Essex Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
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....
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.
Nicola Jordan from Trinidad visited in July 2010 and awarded
It was truly a diffrient experience,compared to staying in the town .It was very relaxing and not to mention stress free for my husband and I the,children were dissapointed there was T.V set,but we made up for it with the pool and Bar B Bueing .the propetry manger Mr,Clarke was very informative and always at hand to help and make sure that yo'ure comfortable He even atcs as a tour guide when asked.He even took our family photo to add as the previous guest.Be sure to walk with everything that you need,i did after reading the reviews and mosquitoe repellent Bearing in mind i'ts exactly the way i think a cottage should be .not forgetting that wonderful view
Kenneth Fontaine from U.K. visited in March 2010 and awarded
Good points: wonderful view from veranda including sunset over the sea, well equipped for self-catering, garden of guest house accessible and use of the small swimmimg pool. Pulatuvier pleasant village but not too many facilities, need a car to go out to eat. Good walks from the villa. Friendly and helpful hosts.
Bad points: Villa is right on road so we had some noise from traffic and early morning road gangs and not as private as we expected.
Overall we enjoyed our stay here, value for money 'fair'.
Neil McEachrane from Canada visited in February 2010 and awarded
After enjoying ourselves for the last week of Carnival festivities in Trinidad my wife and I decided to spend some time in peaceful Tobago to cool off.
We decided to spend the first three(3) days of our 'Tobago Time' at the Gloucester Place. I am originally from Tobago but have never heard of this place. The Gloucester is located near the Rain Forest so we thought we'd take a chance. Am I ever glad we did.
We were greeted by the owners of the Gloucester who immediately made us feel at home. They were quite accommodating and gracious hosts. The Gloucester is nestled nicely on a hillside surrounded by the rain forest on one side. The other side peered over into the open seas. This place felt like paradise. It was so refreshing walking down to the hillside each morning, sitting on the beach watching and listening to nature.
The Gloucester itself offered a relaxing atmosphere. The rooms are large and the balcony offered a perfect view of the surroundings.
People in the village were friendly and ready to help if you had any questions.
We enjoyed every minute we spent at the Gloucester Place. We still reminisce and can't wait for a return visit.
I recommend the Gloucester Place to anyone who just want to get away and be at peace.