Windy Edge was designed and built by a former US ambassador to Japan and it is still known on the island as the Ambassador's House. Set on the top of Cinnamon Hill, it has sensational views over the Caribbean and Atlantic seas and catches the cooling breezes, unlike many coastal properties. It is a large well-designed home with high ceilings and ceiling fans, all the windows have adjustable aluminium louvred slats for security and are netted against insects. The whole house has recently been redecorated to a high standard throughout.
It is a spacious high ceilinged house, with large airy living and dining rooms, it sleeps up to 10, having five double bedrooms. 3 of the bedrooms have en suite facilities 2 bedrooms share a bathroom, making 4 bathrooms in total. A wide veranda surrounds the house with extensive al fresco dining area, barbecue, comfortable seating areas, and table tennis. The house stands in 2.5 acres of mature grounds with many tropical fruit trees for guests to enjoy and a good-sized pool (16'x32') which is serviced 3 times a week. 6-day maid service with cooking/babysitting if required. Gardens are well-maintained, safe for children and toddlers, and are home to many varieties of exotic birds and butterflies. Beaches, restaurents and shops are all within easy reach.
The Ambassador's House was built on the site of the original plantation house for the Concordia Estate, a large estate producing cocoa and sugar. Many fragments of European china have been found in the ground around the house and these have been dated to around 1850 indicating that the plantation manager who came from Scotland had his own china shipped from home. Some of the fruit trees date back to the 1960s and are interesting varieties rarely seen nowadays, others have been planted by the owner who is a keen gardener. For anyone interested in plants or birds this place is a source of endless joy.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Little Bacolet Bay 3 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Crown Point 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
|Luxuries||Internet access, Staffed property, Sea view|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||TV, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Table tennis, Games room, Safe, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 18, Lounge seats for 20|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
All bedrooms are light and comfortable with access to veranda and beautiful views over garden and beyond. Accommodation is spacious throughout the house, with high ceilings and access to the wide veranda from all rooms via sliding doors. Dining room and sitting room both have ceiling fans and plenty of comfortable chairs. Broadband internet available.
All meals can be taken on the veranda which is well equipped with comfortable seating. Extensive library of books and collection of board games to keep children and adults amused. Table tennis on the veranda. Internet access is available at no extra charge. Kitchen is well equipped with large cooker, microwave, toaster, food processor, juicer, coffee makers, 2 fridges and freezer plus dishwasher, and our maid will cook for guests as required. Sheets and towels are changed twice a week, towels more frequently if requested. Washing machine available for guests' use.
|Further details outdoors|
Beautiful mature grounds extending to 2.5 acres. Many species of tropical flowers and fruit trees which attract a wide diversity of birds. Pool has internal and external lighting for evening swimming. Secluded but not isolated, you are perfectly placed for visiting all parts of the island. Many visitors staying in the tourist areas in the west of the island rarely get to see more than a day's trip round the island, but from The Ambassadors House at Windy Edge it is a short drive across the hills to the Caribbean coast where there are many beautiful unspoilt beaches and little fishing villages to explore. Our friendly local naturalist will pick guests up from the house and take you birdwatching in the rainforest to see the dancing Mannakins or the brightly coloured Trogon. There are many other activites including scuba diving and snorkelling around Little Tobago, golf at one of the 2 high quality courses on the island, or a boat trip up the coast with swimming, snorkelling and barbecue on the beach.
On the Atlantic coast you can drive up to the far end of the island with spectacular views round every corner, certain beaches on this side are not safe for bathing so take care and follow local advice. For shopping there are several good supermarkets nearby and Scarborough has a wonderfully vibrant market for fruit and vegetables and many other things. From the house you will hear the sound of the Conch shell which the fishermen blow to tell people they have brought in a catch for sale.
There is a wide variety of restaurents all within easy reach of the house, and details of these can be found on our website, www.windyedgetobago.co.uk .
Provisions bought for you as requested for your arrival and your first dinner that evening can be arranged if required. Any meals can be prepared for you by our housekeeper who is a first-class cook, as you will see from the comments in our visitors book. Tours and trips such as hiking in the rainforest or boat trips can be arranged from the house and all you have to do is ask for any help you may need. Children, toddlers and babies are welcome and have a wonderful time here. It is also suitable for elderly guests, as the house and garden are on one level and the pool has steps for easy entrance in the shallow end.
Tobago is the unspoiled gem of the Caribbean. Set close to Venezuela it is well below the hurricane belt and shares many of the flora and fauna of South America. It contains a very old rain forest reserve which was preserved in the 18th Century to ensure adequate rain supplies for the plantations.
The whole island has a good rainfall which ensures that it remains green and fertile with wonderful tropical plants and flowers. People are friendly and the beaches are easily accessible with safe bathing in warm waters.
The area known as Concordia used to be a large cocoa estate in the old plantation days. Now it is a pleasant residential area in the hills about ten minutes from the nearest beach, Little Bacolet Bay. Ambassador's House lies up a drive just off the road across the island to the northern Caribbean coast, where you will find many beautiful beaches, some with small bars, some by a small fishing village. The main town of Tobago, Scarborough is down the hill about a 10-minute drive away. It has a vibrant market and banks, pharmacies, supermarket and post office.
A variety of activities and trips are available; rain forest hikes, birdwatching, deep-sea fishing, scuba-diving, snorkeling, sailing, golf and swimming.
Restaurents are located all over the island and very accessible from the house, the nearest are the 'Salsa Kitchen' or 'Ciao', both in Scarborough. Phone numbers are in the phone book at the house.
The dry season extends from December to June and rainy season June to December. However there is much sun at all times and usually some rain at night during the dry season. Temperature variations between approx. 28 - 38 C.