Beach House - Reader Reports & Opinion
Fran Matthews from U.K. visited in March 2011 and awarded
Coconut heights really is a special place. Absolute heaven for any bird loving folk! Bananaquits, [who will join you for breakfast if you are eating pineapple or watermelon!] Mot mots, Blue Tanigers and Ant Shrikes to name but a few local residents! The view is stunning with gorgeous sunsets and lush gardens surround the house where if you are lucky you will spot a hummingbird or two.
Castara is a really friendly place and of course would not be the same without Porridge and his wife Jeanelle. They were fantastic; really lovely people. The only place to eat [ in my view! ] is Margarites in the village run by the great Sherwin.
We stayed for one week with 3 teenagers who spent many hours in the very comfortable hammocks which are in each appartment.
Negative points if there are any are that the mosquitos are quite a nuisance so do take all precautions necessary. There is also a local cockerel who likes to crow at all hours so if you want peace and quiet,not sure Tobago is the place for you! Also get ready for the Blue Mango bar!
Would definitely come back and stay here again. Tobago is very special.
Anna & Daniel Raab from Germany visited in August 2010 and awarded
We are back from another fantastic week in the Beachhouse. The sixth time we returned. So far we always stayed in Breadfruit Grove because it met all our needs.
Anyhow, we decided to stay in Coconut Heights this time we just wanted to try it out although we had been perfectly happy all the other times. And what shall I say?
Breadfruit Grove is paradise Coconut heights is heaven beyond.
The whole apartment is equipped with everything you might require a lot more than you will need during your stay especially in the kitchen. Even lots of small things you sometimes may need, like matches, a candle or a flashlight the owners thought of everything. And they leave it for the guests because they want us to feel comfortable. In lots of apartment Ive been in my life the owners lock a lot of things away probably because they dont want to get them damaged or stolen. Not in the Beachhouse. You have everything you may need and you see and feel everywhere how much Carole and Graham care for the house and their guests and with how much love they furnished the house and keep everything in perfect condition.
And then all the space there are so many places you may sit down or lie down. Everyone offers a different view. Of course its double the size as the apartments downstairs but it is a lot more than that. We felt so comfortable and happy in Coconut Heights that we almost didnt want to leave it not even to go for a swim.
Castara itself hasnt changed fortunately. The people are still friendly and nice, no new hotels were built in the recent year, the shops still offer almost everything you need, the fruitman is still coming everyday and offering his delicious fruits, the beach is still wonderful and always clean.
When we return to Tobago, its out of question that we will ever stay anywhere else that in the beach house we will just have to decide in which apartment will we choose the paradise or the heaven beyond?
Amber from U.K. visited in May 2010 and awarded
Seriously idyllic location with everything you need within easy reach. Palm Corner is perfectly located, with a good layout, and decent kitchenette.
Being on the beach, it is over run with insects (various walking, flying and biting varieties) and so you have to keep the windows shut if you want to minimise the critter population. There is a mosquito net but this serves to make you hotter and mosquitoes can and do get inside. Having the windows shut makes for an unbearably hot room in which it is impossible to sleep, and makes you sweat right through the pillow and the sheets. (I really hope they clean the pillows between guests.) The cleaner only comes once during a week's stay, and only changes the sheets and towels and doesn't clean anything. Now because you are right on the beach it does get really sandy and dirty in there - as do the mats, towels etc - no matter how careful you are. We felt if only she would mop the floor (no facilities provided to do it yourself) that would make such a difference. The water comes from a tank and smells really fishy, we ran out of water once, etc - it is always hot, but we didn't feel clean. Various other minor aspects were off-putting too, eg the electricity, the general cleanliness, it could do with major paint job, etc. Speaking to other holidaymakers, I don't believe this to be typical of apartments in Castara. The apartment above also looks like it is a lot nicer and up to date than the studio. Porridge, who helps to maintain the apartment is very helpful and conscientious, and really does his best to try to fix things asap, where he can.
We really loved everything about Castara - the beach, the sea, the people, marine life, dogs & cats, the food, the atmosphere feline life and the people, but it seems the owners of this place are really trying to skimp as much as possible, which sadly put a bit of a dampener on our 2nd week in Tobago. On their website Ts & Cs it says you have to accept that it is a very basic apartment (not their words), and we had booked & paid months before, so we didn't feel complaining would make any difference so we just waited it out.
Alex And Vidien from Netherlands visited in May 2010 and awarded
We're back from a fantastic 3 week holiday!
Two years ago we stayed one week in Breadfruit grove. We visited some other places and apartments in Tobago and we knew from the moment on that The Beach House was just the place to be.
This year we stayed in Coconut heights.
Every thing was fine, the kitchen had a blender so we made ourselfs fresh smoothies with fruit from the man who came by our door.
We don't agree with Amber below. We didn't see an insect invested beach, as a mather of fact the beach was cleaned almost every day. That's a big difference with other beaches in the caribean.
There were mosquitos, we had brought some repellend from home and bought OFF in Scarborough. The supermarket and Max sell coils, you do need them and use the van and net. Mosquitos love light, so be carefull with the lights in the bedroom (as you do at home?).
During our stay the Castara Yard cup (football) was being played. It's great fun to see the players and the spectators round the odd shaped field.
Porridge took good care of us. We had a realy good time at Castara, nice to meet all te people again we've seen the previous time.
And glad that everything is still the same. No big hotels or resorts, hope that will never happen.
Breadfruit grove is paradise, Coconut heights is heaven beyond!
Linda Gold from U.S.A. visited in May 2010 and awarded
We absolutely loved our stay at Beach House. My husband and I stayed in Coconut Heights and our friends in one of the apartments below us. The view from the cottage was beautiful beyond all our expectations: the palm swaying in the breeze, the pelicans feeding in the bay, the steep, lush green hills coming down to the sea, perfect sunsets, a rainbow, fish to view with our snorkle equipment. Porridge was very attentive to our wants and needs and was a delighful person. We ate good food at the local restaurants. We will definitely come back.