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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, 25 October 2012

Guest Photo - Red Admiral Butterfly

One of our guest's recently managed to snap a close up photograph of a Red Admiral butterfly whilst visiting Tresco Gardens. Thanks go to Barbara Reynolds from St Ives, Cornwall for sending this in.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Foggy Sort Of Day

Tuesday 23rd October 2012

A foggy walk around the garrison in the afternoon. Although its warm, it's a double edged sword this time of year by bringing the fog!

Monday, 22 October 2012

Warm Autumn Day

Sunday 21st October 2012

A spot of lunch with a view and a stroll.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Old Town & Around The Coast

Saturday 20th October 2012

There are several words that can be used to describe today, and this afternoon in particular: warm, calm, peaceful, beautiful, stunning!

It was just too good to miss, and so I headed off on a long walk around the coast as far as Watermill, before heading back via Telegraph and down past Porthloo.

Porth Hellick

Saturday 20th October 2012

The sounds of Oyster Catchers at Porth Hellick.
The tide was out for miles... Not literally!

Pelistry & Tolls Island

Saturday 20th October 2012

It's been a while since I ventured over to Tolls Island, and as it was a beautiful afternoon an the tide was out, I thought if take the opportunity to head across the sand and out to the end. The sea was gently slapping against the rocks and seaweed out there.


Saturday 20th October 2012

Lovely & peaceful this afternoon up Watermill. The stream was flowing quite fast though. That's all I could hear walking up the lane.


Saturday 20th October 2012

Friday, 19 October 2012

St Mary's Harbour

Friday 19th October 2012

A glorious calm day today. The sun gleaming off the sea and the boats still left in the harbour.


Thursday 19th October 2012

After a stormy Wednesday with high winds, low pressure and high spring tides causing flooding into Hugh Street, Thursday by contrast was a lovely sunny day. Still a stiff breeze, but certainly warm enough for a walk in lightweight fleece.
The Scillonian heading out past Morning Point & Spanish Ledges.
Woolpack point into the bright afternoon sun.
Steval looking back towards St Martins.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Harbour & Lifeboat Slip

Tuesday 16th October 2012

Monday, 15 October 2012


Sunday 14th October 2012

A sunny but cool day. After the last couple of days off I've had, it was a vast improvement.
I took a walk around the garrison with the family after lunch.

Saturday, 13 October 2012


Friday 12th October 2012

It was a pleasant afternoon if not for a cool wind and a dramatic moody sky. I put on a thin fleece and took a stomp up around Peninnis. Luckily for me I got home just in time as the skies turned and we had a half hour torrential downpour with thunder & lightning! That soon passed through though. I can't remember when we last had thunder & lightning? It must be quite a few months ago though.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Guest Review Extracted From TripAdvisor - Scilly


Reviewed 9 October 2012

Clean, welcoming and comfortable. Well, I expect that but here the staff seem genuinely pleased to meet you and help you to enjoy your stay. The food is just superb. In fact, I wanted to kidnap the chef and bring him home with me. Service in the dining room was attentive without being intrusive and that is very difficult to...

Daniel Lawson, Manager at Bell Rock Hotel, responded to this review
10 October 2012
Thank you for your kind words about our staff and service you received from them. I'm glad that your trip was a pleasant one, and we hope to welcome you back again soon. I'm glad you didn't kidnap our chef, as his skills are needed here ;) All the best, Daniel

Guest Review Extracted From TripAdvisor - Scilly

“Surprisingly good 2 star which should be higher rated - top notch”

Reviewed 4 October 2012

This small family-run hotel is on the main island of St Mary's. It is old-fashioned in many ways but that's what makes it pretty unique. The rooms are well-appointed, homely and spotlessly clean, if a tad small. There is a small swimming-pool (covered) which is pretty basic. The lounge area and bar, where one waits to be taken downstairs to the dining room, is cosy. The food at all meals is well cooked, all home-made and well presented, the waiting staff always attentive and pay attention in doing this "properly". The staff are all conscientious and multi-task, and proud of what they do. The prices are very reasonable. It is worth more than two stars, the food and service being exemplary. It exemplifies Scilly really - a part of the UK that is still in the 1950s, where standards matter and is not ostentatious. Scilly has lovely beaches, seascapes and gardens and is a part of England that is a million miles away from the frenetic world most of us live in - a real tonic, and escape into the past.. The Bell Rock is worth seeking out if you like things quiet and low-key with nice, tasty food.

Daniel Lawson, Manager at Bell Rock Hotel, responded to this review
10 October 2012
I'm pleased you were happy with our service, and that our star rating exceeded expectations. This is our aim, to provide a high standard of service, whilst balancing in with the friendly, attentive qualities.
You mention the pool area, and I'm pleased to report that this area will be looked at in the winter period for refurbishment plans this year.

Guest Review Extracted From TripAdvisor - Scilly

“Fantastic Hotel - No work for the Hotel Inspector !”

Reviewed 1 October 2012

We spent 3 nights at the hotel in one of the smaller rooms on the top floor. The room whilst small was perfectly formed with all the facilities that you would expect including a bath in the ensuite. The staff were extremely welcoming and all had a great raport with the guests. We ate in and enjoyed the meals from well thought out menus catering for all tastes. The food was well presented. We would definitely stay again

Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple

Guest Email of Thanks

----- Original Message -----
From: amberfarm@******************
To: Bell Rock Hotel
Sent: Monday, October 08, 2012 11:15 AM
Subject: Re: Bell Rock Hotel

Good morning Daniel,

Thank you for your e mail and my apologies for the delay in replying.

We are so glad that we came to the Scilly Isles to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary & particularly to the Bell Rock Hotel.
We could not fault any part of our stay with you (not that we were looking to!) from your welcome, the staff & the meals.
Next time we will book half board for our whole stay, compliments to the Chef.
The Hotel is far superior than the 2 stars it has been awarded.
We look forward to seeing you again, hopefully in the spring.

Kind regards,

Jane & Mark Parsons

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Misty Harbour

Tuesday 9th October 2012

A strange mist rolled in over the harbour after lunch. I managed to take a snap out my bedroom window at home.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Bell Rock Hotel

Tuesday 9th October 2012

Outside the hotel this morning. Hopefully the weather might be a bit kinder today?!
Luckily our guests will be arriving on the Scillonian today again.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Buzza In The Fog

Monday 8th October 2012

Today has been really warm... But with it has brought super thick fog which hung around all day. There has not been any flying at all today. This is one of the reasons we strongly recommend adequate travel insurance.

I took a photo from Buzza looking over the town towards the harbour with Samson behind... Honest it is!!
(I've joined 2 pictures together to give an idea of what the view should have roughly looked like!)

Friday, 5 October 2012

Calm Before The Storm

Thursday 4th October 2012

The afternoon was glorious. Sunny & warm. With the forecast for the evening being correct, we had an evening and night of heavy rain and wind. Early signs of a reasonable day Friday so far.