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4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, Pool, Wifi, Driver/Tours available.
We offer discounted rates for reduced occupancy - please see the additional pricing information below rates.
Details of exact location, including a map, can be found below.
Papaya House is a simple and comfortable bungalow providing conveniences of a home, together with an efficient and friendly service.
You rent the property and enjoy amenities such as free WiFi, your private pool, air-conditioned bedrooms with ensuite shower rooms, and the comfort and convenience that comes with renting a home away from home, rather than one room in a hotel. We price the property based on occupancy so that it is affordable even for a solo traveller. Our rates are £40 per night for single occupancy to £140 per night for maximum occupancy of eight people. There is a full list of rates below.
Our local property manager, Mike, is on hand in a small apartment adjoining the house. He has a separate front door so you may not see him very often but he is on hand should you have any questions. Mike was born in England but has lived in Trinidad since the age of about two. His family, including parents and grandparents, have lived in the immediate area (some in neighbouring properties) for five generations so far. When you make an enquiry you will be contacting Mike's daughter, Nerissa, who now lives in England but returns to Trinidad about two or three times each year with her husband and young son.
Mike offers a taxi service and/or tours for those interested. He enjoys showing and chatting about Trinidad with our guests, and goes that extra mile to find, as he has in the past, a steelband practice out of season for guests looking to experience it. He has also, for example, arranged the required permits for guests going turtle watching in Grande Riviere. For further details of Mike's taxi services and tours please scroll down below.
THE HOUSE Papaya House is a simple, comfortable bungalow located in Tunapuna, eight miles east of the capital, Port of Spain. There are four air-conditioned bedrooms with ensuite shower rooms, an open plan living/ dining and kitchen. There is a washing machine, parking on the property and wireless internet .
LOCATION: In terms of our nearest landmarks, the house is a five minute walk to the main UWI campus in St Augustine, specifically the entrance next to the UWI SPEC building. In the opposite direction it is a five minute walk from the house to the Tunapuna Market. There is a map further down this page - please scroll down and use the tool to zoom in and check exact location, or zoom out to see the property's situation relative to the rest of the island.
BEDROOMS: There are three double bedrooms and one twin bedroom, all airconditioned, and with ensuite shower rooms. The beds in the double bedrooms are 4ft 6in wide, and the two beds in the twin bedroom are each 3ft wide. All four bedrooms are the same size and furnished in the same simple and functional way. Mattresses on the double size beds are Serta Posture Firm while mattresses on the single size beds are high density foam. Beds are made up with fitted sheets and lightweight duvets/ comforters, and there are extra sheets in the cupboards for you to use if needed. Each bedroom has sufficient space to accommodate a travel cot (not provided).
SHOWER ROOMS: The ensuite shower rooms each contain a spacious shower cubicle with shower curtain, sink, toilet and cabinet. They are all the same size, layout and colour in terms of tiles. Bathroom towels are provided, with an extra supply in the cupboards.
LOUNGE/DINING: In this area there is a living room suite (a three seater, a two seater and a chair), cable tv, a radio/cd player and a multi region dvd player. There is also a small selection of novels and local books. There is a large dining table and chairs. This area is open plan together with the kitchen and is not air-conditioned.
KITCHEN/LAUNDRY: The kitchen is fully equipped with a fridge/freezer, cooker (hob/oven), microwave, kettle, toaster, coffee maker, blender, citrus juicer, pots, pans and crockery. There is a washing machine, and clothes can be hung to dry on the outdoor washing line in the backyard using the clothes pegs provided. This area is open plan together with the living/dining area and is not air-conditioned.
SWIMMING POOL/YARD: The pool in the backyard is 20ft long by 15ft wide (approx 6m by 4.6m). Half the pool is approx 4.5ft (1.4m) deep, and the other half approx 5.5ft (1.7m) deep. There are steps on the shallower end to walk into the pool. We can provide a child safety gate for the back door of the house which leads to the pool area. Please note that while the pool can be used at any time of the day or night, this is a residential area and noise must be kept to a minimum at night. This is in keeping with noise pollution laws.
From the backyard, by the swimming pool, there are three steps down to a shady garden area. It contains fruit trees including mango, coconut, sapodilla and tamarind. Guests are welcome to help themselves to whatever fruit is in season during their stay. Please note that climbing trees is at your own risk!
PARKING: There is parking on the property to one side of the house.
