Hidden Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
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.
Michelle from Canada visited in April 2009 and awarded
Hidden Cottage is a sweetly secluded spot in Castara.
We stayed in the Hummingbird Apartment for 5 days where we were surrounded by Nature's beauty: a close quiet beach, lush wild verdant trees laden with fruit, spectacular bird life - and yes, hummingbirds! It met all our needs for simplicity, privacy and comfort. We loved it and hope to return!
Katrina And Mathew from U.K. visited in January 2009 and awarded
We stayed at Hidden Cottage for two weeks in the hummingbird apartment.Overall we were very satisfied with the apartment[it could do with a larger freezer ,it is in a perfect location for peace and quiet and an excellent location for birdwatching.Kyle,Rhonette and Steve were very friendly,welcoming and helpful and who lives close by became a good friend while we were there so many thanks to them all.The only criticism is the steep track leading up to Hidden Cottage which became quite slippery and dangerous after the heavy rain but I believe this is due to be tarmaced this year.Castara is a very friendly village and definately the best place to stay in Tobago.
Karen Wills from U.K. visited in September 2008 and awarded
Stayed at mot mot for two weeks . Castara was everything promised, peacefull location beautiful surroundings very friendly locals. mot mot house perfect. plunge pool fantastic. only found two restraunts open but food was faultless. everything we needed could be bought locally. could have survived on avocados from would recomend this house and location to anyone wanting relaxing peaceful holiday. dont miss friday night lime and barby at sheemas bar with the very friendly locals.look up Chino at paradise tours who was very helpfull and a great guy.
Ruth Wallerius from U.K. visited in September 2008 and awarded
We stayed at Hummingbird Cottage for 10 days and had a wonderful time. The apartment was all we needed, if a little on the small side (it's a studio). It's surrounded by lush rain forest and the private deck is a great place to sit and watch the local wildlife, which can be found in abundance.
We felt right at home and Rhonette came round every 4 days to clean and change towels and bed sheets. Selvin (owner of Hidden Cottage) and Steve have been extremely helpful when XL airline went bankrupt and we had to stay another day in Tobago.
Castara is a fantastic village and we made lots of friends there. We enjoyed the local culture immensely and we'll never forget the legendary BBQs at Shirma's, drinking until late and dancing on the street - respect to Ham and his crew!
PS: Try the Puncheon (rum) - it's lethal!