Avocado Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
Michelle from Canada visited in April 2009 and awarded
My husband and I stayed for only 3 shorts days at the Avocado Cottage. It was the ultimate in rustic romantic privacy. Tony had a simple yummy of dinner of flying fish with garlic sauce and fresh salad waiting for us when we arrived. The best feature of the cottage was the balcony with a pair of hammock swings and a spectacular view over the golf course and onto the ocean and the many coloured birds that came to visit us.
Thanks Tony and Michelle for getting us to Castara safe and sound and for your genuine hospitality!
Thomas Dorn from Germany visited in April 2009 and awarded
Avocado Cottage is a nice and pleasant accomodation at Mt. Irvine. It has a very spectacular view over the golf course and the caribbean sea. The accomodation is very simple and typically Tobago style. We loved it, but you must know, there is no window-glass, so the cool breathe can pass!
The guestfather Tony is friendly and helps everytime. We stay there for 2 weeks and we will come again as soon as possible.
John K from U.S.A. visited in March 2009 and awarded
We spent 4 nights in Avocado Cottage in March 2009. The cottage is situated on the slopes of Mt. Irvine, with a stunning view, overlooking a golf course and the Caribbean sea beyond.
The owner, Tony, was a very gracious, helpful and thoughtful host who collected us in the evening from the airport (we didn't hire a car until the second day). On our arrival at the cottage Tony, who loves to cook, had prepared us fish dish beforehand which we re-heated in the microwave, and a
delicious salad. He'd stocked up on essentials like bread, milk, sugar and butter and there were even a few cans of beer in the fridge which went down like a treat for a couple of weary and thirsty travellers.
The cottage is comfortable with 2 bedrooms, one with a double bed, the other with two singles, all beds adorned with mosquito nets. There's also a selection of second-hand books in one of the rooms. The living room/kitchen has a couple of sofas and TV (although we didn't ever watch
it). The dining table is out on the verandah.
The highlight of the cottage is the covered verandah with its views and which also served us as a sort of bird hide. It's surrounded by trees and shrubs. We couldn't believe the variety of birds we saw at close hand from the verandah. Apologies to Tony, but he'd left us a papaya and we put some pieces out and, in no time, we had motmots, blue and palm tanagers, bananaquits, and mockingbirds visiting - to name but a few. We also watched a couple of jacomars hunting in the nearby trees. Just a sample of the
wonderful birdlife that visits Tony's garden.
There are several beaches within a few minutes drive from Avocado Cottage. We walked to Bucco Beach which was a good 30 minutes walk away. That was on our first day before we'd hired a car. It's definitely better to hire a car
as restaurants aren't within walking distance and, if you're
self-catering, the nearest supermarket is about 10 minutes driving distance away. Tony was kind enough to drive us to a restaurant on our second night and we caught a taxi back.
We enjoyed our stay and would certainly return in the future.
Patricia Palmer from U.K. visited in February 2009 and awarded
This was our first trip to Tobago and we were not sure what we could expect. As there were 3 adults travelling (1 female and 2 males) I decided that it had to be the female choice of where to stay! I did a lot of research and had first to decide what we really wanted out of this vacation, we had stayed in great hotels around the world but this time I really wanted something different. I then discovered Avacado Cottage and decided this was it. Tony our host was amazing (how great to be collected from the airport and have a meal waiting for us). This is not luxery accomadation,but waking up to the variety of birds who joined us on the veranda every morning for breakfast, the glorious views, and the absolute tranquillity of the place was amazing. Tony was the perfect host and nothing was to much trouble for him. We all had the most relaxing time, and how glad we are that we found you.
Wong Family from Canada visited in December 2008 and awarded
As a family of 4 looking for a real authentic Tobago experience, Avocado Cottage with our gracious hosts, Tony & Michelle was just perfect. The 15 minute walk to Mt Irvine Beach through the golf course was convenient and better still a round of golf with Tony was great. Finally the central location was excellent.
What made our Christmas holiday special was the opportunity to share many family breakfasts, lunches & dinners on the porch with a million dollar view. Some might want a beach side cottage, but we found that the constant breeze and every changing view of the Caribbean more than compensated.
Avocado Cottage is a cottage, not a resort. Tony's welcome dinner and provision of essential supplies were a pleasant surprise and well appreciated when we arrived late in the day. The accommodation is modest but very clean and functional. It worked for us!