Castara Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion

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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.

It’s 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).

I’ve 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.

It’s 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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Caterina from Germany visited in March 2013 and awarded  Five out of Five

We (family, two girls 8 and 11 years) had a fantastic stay in Castara Cottage. We felt really at home - it couldn´t be better. Everything was well prepared and we were welcomed very warmly by Adam, the manager, who took care about us the whole time.

Castara is a nice little village and we loved it with all its smells, colours and sounds. For Castara Cottage is a wooden building with no window-glasses, you probably will hear some of the typical sounds of a small village like the cock in the morning. And you will hear and smell the sea! The Cottage has got very good beds, so we were sleeping like babies. Every afternoon we were buying fresh fish directly on the beach which is really nearby just down the hill. We had great fish-dinners on "our" terrace, which offers a maximum of privacy. There are wonderful plants around it and we enjoyed watching the birds in the morning and the bats at night.

Castara Cottage is nothing for people who need luxurious amenities in a pampered environment, but if you are looking for a place, were you can feel a piece of real caribbean life - just go there. You will find everything you need in a peaceful shabby-chic atmosphere.

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Sven Akermark from Sweden visited in February 2013 and awarded  Two out of Five

We felt that the Cinnamon appartment was very exposed to traffic noise and odors comming from outside. Its built under the other appartments which gave a sense of staying in a cellar.

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