Villa Good Hope - Reader Reports & Opinion
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Reader Satisfaction Ranking: Weighted ranking based on 8 votes = 3.8 (max 5)
John Adams from Trinidad visited in January 2014 and awarded
This villa was nothing as described...no housekeeper nor pool man came for the entire week....strange persons lurking around the villa....refrigerator leaking, television had no reception and the list goes on....very untidy villa and overgrown bushes......extremely disappointed!
Anna Wolf from Germany visited in July 2013 and awarded
Having decided on Villa Good Hope as our vacation home with the help of the reviews here and their own very informative website, we arrived in Tobago anticipating the best. What we experienced was an exquisite holiday home enclosed by a landscaped garden, towering tropical trees and a pleasantly secluded rocky cove. The bedrooms were all efficiently cooled by quiet a/c units and were blessed with garden or beach views. The beds were all well-made up and the mattresses, pillows and bed linen all in good order. A single folding bed was ready and made-up for our 4 year-old in the master bedroom without us feeling cramped for space. Ceiling fans in the dining and living rooms and kitchen were essential for dissipating the still heat that unfortunately accompanies this villa's interior. The dining room is adorned by beautiful wooden benches, chairs and table but the pool was the crowning glory and suited us all, young, old, swimmers, non-swimmers. Neighbours were rarely seen or heard as were cars, planes,strangers or tourists. A haven.
We rented a car which was comfortable for our group of 4 adults and 3 kids to get out and explore picturesque Tobago. The public transport buses are available on the Bacolet Main Road too, and they go into Scarborough at regular intervals.
Less ecstatic were we with the following. On arrival at the Crown Point Airport from Germany we were not met by pre-arranged transport to the villa as confirmed per e-mail one week earlier with the Property Manager. Instead we stood around waiting for the Assistant Manager to send over 2 mini-van operators with whom we finally agreed on a cost of TT$120 per van to take us to Bacolet.
Once inside the villa it became clear that housekeeping must be a challenge. Dust and scraps of paper lay in the corridor and under the bedside table in one of the bedrooms. The heavy wooden sliding doors in the bedrooms could barely open to go onto the balconies. We encountered dead insects and dust in cupboards, two frying pans full with used oil in the oven, rusty cooking pots, two working stove burners out of four and a treacherously wobbling kitchen tap. And forget the pool table, it lay on its side against the living room wall with a broken leg for all to see..
Outside the hammock looked worn-out and in places torn. The convenience of the outside shower when coming back from a dip in the sea proved to be non-existent as it stood crammed with building and other debris. The approximity of the beach was marred only by the unkempt track leading from the garden gate down to the beach. For the eldest in our group (77 years old) it was a slow, trying descent, achieved only with support.
Lastly, because of a mal-functioning sensor, the heavy iron automatic gate securing the entrance to the villa closed onto our rental car as we reversed it into the yard. This incident fortunately did not involve a small child, only a rental car. It turned out that the assisstent manager knew about the sensor but, well,it remained unattended to. The repair costs were rightly taken over by the villa's management.
The decision to stay at Villa Good Hope was not regretted, just the property management issues are regrettable. We sincerely hope that the latter is being addressed.
Lesley from Trinidad visited in March 2012 and awarded
Villa Good Hope is definitely a lovely villa worth visiting. Although there isn't much information here, the website has everything you need to know. What you see is what you get and the place was absolutely gorgeous. Everything works as its supposed to which was nice, although the cable seemed to be out, there was so much to do we did not mind in the least. The pool is a dream to swim in and i'm guessing that its somewhat heated because it never cold or unpleasant even at 11 PM! The house itself has its own security system, fully gated and fenced so we surely felt safe since the area was a tad forested. Definitely a lovely villa to visit in Tobago.
Michelle from Trinidad visited in January 2012 and awarded
We stayed at the villa for 3 nights. The villa was suprisingly larger than expected. The bedrooms all had en-suite bathrooms that were well appointed. The bedroomas were comfortable and spacious. The living areas were also spacious and the outdoor areas were great. I loved the access to the secluded beach. The views were great as we watched fisher men on their boats. We even got fresh fish from them one morning. Great value for money.
Martin Abbess from U.K. visited in January 2011 and awarded
We stayed at Villa Good Hope with our grown up kids and their partners. What a wonderful place to stay. The accommodation offers you both an element of privacy and great communal living areas inside and out. The air conditioned bedrooms are a great haven after the heat of the day and the ensuite bathrooms were a real bonus. Our hardest decision every day was "beach or pool?" but as the beach is so close its easy to change between the two. Outdoor living is so easy here - breakfast on the balcony looking out to sea, lunch by the pool and dinner cooked on the BBQ and eaten outside as the sun goes down - wonderful! The villa had everything we needed with some great home comforts which the owners have obviously carefully considered. Local restaurants are easy to get to and we also had a few nights in watching movies. The villa has been thoughtfully set up with lots of places to relax - the hammock was my favourite spot for reading a book in the heat of the day - and also lots to entertain the kids - we all enjoyed the pool competitions! The fantastic swimming pool is big enough for laps when you're feeling energetic and there is plenty of space around the pool to stretch out and catch the sun. Waking up to those amazing views is my lasting memory which guarantees that we will be going back for another visit - maybe a romantic trip without the kids next time! Great place to stay and highly recommended.