Adventure Eco Villas - Reader Reports & Opinion
Nelly & Auke Oosten from Netherlands visited in February 2009 and awarded
In Februari 2009 we stayed for four nights at Eco Villa. We had e very comfortable stay. Everything you might possibly need in kitchen or bathroom is available. But the best part of the place was the green peaceful envirement and the variety of birds visiting our porch.
We had the whole place to ourselves: no neighbours in the nextdoor cottage, so we had all the pricacy we wanted. I can imagine that will be different when you have to share the porch with you neighbours.
It is a very good place to stay for people who value nature, birds and privacy.
Caroline Brookes from U.K. visited in February 2008 and awarded
We stayed at Adventure Eco Farm from 7 – 14 February 2008, in one of the two cabins. The cabins are set a short way from the main house. The accommodation comprises a bedroom with two large single beds locked together plus one single, en suite bathroom with bath and shower with a hair dryer, well equipped kitchen, (which included a juicer and saucepan with steamer, and coffee percolator,) and lounge/dining room with shutters and ceiling fan. The bedroom has windows, air conditioning and a ceiling fan. There is also a TV although we did not use it. The patio area is shared with the other cabin. The cabins are on stilts, and the land falls away steeply to the front, so there is a lovely view at tree canopy level over a lot of the 12 acre grounds. It was great to go to bed listening to all the night sounds and wake up in the morning to the birds’ chorus.
There are two main trails to wander on the property, one easy, the other a bit more challenging. We were often accompanied by the owner’s two dogs, which showed us the way.
Ean MacKay, the owner is a genuinely kind and pleasant man. He arranged for a taxi to pick us up from the airport, stopping via the Canaan supermarket. Ean took us to the Carnbee supermarket one day, helped us out when we had forgotten to bring enough money, and went back to the supermarket later in the week to get us a refund for an over charged item. I inadvertently left my credit card in the room safe when we moved locations, and he looked after it for me until I returned to collect it.
During late afternoon, Ean rings a ship’s bell and masses of humming birds visit the sugar water filled feeders he provides for them. Other birds visit the various bird feeders, including the greedy motmots, and the bare-eyed thrust. The humming birds are amazing, and it is an opportunity to see them at very close quarters.
One day we walked along the road to the beach at the Arnos Vale Hotel. At a slow pace, taking account of the heat, it took us a good 15 minutes. It is an up and down hill route, some of it shaded. The beach is beautiful, but the sea was quite rough at the time of our visit. At the Arnos Vale Hotel we observed plants growing out of gutters, broken gutters on the accommodation block, beach tables with thatched umbrellas, the thatching disintegrating; empty bottles littered the tables and looked as if they had been there for some time.
Local people in Plymouth are friendly and helpful. There are lots of mini-marts that open at various times of the day, where you can get basic food supplies, and some frozen chicken. Fresh food is not readily available.
A kind mini-mart shop keeper called Mark, offered to drive us to church with his family on Sunday, and we were taken to see the shop keeper’s mother-in-law at her home after the service. It was great meeting and talking to her and the family. Thank you, Mark.
I would recommend Adventure Eco for those wanting to be out of the tourist area, looking for peace and having an interest in bird life. Thank you, Ean for making our stay so pleasant.
Pam Sterling from Canada visited in February 2008 and awarded
This place is a lovely retreat in the forest. The cabins are as cute as a button. Loved waking up in the morning to the sounds of singing birds. It was wonderful to open up the shutters in the cool of the morning and watch the birds and take a walk to collect fresh citrus fruit. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. We spent much time just sitting and watching the hummingbirds at the multiple feeders, as did many others who come specifically for the birds. There are great snorkeling beaches near by as well. If you are looking for a quaint, non-large resort type of place where you can do some of your own cooking this place is the ticket.
Gene Zeiszler from U.S.A. visited in November 2007 and awarded
In late November and early December 2007, my wife and I spend 10 wonderful days at Adventure Farm. It was a great place to relax, see the many hummingbirds, ring the bell to call the other birds to the feeders, roam the lush grounds – accompanied by Heidi and Lexi (the owner’s lovable dogs), sample the local restaurants, and enjoy the nearby beach at Arnos Vale. The My Tobago and the Adventure-EcoVillas websites very accurately represent the accommodations. Was it opulent? – no. Was it clean and comfortable. – definitely. Was it a relaxing place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city? – ABSOLUTELY!! We found Ean and Marion Mackay, the owners, to be very hospitable. Petra, Agnes and her husband, Anton, help the Mackay’s maintain Adventure Farm and attend to guests. They are all a pleasure. A special treat for us was the fact that Agnes and Anton were expecting their first child any day when we left to continue our vacation at another property elsewhere on Tobago. A call back to Ean confirmed that Agnes gave birth just three days later and that she and her new son were doing well.
If you are interested in good local food, I would recommend Jadz Homestyle and Peter’s Restaurant. Jadz is on the same street as the local grocery store, which is reasonably well stocked. You will probably need to ask for directions to Peter’s or you may trouble finding it on the back street of Plymouth. The service and food at both places were excellent. The lady’s at Jadz (I don’t recall their name’s) and Peter & Celene at Peter’s were very pleasant. I would suggest you let either place know during the day when you plan to come to dinner in the evening. The beach and snorkeling at Arnos Vale is simply wonderful!!! We were glad we found Adventure Farm and, if you are looking for a place away from the more developed, busier Crown Point and Scarborough areas, you will love Adventure Farm, too.
Many thanks Ean, Marion, Petra, Agnes and Anton. Best wishes Agnes and Anton.
Richard Banks from U.K. visited in October 2007 and awarded
Lovely peaceful place. Cabins are comfortable, clean and well equiped. Grounds are beautiful with glorious bird life. Owners were very helpful and the dogs very friendly. Would stay here again but at a drier time of year!