|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Bella Vista Cottage is a spacious self catering rental in the quaint fishing village of Charlotteville, Tobago.
The property is 864sq ft with panoramic views of the rain forest and the Caribbean sea. It is a 10 minute walk to the beach and the village of Charlotteville. The cottage has wireless Internet and satellite TV. The kitchen, living room. dining and bedroom areas all open onto the large deck with stunning sea views.
The cottage sits in private landscaped gardens amid tropical flowers, banana, mango, breadfruit and avocado trees.
You can relax on the large deck and listen to the waves lapping the shore and watch the pelicans at play in the Caribbean sea as brightly coloured parrots fly by.
A hike in the rain forest is on your doorstep and it is a 15 minute hike from the village to beautiful Pirates Bay.
There are several restaurants and bars on the beach front. Fresh fish can be bought from the fishermen on the beach daily. The village has a small grocery where basic supplies can be found
There are recreational dive companies, fishing charters and a kayak rental on the beach.
There is an extensive library of books in the cottage for guests to enjoy.
There is walk in closet space and a standing fan.
Small beach cooler
We're reluctant to tell the world how wonderful Bella Vista is as we'd like it to remain our own secret slice of paradise but that wouldn't be fair to the lovely owners Violet and Peter Quesnel. Due to their hospitality and helpfulness whilst being inobtrusively available to make any enquiries of, I feel we must share what an absolutely fantastic time we had at Bella Vista so that you lucky others might enjoy it. We assure you that (in our opinion) no where else in Tobago is lovelier that Charlotteville. We hired a car for the middle week of our stay and once we had visited a few places and used the convenience of the car to replenish supplies at the supermarket we were most happy to return to Bella Vista. It was for us a home from home. We found true relaxation and rejuvenation there. Violet and Peter felt like our true, lovely neighbours. We so enjoyed the simple but magnificent pleasure of sitting out on the verandah to take in the phenomenal panoramic view and watch the birds enjoy the fruit we put out for them. Flocks of parrots flew across the valley several times a day. We saw sweet little agoutis foraging in the garden from time to time during each day. We befriended a neighbour dog called Patch who liked to spend most of his time at Bella Vista and he would sometimes accompany us to the beach! Bella Vista has all the equipment you could need. Charlotteville has lots of little shops that are well stocked. It is worth exploring them before deciding on going to supermarkets elsewhere on the island. Charlotteville has about five bays and we enjoyed spending our days swimming in the beautiful clear water every day of our holiday and often getting a tasty roti in in the village afterwards. Word of warning to visitors: buy DIRECT FLIGHTS to Tobago and Avon's Skin So Soft bath oil to rub directly on to your skin to repel mosquitoes (nothing else works as well!). We were sad to say goodbye to Charlotteville, Peter and Violet but we know we'll be returning as soon as we can!
We spent just under a week at Bella Vista Cottage over the Holiday Season. What a truly beautiful and unique place. We spent the majority of our time on the deck and the view over Charlotteville and out to sea is breathtaking. The pulse of the village can be seen (the comings and goings of the fisherman) and heard (from spiritual gospel singing to the beats of Soca music on a Saturday night) below. The cottage itself is clean, spacious and well equipped. All the shutters and doors open up and there is a constant wonderful breeze to cool the place down. One evening we fell asleep to fireflies dancing just below the ceiling above our bed. Truly magical. The sounds of birds fills the air from sun up to sun down. Flocks of parakeets routinely fly back and forth from the nearby rain-forest. The surrounding grounds and area are tropical and lush, with a variety of fruit trees. The peacocks that wander freely on the grounds are entertaining and are always up for enjoying a treat at the backdoor. A brief drive down into the village finds basic supplies in the village shop and of course fresh fish daily, if you so choose. We did, and it was delicious! (We stopped off at the Penny Saver, not far from the airport, and bought our main groceries on our way north to Charlotteville.) Parking near the village shop, Pirates Bay is about a 15-20 minute walk up a hill and down the famous steps. Golden sand, clear water and views across the bay to the surrounding hills await. While we were there a Dutch three masted training schooner was moored in the distance in Man O War Bay. What a special sight, it was like swimming in the 19th Century. Other Tobago highlights for us included visiting the various gorgeous beaches in the south part of the island, the vistas and never-a-dull moment driving experience of the Windward Rd from the southern end of the island, and a fascinating tour by the owner of the Tobago Cocoa Estate, which is producing world class dark chocolate. Completing our unforgettable Tobago experience was our hosts. We have traveled many places and you will be hard pressed to find warmer, more gracious and generous hosts, than Peter and Violet. Thank you for creating such a unique vacation experience. If you are looking for a down to earth, unforgettable getaway, and alternative to the typical tourist experience, Tobago, and in particular, Bella Vista Cottage is your place.
