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Birdie's Nest, Tobago

Birdie's Nest

3 Self-Catering Apartments

Located immediately adjacent to the beach in Black Rock, Birdie's Nest is a comfortably furnished beach house. The upper floor is home to a single spacious... two-bedroom self-contained apartment, with a private deck overlooking the swimming pool, beach and sea. The lower floor is divided into two smaller one-bedroom apartments.

Whilst offering relatively simple accommodation, this property has achieved and maintained Reader Satisfaction Ratings that must be the envy of every competitor. The reason is clear from the reports: the friendliness, hospitality and genuine warmth of the owners. This property will provide a 'true' Caribbean experience like no other.
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Birdie's Nest

3 Self-Catering Apartments

Located immediately adjacent to the beach in Black Rock, Birdie's Nest is a comfortably furnished beach house. The upper floor is home to a single spacious two-bedroom self-contained apartment, with a private deck overlooking the swimming pool, beach and sea. The lower floor is divided into two smaller one-bedroom apartments.

Whilst offering relatively simple accommodation, this property has achieved and maintained Reader Satisfaction Ratings that must be the envy of every competitor. The reason is clear from the reports: the friendliness, hospitality and genuine warmth of the owners. This property will provide a 'true' Caribbean experience like no other.

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You'll have the Caribbean Sea, a mile long sweep of sandy beach with coconut palms and magnificent sunsets and Giant leatherback turtles .... and a quiet beach house in the West Indies for yourself and your family.

Birdie's Nest holiday apartments are a little gem tucked away on the beach at Great Courland Bay, at the end of a country lane.

It is quiet and secluded but not remote, far away enough that you hear just the sound of the birds and the ocean, yet near enough to enjoy the village steelband or a Carib beer at the local "rum shop" - or go to Church on Sunday!

It is the real West Indies, this is Tobago - and you are at Birdie's Nest in Black Rock.

Here you have an unmatched opportunity to see Giant Leatherback Turtles which virtually come to your doorstep during the annual turtle nesting and hatching season (April - September). Great Courland Bay, Tobago, is one of a handful of beaches in the world where these endangered creatures return every year to lay their eggs. It is an unforgettable, prehistoric ritual, to see the turtle emerge from the sea, lay her cache of over 50 eggs then camouflage the spot before returning to the sea.

Even if you do not witness this incredible event, there will always be the pleasure of a golden sandy beach and sparkling blue waters of the Caribbean Sea lapping at your feet - this is the beautiful Great Courland Bay home of the Rex Turtle Beach Resort hotel and two of Tobago's popular little tourist villages - Black Rock and Plymouth with their local Creole restaurants and 'rum shops' where you can hear the sweet sounds of Katzenjammers steelband, calypso and reggae rhythms or meet some of the village folk and join in with fishermen who still cast their nets daily in the picturesque ritual called 'pulling the seine'.

Birdie's Nest beach house sits on the shoreline, facing the sea. It is perched on a small slope which provides a clear, cool, elevated view of the beach and the Caribbean sea.

It is a typical 2 storey West Indian house, now divided into three beach holiday apartments, at very AFFORDABLE RATES

Apartment 1 occupies the entire top floor. It is very roomy and comfortable and has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, ideal for couples or families with older children. The Apartment sleeps 5 persons.

Apartments 2 and 3 occupy the ground floor. There are two separate fully self-contained 1xbedroom apartments with connecting doors, suitable for families and friends. Each of these apartments sleeps up to 3 persons.

In the evening when the sun sets, it seems to set for you alone - creating magnificent memories of skies the colour of fire. Or other sights to rival the sunsets - the stunning brilliance of the tropical full moon in a starry Caribbean night and the sounds of nighttime... subdued chirps and whistles and myriad other calls while in the background waves break and recede on the shoreline. By day of course there are humming birds and other species feeding amidst mango, coconut and banana plants.

myTobago Review

Birdie's Nest, Black Rock, Tobago

The following review was produced during a 7-night stay at Birdie's Nest in February 2020.

