Essex Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion

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Mark Surey from U.K. visited in October 2014 and awarded  Five out of Five

Firstly, we are a couple in our early fifties, we travelled without our teenagers (the only way!). If you want to visit the Caribbean but are put off by heavy commercialisation and worries about personal safety then Tobago is for you – we met Trinidadians, Brits, Germans and Jamaicans who have come here to live because of the laid back and safe lifestyle.

If don’t want an all-inclusive, ‘could be anywhere’ holiday but hope for somewhere individual, quiet and beautiful then Gloucester Place is the pick of the bunch. This is a fantastic place to stay, the house is comfortable, the rooms are well appointed, there is a lovely pool, a waterfall on the grounds, a bar within a 5 minute amble and the stunning Parlatuvier Bay a 10 minute walk away. The wonderful Englishmans Bay is a few minutes drive and Castara is about ten minutes or so.

Bea & Win are such a friendly, helpful and interesting couple who will leave you to do your own thing or include you in their daily lives, whichever you prefer. The food was great; eight breakfasts, none of which were the same and all of which were delicious (and huge). We also had a couple of evening meals which were lovely, one of which started with a trip down to the jetty to select a fish from the catch just brought in.

Bea and Win were very helpful, full of suggestions for places to visit, places to avoid, restaurant tips etc, going so far as to give us a lift a couple of times. They were also generous enough to let us use the internet and I even watched the Utd-City derby (Win follows the Premier League – well after a fashion, he’s an Arsenal supporter!). They both have a great stock of stories from their time teaching around the world and you can sit on the balcony with a few beers or rums just shooting the breeze; read a book by the pool or go and visit one of the beaches.

All in all the most relaxing holiday we have ever been on.

Guest Report   20 Aug 2014

Mark Entz from Pennsylvania visited in March 2014 and awarded  Five out of Five

My wife and I visited Tobago, Bea and Win and Gloucester Place in March of 2014. What a wonderful experience we had.

Not only are Bea and Win the finest of hosts but their guest house is beautifully decorated, clean and comfortable. Bea is a great cook and Win is just as good of a server as they keep you advised of the high points of the island and their life full of adventure.

We stayed in the Concord Room which was simply and tastefully furnished. It had a very nice balcony that overlooked incredible sunsets on the Caribbean Sea. It was the perfect place to enjoy a cold Carib beer while talking with your mate about the adventures you had that day.

Gloucester Place is in a good central location on the island from there you can easily take day trips to close by, nearly deserted, beaches and snorkel and swim to your hearts content. You can walk to the local tavern, Andy’s, and take in refreshments as you sit on his upper deck watching the fishing boats come in to Parlatuvier Bay. Don’t forget to visit Castara’s fine “Mom and Pop” restaurants for the best local cuisine and, almost more importantly, to visit Heavenly Bay, which we did a few times.

If you need a car rental be sure to contact Taylor Auto Rental, they are very nice folk and very accommodating.

When will we get back to Tobago again? I am not sure, but we will be staying with Bea and Win at Gloucester Place, for sure!

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Alta Turner from U.S.A. visited in March 2014 and awarded  Five out of Five

Bea & Win Sargent – Essex House – Tobago

From warm greetings through final send-off [midMarch , Bea & Win provide impeccable hospitality and cordial assistance that makes a stay in the Essex House cottage a pleasure. The infinity pool overlooking fantastically huge west views of the Caribbean, the accommodating Essex cottage and the proximity to Andy’s local ‘authentic’ bar and the scenic Parlatuvier beach [down 220 scenic, lovely steps from cliff make for a terrific homebase on the west shore of Tobago. The remote-ish location is low-key and wonderfully laid-back but within easy striking distance of Tobago’s many facets. The Sargents offer up terrific recommendations for excellent birders and guides, restaurants, markets, hiking and waterfalling in addition to colorful local stories of Tobago life. Highly recommended.

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Margaret from Trinidad visited in March 2014 and awarded  Five out of Five

My sister, nephew and I had the complete pleasure of staying at Gloucester Place house in March of 2014. Innkeepers, Winn and Bea were truly a delight and made our stay that much more a success. The house is a distance from the main town, airport and ferry but completely worth the trip. This part of the island is so tranquil, manicured, green and unspoiled. We enjoyed just wandering (we had our car) or walking to the nearby waterfall or lunch/drink spots and beach. The breakfast on the open-air deck/kitchen starts each day the way you would want on vacation. Yum! Bea and Winn are very accommodating in every way, you can even eat other meals in their house and they're quite the duo in the kitchen. I especially enjoyed their stories from many years of life abroad.

Good times had by all. So much so, we're going back in April!

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Veronika from Spain visited in February 2014 and awarded  Five out of Five

Spending 2 months, January and February, at Essex Cottage, with Bea and Win as “neighbors”, next to the Main Ridge Forest Reserve and overlooking the Caribbean sea, was as close to paradise as I have ever been. Located at Northside road, just above Parlatuvier Bay, living in this natural, well designed and very comfortable wooden house, above the canopy of tropical trees, makes one feel as part of nature itself. Bea and Win are most perfect hosts, very easy going, knowledgeable, interesting and friendly. For you foodies: Bea is an exceptional, very creative cook. Win has been so helpful in every big and little way throughout our entire stay.

As bird lovers, we enjoyed many hours relaxing, just watching and listening to birds, like Bananaquits, bluegray Tanagers, Palm Tanagers, orangewinged Parrots, the magnificent Frigates and many more. We even saw barred antshrikes, greater Ani, Motmot and whitetailed sabrewing right from the terrace. When getting up in the morning, albeit sleeping some more after the early loud chatter of Chachalacas would wake us, I was greeted by the beautiful and varied songs of my special friend, a tropical Mockingbird, demanding loudly his Papaya breakfast and always answering my own, less artfully whistled melodies greeting him back. In the evenings, we would feed Agoutis; in time, they became less shy and we could observe them holding bananas and such with their forehands, sitting and munching. On the guided tour through the Rainforest, we saw, of course, many more birds: bluebacked Manakin, rufoustailed Jacamar, collared Trogon, goldenolive Woodpecker, different hummingbirds and many more of those beautiful tropical species.

Bea and Win introduced us to many people from Parlatuvier, we found them to be very friendly and helpful, and we enjoyed talking to them. Win offered to order Lobster from a fisher who catches them close to the rocks in the sea right below the guesthouse. What a treat, to be able to prepare them then and there, so fresh and tasty.

Of course, we travelled all over the Island, walked the beautiful path to the Argyle Fall, drove along the Atlantic Coast from Speyside to Crown Point, went shopping at Scarborough, eat Ice Cream at quaint Charlotteville and checked out different beaches like Pigeon Point, Mt. Irvine Bay and scenic Stonehaven Bay. Our favourite beach though was the pristine, laidback and quite Englishman’s bay, only 3 minutes from the cottage; there we enjoyed swimming, watching Pelicans fish and just taking in all the beauty around us.

Dear reader, how can I ever stop telling you about paradise? Bea and Win, with their upscale Gloucester Place Guest House and self catering Essex Cottage will be your best choice if you value quality, friendliness, beauty, peacefulness and easy going; I have never experienced better.

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