Blog Details

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

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Sunset Over Porthcressa

Monday 29th December 2014

Another of my daughter Keely Lawson's photos. This time as she walked down from Buzza as the sun was going down.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Christmas Day

Christmas Day on Scilly

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all our Guests, Staff, Suppliers & Friends a very Merry Christmas! 
...Time for me to wear my daft ill fitting Christmas jumper!

Saturday, 13 December 2014


Saturday 13th December 2014

This morning on Porthcressa Beach my daughter Keely Lawson took these two lovely photos :-) 

Saturday, 6 December 2014


A one bedroom Self Catering Flat in the Hotel for 2 People.

South Facing, 100 metres from Porthcressa Beach.

Use of Indoor Pool, Hotel Bar & Restaurant*.

Linen & Electric Included.

March: £395 Per Week
April & October: £495 Per Week
May to September: £595 Per Week

Changeover Day: Saturday

Phone for details. Early booking advised

* local charge for bar drinks & to eat in restaurant.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Porthcressa Sunset

Saturday 29th November

As the last of the light disappears for the day I took a quick picture across to Morning Point on my way home from the hotel. It was a warm day and calm weather.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

2015 Season Published Tariff

Prices are Per Person, Per Night, based on 2 people sharing a room (Including VAT at 20%)

Early Spring
Monday 2nd March to Sunday 15th March:
Continental B&B £39

Monday 16th March to Thursday 2nd April:
Half Board £69
Full English B&B £49

Friday 3rd April to Thursday 30th April:
1 to 3 Nights Half Board £99 (B&B £89)
4 or More Nights Half Board £89 (B&B £79)

Friday 1st May to Sunday 4th October:
Standard Rooms:
1 to 3 Nights Half Board £119 (B&B £109)
4 or More Nights Half Board £99 (B&B £89)
Compact Double Rooms:
1 to 3 Nights Half Board £109 (B&B £99)
4 or More Nights Half Board £89 (B&B £79)

Monday 5th October to Late October
Half Board £69
B&B £59

We have 2 single rooms at the standard tariff rate (very popular, early booking advised)

Single Occupancy of any Double or Twin carries a supplement of £30 per night

Special Offer: March & October 2015. No Single Occupancy Supplement on Compact Double Rooms

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Back to Work

After my end of season family holiday, I'm back in the hotel office ready to take your enquiries and bookings! 

....can you guess where I went in holiday? ;-)

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Porthcressa Sunrise

Tuesday 14th October 2014

Sunrise over Peninnis across a very calm Porthcressa bay. Beautiful mid October day.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Cruising By

Thursday 9th October 2014

Queen Mary 2 is currently passing South of Scilly en route to New York. She's cruising along at 17 knots.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Porthmellon & Shark's Pit

Sunday 28th September 2014

A gloriously warm & sunny day. Hardly a breath of wind. Stunning!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014


Saturday afternoon around Peninnis in the lovely warm sunshine. 
There's still time to enjoy the Indian Summer we're having, with our special offers! Give us a call on 01720 422575 to check late availability & book.

Saturday, 13 September 2014


Early morning Porthcressa a couple of days ago... There was someone swimming in the sea too, at 7.45am!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014


Friday 5th September

The sunrise over St Mary's Airport. A hazy start to a sunny day. 

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Around the Garrison

Saturday 23rd August 2014

A walk around the Garrison is always good to clear the mind. It's a peaceful walk and the views are beautiful. About 1.5 miles right round and walkable in half an hour for the able bodied at a reasonable pace... Or if you're wanting to take it leisurely, it's best to allow an hour and a half. 

Bank Holiday Weekend

Saturday 23rd August 2014

The sun is hot! With hardly a cloud in the sky, Porthcressa Beach is idyllic this afternoon! The sea looks inviting with the sun shimmering on it.