Introduction

Birdie’s House is owned by Princess Robinson, and managed by her son, Prince.  When I first met this charmingly-named couple, back in 2003, I was astonished to find that Prince was still a schoolboy and yet had been managing the guest house for more than two years. His enthusiasm and commitment were just so impressive and I have followed his progress with great interest ever since.

Following that introductory meeting, we stayed at Birdie’s Nest several times. We started our 2020 trip with a week at Birdie’s. I am delighted to report that Prince still shows the same burning desire to offer guests the best of Tobago.

Location

Black Rock village is located on Tobago’s Caribbean coast, just 20-minutes from the airport. Most of the island’s main shops, restaurants and facilities are within a 15/20-minute drive of the house.

As we say in almost every review, having your own transport is undoubtedly the best way to make the most of any holiday on Tobago. In fact, I would suggest that it is better to stay in lower-cost accommodation WITH a car, rather than at more expensive accommodation without. Birdie’s Nest is no exception to this rule. There are no restaurants within comfortable walking distance. The village mini-mart is the best part of a 10-minute walk away. Carrying bags of groceries down dusty roads in the heat of the day is not the best way to spend precious holiday time. These comments would apply equally to most visitor accommodation properties on Tobago. Birdie’s is no worse than most but does at least offer a glorious (and surprisingly rare) genuine beachside location.

Prince now owns and operates a self-drive car rental service under the trading title Birdi Car Rental. Cars and SUVs can be hired by the day or week. He regularly offers great value deals combining accommodation with car hire.

Architecture

Birdie’s Nest is a two-storey house of rendered concrete block and wood construction in typical modern Caribbean style. The upper floor offers a spacious air-conditioned two-bedroom apartment. The ground floor is split into a pair of one-bedroom apartments.

The property sits two metres above sea level. A sturdy brace wall separates the front garden from the beach and prevents coastal erosion. The gardens are extensively planted with multi-coloured bougainvillea and colourful tropical shrubs, providing privacy to the attractive swimming pool that is shared by all resident guests.

Prince is building a new house immediately behind the existing property (effectively an extension). This will provide additional guest services and enable him to live on the premises. Except when leaving the premises, we were almost totally unaware of the new extension. Construction is taking place at a very slow pace, as funds allow and to keep disturbance to a minimum.

Upper Floor Apartment

This spacious apartment consists of a large living room and kitchen to the front, with the two bedrooms and bathrooms to the rear of the property. A small covered balcony sits to one side of the apartment and a large wooden deck to the front. The apartment offers fabulous views across the beach and Great Courland Bay.

Apartment 1 is decorated and furnished in simple local style. Everything was spotlessly clean and in working maintenance order.

Living Area

A wooden display unit separates the seating area from the kitchen. This also forms a useful breakfast bar. The seating area is furnished with a wide and comfortable corner sofa and locally-made coffee table with wooden top in the shape of Tobago. Entertainment is provided courtesy of a 40-inch smart television with multi-region DVD player and Digicel Play digital fibre service, which also provides fast wireless broadband access, including Netflix membership.

The living area has a large and efficient air-conditioner. However, we found that we needed nothing more than the floor standing fan to keep internal temperatures comfortable, with the front and kitchen doors open.

Kitchen

The kitchen is simply, but adequately, fitted out. A large fridge-freezer ensures that grocery trips are kept to a minimum. The four-burner bottled gas oven with grill is supplemented by a microwave. Additional accessories include a coffee maker, toaster, kettle and a reasonable selection of cooking utensils, cutlery, crockery, and glassware. All items were in reasonable condition and clean. Birdie’s is certainly not one of those places where you feel it advisable to wash everything before first use.

Master Bedroom

The ensuite master bedroom is adequately spacious and dominated by a king-size bed. Designed by Prince, the wooden bed frame was hand-made by a local joiner and has built-in nightstand shelves, lamps, and flexible LED reading lights. I have to say that we could not have slept better. Mind you, the constant sound of the surf breaking on the beach masks a huge amount of extraneous sound and lulls even the lightest sleepers.

The master bedroom has a large built-in cupboard with 1.2m of full-length hanging space, plus a two-drawer vanity unit with three-quarter length mirror. A medium-sized digital security safe is available for valuables.

