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This whitewashed lookout enjoys a picturesque perch above New Grimsby, Tresco’s main harbour.

The Cottage

Coastguards has a quintessential cottage vibe, from the whitewashed walls to the low-ceilinged, open-plan kitchen, living and dining space right at the heart of the house. Exposed beams in the two upstairs bedrooms further enhance this, as does the long, sprawling back garden finished off with a stile into the neighbouring field.

A separate annexe in the garden provides sanctuary for guests needing a little more privacy from the group.


The Location

Enjoying panoramic views across Tresco sound and neighbouring islands Samson and Bryher, Coastguards is one of a row of three quaint cottages.

Just a few metres from the front gate is a rugged, rocky path to the north end of the island, which is covered in springy purple heather and feels a whole world away. Coastguards just a short sprint from New Grimsby quay should you find yourself running late for the boat!


Our Favourite Thing

We’re torn between the patio space at the front, punctuated by colourful blooms, and the proximity to Tresco’s seasonal Tuesday market selling fine local fare. We’ll let you choose.



One step to front door. Ground floor: Step up into kitchen/diner/lounge with log burner & sea views; 2 steps up to small sitting room; double bedroom with en suite bath/shower & WC; door (step down then 5 steps up) to garden & annexe. First floor: Stairs (9 steps) to: twin bedroom with sea views; bathroom with shower & WC; twin bed room with sea views. Annexe: Step up into double bedroom with television, spacious en suite bath/shower & WC.

Rental Availability

  • 22-29 Apr 2020
  • 29 Apr-6 May 2020
  • 6-13 May 2020
  • 26 Aug-2 Sep 2020
  • 2-9 Sep 2020
  • 23-30 Sep 2020
  • 7-14 Oct 2020
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