Christmas retreats on Scilly

If Christmas is a time of year that you'd rather get away from all the hype and hysteria, then why not consider escaping to Scilly for the festive season?

Low key Christmas lights and decorations, a limited selection of shops (but which can still provide everything you need) and no endless Christmas music in lifts. Just quaint island pubs and a lovely island atmosphere, an even more quaint, and traditional "living nativity" on the Sunday prior to Christmas - the honour of playing Jesus falls to a newborn of St. Mary's - and a small "Coming Home" street festival on 22nd December celebrating Christmas with Carols, street theatre and local pop-up food stalls to enjoy.

Indeed, throughout the winter, you can really hunker down in our little island oasis in the Atlantic. Live like a local and explore Scilly in its many differing lights... we get often get spectacular seas as huge waves roll in off the Atlantic, combined with stunning cold (but not too cold), calm quiet days - just perfect for long coastal walks and cosy evenings in the pubs. Our skies are dramatically dark too, so an excellent location for a spot of stargazing.

You can also visit Scilly's flower farms from the end of September through to March and enjoy the wonderful aromas of scented narcissi grown in tiny fields across the islands. They're hand-picked, graded and packed all the way through to early March.

So come and embrace the close-knit community and island life. Take a look below at the number of hotels, self-catering accommodation and B&Bs that are open throughout the year. You can fly to Scilly year-round from Land's End or Newquay with Isles of Scilly Travel.  

 

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A balcony view at Sea Garden Cottage

One-bedroomed Sea Garden Cottages

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Self Catering
Tresco 9 Rooms | Mar-Nov | £160 - £260 pppn

There are nine one-bedroomed Sea Garden cottages, offering self-catering, B&B or half-board accommodation and sleeping 2 (with the option to sleep 1 or 2 children on the downstairs sofa bed).  All cottages capture some of the best sea views that the islands have to offer. There is also an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and gym for guests’ use.Read more »

2 Silver Street

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 8 | All year | £1,250 - £2,500 per week

A spacious beautifully appointed self-catering property in the heart of Hugh Town on St Mary’s sleeping 8 people. 

The main house comprises of one super king double bedroom, twin bedroom and a third room with bunk beds. The annex offers a double bed with en-suite shower/toilet with kitchen and seating area.  Read more »

3 Porth Cressa View

3 Porth Cressa View

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £500 - £1,400 per week

Just yards from PorthCressa beach, located conveniently for shops, restaurants and pubs this newly refurbished self-catering accommodation sleeps up to six for groups or families in 3 bedrooms, a double, twin and adult bunk bedroom. Full details and a Youtube tour available on our website (link below) but please do enquire if you want to know more.Read more »

Bounty Ledge - view from the window

Bounty Ledge

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £525 - £1,010 per week

Bounty Ledge is a first floor maisonette with sea views which overlooks St Mary’s harbour out towards Tresco, Bryher and Samson.  It is centrally located in Hugh Town, just 20 metres from Town beach,  and one minute from the shops. There are 3 bedrooms, providing family accommodation for up to 6 persons.  It is also very popular with couples who appreciate the spaciousness.Read more »

The new lodges for 2018

Peninnis Farm Lodges

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Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 5 | All year | £575 - £1,375 per week

New for 2018! Peninnis Farm Lodges offer self-catering holidays in custom designed lodges that are fully furnished with excellent kitchens, comfortable bedrooms and shower rooms with all mod cons. Whether it’s a romantic retreat or a family adventure – we have an excellent farm holiday experience to offer! Dogs are accepted by prior arrangement. Read more »

The Old Chapel Bed (view from the garden)

The Old Chapel Bed and Breakfast

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Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 2 Rooms | All year | £45 - £55 pppn

You will receive a warm welcome at The Old Chapel.

Our home cooked breakfast made from local produce will set you up for the day as you enjoy the beautiful sights the islands have to offer.

Our spacious double rooms and well appointed bathrooms, with wrought iron beds and high quality linens

We provide a comfortable and relaxing space for you to rest and recharge your batteries after a long day exploring.

We can also offer trip advice or make restaurant bookings to help you make the most of your visit to the islands

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Shippen

Shippen - Veronica Farm

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Self Catering
Bryher Sleeps 2 | All year | £250 - £1,146 per week

Shippen is a converted cow shed on the family farm and has been beautifully decorated throughout. It has a large private garden with fabulous sea views across to Tresco and St Mary's. Read more »

Hebe

Hebe - Veronica Farm

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Self Catering
Bryher Sleeps 2 | All year | £250 - £999 per week

Hebe is a cosy cottage which is joined onto Veronica Farm one of the oldest buildings on the islands. It's at the sheltered southern end of Bryher just moments away from Green Bay and the island's boat hire facility. Hebe has a private and a shared garden with furniture and a BBQ for you to enjoy. Read more »

Flying Boat Cottages

Flying Boat Cottages

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Self Catering
Tresco Sleeps 10 | All year | £1,600 - £6,000 per week

Built on the site of a former World War One flying boat station, these contemporary New England style beachfront cottages sleep up to ten people and are available to rent by the week. They are located on the western side of the island with the Spa, indoor swimming pool, Store and Delicatessen, Flying Boat Restaurant, bike hire and Island Office conveniently located on the door step.Read more »

10 Harbour Lights

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £350 - £1,250 per week

Lovely self catering holiday beach apartment with stunning uninterrupted harbour, quay and sea views.

This attractively presented, bright and cheerful apartment has two twin bedrooms and sleeps four.  The sand of the harbour beach is literally beneath the windows and provides wonderful outdoor space for drinks, picnics and barbeques. In an ideal quiet but central location, the supermarket, banks and shops are within a two minute walk.  The quay is a five to ten minute stroll.  Wi-fi, linen, towels and utilities are included. See our full website at www.scillydays.co.uk.Read more »