Essex Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
Scott And Vicky from U.S.A. visited in January 2014 and awarded
Essex Cottage is a beautiful and relaxing place high above the trees overlooking the ocean. Bea and Win were great hosts and enjoy what they do. Bea is an excellent cook and Win does a good job cleaning up afterwards. The waterfalls and rainbows were beautiful. Bea and Win were always willing to give you tips on what to see in the area. We found the "pot of gold" at the end of the rainbow at Essex Cottage. The Midwest Farmers.
John Broom from U.K. visited in December 2013 and awarded
Gloucester Place is a little gem. Not only is it set in the most beautiful and spectacular landscape, but it is run by the friendliest people you will ever come across who do everything to make you feel at home and to enjoy your stay.
The room was lovely , the infinity pool extraordinary, it was a magical find.
Thankyou Bea and Win, and thankyou myTobago !
Sarah Graham from Canada visited in April 2013 and awarded
We wanted to have a holiday where we could relax, enjoy what the Island has to offer, including beautiful beaches and sun, and indulge in yummy food. Gloucester Place played host for this holiday and exceeded our expectations!
The rooms were airy, clean and most importantly, they provided us with beautiful views of the hillside and ocean. To make sure we enjoyed each day, the birds would sing to wake us up... that along with the smell of fresh coffee!
Win and Bea were wonderful hosts and did not tire of providing recommendations on what to do, help in recommending places to eat (although anyone would be happy in taking all meals with Bea as she is an amazing cook)and entertaining us with wonderful stories of their travels around the world and local gossip.
I highly recommend Gloucester Place and am looking forward to booking my next holiday.
Malcolm Burson from U.S.A. visited in January 2013 and awarded
Gloucester Place is entirely unique in our experience. Bea and Win Sargent have created a welcoming, comfortable social environment something like a continuing house party with a constantly changing guest list. In addition to being in Parletuvier (unspoiled; you might be the only tourists in town) with its quick walk to a lovely waterfall, the location allows you access to great birding, excellent snorkeling, and lovely quiet beaches. But it's the house and the hospitality that make all the difference. Accommodations are perfect; Win and Bea will provide dinner on request (delicious!), and the invitation for guests to enjoy one another's company makes this special: we felt like we were staying with long-lost friends, and making new ones for life. Can't recommend too highly.
Alan Purintun from U.S.A. visited in January 2013 and awarded
I spent three nights at Gloucester Place at the end of January 2013 and can recommend it highly. In stayed in the 'Concord' room, which has gorgeous views over the Caribbean through its two large screened windows and from the adjacent, large and mostly private terrace. The room and bath are spacious and more than adequately functional, though not luxurious. I didn't need the air conditioning during my stay, but its presence was reassuring and would likely make a return visit in April or May more enjoyable. I spent many hours contemplating the sea view over morning coffee, midday Caribs and sunset rum-tonics on the mostly-shaded terrace. The pool is lovely, though in late January did not receive sufficient direct sun to be truly warm; it felt great after a forest trek or the ascent from the beach, however.
Bea and Win are extremely gracious and welcoming hosts; I felt very much at home sharing their kitchen and viewful, covered verandah (a welcome shelter during rain showers that occasionally chased me from the uncovered terrace and poolside). Breakfast (included) was delicious; one evening I was also invited to share dinner of fresh mahi mahi and local vegetables ($20 US) with Bea, Win and two other guests.
The location of Gloucester Place is probably near ideal for a first visit to Tobago: sufficiently removed (around 40-50 minutes' drive) from the bustle and not terribly attractive development around the airport and SW end of the island, but not too far into the beautiful and much less built up NE. Exploring by car around the NE is easy as the roads are both good and, at least during my stay, nearly deserted. There are several worthwhile excursions, taking in breathtakingly beautiful forest and sea views and interesting, relatively untouristed small towns, within a 20-40 minute drive. This part of Tobago is some of the most lushly forested terrain I have seen anywhere in the Caribbean; Bea and Win know several guides who can be hired for more adventurous hikes and birding expeditions.
A number of good, inexpensive restaurants and not terribly well stocked food/beverage shops are within 10-15 minutes' drive. (I stopped near the airport on my way in for beer, rum, tonic water and other essentials.) Good, casual meals are served at the Boat House in Castara, Eula's on the beach at Englishman's Bay and Sunshine in Bloody Bay. It is possible to walk to one of the nicer beaches (at Parlatuvier; deserted both times I went), two nearby waterfalls, two or three restaurants and at least one minimal shop.
I was slightly disappointed with the beaches in this part of Tobago, which tend to be a bit steep and somewhat rocky. However, they are attractive enough for walking, lounging, and at least minimal swimming; moreover, I suspect their imperfection helps keep the throngs away, which is a great positive. When I return to Gloucester Place, I will do so anticipating more forests, birds and waterfalls than sugar-white sand and gin-clear water - a different but equally compelling Caribbean experience.