Beach House - Reader Reports & Opinion
Jose L. Gonzalez from U.S.A. visited in February 2009 and awarded
This was my second visit to Tobago. After my first visit in 2007, I knew I had no need to fly in to Trinidad so I flew directly to Tobago. I knew one week was not enough so I stayed two weeks. I also knew the Beach House in Castara was the best accommodation for the best price on the whole island. It's the one place that truly delivers on ACTUAL beach front access, privacy, serenity, and a fun schedule of local activities throughout the week, should one choose to participate. On each visit I rented a car and circled the island. In my opinion Castara's beach is by far the most relaxing, calm, and unencumbered beach on the whole island. I can not say enough about the local residents and business owners of Castara who genereously share their paradise with visitors from all over the world and help us explore and appreciate their village and island. I especially love Sharon at the Boat House!! Porridge and the rest of the Beach House staff offer their services without being intrusive. Clean sheets and towels mysteriously appear every 2-3 days and your kitchenette and room are suddenly a little cleaner then you left it. Car rental, driving tours, laundry - you name it - just ask Porridge. I highly recommend scheduling your visit during J'Ouvert and Carnival. Baccanal and beauty in one place. All the more enjoyable if you let loose!! The final deal closer for staying at the Beach House is the spectacular beauty of the sunset each evening around 6-ish visible from from the comfort of the Beach House. It's a great opportunity to invite friends for appetizers, wine, and music. Finally, if you are lucky enough to be at the Beach House while the owners, Graham and Carol, are there invite them to your/their place for an evening. They are wonderful company with many fun life experiences and stories to share! I fell in love with them. Visit Roxborough, Scarborough, Crown Point, etc., but stay at the Beach House in Castara! I must also thank Alison for all her help and patience in helping me focus on my vacation. She did the rest! Gracias.
Bill & Diane Mollison from Canada visited in February 2009 and awarded
Diane and I stayed at the Beach House for our first trip to Tobago and because we loved it so much we have already booked for next February. We stayed in one of the lower units and found it met our needs perfectly. We cooked in some nights using the kitchen which was more than adequate for our needs. Other nights we went out to the local eateries in Castares, which are plentiful and all had great food. Locally there are places to buy groceries and fresh fruit and veggies.
The porch became one of our favourite places to be, watching the local fishermen going out in the morning, waves on the beach, birds at the feeder and those glorious sunsets in the evening.
The Beach House is only steps from the water's edge where swimming and snorkeling is great.
Porridge was very friendly and a great help to us. We also met Carol and Graham, the owners, who were friendly and great company.
We found our stay at the Beach House in Castares to be both restful and enjoyable and can hardly wait to get back next year.
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.