Came to Trinidad for the first time during 2018 Carnival with two other girls. Claire and Jerry were perfect hosts. Claire is a fantastic cook and is always willing to help out when needed. We will miss them both and there beautiful home.
So..I stayed at the Gumbs' residence for carnival 2016 and had the best bed and breakfast experience ever! No exaggeration. Upon my arrival Clare had roti and several fixings ready for lunch as a welcome meal- Delish! Having stayed at a fair amount of bed and breakfast type places internationally, this place blew my mind with their hospitality. Clare was like the cool mom, not the over protective "watchy" kind but the one encouraging you to have a good time and be safe. They accommodated airport pickup and drop off for a small fee. And other transportation requests, some of which were last minute also at a low rate.
I stayed in the Heliconia room and it was pristine! Clean, plenty windows, large sitting area with windows that open out to Clare's immaculately landscaped backyard. The room had a small fridge and other appliances. The neighborhood was quiet, especially considering it was carnival time. The cost was beyond reasonable. I cannot say enough how much of a sweetheart Clare is, she is a thoughtful, kind, compassionate not to mention insightful person. Her husband is the same but I interacted more with Clare. She was a wealth of information about Trinidad, carnival and many other topics of interest. I definitely plan to stay here again. I won't mention specifics because I would like to think some things she did solely for me, as I am sure she will for you because she tailors your experience while in her home. From POS, the house is a solid 20-25 minutes. I had a private entrance with a key so I never felt I was bothering the couple. I felt I had privacy, due to the size of the home and layout of room. Clare was upfront about pricing on the phone before I arrived and everything stayed the same throughout.
The only drawback, I would not recommend staying here for carnival UNLESS you are driving, or have a driver because taxi-transportation to and from Port of Spain/Arima during carnival time is expensive not to mention time consuming. It is close to public transport and I felt safe enough to take the bus/maxi back to the house one evening. Being a single female traveling alone, safety is important and I felt safe the entire stay.
There was no request that Clare did not accommodate, even doing a french roll in my hair. She is the THE BEST! HANDS DOWN! I recommend this rental 100%. O, the wifi was always working with strong signal.
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Came to Ixora Place for International Panorama and spent 17days and I must say the hospitality from Mrs Gumbs and Mr Gumbs and there daughter Carline was one of kind...Have always been to Trinidad on different events but I can safely say this is the best
The owners of this property were WONDERFUL. Breakfast varied every morning (extremely good eating), and the coffee is second to none...its that good. The room was very large, and so was the bathroom. The property itself was beautiful, and there was always a nice breeze blowing. The property is also well lit and I felt completely at home. No drops with the wifi connection, and the neighborhood was quiet. Just wonderful people, and a perfect stay...perfect.
From the moment we arrived until the morning of our departure we were treated wonderfully!! Everything was in order, clean, the bed was comfortable.Thanks for so many delightful things. The delicious meals, stewed chicken, out of this world 'shark & hops bread' - yum! the surprise 'sour-sop ice cream' , the huge avocado rings filled with stewed smoked herring and a bowl of cole slaw - yum! All the meals were authenically 'Clare' . We felt at home (for real), when we return to TNT in the near future- this will be our place home away from home.
Gerry & Clare's IXORA's Place is clean, comfortable and inviting w/the lovely gardening of flowers/plants. The space was well air conditioned or we could just enjoy the open natural breeze. Since we had business to also tend to many thanks for the really well layed out map drawings to our destinations.
Thank you both for your genuine hospitality, kindness and people attentiveness!
The Anthony & Pat
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