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
Heidi from U.S.A. visited in May 2009 and awarded
Our family of three, including a 5 year old son, rented the Mot Mot house downstairs and 2 of its bedrooms. We were very satisfied with the condition of the house, the lovely little deck pool/jacuzzi and relaxing wrap around balcony. The house combined with short walks to the town of Castara and beach, as well as to the local waterfall, provided the respite we sought during our 4 day stay in Castara. The house was clean, the beds comfortable, and the kitchen well stocked with dishes.
We discovered the local fish market, and with rice, beans, spices and fruit purchased on the drive to Castara, were able to cook lovely meals. We frequented a couple of the restaurants, but found cooking more practical given the spacious kitchen. We also packed in ground coffee, filter and paper filters since it seems TNT only serves Nescafe.
Preperation is key to enjoying your stay in Tobago and Castara. We brought plenty of bug spray and flashlights, the latter of which proved valuable given the sketchy electrical service on Tobago. We were struck by the simplicity of life and remote destination. It was what we had hoped for. It appears that Tobago/Casatara caters less to American tourists and more to Trinidadian and European tourism. The overall infrastructure of Tobago is far less reflective of the ostentacious American Carribean Vacation experience. It is more reflective of local culture.
Having spent time in Trinidad beforehand, we were struck by some cultural difference between Trinidadians and people we met in Castara, specifically that Castarans seemed more "remote." This took a little getting used to, but we found after a couple days we began to strike up a few friendships as people became familiar with us in town.
For people seeking a real Tobago experience situated in the rural and rugged areas, but with some comforts, Hidden Cottage is highly recommended. An additional plus for us was that Hidden Cottage is owned by descendants of the same Tobago family that has lived on the same property since before paved roads even provided access to Castara.