Essex Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
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.
Alan Wenderoff from U.S.A. visited in April 2009 and awarded
The perfect restful vacation in paradise. Bea and Win were the perfect hosts. The guesthouse is lovely, the accommodations better than we expected, and the setting beyond description. We can't wait to return.
Malcolm Jones from U.K. visited in March 2009 and awarded
I stayed here for four days after a busy time in Trinidad.For this short stay I didn't need transport and you can get all your meals here.The meals are excellent Great room ,air con , stunning views and a pool to use. Be and Win are well informed helpful and good company.Stay here ,chill here ,you'll love it
Leslie from U.S.A. visited in March 2009 and awarded
I have to admit, I was worried about booking a place sight unseen. But that's what we did and we were all so happy with Essex Cottage and it's surroundings. The cottage is simple and gorgeous. Parletuvier Bay was quiet, beautiful and untouristed. Win and Bea were wonderful hosts, checking in just enough to make sure we were happy and had had everything we needed, and always there with information. We even borrowed a little boom box from them so we could have little iPod dance parties (bring your own tape adapter) which made the week so much more fun.
My lovely companions - there were 4 of us - made dinner most nights which makes sense here because there are not that many restaurants nearby, though there are a few about 15 minutes away by car. There's a very small selection of groceries in P Bay so it makes sense to stock up near the airport - but Win and Bea told us this when we booked. We were able to buy fish from the local fisherman a few days during the week and also got some fried chicken at a P Bay shop.
We cruised around the island a few days, including a day spent closer to the airport at a surf spot in front of a large hotel. It was nice to check out the rest of the island and get some good roti, but we were always so happy to know that we were staying at the best place on the island, at least for our little crew.