The ensuite bathroom is spacious and equipped with washbasin, toilet, and a large fully tiled walk-in shower.

Both bedrooms have large ceiling fans and discrete split-unit remote-controlled air-conditioning units. They were highly effective and virtually silent.

Second Bedroom

The second bedroom is marginally larger than the master but fitted out as a family room with a 5ft queen-size bed plus a standard 4ft 6in double bed. A wardrobe provides 1.3m of full-length hanging space (a few hangers provided), overhead storage cupboards and a vanity unit/dressing table with two deep drawers and three-quarter length mirror.

This bedroom is virtually ensuite as the bathroom is immediately adjacent. This bathroom is furnished with a smart modern countertop washbasin, a toilet, and a large enclosed bathtub with wall-mounted shower head.

Finally, the bathroom provides a further meter of wardrobe and shelf storage space. Between the two bedrooms and the ‘family’ bathroom, Birdie’s Nest undoubtedly provides more clothing storage space than any family are likely to require for even and extended Tobago beach holiday.

Balcony & Deck

Wide double doors lead from the living area onto a 4.2x2m covered balcony. This provides a shaded seating area is a particularly pleasant dining and ‘liming’ spot, both day and evening. The balcony is furnished with a simple all-weather plastic table and four chairs.

The balcony runs around two sides of the building and provides access to the magnificent sundeck. Furnished with high-quality cushioned all-weather armchairs and recliners, plus two large sun-umbrella, this is a truly wonderful and romantic spot to watch the sun setting over Fort Bennet, two hundred metres down the beach.

Apartment 2 & 3: One-Bedroom (lower floor)

The lower floor of the house is divided into two one-bedroom apartments. On request, a connecting door can be unlocked, converting the two units into a single large unit. Both apartments are of similar size and identically equipped. Apartment 2 has been fully refurbished more recently and is more modern in appearance. However, they essentially offer the same high level of clean, spacious, comfortable accommodation.

Both apartments face the garden, with side views out to sea from their balconies. Apartment 2 is located to the left, with its side aspect adjacent to the swimming pool and beach. Apartment 3 is next to the car park and has a marginally more restricted view of the sea. However, it is fractionally larger than Apartment 2.  A solid wall separates the front balconies of both apartments, offering privacy to residents.

Apartment 2

Offering a floor area of 41m2/440ft2 excluding the front balcony, the apartment is spacious: exceptionally so by the standards of this level of accommodation.

A large living room dominates the front of the accommodation. Light coloured floor tiles create a feeling of space and light and a lovely cool touch to the foot. Both the living room and bedroom have their own air-conditioners.

The living room is furnished with a dining table and four chairs, a fridge-freezer, bottled gas 4-ring oven, kettle, microwave, toaster, coffee maker and a reasonable selection of crockery and cooking utensils, etc. A small island separates the kitchen area from the seating area.

Two sofas grouped around a 40-inch smart TV with Netflix provide a spacious seating area. Mind you, I cannot imagine that many guests would use this in preference to sitting outside on the lovely balcony.

The bedroom is fitted with a queen-size bed, bedside tables, and touch-sensitive lamps. There is an attractive cypress wood wardrobe and clothing storage is adequate, particularly for a beach holiday. The bedroom has a wall-mounted air-conditioner.

A small, but adequate, bathroom leads off the bedroom and is equipped with an inset washbasin with shaver socket, toilet and a fully-tiled walk-in shower. Birdie’s is plumbed for both hot and cold water throughout each apartment; something that cannot be taken for granted in Tobago.

Apartment 3

Apartment 3 is so similar to Apartment 2 that it would be pointless to describe it in detail. It is marginally larger than Apartment 2 and the marginal extra space enables both a double bed and a large 42-inch single bed to be fitted in the bedroom. This means that Apartment 3 would be appropriate for couples travelling with a young child.

Guests can optionally reserve Apartments 2 and 3 as a three-bedroom unit that can sleep seven people.  To achieve this, the living room in Apartment 3 is converted into the third bedroom.

Swimming Pool & Deck

Measuring 24x16ft and with depths ranging from 4-10ft, the infinity-edge freshwater swimming pool is shared by all three apartments. The pool is both chemical and salt free, with the water being sanitised by ionisation.

