Gloucester Place - Reader Reports & Opinion
Mark Surey from U.K. visited in October 2014 and awarded
Firstly, we are a couple in our early fifties, we travelled without our teenagers (the only way!). If you want to visit the Caribbean but are put off by heavy commercialisation and worries about personal safety then Tobago is for you – we met Trinidadians, Brits, Germans and Jamaicans who have come here to live because of the laid back and safe lifestyle.
If don’t want an all-inclusive, ‘could be anywhere’ holiday but hope for somewhere individual, quiet and beautiful then Gloucester Place is the pick of the bunch. This is a fantastic place to stay, the house is comfortable, the rooms are well appointed, there is a lovely pool, a waterfall on the grounds, a bar within a 5 minute amble and the stunning Parlatuvier Bay a 10 minute walk away. The wonderful Englishmans Bay is a few minutes drive and Castara is about ten minutes or so.
Bea & Win are such a friendly, helpful and interesting couple who will leave you to do your own thing or include you in their daily lives, whichever you prefer. The food was great; eight breakfasts, none of which were the same and all of which were delicious (and huge). We also had a couple of evening meals which were lovely, one of which started with a trip down to the jetty to select a fish from the catch just brought in.
Bea and Win were very helpful, full of suggestions for places to visit, places to avoid, restaurant tips etc, going so far as to give us a lift a couple of times. They were also generous enough to let us use the internet and I even watched the Utd-City derby (Win follows the Premier League – well after a fashion, he’s an Arsenal supporter!). They both have a great stock of stories from their time teaching around the world and you can sit on the balcony with a few beers or rums just shooting the breeze; read a book by the pool or go and visit one of the beaches.
All in all the most relaxing holiday we have ever been on.
Margaret from Trinidad visited in March 2014 and awarded
My sister, nephew and I had the complete pleasure of staying at Gloucester Place house in March of 2014. Innkeepers, Winn and Bea were truly a delight and made our stay that much more a success. The house is a distance from the main town, airport and ferry but completely worth the trip. This part of the island is so tranquil, manicured, green and unspoiled. We enjoyed just wandering (we had our car) or walking to the nearby waterfall or lunch/drink spots and beach. The breakfast on the open-air deck/kitchen starts each day the way you would want on vacation. Yum! Bea and Winn are very accommodating in every way, you can even eat other meals in their house and they're quite the duo in the kitchen. I especially enjoyed their stories from many years of life abroad.
Good times had by all. So much so, we're going back in April!
Alta Turner from U.S.A. visited in March 2014 and awarded
Bea & Win Sargent – Essex House – Tobago
From warm greetings through final send-off [midMarch , Bea & Win provide impeccable hospitality and cordial assistance that makes a stay in the Essex House cottage a pleasure. The infinity pool overlooking fantastically huge west views of the Caribbean, the accommodating Essex cottage and the proximity to Andy’s local ‘authentic’ bar and the scenic Parlatuvier beach [down 220 scenic, lovely steps from cliff make for a terrific homebase on the west shore of Tobago. The remote-ish location is low-key and wonderfully laid-back but within easy striking distance of Tobago’s many facets. The Sargents offer up terrific recommendations for excellent birders and guides, restaurants, markets, hiking and waterfalling in addition to colorful local stories of Tobago life. Highly recommended.
Guest Report 20 Aug 2014
Mark Entz from Pennsylvania visited in March 2014 and awarded
My wife and I visited Tobago, Bea and Win and Gloucester Place in March of 2014. What a wonderful experience we had.
Not only are Bea and Win the finest of hosts but their guest house is beautifully decorated, clean and comfortable. Bea is a great cook and Win is just as good of a server as they keep you advised of the high points of the island and their life full of adventure.
We stayed in the Concord Room which was simply and tastefully furnished. It had a very nice balcony that overlooked incredible sunsets on the Caribbean Sea. It was the perfect place to enjoy a cold Carib beer while talking with your mate about the adventures you had that day.
Gloucester Place is in a good central location on the island from there you can easily take day trips to close by, nearly deserted, beaches and snorkel and swim to your hearts content. You can walk to the local tavern, Andy’s, and take in refreshments as you sit on his upper deck watching the fishing boats come in to Parlatuvier Bay. Don’t forget to visit Castara’s fine “Mom and Pop” restaurants for the best local cuisine and, almost more importantly, to visit Heavenly Bay, which we did a few times.
If you need a car rental be sure to contact Taylor Auto Rental, they are very nice folk and very accommodating.
When will we get back to Tobago again? I am not sure, but we will be staying with Bea and Win at Gloucester Place, for sure!
Sarah Pierce from U.S.A. visited in February 2014 and awarded
Gloucester Place is a terrific find for those of us that like to be a little off the beaten path when on vacation. Win and Bea are perfect island hosts and they want to share the best of Tobago and every gem that the north side of this beautifully unspoiled island has to offer. We were literally taken in as family and really made to feel so welcome. Everything about the house is relaxed and calm and the sound of the waves always present crashing onto the rocks below is truly mesmerizing. Coupled with the views of the forest in one direction and ocean in the other you can’t help but smile about how lucky you are to have been smart enough to book this place! We suggest you come hungry because there is a lot of good food to eat on this island and Bea’s fresh banana pancakes at breakfast should not be missed. We enjoyed watching the local birds right at the inn, relaxing at the pool, walking to the local waterfalls, going into the rainforest, touring a cocoa plantation, visiting nearly every beautiful cove beach on the island and most of all the thrill of driving around the entire island anticipating what view the next hairpin bend would bring.