We spent a wonderful three weeks at Bella Vista enchanted by the glorious view of the bay, visits from the birds, enjoying Rum punches on the deck and buying fresh fish from the fishermen. The cottage is beautiful, relaxing and very well equipped - our favourite was being able to see the sea from the shower!
The village is friendly and we found everything we needed in the well stocked shops. There are a couple of good restaurants and bars in the village and lots of options for buying take outs. Our regular beach was the almost deserted Pirate's Bay which is well worth the 15-20 minute walk from the cottage. If you're interested in Turtle watching the NEST office is located on the beachfront in Charlotteville and you can arrange to go out turtle watching on the boats with Devon and Ancil who are both wonderful hosts.
We rented a car for one week which is recommended if you want to see the island as public transport was quite unreliable and car rental isn't expensive.
The Argyle Waterfall is beautiful and well worth climbing to the very top level.
We would also recommend the beautiful Pigeon Point Heritage Park if lagoon-like turquoise sea and white sand is your thing. Fine dining with a great view can be found at The Seahorse Inn on Grafton Beach and we would recommend the experience of eating at 'Table for Two' with Elspeth who creates a meal just for two people each evening in her own house designed around you.
We went snorkelling at Angel Reef and on to Little Tobago with Top Ranking Tours (office located in the Blue Waters Inn hotel in Speyside). Ask for a chap called Randy - he's a bit of a cliche at first but we really can't recommend him highly enough for going above and beyond to create a perfect trip.
Last but by no means least, Violet and Peter were absolutely wonderful hosts; always there and happy to help if you needed them and fantastic company! We loved them and can't wait to go back!
Sara and David, London. UK
Our seven day stay at BVC was without doubt the most enjoyable and relaxing seven days we have ever spent on holiday.Firstly, the location of the cottage and its panoramic view of Charlotteville,the bay and the forest clad hills all around are sensational and breathtaking. We could have sat all day on the wide veranda and just watched the daily dramas of the squabbling parrots in the tree below, the bananaquits' relentless futile attempts to build a nest in our wind chime or the magnificent frigate birds effortlessly soaring above the bay. Needless to say the TV was totally redundant.
The owners of the cottage, Violet and Peter are the perfect hosts, always on hand to offer advice and assistance if required. Violet organised our airport transfer with local driver,Jeb, who was most helpful, taking us to the main supermarket on the island to stock up with necessary provisions, which is a must do as the local shops in the village are not that well stocked beyond the basics. On route we also stopped off to buy fresh bread, fruit and vegetables and Jeb's knowledge of birds provided a running commentary on the rich wildlife that was on show.Thank you Jeb.
The cottage and its facilities cater for all one's needs; it is very spacious and it's open aspect not only allows for a constant cooling breeze to waft throughout but also creates a feeling of living life out of doors.
The sandy quiet beach in Man O' War bay is just a five minute stroll away and is excellent for swimming, however if you are looking for paradise then a longer walk over the headland to Pirates Bay is a must. You won't be disappointed. Backed by a forest thronged with birds, the beach is pure Robinson Crusoe and often virtually deserted.We sunbathed beneath hummingbirds and swam whilst Osprey and Pelican plunged for fish.The snorkelling wasn't bad either.
Charlotteville itself is totally free from the trash of tourism and offers a true insight and experience of local life.
The whole package is a little piece of heaven.We loved it so much we'll be going back again and again.
Violet and Peter, thank you so much.
