Reviewed by Steve & Jill Wooler in February 2010 and March 2015
The house offers three self-catering holiday apartments – one on each floor. Each apartment is fully self-contained and has its own entrance. The property would particularly suit families or small parties of up to thirteen adults.
Situated on Tobago’s north-western Caribbean coast, Pleasant Prospect is less than a 20 minute drive from the airport. The hamlet is home to two restaurants, two small bars, a couple of local ‘street food’ outlets, a pizza house, a small but highly useful mini-mart, plus the only ATM cash machine along this stretch of coast.
The Crown Point beaches of Store Bay and Pigeon Point are beautiful and very popular, but they have become over-commercialised. They can be crowded; excessively so when a cruise liner docks in Scarborough. The beaches along the Caribbean coast are quieter and more natural. Other than one or two beach traders, they are largely free from commercialisation. Bayview Villa is just a short 5-minute walk from stunning Grafton Beach, our favourite swimming and walking beach on Tobago.
The main North Coast road passes in front of the villa. The term ‘main road’ should not cause concern. The villa’s gardens are densely planted and teaming with palms and other tropical trees and shrubs. These do limit the view a little, but they also act as a natural filter to the road noise. You are aware of passing traffic, but it is seldom loud enough to drown the constant bird song or the sound of the surf breaking in Stonehaven Bay.
To get the best from a holiday in Tobago it is generally essential to have your own transport. The island is small, but few properties are within walking distance of more than one or two shops, restaurants, beaches or other facilities. It would be a shame to stay at Bayview without your own transport, but it would be feasible.
Overall, Bayview Villa has as good a location as can be found on Tobago. It is situated within a 15-20 minute drive of all the features in the most popular end of the island and yet ideally placed for touring Tobago’s stunningly beautiful northern coastline and rainforest.
The top floor of Bayview offers a spacious and charming three-bedroom apartment named Captain’s Quarters. The middle floor of the house offers a two-bedroom apartment called Middle Deck and the lower level a spacious studio apartment, Crew’s Nest.
The main access to the property is via an unsurfaced road above the villa, where there is ample parking. On arrival, you could be forgiven for thinking that Bayview Villa is a low bungalow rather than a three-storey house. The Captain’s Quarters are, to all intents and purposes, at street level. External stairs lead down either side of the house to the other two units. There is no internal access between the three apartments. A gate at the bottom of the garden provides access to the wide verge beside the main road; a convenient shortcut to the beach, or shops and restaurants in Pleasant Prospect.
All three apartments are air-conditioned and fully self-contained. Cots, crib/playpens and a fold-up bed are available on request. Although each apartment is on a single level, the nature of the house makes it inappropriate for wheelchair users or those with severe mobility issues.
The villa’s strongest features is perhaps the tasteful décor. Each apartment has its own unique charm and ambience and all are furnished and equipped to the same high standard.
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