Essex Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
Jerry & Espe Davila from U.S.A. visited in April 2015 and awarded
A long overdue and honest review.
We decided Gloucester place for our 15th wedding anniversary.
I was a little apprehensive on our way to Parlatuvier B&B Gloucester Place, after all it was our fist time in a B&B, in all our travels we have always stayed in hotels. The though of being in someone's home was a little unsettling for me.
After a long drive through a mostly beautiful and untouched area we arrived at the B&B.
Gloucester place was right next to the road but built in such of way that you have all the privacy and the most beautiful views without disturbing the surroundings.
We were greeted by Win and Bea, a warm, unpretentious couple that made my worries disappear at the first hello.
I was flabbergasted by the beauty of the place. From the veranda you have a view of the bluest sea and the waves crashing in the little cove way below, making the most relaxing sounds. The gardens and the pool blend perfectly with the surroundings and they are gorgeous.
The house was built for comfort, beautifully designed with an eye for details. The rooms are privately positioned, with it's own bathroom.
Immaculately clean and nicely furnished. My husband had chosen the room with a little balcony overlooking the cove and the west gardens, it was lovely!
My husband extended our stay by one day because I really love that place!
I'm a bird lover and there is a continuous parade of different kinds of birds that come to the house to feed on the flowers and fruits available and all the goodies Win & Bean keep in their feeders, I was in heaven!
Bea made an early breakfast for us everyday, but was very accommodating at whatever time we wanted to eat it, (we are early rising people so it was perfect for us).
Win & Bea are very well known and respected in the community, through them we met some of the locals, that greeted us with respect and humble honesty. We were very impressed at how they have embraced the community and work to help the locals.
The beauty of the place is breathtaking, there are beautiful pristine beaches, waterfalls, and some little shops next to the beach with locally made souvenirs.
We loved our little vacation, our only complaint is that it was too short.
Win & Bea made us feel welcome, at ease, and were ready to give us advise on where to go and what to see without being overbearing. The last night we had cocktails at the local bar with Win & Bea, other guests and some locals we befriended, to toast our anniversary. We talked, laughed and joked like a group of old friends.
What a way to close our vacation!
We had a wonderful time, it went by way too fast for us.
If you like exotic places, birds, nature and pristine beaches, this is the most perfect place.
We will highly recommend the GLOUCESTER place for your stay, a home away from home!
Dale Heinen from U.S.A. visited in March 2015 and awarded
We had a wonderful stay in this well situated, comfortable cottage. Our hosts were so accommodating and generous - they gave us great advice on where to go and where to dine. They are truly warm and kind people. The views from the cottage are sublime: endless blue sea and lush greenery. We enjoyed the lovely birds that came to the feeder on the terrace, too.
There is no A/C or wifi in the cottage (there is in the nearby house), but we were very comfortable and enjoyed being able to cook our own meals. It's spacious, well-equipped and private. Breakfast on the terrace gazing at the sea was very special.
This part of the island is perfect for exploring Tobago because it's gorgeous, near the best beaches, and far away from the more dispiritingly developed parts of the island.
Michel Desjardins from Canada visited in February 2015 and awarded
My wife and I spent a glorious week at Gloucester Place in February. Leaving Canada that time of year for the warmth of Tobago shortened our winter, to be sure, but this was no ordinary B&B, and Tobago is no ordinary tourist island.
It was our first trip to this island, and we loved it. The population is small, much of the island is undeveloped (great walks, extensive bird population), and the villages are mainly local people.
We sought out a location on Tobago that took us away from the main centres, and that turned out to be an excellent decision. It took us about 90 minutes, driving slowly, to make our way to Bea and Winn’s place with a rental car, and that drive gave us an excellent opportunity to start appreciating the island. I wouldn’t want to make the trip at night, since the roads are narrow and driving is on the left, but during the day the drive was lovely.
