Essex Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
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.
Sarah And Scott from U.S.A. visited in January 2015 and awarded
My boyfriend and I spent a week at Gloucester Place in January 2015. Bea and Win were the most gracious hosts and we highly recommend staying there during your time in Tobago.
The B&B is a little off the beaten path, which makes for an incredible getaway from the touristy destinations in the Caribbean. Gloucester Place is tucked away on a lofted bend, with striking views of the ocean below and the jungle above. The B&B is a very short drive to Parlatuvier, which offers some dining and grocery options. Castara is about ten minutes by drive and offers more options for food. The North side of the island is generally less touristy, but much more relaxing and offers a great location to truly get away from it all.
The B&B was very beautiful, had an open air feel, and an infinity pool to boot. We stayed in the Carlisle room and had great views from our private veranda, we also really enjoyed an evening cocktail from the first floor porch with Bea and Win. Bea and Win were excellent cooks (ask for the Banana and Oatmeal Bake!) and the portion sizes for breakfast portions were very healthy. Between the quality and quantity, we did not go hungry.
Our hosts were also very helpful in determining our itinerary for the day. Tobago has plenty to offer and we were determined to make the most of our vacation. Bea and Winís input helped us plan our days and take advantage of our time there. They also offered some great tips for dining and helped make reservations when required. On a couple of days, we did take it easy at a local beach, Englishmenís Bay, which the B&B is conveniently located near. It is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the Island so no matter where you stay, it is a must see.
We enjoyed our stay at Gloucester Place very much. Thank you Bea and Win for making our Tobago vacation incredible!
Sarah and Scott
Ottie from U.K. visited in December 2014 and awarded
If you want to get away from the more touristic Crown Point area of the island, head north and stay here.
Amazing views from the entire property, walking distance to a local bar with fantastic views over Palentouvier. Bea and Winn are so helpful, they booked us fishing and guided rain forest walks. They also introduced us the the other couple who were staying at the same time so we were able to combine the fishing trip with them.
It is advisable to hire a car which makes the north of the island really easy to explore.
Al Paton from U.K. visited in November 2014 and awarded
My wife and I absolutely loved this place. It is possible to stay B&B in the main house and enjoy the most wonderful balcony area to relax and take in the breathtaking views of garden and nearby cliffs. However we elected to self-cater and stay in the cottage, which in orientation, is like the house in minature. A true home from home, with balcony and similar views. The cottage is well equipped with clean, comfortable furniture and linen, excellent bed, and delightful kitchen with lots of ingredients to get you started. From the cottage, there is a very pleasant stroll through the terraced garden to the small but perfectly formed infinity pool, for generally cooling off or just enjoying the sunsets. You have the famous Glasgow bar and restaurant nearby, and an easy stroll into Parlatuvier village and beach which was for us, the most scenic and peaceful part of the island. (And also, with a car, pretty well central for most things). One more thing, Bea and Win are the perfect hosts. Our only regret is that we didnít stay longer. We had tried various grades of accommodation during our visit to Tobago, but Gloucester Place was by far the best in all areas. Highly recommended and we will certainly return.