St Mary's,TR21 0PP ,Isles of Scilly
Located 28 miles from Land’s End (and just a short flight or ferry ride away from mainland Cornwall), The Isles of Scilly feel like a world apart. Free of traffic, crowds and pollution, time moves more slowly here. There’s a remarkable variety of majestic landscapes packed into a small area and the sea waters are clearer than virtually anywhere else in Britain. Tregarthen’s Hotel occupies a prime coastal position on St Mary’s and is easily one of the finest and most luxurious hotels on the islands. The stylish bedrooms have a peaceful, light and airy maritime feel and many boast stunning sea views. All rooms have been recently renovated and are equipped with TVs and DVD players. Interconnecting family rooms are available for those travelling with children, and cots are provided free of charge. The restaurant focuses on fine traditional English cuisine made from local ingredients, including, as you would expect, exceptionally fresh local seafood. Recent dishes have included Scillonian lobster, white crab, Cornish mussels and a ragout of fresh Cornish seafood pasta with fine herbs, white wine, garlic and tomatoes. All this fresh seafood is perfectly complemented by spellbinding views over St Mary’s Harbour toward the Round Island Light House. Over the years Tregarthen’s has hosted many of the great and good, including HM The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, who attended an official lunch here in 2011. Drinks on the Garden Terrace enjoying panoramic vistas of the islands of Tresco, Bryher, Samson and St Martin's are an unforgettable experience. There’s plenty do on the Scillies, including wonderful walks starting just outside the front doors. It’s an easy stroll to down to the quay where you are take a boat to explore the hundred-odd other islands (only five of which are inhabited, to include St Mary’s). You can explore the famous prehistoric remains and sub-tropical gardens, or elect to go swimming, sailing, golfing, snorkelling, kayaking, horse riding, scuba diving, windsurfing bird watching or a host of other activities.