New Timbers - Reader Reports & Opinion
Nerissa from U.K. visited in February 2008 and awarded
This is a well laid out bungalow, beautifully and comfortably furnished in neutrals and soft tones. It is one of a few of the same design in the Bon Accord development. It is very bright and airy throughout, and the entire house is also air conditioned. The property is walking distance to Store Bay and Pigeon Point beaches, and round the corner from many restaurants. It is ideally suited to everyone from babies (we had a six month old there) to the grandparents (and the baby's grandad).
Booking through the owner in the UK was a very simple and straightforward process, and the staff in Tobago were very friendly and helpful.
We totally enjoyed our stay at New Timbers and will certainly be recommending it to friends.
John Whyte from U.K. visited in February 2008 and awarded
The villa is located in Alfred Crescent in Bon Accord, just a couple of minutes walk from the main drag the connects Crown Point with Scarborough. (it's virtually opposite the House of Pancakes - a mosquito-infested place that is grossly over-rated by the way.)
Caribbean Estates manage this property and an identical one. There are also two other identical properties on the Bon Accord Development. White Timbers is behind a high wall, with lots of beautiful plants in the garden. So whilst you can see the villa next door, it is very private. The outside is clean and fresh and this is reflected in the inside too. It has to be the best equipped small villa I've ever rented. The master bedroom and ensuite is huge and the other two bedrooms are of a good size too. The house has no ceilings - the extra height, full aircon and fans keeps it lovely and cool. The sitting room is tastefully decorated and and kichen area is very well equipped - juicer, smoothie maker, microwave, coffee machine, kettle, hob & oven, separate grill, dishwasher etc. There is also a washing machine and dryer in the utility room.
The pool is large for a villa of this size - though not deep. The gardens are very well kept and lovely - humming birds around.
Catherine, the maid, is lovely too and very helpful. There is full security on all doors and windows. The area around the villa is pretty unkempt with quite a few self-builds going on.
The villa was perfect. However, I was disappointed with the whole Bon Accord / Crown Point area. I chose this area as I was travelling with two teenage daughters and wanted to be in the part of the island where there was more "action". We didn't want to be isolated up a hill somewhere. I thought I was trading the more scenically (but isoltaed) coast and countryside further north for a more happening area. I wasn't. The Bon-Accord / Crown Point area is just dull and unattractive. There is no village centre and it looks like a series of ramshackle buildings strung along the road. (There was a certain scruffy charm to that.) But worse, there is little of the "action" we expected. By "action" we were not looking for Ibiza-style nightlife. Just a sense of there being a centre where you could stroll around. There isn't one and you can't. In fact there are not many restaurants - and always some were closed on any given day. The were scattered over a wide area - so you still really need a car or have to take a taxi.
Store Bay Beach is just grubby and the facilities around it are disgusting. Pigeon Point does live up to its reputation and is worth the entry fee and the taxi ride. Good bars on the beach too.
The airport experience was Hell. Enough said.
In summary - great villa; average location; worth every penny.
Kudos To New Timbers
As a tradition my husband and I always spend at least a weekend in Tobago after Carnival -we've stayed just about everywhere in Tobago from budget guesthouses to the Hilton. This year we brought several non Trinidadian first-timers with us and I was a bit nervous as some of them are the type that only do all inclusive resorts and are simply not easy to please. After some difficult situation while they stayed at my family home in Trinidad during Carnival I had my fingers crossed as to how things would go in Tobago.
Well it turned out I had nothing to worry about as the stay at New Timbers provided everything to make everyone happy. The house is brand new, modern, spacious and provides all ammenities. The decor is extremely pleasing giving the impression of upscale yet cozy. The staff is absolutely FABULOUS!
We took the boat over from Trinidad and were greeted at the dock by the local agent for the property and her husband. It was somewhat late in the evening when we arrived so they told us that there was a basic welcome grocery package at the house but as we were hungry they drove us around in search of a good take out eatery that was still open...this involved a lot of driving around and they did it with a smile.
Once at the house they showed us around, presented us w/ a large manilla evelope containing info on the house, the alarm system, contact numbers for them and every service you could think of as well as some great guides to eatiers, tours etc on the island. They personally showed us how to operate the gate and the alarm system and then were on their way.
We woke the next morning to the extremely friendly housekeeper who asked as what time would be best for her to come during our stay. She also informed us that she would be happy to grocery shop and cook for us (that fee is arranged directly with her). She changed towels and sheets and replenished toilet paper, papertowel etc and loaded/unloaded the diswasher every morning during our stay except for the Sunday.
Someone came each day to clean the pool, check the pump and water the gorgeous foliage in the yard. We were taken care of in every aspect and yet we were left alone in complete privacy. Having a locked driveway to keep our rental was great as well.
There was absolutely nothing in this house that didn't work well, looked old or unattractive or anything of the sort. We invited some friends over and had a pool party/BBQ (Electic BBQ is out by the pool deck)one evening.
The house sleeps 6-7 people and is walking distance to both Pigeon Point and Store Bay.