Hell Bay

Isles of Scilly, Cornwall
+44 (0)1720 422947
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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


25 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Pets welcome

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 sea 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 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

You should know

  • 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


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


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


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

& pricing

Booking information

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


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



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.


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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

  • 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!