Beach House - Reader Reports & Opinion
Miriam Mainwood from U.K. visited in April 2012 and awarded
We had a fabulous stay at the beach house. Pure relaxation amongst nature. From our terrace alone we saw hummingbirds, manta ray in heavenly bay, shooting stars and rainbows. Castara is a special place and whilst other places we saw weren't perhaps as simple in some ways as the beach house, we knew we were in the best spot. A very special holiday which we still miss every day 2 weeks on.
Tim Dim from Netherlands visited in February 2012 and awarded
We had a fantastic time at the Beach House (one of the 2 downstairs studios), i honestly can't think of anything that could be improved or enhanced, it was exactly the type of accomodation that we were looking for. The house was very clean, and there was a good supply cutlery and kitchen gear to use.
Porridge was there when we arrived to show us around the house, just like we had arranged by phone, and came by a couple of days later to check if everything was okay, all very non-intrusive and extremely friendly.
We really enjoyed every bit of it, and were actually disappointed when our departure date came.
The location so close to the beach, and with the Boat House next door is absolutely perfect. We also really appreciated the rest of Castara and surroundings, it was definitely the best part of our 2 week holiday.
I'm certain we'll come back to Tobago sometime soon, and have absolutely no doubt that we'll be back at the Beach House in Castara!
from Germany visited in January 2012 and awarded
We had a wonderful time at the Beach House (staying two weeks in one of the 2 downstairs studios). For us it was just perfect! Our idea of paradise.
We really enjoyed being so close to the beach; only three steps away from the water with a nice snorkeling spot directly in the bay (we even saw a turtle and stingrays).
Sitting on the balcony reading and watching all kind of birds that come to the feeders was just great. The sundown’s where fantastic! (In the evening there are even little fruit-bats coming to the feeders, if you attract them with small pieces of banana ;-))
The house is really beautyfull! The apartment is very well equipped, especially good quality cookware. Great barbecue!! We can’t think of anything missing!
Special thanks to the owners Carol and Graham, who made us feel so very welcome! Many thanks also to Darlington, who took us on a great tour to the rainforest and of course to Porridge and Jeanelle for the help and the easy car rental.
We will be back ;-)
Helen Barney from U.K. visited in December 2011 and awarded
We stayed in the Breadfruit Grove apartment for 8 days and had a wonderful time. The apartment is not only charmingly rustic, but also very well equipped e.g. Good quality cookware and a very comfortable bed. There is plenty of outside space offering both sun and shade options. It was wonderful to be so close to the beach and to be able to pop down for a swim and have a a shower straight after. (an outside tap and shower are thoughtfully provided for post-beach ablutions.). One of our favourite parts of each day was watching the colourful birds on the feeders as we had our early morning cup of tea - delightful.
The friendly Boat House bar/restaurant is right on the doorstep. In fact we found everyone we met in Castara to be friendly and helpful, especially Porridge and Jeanelle who were always there if we needed them.
We had a really relaxing time and would love to have stayed longer. The only downside was theMosquitos-take plenty of repellant and still expect to be bitten. But that's a small price to pay for the opportunity to stay in this little piece of paradise!
Terry & Kathy from U.K. visited in December 2011 and awarded
We are unable to grade higher than 3 as the description on the website is perfectly accurate, but, for us it was the perfect location and we have no complaints.
Do NOT expect 5* luxuy but if like us you are looking for a casual, practical and get away from it all location then this place is for you.
Where else can you slip out of bed and be in the sea withing seconds? Who needs a shower and teeth clean when you can fall into the Caribbean for a wake me up wash? Brilliant.
Take little notice of the so called rooster complaints or vendors selling goods to you as with us it was never a problem.
The Caribbean without chickens is like a pub without beer and let's face it, no chickens equates to no eggs which neans no breakfasts and no chicken curries so learn to live with them.
However, if you feed them then expect early visitors as with the local dogs so entirely up to you.
We also must dismiss the myth of unfriendly locals who are so used to tourists they seem them as everyday village folk, so say "Hi" to them and you might be surprised how friendly they are, even the bread ladies. We found them all just fine.
Do visit Cheno's coffee shop in the village for casual dining and a warm welcome from such a nice guy. Sharon's cooking next door at the Boathouse is difficult to equal especially if you are a veggie as she will go out of her way to fix you up with whatever you want if given a bit of notice.
With Porridge you will make your own mind up!
An excellent example of happy communication and personality prior to the computer age, twitter, facebook etc.
Remember him well as such personalities are a dying breed and a sign of future generations who will not be able to communicate in this manner.
Sorry we broke a glass but we can only hold the strength of home made rum punches to blame !!!!!!