The attractive paved pool surround is furnished with sun loungers, chairs, tables, and sun umbrellas. It is truly a lovely place to sunbathe or relax, with views out across the pool and lawn to the turquoise waters of Courland Bay.  

Two barbeque units are provided for shared use by the three apartments. One barbeque unit is gas fired, the other uses charcoal.

The Beach

Great Courland Bay is one of the longest beaches in Tobago and over a mile in length. Swimming conditions vary enormously. If swimming conditions outside the apartment are a little too boisterous, then it is only a short (5-minute) walk to the sheltered end of gorgeous Grafton beach – one of the best swimming, snorkelling and walking beach on Tobago.

Courland Bay beach is better known as Turtle Beach. It is a popular nesting spot for the beautiful, but endangered, Leatherback Turtles. During the nesting season (typically March to August), these beautiful creatures can regularly be seen coming ashore during the night, digging a nest and laying their eggs before returning to the ocean. Even more spectacular is the sight of the tiny hatchlings scurrying back down the beach from the nest to the sea, a few weeks later.

Conclusion

Birdie’s Nest may not offer the glitz and glamour of some establishments, but neither are you paying for fripperies. What you get at Birdie’s is comfortable, affordable accommodation, plus the hospitality of two of the nicest, most honest, people on Tobago. Moreover, it is a genuine authentic Tobagonian experience.   

Prince and Princess Robinson represent the very best of Tobago; the sort of people to whom this website is dedicated. They truly represent the Tobago that I fell in love with more than 60 years ago.

We have loved every stay at Birdie’s. The accommodation is simple, but comfortable. We could not have left more relaxed. As always, the hospitality was exemplary and the value for money is frankly off the scale when compared to other genuinely beachside accommodation on the island.

Will we return? YOU BET!

Reader Reports

This property has a weighted Reader Satisfaction Rating of 100%   . Click below to read the 127 reader reports that this is rating is based on.

Dee from Trinidad visited in June 2021 and awarded   

I found Birdie's Nest while searching for a property with a pool to have a staycation since borders and beaches were closed. It was absolutely perfect, a wonderful respite. The compound and apartments are well maintained by Prince and his mom, either or both of whom were there every day and checked to ensure that we were ok and didn't need anything.

The sunsets each evening were glorious and varied according to the prevailing weather and cloud cover, presenting great photo opps. I fully enjoyed daily soothing back massages from the jets in the infinity pool without having the added cost of a masseur/masseuse.

I would recommend Birdie's Nest without reservation and will certainly be back when beaches are reopened so I can enjoy both worlds. All the best to the Robinsons!

Zali from Trinidad visited in October 2019 and awarded   

I stayed at Birdie's Nest the weekend for my birthday with my family and I had no complaints. Prince was very friendly, welcoming and nice. The upstairs apartment we stayed was very clean as well as the compound with the pool. The view was amazing no matter the time of the day. It felt like a private getaway, yet close enough to everything. It was a peaceful experience and will stay there again and recommend it to friends and family.

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Studio/1-Bed Apt:$95 - $155
2-Bedroom Apt:$200 - $225
Minimum Nights:3 nights
Property Type:Self-Catering Apartments
Apartments:3
Bedrooms:1
Maximum Guests:10
Air-Conditioning:Living Area +Bed Room (all Apartments)
Children:Children Welcome - Play pen for kids under 4yrs
Hair Dryers:On request
Telephone:Local calls free. Overseas call by card.
Internet Access:Unlimited wireless connection
Television:All apartments include digital cable television.
Safety Deposit:Yes
Wheelchair Access:Lower apartments
Swimming Pool:23 * 16 ft infinity pool, 4ft 3 - 9ft overlooking the sea.
Catering Options:

Housekeeping:No housekeeping
Baby-Sitting:Chargeable by the hour
Personal Laundry:on stays 7days or more, please reserve
Personal Cooking:By Arrangement
Location:Black Rock
Region:Lower Caribbean
Location Type:Village
Airport:20 minutes
Beach:Beachside Property