Hidden Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
Jane And Colin Dallas from U.K. visited in March 2011 and awarded
This is our second stay at Hidden Cottage. We have a few
friends on the island and so this is a perfect base to get
together with them and offer some hospitality of our own.
The Hidden Cottage is its usual lovely self, with the quietness and privacy we enjoy. The cottage is basic but
satisfactory and we will probably stay for a third time next year! The staff keep it well managed and are always happy to help with your needs. We love the birdlife here and have
seen many of the islands birds at this cottage.
Simon Goodrich from U.K. visited in January 2011 and awarded
Been back 2 months - still chilled. Been there 4 times now, think it gets better each time. Youngest son has started with BA and hope that the prohibitive costs of the flights can be reduced for his 'adoring parents', in which case we will be back.
Denesha from Trinidad visited in November 2010 and awarded
I stayed in the family room in Mot Mot house, hidden cottage and the place is lovely. The kitchen was equip with basically everything.I was very satisfied with the cottage itself,it was clean and welcoming.
I expected though to see a bigger pool as well as a jacuzzi, but there was only a pool and it was not that big to allow you to swim around in. Also i felt that the pool could have been in a more secure or private location, (i am a Muslim woman so for me, privacy will matter a lot and this is just my opinion).
But nevertheless, I love the ambiance, the country side and basically everything is readily available rite in that same spot at Castara village,you do not have to go far to get to the beach,there's souvenir stores close by and there's a local convenient store to get your simple grocery items.
There were all different kind of exotic looking birds landing on the porch's balcony which made it seen like u were on a bird watching expedition, that made our vacation even more interesting.If you're looking for a relaxing vacation this is the place to be,and its exactly what i wanted.
Simon Robinson from U.K. visited in September 2010 and awarded
We loved Hidden Cottage and staying in Castara - it is a great house, comfortably furnished (quite spartan in keeping with Tobago). The plunge pool & balcony around the cottage were special - we saw countless birds and bats during our ten day stay.
Selvin was very helpful with advice and suggestions before we arrived, and the housekeeper Rhonette was just a star when we were there.
Castara is a great little town, a lovely fishing village but with enough restaurants to provide variety. We throuoghly enjoyed our 10 days.
Paul Reynolds from U.K. visited in April 2010 and awarded
Stayed at Mot Mot for a week, just the two of us. Found everything to be as described by the others here and had a nice relaxing week. We agree that an aircon in the lounge would be a good idea as there is not much natural air movement even with all the windows and doors open.
Unfortunately the plunge pool was out of order for the whole week even though Kyle (we only saw him once) said it was going to be fixed as soon as he got the part for the pump that he was expecting the day after we arrived.
Surprisingly there were no left over basic condiments - salt, pepper etc. Strange because we always leave what we don't use for the next people ...... There was also no "welcome pack" even though this is not advertised, it's a nice touch and not an expensive thing to do (a bottle of water would have been nice!).
Steve was a gem, and very informative. He collected us and delivered us back to the airport as well as sorting out a hire car for a couple of days. Make sure you stop at the Penny Saver supermarket in Crown Point before getting to Castara as the local shops / supermarket are very limited as can be expected from such a small place.
"Ham" runs the bar at the bottom of the hill and also lives behind Mot Mot, he's also very helpful and friendly - Friday night is BBQ night, very tasty and cheap.
All other restaurants in Castara are priced for the Expats only. We never saw any locals eating in them which was explained by the pricing - circa 90TT (£9) per person for food average.
The sun rises over the pool / deck early morning but is gone by 3:30pm which keeps it cool in the afternoon.
It's a perfect place to stay if you have a small group due to the 4 rooms downstairs and the self contained apartment upstairs.
Selvin the owner was very quick and helpful during the booking process - top class service.