Essex Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
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.
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!
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.
Robert Lilly from U.S.A. visited in January 2015 and awarded
I literally stumbled upon a little piece of Nirvana here in Tobago. I was frantically searching for a four day gap in my travel accommodations when I found Winn, Bea, and their Gloucester Place B&B. I have unusually stupid luck and came upon the best accommodations I had found since leaving the US. Perched on a hill just outside Parlatuiver, along the North Road, leeward side of Tobago.
As you descend the driveway, the first thing that I thought was, "I'm in the wrong place". I thought it was a private estate. What you find are tremendously friendly owner's and a place you never want to leave. The view, the atmosphere, the hospitality, the local area.... all are just unimaginable.
I stayed in a private, single room with a drop-dead view of the north coast and crashing surf. A private balcony served up one of the most incredible views. Day or night, it was a place of true tranquility.
Bea served some fabulous breakfasts; and both Bea and Winn never seemed to stop making your stay unforgettable.
To discover the immediate area you needed a little determination. I did not have a car so I did all of my exploring on foot. Trails to waterfalls, the village of Parlatuiver, and the beautiful beach of Englishman's Bay were all within walking distance. A good workout, but very satisfying. When you returned, you could reflect and be mesmerized by the views from the infinity pool.
I never wanted to leave!
Peter And Sue from U.K. visited in January 2015 and awarded
A wonderfully relaxing 4 days with Bea and Win attending to our every need....especially those needs for Peter's breakfast!! Fussy Englishman!
We thoroughly enjoyed it. In a stunning position and convenient for the best local beaches.