Essex Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
Emma And Andrew Powell from U.K. visited in November 2015 and awarded
Having done very little research, we chose Gloucester Place purely because it was described as the best B & B on the island and we could not have been more pleased. Both experienced travellers, my husband and I enjoyed 10 days here at the end of November. Bea and Wyn, are relaxed hosts who have created a little bit of Paradise and are delighted to share it with you. It sits on a breath taking location, nestled between the rainforest and the sea, enjoy personalised breakfasts watching hummingbirds hover over their breakfast and a share in a beer in the evening on the most fantastic verandah balcony I have ever enjoyed, listening to the waves. I would recommend that you opt for the larger room, just to give you a little bit more space and light plus your own large balcony overlooking the sea. Bea and Wyn want you to get the most out of your holiday and they will adapt to your needs accordingly, making your holiday to be the best possible for you.
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!
Pat Ptasinski from U.S.A. visited in April 2015 and awarded
Based on a friend's visit, we decided to visit Tobago. I studied Trip Advisor and contacted Bea for rates and info. Starting with my very first email exchange, Bea and Win took care of all our needs for our 11 night stay in April.
The GuestHouse is even nicer than the pictures show, as the cross breezes, the sounds of the waves in the cove, the birds whistling and the smell of the gorgeous plants can't be seen or heard in the pictures!
The Concord room was clean and nice size, with wrap around windows providing good light and a door out to a large private patio.
Waking up to get my first coffee at 7AM and leaning over the veranda looking for birds and enjoying the fresh air or chatting with Win & Bea as they prepared a varied and hearty breakfast was a perfect start to each day.
Bea & Win have built up a wonderful network of neighbors and happily arrange for meals in several local homes. We throughly enjoyed home made local food prepared for us by Carolyn and Joanne; in addition, Marcy up the road also serves her own unique style of cooking. Between these 3 ladies, we had marvelous Fish, Chicken, Roti and Ravioli dinners!! Can't forget to mention the Callaloo!
Glasgow Bar a few steps up the road offers good drinks, good company and the best views ovetlooking the fishing village; steps behind the bar take you right to the beach!
Bea and Win gave us guidance and directions to visit local sites and restaurants. They also provided us special emergency assistance with some currency exchange, the loan of a sunhat, the use of fins, beach and pool towels, a local phone to take in the car when we went exploring in case we needed to call back for anything and even the use of a pump to fix low tire pressure.The Concord room was clean and nice size, with wrap around windows providing good light and a door out to a large private patio.
Their special hospitality included sharing stories of their family and life experiences over both drinks ( loved Win's rum & juice drink) and dinner. We truly felt we were part of their family!
We also had special experiences with other locals in the area, meeting the families at Chance's Restaurant in the village of Parlatuvier and of Bloody Bay local Lester who took us on a wonderful trek in the Rain Forest and taught us about the area's history and night hunting for armadillos! I would be negligent if I forgot to mention the food prepared for us by Nicolle & Islin and Georgia (best coconut bake ever!) Do yourself a favor and look in local stores for Georgia's Treats to enjoy her Tamarind Balls, Candied Popcorn and Kurma!
We also enjoyed visiting with the other guests staying at Glucester Place while we were there and getting to share in an anniversary celebration (see their posted reviews)!
Obviously highly recommend Glocester Place, profusely thank Bea & Win for making our visit so memorable and hold dear the warmth and friendliness extended to us by all the people we connected with in Tobago!
A true Island Paradise
Nina Allerton from U.K. visited in April 2015 and awarded
We travelled April 2015 with our 3 year old son. We couldn't have asked for more on arriving in Tobago and staying at Win & Bea's beautiful home, Gloucester Place. From the first greeting they made us all feel at home and relaxed. We settled into our room - the Lexington Suite which was a little more spacious than the other rooms, perfect for the 3 of us and the bed was huge so plenty big enough for our son to sleep in it too!
We were then welcomed with a beer on the terrace overlooking the Caribbean Sea with views of a spectacular blow hole, then headed to the pool for a refreshing swim.
Parlatuvier is beautiful and we enjoyed watching the fishermen bring in and gut their catch in the afternoons on the jetty while huge sting rays circled in the water. We swam in the deliciously cool waterfalls which are a small hike from the village. And we visited many stunningly untouched beaches.
Win & Bea are natural hosts.They are open, friendly, interesting, fun and kind people who made our stay all the better. They spoiled our 3 year old rotten and dedicated his own cup to him, gave him biscuits and anything else he hankered for.
The property is gorgeous, cleverly designed to make the most of the extraordinarily stunning surroundings and our only regret is that we didn't stay longer. It's a real slice of paradise and Win & Bea are exceptional hosts!
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.