Coasting Villa - Reader Reports & Opinion
Marian Bingham from U.K. visited in April 2008 and awarded
A simple, homely cottage in a truly beautiful situation. A wonderful place for a quiet break at what we thought was the loveliest part of Tobago. To wake up to the sights and sounds of "Coastings" was a real treat.
Cindy and Fred could not have been more helpful through the whole booking process and during our stay and we would love to visit again.
Anna Quadackers from Netherlands visited in February 2008 and awarded
The coasting villa is a wonderful place surounded by beautiful nature.And with lots of privacy.The owners were very nice people. Tobago itselve was a wonderful experience
together with the coasting villa was it a very relaxing and joyful holiday.
Erik Henderson from U.S.A. visited in January 2008 and awarded
We ADORED Coasting. The charming cottage, so well designed and tastefully furnished & adorned, is harmoniously situated in it's setting; a real compliment to it's surrounds, which are so tropically lush. Colorful birds flitting, chirping & singing throughout the trees and shrubs were a constant pleasure, as was the sound and sight of the bright blue bay. There's just a great vibe to the whole place. Very tranquil.
We thoroughly enjoyed preparing meals in the cheery, spacious, well equipped kitchen (as well as on the outdoor grill), and dining out on the covered patio, especially during the on again, off again light rain showers that were prevalent the first couple of days - with rain falling through bright sunshine a delightfully common phenomenon. In the evening, candlelit dinners in the same space were too romantic. The large lower open deck overlooking the bay was perfect for blissfully lazing away the afternoon with a good book and cool drink(s), and the occasional dip in the pool to refresh. The pool side shower was great too.
There's a wonderfully secluded mini cove tucked around the far end of the bay. Access is by way of an obscure trail beginning at the base of the hill behind the end of Bloody Bay beach, across the river's mouth. The little path takes you steeply up, over - bypassing on it's highpoint a Rasta's rustic "homestead" (quite the enviable home from which to commune with nature) - and down another steep pitch to land you at an absolute gem of a spot to spread out for the day. The fine soft sandy little beach is cut by a cool, clear brook spilling out of the hills into the sea. The aspect faces the sun all afternoon to sunset, and the clearer water here offers good snorkelling. There's some tree shade but when the tide comes in that area gets washed over, therefore a portable beach umbrella would be a good idea unless you've got some really strong sunscreen, or plenty of melanin in your skin! Plenty of liquid refreshment packed along would serve you well too. The bit of effort to get to this choice hideaway is well rewarded.
At the time of our visit the owners of Coasting, Cindy and Fred, were in residence at the other cottage on the property, which sits discreetly down the hill from the bigger main cottage we were staying in. The topography, distance, and house design allow for ample privacy, so no concern there if you value the privacy aspect, as we certainly do. Long time, part time residents of Tobago, they're a wealth of knowledge about the area, and when we had questions or wanted advice they were glad to accomodate, but otherwise left us to ourselves. The perfect hosts for us at the time. They are incredibly wonderful & gracious people though, and we really enjoyed a bit social time with them, and their friends too. Should they not be there during your stay, they've made available in the cottage a comprehensive booklet they created, packed with all sorts of local items of interest, in addition to a multitude of regional books, magazines, maps, brochures, etc.. to entertain & inform. The resident doggie, a polite, well bred little girl named Cleo, comes around to visit & quietly hang out from time to time, but she's no bother - more of a pleasure - as she's calm and so well behaved.
A holiday at Coasting will not disappoint if you're looking for peace and natural beauty in private setting. Far from any hustle & bustle, it's truly a place to get away from it all.
A BIG THANKS to Cindy & Fred,
from Erik & Christopher of Western Montana
Josephine And Lasse from Denmark visited in January 2007 and awarded
This was our second time in Tobago- and first time in Coasting, but hopefully not the last. The house is beautiful, and So well thougth. The kids loved the little pool, and the wiev from the big terasse (and the rest of the house) is breathtaking.
we enjoyed wavesurfing in bloody bay, and also swimming and dining in nearby Charlotteville or Castara or Englishmans bay- all wonderful spots!
But best of all Cindy and Freds hidden Back Bay- totally isolated and georgios!
So all in all we cant wait to come back!
Lasse and Josephine
Josephine & Robert Laird from U.K. visited in May 2006 and awarded
The villa is exactly as described. It is very comfortable with a wonderful garden and views.
Cindy Schumann was very patient answering all my detailed questions before our holiday!
We fell in love with the resident dog 'Cleo'. She accompanied us on our many walks and welcomed us back on our return from trips out. She protects her 'castle' - there is no possibility of intruders!
It is quite remote as the travel is slow on the island roads which are very hilly and winding. We did not mind this and travelled all round the island.
There were lots of local places to buy the basics and it isn't necessary to visit the Supermarket on many occasions.
We didn't particularly like the local Bloody Bay beach - rather rough sea and course sand. However, we loved Castara and Heavenly Bay beach and found true heaven when we found Pirates Bay which is near Charlottesville.
For an unusual dinner out - really unusual - but extremely good - try 'Sandcastles' just outside Castara.
If you want a relaxed, quiet holiday away from the crowds - look no further.