Essex Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
Pamela Davie from Canada visited in April 2012 and awarded
Truly Paradise. Floating in the infinity pool, seemingly about to float into the ocean and surrounding rainforest, the bird calls the only sound in the silence, you will find yourself relaxing to an entirely new level. The main house with guest rooms and bungalow are spacious and furnished beautifully from the lives and travels of the wonderful owners, Bea and Win. Competing for your time and interest will be the huge balcony with similarly spectacular views accompanied by loads of up to date magazines where one can easily spend hours. The balcony leads off of the dining area where Bea and Win whip up spectacular breakfasts. There is a nearby beach in the bay, which one can walk down to from the guest house as well as beautiful waterfalls and other bays nearby.Win and Bea are helpful with tips of where to go and visit although its tempting just to stay and enjoy Gloucester Place the entire time. My husband and I loved every single minute of our week's stay.
Balwant Patel from Trinidad visited in March 2012 and awarded
Nice quite place to stay with great views and friendly hosts. Helpful in organising tours. Car hire is necesaary as the place is quite isolated from places to eat although host is willing to cook, they choose when those days maybe.
Sogra Newman from U.K. visited in February 2012 and awarded
I was celebrating with my family in Tobago, and was blessed with booking Essex Villa, adjoining Gloucester Place.
We had a wonderful stay. Bea and Wynn could not have been more heplful! Their cheerfulness and warmth matched the beautiful surroundings of Tobago.
Not to be missed.
Nikki Orsborn from U.S.A. visited in January 2012 and awarded
We couldn't have asked for a better stay at Gloucester Place. From the moment we arrived at their bed & breakfast, Bea and Win were unbelievable hosts! Their lovely home is set on a gorgeous landscape overlooking the ocean with several prime lookout points. The lush property with waterfall, infinitey pool, various fruit trees, and large wrap-around porch are maintained excellently and make for a very tranquil environment.
While staying at Gloucester Place, we enjoyed several amazing meals. Not only is the included breakfast a pleasure each morning, Bea and Win also offer specialty meals to their guests at nominal costs. It is highly recommended that guests partake in the opportunity to feast with their humble hosts!
Gloucester is conveniently located within a short drive or manageable walk to several beaches and delicious places to eat. If you are looking for a "non-touristy" taste of the local their guests Tobagonian flavor, this is the place for you!
Deborah Holt from U.S.A. visited in December 2011 and awarded
A friend and I rented both floors of the Essex Cottage for a week . The upstairs of the cottage features an open-design floor-plan with a balcony that overlooks the bay below, a well-equipped kitchen/dining area and a separate bedroom with a bathroom off of it. We enjoyed many hours relaxing on the balcony.
Downstairs is less charming because it doesn't have the view or lovely soaring ceiling of the upstairs space, but for our purposes it worked. The downstairs features a bedroom with bath and a patio on the side.
We had a rental car and used it every day to explore the island, stopping for lunch, a swim or groceries before returning by late afternoon. Two of our favorite beaches were Englishman's Bay (a short drive down the road) and Pirates Bay (~45 mins in the other direction plus a 15-minute walk or boat ride from Charlotteville). There's a good, moderately-priced restaurant at Englishman's Bay and you can get a refreshing coconut water (and maybe some grilled fish if you are there at the right time) from a good soul at Pirates Bay.
Two other highlights were Jason Nedd's art gallery in L'Anse Fourmi (on the left when headed for Charlotteville) and the grounds and history museum at Fort George in Scarborough.
Locals were friendly and helpful. I wanted to buy limes and couldn't find any; a fellow who runs a bar a 5-minute walk from the cottage offered to bring me some from a tree on his property and he did! A young fellow I asked driving directions of was very well-spoken and polite. A woman offered unsolicited advice about how to avoid bug bites (my legs were covered with them, they didn't itch, and I think I may have gotten them in Trinidad where we visited the Asa Wright Nature Center for five days) that I found very thoughtful.
While we didn't swim at the beach in Parlatuvier, we did buy fresh fish on the wharf and groceries there on several occasions. It is a small village with one grocery and a restaurant that we never ate at, but I read (or Bea told me) that there is a woman in Parlatuvier who will prepare dinner on request. Just the other side of Parlatuvier on the road to Bloody Bay, there's a restaurant that we also didn't eat at. Mostly we prepared our own food since I enjoy cooking and shopping for food.
I like driving and did all of it on this vacation since my companion is 80 years young. But I decided on about day two that I was not driving the hour+ from Parlatuvier to the airport the morning of our departure. If you have an early morning departure as we did, I recommend spending the last night in Crown Point where there are plenty of accommodation options.
I had read beforehand that Bea and Win have the right touch as hosts. I found that to be true. Win stopped by on several occasions and we exchanged information. Their local knowledge is helpful, and if we needed something or had a question, I knew where to find them. This winter they had an adopted dog named "Wonder Dog". He was a good guard dog with a sweet personality and a definite plus in the equation.
Finally, if you're planning a visit to Tobago, spend a few days at either end of your visit at the Asa Wright Nature Center in Trinidad! The wildlife is spectacular and the guests interesting. It makes a nice fit with some downtime on Tobago and the Nature Center makes it very easy by providing airport service and all meals!