Hidden Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
Colin And Jane Dallas from U.K. visited in March 2010 and awarded
Stayed for 2 weeks in Mot Mot apartment and found that the accomedation more than met our needs. The two bathrooms and the showers are in good working order and very efficient. And the air conditioning units in the bedrooms are very efficient also. Just one point of note is that there is no air conditioning in the lounge area and this would make the cottage even better. We were very pleased with the services provided. Everyone was very helpful and made us feel welcome. The plunge pool was a big hit and was excellently maintained by Kyle. The array of birds that came to visit us were spectacular and the local people were friendly and welcoming. We are definately hoping to return again and stay for another two weeks. A truely beautiful and memorable experiance!
Sue Ramsay from Canada visited in February 2010 and awarded
Hidden cottage is a lovely place to stay while in Tobago. The bedrooms are spacious and airconditioned. The deck is large and the small 'cooling'pool is an added bonus.The birds that come to visit are incredible. I've never seen so many different kinds! Castara it self is in my opinion one of the nicest places on the island. Steve and the others who look after the cottage are helpful and friendly. Watch the hill. It is sttep and although not long it feels it. Roosters and dogs will wake you early so there is no need for an alarm clock! Its all part of the fun and we would stay there again in a heartbeat
Jolie Pollet Strohmeyer from U.S.A. visited in January 2010 and awarded
We had an amazing trip to Tobago and to Castara. Our family of 2 adults and a 6 year-old stayed 11 nights at Hidden Cottage - Mot Mot House. The house is large, clean, and is outfitted nicely. Steve picked us up from the airport and after a stop at Penny Saver's we were on our way to Castara where we met Rhonette who showed us around the house. The only downside was the lack of a (promised) telephone.
We enjoyed the pool and sharing breakfast with the birds. We counted about 15 species of birds that we saw from the porch. The bedrooms are huge and have locking cabinets to store valuables.
We rented the jeep offered by Selvin for a week. Driving took a little to get used to since we are not accustomed to left-hand shifting and driving on the "wrong" side, but we got by just fine. Day trips to Charlotteville, Speyside, Argyle (the little bakery there serves an excellent lunch and sells great pumpkin rolls), Arnos Vale, Roxborough, Scarborough and Pigeon Point confirmed that Castara is the best place to stay on the island.
Bread is baked hot daily (almost) at Shirma's just down the road. If you're travelling with children, just ask the restaurants to serve up a smaller portion for a smaller price. A boat trip and bbq fish lunch with Seon from Castara bay was another highlight (just ask Kyle who comes around to check out the house each evening).
We are looking forward to returning to Castara!
Nick Turner from U.K. visited in August 2009 and awarded
Great place especially if you go for the larger apartment called mot mot house.
good location just up a steep hill from the village but really, honestly not far and difficult walk to the village or beach, only the last 100 meters or so is steep plus they just tarmac'ed the road so much better walk up hill
great bedrooms, main bedroom has aircon which you need. good bathroom with great shower. could do with aircon in the living room / kitchen as the fans just pushed the hot air around.
great to sit around on the balcony's or by the pool. please add some sunbeds outside.
great kitchen with all you need, massive american sized fridge.
could do with outside BBQ as I ended up building my own as wanted to cook some fresh fish on the BBQ.
very close to the little fishing village of castara which was great, wonderful beach, great little restaurants.
limited shopping in castara so you are better off getting 5 days worth of food and drink back near the airport as there are not many supermarkets anywhere.
overall really great place and the owner and his brother are excellent and also provided me with a hire car
Tania Powell from U.K. visited in May 2009 and awarded
We recently spent 10 days at Mot Mot, Hidden Cottage and loved every minute of it. We would highly recommend this house to anyone wishing to stay in Castara.
We only had a couple of days to book our trip and are pleased we chose Castara as a destination. I don't like seeing hotels when I am on the beach and Castara is everything we wanted. My partner wanted a sea view but I liked the look of Hidden Cottage, so we decided to split our stay between two houses. However, as soon as we got to Hidden Cottage, we both decided we wanted to spend our whole time there.
The house was more than big enough for two adults and a child and it was a bonus that we had two double beds in the bedroom. The shower was great, which is not always the case in rented cottages or apartments. It was a realy bonus to have the plunge pool, particularly for our little boy, who was in it as soon as he got up.
We made sure we got up extra early so we could have breakfast with the birds and our friendly lizard and I think it was a nice touch having a bird table by the balcony. I was also very surprised that there weren't more mosquitoes.
We were worried before we went that the walk up the hill to the house would be too difficult every day but it was much easier than expected and definitely worth it, as the house is so private and quiet. One review talked about caged dogs and that nearly put me off because I would have hated to see that but luckily they must have gone (or the owners have stopped putting then in cages).
Steve was very helpful when we wanted to rent a car and even tried to change our flight for us. Rhonette also kept the house very clean.
We can't thank Selvin and Linda enough for everything.