Gloucester Place - Reader Reports & Opinion
Chris & Diane Fisher from U.S.A. visited in February 2011 and awarded
We stayed at Gloucester Place for 3 nights after the end of a 9 night birding trip to Trinidad and Tobago. It was the perfect place to unwind and relax and use as a base to explore the island on our own. Win and Bea Sargent made you feel like guests visiting good friends. The rooms and the whole place was clean, airy and beautifully designed. We had our own balcony off our room with spectacular views down to the a cove on the coast - just 100 feet below you. There's even a very cool blowhole! The property itself has birds, beautiful flowers and a wonderful horizon pool. The breakfasts varied each day but were all excellent. Cereal, fruit and toast was always available, but there was always an interesting hot dish as well. We also chose to have two of our dinners there and they were excellent as well. Bea and Win were helpful in answering our questions and giving us ideas of places to go. If you'd like to see our pictures of the place - rooms, interior, pool, flowers, birds, etc, you can look in the Gloucester Place folder on our trip website at "BirdingTrinidadAndTobago.Shutterfly.com" We certainly hope to return one of these days and bring some friends with us.
Melissa from U.S.A. visited in February 2011 and awarded
My boyfriend and I stayed at Gloucester Place for 3 nights & I'm so incredibly glad we ended up choosing this place to stay. As soon as we pulled into the driveway, their welcome was so warm, friendly and genuine. We stayed at the Essex Cottage and to be honest, I was a bit worried b/c mosquitoes do love me a bit too much. It was fine b/c there are mosquitoes coils, spray, fans and a mosquito net for the bed. If anyone is worried about getting bitten, all I can say is -- if I can handle it...anyone can! It was wonderful to wake up to the birds chirping right at the window and to hear a nearby waterfall as well as the waves crashing into the rocks. We also went to a nearby/suggested grocery stand and store to pick up food and cooked ourselves a nice meal on our last night there. The house is absolutely beautiful -- everything about it. Win & Bea (& Wonder - the dog) really makes you feel right at home. They were just so pleasant to talk to and exchange stories from our travels.
Again -- I'm SO happy that we chose to stay here. It may be about an hour from the airport, but it's SO worth to travel to the other side of the island. Win and Bea makes great suggestions for restaurants, groceries and activities.
If you're looking for a relaxing & non-touristy vacation and would like to meet by far one of the most awesome couples out there -- you must stay at Gloucester Place.
Eric And Diana Madill from Canada visited in February 2011 and awarded
My husband and I stayed for 7 days in Essex cottage and could not have asked for a better vacation. This was exactly what we were looking for - private, quiet, stunning views and the perfect spot to start each day from. Win and Bea are the most accomodating people we have ever encountered - they know when to stay for a chat and when to give guests their privacy - in fact they are truly experts at this. We were so pleased to have stayed with them and Wonder Dog - they were definitely a highlight of the vacation and we feel that we would have missed out on some of the islands most memorable attractions if it weren't for their offerings of advice.
Let me start by saying that the cottage is not for everyone - it is simple and basic but had all we ever needed and more. If you are looking for TV, radio, internet, aircon or telephone, the cottage should not be your first choice but do check out the main house as these things are all available there. On the other hand, if you want to sleep with the shutters wide open to the Caribbean sea crashing below and the wonderful warmth of the island filling the air, this might be just the place. The cottage has a small porch, well equipped kitchen, sleeping area and full bathroom. There is a safe for your valuables, towels, blankets, books and travel guides galore and everything you need to cook a meal except for the food. We were provided with bug netting for around the bed but took it off at the suggestion of the owners the first night and simply lit a mosquito coil and turned on the fans - we had very few insects join us despite the shutters being wide open for 7 days.
The wild life from the cottage is really interesting - Win and Bea have hung a bird feeder from the edge of the covered porch and recommended we put ripe banana in it from time to time and we would be rewarded with a visit some of the islands 200+ bird species - they weren't kidding - this is a wonderful way to spend the morning while sipping coffee and eating the rest of the banana. We counted at least 25 different species of birds some of wich became regulars to our early morning banana offerings - the pictures were easy to get and turned out fantastically. There are a few lizards around and apparently a resident Iguana but we didn't have the pleasure of making his acquaintance - he is very private and didn't show so much as a tail the whole time we were there.
