Little House On The Hill - Review Page 1
Reviewed by Steve & Jill Wooler in 2006 and February 2016
Over the years, we have stayed at all the best accommodation in Castara and currently recommend a number of properties in the village. Most of these are in and around the village centre. The proximity to the beaches is a huge attraction. However, village life is far from quiet. Many visitors will prefer the more tranquil experience of properties on the edge of the village, where the incessant sound of reggae and gospel music emanating from homes and car radio is replaced by soothing birdsong.
Little House on the Hill comprises of two small single-level wooden cottages, owned and managed by a well-known couple, Marguarite and Sherwin Clarke. They are best known as the owners of the leading local restaurant in Castara. We first stayed at their two-bedroom Little House On The Hill in 2006. A year or two later, the smaller one-bedroom Little House Two was built alongside. We opted to stay in this cottage for our second visit but this report starts with a review of the original, larger cottage.
Castara is a small fishing village midway along Tobago’s beautiful Caribbean coast. Backed by the spectacular rainforest, Castara has deservedly captured the public’s heart of the past decade and is now undoubtedly the most popular holiday destination on the island, at least with overseas visitors.
Castara has no hotels and, despite the claims of some, no ‘luxury’ accommodation. Almost all the visitor accommodation falls into the “back to basics” self-catering category; simple wooden cottages and apartments rented on a self-catering basis. A holiday in Castara requires a change of mind-set. Time has little meaning. Facilities are almost non-existent. Local shopping is limited to the absolute basics. However, the warm turquoise waters and non-commercialised nature of this friendly village bring visitors back year after year; an experience not to be missed.
The Little Houses perch on a steep hillside in a charming valley beside the road from Castara to Parlatuvier and Englishman’s Bay. The location is on the outskirts of the village, a shade under one mile from the entrance to Castara main beach (Big Bay) and less than a 15-minute walk or 3-minute drive from lovely Little (Heavenly) Bay and beach.
Access to the Little House cottages is via a relatively steep and narrow, but well-lit, concrete path and steps. The path passes through lush, well-tended gardens featuring a wide variety of tropical shrubs and fruit trees. This access will be of little consequence to anyone of reasonable fitness, but this property would not be suitable for anyone with walking or mobility problems. It is a long, hot uphill walk from the village, and would only suit the most fit. Having your own transport will enable you to get the very best out of this property.
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