Toad Hall - Reader Reports & Opinion
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Mia Harris from U.K. visited in February 2016 and awarded
A group of five of us stayed at Castara Villas in Leapfrog and Tadpoles after carnival. It was a lovely haven of chilled out countryside after being in hectic carnival in Trinidad for 2 weeks. We loved being amongst the rainforest and appreciated the natural environment, the chickens, cats, agoti and beautiful hummingbirds. We also visited waterfalls which you could swim in about 10 minutes walk from the villas. Castara is a very chilled out place exactly what we wanted, enough going on at night but generally fairly quiet and peaceful and really friendly.
Castara villas is very close to the small beach and a 5-10 minute walk from both beached so its a very good location and its really nice being able to walk everywhere day and night. It is hilly so for older people or children its worth knowing this.
We found Steve and Rita really accommodating and we were very happy with the accommodation. We spent a lot of time on the veranda of Leapfrog and it felt very relaxed and some days we spent the whole day chilling out on the veranda. The facilities were good and clean and really nicely made. We cooked at home a lot and there were plenty of local shops. The ATM did not always work though so best to be prepared and bring cash.
Lookup was also very helpful and we went on a boat/fishing trip with him which was one of our best days in Castara, the coastline is beautiful and it was nice explore and Lookup was great to hang out with and he took us to some great places and we caught and cooked the best fish I have ever had.
We really enjoyed our stay and Steve, Rita and Lookup were very helpful. We would definately stay there again and did not want to leave!
Adrian And Ali While from U.K. visited in January 2015 and awarded
We have just stayed for 18 nights in Leapfrog and have had the most fantastic holiday. Do not apply if you are looking for pampered all inclusive style accommodation; This is something different!
But if you want a genuine Caribbean experience ( and we lived on Dominica for 6 months many years ago ), then this is the business. Castara is beautiful and in our experience has the best swimming on the island with a large colony of seabirds, so that you swim amongst diving pelicans and frigatebirds.
You shop in little local shops ( very limited choice but wonderful tropical fruit ), Hazel makes you fresh bread to order and you can go out fishing with Lookup and catch a weeks supply in a couple of hours. The food is very simple, the apartment is very simple ( for instance no ac ) but after a couple of days you slow down and start to notice stuff. Like the birds, lizards and other wildlife that surround you. Like the locals who are more in evidence up at Toad Hall than are the tourists, and who are very welcoming and courteous. The warmth and slowness seep into you, and the rum helps!
Steve and Rita are brilliant hosts, are part of the local community and are helpful in every way. Our wedding anniversary happened to fall during our stay, so they organised a party for neighbours and a few tourists and Lookup (their terrific helper) cooked up an amazing fish stew. A great evening!
I'm sure we will be back.
Mark Monkman from Sweden visited in January 2015 and awarded
Me and my partner stayed in the studio apartment Leapfrog late January-early February 2015. We had been in Charlotteville the week before, and Steve was really helpful, asking if we needed a transfer organising. Even during the initial enquiry stage Steve was super responsive to all emails, and this made life a lot easier. Our taxi back to the airport didn't show up, so Steve very generously gave us a lift, another example of how helpful they were.
Steve and Rita (the owners) are real characters, in a really good way! They couldn't do enough to help us and ensure we had a enjoyable stay. On the first night they we doing a coppa (or maybe a koppa?!), a massive old casserole/couldron that Steve has had restored. Lookup, who manages the property for Steve and Rita was cooking a traditional fish soup/stew, using lots of fish he'd just caught, and loads of interesting local vegetables and spices. It was super tasty, and went excellently with the local rum and beers!
The grounds the property are set in are gorgeous. Lots of tropical plants I don't know the name of! We had dreamy breakfasts sat on our terrace watching hummingbirds fly by, and taking in the sounds of the valley, everything from dogs barking, reggae booming, birds singing, and at times silence.
The Leapfrog apartment we stayed in was great for us, a perfectly
practical kitchen that was great for cooking in, and generally nice and clean. The terrace was great for breakfast and general lounging. If you're looking for luxury accommodation, this isn't for you. In fact you'd probably be better off staying in Crown Point. But if you want to get in touch with the real Tobago and really disconnect, it's a fantastic choice.
We went on a fishing trip with Lookup that was great fun, he really looked after us and is a great guy!
Cheers Steve and Rita for making our hols, can't wait to get back!
Edda Rose from Germany visited in December 2014 and awarded
We spent a total of 3 weeks at Castara. Of these 3 weeks we stayed one week in Leapfrog and the remaining time in Toad Heights.Toad Heights was definitely the better choice!
Prior to our arrival we had close contact with Steve, who then also offered to pick us up from the airport. That was great because we were not as initially familiar with Caribbean customs. However, this has changed rapidly, especially Steve and Rita have we been all outstanding issues with words and deeds. We enjoyed our stay not only in Castara itself, but in particular in Tod Hall very much and we hope that we will soon come back to Tobago.
The location of Tod Hall was great. All venues, shoppings and other facilities were within walking distance.
All kind of people we met in Castara were nice and helpful. Such helpfulness you get really not going anywhere and we were very impressed about this.
We would like to thank all those who contributed to a successful holiday, and in particular we would say "thank you" to Steve and Rita.
The warmest greetings from Germany, Edda and Horst
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.