Toad Hall - Reader Reports & Opinion
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Reader Satisfaction Ranking: Weighted ranking based on 22 votes = 4.8 (max 5)
Azura & Jared Evans from U.K. visited in November 2013 and awarded
Where do I start? We spent 6 nights at Leapfrog and loved our entire stay. It was in little rain-forest of it's own. We hear and see lots of birds and other animals like colourful lizards and aguti. Leapfrog was also surrounded by lemon, lime, mango and banana trees. Although it isn't right on the beach, one can still have the view from the stairs leading up to Toad Heights. Better still, the bathing/snorkeling beach is only 5 minutes (Little Bay) or 10 minutes (Big Bay) walk.
There are also 2 (uphill and downhill) local shops within 2 to 5 minutes walks from Leapfrog. The shop on the uphill sells bus ticket to town (Scarborough) and the bus stop is just next to the shop. The downhill shop is called Bingi the King of Fruits and his wife Hazel take bread order everyday (collect next day) from 30TT depending on the size of the loaf. Other shops/bars/restaurants/entertainment are all close by and Internet is accessible from Toad Hall which is just a few steps downhill.
Leapfrog as accommodation is very spacious for 2 people. I think it can easily accommodate a family with 1 small kid. It has a living space/dining/kitchen, bathroom and separate bedroom with safety deposit box, wardrobe and mosquito net. There are also 2 fans, radio and basic utensil/cookery sufficient for simple cooking. The bathroom doesn't have the hot shower but we find the water refreshing in the tropical climate like Tobago.
During our stay we were very fortunate that we were well looked after by Petra and Look Up, the locals who caretake the place. They are both lovely and generous in assisting with our every need and people in Castara are ever so friendly and welcoming.
Last but not least, many thanks to the owners, Steve and Rita who have been very prompt in attending to our every whine and query even though they were miles away from Tobago during our stay. We communicate a lot, got tons of helps and tips from Rita & Steve since a week before we got to Tobago and it is very reassuring that they keep checking if everything is ok with us at Leapfrog. We were also lucky to have the pleasure of Cat, the house cat as a company during our stay. She was very friendly and adorable, making the stay at Leapfrog even more memorable.
We would definitely recommend Leapfrog to anyone who is seeking refuge in Castara and can appreciate many things that come with the nature. But if you mind the noise of birds, insects and roosters, then this heavenly little place might not be your sanctuary.
Andrew & Jo Davies from U.K. visited in August 2013 and awarded
We stayed at Leapfrog, part of Toad Hall for our honeymoon in August.The accommodation was perfect and just what we were looking for.The gardens were beautiful with lots of different wildlife and i especially enjoyed watching the squirrel in the mornings.Bedding and towels changed regularly,and the mozzie net and fan above the bed were very welcome.Steve was a great help from our first contact and throughout our stay,giving us ideas where to eat and visit.Would thoroughly recommend Toadhall to anyone planning to stay in castara,thanks for making our honeymoon so memorable Steve,and we will be back.
Andy & Jo Davies
Mark & Emma from U.K. visited in June 2013 and awarded
We have just arrived home after spending two weeks in Tobago,staying in Castara Villas, "Leapfrog" appartment.
From our very first enquiry to our returning home Steve the owner couldn't have provided a better service.Answering any questions we had incredibly quickly in a friendly and professional manner.
On arrival at Leapfrog we were met by "Lookup" the local guy who looks after the properties and assists all the guests when Steve and his wife aren't there.He is a great character and couldn't have been more helpful throughout our stay.Not only did he help with any day to day questions,providing advice and local knowledge but he also took us fishing,shopping to Scarborough and to Charlotteville for a festival.
The accommodation was clean and tidy and well maintained and was plenty big enough for the two of us.The location couldnt have been better in a quite beautiful setting.Castara is a fairly quiet town but because of the rural setting and small beaches is a great place to stay if you want to relax away from the crowds.
Tobago is a beautiful island with friendly people.We would happily go back tomorrow and would definately recommend Castara villas.If you are thinking about going,do it,you wont regret it.
Gisela Grell from Germany visited in May 2013 and awarded
we stayed two weeks at Toad Hall and had a wonderful time. We had some (warm) rain and enjoyed to watch the birds and bats, iguanas and lizzards from the balcony, laying in the hammok and having a Carib or two. :-)
We enjoyed the most relaxing holiday and the hostility of Marcia and Lookup who took very good care of us.
Will definately go there again! Thanks Steve and Rita for letting us live in your house!
Florian Jeschke from Germany visited in April 2013 and awarded
This was the sixth time I went to Tobago, but the first time I stayed in Toad Hall in Castara.
From the first contact, Steve was a firendly guy. Every mail was answered quickly and we had the chance to pay via paypal. He arranged a pick up from the airport with Taylors car rental (very good!).
When we arrived Look-Up, the guy who cares about the visitors was waiting for us. The first impression was really good and we had our first beer with some local guys outside the house.
The house is well equipped, the moskitonets are safe around the beds. The kitchen holds everything you need ( a new peeling knife would be good). The bathroom is clean and spacious, you have also hot water for the shower(we did not use it).
In the evening time the veranda is a really nice place, where we hang around a lot of time. You also have a big barbecue grill where we had some excellent fish.
Rita changed our sheets every third day and took care about the cleaniness.
The house is perfect for a couple, or two good friends or a couple with one kid.
You have two small shops. just five minutes up or down the street, where you can buy the daily needs. A little bit more down the street you have a bar where you can buy beer and rum. It is 5 minutes to the small beach in castara (10 minutes back, because then it is up the hill). The busstation is across the street (maybe you are the lucky one who gets the bus).
There are some things in and around the house which are not perfect, but the surrounding and the setting of Toad Hall makes them not so serious.
I would like to say thank you to Steve and especially to Look-Up, he is a great guy and arrange nearly everything for you.