Essex Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
Linda Rume from Canada visited in February 2010 and awarded
We enjoyed Bea and Win's hospitality for ten days and what a treat it was! Our stay felt like we were visiting with friends. Bea is an amazing cook and prepared delicious (and wheat-free) breakfasts and quite a few wonderful dinners for us.
Gloucester Place itself is a beautifully open and airy house with a great porch overlooking the cliffs, a dramatic blow hole and the Caribean Sea.
Our room was beautifully furnished with artifacts from Bea and Win's stay in India. There was a huge and very comfortable bed, fluffy feather pillows and high-quality cotton sheets. There was also an air conditioning unit, so we slept in cool comfort each night.
Bea and Win have lots of local knowledge and gave advice on places to visit and on which driving routes we should take. A highlight was a birding trip they organized for us with Newton George.
We had the perfect holiday and we're already planning our stay at Gloucester Place for next year.
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.
Gill Struthers from U.K. visited in January 2010 and awarded
We stayed in Essex Cottage which is located in the grounds of Gloucester Place. We were fully self contained but were able to make use of the garden and pool whenever we wanted to which was lovely. There was also a full laundery service provided and changes of linen and towels whenever we needed them. This service extended to beach and pool towels and use of snorkelling gear
Essex cottage is rustic and simple but has everything you would wish for and is very much in keeping with the quieter part of the island where it is located. On the subject of location it was within walking distance of a local bar with stunning views over Parlatuvier Bay ( Glasow bar) and it is only a short walk further to the bay itself where you can buy fish for your supper directly from the fishermen. A short drive the other way brings you to Englishman's Bay and the property affords easy acess to both the north shore and the national park and rain forest. The double bedroom unit below the main part of the cottage is fully self contained with a separate access and has it's own en suite facilities.
There are good car parking arrangements and you do need a car if you stay here. We were a party of four adults and there was plenty of room for us all.
For us there was nothing better to sit on the porch day or night with all the shutters open letting the outside in to our little home! The views out to sea and beyond are wonderful and lying in the infinity pool it feels as if you can dive into the sea below.
Our arrival had been delayed due to bad weather in the UK yet Bea and Win the owners not only waited up for us but also stocked our fridge and brought us daily supplies of bananas from their garden.
Don't stay here if you want the bright lights and constant entertainment ( in fact do not go to Tobago!!) but do go if you want a restful time and access to the most beautiful parts of this wonderful island. There are lots of places still to see in the world for us but if we return to Tobago ( highly likely) we would only want to stay here.
Gill, Rob and Nicola Struthers and Andrew Bird stayed at Essex Cottage - 8 to 24 January 2010
Kern And Kelly Millien from Trinidad visited in August 2009 and awarded
My name is Kern Millien. I used mytobago to look for properties for my wife and i to spend our honeymoon. As such we wanted privacy, comfort, quiet, access to the beach and somewhere away from all the buzz of crown point and other more frequented areas of Tobago.
Our search led us to Glouchester and Essex Cottage. (Different buildings operated by the same couple. We stayed in the Essex Cottage.In a nutshell it was what we wanted and more.
I will seek to cover three(3) aspects of our stay that made it as memorable as it was.
The Cottage is just that. A cottage. You are surrounded by wood. It is cosy, equiped with the necessities, simple and comfortable. The large shutter windows that line the entire side of the cottage just bring to life the trees that surround, filled with the birds of all sorts.( Had to ensure we close up early though didn't want too much bugs joining us for dinner) The sun settling on the ocean is beautiful from the porch.
As the pool is really located on the villa side of the property there is a short walk. However the pool is beautiful and the view of the sunset from this infinity pool is great. Made for some nice pics. The pool is fairly private. Moreso if you stay in the villa.
There is a winding path that took us from the cottage down to a river with mini waterfalls, possible bigger ones lower down. While my wife had a bath in the river i followed its path hoping to find where it met the sea. Didn't succeed but it made for quite the adventure. Those more inclined would enjoy that challenge located right there on the property.
The property is located in Palutuvier. We wanted a place away from the norm and this was it. It takes about an hour from crown point to reach to the cottage but when we arrived we never had to go back to that side of the island.
Englishman's Bay, Palutuvier, Castara, Bloody Bay, Charlotville, Pirates Bay (a must see) and others are all
within easy reach from this location. We went to all during our stay.
From matches to Alcohol, all we needed to buy could be found in close proximity.
We didn't have the privilige of meeting the owners but the manager did a wonderful job in making us feel comfortable and very importantly safe. He was always there to answer questions, provide help and guide us. full snorkeling gear was provided for our use and we even got some fish broth.
The owners also provide booklets that gave extensive directions to all the surrounding beaches, stores, restaurants, attractions etc. Of course this was like our vacation manual.
We wanted to enjoy the real tobago experience and our stay at the Essex Cottage made that possible. If you want privacy, nature and easy access to some of the most untouched beaches with the crowds. Then this is the place.
Tim Conway from U.S.A. visited in April 2009 and awarded
After a week of work in Trinidad, my wife, two children and I found ourselves with a few extra days left for liming. We headed to Tobago and had a wonderful, relaxing, and enjoyable stay at Essex Cottage. We'll be back again as soon as possible! It's truly a lovely place and very conveniently located away from tourist areas and over crowded hotels. We highly recommend this cottage and have already shared its weblink with several friends and colleagues.