Tosca Villa - Review Page 2
Tosca is a three-bedroom partly air-conditioned luxury villa. The property is well equipped and in reasonable maintenance and decorative order. It is very clearly a private holiday home, available for rental when not in use by the British owner, rather than a commercial rental property. As such, the house has much more of a ‘lived in’ feel and one gets a real and nice sense of the owners’ personality. It is furnished attractively and appropriately and the colourful Caribbean print curtains, bedspreads and seat covers compliment the external woodwork and balustrades. All in all, Tosca lacks for nothing and represents a very comfortable home-from-home.
Conventionally located on the upper floor of the house, the master bedroom is spacious, offering 30sq.m. of floor space; an impression further enhanced by a high vaulted ceiling. With the window shutters and balcony doors open, the room is also breezy and bright. The small (1.2x0.8m) balcony offers lovely views of Buccoo Reef and the Nylon Pool.
With windows on three sides, the bedroom catches every breeze. Although air-conditioned, the large ceiling fan is all that we needed to sleep comfortably, without having to resort to mechanical aids. Mind you, the remotely-controlled, split-unit air-con was quiet enough in operation and a great way of masking the raucous early morning call of Tobago’s ridiculous national bird, the Cocrico (Rufus-vented Chacalaca).
The master room is furnished with a 7-foot super-king double bed with bedside tables and reading lamps, plus telephone. Electric mosquito deterrent burners and a small stock of the requisite burner pads are provided in each room (additional pads available cheaply in all supermarkets) and mosquito nets are available. However, we had no problem with mosquitoes or other insects in the bedrooms, so did not make use of either the burners or the nets.
Additional bedroom furnishings include a full length mirror, two chairs and a small security safe. There is 1.6 metres of full-length hanging space, with a large but disparate collection of hangers, and more than 4 metres of under-eaves shelved storage space.
The bathroom is relatively small at 2.9x1.9 metres but well finished and more than adequate for purpose. There is ample storage space for toiletries on the washbasin vanity unit, and more beneath. The walk-in shower is fully tiled and in good condition. The washbasin water pressure was little more than a trickle, but the shower suffered no such limitations, although temperature control was sensitive and easily upset when any other tap (faucets) was turned on. The water heater tank seemed relatively small and could easily run out of hot water at peak times of the day, but at least it warmed up quickly.
Other bathroom facilities included a wall-mounted hairdryer and a shaver socket.
The second bedroom is also located on the upper floor of the house. It is marginally smaller than the master, measuring 4.9x3.6 metres and offering 23.2sq.m. of floor space including the bathroom. It is equally well furnished and equipped.
This bedroom is furnished with a 4´6˝ double bed, two bedside tables and lamps and a small coffee table. There is also a pull-out couch that could accommodate a child, or a small adult at a pinch. A wardrobe built into the eves provides a little under a metre of hanging space. Another similar-sized eves-wardrobe provides additional shelf storage.
The only source of natural light is through the glazed doors leading onto the small 1sq.m. balcony. Nevertheless, the room is bright and cheerful. It is fully air-conditioned, but by leaving both the balcony doors and bathroom window open you would almost certainly get enough through-breeze to sleep without air-conditioning.
The bathroom is well-equipped with a shaver point, wall-mounted hair dryer, fully-tiled walk-in shower and lots of space for toiletries.
The third bedroom is located on the ground floor. Measuring 4.8x3.9m and offering 24.5sq.m. of floor space, this bedroom appears spacious despite being furnished with two double beds, three bedside tables, a pair of reading lamps, an attractive large 6-drawer cane dressing table, two chairs, a full-length mirror and over a metre of wardrobe space.
Wide glazed doors lead from the bedroom onto the main balcony. Like the second bedroom, this room abuts the dividing wall in the centre of the duplex building, so has no windows on the side aspect. Nevertheless, the room is adequately light and bright. Being located on the ground floor, security considerations make it unwise to sleep with the patio doors open. Fortunately the air-con unit proved as quiet and efficient as those in the other bedrooms. The only slight criticism was the fact that louvered shutters adjacent to the patio did not close fully and allowed light from a security light to enter the room. Light-sensitive sleepers should pack an eyeshade.
The bathroom is the largest of the three, at 5.8sq.m, and is equipped to the same high standard, with shaver socket, wall-mounted hairdryer, walk-in fully-tiled shower and lots of storage space. The shower is another fully-tiled spacious walk-in unit. Sadly, it proved a disappointment in use due to difficulty balancing the water temperature.
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