Beach House - Reader Reports & Opinion
Linda Wjitehead from U.K. visited in January 2009 and awarded
Despite a shaky start (apartment not ready on time) we found the Beach House to be a lovely place to stay. Clean, comfortable and as far from the madding crowds as you could wish to be, with all the amenities of home plus an idyllic setting.
Porridge looked after us like family - icluding a hair-raising stint as 'ambulance' driver after an unfortunate bang on the head!!
We would definitely return to the Beach House
Keith@jacqui Egglestone from U.K. visited in January 2009 and awarded
What a fantastic seven days. The accomodation was perfect, everything exactly as described by former holidaymakers on 'My Tobago'. Jacqui spent hours on the beach (which she had to herself for much of the time) while I enjoyed time on the veranda,reading and videoing the many birds which visited the bird feeder. The village shops were more than adequate and the locals very friendly and helpfull. Didn't need to dine out in the evenings as we had the best table on the island by staying at home. Only slight problem was that we had no gas on arrival and we were unable to contact Porridge for a couple of days, when it was quickly sorted. Many thanks for the opportunity to stay at your wonderfull
house - we hope to go back again if you will have us.
I fell in love with the Beach House from the minute we walked in. The location was stunning with views from the balcony straight onto the beach. Every minute of the day the view changed from sunrise as the first rays of sunlight hit on the water and the birds arrived on the birdfeeder for breaksfast , through to the most amazing sunsets. After dark the bats flew around, and for the first time I saw fireflies like small stars darting around in the trees.
Even cooking was a pleasure in the well equipped kitchen, as I looked out to the plants below to see the humming birds flitting from flower to flower.
It was however, not just the location that made me fall in love with the beach house, it was beautifuly decorated, from the hammock where I loved to read my book after coming up from the beach at the end of the afternoon, to the many collections of shells, driftwood and various pictures and ceramics of tropical fish. It was an absolute privilege to have a week here, my idea of paradise.
p.s. Well worth trying the local bread in Castara ~ which is made locally ~ for 2009 on Wednesdays and Saturdays (at the back of the school). Best to go down at 9am to order what you want, and it will be ready to collect lunchtime. And it freezes really well.
p.p.s. Hair straightners don't work in Tobago, so be prepared to be have curly hair for the duration!
J. Trabichler, W. Gantner from Austria visited in December 2008 and awarded
Entering the Beach House on a warm and soft December breeze evening, after a trip in one of these old, elegant, well-tended limousines with his pleasant driver and his sweet grandson Jason, we have already been caught by the Caribbean spirit.
The Beach House is certainly one of the most special places to stay on the island.
Having this pacific small bay in front there was no need for us to leave the veranda that often.We watched the locals swimming to their fishing-boats in the morning, and the glowing sun disappearing in the evening. We saw amazing rainbows appearing after short and gentle showers and we enjoyed to dive into the waves, which have been not too high.
We loved the walk to Castara, drinking coffee in the beach restaurant, buying fish on the market, fruits at this little shop on the corner, and the delicious pumpkin bread of the Thursdays
open-air bakery, and we liked visiting the nice old lady selling bus tickets.
We have been impressed of the peaceful Rainforest, where we made a trip with the genial King David, who loves the nature like few others, and his sprightly son Akko.
Porridge´s Car Rental brought us to Charlotteville where we met the tough Gail of Gail´s Restaurant. With the assistance of the smart Porridge and his kind and funny family, we felt to be in good hands. Thank You.
Thank you Carol and Graham.
Christina Marcham from U.K. visited in November 2008 and awarded
The Beach House is more than we could have possibly hoped for. As soon as we arrived in Tobago we were greeted by a very smiley and relaxed man called Porridge who took us to the Beach House via a supermarket for food provisions. Porridge gave us a great tour of the island from the airport to Castara and the closer we got to Castara the more spectacular the scenery.
The approach is dramatic as you turn a corner and see the small fishing village nestled in the lush tropical fauna. As soon as we arrived at the Beach House we were overwhelmed by the view and location, being only a couple of steps from the beach. Surrounded by birds and fireflies we truly felt we had found paradise.
For us this was the perfect holiday. We don't enjoy resort style holidays and so staying in Castara was just what we wanted. We bought veg from the local food stores, fish straight from the fisherman, freshly baked bread twice a week from the traditional village kiln and drank at the local bars. Although basic the apartments downstairs had everything we could have wanted. If you would like an even more spectacular view (if at all possible!) with more space and a bit more luxury then the apartment upstairs may be more suitable for you.
We were fortunate that Graham and Carole, the owners, were staying upstairs when we were out in Tobago and they couldn't have been more accommodating. Porridge was also very helpful, we hired a jeep from him to explore the island and went on his brilliant snorkeling and Beach BBQ trip which we strongly recommend. In Graham, Carole and Porridge we made great friends which made it even harder for us to leave after two weeks. For us Castara has become very special, we got engaged there in Little Bay and plan to return to the Beach House for our Honeymoon. It was a very easy decision for us to make.
Jorge Sanchez from U.S.A. visited in September 2008 and awarded
We would like to thank Allison, Porridge, Milk, and the entire village of Castara for making our stay at The Beach House, Palm Corner a heart felt journey that we will cherish the rest of our lives. Words cannot express how special both Porridge and Milk, made us feel while being able to experience a bit of heaven in your beatiful home. Because of them, we were able to share many heart-felt moments with others. We would swim around the rocks to buy fish from the locals and share our evenings with the wonderful people of Castara. We learned to play "Amazing Grace" on the steel pan after being taught by The Pan Man. We witnessed a Baptism on the beach of Heavenly Bay, listened to gospel and drum music from our balcony, swam at the Castara waterfall, snorkled among our sea-fairing friends, and met the most beautiful people because of Porridge and Milk. We went to Sunday School in Bucoo, an experiece that will last forever. Just as we will never leave that special place, physically, we will be back. If anyone is concerned about the lack of air conditioning, don't be. The Beachouse is so well shaded with tropical trees that you don't need the A/C. Truely a wonderful experience that we think about going back everyday.