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....
Sylvia&tony Polt from Austria visited in January 2011 and awarded
We stayed this January for two weeks in a party of four and I must say this was the best experience!
First we stayed at the Mainhouse and enjoyed the best breakfast on island and then we moved to Essex Cottage.
Bea & Win (&Wonder-Dog) are great hosts and they make you feel at home immediately.
The nature and the people in Parlatuvier are outstanding, we also made many friends from the local people, everybody know's Bea & Win.
Dont expect any entertainment, entertain yourself on this wonderful island, we had the surrounding beaches mostly for ourselfs.
If you want to explore secret waterfalls and other spots just ask Bea&Win or the local fisherman.
A must for everybody who loves nature and wants to get away from the crowd.
Nancy Reigel from U.S.A. visited in January 2011 and awarded
The island of Tobago is a most wonderful getaway with Parlatuvier Bay being one of our favorite bays on the island. The vacation gods must have overseen our choice of accommodations as we fell into the perfect location with a breathtaking view and amazingly hospitable hosts. Bea & Winn not only offered a home cooked dinner on our first night of arrival, but provided excellent hiking, snorkeling and sightseeing suggestions. They lent us snorkel gear, helped us exchange money and Bea personally escorted us to a local trail head, where their Wonderdog led us on a trek up waterfalls and through dense foliage. The modestly priced cottage at Gloucester Place offered a peaceful and breathtaking view of palms, banana trees, vivid flowering plants and the sea in the distance. Winn brought us fresh fruits in the morning from their property. We loved the open air kitchen and bedroom that provided just enough privacy. Downstairs was another more private bedroom for our friends, but most of our time “at home” was spent on the deck relaxing, reading and enjoying happy hour. The cottage stay is not for those who expect air conditioning , but then I would recommend staying at the main house. The dipping pool, available to all guests, was quite refreshing! The only pitfall with the open air cottage was the loud bus that rolled past around 7:30 am, but the birds were already singing for us at that hour. The Gloucester Place was perfect for our party of 4 who were more interested in exploring the beauty of the island and meeting the locals than frequenting the busy tourist spots near the airport. There were plenty of beautiful beaches nearby with excellent snorkeling and tasty local food. You could hike from Gloucester Place down steep stone steps to Parlatuvier Bay where we bought fresh fish when the fishing boats docked and enjoyed “liming” with the locals to calypso music. Castara offered fun beach dining with steel drums, limbo and a drum circle. We bought souveniers from our hosts, who display their gardener’s handiwork at the main guest house. Bea and Winn are active in the community tutoring the children; so at the mention of their names, the locals took care of us Our hosts were like having a personal friend/travel agent/tour guide all wrapped up in one. We so enjoyed their company, but they were careful to maintain their guests’ privacy. We highly recommend The Gloucester Place and cottage because it is a most lovely place to vacation, but it is so because Bea and Winn have the special gift of welcoming, caring for and enjoying their guests. Relax and take in Tobago!!
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'.