Staying next to Parluvier, the tiny (actual) fishing village, allowed us to walk over (10 minutes) or drive (3 minutes) to swim, or walk, or talk with the fishermen. We also ate a few meals there, including two at a terrific private home, on the veranda a few steps from the beach. Ask Bea to call for reservations.
Gloucester Place itself was as stunning as the pictures and website suggest. We stayed in the Carlisle room, with a balcony overlooking the tree tops, the surf below, and the birds nudging us out of our sleep every morning. Breakfasts were delicious (thank you Bea, and Wyn), and we spent countless hours simply sitting by the pool outside the house, reading, drinking, reading, listening to the birds, dipping into the pool, reading.... We returned home calmer, happier, with great memories. We’d return in a heartbeat.
John Weight from U.K. visited in February 2015 and awarded
In my estimation the north coast of Tobago is the most scenic and peaceful part of the island and Gloucester Place is ideally located to enjoy it being high up on the hillside very close to the picturesque fishing village of Parlatuvier with Englishman’s Bay and Castara nearby.
We stayed 8 nights in the Concord Room, similarly named after Bea & Win’s home town in Massachusetts. This room is located on the first floor along with the other two in-house guest rooms. It is the largest of the three and has shared access to a large terrace overlooking the bay below. It is simply furnished with a toilet and shower area hidden on the other side of a partition wall. The room has air conditioning, although we found that it was unnecessary to use it at night as the sea breezes high on the hillside kept the environment pleasantly cool.
Bea & Win were great hosts, making us very welcome in their tree-top home and freely offered advice and guidance when requested. On the first night they cooked dinner for us as we didn’t arrive until after dark – this was very much appreciated after such a long journey for the UK. Later, during our stay, they took us out with a party to dine at Joanna’s in Parlatuvier. The other nights we usually ate in Castara – the Almond Tree being our favourite. However, with its views from on high, the Castara Retreat is a great place for lunch but at twice the price!
Breakfast, served at around 8:30 downstairs in the attractive open plan living area, was usually communal affair shared with the other international guests – Bea & Win varying the menu according. I might add that guests are able share refrigerator storage space for personal food items – great if you want a drink or a snack at other times of the day. There were always cold beers to hand – the house rule was to replace what took at your convenience.
The garden setting is beautiful with humming birds and other exotic wildlife coming and going. The raucous calls of the Chachalaca birds will wake you early in the morning, while agoutis will come in search for vegetable scraps at the bottom of the bank.
Other tips at this end of the island: a car hire is a must – Taylor’s is recommended (they’ll take you from the airport to Gloucester Place and leave the hire car there for you). There are two gas stations in Roxboro, try the little one on the Speyside road – she’ll fill the tank for you without you having to set (guess) the price first! At 20TTD a litre, petrol is unbelievably cheap. Jemma’s at Speyside was in our opinion the best restaurant for lunch - get there early as it’s very popular. For calmer swimming waters try Pirates Bay near Charlotteville – a short hike but worth it. For entertainment try Rochester House guided tour; otherwise it’s Castara for nightlife, a 24 hour bank (ATM) and a few small stores - Parlatuvier also has two.
Thanks Bea & Win for a fabulously memorable stay!
Jan And Mike Jones from U.K. visited in February 2015 and awarded
We stayed for two weeks in Essex Cottage, the self contained annex of Gloucester Place.
The holiday was made for us by the kind and friendly assistance of owners Wyn and Bea starting from our welcome supper on arrival. We also sampled Bea's wonderful breakfast (including yummy banana pancakes) and on one occasion fresh fish barbecued by Wyn.
We were given lots of tips on what to do and where to go, such as buying fish on the jetty and dining out at Joanna's in the village. The rum punches at Glasgows Bar round the corner were great, as was the view from the bar terrace.
The location of Essex Cottage was fairly remote (great for us) and we enjoyed shopping at the local shops and stalls and meeting some of the locals.
The pool at the property was welcome, although not as warm as the sea!
All in all a wonderful holiday in a beautiful location with perfect hosts.