We were fortunate enough to return to the Castle this year. We were guests 2 years ago and last year I was not fast enough to book before our travel week was snatched up by some other lucky guests (wish colleges would post their break schedules years in advance). Staying elsewhere while on Anguilla made us appreciate the Castle (and Paul and Elise) all that much more.
The Castle itself is everything a fussy, demanding traveler could ask for. Luxurious yet comfy and inviting. Casual enough to hang in your bathing suit all day but the lighting in the bathrooms is what you need to put on that perfect make up face. The Castle is as much OR as little as you want. Great home base to "do" the island OR the place you have to force yourself to leave. Very convenient location and personally, I like the fact that the neighbors are local Anguilla folk, always ready with a friendly wave and "how was the beach". As others have noted, the photos on VRBO do not do the Castle justice. Can't say you get what you see because it is so much better than the photos.
As a frequent VRBO user (since its inception) it is refreshing to have Paul and Elise take care of everything. No nickel and dimeing, they have done all the calculations for you (tax, insurance, etc. etc.) It is a luxury these days to know exactly what you are getting (and can expect) upfront. Their expertise on things Anguilla and their hospitality are the added bonus.
Eileen, the keeper of the Castle, has been with Paul and Elise from the beginning (that speaks volumes). Easy to see why. Nothing is too much for her (especially the pounds of sand that seem to accompany us home from the beach). We so enjoyed seeing her every day and she has great tips on how to enjoy the island.
Not sure how Paul and Elise figured out how to improve upon perfection BUT the new hammocks are amazing. They are always looking for ways to improve their guests stay at the Castle. Well, not sure how they managed it but the boats down below were bigger and had more bling than in previous years. The rainbows were brighter, the weather was more perfect, the bugs were non-existent, the water more clear, the beaches more sandy and the turtles more plentiful.
Quick foodie tips: RUN to AXA Seafood, truly one of the best on the island. Madeariman and Jacala are multiple visit musts. Veya and Barrel Stay, still worth every calorie.
We returned home yesterday and will be checking 2015 school break dates tomorrow for our return.