Find peace and solitude on Tresco this October and take in the wilds of an island autumn.
Uncover Scilly secrets during Walk Scilly weekend or fill your days with blissful spa sessions and after-dinner swims. Head to the Abbey Garden and marvel at the plant life still blooming in this subtropical idyll – finish up with a hot drink and cake to fuel your blustery walk home.
As evening falls, there’s nowhere cosier than the New Inn’s welcoming Driftwood Bar – settle in for a pint or two and a hearty supper.
October is the perfect month to hole up in one of our cottages - find your autumn hideaway below.
Perfect for: leisurely lunches at the Ruin Beach Café
This luxurious Sea Garden cottage overlooks the glossy swell of the surging tide as it passes islets and uninhabited islands clustered around Tresco’s northeast corner. Settled above a rocky cove, you’ll be drawn to the windows and balcony space as the weather changes and clouds journey across a never-ending island sky.
The Ruin Beach Café is just a few steps away – warm up with a hot chocolate or a hearty bowl of soup as the afternoon unfurls, or enjoy a change of scenery over an indulgent dinner with views of Blockhouse Castle and the Eastern Isles. Make use of the nearby indoor pool (especially inviting on showery days) or cocoon yourself in the lounge with the log fire blazing.
Perfect for: gathering around the log burner
School House’s spacious, homely lounge is well set up for lazy breakfasts or warming up around the log burner after blustery days spent exploring. Overlooking rolling fields and the nostalgic form of St. Nicholas church, this granite cottage with walled gardens will be a welcome sight after long, meandering walks.
The fine white sands of Green Porth are just across the road – continue around the coast past rocky outcrops for stretch after stretch of beautiful beach, even more secluded than usual in these autumn months.
Perfect for: calming moments in the Tresco Island Spa
Beautifully beachside and fringing the high tide, Friendship is spacious, light and modern. Just a few steps from the Tresco Island Spa, slowly awaken with relaxed lengths in the indoor pool, or work up an appetite in the gym.
The master bedroom boasts an alluring view towards neighbouring Bryher and Cromwell’s Castle – all the more reason to treat yourself to breakfast in bed.
Perfect for: wild and windy wanderings
North End’s white-washed walls and low-ceilinged living space suggest a fisherman’s cottage with plenty of stories to tell – certainly an apt spot to be wrapped up and riding out a Scilly storm.
Just along from the garden gate begins the winding path to Tresco’s north end – a smattering of rugged, rocky outcrops and heather clad hills leading to two ruined castles at the very tip of the island.
Perfect for: a romantic retreat
Fall in love with Tresco’s charms in Rose Cottage, situated in pretty Dolphin Town opposite St. Nicholas Church. Walk the country paths amongst bramble-lined hedgerows and farm fields, or make the most of the spacious garden and its tranquil setting.
Rose is equally close to the Ruin Beach Café and its Mediterranean-inspired menu and the warm welcome of the New Inn, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to supper plans.
Perfect for: possibly the best view on the island...?
Perched above the white stretch of Green Porth’s sands, Porth’s outdoor space spills down onto the beach below. Surrounded by greenery and with a view to die for, you’ll be hard pressed to leave this spot, and might prefer restful afternoons ‘in’ sipping coffee.
If you find temptation to leave the cottage, try walking the east coast of the island along the rolling banks overlooking St. Martin’s. Russet-toned ferns and bracken interlace between the network of grassy paths, and openings in the marram grass reveal glimpses of the sparkling sands below.
Perfect for: spotting migrating species
With an elevated open-plan living space overlooking Tresco’s Great Pool, you’ll be best placed to watch migrating birds passing through as the climate gets colder. The whispering reeds and ripples of the pool are a soothing sight in themselves – even more special when punctuated with feathered visitors.
Head to the nearby Flying Boat for slow brunching, or try the lobster & mussel risotto for an indulgent lunch. Tresco Stores is also close by – its range of ‘Cook’ meals are just what’s needed for a low key night in.
Perfect for: fanciful feasting or a soothing spa break
Whether you're looking for a short break on the island, a gourmet getaway with our Taste of Tresco break, or some seasonal pampering with our October Spa Break, our Sea Garden apartments could be the perfect base.
Compact, comfortable, and boasting idyllic sea views throughout, these properties are close to the Ruin, an indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna.
Find full October availability below, or contact our friendly reservations team for further suggestions to suit your needs.
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