Essex Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
Susan And Chip Jean from U.S.A. visited in November 2011 and awarded
American and European comfort, Island life
My husband and I spent a lovely five days at Gloucester House on the island of Tobago. It was our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary and a very special trip for us. We found Gloucester House, and its owners, Bea and Win Sargent, to be gracious and charming, and the House comfortable and relaxing, with a view to dream of.
The Sargents were welcoming, very gracious, offering interesting conversation and a host of stories from their time overseas to share, as well as a willingness to “disappear” at the right times. They are very knowledgeable about their island, and were willing to direct us to beaches, restaurants, boats, and other attractions on the island.
That said, the best attraction on the island was the porch! Just to sit there, enjoying the birds, the view, and watching the stars come out was the best possible “attraction”. The beds are comfortable, the sheets soft, the food was top notch.
If you are looking for an island experience with top notch amenities, we recommend Gloucester House, at Parlatuvier Bay, Tobago.
Ed Ott from U.S.A. visited in November 2011 and awarded
This turned out to be a really great B & B.
Their Breakfast was fantastic. I had dinner there a couple of times and that was also very good.
If you are tired of hotels this is a great place to stay.
The hosts are very accommodating.
I highly recommend the Gloucester Place.
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!!!!!!!!
Maureen & Jim Comer from U.S.A. visited in February 2011 and awarded
We feel very fortunate to have found Gloucester Place in Tobago. It is a laid-back, lush and gorgeous piece of paradise. The B&B, the property, the pool, the birds, the accomodations, the food were all outstanding. Our stay was so relaxing.
Better yet, were the charming hosts, Bea and Win Sargent. They did EVERYTHING that they could to make our stay a memorable one. Bea is a world class cook. Her "paradise pancakes" are to die for. All of the food prepared for us was fresh and first quality. Bea was wonderful in accomodating my unusual dietary needs and worked with me to insure that every meal was special.
What we liked most of all was the inside view of what ordinary life is really like on Tobago. Win and Bea give so much back to their community by tutoring school children, selling native crafts for local artisans (they take NO profit from these sales) and helping to re-build homes for their neighbors. We enjoyed meeting local residents and tourists at their B & B. Win & Bea are gracious hosts to all who stay with them...even the difficult trio from Grenada who were guests during our stay. Win goes out of his way to make sure that he points out all the highlights of the island.
We can recommend Gloucester Place to all without reservation!