Good Hotel Guide Review
‘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)
Isles of Scilly
25 suites. In 5 buildings, some on ground floor.
18 Mar–25 Oct.
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).
all ages welcomed.
allowed (charge), not in restaurant.
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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