“The UK's most westerly island hotel: bright rooms, good food and heated pool in wild and wonderful setting”
The 25 rooms are located in a collection of clapboard cottages and boathouses set behind the main hotel. You can choose from 7 suite types but all interiors have a similar New England flavour: light and bright with tongue and groove pannelling and fresh shades of blue and cream. Expect Lloyd Loom wicker chairs and crisp Malabar fabrics. Most have a sitting area, some have patios, others balconies with stunning sea views. All have contemporary Cornish paintings (the Dorrien-Smiths are great patrons of the arts). Cosy, comfortable and high spec (Wifi, Roberts radios with iPod docks, TV/DVDs, underfloor heating) with big beds, new down duvets and total peace, you'll be unlucky not to enjoy a wonderfully comfortable sleep here. Bathrooms may not be cutting-edge design but they are spotless with powerful showers.
At the top of the tree, (or out on the front with the best of all views) the Emperor Suite has 2 bedrooms and well sized deck with loungers so perfect for a small group or family. Juno is the upper floor of the "Boathouse" and has an open plan sitting room and balcony. Empress is a fully detached single storey building built to resemble a traditional gig shed. You get your own private decked area as well as inside sitting area and it leads directly out to the hotel's gardens.
The most popular rooms are the ground and first floor Studio Suites, all with good sea views from their balcony or patio. These are best for couples, but the Galatea Suite has two bedrooms and there are others that can be interconnected on request for families. Note that some have ensuite with shower only.
Set further back in the garden, the Spring Tide Suites are either ground floor (with patio) or first floor (no balconies but good sea views). High Tide Suites are similar in layout but with a lesser view although you do get a four-poster bed. Both these types of suite have a small sitting area (with two comfy chair beds) which can be closed off with sliding doors.
The slightly cheaper Garden View Suites are set around a courtyard and lack the sea view but some have a second twin bedroom designed for families.
People come from every island to eat at Hell Bay. It's a special treat and staying in situ gives you a head start with either a hearty cooked breakfast from the menu or continental fare. You can eat Bouillabaisse, fish and chips or Hell Bay burgers in the bright and airy bar or, when weather permits, out on the terraces. But the main event is dinner which is included in the room rate.
Fresh ingredients are the name of the game whether it be Bryher crab or lobster, Tresco beef, farm veg or foraged herbs. Chef Richard Kearsley's short modern menu changes daily but you can expect fine dishes like sea trout with fricassee of peas, baby gem and pancetta, or best end of lamb with butternut squash, asparagus and baby leek. We loved our pan fried fillets of John Dory with aubergine caponata. Every dish is beautifully presented and prepared with love and skill. All we ate was delicious from the amuses bouche to petit fours but most memorable were the small beignets of blue cheese with carpaccio of beef and rocket which completely hit the spot.
For younger diners there's High Tea served from around 5pm with a kids menu offering simpler dishes.
Never to rest on their laurels, the team also runs a summer, Portuguese inspired Crab Shack where in the evenings, in a barn, they cook up just 3 dishes: scallops, mussels or crab, accompanied (if you choose) by wine, coffee, bread, fries, a cheese board and crème brûlée. This promises to be a lovely way to experience a different dining experience in the Isles of Scilly.
If you want to eat out, simply catch a boat across to Tresco (10 mins) where you can choose from the Ruin Beach Cafe with its wood-fired oven pizzas, the Flying Boat Club, or the more traditional New Inn for fine ales, pub grub and a tempting selection of icecreams.
Bryher is just 1.5 miles long by half a mile wide so it can be explored easily with dramatic views, sandy beaches as well as rare flora and fauna.
Children are welcome. There are several family rooms, kids menu and a host of activities and facilities; Bryer is a great place to roam around and explore.
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
There are four specially designed 2-bedroom family suites: the cheaper Garden View Suites (Shah and Lily) which have a courtyard patio, the slightly more expensive ground floor Galatea Studio Suite with sea-facing patio, and the top end Emperor Suite which has the best sea views. Eleven of the other rooms have a sitting area, which can be closed off by sliding doors, with either 1 chairbed (High Tide Suites) or 2 chairbeds (Empress, Juno and Spring Tide Suites) suitable for children. Some of the sea-facing Studio Suites can also be interconnected.
Babysitting can be arranged with a little notice, see Rates
Baby listening can be activated by your telephone and reception can listen in (reception is open generally until 10pm in High Season and 9pm in Low season)
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
High Tea each day and kids menu is available
Children under 14 years must be supervised in the swimming pool.