Good Hotel Guide Review
New England meets Newquay at the UK’s most westerly hotel, a stylish coastal retreat 30 miles from the Cornish mainland, on the smallest of the inhabited Isles of Scilly. Once a pub (before that a farmhouse), overlooking a quiet cove on the island’s rugged Atlantic coast, it’s part of Robert Dorrien-Smith’s Tresco Estate. The public rooms and bedrooms provide the perfect backdrop for the family’s collection of Cornish art. Most of the clapboard suites, some with a patio or balcony, have sea views. The Emperor Suite has a private decked area with sun loungers and a white picket fence. All rooms are ‘beautifully decorated’, and have an upmarket beach house aesthetic, the Caribbean blue of the external woodwork reflected in the bright and breezy furnishings. Equally upmarket is Richard Kearsley’s cooking which makes the most of fresh island produce, including Bryher lobster and Tresco beef. Or head down to the Crab Shack housed in an old net loft for Bryher crab, mussels and scallops, served with chips and salad and followed by Eton mess.
Isles of Scilly
25 suites. In 5 buildings, some on ground floor.
12 Mar–22 Oct.
lounge, games room, bar, 2 dining rooms, in-room TV (Freeview), gym, treatment shed, yoga studio, grounds (heated swimming pool, playground), public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet (island reached by ferry).
in the bar.
all ages welcomed.
allowed (charge) in bedrooms, bar, not in restaurant.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per person B&B £95–£320, D,B&B double £145–£360. Set dinner £50. Min. 2-night weekend bookings.
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