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Mary's Hill Lodge, Tobago

Mary's Hill Lodge

3-bedroom Holiday Rental Cottage

Mary's Hill Lodge is a 3-bedroom wooden-built cottage set high on a hillside, with views of woodlands on the other side of the valley. The house has two main... double bedrooms, one of these has a single bed in, the other has bunkbeds in and the third is a single bedroom with a double bed, plus three bathrooms one of which is en-suite. The sitting/dining/kitchen area is breezy with a view of the sunset above the woodlands across the valley. All bedrooms have their own balconies looking out across the garden area and can be opened up to get the best of the cool night breezes.

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Mary's Hill Lodge

3-bedroom Holiday Rental Cottage

Mary's Hill Lodge is a 3-bedroom wooden-built cottage set high on a hillside, with views of woodlands on the other side of the valley. The house has two main double bedrooms, one of these has a single bed in, the other has bunkbeds in and the third is a single bedroom with a double bed, plus three bathrooms one of which is en-suite. The sitting/dining/kitchen area is breezy with a view of the sunset above the woodlands across the valley. All bedrooms have their own balconies looking out across the garden area and can be opened up to get the best of the cool night breezes.

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Property Description

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This beautifully built wooden lodge is situated on a hillside off the quiet Scarborough to Plymouth road. It looks out over mature trees across the valley to the green hills on the other side, and at the rear of the premises there's a garden laid to lawn with pretty shrubs, at the top of which is a chain link fence and a line of palms giving privacy to the house, its garden and pool. A concrete walkway leads to the pool with its large deck - ideal for barbecues and al fresco dining, a wooden deck along the back of the house, is where you'll find the washing up area. The deck is roofed, and the large eaves of the house protect it from the heavy rains that are part of the Caribbean experience. The other, much larger part, of the Caribbean experience is the heat and as a result houses need to be airy and breezy. To this effect the main room has a large ceiling fan and at the front there is glass louvres, giving a lovely vista of green trees and hills. Similarly the bedrooms all have fans and a large area of louvres and lattice allowing the rooms to be breezy but protected from rain and private.

The main room comprises a sitting area with comfortable armchairs and sofa, dining area with pretty wooden table and four chairs and kitchen with counter top separating the latter from the sitting room. Both kitchen and sitting room are well equipped with appliances including toaster, kettle, fridge/freezer, cooker, stereo, and wireless internet. There are two bedrooms, one either end of the main room. The large master bedroom has an en suite bathroom with a large shower, washbasin, toilet and a baby changing space. Inside the bedroom there is a mosquito netted queen (5ftx 6ft7in) and a single bed (3ft x 6ft3in). The room also has two large louvred doors leading onto a deck, which looks over part of the garden containing two large mango tees. There is a hammock at the end of the deck.

The other side of the sitting room is the second bedroom with a double bed and bunk beds (same sizes as above), all again mosquito netted. Two of the walls have louvred windows and doors, the latter opening onto a deck from which you can step down to the pool for your early morning swim! On this deck you will find the second bathroom. There are stairs from the kitchen area leading down to the third bathroom and a small double bedroom (4ft7in x 6ft3in), which has louvred doors opening onto a deck. Also downstairs is the well-equipped laundry area.

The pool is absolutely lovely. 20ft by 10ft with two depths (3ft6in x 5ft), it looks out over mature trees and the hills and is, like the house, a very private space. Both the pool and decked area are fenced off for safety and below the deck is a pool pump room and a pool storage room.

To get to the house there is a small road off the main road, which leads to a concrete driveway running alongside a retaining wall at the base of the hill on which the house is built. There is a gated driveway off this same concrete track, which takes you directly up to the pool area, There is a also a second small gate and steps up to the back of house and the entire garden is surrounded by wire mesh fencing making Mary's Hill Lodge a great place to stay for families with young children.

We offer a airport meet & greet service, babysitting service, and a local cuisine chef that can come up to the house and cook for you. Please enquire for more details.

Here is a list of Facilities of the house.

