Rosa's House - Reader Reports & Opinion
Gill Kopy from Canada visited in March 2007 and awarded
We thoroughly enjoyed our 11 day stay at Rosa's House. The apartment is basic but very adequate, and the view from the comfy chairs on the porch is like something from a travel brochure. The owner, Gifford, was most accommodating, arranging transportation, helping us locate lost luggage and promptly dealing with any requests. We have read reports of people complaining about roosters crowing, dogs barking, etc., but for us it is all a part of experiencing a world so different from our own. We would agree with someone who posted that Charlotteville is the "jewel in the crown".
Vivien Allan from U.K. visited in January 2007 and awarded
After reading reports of Rosa's House on your site I booked this property for 5 nights in January 2007. I paid $60 a night and to say that the property was dirty would be an understatement. The limited cutlery needed to be boiled to clean it and even the door handles were disgustingly grimey.I couldn't wait to get out and left a day early even forfeiting a days rental. The owner Gifford Nelson blamed the grime on the cleaner when really he should have taken responsibility for the dingy, unimaginative state of the appartment. The veiw from the ground floor is almost totally obscured by next door's "shed" and the only redeeming features are the comfy chairs on the porch. I would not recommend this property or Belle Aire Inn to anybody.
My stay in Charlotteville was curtailed and I didn't get a particually good feel for the place but I think this was due to the fact that I couldn't bear to stay in the property a moment longer. There should be a tourist board of some sort to maintain some sort of standards for rentals otherwise more visitors will be as dissatisfied as I am.
Erica Brown from U.K. visited in April 2006 and awarded
Rosa's House (April 2006)was a disappointment. Its in a fantastic position just set back from the beach at the beginning of the path to Pirate's Bay, but the best way I could describe our accomodation is 'unloved'. It was not clean, a child's bed that had been asked for in advance was not provided until the second day and generally the place felt neglected. The owner was not about to take any responsibility for this, complaining about the cleaner and blaming her, when actually he seemed to make no effort himself. (I see 'blaming the cleaner' appears on other entries.) On our return this year (2008) we 'upgraded' thanks to the weak dollar and stayed at the Man o'War Bay Cottages, right on the beach and a 100% better choice.
Peter Mancini from U.S.A. visited in February 2006 and awarded
This was our second stay at Rosa's (Jan 05' was our first) and were a bit disappointed, we had reserved the 2nd floor apartment (with a deposit) for 5 nights but when we arrived were told that they were unsure if we were coming or not and had rented the 2nd floor out, even though we had sent them a deposit. It seemed that they gave the 2nd floor (MUCH better view than the 1st floor)to a couple who had planned on staying longer. Needless to say we were disappointed but still stayed in the 1st floor apartment for 5 nights.
They are basic clean rooms with a kitchenette, bedroom and nice
patio. Great location! Pirate's Bay is a short walk up the path but still very close to town. Great view of the bay and the hills especially from the 2nd floor, the 1st floor is obstructed by a fisherman's shack and tarp. We would strongly consider staying here again if we returned to Tobago but were a bit put off with the reservation "misunderstanding"
Zoe S from U.K. visited in January 2006 and awarded
Rosa's House. We visited in late Jan 2006, and didn't really know what to expect. The place looks gorgeous, a really attractive house, beautifully painted. We had the Top Floor apartment, and at the time, no-one was in the ground floor place.
Now, we loved Rosa's House, hence the four stars, but it won't be everyone's cup of tea. It was big and basic- very basic. It was clean enough for us, but my mother may not have approved. You have what you need: but bring accessories like matches to light the stove, and washing up liquid. The house is airy, the bed is comfy and has a mosquito net, there is a big shower. The thing is- you don't actually end up spending much time in the house- because the thing that really blows you away about Rosa's House is the location.
It really must have the best spot in Charlottesville: just on the incline on the way to Pirate's Bay; the house is about 15m from the sea (if you don't like the sounds of the waves on the shore, stop reading now!), with fabulous views over Man O War Bay; and a huge balcony with comfy chairs to sit and enjoy watching the pelicans and frigate birds (or bats and glow flies at night). I was up at 6.30am every morning just to sit there and watch the world go by. It also avoids the worse excesses of the village cockerels!
Gifford, who runs Rosa's house and the nearby Belle Aire Inn, is a really helpful, friendly and relaxed guy who was always accessible when we needed advice or help, but left us to our own devices all other times. There is a car parking space for one car on the edge of the unmade road by the gate to the house. Very useful for snorkellers and divers, there is a big sink on the wall which you can use to wash your gear down (you can also do laundry here and use the nearby washing line).
So; a spacious, practical place, fabulously situated, which makes everyone trudging up to Pirate's Bay green with envy when they see you skipping down the paths.