Need To Know
Nine split-level cottages.
For the One-Bedroom Cottages: 10.30am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. See the room descriptions for check-in times for specific properties.
Double rooms from £320.00, including tax at 20 per cent.
The nine one-bedroom cottages are charged on a daily basis and the rate usually includes breakfast and a two-course dinner at the Ruin Beach Café. The seven larger cottages are available on a weekly, self-catering basis.
At the hotel
Indoor swimming pools, restaurant, beach, gardens, sauna, Jacuzzi, gym, tennis court (with rackets and balls), croquet lawn, sailing centre, DVD library, free WiFi throughout. There's a golf club close by, on the island of St Mary's.
In your room
Flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, board games, and Ren bath products. Each cottage has a full kitchen with microwave, oven, hob, extractor fan, dishwasher, kettle, toaster and fridge.
Our favourite rooms
The cottages are dotted among the gardens – they’re pretty little stone houses with turquoise window- and doorframes, screened by the foliage for maximum privacy. If your little ones are little enough, any of the nine one-bedroom cottages is fine – there’s a sofa bed in the living room which will sleep two (the bedrooms upstairs aren't really big enough for an extra bed). For the best views of the sea, lighthouse and rocks, go for one-bedroom Gimble. But if you need more space, Lobster, Oyster, Samphire, Seapink and Starfish have three bedrooms apiece. All are sold on a self-catering basis but breakfast and dinner can be booked and taken at the Ruin Beach Cafe close by. Style-wise, solid oak flooring and white walls are brought to life with lots of soft prints, colourful wicker and hand-painted tiles. Bedspreads and blinds are made exclusively by a friend of the owner, who also designs fabrics for Liberty.
On the island, there are two family-friendly indoor pools – one at the hotel, the other at the Flying Boat Club a short walk away – both of which are gated. One has a shallow end with Roman steps. Floats and inflatables are available to borrow.
The Sea Garden Cottages also have access to their own, sauna, Jacuzzi and gym. And you're welcome at the exclusive Flying Boat Club spa (over-3s welcome), where treatments by Ila focus on purifying, relaxing and wellbeing, in keeping with the island’s earthy ethos. There are only two treatment rooms, so book ahead.
Don't forget comfy walking shoes for getting the most out of Scilly's sea air and car-free paths.
If you're visiting in the school holidays and want to hire bikes/tagalongs during your stay, it's a good idea to reserve these ahead of arrival. Book babysitting at least 24 hours in advance.