Essex Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
Michael David from U.K. visited in February 2008 and awarded
We had booked our last week in Tobago with Bea & Win, hoping that it would be the highlight of our stay on this beautiful island. Sure enough our hopes were fulfilled in no small measure and we would highly recommend their home as a place to relax and unwind, or a base from which to explore other parts of the island.
Gloucester Place consists of the main villa,on a jaw dropping location overlooking the sea, and the separate Essex Cottage, on an equally awesome location but closer to the road. We stayed in the Lexington Suite, which, although not having views over the sea, was large, well decorated and with all the necessary accoutrements which one would hope for and expect.
Bea and Win are superb hosts and in no time at all we felt 'at home' in Gloucester Place - whether it was dipping into their pool, enjoying the wonderful sunsets from their verandah or just chatting over the breakfast bar.
Nothing was too much trouble for them. I was in bed for a day with a nasty bug and I'm sure it was due to 'Bea's broth' that I recovered so quickly.
We came away from Gloucester Place feeling that we had been part of a house party rather than paying guests - it was so relaxing and enjoyable. Many thanks!
Adrian Lee from U.K. visited in January 2008 and awarded
Enjoyed a lovely week here in early January, staying in the self contained cottage, with views to die for. By no means luxurious but perfectly clean and well-equipped and with nice outside space for the balmy nights.
Amazing bird life (plus the odd gecko and bat!)
Had use of the infinity pool which also has breathtaking views over the ocean. Hosts Bea and Wyn couldn't do enough for us, organising a taxi and providing a food parcel after our flight was delayed and we couldn't get to the supermarket before arriving.
e just about managed without a car - Englishman's Bay (beautiful) is a sweaty walk and the village five minutes down steep steps - but transport is an advantage.
We cooked in most nights, ate out at lunchtime at the beach or in the excellent River Side restaurant in Parlatuvier. Bea will also provide evening meals.
Noise from a bar across the valley was a problem on one night but we were told it was a holiday and rarely an issue.
If you don't mind being a little isolated this is the perfect spot. The pool is the icing on the cake.
Brian And Jenny Malone from U.K. visited in January 2008 and awarded
We stayed in the cottage which sleeps 4 persons. The accommodation was very comfortable with all the facilities we required. Our hosts were very helpful, most welcoming and friendly. We loved the views from the swimming pool area. For 4 people the cost was very reasonable and privacy was assured. We would have no hesitation in staying there again.
Adi Forman from U.K. visited in December 2007 and awarded
We stayed at Win & Bea's Essex cottage with our two young children for over a week. It is an unbelievably beautiful tree house, overlooking rainforest and the sea, with the sound of their very own river flowing through.
Both Win and Bea were really warm and welcoming and very helpful with tips and advice on places to go, do, see and eat. I regret not staying here longer as it is a wonderful location to get to all the amazing beaches, waterfalls, diving locations and rainforest walks.
Highly, highly recommend this place!!
David Griffiths from U.K. visited in December 2007 and awarded
We stayed 5 weeks at Gloucester Place and from the beginning were made most welcome greeted by a rum punch and dinner on arrival. and in the morning breakfast with local fruits and juices etc.The rooms in the main house were large bright and airy with access to balconies.All rooms with airconditioning and beds comfortable.Waking up to the sound of the surf on the beaches below and and over the garden with loads of brightly
coloured birds.There is an extensive library of paperback books and a selection of DVD's for a lazy evening in
The cottage is self catering and although there is no air con it is cool and airy open to the breeze with an even better view point of the birds and garden
Bea will if you let her know make a dinner for you as an extra
and very good to.
The house is about an hours drive from the airport around which are the main shopping areas and night life and as the house is that far out would suggest a hire car for sight seeing the rest of the island.
Parlitouvier Bay is a nice quiet beach where you can swim or snorkel and buy fish of the local boats when they come in around 3 pm. Look out for the huge sting rays when the boats come to the jetty. The other way is Englishmans Bay where you can do the same with the convenience of a resturaunt on the beach.
For the more adventuresome there is scuba diving at Speyside 40 minutes away and also at Crown Point.
What more can I say most enjoyable holiday and would recommend to anyone.
If Win and Bea suggest playing dominoes prepare to be beaten as they are experts