Essex Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion

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Tim Conway from U.S.A. visited in April 2009 and awarded  Four out of Five

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.

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Leslie from U.S.A. visited in March 2009 and awarded  Five out of Five

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.

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Malcolm Jones from U.K. visited in March 2009 and awarded  Five out of Five

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

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Mick & Di Garnett from U.K. visited in February 2009 and awarded  Five out of Five

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!

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Julian Witor from U.K. visited in January 2009 and awarded  Five out of Five

We chose Tobago because of it's reputation for unspoilt nature and to escape the long British winter. We flew from Gatwick to Tobago with BA via Antigua. We were met at the airport by Denise who was very friendly and helpful. She took us to numerous cashpoints (had problem with debit card) and the supermarket before we made the hour long drive to Parlatuvier. We arrived at Essex Cottage around 9pm and were warmly welcomed by Bea and Win the owners. Denise had phoned ahead and Bea had very kindly rustled up a spaggy bol for us. Essex Cottage is beautiful and had everything we needed. The view of the rainforest from the veranda is full of beautiful flowers and birds. The dawn chorus is spectacular and the birds visiting the feeders on the veranda were overwhelming. We spent most evenings with the citronella candle burning, drinking carib beer and eating pistachios whilst playing board games with the children and listening to the sounds of the crickets. We self-catered most of the time and had the occasional breakfast of pancakes with maple syrup and fresh tropical fruit with Bea and Win. Parlatuvier is a quiet tourist destination and is ideal for those who love flora, fauna, peace and quiet. The snorkelling at Parlatuvier bay was good and the backdrop of the rainforest to the beach is breathtaking. We walked daily from the cottage down the steps to the beach and usually went back to the cottage for lunch and a siesta. The children loved playing in Bea and Win's pool which was a real bonus.

What you need to know: CASH IS KING, virtually no one up on the north west takes credit cards and the nearest cashpoint is an hour away - take cash with you ideally and try I.C.E. or Nationwide Visa debit card for the best rates. We spent about 100 GBP per day for a family of 4 on food, drink and going out. Check your MOBILE PHONE is going to work in Tobago (American system) before you go. I am with O2 and couldn't use it, which was a pain when checking-in with the house-sitter back home. Get a good MOSQUITOE REPELLENT as the mosquitoes will bite you to bits in the evenings if you're not protected. Check the WEATHER for when you're going - Tobago isn't lush and green for no reason. We had unseasonal rain but it remained warm. THE BEST BITS: Bea and Win's kindness, helpfulness, warmth and hospitality; the birds and plants; The Riverside Restaurant and Gloria the chef; Essex Cottage itself; Roti from Mason Hall; the warm caribbean sea; caramelised plantain. We will definitely return to Parlatuvier - for longer, next time.

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