The Isles of Scilly – Tresco – Sea Garden Cottages

A Trip Down Memory Lane on the island of Tresco

Our late summer family trip to stay in the Sea Garden Cottages on Tresco was wonderful! I’ve written about the visit for Riddle Magazine, but here are some photos and comments to supplement the article:

The journey started at Exeter airport and we flew to St Mary’s in a tiny little Skybus plane. I was pretty nervous as the flight started. The plane is noisy and really small and I am not the most relaxed of flyers, but The Papa Gorilla and Luther were both very chilled, looking at the view and watching Wanda and the Alien on the iPad. I did relax and enjoy the view and the experience. Even when we started to descend towards St Mary’s and saw the cliff edge was the start of the runway. The rest of the journey was seamless. We didn’t touch our luggage until we alighted at our cottage on Tresco. From plane to coach to boat to buggy, it was a superbly run operation.

I first visited Tresco when I was three years old, and we returned each summer until I was twelve.

Family holiday to Tresco on The Isles of Scilly staying at The Sea Garden cottages. Frankie & the Lamb and The Papa Gorilla plus toddler.
Me aged three on Tresco
Family holiday on The Isles of Scilly - Tresco trip with Frankie & the Lamb and The Papa Gorilla plus toddler.
Me aged twelve on Tresco

Back then we stayed at The Island Hotel, and I hadn’t quite appreciated that the Sea Garden Cottages where I was to be staying with my husband and boy were built on the plot where that hotel once stood. The beach by the Sea Garden Cottages, on which the Ruin Beach Cafe sits, is where I played as a child, and to see my toddler playing in the waves there was quite magical.

Family holiday on The Isles of Scilly - Tresco trip with Frankie & the Lamb and The Papa Gorilla plus toddler.
My childhood on Tresco
Family holiday on The Isles of Scilly - Tresco trip with Frankie & the Lamb and The Papa Gorilla plus toddler.
Me on Tresco as a child

A Sea Garden cottage is the perfect set-up for a family stay. Spread over two floors with a stair gate at the top and a door at the bottom of the stairs, there’s a kitchen, sitting room and an outside space for sitting and bbq-ing. To have the option to cook and make hot drinks and then fridge things up, yet also to have a superb cafe/restaurant on the doorstep rendered the situation simply perfect.

Right opposite our front door was the indoor pool. A swipe card lets you into the building and if you get the your timings right you get a private swim. I had a wonderful time with Luther in the water playing ball and generally splashing about.

The Isles of Scilly and kids

Tresco is a perfect place for children – There are no cars and you don’t need to lock your door. We didn’t even close ours as it was really hot in mid September. It’s the way life should be.

The island has a incredibly well serviced shop – when I was small it only really had bread and milk and you had to order things in from the mainland in advance. Now it has something like fifteen different sea salts and a huge array of gin… as well as all the other things you could possibly want! There is an island gallery, spa, post office, bike hire shop, a pub and several restaurants.

The famed Abbey Garden is truly a wonder. We spotted red squirrels – much to my delight – and Luther chased a very tame robin around, to his unfettered glee.

Below is a series of photographs to document our trip and give a really clear picture of the beauty of the island.

Family holiday on The Isles of Scilly - Tresco trip with Frankie & the Lamb and The Papa Gorilla plus toddler.
Our plane from Exeter to St Mary’s took an hour and was noisy and swift!
The view of the Cornish coast from the Skybus
Coming in to land at St Mary’s we had some onlookers also wondering if we’d make the cliff edge landing!
Blue skies greeted us at St Mary’s airport
The boat transfer to Tresco was joyed by all
Our boat transfer was bathed in sunshine.
From boat to buggy and on to our cottage
Family holiday on The Isles of Scilly - Tresco trip with Frankie & the Lamb and The Papa Gorilla plus toddler.
The late September weather was perfect for this late summer break on Tresco
Tresco’s church is very quaint and the graves are well tended

Family holiday on The Isles of Scilly - Tresco trip with Frankie & the Lamb and The Papa Gorilla plus toddler.

Family holiday on The Isles of Scilly - Tresco trip with Frankie & the Lamb and The Papa Gorilla plus toddler.
View from our Sea Garden Cottage bedroom balcony towards the Ruin Beach Cafe
Family holiday on The Isles of Scilly - Tresco trip with Frankie & the Lamb and The Papa Gorilla plus toddler.
Pizza, salad and potatoes at The Ruin Beach Cafe

Family holiday on The Isles of Scilly - Tresco trip with Frankie & the Lamb and The Papa Gorilla plus toddler.

Family holiday on The Isles of Scilly - Tresco trip with Frankie & the Lamb and The Papa Gorilla plus toddler.
The Ruin Beach Cafe
Uncanny. I nearly took the wrong one home.
The Tresco stores are extremely well stocked!
The boys heading to the beach very early one morning
The dance with a robin

Family holiday on The Isles of Scilly - Tresco trip with Frankie & the Lamb and The Papa Gorilla plus toddler.Family holiday on The Isles of Scilly - Tresco trip with Frankie & the Lamb and The Papa Gorilla plus toddler.

We were guests on Tresco but all views and words are my own and are honest.