  • Microwave
  • Wireless Internet
  • CD / Radio / Tape & Aux in (Ipod)
  • Telephone
  • UK plug sockets
  • 3 Hot showers
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • Cot with cot net
  • Highchair
  • Changing matt
  • Baby bath
  • Pool / Beach toys
  • Baby safety gates
  • Fridge freezer
  • 6 burner oven
  • Microwave oven
  • Coal barbecue
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Utensils
  • Safes
  • 2 Standing Fans
  • 1 ceiling fan
  • Hammock
  • Games
  • Books

myTobago Review

Our reviews are devoid of marketing hype. We aim to provide concise, unbiased factual information that will help you find Tobago holiday accommodation that perfectly matches your hopes, requirements and expectations.

The following review was produced during a 7-night stay at Mary's Hill Lodge in February 2013.


One of the rewards of doing myTobago accommodation reviews is that in addition to the conventional property choices ideal for the majority of the holiday market, we also get the opportunity to stay in interesting properties that perhaps appeal to a smaller market and might otherwise escape notice.

Visitors all too often focus on accommodation near the beach and ignore properties further inland. Why confine yourself to a single beach and limited dining and shopping facilities? To get the most from your time on Tobago, you need to hire a self-drive car and get out; enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the lush green interior and experience a different beach every day. Why pay premium prices for beachside properties when, for the same budget, you can move inland a mile or two and hire a vehicle, with all the extra flexibility and convenience that affords your holiday? This is very much the case with Mary's Hill Lodge.

We first stayed at this property in 2008 and were very impressed. We knew that the UK-based owner, Louis and Laura, had done a considerable amount of work since our stay, so looked forward to our return. We certainly weren't disappointed.


It will come as no surprise to learn that Mary's Hill Lodge is located in Mary's Hill – a small village on the main road between Scarborough and Plymouth. There is nothing the remotest touristy about this small Tobagonian community.

The turning to Mary's Hill Lodge is clearly marked. Although initially unmade, the track soon becomes a narrow concrete lane and winds a hundred metres up a steep hillside to the high retaining wall and fence that protects the lodge. Passing through the remotely controlled electric gates, the steep ascent to the parking area may seem daunting, particularly when it doubles back on itself, but this should not faze experienced drivers. And, if it does, you can always park in the lane outside the lodge.

The lodge is situated on the steep slopes of a picturesque glade. Although there are some 20-30 buildings in the valley, less than a dozen can be seen, so effectively does the foliage mask it all. Not having your own transport will severely limit your options when staying here. There is a small mini-mart just a five minute walk away, but this supplies only the basics. Ground coffee and fresh bagels are not essentials to rural Tobagonians. The nearest supermarket is a 10-minute drive away, on the outskirts of Scarborough.

Turtle Beach, considered one of the finest beaches on Tobago, is less than a 10-minute drive. Several other popular Caribbean-coast beaches can be reached in around 15 minutes. With your own transport, you have easy access to the entire island.

Given the steep hillside on which the lodge is built, this property would probably not be suitable for wheelchair users, or anyone with mobility difficulties.


Mary's Hill Lodge is a wooden house of novel open design. Those who enjoy feeling 'at one' with nature will love it.

The house is built on two levels, although the overall impression is more of a single single-level building. Constructed on a steep hillside, the lower floor is primarily a plinth to support the upper level. Louis, the owner, has his own joinery business in London so it is not surprising that the quality of the woodwork and general construction is very much above normal Tobagonian standards.

The two main bedrooms, kitchen and living area are located on the 129m2/1,380ft2 upper level of the house, together with a wide wrap-around veranda. A further 17m2/180ft2 of floor space sits on the lower level and home to a small third bedroom, bathroom and utility/laundry area.

The layout of the lodge is simple and comprises a large central open-plan living area with a bedroom at each end. Internal stairs lead from the living area to the lower floor.

