Guest House Accommodation
The main house has three double guest bedrooms. These are provided on bed and breakfast terms. The house is comfortable and spacious and decorated throughout with wonderful mementos of the owner's travels, including magnificent carvings, rugs and wall hangings from places as diverse as Venezuela, India and Sri Lanka.
Staying at Gloucester Place is a fairly unique affair and equally suited to first-timers or regular Tobago visitors. The experience is more akin to staying with distant relative; very much more personal and intimate than the typical antiseptic hotel experience.
The guest rooms are located on the upper floor of the property. Concord Suite will arguably prove the most popular, if only because it is situated on the sea-facing side of the house and offers the best views. The room is adequately spacious, with an overall floor area of 21m2 (225ft2). The feeling of spaciousness is enhanced by the high cathedral ceilings common to all three guest rooms. The room opens onto a large private terrace furnished with all-weather table and chairs. Steps lead down to the gardens and the terrace offers stunning views over the garden and coastline.
The suite features an impressive queen-sized wooden bed flanked by matching nightstands with reading lamps. Throughout the property, the tiled floors and plain walls are relieved by wonderful rugs and wall hangings collected by Win and Bea during their years in the Middle East and Indian subcontinent. A single padded armchair completes the furnishing of Concorde Suite, apart from a large built-in wooden wardrobe unit with dressing table, storage drawers and mirror. The wardrobe has only half-length hanging space, but with no 'formal' restaurants within an hour's drive, this is unlikely to be an issue.
The en-suite bathroom is discreetly located behind the wardrobe and comprises a large washbasin inset into a wooden vanity unit, lots of storage space for toiletries, a low-level flush toilet and a walk-in shower. As you would expect from this level of accommodation, both hot and cold water are provided in all rooms. Water pressure was good and we did not experience any shortage of hot water. Shaver sockets and an electric hairdryer are provided in each room.
All three guest rooms are fitted with good split-unit air-conditioning units. During our previous review, when we spent a few days in the main house, we commented that the air-conditioners were virtually noiseless and amongst the finest we had come across. We see no reason to alter that comment.
Comparable in overall size to Concord, the Carlisle Suite is located on the western side of the house and overlooks the pool, valley and sea. It is furnished with a queen-sized bed and matching bedside tables in the same dark-wood style of furniture used throughout. The silk wall hangings in Carlisle are particularly attractive.
A 5-drawer wardrobe with carved wall-mounted mirror supplements the wardrobe, which offers 1.2m of half-length hanging space. The adjacent bathroom provides the usual trio of facilities, similar to that described for the Concord Suite.
Carlisle has a small 2.75 x 1.75m private balcony which offers simply superb views over the valley garden and pool, with the sea on one side and the mountains of the Main Ridge Rainforest Reserve on the other.
Marginally larger than the other rooms, Lexington is furnished with two single beds, which can be optionally configured as a king-size double. All other accoutrements and furnishings are identical to the other rooms.
Being on the eastern side of the house, the Lexington only benefits from sea views from the window in the shower stall. The room does, however, have a veranda that runs the length of the suite. This also provides direct access to the large veranda outside Concord, with steps down to the rear garden.
Dining in such a small property is an intimate affair. This is not meant as a criticism; just the opposite. The cooking is excellent and you can be assured that you'll get your eggs exactly the way you like them.
Given the absence of restaurants in the region, Win and Bea try to be as flexible as possible. The rooms have no self-catering facilities, but fridge space is made available to guests in the main kitchen. In addition to the provided cooked breakfast, other meals can often be provided by prior arrangement.
Guests staying in the main house are sure to spend some time in the seating area on the ground floor balcony. Fully shaded from all but the late afternoon sun, the views from the balcony are stunning.
Although the first floor library is technically a private area, guests are allowed to use the room to watch TV or access the huge collection of books and novels available to guests. Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access is available to guests and available throughout the main house and immediate grounds.
The rooms in the main house are serviced weekly and mid-weekly; more often when requested. We found all linen and towels to be in good condition of very high quality.