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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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 »

6&10 Harbour Lights.  The view.

6 & 10 Harbour Lights

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

Two super beach apartments with stunning uninterrrupted harbour, quay and sea views. 

These attractively presented, bright and cheerful apartments each have two twin bedrooms and sleep 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 included.  See our full website at www.scillydays.co.uk

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Strand House

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Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 10 | All year | £1,000 - £2,600 per week

Strand House is a luxury standard, seafront holiday cottage, offering luxury accommodation for up to 10 people in six bedrooms.

Close to the centre of Hugh Town with all its amenities, this 200 year old listed building features a walled and decked patio with private access to Town Beach.Read more »

Aldersyde

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £500 - £1,800 per week

Aldersyde is an immaculately presented attractive granite (former sea captains) cottage. Full of period features and comfortably furnished. It is situated in a quiet central town location only a few yards from Town Beach and ideally situated for local amenities  and the quay. With a secluded sunny courtyard for alfresco dinning and large light and airy conservatory for cooler days.Read more »

The view from Cowrie

Cowrie, 10 Springfield Court

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £225 - £1,295 per week

Cowrie is the perfect accommodation for a romantic getaway or a family holiday. A fabulous three bedroom holiday apartment, Cowrie sleeps six in a double and two twin rooms, located in central Hugh Town. Featuring stunning sea views, it overlooks the harbour and islands. Cowrie has recently been fully renovated, including a new kitchen, bathroom and furnishings.Read more »

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6 Harbour Lights

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

Lovely ground floor self catering 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 included.  See our full website at www.scillydays.co.ukRead more »

Star Castle aerial view

Star Castle Hotel

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St. Mary's 38 Rooms | All year | £83 - £219 pppn

A family run hotel located on the Garrison a short walk from the centre of St Mary’s and the harbour, commanding breathtaking views of the stunning Archipelago. Our focus is to provide exceptional customer service to all our guests, award winning gourmet food with a choice of two award winning restaurants featuring fresh lobster and crab caught by the proprietor Mr Robert Francis aboard ‘Gallos’ the hotel’s own fishing boat.Read more »

Tresco Holiday Cottages - Hilltop

Tresco Holiday Cottages

Self Catering
Tresco Sleeps 10 | All year | £600 - £5,995 per week

Our characterful, traditional Scillonian cottages range from small, one bedroom former fishermen’s and flower pickers’ cottages, to large detatched houses which can sleep up to ten people. They are scattered across the island with some having sea views while others look out onto countryside.Read more »

12 Silver Street kitchen

12 Silver Street

VE 4 star self catering award
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £682 - £1,450 per week

Here at Porthcressa Properties we have everything you need to make your stay with us as relaxing and enjoyable as possible; from comfortable beds, DVD player, iPod dock to a well-equipped kitchen, every need is catered for.

The open-plan layout downstairs provides a spacious and airy living area, then step outside the front door, cross the road and you’ll find yourself on beautiful Porthcressa Beach, perfect! Read more »

Grenofen

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 7 | All year | £750 - £2,130 per week

Grenofen is a very spacious ground floor apartment in a truly enviable position on St. Mary’s, situated on the west side of the island, virtually on the beach overlooking the harbour and just a few minutes walk along the coastal path from the town centre.Read more »