Set in its own manicured gardens and private beach with a seasonal sailing school, the hotel overlooks Old Grimsby Sound and the Cromwellian fort known as 'the Blockhouse’
Tresco is a small, family-owned island measuring about two and a half miles long by a mile wide at its broadest point. Tresco is one of the five inhabited islands which, together with 200 or so islands, islets and rocks, form the Isles of Scilly. Lying 28 miles south west of Land's End they enjoy a year-round mild climate; frost is extremely rare and springtime comes early.
In 1834 the Duchy of Cornwall leased the Isles of Scilly to a Hertfordshire Squire, Augustus Smith, who became the Lord Proprietor of the islands. He helped bring a prosperity to Scilly that is still enjoyed today. He built his home, Tresco Abbey, alongside the ruins of an old priory and set about creating a garden that was to become a world famous collection of plants from all over the world. Successive generations have carried out his work and Tresco Abbey Garden is now internationally renowned as one of the finest outdoor specimens of sub-tropical flora and fauna to be found in the Northern Hemisphere.
Today, Robert Dorrien-Smith, who, with his wife Lucy, runs the business as Tresco Estate, owns Tresco island and Hell Bay hotel on Bryher. Mr & Mrs Dorrien-Smith and family live in Tresco Abbey.
The main operating units of Tresco Estate include the Island Hotel, New Inn, timeshare and rental holiday cottages, Gallery Tresco, Tresco Stores, Tresco Abbey Garden with the Shop and Cafe, Tresco Heliport, the farm, woodlands and island services. The Estate also owns Hell Bay hotel on the neighbouring island of Bryher, which was acquired in November 1999. Everyone who works in these departments is employed by Tresco Estate and are all part of a team led by Departmental Managers who report to the Island Management Board. Tresco Estate is very much a family run business and this reflects in the companionship, teamwork and friendly attitude of the island's workforce.
The Island Hotel:
New for 2011 - The Sea Garden Cottage Suites Spindrift, Shrimp, Scallop, Clam & Crab
One bedroom cottages with ensuite bathroom, sitting room, terrace and seaview
The Menavaur and Golden Ball Suites
At the far end of the hotel's Garden Wing are two splendid suites, Menavaur and Golden Ball. They enjoy splendid sea views and benefit from individual sitting rooms.
This recently refurbished wing is quietly situated at the northern end of the Hotel and is on the first floor, facing north east.
Main Wing and Cottage Wing
A selection of room types is available in the main wing of the Island Hotel. There are three west-facing, garden view rooms each with its own veranda and easy access to the swimming pool. These rooms are big enough to accommodate two adults and one child.
There are also three east-facing, family-sized rooms on the seaward side of this wing, which have a large enclosed balcony with beautiful sea views. Three single rooms share the same aspect, two with the benefit of a balcony. A further double room is available without balcony, but with partial sea views.
The Cottage Wing consists of single and double rooms all with sea views, centrally located for easy access to the Terrace Bar and Restaurant. Two of these rooms are on the ground floor, with access to their own terrace.
The Garden Wing
Double rooms with en-suite facilities, sea view, balcony or terrace. This wing is quietly situated at the northern end of the Hotel and is on the first floor, facing south-west.
These double or twin rooms have delightful sea views, across a small cove and towards a number of uninhabited islands. They all have a balcony with direct access to the garden.
Situated in the main wing there is the Moorings Suite which has a lavishly appointed bedroom leading through an archway to a sitting room with a small balcony enjoying lovely sea views across the Hotel garden towards Blockhouse Castle.
This suite can accommodate up to two adults and three children
Activities & Facilities
From the Terrace Bar there is decking lead down to the extensive lawns, furnished with loungers in secluded corners. Garden games are available
Rackets and balls available.
We can organize bike hire for you. Pre-booking is recommended, particularly during school holiday periods.
Sailing and Boating:
Available in the hotel grounds at Ravens Porth sailing centre, during the summer holidays.
A selection is available in the lounge.
We have two laptops available for guests use and WiFi in the lounge.
Indoor Swimming Pool:
with Sauna, Jacuzzi, and gym
A selection of books covering various aspects of local interest and natural history.
Terrace Bar & Lounge:
There is a spacious and comfortable bar and lounge area with stunning views across the lawns to the Eastern Isles and the ruins of Blockhouse.
Food and Drink
Whether sitting on the terrace looking out towards Blockhouse and across to St Martin's or in the dining room with panoramic views out to sea, your experience of the Island Hotel will be enhanced by its food.
Head Chef Peter Hingston and his brigade, pride themselves on sourcing fresh, seasonal and local ingredients...you can almost touch the lobster pots! The food successfully combines the classic with the modern and will not disappoint. From breakfast and luncheon through to dinner our menus offer a variety of excellent dishes that will please all appetites, diets and cravings.
An eclectic range of wines from around the world, with many available by the glass, ensures that every 'foodie' occasion at the Island Hotel will be an enjoyable one.