Porridge's Place - Reader Reports & Opinion
Guest Report 07 Jun 2012
GraceV from USA visited in May 2012 and awarded
My best friend and I stayed at Porridge's Place from May 25 - 29, and then ended up leaving our hotel in Speyside (although the hotel was nice and already paid for!) to come back from June 3 - 5th because we loved it so much at Porridge's!
There aren't enough words to describe Porridge. We both agree that he's the coolest person we've ever met His lovely wife Jeanell is incredibly warm and gracious. Their outlook on life is inspirational, and their daughter Derricia and son Shaq are a brilliant mix of their parents' kind and friendly personalities.
This family is simply incredible. The moment you meet them, you feel at ease. There's never a dull moment, and you never feel like you're staying in someone else's house - rather, you feel like it's your home, too!
The apartment is immaculately clean, well-stocked, and tastefully decorated. The bed is large and comfortable. You'll arrive to a loaf of Jeanell's delicious homemade bread and beers and water in the huge fridge. There's a full kitchen with everything you need: microwave, stove, oven, coffee maker, toaster, etc. The attention to detail is endless, and include things like a hair dyer, wi-fi, and an A/C unit that cools the room quickly. The walk to the beaches and village is maybe 7 minutes and, at least for us, a part of the fun.
Safety is not an issue if you're staying here. Nothing is an issue, really! Anything you'd like to arrange or need, they'll help you. Stress melts away when you're around them.
I could go on for ages about how great this place is, and how wonderful it is to wake up and sit on the shaded porch each morning watching the colorful birds and lush foliage. What really puts it over the top is the family. Meeting them is an experience not to be missed! If you don't stay at Porridge's Place, at least stay at a property they run, or book a tour with them. Nowhere else you stay, no other tours, and no other people will compare to the Lopez family. If you go to Tobago without meeting them, you haven't really been to Tobago!
Torgny Wiederholm from Sweden visited in February 2012 and awarded
We stayed at Porridges place two weeks in February 2012. And we enjoyed every minute! The apartment is meticulously clean and equipped with everything you need (and more). The porch outside is a great place for breakfast, watching the birds that come to feed, or dinner by candlelight and the sounds of frogs, crickets, music and soft voices from the surroundings. There is a 10 minutes walk down to the village centre and the beaches. The walk uphill takes a little longer and is more sweaty, but coming ”home” to the apartment is a reward. On the way uphill you may stop at the local fruit seller to buy some delicious bananas or a papaya or a pineapple for the evening´s desert. And the walk is a good exercise if you have spent a number of hours doing nothing more than lie on the beach or soak in the sea.
Jeanell and Porridge, and their two children, are people that you want to meet again - warm, friendly, knowledgable, supportive. Everything, big or small, was was taken care of with a smile: airport transfers, tours, the booking of an excellent guide for the rain forest, bread for breakfast when our supply from the local clay owen had run out, beer for the dinner when we found the fridge empty, fresh fish for dinner (and accessories to cook it with) when we had planned for something less exciting.
Porridges is a place you want to come back to!
Andreas + Susanne from Germany visited in April 2010 and awarded
Dear Janell and Porridge,
thank you for your great hospitality durning our stay in april.
This apartment is perfectly equipped and you can see, that the owner is looking for every detail. The kitchen is complete, everything is very clean, and we get the best, soft towels (for the shower), we have ever seen!
We loved the silence during night. In the morning we get awake with the sounds of the birds, which come to the bird feeder on the balcony. Porridge is a great care taker and you can ask him everything. We also enjoyed his boat tours around the Castara bay. We have heard, that his boat has get a new very powerful engine in May. We will test it the next time when we come to Castara.
Regards to Porridge and his family from Andreas + Susanne.
Neil And Linda Roberts from U.K. visited in February 2010 and awarded
Superb hosts and a lovely place to stay. Quiet area, apart from the cockerels! It had every thing we needed for a self-catering stay including a much appreciated "welcome pack". Steve's review has all the details; we loved it!
Deb Wheeler from U.K. visited in March 2009 and awarded
Beautifully clean and fresh. Very well equipped with more than was necessary for a good cook up. Very friendly hosts in Jeanelle and Porridge, they couldn't do enough to help, even when we had moved to another guest house. Lovely balcony and gardens for wildlife.
Cannot fault this lovely little apartment.
Deb & George