We spent our first 3 nights in Tobago at Greenhaven Cottage and were absolutely delighted with our experience (we then moved onto a Tamarind House - a villa rental in Parlatuvier). The decision to stay there was driven more by lack of availability elsewhere on the island than personal choice (our visit spanned New Year's Eve), however it turned out to be one of those times when fate smiles on you.
Jane Grant, the owner, met us at the airport with a smile despite having endured a 3 hour wait there as we had missed our connection in Trinidad (frustratingly Caribbean Airlines had reported our flight from UK as 'on time', whereas it was actually 2.5hours late...). She then whisked us back to Greenhaven Cottage; the journey takes about 35minutes as the village of Les Coteaux is tucked away in the hills north of Scarborough. She is a delightful host and made us feel very welcome indeed.
We stayed in the twin-bedded apartment, which is on the ground floor of her house. The accommodation opens out onto a lovely garden with a variety of birds flitting about the trees and flowers. Whilst it isn't overly spacious, the apartment did not feel at all cramped - there is plenty of wardrobe space and room under the beds to stow cases so we felt like we were staying rather than passing through.
The kitchenette has all the basics - kettle, oven & hob, microwave and other utensils - suffice to say that we actually cooked a chicken one night (in hindsight a slightly odd decision, which I put down to a combination of jet-lag and impulse buying at CostCutter!). Jane provides excellent breakfasts often with fruit from the garden.
The pair of single beds are large, very firm and incredibly comfortable. We achieved a very pleasant sleeping temperature by using the the air conditioning to cool the room down initially and then just had the oscillating fan on while we slept.
The bathroom has all the usual amenities, including a spacious wet room style shower. Although it does not have a door to separate it from the rest of the accommodation, it is tucked away at the back of the apartment and does not feel at all 'open plan'!
Les Coteaux isn't in the main tourist areas, so you will need a car to get around. We hired from Sheppey's, who picked us up from Greenhaven Cottage at the start and then dropped us off at the airport when we had returned the car. The real bonus of this was that the driver showed us the simplest route to get back to the Claude Noel Highway. Initially we thought that we were perhaps a little too remote, but as it turned out it is quite well placed as a centre for getting to see the island.
During our stay at Greenhaven Cottage we pretty much did a circuit of the island and worked out which bits we'd like to see more of once we had moved on to Parlatuvier. For those that don't know the island, it is worth pointing out that the size is deceptive and journey times are probably 2-3 times longer than might be expected from the map and that the 50kph speed limit is more of an aspiration of what you might be able to achieve in a few locations! It is extremely hilly and the roads are very windy - Scarborough is about 25mins from Les Coteaux, Speyside - 1.5hrs, Parlatuvier - 40mins, Turtle Beach - 40mins. The North Side Road is closed between L'Anse Fourmi and Charlotteville as the road has slipped down the hillside.
In our view, for the amenities and the quiet location, Greenhaven Cottage represents very good value for money indeed!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.