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Gloucester Place
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

My wife and I had revisited Tobago for our 25th Wedding Anniversary after being there from 1985-88 during Carnival. We were looking for a little different taste of the island since we had stayed in the Crown Point area during our previous visits. We wanted to explore the upper 2/3rds of the island, both the Caribbean and Atlantic sides of the coastline along with the Rainforest.

Our research led us to the Essex House at Gloucester Place. Essex House is the cottage on the grounds of the main house, Gloucester Place. There are four guest rooms with private baths in the main house with delicious meals cooked by Bea and enjoyed at the dining room table with other guests. That’s if you choose to eat your meals at there home. The more private cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, open living area and two guest rooms with private baths. Windows open an entire wall to allow in warm breezes from the sea over soaring trees.

But the true gem of this place is the Infinity Pool. The view from this pool is breathtaking. Curved Roman steps lead you down into the crystal clear pool whose water seemingly spills into the horizon of the blue sea and sky. There are so many beautiful shades of blue you are amazed.

The owners Bea and Win could not have been more delightful, giving us experienced insight on fun things to do around the island. They were right on point with tour guides (hikes/birds), local restaurants and pubs, and any other thing you could imagine.

Gloucester Place is a masterpiece of architecture with soaring verandas and hidden views. Personal touches of local art mixed with artifacts from around the globe help make this place unique as does the landscaping on this old banana plantation located just south of Parlatuvier Bay. Majestic flowers and plants dance around the pool area creating a euphoric experience that attracts hummingbirds and various other species of birds. It is awesome; you can literally feel the stress drain from your body.

The Essex House was perfect for cooking, fish and lobster bought right off the local docks. We were able to cook feasts you could only imagine back home. Win also has a grill that any patron can use to get their barbecue on. Well fed, we would retire to the cottage veranda to gaze at incredibly brilliant stars while enjoying a nightcap before bed.

Bea and Win’s hospitality was outstanding. We enjoyed talking with them about any topic from politics to sports etc. There can be a lot of interaction with the homeowners and house-guests from around the world, which we found exhilarating. If you’re looking for more privacy, just tell Bea and Win and they will make that happen and are very understanding. They have a lot of experience.

We couldn't thank Bea and Win enough for helping us attain the serenity that we so much needed from our hectic lives back in the States. Everything was absolutely fantastic! We certainly couldn't have asked for a better vacation destination.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

Gloucester Place ticks all the boxes. We have stayed in all sorts of accommodation all over the World but the Sargent’s B&B is exceptional.
Our visit was a long weekend away from the hustle and bustle of Trinidad. We left the tackiness of Crown Point behind and drove up through the countryside, arriving on the stunning North coast. The house is in a magnificent location above the little fishing village and bay of Parlatuvier. It has lovely gardens and an outstanding view down to the sea from the terrace, and from our very comfortable room. Win and Bea are the perfect hosts: welcoming, a mine of information and Bea is a great cook. We instantly felt at home. After a few drinks at the nearby bar and good conversations, we fell asleep listening to the sea and awoke the next morning to the sounds and sights of Tobago’s amazing birdlife. A little bit of Paradise…

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

We stayed here for not quite a week in December 2012. Gloucester Place is owned and run by an American couple and has a definite American style about it. The owners helped me sort out several minor calamities I found myself having to deal with and for that I will always be appreciative.

Room Tip: If I were to stay there again, I would likely choose The Carlisle or The Essex Cottage.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

This review will sound redundant as all the other reviews are consistent with positive feedback and praise. We're generally hesitant to give out five stars as it's a level of perfection and accomplishment suggesting an absolute pinnacle. Yet there is little we can be critical of. OK, how about more fruit at breakfast (a shortfall we noticed throughout TnT, a rather odd deficit given the tropical locale).
Anyway, we searched EVERY possible accommodation from Castara to Charlottesville and wound up staying three nights (too short) in early March. The setting is sheer peace, the level of tranquility and unmatched, the design and layout of Gloucester casual and relaxing. If this doesn't de-stress you, you have significant problems. We moved on to a place in Goodwood after this, and found another wonderful setting. But it wasn't Gloucester/Parlatuvier. The experience at the latter is what impacts us the most. You get a better sense of community and local life, you're set atop Parlatuiver and the proximity to Englishman Bay etc, but especially Winn and Womb (Be a) who're committed to the community. Their enthusiasm and personalities give you a sense of belonging and place. You may save money elsewhere. You may find somewhere closer to the beach. But will you belong?

