Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Moonlight Mountain is built along traditional lines, it is what is called in the Caribbean a gingerbread house - a reference to the decorative fretwork which adorns the outside. Set in what used to be agricultural land and designed to catch the sea breezes, it has its own fruit trees, a nature trail through rainforest and a bamboo grove. A couple of steps from the kitchen door and ,depending on the season,you can pick your own fresh fruit for breakfast.Beyond the garden a gently sloping path leads you to a nature trail that winds through rainforest and a grove of graceful bamboo.
In amongst the hills and gullies of rural Tobago and surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, the detached position makes it a haven for the local bird life. Over forty species can be seen around the house and grounds. Overlooking the rainforest is a wooden deck, a perfect spot for viewing the wildlife or just relaxing under the stars.
The cathedral ceiling in the main living area gives the spacious main living area a wonderful sense of peace and calm.Three of the four bedrooms in the main house have verandas with hammocks and views out to sea.The shuttered windows in the master suite open to a view of rolling hills and the sea.There is a self contained studio apartment, ideal for a couple who like their own space. and a yoga studio for those who practise!
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Bacolet/Lambeau/Grafton/Mt Irvine|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Arthur Robinson Airport at Crown Point, Nearest railway: N/A|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 4 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (4), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The main reception area is open with cathedral ceilings and shuttered doors to two sides. When all doors are open there is a true feeling of outdoor living. Outside there are breakfast tables seating 8-10 and , in a raised area above the living area,there is a dining room, also with shuttered windows overlooking the hills of Les Coteaux and Plymouth.
One wall of the dining room houses a library of books. The kitchen is large and rustic/farmhouse style. A rear shuttered door opens onto a large closed veranda for drying and access to the studio apartment at the the rear. This opens onto the pool walkway, sundeck and small dipping pool. Broadband Internet access is available in the main living area and outside on the veranda.
There are four bedrooms in the main house and three showers. Two bedrooms have queen size beds plus a single. One has twin beds and the master suite, a queen bed and ensuite bathroom .The decor befits the old style of the house with dark wood floors and bamboo furniture.
|Further details outdoors|
There are two decks, one sundeck around the pool with cushioned sunloungers and views out to sea and another down in the rainforest garden, ideal for bird watching or to practise yoga or T'ai Chi. On ground floor level, there are verandas on three sides. The bedrooms have decks with hammocks, chairs and views to the sea.
It is possible to rent the house or studio apartment seperately and the owners can offer tour guide services and breakfast if desired. Evening meals, yoga classes and massage therapies can be booked in advance. Some therapies can be made available during full house rental.
The Tobago region
The property is situated at the end of the central ridge, in the south of the island and overlooking the port of Scarborough, the capital of Tobago.
The island is reputed for its white sand beaches, coral reefs teeming with marine life, lush vegetation and rainforests rich in flora and fauna with pure fresh running waterfalls.
Tobago has a fascinating geography. In the west are the flat coral lowlands with pasturelands, coconut groves and palm-fringed beaches. In the centre runs the Central Ridge, a line of hills which is the back bone of the island and which represents the final outcrop of the vast line of volcanic mountains that are the Andes.
The hills continue westward, where the island is a precipitous series of hills and gullies covered with dense tropical rainforest with rivers and streams and lovely waterfalls leading down to inland pools, small coves and beaches. In the hills around the bays are picturesque fishing villages, each with their own unique character
There are various boat trips we can book for you in advance - for exploring this end of the island, snorkelling with BBQ and a dip in Nylon Pool. the lagoon in the middle of the sea, or, for the more adventurous snorkeller, to Cotton Bay, only reachable by boat, Or, for the intrepid sailor, a day in a pirogue (local fishing boat) from Castara to Pirates Bay, catching your lunch along the way and then BBQ on the beach. We recommend a Castara based family run company,Ali Baba Tours, for this magical day out. For those who love to sail, Island Girl Tours will wing you to a quiet anchorage for a gourmet lunch on board. Other watersports , wind & kite surfing are available at Pigeon Point and there are several scuba diving companies based around the island.
For boat enthusiasts, there are various boat/fishing contests throughout the year and a regatta in February, now extended to include all wind sports such as surf/ kite flying.The famous power boat race between Trinidad and Tobago, the Great Race, is held over August Bank Holiday
For a hike with a difference, we recommend Mark Puddy. He'll take you to out of the way waterfalls for a 'river lime' with a delicious home made picnic and plenty of anecdotal quips along the way.
Swimming with Horses offers a unique experience- swim bareback across Buccoo Baybeach or inland ride, we have the nformation at hand in our house book as with recommended restaurants.
We also have a lovely Art Gallery in Tobago, full of desirable works. They have prints for sale too. There is a local zoo where the bush animals are kept in twos in lovely surroundings and there is a museum nearby at Fort George.
Apart from the birds in MM garden, there are several bird sanctuaries about fifteen minutes away at Plymouth and Stonehaven ..
In April, there is The Jazz Experience held in the magical environ of Pigeon Point Park with days on the beach and evenings under palm trees.
At Easter time. there are the hilarious goat and crab races at Buccoo, now held on a new , specially created track with excellent spectator facilities.
Throughout July, villages in the area host entertainment - enactments of historical events , often in plantation days with colourful portrayals -dramas, singing dancing in the costumes of the times. Three villages locally are involved in this festival - Whim, Mount Grace and Les Coteaux- each offering a different aspect of the past.
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