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The pictures don’t actually do justice to how charming the lodge is. It’s really special. We’ll be back!
It’s all open-air, wood, handmade four-poster beds with gauze curtains, and tasteful decorating. The pool is pristine. There’s even beautiful outdoor lighting around the grounds/garden. Even on the hottest days, it’s cool that high up. A/C never crossed our minds.
There’s a full kitchen with all the essential tools, even a French-press coffee maker which is a treat for anyone who’s tried to find a decent cup of coffee in T&T. We stocked the kitchen for breakfast and were so glad we did. It allowed us to be slow and relax in the mornings rather than scoot back to town for food.
There are three double beds, along with two singles (bunk-beds) and an oversized window daybed that could sleep two kids if needed. There are three full bathrooms and a washer/dryer as well.
A few notes about the place — none of which we minded, but perhaps make the place less suitable for travelers less enamored of rustic charm as we are:
No lie, the “road” up to the cottage is crazy, even for Tobago. And the driveway past the gates up to the house is too steep for some cars (we arrived, after a mishap with the rental car office, with a manual-transmission old bus/minivan and it’s engine combined with body-length made it impossible to negotiate the severe incline and sharp curve; it simultaneously bottomed out and, unable to assist with the momentum of a “running start”, the engine simply could not do it. Not a problem! We just parked in front of the gates and took the side entrance which is not a big deal at all, it’s only few measly steps!
The cottage is completely open air, which we are accustomed to. But do keep in mind (especially at night and especially after a few days of rain) you’ll need to use the bug mats, some bug spray, and keep the mosquito nets nicely sealed around your bed for a bite-free sleep. Again, using the above we didn’t have a problem at all. You may also notice a cute and harmless gecko around the walls, and occassionally a little bird or harmless fruit bar may pass through. That happened only once and only briefly during our six days.
Thanks so much Laura and Louise!
We enjoyed the garden and watching the variety of birds that live in the surrounding trees. Spent many hours on the deck, by the pool and on the beach, watching the waves and sunsets. The locals in the neighborhood were friendly. Were able to walk to small stores in the neighborhood to get groceries and other basic items. The local stores required cash transactions and we drove farther to the Penny Saver market on Milford Blvd. to make larger purchases with credit cards.
We came to the island to dive and did a few excursions with Black Rock Dive shop, which is within walking distance and the next bach over on Stonehaven bay. Diving off Stonhaven and Mt Irvine Bay was good. The reefs are healthy and I was impressed by the diversity of corals and sea life. One day we drove to Speyside to dive with Tobago Dive Excursions. The guys at Black Rock Dive shop helped us coordinate with their Speyside colleagues. The drive to Speyside is on a narrow and winding road and takes about 1.5 hrs. It is well worth the effort. Diving in Speyside was exceptional. We had 100+ visibility and the coral reefs are very diverse. Underwater we saw large Tarpon, turtles and large schools of Jacks, Tangs and snapper.
Stein and Edel have a car available to rent at the apartment, which is very convenient. I'll confess that had a mishap in Speyside and entered the water with the electronic key fob in my pocket (my brain was certainly in vacation mode). Don't repeat my mistake,... we were unable to start the car with the wet key fob. Fortunately, one of the guys at the dive shop gave us a ride back to Black Rock and the house-keeper, Theodora drove across the island to retrieve the car with a second key fob that she had in her possession. Basically, they took care of us and made sure that my blunder didn't ruin the rest of our vacation.