TAXI SERVICE/ TOURS: For those interested, Mike offers airport transfers, taxi services and tours. Mike's vehicle is a Nissan Serena which can seat six passengers. When numbers require it, he organises for a second car and driver to ensure our guests' comfort. AIRPORT TRANSFERS cost TT$60 per person each way. TAXI SERVICES vary in price depending on your destination. As an example, the price for a journey to St Augustine, Curepe, Valsayn or Trincity would be TT$100 in total for up to 6 people in Mike's car. If your group is more than six people then a second car can be easily arranged. A journey to Port of Spain would cost TT$250 for up to 6 people in Mike's car. If your group is more than six people then a second car can be easily arranged. TOUR prices vary by destination. Tours are tailor-made and designed to suit guests' preferences and interests. Mike has taken previous guests to Asa Wright, Maracas Beach, Caroni Bird Sanctuary, various hikes including Avocat Falls, Grande Riviere for turtle watching, the Pitch Lake and Temple in the Sea among others. He often does combined tours such as a North Coast tour that takes in Maracas, Las Cuevas and Blanchisseuse. That can be further combined with, for example, the return leg on a different route including a stop at Asa Wright. EXAMPLE TOUR PRICES A return trip to Maracas Beach, TT$300 for the first person and TT$80 for each additional person. A North Coast Tour, TT$420 for the first person and TT$90 for each additional person. A return trip and guided hike to Avocat Falls, TT$420 for the first person and TT$90 for each additional person. PLEASE NOTE this is just a small sample and tours can be arranged to suit your interests, preferences and budget. Arrangements and payment for driving/ tours are made directly to Michael.
PHOTOS: All photos on this listing were taken by us on a compact camera. The scenic ones are a few of our favourites from a very large collection over the years. We have tried to use more recent shots. As this site limits the number of photos to twenty-four and I have of course included photos of the property, I had just a few spaces left for the scenic/tour photos. Please note that the scenic photos have been taken in various parts of Trinidad (see photo titles) and are not in the immediate vicinity of the house.
RATES FOR THE PROPERTY: Please scroll down to the rates section below. Discounted rates for lower occupancy are available - please see the notes section. Minimum stay is three nights. Rates shown are valid throughout the year except for Carnival. For CARNIVAL we have a flat rate of £195 per night. There is a minimum stay of seven nights, priced at £195 per night. Additional nights are charged at £140 per night. There are no additional taxes or service charges. The property sleeps up to a maximum of eight people.
The property will be cleaned and prepared for your arrival, and then cleaned following your departure. This is INCLUDED in the price you pay. Additional cleaning (if you choose it) during your stay can be arranged, and is payable locally to our property manager - prices listed are per week. Once weekly TT$300 to TT$450 depending on how many bedrooms in use; twice weekly TT$600 to TT$800 depending on how many bedrooms in use.
BOOKING AND PAYMENT: Once you have decided to book we will send you a simple booking form to be completed and returned by email. A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking with the balance payable 60 days before your arrival date. If booking within 60 days of your arrival date, full payment must be made.
CANCELLATION POLICY: More than 8 weeks before your arrival date, deposit refunded less 20% Between 2 to 8 weeks before your arrival date, 50% of full payment refunded (i.e. deposit forfeited) Between 1 to 2 weeks before your arrival date, 25% of full payment refunded Less than 1 week before your arrival date, no refund.
Maximum occupancy of 8 people Apr 19 - Oct 15, 2016 3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Check-out Cleaning Fee£45
RENTAL RATES shown are valid all year, except for our Carnival period.
DISCOUNTED RATES available when occupancy is less than eight people. Please send us a message.
1 guest, 1 bedroom £40
2 guests, 1 bedroom £55
2 guests, 2 bedrooms £70
3 to 4 guests, 2 bedrooms £85
3 to 4 guests, 3 bedrooms £100
3 to 4 guests, 4 bedrooms £115
5 to 6 guests, 3 bedrooms £115
5 to 6 guests, 4 bedrooms £130
7 to 8 guests, 4 bedrooms £140
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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The house is within a 10 minute walk of the market, pharmacy, a small supermarket, banks, cinema, a range of other shops including small restaurants/take-aways, and the University of the West Indies campus.
Within a 10 minute drive you will find a 18 hole golf course and country club, and a shopping mall with over 100 shops also including a few restaurants, two food courts, a six screen cinema, banks, a games arcade, and a large supermarket.
The beaches of the north coast can be reached in 45 minutes, with numerous other sights such as Lopinot, Maracas Falls, and Caroni Swamp all within a 30 min drive. Nearest is Mt St Benedict at about a 10 min drive.
Port of Spain's numerous bars and restaurants, particularly in the Woodbrook and St James areas, is about a ten mile drive away.
For our location please see the map above - you can zoom in to check exact location, or zoom out to see its situation relative to the rest of the island.
SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES:
From swimming in limestone caves, picnicking at a river, seeing Leatherbacks laying their eggs and hatchings emerge, investigating the natural asphalt lake, visiting the world famous asa wright nature centre, hiking to many waterfalls, seeing the red howler monkeys in the day, and the scarlet ibis at sunset, to the renowned carnival and it's associated activities. There are also local museums, sport, art exhibitions and theatre worth checking out.
BIODIVERSITY in Trinidad:
'the continental origin and proximity of trinidad to south america, along with its varied habitats, has resulted in an extremely diverse biota. Species lists for this island are impressive, including 97 native mammals, 400 birds, 55 reptiles, 25 amphibians, and 617 butterflies, as well as over 2,200 species of flowering plants! No other area in the west indies, and few areas of comparable size in tropical america, can match this spectacular species diversity.' Taken from the Asa Wright Nature Centre website (2006).