Beach House - Reader Reports & Opinion
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.
Brian Weitz from U.S.A. visited in July 2008 and awarded
We spent 7 amazing nights in the Palm Corner unit and loved every second. The inside of the room had everything we needed to enjoy stay, most notably a fully functional kitchen which allowed us to cook the majority of our own meals and eat them on the porch overlooking Heavenly Bay. Porridge took care of all our needs and was a great resource for the entire time we spent in Tobago. He let us use his car for the 2 weeks we were there (even the time we spent in Speyside), and took us out on his boat to a few of the secluded bays and beaches along to the north coast.
The Beach House's location in Heavenly Bay is the main attraction. The beach was uncrowded and used equally by tourists and locals. Every afternoon a group of local men came to the beach to play pick up soccer games while their younger siblings and friends fished off the rocks. The Boathouse restaurant next door is a great place for dinner and drinks, and on Wednesday nights there is a steel drum performance. For anyone interested in having great snorkeling right off the back porch, Heavenly Bay is perfect. We consistently saw french angelfish, small morays, blennies, gobies, lettuce sea slugs, surgeon fish, and reef squid. In addition, a large roughtail stingray came by to visit the bay in the late afternoons. For those scared of them, don't worry, you had to swim a good 50 or 60 feet from the shore to catch a glimpse.
To sum up, we can't recommend the Beach House strongly enough. We got engaged there on our second night, and there couldn't have been a more perfect setting for that moment. We definitely look forward to returning.
Penny & Bill Esdale from Canada visited in May 2008 and awarded
Our one week stay at the Beach House in May 2008 was a slice of peace and tranquility; far from the hustle and bustle of our everyday world. It was a wonderful experience and we thank everyone for making it such a memorable holiday. We hope to be able to return, perhaps even next year.
Much has been written about Castara and the Beach House but for us it was a truly magical experience that words just do not adequately describe. It far exceeded our expectations. We loved the weather, the scenery, the beach, the fish, Olga's fresh oven-baked pumpkin bread, and most of all we loved the new friends we had a chance to lime with and laugh with. We thank Carol and Graham for their wonderful hospitality, and Porridge for all his kindness, and look forward to seeing them again very soon.
Caroline Brookes from U.K. visited in March 2008 and awarded
We stayed in Palm Corner at the Beach House, Castara from 14 – 21 February 2008. The previous reviews say it all. It is a lovely location. We met Carol and Graham, the owners of the Beach House who happened to be staying in the top floor apartment. Their presence made our stay even happier. They are fun people to be with, and we shared good times with them. They laid on a BBQ for us and we shared a taxi to go to Sunday School. Everyone from Beach House went out in Porridge’s boat to Cotton Beach, where we had a BBQ, and fed the remains to a huge visiting sting ray. It is worth going to the Boathouse next to the Beach House on a Wednesday night for a meal and to listen to the steel band, followed by an African drumming band. We went on the night of the full eclipse of the moon. We were able to listen to the great music, and then drop out on to the beach to watch the eclipse. Carol and Graham introduced us to Steve Wooler. It is good to have met you face to face, Steve.
The only negatives to our stay in Castara was the two lots of building work that were ongoing in Heavenly Bay, and the loud music from neighbours (not from the Boathouse I must stress), both of these shattering the peace of the Bay. One lot of building work is being undertaken right next door and on the cliff above and to the side of the Beach House. Carol had managed to get an undertaking that they would only work from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and we came to value the hour’s lunch break when peace prevailed. I must also say that the building work consisted mostly of hammering on wood, with the occasional circular saw being used. Nobody could understand why the neighbours played music with heavy base notes all day long, even though they appeared not to be at home. The noise affected all the surrounding homes. I do hope they will find it in their hearts to respect their neighbours.
The fruit and veg. stall in Big Bay is great with a good selection. How the lettice can be kept so fresh in the heat, I find amazing. We enjoyed roti at D’Almond Tree, and an evening meal at the very busy and popular Marguarite’s. Our favourite was Jemma’s at Speyside (closed on Saturdays)