Hidden Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion

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Ruth Wallerius from U.K. visited in September 2008 and awarded  Four out of Five

We stayed at Hummingbird Cottage for 10 days and had a wonderful time. The apartment was all we needed, if a little on the small side (it's a studio). It's surrounded by lush rain forest and the private deck is a great place to sit and watch the local wildlife, which can be found in abundance.

We felt right at home and Rhonette came round every 4 days to clean and change towels and bed sheets. Selvin (owner of Hidden Cottage) and Steve have been extremely helpful when XL airline went bankrupt and we had to stay another day in Tobago.

Castara is a fantastic village and we made lots of friends there. We enjoyed the local culture immensely and we'll never forget the legendary BBQs at Shirma's, drinking until late and dancing on the street - respect to Ham and his crew!

PS: Try the Puncheon (rum) - it's lethal!

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Karla Capers from U.S.A. visited in August 2008 and awarded  Five out of Five

Four of us stayed at the Mot Mot apt this summer and had a wonderful time. The cottage is clean and spacious, with a well-stocked kitchen and a huge porch perfect for watching birds, playing cards, and relaxing. The pool is nice for cooling off in on those hot hot August afternoons. Castara is small and peaceful with a beautiful beach and plenty of friendly people. The folks who look after the house were very helpful in setting up for us whatever activities we wanted to do. They arranged for someone to drive us to Sunday school in Buckoo Bay, to the rainforest, and to take us out fishing one day. (We considered renting a car, but the tiny curvy roads and the left-side-of-the-street driving scared off us Americans.) Everyone was super friendly and we had a lot of fun. There's a newly opened grocery store on the beach in Castara. It's small but had everything we needed for our week-long stay. All-in-all this is a great place for a restful and fun vacation.

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Linda Keltner from U.S.A. visited in May 2008 and awarded  Five out of Five

We loved Hidden Cottage! Super close to the beach, lovely grounds and pool, great location in Castara. We would definitely stay there again. Castara is a wonderful village, nice and laid back, very relaxing vacation. We stayed for 2 weeks!!

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Rosie & Dave Usmar from U.K. visited in April 2008 and awarded  Five out of Five

We stayed at Hummingbird apt for 2weeks & had a fabulous time. The apt has everything you need for a comfortable stay. The shower (which is really needed after a long day on a sandy beach) has great water pressure & the bed is supplied with a mosquito net. Rhonette is a treasure, she kept everywhere lovely & clean. Ask her to cook you a local meal, it's really great. We were lucky to meet Selvin the owner who is a great bloke & had a fantastic evening 'liming' with Frankie the gardener & his friend Reginald. Castara village was just what we wanted, peace & quiet and friendly people. We rented the jeep which is available from Selvin & Linda & managed to see a lot of the island which is amazing. We will be booking again for 2009 but this time we will book into the downstairs Mot Mot apt.

Rosie & Dave Usmar

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Valerie Wye from Canada visited in February 2008 and awarded  Two out of Five

We stayed at Hidden Cottage for 11 days in February. We loved all the birds and lizards--we saw far more wildlife there than in the rainforest. The dipping pool was lovely at the end of a beach day. There was lots of hot water and water pressure which we had not had at our previous accommodation.

The downside was that the cottage, although roomy, is not set up for four people. There was an outdoor table and chairs by the pool but no table indoors. We had lots of rain showers, so the table was often wet. There were no chairs on the covered deck, so we were constantly moving the chairs from the pool to the deck. The deck was not wide enough to accommodate the table. As well, there wasn't comfortable seating space for four in the living area.

Also, a few people living on the other side of the ravine (who were fairly close) kept their dogs in small cages. Naturally, the dogs were not happy with that arrangement, so they barked a lot. We are animal lovers and found it distressing.

We were comfortable here, however. It's just that it did not quite live up to its billing. It certainly did not detract from our love of Castara, and we still think about our hours on the deck with the birds.

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