Little House On The Hill - Reader Reports & Opinion
Debbie S. Milligan from U.S.A. visited in October 2013 and awarded
The house and grounds were beautiful, just as described. Unfortunately, what was not reported was the bar that was next door. They played their music at an extremely loud volume, with enhanced bass, from 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
In addition, there was no mention of having to park your car on the road and walking up a steep hillside. From the photos, it appeared that there was a road going up to the cabins.
As someone coming to the islands to relax, watch birds and enjoy the atmosphere, I was very disappointed in not being able to do so here.
We only stayed one night and left, because we were unable to sleep at all.
Juliet from U.K. visited in August 2013 and awarded
This was our third visit to Castara and our first time at the lovely Little House on the Hill. We rented both Little Houses One and Two for our 2 week family stay. Previously we had stayed more centrally but loved the tranquil hillside position of these delightful traditional houses, just a 15 minute walk from the village amidst colourful gardens, in which we could really appreciate the wonderful surroundings and wildlife.(Note that the properties are a steep climb from the road so may not be suitable for everyone - the paths can be lit at night).
The accommodation is basic but very comfortable and clean and provided for all our needs. We spent most of our time outside on the spacious verandahs soaking up the sunshine, cooling breezes, sights and sounds of village life, and watching the antics of the resident cockerel! We also loved watching the birds, lizards and bats.
Marguarite and Sherwin, who live across the road and run Marguarite's Restaurant in the village, are incredibly kind and generous hosts; they were unobtrusive but always on hand if needed. We were invited to help ourselves to the mangoes growing in the gardens which are as good as you'll ever get! Marguarite came by every 3/4 days with clean towels and linen, and Sherwin offered a wonderful boat trip where we experienced some of the best snorkelling at Arnos Vale and Paradise Beach. Not surprisingly, being the chef at Marguarite's, his beach barbeque was fantastic!
Although we had use of a car, we enjoyed walking down to the village and spending time chatting to neighbours and local people - be prepared for an uphill return journey. Everyone was very friendly and we felt very safe.
Self catering was easily achieved; we stocked up at Pennysavers on our way from the airport and topped up with fresh fish, bread, fruit and vegetables from the village. Castara also has a number of restaurants, bars and a coffee shop for eating out. We mainly ate at Marguarite's where the food was fresh, varied and vary tasty. Sherwin offered a choice of superbly grilled fish, chicken, goat, lamb and fish curries served with rice, lentils and vegetables. Our son stopped by for cow heel soup one lunchtime and hasn't stopped raving about it since! Sherwin also cooked us the national dish of crab and dumplings in coconut sauce before we flew home- messy but delicious!
We had a fantastic holiday and are already planning to return to the Little House on the Hill. Thank you Sherwin and Marguarite for a wonderful stay,
Juliet, Julian, Lewis and Oscar
Jane And Colin Dallas from U.K. visited in April 2013 and awarded
First time staying a Little House, the two bedroom apartment.
Very nice location, although please note that there are 30 or so steep steps to climb with luggage etc. We are reasonably fit and so this didn t really bother us. The security of the place is lacking rather so don t leave any money or valuables in the house when you go out.
We had daily visits from the chickens which tried to steal the food from the bird feeder!! Really funny. Also a resident lizard lives about the front door and comes out after dark every night to catch insects that are attracted to the light over the door - this was really fascinating to watch. Lots of bird life here, including woodpeckers, parrots, bananaquits, tanagers of all kinds and some hummingbirds which are attracted to some of the flowers. We found it relatively peaceful although you have to ignore the neighbours reggae music at times. Had some cockroaches of a fairly large kind trying to sneak into our bedrooms at night but we bought a can of insect spray and this solved the problem.
We would return here. Fair value for the money. Clean on arrival and in the traditional style of local houses.
Mikael from France visited in February 2013 and awarded
The good place to be in the beautiful Castara village.Not on the beach , have to walk a little but it is so cool , like the owners!!they are always here if you have a matter ; Many thanks to Maggie's husband who make us do some fantastic trips.WE enjoyed it!!!
Maureen from U.S.A. visited in December 2011 and awarded
Loved our stay at the little house! Marguerite and Sherwin were great hosts. Really friendly and helpful. We stayed in the two bedroom cottage and the one bedroom was not occupied while we were there. The cottage is a bit of a walk from the beach but each walk provided an opportunity to chat with the local folks along the road. We just loved Castara and the Little house. It was very comfortable - comfy bed, cool breeze, not many mosquitoes, private.