Little House On The Hill - Reader Reports & Opinion
These reports are a combination of questions and comment posted in our Little House On The Hill forum and visitor reports added via the 'Add Report' tab above. The votes awarded are weighted by volume and date to give a truer representation of reader satisfaction [more details].
Reader Satisfaction Ranking: Weighted ranking based on 36 votes = 4.5 (max 5)
Nathalie Peter from U.S.A. visited in February 2015 and awarded
My family and I have stayed in the Little House on the Hill in Castara five times now and there are numerous reasons we keep coming back. First of all, the hosts Marguarite and Sherwin Clarke are delightful, knowledgeable people and have become dear friends of ours over the years. They know how to make a visit to Tobago magical!
Second, the cottages sit up the mountain from the lovely Castara beaches and the more recent hustle and bustle of town. The two secluded units are surrounded by lush tropical gardens carefully tended by Sherwin. Depending upon the season, you may pick a mango, nectarine or banana for a snack.
Perched on their own hill, the cottages have verandas that overlook local life and the gardens. Here you enjoy a peaceful view of the surrounding hillsides, rainbows, sunsets, and starry night skies. And this is the place for armchair birding! Motmots, bananaquits, hummingbirds, and blue-gray tanagers regularly visit as they feed upon the flowers and fruit. A rind of papaya, crust of bread, and sugar from your breakfast tea placed on the railing can bring unimaginable visitors! In the distance, frigatebirds soar and flocks of parrots swirl.
The clean affordable cottages are simply furnished and equipped but we find most everything we need when we visit. They are a welcome retreat from our busy and gadgety lives stateside! The immediate grounds are flat and removed from the road. They were ideal for our children to safely run around and explore when they were young. Itís a fifteen minute walk up and down hill to Little Beach or you can rent a car from your hosts to wander farther.
An extra bonus is that Marguarite and Sherwin run a local restaurant in town. You can call in then pick up delicious dinners and dine under the stars on the verandas.
Thank you for wonderful times and memories, Marguarite and Sherwin,
Nathalie, Ben, Cali and Kyle
Seth Kallman from U.S.A. visited in February 2015 and awarded
This is the second year we have stayed at the Little House. We are very happy and plan to stay there again. The hosts are lovely people and we count them among our friends
Richard Crowther from U.K. visited in February 2015 and awarded
Marguarite certainly looked after us.
We stayed in the newer single bed house for a week 17th - 24th of February and totaly enjoyed ourselves.
Need to be fit, steep walk up to the house....clue is in the name.
We didn't have a problem with noise and found it peacfull, our neighbours were quiet and respectful.
The houses are 3 meters apart.
The floor standing fan kept us cool at night, mosquito nets efficient, double bed a decent size.
Cooking facilities good, kitchen seperate from the main accommodation keeping the bedroom cool and cooking odour free.
It has a nice large fridge for the local essentials (rum and coconut water not supplied)
Good gas cooker, toaster, kettle, lots of pans and plates in good condition.
Only things we needed to supply were salt pepper, garlic crusher and clothes pegs so can't complain.
We were Jealous at first as the adjacent 2 bed accomodation has a large veranda, bbq, and new garden funiture.
Our small veranda though was perfectly adequate, the table and chairs new and comfortable for breakfast, evening meals and sundowner(s).
It is well covered, cosy to watch the rain which although short in duration is torrential, then everything steams.
We were out every day to the beaches and rainforest walking.
No need for a sunbed.
Lovely place for wildlife.
Lots of wild hens around they even left us an egg.
Bird watchers paradise.
We were feeding the Blue Crowned Mot Mot's, Banaquit's, Blue Grey Tanagers
on the veranda, so tame.
Sherwin very kind, practical, helpful and excellent chef to boot.
A visit to their restaurant in Castara is a must.
We arranged car hire through him and he taxied us back to the airport.
Very reliable and on time.
There is a small deserted wild beach just down the road if you cut alongside the cemetary. It is a steep track down through the rainforest.
Castara itself is a 20 minute stroll down and 25 minutes yomp back.
It's a working fishing village. good beach, a few nice restuarants bars and a small supermarket.
You can take your own bag to the fish market in the afternoon for the fresh fish at a few TT$
The other beaches along the coast are within easy car drive, The best being toward Speyside. These are Bounty bar advert stunning, snorkling excellent.
Would recommend hiring a car to explore the coast and forest.
Gilpin Trace is worth a day.
Hope this is helpful
We would go back.
Elaine & Richard
James Jernberg from U.S.A. visited in January 2015 and awarded
This was our third year at the little house one bedroom. It is like our second home as we will be back this year for the winter. Marguerite and Sherwin are our old friends now and we enjoy everyday we have there. The grounds are beautiful with all the birds agoutis and our pet chickens. We recommend this place to anyone who likes peace and quiet and wonderful people. Can't wait for December.
Kaur And Agnes from Estonia visited in January 2015 and awarded
We had great time at Little House On The Hill. The house is nice, we loved the hammock, the balcony and all the birds greeting us in the morning. Maggi took really good care of us, will recommend to friends! :)