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Luxury retreat with stunning sea and rain forest views - Tamarind House Villa

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Space 1,539 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Description

Tamarind House Villa

Tamarind House villa accommodation consists of:- In the main house (upper level):- 2 double bedrooms each with en-suite facilities. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite facilities. Large open-plan kitchen, dining and living area. Veranda with teak furniture and hammock. Laundry facilities. Two of the bedrooms open onto a long veranda overlooking the Caribbean Sea, and a further double bedroom enjoys wonderful rain forest views to the rear of the house. The living area also leads onto the long veranda with sea views at the front and views of the rain forest at the back.


About the property

TAMARIND HOUSE

Perched on a hill in the centre of Parlatuvier, self-catering Tamarind House villa provides breathtaking, uninterrupted views of both the oldest protected rain forest in the Western hemisphere and one of the most attractive beaches along Tobago’s Caribbean coastline. Completed in April 2007 the rental villa with separate apartment is a thoughtfully designed and constructed log house. It is a perfect holiday retreat. From the verandas, pool, terrace and garden, guests can relax and watch the day go by - fishing boats leaving early and arriving with the catch mid afternoon, the daily migration of orange winged parrots, cocricos, egrets and corn birds to and from their favourite roosts, and much more besides. With the beach an easy stroll of 4 or 5 minutes away there is ample opportunity to swim and snorkel amongst coral reefs fringing the beach.

More Details

Owner
Lesley Finbow
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
16 October, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Here we are on the veranda of Tamarind House with 1 hour to go before we set off for the airport. The last 3 weeks in your beautiful villa have been one of our most memorable holidays ever. Everything has gone very well without any problems or hitches. We don't want to leave. This end of the island is unspoilt and the best. Just perfect. Lets hope it stays that way.

Have I missed anything? A decent pint of beer. And my marmalade. And -- er, well nothing else really.

Thank you very much.
Jan 2015
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Parlatuvier in Eastern Tobago

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1539 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • All Bedrooms are air-conditioned and have en-suite shower rooms and toilet. Bedrooms 1 and 2 open onto a veranda with stunning views overlooking the bay.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • bay
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
In addition to Tamarind House villa (upper level) which sleeps 6 people in 3 bedrooms, we can also offer for rent Tamarind House apartment which is situated beneath the villa and offers accommodation for a further 2 - 4 people. Guests have the choice of renting the entire property, including the apartment, the main villa without the apartment, or the apartment on its own. If both the villa and apartment are required by the same family or group, we will be prepared to negotiate a reduced rate.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(39 traveller reviews)

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Tamarind House Villa
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 41 reviews
5

stunning property and location

  • 5 of 5

Tamarind House is simply stunning. Beautifully furnished and equipped. Sharon the Housekeeper was there to meet us and cooked a wonderful meal of Chicken, lentils, salad and potato salad. There was so much it fed us for 3 days! The welcome pack provided was very useful so we didnt have to worry about taking any extras.

The house and pool were absolutely perfect.... the views over Parlatuvier bay were jaw dropping, as was rainforest to the rear. Evenings were spent watching the sundown and then the fireflies dancing...bliss. Rural Tobago at its best. Very highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely house in wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of six (with 4 young people aged from late teens to mid-twenties), and Tamarind House provided a fantastic base for our two-week holiday. We all loved it from the moment we arrived- a beautiful airy house set just above the stunning little fishing village of Parletuvier. All the rooms are a good size, and there are numerous places to sit and read or watch the wildlife in or out of the shade throughout the day and evening. The kitchen is an excellent space to work in and very well stocked, and the 'outside kitchen', poolside, has a very good gas grill, so we had a great time cooking fish brought from the fishermen mid-afternoon.

Why did we love it so much? Well, there are few more heavenly spots on Tobago, where the rain-forest dips down to the sea, where the local people are so welcoming and friendly, where we could snorkle before breakfast each day, and where the wildlife flowed in and out of the house- birds, bats, lizards....also, we are a diving family, and were able to easily reach key dive sites around Tobago, and we loved the local waterfall and rain-forest with abundant bird- and other wildlife.

Sharon is an excellent housekeeper- the house was always clean and tidy after her visits and she was hugely helpful in introducing us and giving us directions- her eggs were delicious too! Hot tips: Shauvanne's fruit and veg stall 500m beyond Glasgow's Bar, and Vaness's little local diner, turn left towards Bloody Bay and immediately on the left, as well, of course as the fish from the jetty.

