Castara Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion

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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 couldnīt 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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Alan Gale from U.K. visited in December 2012 and awarded  Five out of Five

Castara is an escapist location, as mentioned in numerous locations. Although it can occasionally be invaded by a tourist bus for a few hours, these visitors do not stay long - there is simply not enough to keep them occupied. Primarily Castara is a location for independent travellers, and everyone seems happy to keep it that way. As independent tourists, you should expect the same level of minimalism you would encounter in other escapist locations. If this is not your thing, do yourself a favour and chose a different resort.

We stayed in Tamarind over Christmas and New Year 2012-2013. It is a fabulous, open-air apartment which can best be described as 'rustic'. Whilst it has all of the items and utensils you could possibly need, it is a wooden structure, which creaks slightly - noise travels! It's like staying in a giant tree house, but without any swaying. We found it a pure thrill.

The decking at Tamarind deserves a special mention. Large, spacious, almost constantly in the sun, and regularly visited by a host of beautiful birds, it also has a sea view. You can hear the waves from the nearby beaches as you soak up the sun or relax after a day of strolling along the sand.

We found that there were actually more supplies available in the shops than we had expected. At no point did we have to go to the bigger towns just to get anything we required (though our tastes are fairly simple). Cereal, milk, pasta, rice, meat (frozen), beer, rum, bottled water (if you don't want to drink the safe tap water) - all can be easily obtained from the several shops. Cheno in the coffee shop usually has ice cream (though the choice may be limited), and Sharon at the Boathouse can do you pizza and/or iced coffee.

We were very glad we chose Castara, and Tamarind in particular. Adam takes care of guests staying at all three of the Castara Cottages, and will regularly swing by to check you have everything you need. It's not a holiday suitable for everyone - that simply doesn't exist anyway. It's for quiet tourists with few requirements. If this is you, I can utterly recommend that you give this a go! Five stars for us!

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Slava F from U.S.A. visited in August 2012 and awarded  Five out of Five

We had a great week. Anne is more than helpful and welcoming.I would definitely take up her offer for ear plugs next time , we never got used to the roosters :))) We will try to be back soon.

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Ian from U.K. visited in March 2012 and awarded  Five out of Five

We stayed at Tamarind cottage, one of 3 beautiful apartments that make Castara cottage. the cottage was just yards from the beach down a fairly steep track, the only difficulty being whether to turn, right for Little Bay or, left for Castara Bay. Tamarind is surrounded by trees making the verandah completely private but still offering perfect views across to the bay.The apartment is really spacious and the bed really comfortable. We found the standard of cleanliness to be very high, the shower was surprisingly powerful and the water hot.

Our breakfast were a delight with brightly coloured birds coming to check on what was available. The people of Castara were very welcoming, and this is very much a working community who happen to attract a few.visitors. It is definitely not a tourist resort, more a place that will allow you to be absorbed into the daily life as much or as little as you want. There are local lads who will be keen to take you on boat trips for snorkelling and even offer to cook for you, but you won't be hassled in the way that can happen in busier islands. There are plenty of places to eat and its well worth going to the coffee shop for, breakfast.,., menus are rare, just ask what is on offer then, sit back and watch the world go by whilst it its freshly cooked for you. evening entertainment could be had at the Boat House, which is right on the, beach, where you could try your hand at, limbo, also bbq at the coffee shop with steel pan band, plus a party night at Blue mango, or travel further to Buccoo to experience the not to be missed Sunday school. A great holiday in beautiful surroundings

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