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Hidden Cottage, Tobago

Hidden Cottage

2 Self-Catering Apartments

Hidden Cottage is a wooden house nestled in lush hillside rainforest in Castara Village. Remarkably well named, Hidden Cottage is surrounded by lush... tropical vegetation and so peaceful that you could be miles from anywhere, yet the centre of Castara and the main beach are less than a 3-minute walk away.

The lower level of the house offers a spacious three-bedroom apartment with air-conditioned bedrooms and which sleeps up to 8 people. The upper level offers a single air-conditioned, self-contained studio apartment. Both units have their own private decks.
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Hidden Cottage

2 Self-Catering Apartments

Hidden Cottage is a wooden house nestled in lush hillside rainforest in Castara Village. Remarkably well named, Hidden Cottage is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and so peaceful that you could be miles from anywhere, yet the centre of Castara and the main beach are less than a 3-minute walk away.

The lower level of the house offers a spacious three-bedroom apartment with air-conditioned bedrooms and which sleeps up to 8 people. The upper level offers a single air-conditioned, self-contained studio apartment. Both units have their own private decks.

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Property Description

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Castara is one of the most peaceful and beautiful villages in the Caribbean. Our hillside family villa and air conditioned studio apartment are newly built and set in the magnificent surroundings of the rainforest, yet just 3 minutes walk from the beach, making it an ideal location for those seeking an 'off the beaten track' holiday. The emphasis at Hidden Cottage is on comfort, quality, originality and privacy.

Mot-Mot House is very spacious and comfortable. It has three large bedrooms, two bathrooms with hot showers, large living room and hand-crafted wooden kitchen. It also has many home comforts including air conditioned bedrooms and satellite TV and a Jacuzzi in the garden. It enjoys two private 40 feet decks facing onto lush tropical vegetation and fantastic bird life. Sleeps up to 8. Can also be rented as a 2 bedroom or as a superior one bedroom

Hummingbird apartment. This is situated upstairs from Mot-mot and has its own private deck. Hummingbird is a large self-contained air conditioned apartment with a wooden floor, white walls and high wooden ceiling. It also has satellite TV and a good indoor living area. The apartment is an ideal hideaway for a couple, but provision can be made to accommodate a small child at no extra charge. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is now available for all guests.

myTobago Review

Hidden Cottage, Castara, Tobago

The following review was produced during a 7-night stay at Hidden Cottage in March 2020.

Introduction

Located in the popular fishing village of Castara, on Tobago’s beautiful Caribbean coast, Hidden Cottage is a two-storey wooden house nestled into the side of a narrow gorge and surrounded by avocado, mango, orange, lime, and coco trees. It is hard to believe that the centre of the village and main beach are just a two-minute walk away. The cottage is truly well named.

Hidden Cottage consists of two apartments. These can be rented individually, or as a single combined unit. Mot Mot Apartment occupies the lower level of the house and offers three air-conditioned bedrooms. Hummingbird Apartment is a self-contained studio apartment on the upper ground level. An internal spiral staircase with lockable door connects the two, allowing the house to become a spacious four-bedroom unit - the only property in Castara capable of accommodating ten people in a single self-contained unit.

Location

Castara is a quiet fishing village. It has two lovely beaches with excellent swimming and snorkelling opportunities. The village is a 45-60-minute drive from the airport and main shopping areas; the drive along the twisty Caribbean-coast road being a feature within itself.

Grocery shopping in Castara has improved almost beyond recognition in recent years. Just three years ago, we were advising readers to plan a weekly shopping expedition to the more developed end of the island. How things have changed. It is now feasible to source groceries entirely within Castara village, assuming that you are flexible in your expectations and that your culinary demands are simple.

Outside the built-up areas of Tobago, worthwhile holiday accommodation properties within walking distance of multiple restaurants, shops, and beaches are surprisingly scarce. Hidden Cottage is fortunate in this respect; it is within a short walking distance of almost every shop and restaurant in the village.  

Some 20 concrete steps need to be negotiated for access to the Mot Mot Apartment. As such, the property would not be suitable for wheelchair users, or anyone with mobility problems.

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. 

External Facilities

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.

Hummingbird Apartment

The Hummingbird studio apartment offers comfortable holiday accommodation for a couple or solo traveller. The studio has a gross internal area of 29m2 excluding the lovely large covered front deck.

The apartment is fully self-contained and equipped with a four-burner gas stove (no grill), toaster and electric kettle. There is a large fridge-freezer and a small stock of kitchen utensils, cutlery, crockery, and glassware. Everything appeared satisfactorily clean and in reasonable working condition.

