Hidden Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
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Reader Satisfaction Ranking: Weighted ranking based on 42 votes = 4.5 (max 5)
J Rasberry from U.S.A. visited in March 2016 and awarded
I stayed in the Hummingbird room at Hidden Cottage; and was made welcome before I even arrived in Tobago. The accommodations were perfect, the service very responsive, and the price very competitive. Selvin made me welcome from first contact to well after my stay. Jim, the manager, was always helpful with information, and service. The AC had gone out, and he had the entire unit replaced in less 24 hours. Edith is the caretaker, and did a great job with my laundry service. Hidden Cottage is a great place, nicely hidden on the hillside, overlooking Castara Village. I would recommend to anyone staying in Tobago; and to anyone looking for a vacation destination.
Jens Persson from Sweden visited in January 2016 and awarded
Our family (6 adults of various age and one toddler) had a great time in Castara and enjoyed our stay at Hidden Cottage very much. From the porch we could see agouti, lizards, numerous species of birds and more. We will definately recommend it to our friends. Jim, Raymond and everyone else in the village were truly friendly even though you are there as a tourist the villagers make you feel more like a part of the village than a foreign visitor.
The whole of Tobago has a relaxed vibe and amazing nature/wildlife.
Brianna from Trinidad visited in March 2015 and awarded
Our group was in dire need of a vacation. We researched countless properties in Tobago, looking for somewhere to relax, somewhere peaceful and beautiful where we could recharge our batteries without feeling too isolated from everyone else. The Mot Mot rental in Hidden Cottage was everything and more we could have wanted! Here is a breakdown of our experience:
The owner, Selvin, was kind and helpful from the start. He answered all of our questions and provided very useful information about the area before we travelled, so we knew exactly what to expect and how to prepare. Kyle, the caretaker, ensured that the place was bright and clean upon arrival, and was able to advise us of all the local activities we might experience. Selvin even checked in with us during our stay to make sure all was well. We knew that we could contact either of them if we needed anything.
Hidden Cottage is built on a hill, but this isn't too steep to climb. It overlooks a small, lush valley of fruit trees and receives fresh, cool breezes day and night. Mot Mot itself is located on the ground floor, and the Hummingbird Apartment on the first floor. The Mot Mot bird for which the house was named will come visit you as you take your meals on the porch or the poolside. We were lucky enough to have a couple of them check in every day :)
Castara is truthfully such a lovely place to stay. There are quite a few local shops to visit (fruit is abundant, fairly cheap and so delicious), a waterfall located just beyond the football field, the fish market on evenings, T'keyah's Place for a drink or two, the Cascreole Bar and Beach Club for dinner, beautiful Castara Bay itself, beach bonfires at night... the list goes on and on. Everything is within walking distance from Hidden Cottage.
Mot Mot offers the works: air conditioned bedrooms, hot and cold water, free wifi and even a little pool which can comfortably hold 3-4 adults if used for simple relaxation. We came with two cars, and were able to park one just outside the cottage and another just overlooking the pool. The floors are polished wood in most places and although a few floorboards are slightly creaky, we thought this added to the charm of the place. The entire place was clean with an extremely friendly, comfortable feel. There is a fully-equipped kitchen with a coffee maker, toaster, stove, blender, fridge, cooking pots and many items of dinnerware. We made full use of them : ) There is no tv set, but honestly there was no need for one. The natural surroundings, village events and nearby attractions kept us more than entertained!
Our heartfelt thanks to Selvin and Kyle for helping us arrange what was truly a wonderful holiday. We can't wait to come back!
Danielle from Trinidad visited in August 2013 and awarded
My husband and I honeymooned at Hummingbird Apartment for four days, and by the end of our stay, we wished we could've been there for at least another week. Quiet, serene, and absolutely beautiful, if you love being surrounded by nature. The apartment had everything we needed to make us feel thoroughly at home. Having breakfast with the birds on the front porch was absolutely delightful. On evenings we had tea in the hammock and enjoyed the spectacular sunsets. It rained for most of our stay, so we stayed in, enjoyed the lovely little pool, and the array of birds that came to the overhanging plum tree. For me, personally, it was a much needed break from work and the hassles of life. Time seemed to pass more slowly, and I found a renewed sense of gratitude, calm and joy in the world around me. Castara itself lent to this... great people, and a great atmosphere: peaceful, unhurried, just cool. I cannot say enough how wonderful this was. Can't wait to go back.
Vanessa And Marcel & Kids from Netherlands visited in July 2013 and awarded
What can we add extra to the previous reviews? Hidden cottage was really hidden after a ride up a steep Hill. The cottage had a Nice veranda all around where we Could sit and watch the many birds ( Among them the mot mot) when we placed some fruit and bread crumbs on the hanging platform at the corner of the veranda. Bats were also present but were not a menace to us. Kyle came after day two and cleaned the pool properly, and fixed a broken post leading to the pool. What can we say needs some attention is the shower in the bedroom #1, the door is a bit loose. We had all amenities necessary for a pleasant stay, and it was only a short walk downhill to the beach. Some nights however the neighbours dogs barking was quite annoying. At the beginning of the road to the Castara beach facility was a cute mini Mart selling veggies and who provided all passersby with a suitable bibletext text to ponder upon. The roti at Vera's under the Almond tree was sumptious and at Maguerites the shrimp email was ummmmmm....