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We are a 2 star hotel with rooms situated throughout 4 floors. The hotel has no lift due to the grade 2 listed building status meaning we can't make alterations to install one. We will of course, help with luggage though.

Our food is traditional and cooked using fresh produce of fish, meats, vegetables & dairy sourced from Scilly & Cornwall where possible. Our style is not nouvelle cuisine or a fancy Michelin Star type restaurant.

Our experienced staff offer excellent & attentive service, far beyond the normal expectations for a 2 star rated hotel

Our swimming pool is 8 metres x 4 metres and so neither small, or Olympic size! An unusual extra facility compared to even many other hotels. Its size is governed by available space, and is covered in and heated.

Our rooms are comfortable & furnished to the same standard. All are en suite with either bath, shower or both, and some are compact, hence the special offer lower tariff for these.

The hotel is situated in the centre of Hugh Town, at the quieter side and is ideally positioned for easy access to the harbour for inter island boats to the inhabited islands of Tresco, Bryher, St Agnes & St Martins.

I try to post regular photographs of the islands, and you can see more of the hotel in the photo galleries on the right hand side of the page.

If you would like to contact us please feel free to email or telephone: Tel. 01720 422575

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Nearing 20,000 Hits

Since this blog has started up, we have received over 19,600 hits.

Thanks to everyone who enjoys looking at my blog!

I hope to keep contributing photos and information as and when I can.

Soon, we will hit the 20,000 mark!!

Cheers everyone!

Daniel :)

Rough Seas To The South - Wednesday 25th April 2012

The seas were quite spectacular to the south of the St Mary's. Here are pictures of the waves crashing over the Wras in Porthcressa just in line with Morning Point on the Garrison. The 3rd picture is zoomed in on Spanish Ledges in St Mary's Sound, where the seas are breaking. The Spanish Ledge Buoy's bell working over time out there!!

Guest Email of Thanks

----- Original Message -----

From: ***** Byrd
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2012 9:13 AM
Subject: RE: Bell Rock Hotel

Thank you Daniel and all your staff for a wonderful holiday.
We are looking forward to next year already.

With all good wishes

Sue and Peter Byrd

Guest Email of Thanks

----- Original Message -----

From: ***** FRYER
To: Bell Rock Hotel S
ent: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 2:31 PM
Subject: Re: Bell Rock Hotel

Hello Daniel

I would like to personally thank you and ALL the staff at The Bell Rock Hotel for the relaxed and friendly but professionalism that is portrayed each time I visit you. The islands and people and your hotel are my number one holiday escape and I hope that I am able to see you all for many years to come.
Thank you again and look forward to seeing you in October.

Kindest regards

Beth Fryer

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Wednesday 18th April 2012

A blustery day with the seas whipping!! Here's a couple of pictures taken from up the Garrison.

Blogger App

Well, first off the Blogger App for my phone posted the pictures too big, and then after a tweak of settings, it has posted the pictures too small!
My thinking is that it only likes to post pictures that are portrait view as opposed to landscape format.... in which case, I shall change the settings back, and try a portrait picture. In the mean time the next few posts will probably be done the old fashioned way!

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Sunday 15th April 2012

This is the 2nd attempt with the new Blogger App. The 1st try published the photo a bit too big; so a tweak with the settings and hopefully this will turn out better!?

...A sunny day today on Scilly with a cool northerly breeze. Out of the wind though it was glorious and warm. Stunning colours from the sea & skies. Clear & bright with the sunshine gleaming off the sea.
Today's stroll was across Porthcressa Beach, along the coastal path past the allotments and up to Peninnis.
The mainland was clearly visible from up there.
The sheep have their lambs now, which are pretty cute to be fair. They can be seen from King Edward's Road.
The flowers are out up at Buzza Tower.

Testing The Blogger App For iPhone

I've managed to download a Blogger App for my phone which will hopefully enable me to add entries more easily and regularly... ??
This is a test basically, so please bear with me if it all goes horribly wrong!!

The only picture I have to test with is one from early March when the tide was way out in the harbour and you could literally walk out to the middle of the bay!

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Wednesday 11th April 2012

A lovely sunny afternoon for a stroll up Buzza to look out over Porthcressa Bay & St Mary's Pool the other side towards Bryher & Samson.

After Buzza, we took the King Edward's Road out to Peninnis, before heading down into Old Town past Carn Lea where the stacks of stones are already beginning to appear to some impressive heights.

Guest Review Extracted From TripAdvisor

“Old fashioned charm at an attractive price”

Reviewed 11 April 2012

I spent 4 days at this hotel over Easter. By chance I had one of the rooms on the top floor with views out over the bay and the ocean. The hotel is very good at what it does and I have few complaints. The food was wel-cooked, plentiful and good quality (apart from the rather disappointing roast beef), the staff were extremely helpful and it is clear that it is only the bureaucratic nature of hotel ratings that is keeping it at 2 stars.

Room Tip: I had room 19 - a long way up, but worth it for the view (and it has a bath which is a winner for me...

Stayed April 2012, travelled solo

Daniel Lawson, Manager at Bell Rock Hotel, responded to this review
12 April 2012

I'm pleased our staff managed to look after you and make your stay with us a pleasant one. Hopefully your mobile phone kept it's charge until you made it back home, after we came to your rescue with the flat battery.
I'm glad also, that you found our food to be enjoyable on the whole. I'm not sure what the problem was with the Sunday roast beef as this was my day off? I've checked with our head waiter, and he doesn't recall any disappointment, but apologises if he didn't get around to asking if everything was alright with your meal, as it was a particularly busy dinner service and he didn't get round to every table.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Guest Review Extracted From TripAdvisor

“Superb hockey tour without the hockey!”

Reviewed 8 April 2012

As one of a group of eleven hockey friends - now past the stage of actually playing hockey - I am pleased to say we were very well looked after at Bell Rock during our return visit this March. The hotel arranged for Paul, a local very friendly boatman to come at breakfast time to arrange a boat trip. We were so impressed with Paul that we booked him for the next day too. The hotel was spotlessly clean and the food was ample (important after a day out walking the islands) and very good quality. The staff were friendly and chatty and added to our visit. Having managed to leavae my camera battery charger Daniel has found it and is returning it to me. All round a great vist to a great hotel.

Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Bryher - Sunday 1st April 2012

Sunday the 1st April was a beautiful day! No Joke!!! Out of the cool breeze, the sun was lovely. I managed to get slightly burnt (even after telling guests to use suncream all week so they don't burn!).
It was our first day out this year on the boats, and Bryher didn't disappoint.
We had lunch at Hell Bay where we were greeted by a cheeky Thrush looking for a snack!

After lunch we walked the north end of the island passed Popplestones, up to Shipman Head and back round to Fraggle Rock. The view towards Tresco was cracking!

I had a go using the panorama app on my phone to take in the view of Tresco, which didn't come out too bad really

Guest Review Extracted From TripAdvisor

“Thoroughly deserves it's No.1 TripAdvisor rating”

Reviewed 3 April 2012

I've just got back from another great weekend at the Bell Rock. As usual, everything was spot on - friendly people that run it who genuinely make you feel at home, a nice comfortable room and a good cooked breakfast to set you up for the day. I wouldn't really consider staying anywhere else on St Mary's now. Considering some of the price hikes that other St Mary's hotels have introduced this season, the Bell Rock looks a better deal each year. The No. 1 rating that the Bell Rock has on TripAdvisor is fully justified - I just wish I could have stayed longer.

Stayed March 2012, travelled solo