Mot Mot Apartment - Living Area
The three-bedroom Mot Mot Apartment provides gross accommodation of around 130m2 (1,400ft2), including the balcony.
One of the nicest features of Mot Mot is the wrap-around balcony along two sides of the house. Furnished with a comfortable cushioned sofa and a long narrow table with four chairs, the balcony provides shade throughout the day. It is a lovely spot to chill out or sit and watch the birds on the bird table and in the lush trees that surround the property.
The main entrance leads from the balcony into a large living area, furnished with a new and comfortable 3-seater sofa with matching armchair, plus a table with three chairs. A flatscreen TV provides entertainment via the excellent local Digicel Play digital service, together with the fastest Internet Wi-Fi connection we have experienced in Tobago.
The living room is dominated by a huge breakfast bar with a trio of kitchen stools. This provides an expansive surface area for food preparation, with lots of storage space beneath.
Cooking facilities include a large bottled-gas stove with griddle pan and oven, plus a microwave oven, electric kettle, and toaster. A large fridge-freezer ensures that trips to the supermarket can be kept to the minimum. The crockery, cutlery, glassware, and kitchen utensils had been clearly upgraded since our previous visit, five years ago.
Adjacent to the kitchen area, a spiral staircase provides internal access to the Mot Mot Apartment on the upper floor. The connecting door is unlocked when both apartments are rented as a single unit.
Although the three bedrooms are air-conditioned, the living area is only cooled by an overhead fan and a single floor-standing fan. It is essential to open the doors and windows as early in the day as possible to prevent hot air building up inside the high-ceilinged room. The absence of air-conditioning in the living area is actually only substantial criticism of Hidden Cottage after the excellent refurbishment that the property has clearly benefitted from in recent years.
One useful facility that will appeal to UK visitors is that the kitchen and master bedroom have both 110v 2-pin flat and UK 220v 3-pin power sockets.
Mot Mot Apartment - Bedrooms
A central corridor provides access to the ‘family’ bathroom and three bedrooms.
The master bedroom is located to the rear of the property and has direct access onto the lovely wrap-around balcony. It offers a spacious 23sq.m. of floor space, including the ensuite bathroom.
This bedroom is simply furnished with a queen-size bed with mosquito net and nightstands, a large wardrobe, a clothes tree, and a single chair.
The bathroom is of reasonable size but does suffer from an absence of storage space, with just a single narrow glass shelf next to a double shaver plug. This could be easily fixed as there is ample wall space available. However, the bathrooms have received a major upgrade since our last review and the flashing LED lights of the shower heads are sure to fascinate many, particularly the kids. There was adequate hot water and water pressure was good. Taking a shower was the rewarding experience you hope, expect and need in the tropics.
As in the other bedrooms, the air-conditioners have been upgraded since our last visit and were fully operational, quiet, and efficient. It must be said that despite being in the heart of the village, we slept like logs every night. Caribbean villages can be surprisingly noisy with the sound of music, cockerels (roosters) and dogs. We found that except for the occasional disturbance from a neighbour’s hunting dogs, we found Hidden Cottage a surprisingly quiet and relaxing place.
The second bedroom is next to the master bedroom and offers similar access onto the balcony. This room is slightly smaller than the master and furnished with two standard double beds separated by a small nightstand, plus a medium-sized wardrobe and clothes tree.
The third bedroom is smaller than the others (3.25 x 3.8m). It is very simply furnished with a single queen-size bed, a small wardrobe, and a chair.
Bedrooms 2 and 3 share a common bathroom. This is of decent size and furnished with a decent shower unit, toilet, and washbasin.
All the linen and towels were of reasonable quality and clean. Do not forget to bring your own beach towels. The apartments are serviced every four days. The housekeeper and her partner, who looks after the grounds and maintenance, proved helpful and friendly and fortunately live just a few houses away.
The house is built on a steep hillside and the surrounding land is largely covered in un-cleared bush, so there is effectively no access to the gardens. However, this is a lovely refuge for wildlife and by leaving out fruit, sugar, and other tempting morsels at the start of your visit you will be surprised how quickly the birds catch on. Within a few days you will be able to sit back and watch a veritable parade of bird life.
At the front of the house is an open concrete-surfaced courtyard with a large wooden table and bench seating. Handy for the kitchen, this is likely to be the primary dining area for most guests. Concrete stairs lead down to a small enclosed plunge pool. This is unlikely to tax Olympic swimmers, but it is a useful place to cool off.