Gloucester Place - Reader Reports & Opinion
Richard Butler from U.K. visited in January 2014 and awarded
If you want a clean, comfortable guest house with the most welcoming and friendly owners, away from the tourist hotspots, then this is it. Originally picked as part of a bird watching trip, so we could be near the rainforest reserve in the north of the island it is a gem. Bea and Win just make you feel relaxed and at ease as soon as you arrive.
The guest house is in a cliff side location with spectacular views overlooking the Caribbean Sea about an hours drive from the airport.
With a few tips on the local spots from Bea and Win we were soon watching some stunning birds. Top River Falls in Parlatuvier is not to be missed. On the short easy walk to these picturesque falls we saw specialities such as Barred Antshrike, White-fringed Antwren, Green Kingfisher, Rufous-tailed Jacamar and Blue-crowned Motmot. Around Parlatuvier Bay itself we saw Magnificant Frigatebirds, Brown Booby and Brown Pelicans.
If we come back to Tobago, Gloucester Place will be top of our accommodation list.
Thanks Bea and Win for a most enjoyable stay
Suzanne Ueda from Trinidad visited in January 2014 and awarded
We stayed at Gloucester Place for 4 nights over the New Year holiday. We wanted to stay on the northwest side of Tobago in order to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the rain forest as well as the coast and visit some of the lovely, undisturbed beaches we had read about.
The location was perfect for exploring the area. It is a quick 10-minute drive south to Castara and about 30 minutes to Charlottesville at the northern tip. The property is just off the main road so it was not too difficult to find, although we did make use of Google maps just to be sure. Despite being next to the road, once you go inside, it is very quiet and peaceful. The open layout makes the most of the fantastic view that greets you as you pass out onto the veranda. Although I did not try the infinity pool during the stay, it was certainly inviting!
From our corner room on the second floor, the Concord, we had a wonderful view of the water below. There are flowering plants all around the house which attract hummingbirds. It was a wonderful treat to walk out on our private balcony in the morning and wait for a hummingbird to flitter about the flowers. We not only enjoyed the lush greenery of the grounds in the day, but the bountiful stars in the night sky! I haven't seen that many stars so bright and clear for some time! It was a most welcome surprise.
The room itself is simply decorated, but it needs little else. The high, wood-beam cathedral ceiling is splendid. And it has an unusual onsite bathroom. It is separated from the main bedroom only by a partial wall, so you should be comfortable with your roommate!
Bea and Win are generous, easy-going hosts. They give you the run of the house to come and go as you please, and are very helpful with advice about activities to do to fill the day if you decide to do that instead of lounging by the pool. When my husband suddenly had his fishing plans cancelled, Win was very helpful, introducing him to a local fisherman who was willing to take him out on short notice and despite the difficult weather.
It was nice to see how they really supported the community. After admiring the bird feeders handing in the dining area, Bea informed me that they were locally handcrafted and that she knew the artist and would happily take me to his place, or else I could simply purchase the ones she had and she would replenish them afterward. So, I bought two right then and there! They are unique souvenirs that will be going to family in Japan and Canada. They'll love them I'm sure!
We enjoyed their hearty homemade breakfasts as well, which was a nice change from the buffet style of hotel restaurants.
It had been awhile since we stayed at a B&B and our stay at Gloucester Place certainly reminded us of the appeal of doing so. It is much more relaxing and personal, and I think the best way to enjoy the local lifestyle.
John Broom from U.K. visited in December 2013 and awarded
Gloucester Place is a little gem. Not only is it set in the most beautiful and spectacular landscape, but it is run by the friendliest people you will ever come across who do everything to make you feel at home and to enjoy your stay.
The room was lovely , the infinity pool extraordinary, it was a magical find.
Thankyou Bea and Win, and thankyou myTobago !
Sarah Graham from Canada visited in April 2013 and awarded
We wanted to have a holiday where we could relax, enjoy what the Island has to offer, including beautiful beaches and sun, and indulge in yummy food. Gloucester Place played host for this holiday and exceeded our expectations!
The rooms were airy, clean and most importantly, they provided us with beautiful views of the hillside and ocean. To make sure we enjoyed each day, the birds would sing to wake us up... that along with the smell of fresh coffee!
Win and Bea were wonderful hosts and did not tire of providing recommendations on what to do, help in recommending places to eat (although anyone would be happy in taking all meals with Bea as she is an amazing cook)and entertaining us with wonderful stories of their travels around the world and local gossip.
I highly recommend Gloucester Place and am looking forward to booking my next holiday.
Andy Mohler from U.S.A. visited in January 2013 and awarded
The photos available on this gem do not do it justice. Gloucester Pl is indeed a treasure. Beautiful surroundings, comfortable, clean and satisfying accommodations. The home flows with utility. The hosts, Bea and Winn, made us feel like family not just guests. Perfect location for a relaxing escape to paradise. Beautiful beaches just moments away. Good food at the local establishments or from Bea's wonderful kitchen leave you wanting for nothing.