About This Listing
A lovely countryside cottage situated in four acres of tropical garden, with beautiful views of the Northern Range Mountains and rolling plains of Central Trinidad. Trinidad is the most southerly island of the Caribbean and shares much of the flora and fauna of tropical South America. Ajoupa Cottage is an Ideal spot for bird watchers, photographers, artists or writers seeking peace and inspiration. Self catering with room for two extra people if needed. Airport pickup. Bus and taxi service also available. Other services can be arranged upon request. Tours can be organised to places of interest such as the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, Wild Fowl Trust, hiking to waterfalls, beaches, visits to the Pitch Lake, and other cultural /historical sites by the hosts. Please ask us what festivals may be happening at the time of your stay so that we can include this as part of your experience.
The cottage has an upstairs bedroom, a writing room which can also sleep two children/adults if necessary, a bathroom with shower, a kitchen/ living room and wooden deck. Laundry facilities are available.
The Ajoupa Garden is an arboretum of over 100 species of trees, many of them native which attract many species of birds and wildlife. The hosts are very knowledgeable about the history, architecture and culture of Trinidad and are happy to answer any questions about the flora and fauna in their garden. The cottage has a resident cat.
The main house , a plantation house in the ginger bread style, is an historic building 160 years old, and has been designated a national heritage site. It is also the home of Ajoupa Pottery. Resident artist Bunty O'Connor maintains a studio where she hosts Raku workshops from time to time.
During 2013, we will be hosting the following Workshops in our Studio...
1) Jan 13 & 20 Raku Pottery making and firing
2) Feb 3 Tie Dye (in Brasso Seco)
3) Feb 24 & Mar 3 Raku Pottery making and firing
4) Apr 7, 14, 21 Making Ceramic Mosaic, start to finish
5) May 5, 12 Raku Pottery making and firing
6) Jun 9, 16 Glass Fusing and Slumping
7) Jul 7, 14, 21 Making and Using moulds for Ceramics
Come and enjoy yourself!
Bunty and rory were great hosts. From the pick up at the airport to the end of our stay everithig was so wonderfully smooth in trinidad thanks to them. We also loved the chats with them and the two lovely dogs(i know everybody says the dogs are cool in their reviews but they really are, so i had to mention it again) ajoupa gardens is definitely worth a visit and don't worry if you don't want to rent a car. Bunty knows a great driver that can drive you around for a reasonable price. We can definitely recommend their place to everybody!
Bunty's guest home is immaculate. It's beautifully designed and features some of her amazing art work. The property is expansive and full of wonderful fruit plants and flowers. The view is indescribable! And the puppies were a joy to play with.
An absolutely stunning garden cottage. Peaceful. Idyllic. Private. Stunning views. We hired a car and felt like we were in the middle of Trinidad to get about. Every evening we sat on the verandah looking out to north Trinidad and wished we could stay here forever.
Ajoupa Garden Cottage was a wonderful experience, perfect for nature lovers. The birds were amazing right in the garden and in front of our porch. The cottage and garden have a number of charming and very artistic touches and features that reflect Bunty's and Rory's love for the place. The cottage is also very well outfitted with everything one would need. The O'Connors were even thoughtful about providing breakfast items, oil, sugar, salt, etc. if we needed for our stay. This was without doubt the best Airbnb we have stayed at in terms of charm and the facilities provided. We would definitiely like to stay here again on our next trip to Trinidad.
Ajoupa Garden Cottage is a wonderful place to stay at, to rest, to relax, to watch and listen to birds, just to enjoy rural life. Bunty and Rory are great hosts: accommodating, friendly, knowledgeable about the life on the island, open and welcoming. The resident cat is a friendly little creature, affectionate but not needy and the two dogs are equally delightful. The pictures on this site are the true representation of the place, which is not just in a great natural setting but also safe and secure. I very much hope to return there one day in not too distant a future. Thank you, Bunty and Rory!
Intended as a base to explore Trinidad from, soon I found myself wanting to stay all day, relaxing and taking in the bird sounds and majestic views. Then there was the superb company of two adorable dogs and an affectionate cat. A small open cottage on the edge of a wonderful garden full of quirky sculptures and water features provides a perfect location to chill.
I would highly recommend if it wasn't for competition next time I want to book.
About the Host, Bunty
We run a pottery studio in a rural setting in the beautiful island of Trinidad. We enjoy the tropical forest, hiking, art, music and gardening. We enjoy meeting new people and are happy to show people the places and festivals of interest in our homeland Trinidad.