Castara Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion

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Jenny And Henry Fay from U.K. visited in November 2010 and awarded  Four out of Five

My husband and I first stayed at Castara Cottage for a few days in 2006 and loved it so much that we promised ourselves that we would return... and we did, this time with my sister and her two-year old daughter. We rented two apartments, Tamarind and Saffron, which gave us lots of space and meant that the little one could sleep undisturbed while we stayed up chatting. The provisions for a toddler (cot, potty, high-chair) were great. This apartment is good for accessing both of Castara's fabulous beaches. We also had fresh fruit delivered most mornings by Bengi, a local "greengrocer", which was a lovely treat. The apartment is cool and airy because if its wooden construction and the spacious balcony is great for lounging in the hammock, eating or just sitting watching the tropical birds. Although, do beware, birds are tempted indoors by ripe fruit!

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Sarah Turner from U.K. visited in September 2010 and awarded  Four out of Five

After doing some extensive online research, I chose to stay at Castara Cottage in the village of Castara.

I have to say I loved every minute of my stay and the layed back vibe in Castara.

I stayed in the Tamarind apartment and for me it was the nicest of the three. Lots of space, and a large balcony and with all mod cons.

It's really close to Castara beach and with a car you are only 5 mins to Englishmans Bay, which for me was the best beach.

I can't wait to return and explore more of the island.

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Maxine Noel from U.K. visited in August 2010 and awarded  Five out of Five

We - my husband, myself and our two children aged seven and nine,- have just returned from a two-week holiday in Tobago where we had an absolutely fantastic, time. It was our first visit to the island, but it certainly won’t be the last.

We stayed at Castara Cottage in the Tamarind apartment which was exactly as we imagined it would be. We especially enjoyed relaxing on the patio and feeding the different birds which came every day for the bits of fruit nuts, biscuits and other tit-bits which the children especially liked to put out for them.

Other great experiences were buying freshly caught fish from the fishermen‘s co-op in Big Bay, and being lucky enough to get freshly – baked bread and delicious cakes from the mud oven.

The apartment was clean and very well-equipped with everything we needed, and we loved the fact that it was so well-placed for both of Castara’s beautiful beaches and the great snorkelling near the rocks in Heavenly Bay.

As we were ‘Tobago virgins’ we really appreciated the quick responses and useful information on everything we wanted to know from Ann, one of the owners. Joshua, the manager not only looked after us very well, but it was also very re-assuring that he lived just down the road - near Chino’s café where the food is delicious.

We hired a car so were able to travel around the whole island and can honestly say that Castara and Castara Cottage are great places to stay if you are looking for a friendly and relaxing holiday in Tobago.

Maxine, John, Tim and Justin from the Uk

August 2010

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Margery Nzerem from U.K. visited in October 2009 and awarded  Five out of Five

We stayed in Castara Cottage for a 16 day, 3 generation (my husband and I, our grown up children and their partners and our 2 year old granddaughter) family holiday, and so rented all three flats. It was lovely family rental - the fact that we had three separate spaces meant we could spend lots of time together, but have some privacy when we wanted. Saffron (the studio flat) and Tumeric are interconnected, so when that door was open the top floor was one big space. To our delight, although Tumeric only sleeps 4, the balcony has a big table (seating, on one evening, 7 adults and a toddler in a high chair with ease). The sitting room in Tumeric is big too, so they both made great family spaces.

This is the fourth time my husband and I have been to Tobago, staying in different parts of the island each time, and Castara is the best - a fishing village that has its own life and pace and is not too touristy. Between the local fruit and vegetable shop and the 'fruit king' who called everyday, it was easy to get fresh produce, and of course there's lots of fresh fish, as others have mentioned.

The two beaches are very close and very quiet with good swimming and excellent snorkelling just off the beach, so we spent most of our time there - but, as others have mentioned, there are lots of other things to do too.

I don't understand the problems others had with the main road. It is indeed just behind the cottage, but caused no problems. The road down to Heavenly, which is beside the cottage, was a bit noisy; there had recently been work done to the drains and the road surface had not been repaired, so cars skidded and ground their gears - but there's not much traffic, and once the road is fixed all should be OK

Brigette, the manager, could not have been nicer or more helpful. The cottages were very well equipped - all the kitchen equipment we could have wanted and lots of towels, frequently changed. Ann, the owner, also could not have been more helpful, cheerfully answering our numerous enquiries before we went.

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Claudette Forbes from U.K. visited in July 2009 and awarded  Four out of Five

I stayed at Castara Cottage for 3 weeks last summer (my second stay at the cottage) and in a couple of other places in the village for the remaining weeks of my six week stay there. I have to say that Castara Bay is, in my view, one of Tobago's jewels. Castara Cottage is perfectly situated, just minutes from the beach and with access to some lovely places to eat. Talk of noise from the road surprises me. I don't recall that problem. It's not as though there are streams of traffic going by. My best memories are of waking up to the chorus of rainforest birds, conducted by a somewhat annoying cockerel and gorging on delicious mangos bought from Bingi, the 'Fruit King' who delivers in the morning. A note to those staying in the upper apartment to be considerate of those staying below should help as sound proofing is an issue which I gather is being rectified, but otherwise one of the best places to holiday in the Caribbean.

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