Ambassador's House - Reader Reports & Opinion
Les And Sandra Andrews from U.K. visited in February 2009 and awarded
Since 1999 we have only missed our three week trip to the Ambassadors house at Windy Edge twice and so we suppose that it goes almost without saying that we are both completely enchanted not only by Tobago but by The Ambassadors house as well. Visitors for the first time will find a wonderful old villa that is quite frankly a little frayed around the edges, but then when you look around the island as we have over the years it is all pretty much the same. you will though find a villa that is set in the most beautiful surroundings on top of a hill with views to the Carribean one way and the Atlantic the other, you will find a villa that is comfortable and airy with an ability to open up sliding doors all around the house to let those cooling breezes do their work. as details elsewhere will tell you the villa is set in about two and a half acres of lush green gardens with all sorts of plants and wildlife to enjoy, for example this year we spotted 38 different types of bird among which were 8 different types of humming birds flitting around and posing for the cameras. you will need a car of course, although taxis are reliable and cheap, but we have just found that a car gives you more flexibility and the villa being sited fairly central in the island no where is too far to travel.there is a great selection of restaurants within a half hour drive and several much less, two really good golf courses only 20 minutes drive and so in our view if you do not actually wish or need to be right in the middle of the main hotel/resort area this villa is just perfectly sited.No report for this villa would be complete without mention of the House Keeper Lesleyann, she is irrepressible, intelligent, humerous and a Great cook, she will shop for you and cook for you if required and we found this year much more enjoyment in having her cook for us than in revisiting the restaurants where we have been many times before.
In summary then, you can if you wish pay much more money and have all the chrome and mod cons of a modern villa, you can if you wish stay in one of the more conjested areas full of tourists, you will not we assure you find a more comfortable welcoming place to spend your hard earned holiday in the tropics... frayed edges not with standing!
Celia Miller from U.K. visited in November 2008 and awarded
The Ambassador’s House is a wonderful haven of tranquillity, up above where it all happens on Tobago. Views of the Caribbean and Atlantic are spectacular and the wild-life, in particular the birds, around the house is nothing short of revelatory for European visitors. The care-taker has the groundsmen and everything else under control, and her cooking is really worth sampling. Shopping for different food and cooking it oneself is of course also fun.
Apparently we were lucky with the dry weather this November. A car is essential and not as cheap as it might be, even from the characterful ‘Lady in Red....our boat trip over the reef was great, the deserted beaches inviting however not essential to a holiday when the accomodation is so pleasurable
Diana Lewington from U.K. visited in July 2008 and awarded
We decided that a family holiday was in order as one daughter had just graduated and the other lived away from home with her Kiwi partner so perhaps holidays to NZ in the future ...Anyway back to Tobago, six of us stayed at Windy
Edge at the end of July and what an idyllic spot to watch the sun go down with a drink on the patio. We were greeted by LeslieAnn the housekeeper on our first day and she was very helpful, telling us where to shop, to go out to eat, the best beaches and any other little tips. A car is a definate must but well worth it for the trips to beaches further up the coast,my favorite being Englishmans Bay. The people were very friendly and there was no hassle on any of the beaches that we visited.
I grew up in East Africa,mainly in Mombasa,Kenya and I can say that Tobago has been my favourite place for a relaxing holiday, especially in such beautiful surroundings as the Ambassadors House, with its private pool, well kept grounds and helpful, friendly staff. We will be back, watch this space.
Cathy Glover from U.S.A. visited in June 2008 and awarded
A second visit for Cathy and first for Jim, this was a wonderful and beautiful place to relax among the sights and sounds of nature and an excellent base for exploring the island. The combination of panoramic views, thrilling sunsets, birds and flowers and walls open to the cool breezes make this property a unique and welcome change from cookie cutter vacation properties, and allowed us to ease into the relaxed lifestyle of the island while having a private hideaway above the valleys and ocean below. Dinner was an extra special treat - local dishes prepared wonderfully by Lesley Ann and served outdoors overlooking the sunsets over the water. Breakfast coffee with the hummingbirds was also a rare and welcome treat. A week's holiday here was enough to feel totally relaxed and refreshed, but we could easily have stayed longer just enjoying the atmosphere and comfort of this home away from home.
Cathy and Jim, Florida, USA
Chris And Penny Holland from U.K. visited in December 2007 and awarded
AMBASSADOR’S HOUSE, WINDY EDGE, in TOBAGO.
is a luxurious and idyllic setting for any holiday, celebration or retreat.
Our Christmas time celebration of our Ruby wedding was just great for us at 60 plus, friends from New Zealand, the next generation of thirty year olds, not to mention the seven month grandchild.
Surrounded by a glorious garden, with superb Royal Palms and sunny pool, the twelve foot verandas, spacious comfortable interior and the lovely glide-away glass doors/walls, make living, eating, cooking, swimming, sleeping a flow of cool experience immersed in the sub-tropical bird-song and sun.
Be it breakfast, lunch or barbecue supper it is only a few feet from kitchen to dining room to veranda and garden, so even sudden rains are enjoyed, while the quick re-appearance of sun soon dries the bathing suits again. The views are spectacular over the island down to the coasts of the Caribbean and the Atlantic, and the breezes, caught by the subtle modern architecture, not only provide the cool to contrast with the sun, but meant I only saw a fly three times in two weeks. The variety of birds feeding unafraid on the terrace, humming birds and woodpeckers at the honey feeders, and the beautiful singing reduces any requirement to move at all!
However, the pool with cascading bougainvillea and overhanging fruit trees, the fire-flies at night, and the beaches and endless bays with convenient café’s and restaurants will lure you out of your mini-paradise to the whole island of surprises and pleasures. Snorkelling with tropical fish and coral, scuba-diving for the skilled, sun-bathing beneath palms for all, sailing trips, and bird walks or tropical rain forest walks with family chosen expert guide, all make the variety so special for all ages.
Back to earth for all the practical details. These have been smoothed out by Charlotte and Gareth, and implemented by the friendly housekeeper Lesley Ann. So one learns where to shop – Jesus Christ Superstore, to hire a car – with the Lady in Red, which beach to visit for which wind, where to locate the local fishermen, how to arrange meals, cleaning and laundry, and even how to find a good dentist. Generous planning by Charlotte and Gareth ensure the house has useful maps, for exploring the island, and books, games and music if something more sedentary is required.
In case you don’t believe us, go and try this brilliant and unforgettable experience.
Chris and Penny Holland and Family, Edinburgh and London.