Essex Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
Boon Ooi from U.S.A. visited in November 2011 and awarded
My wife and I were looking for a quick long-weekend getaway from Fort Lauderdale and opted for a trip to Trinidad and Tobago. I had done extensive research on hotels and resorts to stay in Tobago and really didn’t read anything that made me feel really good about any particular place until I came across reviews for Gloucester Place. We travel a fair amount and have stayed mostly at hotels and have only stayed at B&B’s about half a dozen times. We decided to give Gloucester place a try and we were definitely pleased to have made that choice. Bea and Win are wonderful hosts. We were made to feel very comfortable upon arrival, Bea offered us cold fresh made lemonade and bananas from their trees, showed us our room and later Win gave us a lay of the land, the path to the beach and to the river and mini falls down the hill alongside the house.
The location: It is located on the north end of the island, somewhat remote and away from the “urban” area. It is a great place to retreat to for quiet relaxation – expect no night life – you would need a car to drive to the nearest “town” Castara (more like a village settlement) for dinner. There are only a handful of eating places in Castara. The menu for the day depends on what fresh ingredients are available and frequently on what the cook/chef feels like cooking. Gloucester house above the Parlatuvier fishing village and a 10 minute walk down 200+ steps leads you to the beach and village. Unlike comments from a prior reviewer, we did not hear any road noise or traffic at all. If you like to run, there is a tough uphill run from the beach at Parlatuvier up the hill and also a path leading to bloody bay (that path can be muddy if there is rain.
The room: Our room has a balcony looking down to the ocean and the distant waves breaking over the rocks. The night sky was amazing. The bed was comfortable and the air-conditioning kept us comfortable. The only quirkiness was the bathroom which does not have a door although it was set around a corner. Also, as we were the first guests for the season, the water from the hot water heater, having sat unused for a few months, emitted a sulphur dioxide smell. It started dissipating after a while
The house: The house has a great verandah overlooking the ocean – breezy – with chirping birds, A great place to relax, read or basically do nothing.
The atmosphere: We were fortunate to meet another nice couple staying at Gloucester place at the same time. The nice part about staying at a B&B is the social interaction with the hosts and other guests. We enjoyed the company and conversations. Bea also offered to cook dinner for us one night and we enjoyed a meal of chicken curry. She was wonderful in also cooking a chicken dish to cater to my wife’s dietary needs. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Gloucester Place and would recommend a stay there without hesitation.
Stefan Aigner from Germany visited in November 2011 and awarded
If you are looking for some place very close to paradise- choose this one:-)!
We (a german couple around the age of fourty) planned all our trip with mytobago.com and we expected this stop to be the highlight of our journey...and it was.
The house, the pool, the hosts, the surrounding, the rainforest, the close beaches...really everything seemed to be perfect here. This beautifull house is very quite, has a stunning seaview and a lot of tropical birds around. The hosts are trying to make your stay unforgettable and the dog (wonderdog) is very kind.
Overall these very some days we will remember with pleasure.
R James from U.K. visited in November 2011 and awarded
Great location in Parlatuvier - the guesthouse is located on a hill overlooking the village. The room was very comfortable and we also enjoyed relaxing on the veranda and watching the birds in the garden. It is off the normal tourist trail and feels like you are in the "real" Tobago. The owners are very friendly - they gave us lots of help with suggestions of things to do and booking guides. Bea's cooking is fantastic and it is well worth having dinner at the guesthouse as well as breakfast.
Joseph Wilkes from U.K. visited in April 2011 and awarded
My wife, 21 month old daughter and I stayed in Essex Cottage for two weeks during our honeymoon in April and in a nutshell, we had the best possible time!
Essex Cottage is fantastic; it’s located in Parlatuvier which is a beautiful fishing village on the north-east part of the island. We travelled around the island for two weeks and this is the real Tobago! If you want resorts and busy beaches then you’re better off staying near the airport but if you want a bit of quiet, local walks in the rain forest, friendly locals, wildlife, amazing quiet beaches then this is simply the place to be. It’s also located not far from Castara if you want a bit more life but nothing too touristy.
Essex Cottage is great, well kitted out and furnished, clean, incredible views and Bea and Win are great hosts. They are very knowledge about the area and helped us organise car hire and various excursions. We had a meal cooked by Bea on a couple of occasions and the food was wonderful. We also used their grill to cook chicken and fish (purchased very cheaply from the local fisherman). We used the pool a lot which is great and has the best views. The landscaped gardens are amazing and very well looked after.
. Thanks so much Bea and Win for making our stay so enjoyable.
Esther from Guyana visited in March 2011 and awarded
I have never before been somewhere that looks exactly like the pictures ... but it does. Uncle Wynn and aunty Bea were amazing hosts always willing to help and eager to know how to make your stay more comfortable.The village itself was breath taking and the people were extremely friendly always ready to strike up a conversation.
The view of the sea at night especially from the infinity pool was like a romantic movie scene. I can't remember the last time I could see every single star in the sky like I did there. There were humming birds, among other species, in the garden and around the cottage where we stayed.
The waterfall was so refreshing and cool while the sea was warm and inviting. I think my hair was wet for my entire stay ... from the pool to the sea to the waterfall and back ... hahaha it was lovely!!!!!!!!