Castara Roundhouse - Reader Reports & Opinion

These reports are a combination of questions and comment posted in our Castara Roundhouse forum and visitor reports added via the 'Add Report' tab above. The votes awarded are weighted by volume and date to give a truer representation of reader satisfaction [more details].

Reader Satisfaction Ranking:  Weighted ranking based on 2 votes = 4.1  (max 5)

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Barbara Seebaran from U.S.A. visited in February 2018 and awarded  Five out of Five

This is our second stay at Oceanview Roundhouse because we enjoyed our first stay so much we immediately rebooked. The apartment is spotless and very well accommodated. The bedrooms are very comfortable with screens and mosquito netting, ceiling fans and floor fans. The heat is not a problem due to roll up shades on the deck. We lowered these each day to lessen the effect of the sun and were very comfortable. The decor is quite nice with delightful small touches that are very artistic. The bathroom is large and has luxurious cotton towels. We came with our adult daughter the first time and she enjoyed the stay as well.

We like to cook and found everything we needed for meal prep in the kitchen with lovely dishes. Nice knives, stainless pots and ceramic non stick skillet.

The appliances are new and we loved cooking on a gas stove. Microwave and toaster oven made meals easier.

We didn’t most of our time on the deck until late afternoon. Our biggest decision was to swim before or after lunch. The walk to the beach is steep but we are 67 and 75 and made it work with frequent stops. Our last day we were proud to only stop once on the way back up .

Jenny was here but we hardly knew it. The apartment feels very private and affords such a lonely view of the ocean and all the rain forest birds and plants. We were accompanied at meal time with several lizards, many birds species and the ever present sound of waves crashing on the beach below.

We would recommend this property due to the quality, cleanliness and personal care given by its owner. We would return if at all possible.

Guest Report   

Tai Fernandez from Tobago visited in March 2015 and awarded  Five out of Five

I and other four adults (some from Canada, some from Trinidad and Tobago) stayed at the Roundhouse in March, 2015. Apparently, we were its first official guests, as the middle-floor apartment (which is the rental part of the house) had only recently been completed. We had a wonderful time here. The apartment was beautifully built with the use of local timber and by local woodworkers, and shows exquisite taste in its decoration and layout. It is very comfortable and up-to-date in terms of appliances and utilities. We had pretty much everything we needed to cook breakfasts, lunches and dinners, served with style.

The bathroom was large and comfortable, and quite attractive in its color scheme and general decor, like the rest of the apartment. The bedrooms were comfortable and spacious, and one of them has a gorgeous view of the sea through a sliding door that leads to the two-sided balcony. This balcony has a view of Heavenly Bay and is surrounded by vegetation and a majestic tree that is always full of birds. We saw the beautiful Trinidad Motmot all throughout our stay, flying from and into that tree in couples. A sight to behold. Sitting there in the evenings having dinner and sipping cocktails after a day at the beach was deliciously relaxing.

The house is at the top of the hill right at the entrance from the main road into Depot Road which goes right down to the bay, so walking down to the beach (even when it is a very short walk) could be a problem for people with physical limitations because of its steepness. At the bottom of the hill there’s a restaurant called the Boatview which serves delicious lunches and dinners, and where, on Wednesday nights, a band of local drummers performs live. It also has a bar. The beach (Heavenly Bay) is exquisite and is great for snorkeling on clear days. The house is also a short car drive to other breathtaking Tobago beaches and bays, like Englishman’s Bay and Parlatuvier.

Rachael, who manages the house for the owners when they’re away, was extremely efficient, sweet and accommodating to all of our requests without exception or hesitation; she replied to our emails in great time and made sure everything was in perfect order for our arrival, meeting us there as soon as we arrived. We were very lucky to have her as our hostess.

There is also a small store right across the street with basic provisions and fresh fruits and vegetables, which was very convenient.

Our single complaint about the house is the lack of shade in the balcony when the sun starts coming down, and how this makes the house get a bit too hot in the evening hours, as it hits the house on that side directly. We let the owners know about this soon after our stay, and they are in the process of correcting this issue.

All in all, we give The Castara Roundhouse our full rating of 5 (Extremely Satisfied), and hope to be return guests sometime soon! I definitely recommend it.

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