Essex Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
Richard Banks from U.K. visited in October 2007 and awarded
It is difficult to over-rate Essex Cottage or the hospitality of the hosts. It is truly a beautiful place that justifiably receives rave reviews and return visits - one day hopefully by us. If you want peace, beauty a wonderful (probably Tobagos best) beach community, then look no futher. Thank you Win and Bea. Glad you enjoyed the honey. Dick and Gill
Brittin from U.S.A. visited in March 2007 and awarded
My husband and I stayed at Gloucester Place for 6 nights at the end of March and loved it!
The location is fairly remote as it is between a couple fishing villages (Parlatuvier Bay is a 2 minute drive away, Englishman's Bay is about 10 mins. away and Castara is about 15 mins. away). The house sits on a steep cliff overlooking the sea. You can always hear the ocean crashing down below and even see and hear a blow hole. There are lots of different kinds of trees and birds on the property. The hosts took us on 2 different short hikes nearby to see their favorite waterfalls and trees. One of the waterfalls has a pool that's large enough to swim in (and quite refreshing). There's a small market with snacks and drinks (including beer) within walking distance and another store and restuarant in Parlatuvier. There is one place to eat on the beach at Englishman's Bay and several places in Castara.
Breakfast varies from day to day, but if you let Bea know what you like, she will provide. We enjoyed the fresh papaya and pumpkin bread toast. She even cooked dinner for us our first night and once more before we left. Her meals were by far the best we had during our stay in Tobago.
The room was very nice...pillowtop mattress, feather pillows, super soft sheets, A/C and private bathroom. The water is safe to drink out of the tap. Decorations are tasteful and unique. You also get your own balcony with a view. And the whole house is constructed of concrete which means that you can't hear your neighbors. Having a pool on the property was nice as it is so hot there in Tobago that it's nice to take a dip from time to time.
The hosts were very welcoming and fun to talk with. They recommended we go to The Boathouse in Castara for dinner. On Wednesdays, the Boathouse offers dinner and live music (steel pan music) for $150TT per person. Well worth it! Go at sunset and take your own beer. (When we went, they weren't serving alcohol because they didn't have their liquor licnense.) We just took a small cooler that Win & Bea loaned us.
If you're looking for a home away from home where you can visit uncrowded beaches and "get away from it all", Gloucester Place is for you.
Sandra Leiser from U.S.A. visited in March 2007 and awarded
Simply put, Glouster Place can lower anyone’s heart rate!
Win and Bea’s spot on the hill is a real pleasure; from the moment you pull up and get out of your vehicle you are blessed with sights and sounds of paradise. You can take a breath of fresh salty air, and relax. The clean, neat and simple lines of the house are a lovely foreground to the infinity pool which draws the eye right out to the crashing waves below.
Our stay in Parlatuvier was super. The house is an easy place to be - anyone’s home away from home. Our room was comfortable and had everything we needed. The ktichen/sitting area leading out to the deck is equally comfortable and pleasant. Win and Bea the innkeepers are welcoming, open and relaxed while allowing their guests to have a quiet, uninterupted day of reading a book poolside or napping in the hammock if you so choose.
Being the nature lovers that we are, we were able to get the most out of the northern section of the island which includes waterfall walks, the quite shorline, and the tropical rain forest – all accesible from Glouser Place by foot or by car. Truly a birdwatcher’s paradise, over one week at Glouchester Place, we counted upwards of 35 bird species of birds without getting in the car. Included in those species are the impressively beautiful blue-gray tanager, blue-crowned mot mot and the ruby topaz hummingbird.
Sadly, we only had one week on Tobago (all spent at Glouchester Place). We could easily have spent another week or more lazily watching birds from the deck, cooling off in the pool, eating freshly caught fish, getting to know Parlatuvier, and taking day trips to neighboring villages.
It was a treat beyond measure!
Barry And Cathy Tilby from U.K. visited in March 2007 and awarded
Absolutely loved this place. Hosts are fantastic and the room in the main house was brilliant. Will definately stay again.It is perched on a bend in the road overlooking the most perfect horseshoe bay in the world. Very friendly locals and a realy good spot to do some serious relaxation. We had several meals with Wynn and Bea and the cooking and company were superb. Lots to do around the area but the sea is the attraction perfect for snorkelling etc
Alan Walker from U.K. visited in February 2007 and awarded
Gloucester Place is designed & owned by Bea & Win Sargent & offers 3-guest bedrooms of quality accomodation with stunning views overlooking the sea. If you prefer the more formal approach of a big hotel then look elsewhere but if you enjoy being house guests with the "extended family" feel about it this is for you. Our hosts were welcoming and very friendly and approachable, we enjoyed our meals very much and the whole holiday was made special for us by their excellent company and informal approach. Highly Recomended. Alan Walker.