Ambassador's House - Reader Reports & Opinion
Kelly Ann Bain from Trinidad visited in July 2010 and awarded
The place was very beautiful. My family and I had a great time. We would definitely recommend the place to our friends. However, persons who do choose to vaation there should be prepared for the bugs that are ever present.
Kitty Hibben from Tobago visited in July 2010 and awarded
We rented Ambassadors house for a week to hold our wedding reception. It was an absolutley fantastic location for the event and all our guests commented on the beauty of the venue. My husbands family stayed in the villa during the week of the wedding and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. With 3 young children in the family and many other young family friends the house and the pool especially, provided a constant source of fun and entertainment. It was clean, airy, spacious and the views and the grounds are spectacular. We enjoyed many limes on the spacious veranda and the kitchen is perfect to entertain and feed large numbers. We erected marquees at the pool side area for the evening dinner and dance and had a live band around the pool. It really made our special day all the more amazing and it will always have a very special place in our hearts. We would love to rent it again and many people asked us how they could go about renting it themselves. So we hope that it generated future bookings.
Thank you for allowing us to rent it for the wedding and for all the wonderful memories it provided us with.
Kitty and Tian Watson
Cherry Hoile from U.K. visited in February 2010 and awarded
WINDY EDGE : The Ambassadors House, Concordia, Tobago
It was the perfect location for a holiday with our extended family, with wonderful panoramic views, easy access to so many interesting places and so many lovely beaches to relax on (or snorkel off). With Lesleyann providing a couple of excellent meals (which meant Gigi was offered little in the way of leftovers!), and the facilities within the grounds offering so much, there was little reason to consider leaving the house, so a lot of time was spent by the pool, playing table tennis, bird watching or, very occasionally, just relaxing in the cool air with a drink and a good book. We look forward to visiting this lovely island and Windy Edge again. Thank you
Lucinda & Adam Chou from U.S.A. visited in December 2009 and awarded
Review of Windy Edge, Ambassadors House Concordia Tobago:
We spent the most special week in Tobago between Christmas and New Year 2009. And the foremost reason for this exceptional vacation was Windy Edge Ambassador’s House.
We needed a place for us (husband and wife), daughter and her husband and 2 children, son and his wife and 2 children. So, we desired 5 bedrooms, with bathrooms and all the other accoutrements. We liked what we read in the reviews of Ambassadors House and took the plunge. We arrived in 3 batches and each was met by a knowledgeable driver/tour guide sent by Housekeeper Lesleyann Edwards. We were the last to arrive, by 24 hours. We drove up into the hills above the city of Scarborough, off onto a short winding drive into our own compound (2.5 acres!). Four grandsons (ages almost-8 down to almost-4) met us excitedly outside and, as they had been here a full 24 hours, gave us the grand tour. Stepping into the very open, very airy center room we walked across to the opposite verandah and out into the evening breeze. Below us were the lights of the city and dots off the ocean. Beautiful various tropical flowers surround the House and the evening birds were getting in their last licks. There are several different humming bird species as well as parrots, parakeets, and the (in)famous chachalacas! The boys showed us their rooms, the ping pong table and had to take us across the drive and over to the moonlit swimming pool. Needless to say, they had spent much of their first day there. Having the pool away from the house did make things less stressful for the adults, not having to worry about the kids straying. But we needn’t have worried about that. They loved the roomy house and grounds, where we could be together or off on our own, as the mood took us. We all felt very relaxed with so much beautiful space!
The bedrooms did vary; the lovely airy master bedroom, which shares a bathroom with the next bedroom along the hall, which doubled as the nice library. Across the hallway was a comfortable bedroom with its own large bath. Beyond the full kitchen was a very nice end room, with bathroom and finally a small room which could be (and was by us) used as a bedroom. It also had its own bathroom. Many ceiling fans provided all the cooling breeze needed for wonderful sleeping.
We really appreciated the furnishings and the wonderful artwork on the walls. Lesleyann, who is a warm and gracious resource for most things Tobagoan, told us that Charlotte Keene, our landlady, had picked out work by local artists (or by artist/guests) to create an essential atmosphere of Tobago. Because of this taste of Tobago art, we looked around for other opportunities and had a chance for a personal tour of Luise Kimme’s Sculpture Museum and Studio. Our hostess was Luise Kimme, a vital, gracious, eccentric 70 plus. We highly recommend this. With the help of Lesleyann and Mr. Quashie, who drove us around, we also made the acquaintance of horn carver Garvin Barrow, who visited the House and brought along his wares; stunning carvings of local fish and birds, dependent upon the color and shape of the horn being used.
We cooked some for ourselves (make sure to get good directions on where to get groceries, though Lesleyann did advance shopping for us which was terrifically helpful); Lesleyann prepared two wonderful dinners of curried shrimp, grilled snapper, bread fruit pie, baked plantain, green bean sauté, beet salad, and more! I’m not sure we could have found anything better if we had eaten out on the town.
We did get out and about, visited a number of beautiful beaches, some with very few other people and did some shopping too. But Windy Edge’ Ambassadors House was our welcome home where the families gathered morning and afternoon, evening. A peaceful retreat we could return to for tranquility and rejuvenation. Next time we will make it a longer visit.
Ms. R. Harris from U.K. visited in March 2009 and awarded
Six friends and family and I have just returned from three wonderful weeks at Ambassador's House. We feel fully revived after our English winter and ready for whatever the summer brings us now, replete with a healthy glow.
The house has an excellent connexion with nature outside. It's glass sliding walls, Japanese style to allow the beautiful garden outside and cool polished floors inside to join and become one, releasing all our senses to the freedom and beauty of the situation - soon followed by our bodies and we are truly, fully on holiday.
We hire our own transport for the duration and so enjoy the many varied beaches (which one shall we go to today?), maybe some shopping for dinner and general trips, toing and froing down to Scarborough, just down the mountain with it's colourful, such particularly pleasurable people to be among as the locals ... and cafe society at Ciaos for an Italian ice cream or Carib beer.
Back home for lunch and afternoon by the pool, surrounded by spectacular flowering trees and shrubs, with a good book from the house library.
Evening carries on in similar vein with cocktails at sunset followed by dinner on the veranda ('Or maybe a barbeque tonight.'
Oh, I forgot to mention the table tennis table down the other end of the veranda.
And our housekeeper's visits to keep us pampered.
Home from home - In Paradise. Dream holiday come true.
No wonder we come back every other year.