As for the surrounding area, there are several shops with some of the friendliest people we met on the island within walking distance. Andy's Glasgow bar has ice cold beer and one of the best views in the whole Caribbean as far as we are concerned and Imbie's store on the jetty in Parlatuvier has much to offer including a good chat with the owner and lots of music on Sundays. Flavour Flavour restaurant is run by Vernice and she opened up on Friday night for us to enjoy a fresh meal of Mahi Mahi wich was absolutely fantastic. Win and Bea will arrange for you to go if you want. Nearby, there are many towns within short driving distance to explore and shop making the cottage (or the main house) a perfect place to set out from.
Eric and I enjoyed our time so much and I really think this cottage and its owners (and WonderDog) and the town of Parlatuvier were the reasons for it. We would definitely return and next time, take advantage of Bea's cooking (I hear she is excellent!) and spend some more time in conversation with both Win and Bea. We would also like to go on one of Wonder Dogs guided tours of the many sights he is familiar with in the area.
If your thinking about Tobago and want to enjoy its natural beauty and easy going towns, try Essex cottage - you will not regret your decision, we promise!
Nancy Reigel from U.S.A. visited in January 2011 and awarded
The island of Tobago is a most wonderful getaway with Parlatuvier Bay being one of our favorite bays on the island. The vacation gods must have overseen our choice of accommodations as we fell into the perfect location with a breathtaking view and amazingly hospitable hosts. Bea & Winn not only offered a home cooked dinner on our first night of arrival, but provided excellent hiking, snorkeling and sightseeing suggestions. They lent us snorkel gear, helped us exchange money and Bea personally escorted us to a local trail head, where their Wonderdog led us on a trek up waterfalls and through dense foliage. The modestly priced cottage at Gloucester Place offered a peaceful and breathtaking view of palms, banana trees, vivid flowering plants and the sea in the distance. Winn brought us fresh fruits in the morning from their property. We loved the open air kitchen and bedroom that provided just enough privacy. Downstairs was another more private bedroom for our friends, but most of our time “at home” was spent on the deck relaxing, reading and enjoying happy hour. The cottage stay is not for those who expect air conditioning , but then I would recommend staying at the main house. The dipping pool, available to all guests, was quite refreshing! The only pitfall with the open air cottage was the loud bus that rolled past around 7:30 am, but the birds were already singing for us at that hour. The Gloucester Place was perfect for our party of 4 who were more interested in exploring the beauty of the island and meeting the locals than frequenting the busy tourist spots near the airport. There were plenty of beautiful beaches nearby with excellent snorkeling and tasty local food. You could hike from Gloucester Place down steep stone steps to Parlatuvier Bay where we bought fresh fish when the fishing boats docked and enjoyed “liming” with the locals to calypso music. Castara offered fun beach dining with steel drums, limbo and a drum circle. We bought souveniers from our hosts, who display their gardener’s handiwork at the main guest house. Bea and Winn are active in the community tutoring the children; so at the mention of their names, the locals took care of us Our hosts were like having a personal friend/travel agent/tour guide all wrapped up in one. We so enjoyed their company, but they were careful to maintain their guests’ privacy. We highly recommend The Gloucester Place and cottage because it is a most lovely place to vacation, but it is so because Bea and Winn have the special gift of welcoming, caring for and enjoying their guests. Relax and take in Tobago!!
Sylvia&tony Polt from Austria visited in January 2011 and awarded
We stayed this January for two weeks in a party of four and I must say this was the best experience!
First we stayed at the Mainhouse and enjoyed the best breakfast on island and then we moved to Essex Cottage.
Bea & Win (&Wonder-Dog) are great hosts and they make you feel at home immediately.
The nature and the people in Parlatuvier are outstanding, we also made many friends from the local people, everybody know's Bea & Win.
Dont expect any entertainment, entertain yourself on this wonderful island, we had the surrounding beaches mostly for ourselfs.
If you want to explore secret waterfalls and other spots just ask Bea&Win or the local fisherman.
A must for everybody who loves nature and wants to get away from the crowd.