Lucky for you, Wellington House has been standing strong for around 300 years. So, you can count on the hotel still being here when you next visit the island.

Do you want to reserve a room in Wellington House for your stay in St. Helena? Contact us for your memorable stay in our accommodation. 

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