High on a cliff overlooking the sea, Essex Cottage commands one of Tobago’s finest views of the Caribbean in one direction and the Rain Forrest Reserve in the other. Just a short walk from the beach in the picturesque fishing village of Parlatuvier, this area is considered one of the loveliest on the island. Guests can enjoy the mesmerizing crashing of waves against the rocks, daily migrations of frigate birds as they cruise along the coast, or listen to the cries of the cocricos, chatter of the parrots, and songs of other island birds. The property, shared with Gloucester Place Guest House, is bounded by a river on one side and the sea on the other. It contains an infinity edge pool overlooking the sea, gardens that include mature coconut palms, mango and other fruit trees, and lots of banana plants. Paths lead along the hillside past the fruit trees, down to Creighton River and our own water fall and swimming hole. The Main Ridge Forest trail is just 10 minutes away.
Thank you Bea and Win for the amazing hosts you were and a wonderful stay and experience in Tobago.
Essex Cottage couldn't be situated in a better place, the surroundings are beautiful, it's almost part of the green area around it. A very quiet place only to be "disturbed" by the lovely sounds of thousands of beautiful colourful birds that come to greet you and beg some crumbs.
The cottage has everything you need for self catering and you find in the near local shops all the basics you need.
Very comfortable with nice clean sheets to sleep in, were you really find rest and get rid of all the stress and tiredness you're trying to rid off!
Plenty of bath and beach towels provided and washed throughout your stay, just bring them down to Bea and you'll get them back before the day ends.
The infinity pool is gives you the VIP treatment you deserve and the views from there are breathtaking
Hoping to return again some day, because I can't erase those paradise memories off my head!
Staying at Gloucester Place is like visiting the home of very good friends whose house just happens to have a spectacular view of the Caribbean, a refreshing swimming pool, and a garden populated by tropical birds. Your charming and attentive hosts, Bea and Win Sargent, start you off each morning with a terrific breakfast, assist you with everything from car rentals to laundry to restaurant reservations, lend you books, and generally go out of their way to help you navigate and enjoy Tobago. Both are fountains of friendly information and advice about where to go and what to do. Both seem to know and like everyone in and around Parlatuvier and Castara (and vice versa). Having lived in such diverse places as Iran, Sri Lanka, Venezuela and North Carolina, they are well prepared by temperament and experience to embrace visitors from all over the world. Indeed, sharing breakfast and conversation with fellow guests from England and Canada was an unanticipated highlight of our stay. We have stayed in a lot of b&b's in a lot of places, but none better than this. We look forward to coming back.
We recently had the great pleasure to stay with Win and Bea at Gloucester Place, and we can certainly recommend this lovely oasis to anyone considering a stay in the Parlatuvier area. Win and Bea, apart from running a very efficient, clean and pleasant home from home, are both passionate and knowledgeable about Tobago and about this stunningly beautiful corner of the island. Thanks to both of you for a very memorable stay. We fully intend to return next year,and we look forward to seeing you then.
Beatrice and Wynn our hosts have created a wonderful and relaxing place to stay, they themselves are warm and attentive hosts who go to great lengths to ensure that their guests fully enjoy their stay. We really enjoyed getting to know then and spent a whole week enjoying the close proximity of the rain forest and ocean. I would highly recommend staying here in this until spoilt end of the Caribbean
We stayed for two weeks in Essex Cottage, the self contained annex of Gloucester Place.
The holiday was made for us by the kind and friendly assistance of owners Wyn and Bea starting from our welcome supper on arrival. We also sampled Bea's wonderful breakfast (yummy banana pancakes) and on one occasion fresh fish barbecued by Wyn.
We were given lots of tips on what to do and where to go, such as buying fish on the jetty and dining out at Joanna's in the village. The rum punches at Glasgows Bar round the corner were great, as was the view from the bar terrace.
The location of Essex Cottage was fairly remote (great for us) and we enjoyed shopping at the local shops and stalls and meeting some of the locals.
The pool at the property was welcome, although not as warm as the sea!
All in all a wonderful holiday in a beautiful location with perfect hosts.
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.
Near the best beaches on the island and only minutes from the Main Ridge Forest Reserve, guests at Gloucester Place & Essex Cottage can enjoy bathing, snorkeling, trekking, bird watching and exploring the most beautiful area on the island. The village is known for its fishing and has changed little over the last 40 years. It is located between the island's world class scuba diving sites. Rest, read, relax and enjoy the view, sunbathe by the pool, or walk along the rivers to hidden water falls and forest glens. Meet the fishermen on the jetty when they come in with their catch, or try fishing yourself from a local pirogue or at the end of the jetty at sunset.