Hidden Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
Susan L from U.K. visited in November 2007 and awarded
We stayed at Hidden Cottage for 2 fantastic weeks in November. We were in Mot-Mot House for the first week and Hummingbird Apartment for the second week. It was fabulous and the accomodation was everything that we hoped for - and more.
Hidden Cottage was very clean, with plenty of good furnishings and fixtures, I especially appreciated the very comfortable beds and the aircon in the bedrooms. The showers were great with high water pressure. Absolutely everything that we needed was provided - even a (local rate) mobile phone, which came in handy. The lovely Rhonette came in every couple of days and spruced things up beautifully, especially welcome given all the sand we kept dragging in. The Cottage has a jeep for hire, it was really convenient to hire it directly from the owners - we did and really enjoyed seeing other areas of the island.
The house is really well situated. It's up a short hill literally 1-2 mins from the village centre and 3-4 mins from the bay. At the cottage you are right up in the forest canopy and consequently experience the joy of seeing some of the local wildlife up close, really close.
One of the loveliest things was sitting out on the deck/veranda for meals/ drinks/ general chilling (especially in the hammocks!) and enjoying the sounds of the forest and visits from the birds and lizards. Even when it poured with rain for one entire day, sitting comfortably on the veranda was bliss.
I had one of my best ever moments in the early evening after a hot day on the beach, floating around in the pool (supported by childrens floating water tubes), gazing dreamily up at the sky and watching the stars gradually popping out, one by one, into the deepening dark blue sky. Completely magical.
John Harries from U.K. visited in August 2007 and awarded
Our holiday in Castara far exceeded our expectations. This house is perfectly located ,very close to the beach,local shops and the beautiful rain forest. The house was excellent accommodation for our party of 3 couples but would also be ideal for families . An outstanding feature of the holiday was the help provided by Steve ,who looks after visitors whilst on the island . Our daughter became quite ill on holiday and we needed medical assistance. Steve helped and our daughter was treated within an hour. .We were also pampered by Rhonette , who looks after the house. Her version of a "light clean" far exceeds mine!
Finally, the real experience was the friendliness of everyone we met .We have rarely felt so welcome anywhere.
If you are looking for a genuine Caribbean experience in a beautiful place we would recommend Castara as a very special place to visit.
Guest Report 05 Apr 2007
Mandy H from UK visited in March 2007 and awarded
We spent 5 nights at Hummingbird apartment, and it was perfect. The apartment is spacious, very clean, and has everything you need.
The wildlife, especially the birds, is fantastic - we had Mot Mots visiting us every morning for their breakfast!
It's a peaceful place to spend your evenings (if you're not drinking rum at Wallace's with the locals!), and is within minutes walking distance of everywhere you could possibly want to be in Castara.
Our only suggestion would be a larger mozzie net so you don't have to keep tucking it in during the night!!
We would highly recommend Hidden Cottage to others, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Morag Oldreive from South Africa visited in November 2006 and awarded
My husband, my son and I spent a very relaxed week at the Hummingbird apartment (part of Hidden Cottage). We found the accommodation to be basic yet clean and comfortable and exactly what we wanted. The cottage is tucked away in the village of Castara affording us much privacy yet allowing us comfortable interaction with the locals and literally only a few minutes walk to a very private beach. We found that everyone we met was very friendly and helpful including the guy who zapped up a cocunut tree to retrieve some refreshments for us! Highly recommended for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Caron Gibson from U.K. visited in May 2006 and awarded
We stayed at Hidden Cottage the first week we arrived in Tobago. This was our 2nd visit to the island and had fallen in love with Castara the last time. The Hummingbird Apt was just right for the 2 of us, the kitchen was well furnished as was the apt and they have a fantastic shower. Selvin the owner (with Linda) was visiting at the same time downstairs and was very welcoming. We met a lot of the locals because of him and really enjoyed our stay.
It was nice sitting outside on the deck with our candles and drinks watching the rain come down (only rained once..in the evening) Fresh fruit and veg stalls down the hill, and the beach is lovely....
I would recommend this property for pure peace and quiet and it is a good base for exploring the "other half" of the island, especially Charlotteville .
We shall return......