Grange Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
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Arthur Snell from Trinidad visited in January 2014 and awarded
Grange Cottage may be the only house for rent in Tobago that has direct access to a private beach. For that alone it is recommended and worth every cent. The fact that it is very simple, almost spartan, won't suit everyone, but it is certainly comfortable. For those that know Trinidad, it is like a Down de Islands house rather than a swanky Tobago villa.
Being an isolated spot also means that security is a serious issue and something that the owner obviously takes as a serious responsibility from the start. The owner, who was entirely straightforward and helpful throughout, recommended that we go for a guard with dog during the daytime and dispense at night as the house is very well protected once everything is shut up for the night.
We followed this advice but it didn't quite work for us. The cottage is isolated and set within its own large plot. Being next to the sea means that you wouldn't necessarily hear an intruder. However, serious amounts have been invested in security, notably a sophisticated alarm system and very strong steel bars on doors and windows. But in other respects, the security is slightly inconsistent. For example: the sea frontage of the property has an excellent fence that would be impregnable to all but the most determined (and of course no security system is 100% secure). The presence of several manchineel trees (poison trees) on the perimeter also helps. There are also some motion activated lights on one side of the property as well as the aforementioned alarm. So far, so secure.
However, other aspects are less impressive: the perimeter fence on the roadside is pretty poor - not very high and has sagging barbed wire rather than razor wire. It would be very easy to scale this and and the nature of the property means that you would not be noticed doing so if you picked your spot carefully. There are no motion-activated lights in the most exposed parts of the garden or on most approaches to the house. These are an effective deterrent, so it's rather surprising not to have them.
Finally the alarm system: it's full-spec with IR beams and door alarms as well, but probably needs servicing. During our visit it kept bleeping from the control unit in the middle of the night (some inexplicable error message) and the main alarm triggered at one point (presumably because the foliage needs trimming to prevent a false alarm from the IR beams.
All of which means you end up falling back on your poor old guard. With the best of intentions a chap being paid less than £3 an hour is probably not going to lay his life on the line for you. The dog might, except that the one that showed up in our case was partially lame and didn't look like a serious security dog. And finally the arrangements between the owner's representative and the security company all seemed a bit complicated and inflexible; we were given the firm feeling that this was someone who was in Tobago on holiday and we were just a bit of a nuisance.
So, to summarise: an amazing house, unique locaiton, very helpful owner. Downsides: security could be better and the connectivity with the owner's caretaker/representative/relative/friend (it was never exactly clear what the situation was) wasn't very user-friendly.
Jim Garbutt from Canada visited in March 2011 and awarded
Another fantastic 3 weeks at Grange!
I was glad to see the fence being repaired along the beach.
Unlike our previous stays we did hire security this time at the urging of our hosts.
Everyone had a great time again and our security man Chris (whom we requested be our regular guy for our entire stay) was effective and a great deal of fun.
Thanks again also to Charisse. (sorry if I misspelled that)
Jim Garbutt from Canada visited in February 2009 and awarded
Another wonderful stay!
Jan 30th to Feb 13th.....
Third visit to Tobago and I feel more at home every time.
Probably is the "Capital of Paradise".
Remember to "put money on your phone!!!"
Sebastian Ksiazek from Poland visited in October 2008 and awarded
Our group of 7 stayed in Grange Cottage for two weeks in October 2008. We have enjoyed every minute of it!! The charm of the house, beautiful surroundings, the garden, the palm trees, lizards, colorful birds frequently coming over and sitting right next to you (leave some little crumbs and you will see yourself :), quality time and long evenings on the superb verandah, grilled food, many sounds of nature and the best mornings ever - this accommodation was a perfect choice and made our holidays really memorable. Security is not an issue if you remember of basic things like locking the doors, windows and enabling the alarm system while away. We have accidentally triggered the alarm twice and the respond of security firm was amazingly fast. The House Manager Charisse turned up to be such a nice and helpful person that we are sorry that we forgot to take a picture with her :) be sure that she will definitely help you or answer to any questions at any time.. Grange Cottage was absolutely fabulous and if you are tired of fully fitted & serviced hotels with hundreds of tourists right next to you while dinning, lying on the beach or simply wandering around, you will love this great place next to nowhere - yet in the middle of paradise...
Truly recommending.. :
Sebastian & Basia(Zakopane, Poland)
with perfect holiday team: Maciek&Malwina (he has proposed in Tobago and she said yes:), Pawel&Ania and Agnieszka
Julia C. from U.S.A. visited in April 2008 and awarded
I stayed at Grange Cottage in April 2008 with a rotating cast of friends from Chicago and Tobago. The cottage is beautiful in its simplicity, and lacks no features or amenities other than a TV. But with the beach just steps away and a relaxing verandah to read and pass the time, who watches TV on holiday anyway?
Many of my local Tobago friends who visited or came to our going-away BBQ were surprised to realize there was such a lovely hidden gem they had not previously known was there. The seclusion and calming sounds of the waves, wildlife and beautiful view were stunning to everyone who visited the Cottage.
My only wish is that there was a hammock or two, but Charisse, the gracious property manager, took note of our request and hopes to have that resolved by our next visit. In any case, Grange Cottage is an affordable accommodation on a stunning and private strip near Mt Irvine, close to Buccoo and Sunday School and other surrounding villages.
For single women travelers, my only suggestion is to take advantage of the house and perimeter security system, as the secluded location may invite unwanted interest from passers-by on the beach.
All told, I plan to return to Grange Cottage on every future visit to the beautiful island of Tobago.