|Isles of Scilly|
A dreamlike quality and a unique holiday!
These five inhabited islands have received some serious attention from all sorts of people in search of that step-back-in-time feeling and the special magic that holidays always seemed to give us when we were children. Welcome to the Isles of Scilly!
From A list celebrities to regular clients who have been coming for 30 years (or more), these timeless islands with their castles, pristine white beaches, nature trails, wild or gentle skies provide the perfect getaway for a relaxing holiday.
Getting around on the water happens in boats of all shapes and sizes. There’s plenty of sightseeing and chances to island hop. Seals have chosen to live at the Isles of Scilly and can often be seen on the Eastern Isles. On some islands you can even go swimming with them.
There’s more to do than you might think: young children can explore serious rock pools and endless sandy beaches while the older ones can hike the nature trails, hire bikes or ride horses along the shore and there’s plenty of swimming, snorkeling and diving.
The islands’ art scene is growing, deriving inspiration from nature’s own light and landscape. Arts Scilly 2013 Festival, a week of art exhibitions, art and craft trails around each island, is expected to take place in May – contact us for dates. All summer, open-air performances of theatre, opera and music use a variety of natural backdrops as a stage.
Believe it or not, there’s a nine hole, 18 tee golf course on St Mary’s and a thriving vineyard on St Martin’s making easy-drinking red, white and rosé wine. Eating out is indeed often just that: it’s glorious to enjoy fresh fish and chips literally on the beach or a delicious lobster salad or freshly caught sea bass on a candle-lit terrace as the sun goes down. Locally caught fish, seafood and home-made cakes are the things that people really do write home about!
A few things you should know
Everyone is welcome here including dogs and their responsible owners. There’s only one cash machine and a couple of banks on St Mary’s but don’t panic – some shops and pubs offer cash back facilities and each island has a sub-post office. Credit cards are not always accepted. The islands are in a beautiful time-warp where people still use cash.
Take a relaxed attitude, some casual clothes and a smile to enjoy holidays at the Isles of Scilly for a few days or longer. Many people do – again and again.
Sea Garden Cottages
Luxury one-bedroom cottages with lounge and kitchen area, each cottage has a beautiful seaview.
From £845 »
A family run guesthouse in a perfect location, just steps away from the Porthcressa Beach and very close to the quay, shops and a few pubs.
From £597 »
A unique Elizabethan Castle hotel built in the form of an eight point star surrounded by a dry moat.
A choice of room types - located in the grounds or in the castle, an indoor pool, two restaurants and magnificent views of the Western Isles and the harbour.
From £555 »
St Mary's Hall
This elegant town house is just 2 minutes walk from sandy beaches
There are 26 modern and clean standard or superior guest rooms here offering en-suite bathroom, television, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-fi. Alternatively for families there are 4 suites or connecting rooms.
From £468 »
Boasting the best views of any hotel on St Mary's, Tregarthen's is the perfect place for peace, tranquility and relaxation.
Only a few minutes walk to Hugh Town this hotel offers 33 extremely comfortable bedrooms all with en-suite facilities.
From £614 »
A charming old inn with modern amenities located on Town Beach which offers a warm welcome.
Lovely panoramic views from the bar and restaurant with pretty boats bobbing on the water. Centrally located for shops and the quay with 25 very comfortable rooms most with seaviews.
From £479 »
Bell Rock Hotel
A warm, friendly informal hotel that has been welcoming guests for 100 years close to all amenities.
A lovely heated indoor pool, exclusive to guests, 23 rooms some with seaview and an ideal location near to the centre of town and between two beaches.
From £476 »