Hidden Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
Karla Capers from U.S.A. visited in August 2008 and awarded
Four of us stayed at the Mot Mot apt this summer and had a wonderful time. The cottage is clean and spacious, with a well-stocked kitchen and a huge porch perfect for watching birds, playing cards, and relaxing. The pool is nice for cooling off in on those hot hot August afternoons. Castara is small and peaceful with a beautiful beach and plenty of friendly people. The folks who look after the house were very helpful in setting up for us whatever activities we wanted to do. They arranged for someone to drive us to Sunday school in Buckoo Bay, to the rainforest, and to take us out fishing one day. (We considered renting a car, but the tiny curvy roads and the left-side-of-the-street driving scared off us Americans.) Everyone was super friendly and we had a lot of fun. There's a newly opened grocery store on the beach in Castara. It's small but had everything we needed for our week-long stay. All-in-all this is a great place for a restful and fun vacation.
Linda Keltner from U.S.A. visited in May 2008 and awarded
We loved Hidden Cottage! Super close to the beach, lovely grounds and pool, great location in Castara. We would definitely stay there again. Castara is a wonderful village, nice and laid back, very relaxing vacation. We stayed for 2 weeks!!
Rosie & Dave Usmar from U.K. visited in April 2008 and awarded
We stayed at Hummingbird apt for 2weeks & had a fabulous time. The apt has everything you need for a comfortable stay. The shower (which is really needed after a long day on a sandy beach) has great water pressure & the bed is supplied with a mosquito net. Rhonette is a treasure, she kept everywhere lovely & clean. Ask her to cook you a local meal, it's really great. We were lucky to meet Selvin the owner who is a great bloke & had a fantastic evening 'liming' with Frankie the gardener & his friend Reginald. Castara village was just what we wanted, peace & quiet and friendly people. We rented the jeep which is available from Selvin & Linda & managed to see a lot of the island which is amazing. We will be booking again for 2009 but this time we will book into the downstairs Mot Mot apt.
Rosie & Dave Usmar
Simon Goodrich from U.K. visited in February 2008 and awarded
Stayed at Hummingbird twice and love it. Going to book again for 2009. Well appointed, always someone there if you need help and great fun. Wouldn't go anywhere else from choice. The brochure description is completely accurate. Lots to do and lots of time to do it. The watching football in Castara this year was an added bonus to go with the boat trips, the walks, nice places to eat and those gorgeous beaches. Just love it. Get yourself out there and stay at Hidden or Hummingbird Cottage.
Sharon and Simon Goodrich
Valerie Wye from Canada visited in February 2008 and awarded
We stayed at Hidden Cottage for 11 days in February. We loved all the birds and lizards--we saw far more wildlife there than in the rainforest. The dipping pool was lovely at the end of a beach day. There was lots of hot water and water pressure which we had not had at our previous accommodation.
The downside was that the cottage, although roomy, is not set up for four people. There was an outdoor table and chairs by the pool but no table indoors. We had lots of rain showers, so the table was often wet. There were no chairs on the covered deck, so we were constantly moving the chairs from the pool to the deck. The deck was not wide enough to accommodate the table. As well, there wasn't comfortable seating space for four in the living area.
Also, a few people living on the other side of the ravine (who were fairly close) kept their dogs in small cages. Naturally, the dogs were not happy with that arrangement, so they barked a lot. We are animal lovers and found it distressing.
We were comfortable here, however. It's just that it did not quite live up to its billing. It certainly did not detract from our love of Castara, and we still think about our hours on the deck with the birds.