Essex Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
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.
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!
Steve Larocco from U.S.A. visited in January 2011 and awarded
Gloucester Place is a terrific place to stay. First, the house is beautiful (and meticulously clean). Largely designed by Bea, one of the proprietors, it is open, light and airy, with beautiful design and architectural touches. The house is situated on a steep plot of land that runs down to the coast (rocky here, though there is a very uncrowded and scenic beach about a third of a mile away (down a nearby hill). The view from the verandah on the property is gorgeous--waves crashing on rocks, and miles of blue sea. For me, who enjoys birds, I also loved the flowers and feeders on the property which were frequented by bananaquits, palm tanagers and hummingbirds. But even more important to the pleasure of our stay than the house itself were the owners, Bea and Win. Bea is an excellent cook, and breakfasts and dinners are delicious (the dinners are at extra cost but the breakfasts are included in the room fare). Moreover, Bea and Win go beyond simply doing the normal; they really worked to make sure that our experience was wonderful. When my partner and I somehow lost our room key at the beach, Win and Bea treated as with wonderful grace, replacing the key and making us feel as if we hadn't troubled them too much. They were extremely helpful in giving us advice about local restaurants, beaches and possible experiences, and they are just wonderful people to talk with. My partner and I had just come from four days in a small guest house in rural Trinidad (deep in the rainforest of the Northern Range), and while we loved both parts of our trip, the stay in Gloucester Place was extremely special, one of our truly special memories in a lifetime of travel. While we tend not to repeat trips (the world has too much that is new to see and explore), Gloucester Place is one place we might choose to revisit for a very decompressed, relaxing trip to Caribbean sun, sand and Bea and Win's hospitality.
Mr & Mrs Lewis from U.K. visited in January 2011 and awarded
Tobago is a lovely country, safe and extremely friendly with great unpopulated beaches, a protected rain forest and a music obssessed population.
Gloucester Place was a great place to relax - a lovely view, and beautiful gardens with birds and bats in abundance. For breakfast we picked the bananas and gratefruit from the trees around - what could be fresher.
Our hosts were very welcoming and the local Glasgow bar had a great view, a laid back atmosphere (with reggae music to match) and something they call 'shandy' in 4 different flavours (the red one was my favourite!) which we drank the whole holiday - I only wish I could get it in the UK.
The only down side is the mosquito's! so bring plenty of repellant....