Bryher & Tresco

When the tide is high enough, it's possible to transfer between Bryher & Tresco after lunch at 2.30pm this is great if you're on a short break and want to see as many different islands as possible!
These pictures I took last Sunday 17th August 2014

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Bants Carn

Thursday 14th August 2014

Bants Carn Ancient Village & Buriel Chamber:

Thursday, 14 August 2014

John Bordeaux Pottery & Studio

I called in to see John Bordeaux for a chat. I've been meaning to pop in for some time to see his new artworks. It was great to see some new styles and colours of pottery. We often have guests say to us that they've been and bought some pottery & paintings to take home. John also offers a postal service for those bigger items that may just push over the luggage weight allowance! 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014


Scilly has an abundance of agapanthus plants in flower at the moment. Blue & white heads all over the place. They are difficult for people to keep alive on the mainland especially the further north they are. But on Scilly they grow out of the strangest of places, where's there's hardly any room to root even!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Off Island For The Day

Sunday 3rd August 2014

The Isles of Scilly are an ideal location if you wish to visit different places daily and take in boat trips. Nowhere is far within the archipelago and a 15 to 30 minute trip on one of the local boats will take you to any of the off idlands, be it inhabited or unihabited. The waters between most islands offering stunning views en route. Each of the off islands have their own characteristics. 

These photos I have taken were on Tresco. A privately leased island owned by the Dorien-Smith family; ancestors of Augustus Smith, who started up the famous Tresco Abbey Gardens offering a wide range of sub-tropical plants from all around the world that you'd just not expect to see in the uk! They flourish here and there's always something in flower whatever time of the year.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Superfast Broadband Arrives on Scilly

Wednesday 23rd July 2014

An historic day on Scilly. The fibre optic cable for superfast broadband is brought ashore on Porthcressa. A feat of engineering at its best. Great to watch.

Saturday, 19 July 2014


Sunday 13th July 2013

These photos are nearly a week ago now but hopefully the scenes will make up for the delay! 
We had a trip over to Tresco and relaxed for the day in the sunshine. 

Friday, 18 July 2014

Lightning Display

Thursday 17th July 2014

The lightning and thunder storms reported in today's news from last night across the south of the country started here about 9pm for a while. It was quite mesmerising with the skies lighting up brightly. 
I was lucky enough to capture one large bolt across the skies above Porthcressa 

Monday, 7 July 2014

Special Offers

Special Summer Late Availability Offer: July & August 2014

Room Only: £59 per person, per night

B&B: £69 per person, per night

Dinner, Room & Breakfast: £89 per person, per night

(Valid on all new bookings made from Monday 7th July 2014 only. Subject to availability. Single supplements: £10 per night in compact double room & £20 per night in standard double or twin room)


Late July & Early August Special Breaks

3 Nights Dinner Room & Breakfast: £249 per person
(Valid only on arrival dates Friday 25th July or Monday 28th July and Monday 4th August)

6 Nights Dinner Room & Breakfast: £475 per person
(Valid only on arrival date Friday 25th July)

Room Only: £55 per person, per night

B&B: £65 per person, per night

(Valid on all new bookings made from Monday 7th July 2014 only. Subject to availability.
Single supplements: £10 per night in compact double room & £20 per night in standard double or twin room)


Walk Scilly Weekend Special (Sept. 20th & 21st)

B&B: £69 per person, per night
Dinner, Room & Breakfast: £89 per person, per night

In conjunction with:

(Valid on all new bookings made from Monday 7th July 2014 only. Subject to availability.
Single supplements: £10 per night in compact double room & £20 per night in standard double or twin room)

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Saturday, 5 July 2014

Pelistry Beach

Saturday 5th July 2014

The sun is out again and it's been a scorching hot afternoon on Scilly. We headed for a lazy couple of hours on Pelistry Beach. Plenty of sun cream being the essential ingredient today!!

There weren't many clouds in the clear blue skies today. I didn't get my phone out quick enough for this cloud formation and it changed from what I thought it looked like!! Oh well, it's still a relaxing photo.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Scillonian Sundays

The Scillonian III is now sailing on Sundays until Sunday 7th September being the last sailing. Here's a picture of her arriving on Sunday 29th June as she passes the island of Samson

Posts out of Sync

I've had a couple of posts that failed to upload so they're now out of sync slightly. These are Scilly Summer Shots & Landing Craft.

Scilly Summer Shots

This week has been stunning. Scilly summers are hard to beat! Why on earth would I want to be anywhere else? ...answer; I wouldn't!!
We've had guests really made up today after seeing dolphins whilst out on a boat trip with local boatman Mark Bromham on the Golden Spray
Here's a couple of pictures of St Mary's this week: