Castara Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion

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Maggie Gilpen from U.K. visited in September 2013 and awarded  Five out of Five

No need to look any further this has to be the best honeymoon destination of all time ! Castara is just paradise and Saffron apartment is perfect for two - we wish we had more days to spend.

Our five night stay at Castara Cottage was absolutely wonderful. We did lots of bird-watching by putting fruit (bananas mostly) and pieces of bread on the balcony ledge and saw more birds here, than anywhere else.

As for the rooster, that other guests have mentioned - he is just part of the experience and you soon get used to the many sounds and of this unspoilt and welcoming village. There is nothing better than hearing the sound of the waves, exotic bird calls and the rooster crowing in the morning.

We loved everything about Castara Cottage especially the mosquito nets which feel so romantic and cosy at nights. The house is clean and better equipped than most holiday apartments with good kitchen/cooking facilities.

Local people are friendly, sociable and incredibly generous with their time and advice. Someone else said that you should relax because you are safe, and it's true. The people in Castara are all about love.

Tobago is truly the paradise we were looking for! The beaches are magnificent, the water is warm and inviting, and Castara is a lovely town. Our stay at Castara Cottage has been wonderful too. Everything was great and more than we expected. Thank you for a lovely place to stay and to enjoy our few days in heaven.

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Nicola from Canada visited in June 2013 and awarded  Five out of Five

My partner, 5 year old daughter, and I stayed here and had a very pleasant stay. it's a great place to completely relax and forget about the rest of the world! close to the beach, surrounded by lush greenery - you feel like you're living in a tree house! the kitchen is well equipped and the owners are very helpful.

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Ben And Sarah from U.K. visited in March 2013 and awarded  Five out of Five

We spent two weeks in Saffron studio apartment in March 2013 and had an excellent time. If you are looking for luxury accommodation then this is not the place for you, but if you are looking for basic self-catering accommodation in an authentic Tobagon setting then you will find it is ideal.

The balcony on Saffron is the best feature as it is extremely private and surrounded by lush vegetation. Numerous birds (and bats) visit the balcony each day if you put out food.

The apartment is in a great location. You feel safe as it is within the village and it is only a very short walk from the beach (although up a pretty steep hill). As it is within the village, you should expect some general noise including music from the Blue Mango pub/restaurant; however this didn't bother us, it just added to the general relaxed atmosphere.

Before we went, we were slightly concerned about the lack of air conditioning, wondering whether it would be too hot to sleep well. However, as described in the cottage details the open, airy construction of the building means that it does not get too hot, especially with a fan on.

The apartment also has a lockable safe which made us feel more comfortable about leaving valuables and passports etc. We were also provided with a mobile phone for the duration of our visit which was really helpful for contacting the manager and arranging trips etc. The manager and maid were very attentive without being intrusive.

The self catering facilities are adequate, but not perfect so you may have to improvise a bit. There is no grill and although there is an oven, no baking tray/roasting tin was provided.

Overall we thought it was a great base, and Castara is wonderful. Beautiful and welcoming to tourists. We travelled throughout the island during our visit and felt that Castara was without a doubt, the best place to stay.

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Ian Williamson from U.K. visited in March 2013 and awarded  Five out of Five

It was my second trip to Tobago & this time had the pleasure of spending 5 nights in Saffron apartment at Castara Cottage.

Its a large studio with a high ceiling & doors/windows that take up most of the outside wall giving a real sense of spacious, airy freedom.

The apartment is simple, but very clean & well equipped (better than average for a Caribbean apartment).

Although the view is not spectacular, the unique design was really appealing. Not just a simple box-like room as found in many other places.

There is a private balcony where I spent most days, just watching, looking & listening to the local comings & goings of village life & the amazing birds (if you feed them).

Ive read previous reviews about the noise of dogs barking, cockerels crowing, cars driving by, etc etc...... but, Castara would not be the natural, unspoilt Castara if those sounds were eliminated !

Castara is a lovely village but the beaches could do with a little more attention with regard to litter & roaming, neglected dogs.

Its a great base for touring the West & North of the island and has a magnetic appeal. Glad to be home at the end of an exciting/exhausting day touring the island.

Almost every bar & restaurant is good but my choice has to be the Boathouse really delicious food & an excellent atmosphere.

Nothing to complain about & would be happy to recommend/return myself.

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Mark Mahoney from Canada visited in March 2013 and awarded  Four out of Five

Great location, nice beaches. Noisy during the night and early in the morning; Dogs and rosters from the village having a ball.

Lots of birds, the cottage is hidden in that small village's jungle.

People are very very friendly.

Mark M.

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