Ajoupa Garden Cottage in Trinidad, West Indies
Hosted by Bunty
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2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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Expect to enjoy bird song by day and insect chorus by night. The cabin is very open, cool, comfortable and secluded. Many of our guests plan to have a busy time sightseeing, but they end up just sitting on the deck and relaxing. The bed has a mosquito net but there is no air conditioning. A new restaurant at the nearby Lakshmi temple, offers delicious vegetarian cuisine, buffet style, every night. There are shops about 10 minutes away for buying basic foodstuffs. A rental car is really essentail

The space

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 with about 50 different species of birds to be seen. Photographers, artists or writers seeking peace and inspiration will be right at home. The cottage is self catering with room for two extra people if needed. Please ask about the extra charges. We offer Airport pickup. Limited bus and taxi service are also available. Tours can be recommended for places of interest such as the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, Wild Fowl Trust, hiking to waterfalls, beaches, visits to the Pitch Lake, Nariva wetlands Asa Wright Nature Centre and other cultural /historical sites. Please ask us what festivals may be happening at the time of your stay so that you 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 at the main house.

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.

Guest access

Our 4 acre garden is available for wandering. There are trails with benches along the way. Wifi is available in the main house and we welcome visitors to sit downstairs and get online.

Interaction with guests

We are available to help with advice.

Other things to note

Mosquitoes are part of any tropical stay. Be prepared.


Amenities
Kitchen
Internet
Washer
Dryer

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed

House Rules
Not suitable for pets
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 11AM

Come and enjoy yourself! If you want to see the island, or go to the city for Carnival, you will need to rent a car. Public transport is very limited in our village and we are 45 minutes from Port of Spain. Be aware that in this tropical paradise we do have mosquitoes, please bring your repellent.

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Dog(s), cat(s), and other pet(s) live in the house

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Nikolaus User Profile
January 2017
We loved our stay here! The hosts were fantastic and the cottage was perfect for us and had an amazing view! The cottage has a secluded feel which resulted in a very relaxing and peaceful trip.

Hannah User Profile
March 2016
We had a wonderful stay at Rory and Bunty's open air cottage in the forest. The house was well equipped with cooking appliances/supplies, towels and bedding, mosquito nets, beautiful gardens, grapefruit that you could pick fresh off the tree, cute dogs, etc. We especially enjoyed our breakfasts and afternoon cocktails sitting on the porch overlooking the hills. The central location of Rory and Bunty's property is great if you want to explore different regions of Trinidad (which we did) – it takes ~a 2hr drive to get to the furthest northeast, southeast, or southwest and Port of Spain is an easy 45 minutes drive away – but the trade off is that it is not very close to a swimming beach. We would definitely recommend this spot for anyone looking for adventure or a quiet/remote get-away up in the hills.

Damon User Profile
February 2016
There is nothing more calming than a warm informed host. Rory is a person of great knowledge and wisdom about the flora, fauna, and humanity of this complex urban meets rural meets rainforest island of industrial contradictions and physical beauty. The home is an extension of Rory and Bunty's artistic sensibility. 48 hours of adventure and memories made.

Robert User Profile
February 2016
Bunty - and her husband Rory - are both engaging and interesting and were very fine hosts - providing a warm welcome, information, and special pleasures of grapefruit from their tree and delicious bread from their oven. We had been in Trinidad from the US numerous times, but had not stayed in Central region previously, nor had explored the primarily Indian South - which staying at Ajoupa in Chickland allowed us to do. The setting is tranquil and - as photos show - the "cabin" is charming, open, airy and spacious, overlooking a remarkably pastoral landscape. The lack f reliable hot water makes the experience a bit more rustic, but still thoroughly comfortable.

Mike User Profile
October 2015
Some of the most relaxing and carefree days I've ever had. A beautiful property off the beaten path, hosted by two warm hearted people. Thank you.

Ty User Profile
July 2015
We spent 3 days and 4 nights at the wonderful Ajoupa Garden Cottage. We were amazed about the beautiful view (at day AND nightime), the little wooden cottage and the smell of the flowers in their wonderful garden. And not to forget the good fresh bread she made for us with nice butter and jam. Traveling with a 5 months old baby is not always simple but our son loved being there and after two a little stressful days in Port of Spain we all enjoyed the tranquility in the Ajoupa Land. Unfortunately Bunty and her husband left the next day when we arrived so we didn't had the chance to spend more time together but the little interaction we had were simple and most friendly. Bunty helped us out with a lot of information and even draw us a little map. After their departure we met Marva the housekeeper who was there when we needed anything. Nearby you have a little supermarket and restaurants to provide you with food. We tried the indian vegetarian restaurant by the temple next door (very good) and the little Chinese Fast Food restaurant "Liams fresh cook" and we were happy with that. All in all it was a very refreshing experience. Luckily there were these nasty biting flies who made it easier for us to leave ;)
Bunty User ProfileBunty is a superhost.
Response from Bunty:
I don.t know where those nasty little sand flies come from. I am sorry that they bit you. But I am glad that everything else was happy. Hope to see you again soon.
July 2015

Carly User Profile
June 2015
We feel so fortunate to have chosen Bunty and Rory's immaculate home. The couple immediately made us feel at home, meeting us with fresh-baked bread for breakfast. Their guest cottage was one of my favorite places I've ever stayed. The pictures don't even do it justice. The cottage has privacy, and yet Rory and Bunty are available for questions about the island. Rory showed us around the property and even put us in touch with some wonderful people to arrange hiking and tours. We can't wait to return to this lovely property and have deep gratitude for Rory and Bunty and their hospitality.

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.
Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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