We can't recommend the house highly enough if you love reefs and rain forests, tranquility and passing time with local people; try a house in the south-west of the island if you prefer nightlife or glitzy restaurants!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Fiona, it is wonderful to host such appreciative guests, especially those who embrace the simplicity and unspoilt natural beauty of the North East coast.
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5

Stunning views surrounded by local character

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in beautiful Parlatuvier.

The facilities are so well thought out, from the cds and movies provided (with hilarious reviews included!) to the great big fridge freezer with ice maker - and of course the refreshing air con in the bedrooms.

This property is fantastically maintained, spotlessly clean on arrival.

We were cooked a delicious meal (BBQ chicken, homemade salad and creamy rice&beans to die for) for when we arrived along with the warmest of welcomes from Sharon, the housekeeper.

Sharon called us the next day to offer advice on trips and recommended a brilliant, knowledgeable guide, Fitzroy, to take us into the rainforest on an experience of a lifetime. We saw hummingbirds, trapdoor spider nests, parrots galore as well as about 20 small to huge waterfalls through the forest. It's probably the best value for money day out on any holiday we've ever had. Not to mention Fitzroy is a blast, really fun company.

The roads are a bit bonkers, so only hire a car if you're accustomed to driving overseas, the guides and local people that you interact with are all SO generous so getting about we found no problem at all. The phone in the house is surrounded with local taxi cab and tour guide cards etc.

The larder of items (bread, eggs, bacon) etc. when you arrive is a lovely touch, and we found the kitchen had every appliance and utensil etc. we needed for the holiday, we cooked most evenings, including fish freshly caught and brought in on the jetty by the local neighbours. We were a little daunted at first, but they couldn't have been friendlier, asking us which of the fish we wanted and how many steaks to cut for us (all descaled and chopped up for you ready to BBQ!).

The BBQ was easy to use, the water pressure for the shower perfect, the pool is clean and just the right size for relaxing and enough to do a few "I'm on holiday" strokes, nothing too strenuous.

Finally, that view. The pictures don't do it justice. We were speechless for the first hour of sitting with a beer looking out at the sunset across the bay. Honestly the view from the deck will live with me for a lifetime. We found ourselves out there for breakfast and every evening.

When our little boy is a older we'll be coming back out here with some family - the dining room table is huge and there's lots of seating - all comfy and in great condition.

We really can't enough positive things about what a stunning holiday this was, we can't wait to go back. Tom & Joey 2017

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Hidden Paradise !

  • 5 of 5

If You are looking to get away from all the city life and just RELAX this place is for you. We found exactly what we were looking for in this property. This Property is an hour away from the airport and backs up to the rainforest.The views are amazing and the sound of the crashing waves fill the air. This villa is located on top a hill within the village. Very local Vibe not at all commercial or full of other tourists.

From the moment we stepped out of the car there was a sweet aroma of a flower that filled the air. Sharon the housekeeper met us at the house shortly after we arrived with the welcome meal she had prepared for us. She was very delightful and full of information that made our stay very comfortable. She is a wealth of information about the area and history of this home. she also called the house to checked in on us several times during our stay.

Lesley the owner mentions many locals in her recommendations to contact for different things we found this very helpful and used many of them from taylor rentals, (we dealt with Bruce this wife and son Jadon ) Our local rainforest guide was Fitz Roy who was very knowledgeable of all the birds and creatures in the rainforest. We did go on a few hikes including to the waterfall that is almost directly across the street and a 5 minute walk down a trail. Although spending time at the house we did see more birds and creatures than on the hikes we did.

There were many local beaches and swimming holes just beware most of them are not as calm as pigeon point and have under tows that will pull you out and toss you right back to shore depending how rough the water is. Exercise extreme caution.

Overall our stay was exactly what we wanted and we didn't want to leave. We Definitely will be back the next time we are in Tobago. Thank you Lesley for sharing your piece of paradise with us.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Angela, it was lovely to host such appreciative guests, we are so pleased you enjoyed your time in and around Parlatuvier, it really is a very beautiful and special place. We are especially fortunate to have Sharon on hand to take care of our guests, and to share her local knowledge. At certain times of year the seas can be pretty rough along our coast, and at other times not so. This is just one example of the unpredictable nature of life on a small tropical island! My favourite times are when the sea is calm and bright turquoise exposing clearly the wonders of the coral reef just below the surface. We look forward to your return to Tamarind House, best wishes, Lesley
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5

Chill out at Tamarind House

  • 5 of 5

We were made very welcome by Sharon even though we were a late evening arrival. The house was clean and well furnished both inside and out. Lovely shower pressure even when all the family were there. The bedrooms and shower rooms were all well proportioned and the towels were a generous size and the dryer in the laundry room was great for enabling a last day swim.