(tip: eat at Joanne's in Parlatuvier. Winn and Bea will direct, she's on the beach and caters a personalized meal a bit cut above most restaurant fare. Pix encl)

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

We are a couple aged 31 & 25 and we spent 6 nights in the Gloucester place in mid February 2013. Many has been written already and all the nice reviews are well deserved. From the first awakening by the sound of many birds from the garden, we enjoyed greatly our whole stay. Tobago is a wonderful island, but you should not expect beaches with bars and lot of entertainment around. But if you look for relaxing time in beautiful nature like we did, you will enjoy every minute there. What is the great thing about the Gloucester Place is when you return from some beautiful area of the island, you still can just walk through the garden to the local waterfall or enjoy the splendid view from the pool.
Then the owners Bea and Win...they made us really feel like home outside of home. Despite we are bit shy by our nature we felt absolutely comfortable siting next next to Win or Bea at the veranda reading a book and enjoying the moment. Bea is also a wonderful cook, her morning pancakes are delicious and you should try her dinner at least once during your stay. Like written here before, the other best options where to have lunch / dinner are places in Castara, Bloody Bay, Speyside, or the local lady from Parlatuvier named Joanne.
The only thing we were not much comfortable with is that there are no doors between the bathroom and bedroom, including the toilet. We are not used to this at all and as we are a young pair we don't want to get used to such solution :)
All in all, we stay often in a B&B type of accommodation and this was one of the best B&B if not THE BEST we experienced so far!

Room Tip: Despite higher price, you should choose one of the two rooms with sea-view.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

I spent three nights at Gloucester Place at the end of January 2013 and recommend it highly. I stayed in the 'Concord' room, which has gorgeous views over the Caribbean through two large screened windows and from the adjacent, large and mostly private terrace. The room and bath are spacious and more than adequately functional, though not luxurious. I didn't need the air conditioning during my stay, but its presence was reassuring and would likely make a return visit in April/May more enjoyable. I spent hours contemplating the sea view over morning coffee, midday Caribs and sunset rum-tonics on the shady terrace. The pool is lovely, though in late January did not receive sufficient direct sun to be truly warm; it felt great after a forest trek or ascent from the beach, however.

Bea and Win are extremely gracious and welcoming hosts; I felt very much at home sharing their kitchen and viewful, covered verandah (a welcome shelter during rain showers that occasionally chased me from the uncovered terrace and poolside). Breakfast (included) was delicious; one evening I was also invited to share dinner of fresh mahi mahi and local vegetables ($20 US) with Bea, Win and two other guests.

The location of Gloucester Place is probably near ideal for exploring Tobago: sufficiently removed (around 40-50 minutes' drive) from the bustle and not terribly attractive development around the airport and SW end of the island, but not too far into the beautiful and much less built-up NE. Exploring by car around the NE is easy as the roads are both good and, at least during my stay, nearly deserted. There are several worthwhile excursions, taking in breathtakingly beautiful forest and sea views and interesting, relatively untouristed small towns, within a 20-45 minute drive. This part of Tobago is some of the most beautiful, lushly forested terrain I have seen anywhere in the Caribbean; Bea and Win know several guides who can be hired for more adventurous hikes and birding expeditions.

A number of good, inexpensive restaurants and not terribly well stocked food/beverage shops are within 10-15 minutes' drive. (I stopped near the airport on my way in for beer, rum, tonic water and other essentials.) Good, casual meals are served at the Boat House in Castara, Eula's on the beach at Englishman's Bay and Sunshine in Bloody Bay. It is also possible to walk to one of the nicer beaches (at Parlatuvier; deserted both times I went), two forest waterfalls, one bar, two or three restaurants and at least one small shop.

I was slightly disappointed with the beaches in this part of Tobago, which tend to be a bit steep and somewhat rocky. However, they are attractive enough for walking, lounging, and at least minimal swimming; moreover, I suspect their imperfection helps keep the throngs away, which is a huge plus. When I return to Gloucester Place, I will do so anticipating stunning vistas and forest walks resplendent with birds, butterflies and waterfalls more than sugar-white sand and gin-clear water - this is a different but equally compelling Caribbean experience.

Room Tip: Just let Bea know what you like/want and heed her advice.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

We spent four wonderful days with your hosts at Gloucester, Win and Bea, in January 2013. Parletuvier is as non-touristy as it gets, while Bea and Win deserve all the plaudits others have mentioned for their warm, welcoming, hospitality: this is like an ongoing house party of comfortable conversation, excellent accommodation, and great good...including an evening meal if you want (alternatives in the area are pretty limited). You have great access to whatever-you-had-in-mind, from snorkeling to some of the best birding in the Caribbean, pleasant walk to a waterfall, watching the fishermen, etc. Outstanding value, yet it's the warm welcome that makes this a #1 on our list.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Northside Road | Parlatuvier, Tobago
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Location: Caribbean > Trinidad and Tobago > Tobago > Northeast Coast
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Northeast Coast
Price Range: $90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gloucester Place has three double air-conditioned rooms and a two bedroom self catering cottage. It is situated on a cliff overlooking the sea and the Forest Reserve. It is walking distance from Parlatuvier Bay on the northeast coast of the island. The property contains an infinity pool, gardens, nature trail and small river with a waterfall. It is a 5 minute drive from Englishman's Bay, and a 10 minute drive from the Forest Reserve entrance. ... more   less 
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Gloucester Place Tobago, Trinidad And Tobago

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