Porridge's Place - Reader Reports & Opinion
Chloe And Sam from U.K. visited in June 2013 and awarded
When arriving at Porridge's Place we were greeted by the family straight away and made to feel very welcome. Jeanelle and Porridge have a great knowledge of the area and without them we wouldn't have had such a great experience. The apartment itself fits every need, with an effective air con for those who aren't accustomed to the hot weather! The outside seating area overlooks a beautiful tropical valley featuring a diverse wildlife of birds(we spotted several types of Hummingbird who hover over a plant right next to the patio), agouti's and amazing flowers.
Over our stay there was plenty to do close by, with snorkeling at the beach where you'll see some very vibrant fish and turtles, boat rides to the Nylon pool and No Man's Land, walks in the rainforest that is on your door step and jumping off the local waterfall. The food of Castara is amazing with Roti's from the beach, and Jeanelle's cooking is delicious. The local people are very friendly and happy to help with any query. We had the best time and hope to come back!
Chloe and Sam
Sonja Menstell from Germany visited in May 2013 and awarded
I stay in May 2013 1 week in Porridge's Place and I feel from the first day when I arrive like I was at home. It was a very nice apartment with everything what you need in a very nice area full with beautiful plants and birds.
Is a wonderful place located just outside from castara village, perfectly to relax.
Jeanell is the friendlyst hostess I've ever encountered. Every day she and Porridge asked for me how I am. I enjoyed in their wonderful garden and I felt from the first moment at home. Even better as at home. I can this place only recommend. Gorgeous. Jeanell and Porridge are very helpfull and hospitable in anyway. You feel as you would belong to this family.
If you like to make a boat trip for snorkling or an island tour ask porridge he organized all for you. He already has a boat and some cars for rent and he know everything what you have to know about Tobago.
Castara is really a paradise on earth and never before I feel better as there and for sure I come back to Castara and to Porridge's Place.
Thanks Jeanell and Porridge for the very nice and relaxed time in your place.
Pauline And Brian from U.K. visited in April 2013 and awarded
First we have to say that we agree completely with all the other very positive comments that have already been made and can confirm that previous guests have given fair and accurate descriptions.
We were delighted to be able to stay here at very short notice. Having previously stayed at Castara Retreats, we already knew Porridge and Jeanell and it was a real pleasure to be made to feel completely "at home" staying in their apartment, and to get to know them and the family a little better. They warned us before we came that they were having building work done (to increase their own living space), but it was no problem for us, and only added to the interest to see how things are done Tobago style. In fact being away from the village centre and the beach gave us more insight into everyday life there.
Although the kitchen was perfectly adequate, we ate out most days, and through Porridge's connection with Castara Retreats we were made very welcome at their new bar/restaurant, and felt we were treated as friends there, too.
All in all, it was an excellent place to stay for both excellent value and the best hosts you could wish for.
Sam, Paul And Castara from U.K. visited in March 2013 and awarded
Our 2nd visit to Castara and certainly not our last. The Lopez family are one of the many reasons we will be returning. We were made to feel like part of the family and nothing was any bother. Our two year old loved them all and is still asking about and calling out for Porridge, Jeanell, Shaq and Derrica, which is hardly surprising with all the treats and hugs she got from them everyday.
The apartment was beautifully clean with linen being changed every 3 days. Kitchen equipped with everything you may need. Aircon was wonderful and certainly made a difference.
There's a short walk downhill in to the village which took us around 15 mins, uphill always longer as we had Castara in her buggy which made it hard. Although saying this Porridge or Jeanell were always offering to take us down or pick us up. You can also hire cars off Porridge, which is what we would have done if someone hadn't forgotten the licences.
I really can't recommend this place enough.
See you all in 2015.
Les Easom from U.K. visited in February 2013 and awarded
A lovely place to stay. Great hosts and family, very friendly and obliging. Jeanelle and Porridge sorted us out with birding trips and car hire (plus collection and return to the airport)and did everything they could to make our stay as enjoyable as possible - fresh baked bread on arrival! And a Motmot coming to the bird feeder every morning, what could be better?