Living Area

When we first visited the lodge, in 2008, the frontage of the building was open to the elements, except for a decorative balustrade with bead curtains along the front. More recently, glass louvers have been fitted and the balustrade backed by a high-quality acrylic Perspex panels. Whilst this does marginally detract from the rustic nature of the lodge, the overall effect is much the same as before and we feel that the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. You can now enjoy the views without getting wet during those frequent short, sharp downpours that keep this lush island so green. Furthermore, these changes, together with the addition of stair gates, etc., have made the lodge very much more "kid friendly". Parents will be able to relax and enjoy the wonderful peace and privacy of this charming cottage without constantly worrying that harm may befall their cherished offspring.

Measuring around 6.2 x 5.5m, the living area is reasonably spacious and should prove adequate, even for the maximum occupancy of six adults and three children. The house is well furnished and the walls are attractively decorated with soca posters and carnival mementos. The overall feel is both comfortable and homely. It is far more reminiscent of someone's home than a holiday rental property.

The main seating area is furnished with leopard-skin-print upholstered chairs and sofas, grouped around a coffee table. A small satellite television is provided and there is a cupboard full of board games and amusements for small children. There is also a small CD/tuner unit and a comprehensive folder of visitor information notes. A landline telephone is provided, with honesty box, so that guests can pay for outgoing international calls. I hope that this gets used! Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet is provided and devices should be able to connect from any part of the property.

Tobago is unusual in that properties can be wired for either, or both, 240v (UK 3-pin) and 110v (USA 2-pin) electricity supply. Most properties adopt the latter, but Mary's Hill Lodgehas chosen both. The master bedroom and kitchen both have 3-pin 240v sockets suitable for normal UK appliances.

An extendable wooden dining table and five wooden dining chairs are located next to the front balustrade and take full advantage of the great views down the valley. It is like dining among the tree tops. An additional table section can be added for larger parties.

The kitchen is functional and equipped with a six-ring gas stove with grill and oven, electric grill/toaster, large conventional toaster, liquidiser, electric kettle and a large American fridge/freezer unit with icemaker. With the exception of the fridge/freezer, the oven and much of the supplied utensils, crockery and cutlery were past their best. This would be our only material criticism of this otherwise-lovely cottage.

The kitchen has a very unusual layout in that the kitchen sink straddles the veranda, outside the main building. Actually, this is not as daft as it first sounds. There is a doorway between the kitchen and the veranda and, when this door is open, the sink is effectively an extension of the kitchen work surfaces. The stainless steel double-sink has a slow-running outlet for filtered drinking water. The main tap (faucet) is only plumbed for cold water. In fact, other than basic instantaneous water heaters in the showers, there is no plumbed hot water in the property. This feature used to be common on Tobago, but I confess that it is some years since we have actually come across a property that has not upgraded. However, owners Louis and Laura inform me that this is one of the improvements scheduled for 2013.

A central island between the kitchen and living areas forms a highly useful breakfast bar or work surface, with storage beneath.

Master Bedroom

Offering some 21sq.m. of floor space, including the en suite bathroom, the master bedroom is of reasonable size. It is also nice and breezy when both pairs of cedar louvered double doors are open; one leading from the living area and the other out onto the private veranda.

The bed is fitted with a large mosquito net. During our last visit, we did not use the net and simply followed our normal practise of positioning our trusty electric bug mat between the fan and the bed. We found this perfectly adequate. This year, we decided to use the mosquito net for no reason other than to check whether the net became stuffy in use. I am delighted to say that we slept perfectly every night. In fact our only minor criticism was that the bed was fitted with a standard double mattress when it could have been so easily adapted for a queen-size mattress. Since our visit, we understand that the bed has been upgraded to a full queen-size bed (5' x 6'7").

Since our last visit, an attractive recessed single bed mounted above storage drawers, with suspended mosquito net, has been constructed as the end of the bedroom. Louis' skills are clearly apparent and this modification represents a material enhancement to the room, both visually and in practical terms.