The shop by the jetty was friendly and has lots of cold beer. You needed to go a little further for fresh fruit and veg but we had fresh fish from the boats at the jetty and the shop had frozen chicken.The Glasgow bar, on the hill, has an amazing view across the bay and the next 2 beaches have bars with food on the beach.

Nature came to us with lizards, bats, dragon flies, birds of every shape and size and the neighbour's chickens. We awoke to the forest dawn chorus and later a tardy rooster from next door greeted us.

The pool is great as it is a salt water system so no sore eyes and is warm from the sun but cool enough to be refreshing.

We had the house and apartment and there was enough room for us all to eat at the big dinning table or escape into small groups.

After enjoying the intensity of Carnival in Trinidad this was the perfect setting for a relaxing break.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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3

a beautiful place to relax

  • 3 of 5

Tamarind house is really a good location to spend relaxed holidays there. The huge house( (we were 3 instead of 6) is built on the top of a hill with a wonderful view over the bay of parlatuvier.

The pool behind the house is great, but it has no handrail to get in. We enjoyed also the big terrace. The garden with all the exotic flowers and animals (humming birds, lizzards, goats, male chickens, who waked us in the morning, dogs, we also saw a tegu and a gecko once....) is amazing.The access road is a little bit steep for older persons to walk down or come up. And the staircase behind the house is also without a handrail at the last three steps. That`s a problem for a 86 years old person.

The washing machine is rusty, but it worked. I missed a flexible tube in the shower.

I also looked for a cool box for our excursions, but I couldn't find one.

I hate waxed table-cloth, it had a lot of mouldy spots.I should have removed it myself!

Sharon the housekeeper was very nice and she cooked us a wonderful meal.

On the whole we enjoyed our stay at beautiful Tamarind house.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Margreth, thank you for your review, even though it is a disappointing 3 stars, the lowest we have ever received. I am sorry that your 86 year old friend found the house challenging. I did try to give an accurate picture and thought that the gentleman's mother who lives close by, and who had originally contacted me, would be familiar with the house, and if in doubt would arrange a visit to check suitability. There is a cool box, available for excursions, at the house (Sharon is always available, by the phone provided, for any queries), and of course you should have removed the offending table-cloth. I am sure you understand our need to provide protection for our lovely hand made teak furniture, especially for when we have children visiting with crayons and paints. My husband and I who own Tamarind House live in the UK and we are currently stock-piling items to take down on our next visit in April - we like to keep the house to a high standard and are constantly upgrading. We have on order a new washing machine (the salt air does unfortunately create rust very quickly), new pool chaise lounges and numerous soft furnishing and small items. I will bear your comments regarding suitability for elderly persons in mind for the future.
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Location

Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Crown Point
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Parlatuvier
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Scarborough
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Bloody Bay
Car: recommended

The spectacular fishing village of Parlatuvier is just a 40 km drive from Crown Point Airport, up along the picturesque North Coast road. This working village has a perfect crescent shaped beach curving away towards pretty pastel beach houses, a small elementary school, a few tiny shops, a rum parlour and breathtaking views. Set against a backdrop of stunning tropical rain forest Parlatuvier is Caribbean village life at its simplest.

On either side of Parlatuvier are the villages of Castara, Englishman’s Bay and Bloody Bay, each with their own beautiful beaches and a variety of restaurants and small shops. Fresh fish can be bought most days from the jetty in Parlatuvier and at the fishermen’s cooperative in Castara. Bird watching, rain forest walks, boat trips, fishing trips, snorkeling and scuba diving are just a few of activities that can be found within the village or just a short drive away. In Parlatuvier, a unique and memorable tropical island experience is awaiting you.

Other Activities: swimming, snorkeling, bird watching, fishing, rain forest tours within 15 mins. Diving, Mountain Biking, Sailing, Wind Surfing, Surfing, Golf, Horse riding 20-30 mins

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