Essex Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
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; itís 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 youíre 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. Itís 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!!!!!!!!
Eric And Diana Madill from Canada visited in February 2011 and awarded
My husband and I stayed for 7 days in Essex cottage and could not have asked for a better vacation. This was exactly what we were looking for - private, quiet, stunning views and the perfect spot to start each day from. Win and Bea are the most accomodating people we have ever encountered - they know when to stay for a chat and when to give guests their privacy - in fact they are truly experts at this. We were so pleased to have stayed with them and Wonder Dog - they were definitely a highlight of the vacation and we feel that we would have missed out on some of the islands most memorable attractions if it weren't for their offerings of advice.
Let me start by saying that the cottage is not for everyone - it is simple and basic but had all we ever needed and more. If you are looking for TV, radio, internet, aircon or telephone, the cottage should not be your first choice but do check out the main house as these things are all available there. On the other hand, if you want to sleep with the shutters wide open to the Caribbean sea crashing below and the wonderful warmth of the island filling the air, this might be just the place. The cottage has a small porch, well equipped kitchen, sleeping area and full bathroom. There is a safe for your valuables, towels, blankets, books and travel guides galore and everything you need to cook a meal except for the food. We were provided with bug netting for around the bed but took it off at the suggestion of the owners the first night and simply lit a mosquito coil and turned on the fans - we had very few insects join us despite the shutters being wide open for 7 days.
The wild life from the cottage is really interesting - Win and Bea have hung a bird feeder from the edge of the covered porch and recommended we put ripe banana in it from time to time and we would be rewarded with a visit some of the islands 200+ bird species - they weren't kidding - this is a wonderful way to spend the morning while sipping coffee and eating the rest of the banana. We counted at least 25 different species of birds some of wich became regulars to our early morning banana offerings - the pictures were easy to get and turned out fantastically. There are a few lizards around and apparently a resident Iguana but we didn't have the pleasure of making his acquaintance - he is very private and didn't show so much as a tail the whole time we were there.
As for the surrounding area, there are several shops with some of the friendliest people we met on the island within walking distance. Andy's Glasgow bar has ice cold beer and one of the best views in the whole Caribbean as far as we are concerned and Imbie's store on the jetty in Parlatuvier has much to offer including a good chat with the owner and lots of music on Sundays. Flavour Flavour restaurant is run by Vernice and she opened up on Friday night for us to enjoy a fresh meal of Mahi Mahi wich was absolutely fantastic. Win and Bea will arrange for you to go if you want. Nearby, there are many towns within short driving distance to explore and shop making the cottage (or the main house) a perfect place to set out from.
Eric and I enjoyed our time so much and I really think this cottage and its owners (and WonderDog) and the town of Parlatuvier were the reasons for it. We would definitely return and next time, take advantage of Bea's cooking (I hear she is excellent!) and spend some more time in conversation with both Win and Bea. We would also like to go on one of Wonder Dogs guided tours of the many sights he is familiar with in the area.
If your thinking about Tobago and want to enjoy its natural beauty and easy going towns, try Essex cottage - you will not regret your decision, we promise!
Melissa from U.S.A. visited in February 2011 and awarded
My boyfriend and I stayed at Gloucester Place for 3 nights & I'm so incredibly glad we ended up choosing this place to stay. As soon as we pulled into the driveway, their welcome was so warm, friendly and genuine. We stayed at the Essex Cottage and to be honest, I was a bit worried b/c mosquitoes do love me a bit too much. It was fine b/c there are mosquitoes coils, spray, fans and a mosquito net for the bed. If anyone is worried about getting bitten, all I can say is -- if I can handle it...anyone can! It was wonderful to wake up to the birds chirping right at the window and to hear a nearby waterfall as well as the waves crashing into the rocks. We also went to a nearby/suggested grocery stand and store to pick up food and cooked ourselves a nice meal on our last night there. The house is absolutely beautiful -- everything about it. Win & Bea (& Wonder - the dog) really makes you feel right at home. They were just so pleasant to talk to and exchange stories from our travels.
Again -- I'm SO happy that we chose to stay here. It may be about an hour from the airport, but it's SO worth to travel to the other side of the island. Win and Bea makes great suggestions for restaurants, groceries and activities.
If you're looking for a relaxing & non-touristy vacation and would like to meet by far one of the most awesome couples out there -- you must stay at Gloucester Place.
Chris & Diane Fisher from U.S.A. visited in February 2011 and awarded
We stayed at Gloucester Place for 3 nights after the end of a 9 night birding trip to Trinidad and Tobago. It was the perfect place to unwind and relax and use as a base to explore the island on our own. Win and Bea Sargent made you feel like guests visiting good friends. The rooms and the whole place was clean, airy and beautifully designed. We had our own balcony off our room with spectacular views down to the a cove on the coast - just 100 feet below you. There's even a very cool blowhole! The property itself has birds, beautiful flowers and a wonderful horizon pool. The breakfasts varied each day but were all excellent. Cereal, fruit and toast was always available, but there was always an interesting hot dish as well. We also chose to have two of our dinners there and they were excellent as well. Bea and Win were helpful in answering our questions and giving us ideas of places to go. If you'd like to see our pictures of the place - rooms, interior, pool, flowers, birds, etc, you can look in the Gloucester Place folder on our trip website at "BirdingTrinidadAndTobago.Shutterfly.com" We certainly hope to return one of these days and bring some friends with us.