Mary's Hill Lodge - Review Page 1
Reviewed by Steve & Jill Wooler in February 2008 and February 2013
One of the rewards of doing myTobago accommodation reviews is that in addition to the conventional property choices ideal for the majority of the holiday market, we also get the opportunity to stay in interesting properties that perhaps appeal to a smaller market and might otherwise escape notice.
Visitors all too often focus on accommodation near the beach and ignore properties further inland. Why confine yourself to a single beach and limited dining and shopping facilities? To get the most from your time on Tobago, you need to hire a self-drive car and get out; enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the lush green interior and experience a different beach every day. Why pay premium prices for beachside properties when, for the same budget, you can move inland a mile or two and hire a vehicle, with all the extra flexibility and convenience that affords your holiday? This is very much the case with Mary’s Hill Lodge.
We first stayed at this property in 2008 and were very impressed. We knew that the UK-based owner, Louis and Laura, had done a considerable amount of work since our stay, so looked forward to our return. We certainly weren’t disappointed.
It will come as no surprise to learn that Mary’s Hill Lodge is located in Mary’s Hill – a small village on the main road between Scarborough and Plymouth. There is nothing the remotest touristy about this small Tobagonian community.
The turning to Mary’s Hill Lodge is clearly marked. Although initially unmade, the track soon becomes a narrow concrete lane and winds a hundred metres up a steep hillside to the high retaining wall and fence that protects the lodge. Passing through the remotely controlled electric gates, the steep ascent to the parking area may seem daunting, particularly when it doubles back on itself, but this should not faze experienced drivers. And, if it does, you can always park in the lane outside the lodge.
The lodge is situated on the steep slopes of a picturesque glade. Although there are some 20-30 buildings in the valley, less than a dozen can be seen, so effectively does the foliage mask it all. Not having your own transport will severely limit your options when staying here. There is a small mini-mart just a five minute walk away, but this supplies only the basics. Ground coffee and fresh bagels are not essentials to rural Tobagonians. The nearest supermarket is a 10-minute drive away, on the outskirts of Scarborough.
Turtle Beach, considered one of the finest beaches on Tobago, is less than a 10-minute drive. Several other popular Caribbean-coast beaches can be reached in around 15 minutes. With your own transport, you have easy access to the entire island.
Given the steep hillside on which the lodge is built, this property would probably not be suitable for wheelchair users, or anyone with mobility difficulties.
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