Bedroom furnishings include a bedside table on one side, and a wall-mounted bookcase and shelf on the other. Both sides have a decent reading lamp. A selection of reading matter is stored on the shelf. Although there were no notes to say so, I assume that the "take one, leave one" principle applies. There is nothing more frustrating than choosing a good book from the property's library, then having to leave before you finish it; not to mention selfish guests who just take books without leaving a replacement.

As mentioned, louvered double doors lead from the master bedroom and onto the wrap-around veranda. The veranda is shaded by a deep roof overhang and runs around three sides of the house, but still manages to feels very private. It is a lovely spot to enjoy an early morning cup of tea overlooking the mature mango trees and lush gardens.

The master room's en suite bathroom is relatively small, but perfectly serviceable. It is dominated by a large walk-in tiled shower. Sadly, the shower only utilises a very basic local instantaneous water heaters.

A cold-water washbasin and toilet complete the bathroom fittings. Toiletries can be stored on an adjacent shelf or in a small unit under the washbasin. There is no shaver socket, but a hair dryer is provided in the main room. Since our previous visit, a raised unit ideal for baby changing has been constructed in the bathroom.

Bedroom 2

At 18sq.m., the second bedroom is smaller than the master bedroom, but still of reasonable size. A locally-made four-poster double bed with mosquito net dominates the room.

A small built in wardrobe with fabric curtain front provides 0.75m of full-length hanging space. As in the master room, lots of hangers are provided.The only furnishings are a small chest of drawers, a single wooden chair (part of the dining set) and one bedside table, with wall-mounted shelf on the other side of the bed. A floor-standing electric fan is provided for additional cooling, although leaving the wooden window louvers open should be adequate at most times of year.

As in the master bedroom, a very neat recess has been added in the last year or two. In this case, it houses a full-size double bunk bed, with mosquito net frontage. I bet the kids really fight over who gets the top bunk!

As in the master room, the second bedroom has louvered cedar doors providing access onto the wrap-around veranda. Being located immediately adjacent to the swimming pool, guests can step out of this bedroom and virtually into the pool, or use the chairs and loungers on the pool deck for their early morning cuppa'.

The second bedroom does not have an en suitebathroom. However, it shares an external bathroom intended for shared use by both the second bathroom and pool users. The entrance to the bathroom is immediately next to the bedroom, so this arrangement is adequately convenient. The bathroom is equipped with washbasin, toilet and walk-in shower with water heater.

Bedroom 3

Measuring 3.2x1.8m (5.8sq.m.), the small third bedroom could be used by adults, but is possibly best suited to children. I can imagine that this room would have immense appeal to most children or teenagers. It is a wonderful little 'den', just far enough away from the other rooms to give a feeling of independence, while still having everything remarkably close to hand.

Despite the small size, the room has a built-in full-length double bed. A mosquito net 'curtain' is fitted across the front. A small built-in wardrobe offers hanging space and shelves, supplemented by a five-drawer chest. The room has shuttered windows and a double louvered door leading onto the spacious rear veranda. The doors have top and bottom bolts and so there should be no danger of small children letting themselves out in the middle of the night. An electric fan mounted above the bed provides additional cooling.

Adjacent to the third bedroom is a spacious general bathroom fitted with a large tiled walk-in shower with instantaneous water heater, washbasin and toilet.

Utilities & Services

A general utility area on the lower floor of the lodge is equipped with a large washing machine, tumble dryer, electric iron and an ironing board, plus a linen cupboard. A cot and highchair are available for infants.

The lodge is serviced prior to the arrival of new guests and then only intermittently, depending upon the length of stay. The manager, Louise, is a cheery soul and she made us feel very welcome, like Curtis, who looks after the exterior.

Although we did not actually see it, we understand that a baby cot is available.

Two well-hidden security safes provide storage for smallish cameras, documents, cash and other valuables. The grounds of the property are secured by a high retaining wall and fence. The main gates can be controlled from the living area and the electric gates proved reliable in operation. A small side gate is protected by a 4-tumbler combination lock. The property seems to have found a nice balance of common-sense security whilst not leaving the occupants feeling imprisoned within their own accommodation. In fact, from within the grounds or house, you are hardly aware of the perimeter security.

