Essex Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
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.
Mick & Di Garnett from U.K. visited in February 2009 and awarded
What a joy to have met Win and Bea and stay in their wonderful home Gloucester Place. You would be hard pushed not to immediately fall in love with this place and its owners!
We had oringinally booked four days and had moved onto another accomodation, but were so disappointed we drove back to Win & Bea's and they put us up for the remainder of our stay, which finished our trip on a high.
You will need a car here to get around, but can walk down to Parlatuvier and watch the rays gliding along the shore and fish with the local kids from the jetty, as we did... (magical). For the most part we just chilled out around and in the pool, or went for walks into the rain forest to see the waterfalls and in the evenings Bea would sometimes do dinner and we would laze around chatting for hours...
If it hadn't been for Win & Bea, our holiday would have been a complete disappointment. Go visit them!
Rick Sommerford from Australia visited in January 2009 and awarded
It is hard to quantify our experiences at Gloucester place.
Single adjectives fail misserably to generate the feelings that Bobby and I have come away with from this magical experience. Win and Bea were not only the most helpful and gracious hosts, but have become friends that I am sure will last for the rest of our lives.
For me, Bed and Breakfast palces are always a cut above the rest when it comes to accommodation, whether for business or pleasure there is always an element of the personal relationship that comes with B&B that cannot be generated by anyone other than the owner of any establishment. This is particularly so of Gloucester Place. The name itself is carried over as a family heirloom from their home in the US and is indicative of the care and personality that Win and Bea put into their business. In fact I even feel a little uncomfortable using the word "business" it is more like a way of living that invites people into their home to share their love of Tobago.
The rooms are comfortable rather than luxurious, the house and the cottage are homely and beautifully set out to maximise the enjoyment of the environment of Parlatuvier. For me, luxury would simply be out of place in this still quiet and pristine part of the world. The "5 Star" rating is used to impress potential occupants of the luxury Hotel market, but having slept under the stars in the outback of Australia on a clear night with zero light polution I have a better rating system, "Trillion Star" and to me, Win and Bea have created the conditions that aproach that kind of natural, inclusive, all encompassing place to find your own piece of shangri-la.
The disappearing edge swimming pool, overlooking the bay where the blowhole spouts it's magic, the comfortable beds, the collections of worldwide memorabilia that document their travels and experiences, the local people that Win and Bea are in close support of, like Newton who shares his experiences of the rain forest and it's wonderful birdlife, the local fishermen, even the best places to get a good Roti or a Double, the local restaurants, the best snorkeling sites, the water falls and any other kind of information you may need to make your holiday special. Even Ronaldo the Rooster, Win has impressed on him the need for the guests to rest, and so he doesn't crow until after 6.30, 'How does he do that?'
We were also lucky enough to find, through "My Tobago" Captain Marcus of Sand Dollar Sailing to give us another perspective of the Island for three days. Once again, not luxurious, but very down to earth, warm, friendly and generous, one of the highlights for me, an "Old Salt from wayback". What more can I say? Sybille is a beautiful 35' French Yacht that Marcus Sailed to Tobago more than a decade ago and never left and I'm not at all surprised.
We will return to Gloucester Place, both as quests and as friends, may I even say, extended unrelated family, and I think it goes without saying that Win and Bea and Gloucester Place are the epitome of what Tobago is all about, friendly without being fussy, naturally honest with no affectations and above all willing and able to make your stay in Tobago a memorable one indeed. I have stayed in B&B's around the world and this is certainly my Number 1 by quite a long way.