Hell Bay

Isles of Scilly, Cornwall
Hotel


A peaceful place to stay with wonderful walks, other islands to visit, great food and sunsets to linger over in the gardens or on the beach

Bedroom

25 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The
Experience

There are five inhabited islands here and many more that are completely empty, ranging from a jagged rock when the tide is in to beautiful sleek sand spits and your own little empire when it is out. Beach combers, adventurers, boat lovers and wild swimmers will find much to be happy about.

The hotel food is stunning, most bedrooms face that sea view and the staff are the friendliest. You’ll also find the family’s modern art collection on the walls of the sitting room, including a Barbara Hepworth. Have a drink and an amuse bouche here before heading for the sea-facing dining room – try and time supper with the sunset.

Splash in the pool, wander along the lanes to discover honesty shops selling honey, homemade fudge and fresh veg, an art gallery or two, cafes and a little post office that sells everything. Boats go to other islands most days – ten minutes to Tresco for the tropical gardens, a bit further to St Mary’s which is livelier.

Exterior of Hell Bay in Cornwall

We think you'll love

  • The fresh crab sandwiches
  • Hiring a boat and going to explore uninhabited islands
  • The total peace and quiet
Hotel room with views of the sea at Hell Bay in Cornwall

Home truths

  • It's a grown up sort of hotel, children would have to be well behaved
  • Getting here involves planning
  • The deal is half board so you can't choose to eat less heartily

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
10.30am
Booking restrictions
Under 2's free. Bags can be stored after check out until departure from Bryher.
Closed
Christmas, New Year, 14 October - 16 March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Lunch from £6.95. Dinner included; non-residents £45.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £250
Surcharges
Singles £175-£450. Dinner, B&B £140-£360 per person.
25 Suites for 2
From £250

Reviews

Simply wonderful - the setting is stunning, staff friendly and know their stuff, food sublime and the islands just perfect for walking, swimming, boating or loafing. Bedrooms are seaside fresh, views soar over sand spits and rocks at low tide, sparkling sea at high. Best crab sandwiches ever, most relaxing holiday ever.

Nicola, Bristol

Stunning place. We spent our honeymoon here, recovering on a diet of heavenly food, open skies, deep beds and utter peace. It feels completely 'end of the track'. We just stopped, entirely, for 4 days. The island is walkable. Seals, seabirds, hidden little coves. One of the most amazing places we've been.

Miriam

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Location

The neighbourhood

Bryher is tiny so it's not for hikers. You can potter around admiring much, stopping for a coffee here and there, sitting on white sandy beaches, swimming in the bracing sea. Travel to St Mary's (livelier) or Tresco (tropical gardens, ruined castles, good walking) directly from here or to the other islands from St Mary's. Most days there are boats depending on the weather. Getting a picnic lunch together, hiring a boat and then discovering your own islands would be a great day out.

Local points of interest from Robert & Lucy Dorrien-Smith

  • Hell Bay Hotel is situated on the smallest of the inhabited islands on Scilly. Only 80 people permanently live here.
  • Besides the hotel there is also a pub, cafe, art gallery and a well stocked island shop. Honestly stall selling fudge or local produce are located around this island. The fudge stall is always worth a check out with the unusual flavour created.
  • On a peaceful day there's nothing better than hiring a small boat with out board from Bennett Boat Hire and going to explore the neighbouring uninhabited island of Samson. Picnics can be arrange from our kitchen.
  • Bryher is just a 5 minute boat journey away from Tresco. On Tresco you can visit the world famous Tresco Abbey Gardens, well worth a visit with a vast range from plants from around the world growing here.
  • If you visit the islands during the summer months, try and visit our evening pop up crab shack. Using only local crab caught from the waters around Bryher. Its so popular it sells out weeks before so book early!

Introducing

Robert & Lucy Dorrien-Smith

Robert Dorrien-Smith with his wife Lucy own and run the hotel as well as the Tresco Estate. The Dorrien-Smith family still lives in Tresco Abbey - it is very much a family-run business. You are looked after at Hell Bay by a loyal and very friendly band of staff.