Pool & Gardens

Although Mary's Hill Lodge is less than a 10-minute drive from Turtle Beach in Courland Bay, there are times when it is nice just to stay at home and lounge around the pool – particularly when it is as private as this lodge. We were therefore delighted when told that a 20x10ft swimming pool had been installed at the house.

The pool is charming, secluded and private. Topless or nude sunbathing is illegal in Trinidad and Tobago, and even in these enlightened times public nudity can cause serious offence, particularly with older members of the community. Tobagonians are deeply religious and tend to subscribe to the "hell and damnation" sects. Mary's Hill Lodge is somewhere that ladies (and gentlemen) could easily get an all-over tan without upsetting anyone.

The pool deck is furnished with a large sun umbrella, half a dozen light all-weather chairs and three sun loungers. It is something of a suntrap and high-factor sunblock is an essential. Fortunately, there is always shade and a place to cool off on the deep veranda around the house.

The property sits in half an acre of garden and grounds. Being located on quite a steep hillside, much of the garden is inaccessible but they provide a lovely backdrop to the main areas. The garden vegetation has matured nicely since our last visit and will undoubtedly continue to improve with age.

An ingenious small coal-fired barbeque has been created on the edge of the garden, just outside the kitchen, ideal for the pool deck: a superb location for al fresco dining.


We invariably say that the best judgement on a property is whether we are sorry to be leaving and whether we would wish to return.

There is no doubt that we can say yes to both these questions.

Mary's Hill Lodge has its own unique charm. You simply need to read the visitor reports on myTobago to appreciate that we are far from alone in this opinion. The inland location and more rustic nature of the accommodation mean it will not suit everyone. It undoubtedly provides an ideal base for those wanting to get away from the touristy parts of Tobago and experience something resembling the 'real' Tobago.

During our week there, we only left the property twice; to have dinner with friends one evening, and then once to stock up our groceries before moving to our next review. The house never got too hot for me to work and Jill never felt inclined to take the car and pop down to one of the beaches. That says an awful lot for the place. It really is a wonderful place to chill out and relax.

We truly look forward to our return.

Reader Reports

This property has a weighted Reader Satisfaction Rating of 97.3%   . Click below to read the 54 reader reports that this is rating is based on.

Fiona Rowe from U.K. visited in November 2018 and awarded   

We really loved our stay at this lodge! Very relaxing, clean and comfortable indeed. It had everything you could need with lovely furnishings. It is in a fantastic location as really near to all the bars, restaurants and beaches.

The beds were comfortable and there was enough space around the lodge so that we didn't feel at all cramped.

The pool was a highlight for me as I really felt that I was in a tropical paradise and very blessed to be there.

I would definately reccomend!!

Marsha Seetal Marajh from Trinidad visited in April 2017 and awarded   

Our stay at Mary's hill lodge was very satisfying. The house is very family orientated and is equipped with all items needed such as pots, pans, glasses and towels. The pool was appropriate for the kids also as there were a shallow end and a deep end for the adults. We enjoyed our stay very much and would surely visit again.

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Cottage Rate:$159 - $199
Minimum Nights:2 nights
Property Type:Holiday Rental Cottage
Maximum Guests:9
Bathrooms:3 (1 ensuite)
Air-Conditioning:All bedrooms have standing fans and there is a ceiling fan in the living room
Children:The house has been baby proofed as best as we can and there are lots of baby things for guests to us
Hair Dryers:Available
Internet Access:Wireless Internet
Television:Cable TV
Safety Deposit:There are two safes - one in each of the main bedrooms
Wheelchair Access:No
Swimming Pool:20ft by 10ft with two depths 3�6� x 5�
Catering Options:

Housekeeping:By arrangement
Personal Laundry:We have a washing machine, tumble dryer and outdoor washing line
Personal Cooking:No
Location:Mary's Hill
Region:Lower Caribbean
Location Type:Open Countryside
Airport:25 minutes
Beach:10 minute Drive