LAND FOR SALE
|Abraham Tobago Realty
Location: Concordia Estate, St Cecelia Rd,
An outstanding opportunity to purchase a beautiful 'eco-estate' close to the capital, Scarborough.
The estate is situated in the island of Tobago, some two and
a half miles from Scarborough the capital and covers approx
50 acres in total, including 1.98 acres of ridge-top land
adjacent to St Cecelia Crown Trace (now St Cecelia Road) and
a section of the valley of the Providence River
approximately 1/3 mile in length and rising from just under
325 ft above sea level at its lowest point to 600 ft. on the
Soils are of igneous volcanic origin and extremely fertile, offering opportunity for a wide variety of tree crops on the steeper slopes and horticultural crops in the limited, flatter, valley area. Previous cropping on the estate has included: sugar, citrus (limes and grapefruit), cocoa and coffee, plus garden crops, mangoes, avocado and other fruits and provisions for estate labour. Outline planning consent has been granted for residential purposes on three ridge-top sites.
The ridge area, which is of lower agricultural potential, provides excellent possibilities for sustainable eco development sites. The Cocoa House and the area along the ridge are well served by both mains water and electricity and road access.
To the west and north, particularly attractive views extend over the Providence and Courland valleys, including Mt. Grace, Plymouth and Adventure, to the sea (approximately 3 miles away) and more immediately, over high woodland in the valley on the northern side. In the dry season it is often possible to see Trinidad. There are many mature trees providing shade with almost constant light breeze from the Trade Winds. Both the ridge and the valley areas are rich in birdlife.
The eastern end of the estate bounds with Adelphi Estate, which is rented out for gardens and grazing for livestock. This area runs up to the end of the valley where the North side Road traverses it, as it enters Mason Hall. There is only limited housing development to date in the area and the water in the river can be considered very pure, especially as much of it comes from an underground source within the Adelphi Estate lands and it abounds with fresh-water crayfish.
Where the Adelphi/Concordia boundary crosses the river, there is an old dam and small pond site which belongs to Concordia, that originally supplied water for the operation of a 32 ft diameter millwheel and Sugar Mill at the extreme western, downstream end of the estate. The approximately 150-200 year old mill site and ruined outhouses are accessed by an estate road that requires upgrading and by a very solid old brick-built bridge. Estate roads extend to about one mile in total.
Most of the previous cocoa area remains within the present estate boundaries, together with a small area of coffee. About 10-15% of the land is covered with bamboo, which for wildlife and amenity, building-material and land-stabilisation purposes can be considered an asset, but will require some periodic control.
There are significant numbers of mature and immature timber trees - mainly Rain Trees (Samanea saman) and West Indian Red Cedar (Cedula spp.) - many non commercial species and some Avocado, Mango and Citrus. In addition to this, a few damaged trees have also been harvested for timber for estate use. Large mature Imortelle shade trees (Erythina spp.) with their brilliant red flowers add to the attraction of the cocoa areas in the dry season. Moreover, rock and boulders for building are also abundant in the river.
The entire area has been maintained since the original purchase in 1971 as a wildlife reserve. After an early attempt at farming the land, which was largely frustrated by uncertain markets coupled with high wages, steep lands and a labour intensive crop (cocoa), limited organic gardening has been permitted to former estate staff and neighbours, subject to agreed provisos - e.g.:- maintenance of high trees, replanting of fruit trees after cultivation and limitations as to area and persons allowed - notably, Mr Hudson Thomas and Mr Clifton Henry now sadly deceased and Mr Bertson Nicholls.
Harvesting of cocoa and coffee has also been permitted to the above persons on the basis that (a) the arrangement would be temporary (annual basis as a maximum) and that all the production from the areas cared for during that period would be for the said persons only and (b) that they in turn would be responsible to keep others off the land and inform them that (c) the lands were to be maintained as a place of refuge for wildlife and apart from the gardens mentioned to be retained as high forest/cocoa lands.
The Woodford family have maintained the best of relations with their neighbours over many years and regard the continuation of this good relationship as being particular important in future endeavours.
Tobago is an intrinsically beautiful and fertile island and has for many years been one of the greatest locations, in the Caribbean, complementing its sister island of Trinidad perfectly. The good educational standards of Trinidad and Tobago and the God fearing nature of the majority of its population has helped in retaining the Tranquil Tobago image, which over the last 25 years the present owners have found to be a reality.
The tourism market has been steadily growing, including niche markets for speciality holidays, which include: golfers, divers, surfers, marine sports/fishing, bird-watchers and naturalists. Tobago is able to provide for all of these interests in unique tropical Caribbean surroundings, further reinforced by the dignity and special charm of its people.
Trends in the market will clearly be affected by: the overall international economic situation; the relative value of the TT dollar to other major currencies; local political and social stability; public health within the country and the steady development of quality facilities and training of personnel within the industry as a whole. However local trends are clearly favourable. If trends in tourism elsewhere are to be accepted then it appears that there is and will always be increasing interest in eco tourism.
The location for potential development encompasses an unspoilt area of forest wilderness, bamboo and cocoa in a steep valley, a small but pristine river (the Providence River), an old Sugar Mill, bridge and dam. The trade-wind cooled, peaceful ridge-top savannah site, on the fringe of and abutting into forest that abounds with birdlife; offers a superb base for forest walks, bird watching, active participation in estate and rural activities. Also for further 'Robinson Crusoe' exploration of the island's Forest Reserve, secluded beaches, coral-reefs, fishing and local beauty spots. Being situated relatively close to Scarborough's fresh fruit and produce market and other amenities. It could also provide a tranquil base from which to enjoy local heritage and dancing, traditional Caribbean food, barbecues under the stars and evenings in-house or out with like-minded companionship.
Lush unspoiled gem of the Caribbean.
Verdant natural beauty, including Western Hemisphere’s oldest protected rainforest.
World-renowned scuba-diving destination amid stunning coral reefs.
Flawless, leading eco-tourism image.
Winner of Global Eco-tourism Destination award 3 years running.
$50m airport extension.
Trinidad & Tobago becoming wealthiest Caribbean country, target of developed country status by 2020.
Trade-wind cooled ridge-top land with unspoilt valley and distant sea views. Surfaced cul-de-sac road access, with water and electricity adjacent to each site.
10 minutes to capital Scarborough.
Land includes an old cocoa estate where wildlife has been protected for over 40 years. The owner is open to offers on the remaining approx 50 acres of valley land which has an estate road serving the cocoa lands and leading to an historic Sugar mill, Works, Bridge and Dam site on the Providence river, which flows through the estate and valley.
The estate offers exceptional potential for agricultural/eco tourism development, bird-watching and nature tours.
There are some 10 + acres of cocoa orchards which could be brought back into production.
Land Plots for Sale
Three ridge-top plots - Nos 5, 6 & 8 of approximately 1.98 acres in total - with outline planning for homestead development and
Plot No 7 consisting of 48.47 acres of agricultural land - principally old cocoa orchards and forest - bordering the Providence River and encompassing an historic sugar-mill complex, brick-built bridge and dam.
Plot 6. also, has an old cocoa drying shed adapted for holiday - 'glamping' - use, with water and electricity. These services would also be available from the adjacent St Cecelia Road for Plot 5 and are already in place on Plot 8.
It should be noted that on the estate plan the four x half-acre plots - Nos. 1 - 4 inclusive - at the western end of the cadastral have already been sold and do not form part of the present offer.
SUB-TOTAL. 8,021.5 sq. m. ( 86,345.553 sq. m.) i.e. 1.98 acres.
SUB-TOTAL. 48.47 acres.
TOTAL AREA. 50.45
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