Hell Bay Hotel

Isles of Scilly, Isles of Scilly

‘Hell by name, quite the opposite by nature,’ declares a reader after visiting Robert Dorrien-Smith’s ‘gloriously located’ hotel on the smallest of the inhabited islands of Scilly. More

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‘Hell by name, quite the opposite by nature,’ declares a reader after visiting Robert Dorrien-Smith’s ‘gloriously located’ hotel on the smallest of the inhabited islands of Scilly. ‘Our stay was heavenly.’ Set behind secluded beaches guarded by a cluster of islets, the ‘thoughtfully converted’ cottage’ and clapboard chalets have interiors with an airy blend of creams, blues and greens. Alongside Lloyd Loom furniture, there are Malabar fabrics, cushions made on Tresco, cheery ocean paintings. ‘Our suite had a balcony with lovely views, comfortable armchairs, a kitchenette with milk and bottled water replaced daily.’ Another fully detached suite mimics a traditional gig shed. Public rooms complement the scenery with a ‘fabulous’ collection of Cornish art, including pieces by Dame Barbara Hepworth. It’s not the only good taste found in the hotel. Richard Kearsley’s daily-changing, islands-sourced menus are ‘a consistent highlight’. For instance, slow-braised Tresco beef, soft truffle polenta, crispy onion, red wine jus. Staff are ‘charming, friendly, efficient’. A deck allows guests to toast sunset over Gweal hill. Small wonder then that ‘we didn’t want to leave’. (IB)

Hotel details

Address

Bryher
Isles of Scilly
TR23 0PR
England

Telephone

01720 422947

Bedrooms

25 suites. In 5 buildings, some on ground floor.

Open

18 Mar–25 Oct.

Facilities

lounge, games room, bar, 2 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), gym, grounds (heated swimming pool, playground, par-3 golf), public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet (island reached by ferry).

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed (charge), not in restaurant.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per person B&B single £119–£394, double £95–£315, D,B&B double £140–£360. Set dinner £48. Min. 2-night weekend bookings.

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Last updated: November 12, 2019