Heaven at the Hell Bay Hotel
Our stay on Bryher is going to remain a very fond memory. I can just feel it! The Hell Bay Hotel was our base, and it is the only hotel on the tiny island. I have written about our stay for Riddle Magazine but these photographs document our stay some more.
We had started our holiday on Tresco, and a very short hop by boat takes you from Tresco to Bryher. It is a matter of minutes. Then a really short transfer by car takes you to the hotel. Our room was big and at ground level, which Luther loved as he could go out of our garden door onto grass and look through the windows to bird watch.
We went straight out to explore and the murky day made the walk seem rather romantic. We discovered a beaten up Massey Ferguson tractor and Luther was thrilled! We spent nearly an hour there as he explored all round it, smacking the tyres and generally really enjoying its size.
The island is small but it has a resident community, unlike Tresco, and the population of 80 odd people keep a shop, and cafe going. The Fraggle Rock Cafe was closed when we stumbled upon it and we made a bee-line for it the next day for lunch. We were in luck as the day was hot and sunny and Luther decided to have an unusually long nap whilst we enjoyed a wonderful meal of squid, chilli nachos and whitebait. They have an amazing array of gin and a signed photo of Gary Lineker in the loo. All very good signs.
The Hell Bay Hotel has a really lovely atmosphere and the clientele is friendly and polite. The staff are chatty and professional. It is a place to really relax. The weather was balmy enough for us to use the outdoor pool and to stay in it playing with Luther.
The island isn’t completely buggy accessible and we carried Luther over some bits to get to parts to see the view. Which as you can see from the photographs was worth it!