Paul and Marilyn Coughlan
I had booked Bella Vista Cottage based on the reviews and the smart website but hadn't wanted to get too excited - from the photos it looked like a nice, basic little place with a modest terrace. We arrived with the lovely Jeb, who Violet arranged to pick us up from the airport and who couldn't have done more to help us by stopping at the supermarket and an amazing bakery, plus an impromptu viewpoint on the way! On arrival the cottage absolutely knocked my socks off - the view was amazing - so open and so beautiful! The cottage was so much bigger than I had thought from the photos, with a big kitchen area, well equipped and with a big breakfast bar area and a great big terrace that wrapped around all the living areas. Plenty of room for dining outdoors and a nice airy and spacious feel inside. We normally try to find a king size bed but the comfortable double was fine and we loved going to sleep with the sea breeze from the big open doors each night. Being able to open shutters all around gave it a lovely airy feel. The cottage is quite stylish in its own way, with a nice feel to it from the white painted wooden boards, wood floor, bifold doors and books lining the walls. The shower was good - nice and big with an open sea view across the terrace and an opportunity to scare your husband in the shower by popping up at the open window from the terrace. It was a bit of a trek to the village and certainly a stiff walk up the hill after, but the benefit is you have this lovely elevated view and nice breeze. We didn't mind the walk and we're not particularly active types! The walk to Pirates Bay is really nice and it's a very special beach to visit. Charlotteville itself is very charming. Eating out is more snack bar/kitchen than restaurant style, with a few places to choose from. Food is tasty but menus are limited. The roti from the little wooden bar in the middle of town is great. Self catering is a very enjoyable option at the cottage and you can pick up fresh fish from the fishermen each day. There are a couple of little shops to keep you going with the basics, but a big supermarket shop on the way would be advisable. Overall I can't recommend this place highly enough. Violet and Peter were so lovely and helpful, even after we'd left them, later in our trip, they helped us find an accommodation with their friend Trevor in the rainforest. I long to go back there one day and will definitely spend longer - a week would be perfect. Thank you Vi & Peter!
We loved our stay at Bella Vista Cottage and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a peaceful getaway. From Speyside, the Windward Road turns inland, climbing steeply upwards through jungle-like foliage before plummeting down to the opposite shoreline. Just before the descent, there's a stunning perspective over Charlotteville from Bella Vista Cottage, revealing the houses dotting the hillside down to the calm waters of Man-o-war Bay. The sleepy fishing village, the many boats and sailing vessels moored in the bay, and the beach can all be seen from the deck surrounding two sides of the cottage. We spent many restful hours on the deck sipping cocktails, listening to music and watching the stunning view and a variety of beautiful and interesting tropical birds. There is a bird feeder on the deck to encourage visitations from small birds called the bananaquit or sugar bird. Parrots, pelicans and cocricos are just some of the birds we saw as well as the resident peacocks browsing in the yard.
Bella Vista Cottage, is owned and operated by Vi and Peter Quesnel, two fun and personable people who are eager to see that you have a pleasant and relaxing time. The cottage, a retreat of soothing tranquility, was clean and had all the comforts of home in an open concept design. Perfectly set up for indoor/outdoor living, it is breezy and tropical and lulls you into feeling that you don't have a care in the world. Although it has wi-fi, we felt like we had walked into another world, much slower-paced and romantic, and contact with the outside world was unnecessary.
Bella Vista Cottage is within a short walk down the hill to the beach, the local fishing areas for fresh fish, and the village for light shopping and supplies. There is another secluded beach, Pirate's Bay, hidden at the other side of the village about a 20 minute walk along a track. Any local can point you in the right direction. There are some restaurants and bars in town if you don't feel like cooking. Benches along the sea wall, the pier and a covered pavilion are popular socializing spots. I'm sure you will love Bella Vista Cottage and Charlotteville as much as we did.
Charlotteville is a 1 hour drive from Scarborough and a 1 hour and 30 minute drive from the airport.
There are restaurants and bars in the village within walking distance of the property.
Nearby Speyside also has a selection of bars and restaurants to choose from.
The Forest Reserve is a 25 minute drive from Charlotteville and is a beautiful drive with lots of bird species and tropical flora and fauna.
Guests will be supplied with an information pack and Island map.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Deposit required to confirm reservation.
Maximum occupancy 2 persons.
Check in 3.00pm.
Check out 11.00am
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.