Essex Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion

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Sarah And Scott from U.S.A. visited in January 2015 and awarded  Five out of Five

My boyfriend and I spent a week at Gloucester Place in January 2015. Bea and Win were the most gracious hosts and we highly recommend staying there during your time in Tobago.

The B&B is a little off the beaten path, which makes for an incredible getaway from the touristy destinations in the Caribbean. Gloucester Place is tucked away on a lofted bend, with striking views of the ocean below and the jungle above. The B&B is a very short drive to Parlatuvier, which offers some dining and grocery options. Castara is about ten minutes by drive and offers more options for food. The North side of the island is generally less touristy, but much more relaxing and offers a great location to truly get away from it all.

The B&B was very beautiful, had an open air feel, and an infinity pool to boot. We stayed in the Carlisle room and had great views from our private veranda, we also really enjoyed an evening cocktail from the first floor porch with Bea and Win. Bea and Win were excellent cooks (ask for the Banana and Oatmeal Bake!) and the portion sizes for breakfast portions were very healthy. Between the quality and quantity, we did not go hungry.

Our hosts were also very helpful in determining our itinerary for the day. Tobago has plenty to offer and we were determined to make the most of our vacation. Bea and Win’s input helped us plan our days and take advantage of our time there. They also offered some great tips for dining and helped make reservations when required. On a couple of days, we did take it easy at a local beach, Englishmen’s Bay, which the B&B is conveniently located near. It is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the Island so no matter where you stay, it is a must see.

We enjoyed our stay at Gloucester Place very much. Thank you Bea and Win for making our Tobago vacation incredible!

Sarah and Scott

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Ottie from U.K. visited in December 2014 and awarded  Five out of Five

If you want to get away from the more touristic Crown Point area of the island, head north and stay here.

Amazing views from the entire property, walking distance to a local bar with fantastic views over Palentouvier. Bea and Winn are so helpful, they booked us fishing and guided rain forest walks. They also introduced us the the other couple who were staying at the same time so we were able to combine the fishing trip with them.

It is advisable to hire a car which makes the north of the island really easy to explore.

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Al Paton from U.K. visited in November 2014 and awarded  Five out of Five

My wife and I absolutely loved this place. It is possible to stay B&B in the main house and enjoy the most wonderful balcony area to relax and take in the breathtaking views of garden and nearby cliffs. However we elected to self-cater and stay in the cottage, which in orientation, is like the house in minature. A true home from home, with balcony and similar views. The cottage is well equipped with clean, comfortable furniture and linen, excellent bed, and delightful kitchen with lots of ingredients to get you started. From the cottage, there is a very pleasant stroll through the terraced garden to the small but perfectly formed infinity pool, for generally cooling off or just enjoying the sunsets. You have the famous Glasgow bar and restaurant nearby, and an easy stroll into Parlatuvier village and beach which was for us, the most scenic and peaceful part of the island. (And also, with a car, pretty well central for most things). One more thing, Bea and Win are the perfect hosts. Our only regret is that we didn’t stay longer. We had tried various grades of accommodation during our visit to Tobago, but Gloucester Place was by far the best in all areas. Highly recommended and we will certainly return.

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Mark Surey from U.K. visited in October 2014 and awarded  Five out of Five

Firstly, we are a couple in our early fifties, we travelled without our teenagers (the only way!). If you want to visit the Caribbean but are put off by heavy commercialisation and worries about personal safety then Tobago is for you – we met Trinidadians, Brits, Germans and Jamaicans who have come here to live because of the laid back and safe lifestyle.

If don’t want an all-inclusive, ‘could be anywhere’ holiday but hope for somewhere individual, quiet and beautiful then Gloucester Place is the pick of the bunch. This is a fantastic place to stay, the house is comfortable, the rooms are well appointed, there is a lovely pool, a waterfall on the grounds, a bar within a 5 minute amble and the stunning Parlatuvier Bay a 10 minute walk away. The wonderful Englishmans Bay is a few minutes drive and Castara is about ten minutes or so.

Bea & Win are such a friendly, helpful and interesting couple who will leave you to do your own thing or include you in their daily lives, whichever you prefer. The food was great; eight breakfasts, none of which were the same and all of which were delicious (and huge). We also had a couple of evening meals which were lovely, one of which started with a trip down to the jetty to select a fish from the catch just brought in.

Bea and Win were very helpful, full of suggestions for places to visit, places to avoid, restaurant tips etc, going so far as to give us a lift a couple of times. They were also generous enough to let us use the internet and I even watched the Utd-City derby (Win follows the Premier League – well after a fashion, he’s an Arsenal supporter!). They both have a great stock of stories from their time teaching around the world and you can sit on the balcony with a few beers or rums just shooting the breeze; read a book by the pool or go and visit one of the beaches.

All in all the most relaxing holiday we have ever been on.

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Margaret from Trinidad visited in March 2014 and awarded  Five out of Five

My sister, nephew and I had the complete pleasure of staying at Gloucester Place house in March of 2014. Innkeepers, Winn and Bea were truly a delight and made our stay that much more a success. The house is a distance from the main town, airport and ferry but completely worth the trip. This part of the island is so tranquil, manicured, green and unspoiled. We enjoyed just wandering (we had our car) or walking to the nearby waterfall or lunch/drink spots and beach. The breakfast on the open-air deck/kitchen starts each day the way you would want on vacation. Yum! Bea and Winn are very accommodating in every way, you can even eat other meals in their house and they're quite the duo in the kitchen. I especially enjoyed their stories from many years of life abroad.

Good times had by all. So much so, we're going back in April!

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