Porridge's Place - Reader Reports & Opinion
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Graham Thomas from U.K. visited in March 2016 and awarded
This was our first trip to Tobago, although we are old hands at Caribbean holidays. If you are looking for a laid-back out-of-the-way location Castara is a delightful rural village with 2 lovely beaches, and just enough bars and restaurants to keep one entertained for 2 weeks.
First the bad news:
1. The only ATM in the village has recently been modified so that it will not accept visitors' cards, only locals'. This means a 45 minute drive into Scarborough to access cash. Even then, trying to get money out of ATMs there was very difficult.
2. Whilst we were in Castara a visiting evangelical preacher held VERY long outdoor services every day and evening. This would not have been a problem had he not insisted on using a very loud PA system which proved outrageously intrusive. Fortunately, Porridge's Place is sufficiently far away from the centre of the village for this not to be problematical. However, the atmosphere of evening dining in the village centre was ruined by the broadcast rantings of the preacher and the abysmally out-of tune singing of his "choir".
Now the good news:
Hopefully, the cash availability problem is being addressed by the locals, and Jeanell went out of her way to make sure we were not inconvenienced by it during our stay.
We hired a relatively new clean and tidy car from Porridge at a highly advantageous rate. It had auto transmission, satnav, aircon and more toys than one would expect from a hire car - a problem-free bargain.
The accommodation was delightfully rustic, very well equipped, and spotlessly clean. Aircon was provided, but we did not use it, preferring to use the large fan. Bed linen and towels were changed every 3 days, rubbish emptying being on the same 3-day cycle. There is a lovely view from the verandah, enhanced by the wide variety of birds, especially humming birds, attracted by the bird tables.
However, what made this holiday for us was the friendliness and helpfulness of our hosts. We had virtually no problems, but nothing was too much trouble for Porridge and Jeanell, and we spent several evenings together diminishing the island's gin, rum and beer stocks. They organised an excellent boat trip, during which the skipper caught a barracuda which augmented our beach-BBQ lunch. We cannot recommend them and their apartment highly enough for a quiet (apart from the visiting preacher) relaxing Caribbean holiday.
Magali Espaze from France visited in February 2016 and awarded
Very cute small apartment, very well equipped, and situated in the peace.
Everything is planned so that we feel at home.
Jeanell is a perfect hostess.
It is a pity the holidays are so short!
Liz Kruthoffer from U.K. visited in January 2016 and awarded
I stayed here for the first week of my 5 week stay in Trinidad and Tobago. It was a perfect place to unwind. I was travelling alone and having the family upstairs made me feel part of the place rather than an outsider. Porridge, Jeanelle and their two grown up children are friendly but never intrusive. They are lovely people.
The studio is the best equipped self catering place I have ever stayed in, anywhere and if it isn't there Jeanette can produce it. I like to make my own bread and made some on a baking sheet. Next day two proper bread tins appeared! There was even a lemon squeezer, the only self catering place I have ever seen one in T&T.
I loved sitting on the veranda and watching the birds, and the variety is wonderful. The beautiful Mot Mots were my favourite. I didn't see parrots come to the garden but two noisy ones flew by everyday. There were brown squirrels, lizards, and once an Agouti across the road.
Porridge and Jeanette are a great source of information about what to do and see and can organise trips for you.
I wish I had stayed longer and will definitely go back.
It was my first time staying in Castara, lovely place, little bay is great, hilly, a car is useful.
Kholood Khair from U.K. visited in April 2015 and awarded
During my month at Porridge's place and my wonderful stay in the quiet neighbourhood made me appreciate how lovely it is to be in the heart of the community instead a place with a constant turnover of tourists. Close enough to the village centre/ beach/waterfall but far away enough from the hustle and bustle of late night patties, this place would be ideal during the high and low seasons and would suit an individual or a couple very well with all the amenities one would expect from a short term rental such as air-con as well as some one would expect from a home such as a fully functioning stove with an oven and, separately, a microwave. And home-y it is - spacious clean and cool during the hot months, it's a wonderful place to come back to after a long day or simply to lounge about it in.
The apartment is situated below the family home of Porridge and Jeanell who know all there is to know about things to do and places to see in Tobago. Having such a welcoming family upstairs really heightens the community feel while giving you your own private space.
I would recommend this place for short or long-term stay for anyone wanting to make the most of their stay in Castara.
Lorna Felgate from U.K. visited in February 2015 and awarded
We spent one month in Jeanell and Porridge's lovely apartment. The place was clean and well equipped with pretty views to the gardens. What makes saying here so special though are the hosts - Porridge and Jeanell and Derricia and Shaq (their kids) are wonderful people- so friendly and accommodating. Many thanks to you all!