Porridge's Place - Reader Reports & Opinion
Brython And Julie from U.K. visited in August 2012 and awarded
What a brilliant holiday!
We were met at the airport by Porridges wide welcoming smile and knew we had made the right choice, we stopped off at the supermarket for supplies before heading for Castara.
The open-plan accommodation was spotless, well equipped with everything you would need, and more, freshly baked bread, large fridge-freezer (containing beers and fruit!} gas cooker, coffee machine, kettle, toaster, micro-wave oven, pots & pans, etc. A lovely comfortable bed with crisp white linen the towels were laid on the bed arranged in the shape of stingrays, shower, separate toilet and wash-hand basin, air-conditioning plus a free standing fan, lovely tiled floor and beautiful wooden slated windows. A vase of garden flowers on the table, little things that just put a smile on your face. What a great place!
Porridge, Jeanell, and their two children Shaq and Derricia are a lovely welcoming family, they will advise and/or arrange anything for you, from fishing, exploring, tours, etc, their knowledge is endless, we rented Porridges car and explored Tobago ourselves, what a great time we had!
Porridge and Jeanell are the best you could ever wish to meet, we had a couple of nights sitting on our veranda, chatting and laughing, and of course drinking coconut rum, they have a wicked sense of humor.
Thanks Jeanell for the lovely home made food you prepared before we left.
Thank you again for your hospitality, you made our stay awesome. It was worth Brython working 15 hours a day to get there, (so back to 15 hours again now for as long as possible)
We will be back!
Love and Best Wishes to you all
Brython and Julie, Ceredigion, Cymru XX
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!