The large and comfortable cushioned sofa offers relaxed seating for the wall-mounted digital television. As in the larger apartment, downstairs, the TV offers full digital viewing through the excellent Digicel Play service, together with Wi-Fi broadband from the lower apartment.

The bedroom area is furnished with a double bed and mosquito net, plus a small wardrobe offering 0.5m of full-length hanging space plus two drawers.

The bathroom is small, but functional and has both hot and cold water. It also has an attractive semi-circular shower unit, with fancy LED-lit shower head, as found in the Mot Mot apartment.

As in the downstairs unit, the air-conditioning in Hummingbird Apartment has been replaced and upgraded since our last visit. The apartment is on the upper floor and the windows in the bedroom area high above the ground, so security is not an issue. Guests like me, who prefer to avoid air-conditioning, can leave the windows open and take advantage of the night breezes and the wonderful morning chorus.

Like the lower apartment, Hummingbird is wired for both local 110v and 220v power.

The front of the cottage, for this is what Hummingbird Apartment resembles, has a lovely 5 x 2.6m balcony. The balcony is furnished with two comfortable cushioned cane armchairs with a matching table. Two simpler chairs are provided, should you wish to relax with friends. The balcony is such a pleasant spot that it is sure to be where most guests relax and dine.

Conclusion

Hidden Cottage is unique in that, as far as I am aware, it is the only self-catering property in the Castara region that can provide sleeping accommodation for up ten people in what effectively amounts to a single unit. This is the primary reason that we have included it in our ‘Recommended’ listings for so many years.

The owner of Hidden Cottage is from Castara, but now lives in Scotland. Trying to manage a property remotely is hugely difficult. At the time of our last visit, five years ago, we were disappointed to find that the standard and levels of furnishing were not what they had been. There were clearly issues with the local management. Since then, the owner has taken back control and done extensive refurbishment and re-equipping of the property. The house is now managed locally by the owner’s daughter and housekeeping and gardening are handled by a lovely and helpful couple that live just a few houses away. To be brutally honest, we approached our visit with some trepidation. However, I am delighted to report that we genuinely enjoyed our stay at Hidden Cottage and the property is now back as a serious competitor in the Castara hospitality market.

Reader Reports

This property has a weighted Reader Satisfaction Rating of 92%   . Click below to read the 45 reader reports that this is rating is based on.

John & Sarah from U.K. visited in March 2019 and awarded   

Stayed. in studio apartment , ideal getaway for 2 in stunning Castara. comfortable bed and facilities . Just chill on the porch and watch the birds. It's up a biggish hill but well worth the effort. Great service from Selvin.

Lori McDonald from Canada visited in April 2018 and awarded   

Hi Everyone,

I traveled in a group of 7 this year to Castara Tobago. This is the second year I have stayed at Hidden Cottage. Four adults and three children used the 3 bedroom unit. It is more than satisfactory in its ammenities to accomodate that many people. The space is clean and the beds, furniture, tables and chairs are all in great condition. The air conditioner in the small bedroom needs replaced but the two other rooms have upgraded and work great. The kitchen is well equipped and has ample plates, cookware and utensils. I missed the art on the walls but am of the understanding that it was taken down for painting purposes and did not get re-hung. Outside is fabulous. The new pool is so nice. After your walk up the hill it is a great way to cool down your core temperature and relax some more. The balcony, outside tables and bird feeder only enhance the ideal surroundings. The driver from the airport Raymond, the housekeepers and our property manager were all very professional and sweet. I recommend this property to familys, friends and anyone who does not have mobility issues as it is up a fairly steep incline and has plenty of steps down to the property. I'll return with anticipation another time. Cheers!

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Studio/1-Bed Apt:$54
2-Bedroom Apt:$115
3-Bedroom Apt:$151
Minimum Nights:1 night
Property Type:Self-Catering Apartments
Apartments:2
Bedrooms:4
Maximum Guests:10
Air-Conditioning:Bedrooms only
Children:Children welcome
Hair Dryers:Guest could bring there hair dryer we also have UK power
Telephone:No
Internet Access:Yes
Television:Satellite television and DVD players in both apartments.
Safety Deposit:Very soon
Wheelchair Access:No
Swimming Pool:Plunge pool
Jacuzzi:We have a small jacuzzi in the garden for all guests to enjoy
Catering Options:

Housekeeping:Twice per week
Baby-Sitting:No
Personal Laundry:No
Personal Cooking:By Arrangement
Location:Castara
Region:Upper Caribbean
Location Type:Village
Airport:50 minutes
Beach:6-10 minute Walk