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Located in England's smallest AONB on the largest island, St Marys, Carnwethers provides four, 4 star cottages in an acre of luscious tropical gardens. Just 5 minutes walk from the stunning Pelistry beach and the coastal footpath network.

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Rooms: 4 cottages 2 sleep 2, 2 sleep 4 and 2 twin/superking b&b

Dove Lawn £790-£1140 Poolside £700-£1050 Secret Garden £500-£700 Rowan Tree £560-£740 Room 1 B&B £70-£90

Meals: The nearest cafe 200m nearest Restaurant 20 min walk
Open: March-November
Address: Carnwethers Country House and Cottages, Pelistry Bay, , St Marys, Isles of Scilly,

Why we've chosen Carnwethers

Set in an acre of award winning gardens and located above the beautiful and secluded Pelistry beach, Carnwethers offers comfortable and contemporary accommodation in four, 4 star, ground floor cottages. We have a Gold award from the GTBS for the work we do to minimise the impact of our business on the environment and provide the facilities for our visitors to enjoy the unique experience of a 'green' island holiday. Our welcome pack includes local eggs, flowers, home made marmalade and, when available, tomatoes from our green house. Fresh herbs can be picked from the garden to liven up your salads or sprinkle on your grub on the barbeque. Our facilities include a solar-heated, salt chlorinated swimming pool, croquet lawn, games room with pool table and table tennis, a library, range of board games, Videos/DVDs, laundry, sauna and barbeque area. Ideal for couples, families, walkers and wildlife lovers, we are located just a few minutes from the coastal footpath network and a 10 minute bus ride or 35 minute walk into Hugh Town. There are a number of cafes and restaurants within walking distance but if you prefer, we offer bicycles and an electric buggy for hire.

Eco credentials:

How do you reduce your draw on energy:
We have solar thermal panels for hot water to the guest house and cottages and photo-voltaic panels which produce 2.4 KW for electricity. The appliances are all at least A - rated, some AAA. All cottages have energy saving or LED lighting and outside PIR or solar lighting. The pool is heated with solar thermal panels and uses salt chlorination rather than chemicals.

How you minimise the amount of waste you send to landfill:
All waste is separated for recycling (where possible). Paper and cardboard, plastic, tins - both aluminium and steel, glass and food waste. Each cottage has its own bins for recycling to make it easy to carry waste to the designated recycling area on the premises.  Food waste is composted on site in green cone digesters.  Plastic milk and drink bottles are collected separately for bailing and sending to the mainland for recycling. We have bulk dispensers for hand wash in all bathrooms.

How you reduce your consumption of water:
All toilet cisterns have 'hippos' or dual flush systems. There are flow restrictors in shower heads and most taps. Towels and linen are provided with a weekly change to reduce unnecessary washing and guests are encouraged to line dry towels/personal washing rather than using the dryer in the laundry. Ecover or Bio-cleaning products are supplied in all cottages and used in the main house and on changeover days including micro-fibre cloths and mops reducing the need to use chemicals on the property which has septic tanks. Rain-water harvesting is used extensively in the garden and water from our bore-well used in the swimming pool, laundry and outside taps. The water is metered and quarterly running totals kept. We also monitor and record our energy usage - electricity, oil and gas (LPG)

How much of the food your serve is sourced locally (where possible):
All the food served at Carnwethers is sourced locally where possible from local dairy/bakery/butchers/eggs/crab and fish from local suppliers. Scilly Organics and other local farms provide us with seasonal vegetables.  What we cant get locally on Scilly ( at the moment) we 'import' from Trevelyan Organic Farm shop near Penzance.
We produce our own home-made marmalades and jams, grow our own tomatoes/herbs which we provide to guests when in season and have a small orchard which provides us with an abundance of apples for our Autumn visitors. We also make our own soda bread using organic flour milled in Cornwall.
We also provide a welcome pack which includes locally produced eggs, home-made marmalade, soda bread and local flowers. We offer vegetarian breakfast options and during our residential writing courses provide vegetarian options.

Do you actively encourage guests to arrive on foot, by bike and by public transport?:
As we are surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean there are only two methods of getting here, by boat or small fixed wing aircraft! The boat is cheaper and more energy efficient so we generally encourage our visitors to come by boat and have been offering free transfers from the Quay. We actively discourage anyone who expresses the wish to bring their own vehicle to the Islands and have never had anyone bring their car over!
We provide bicycles (and encourage people to bring their own if they wish) and an electric buggy for our guests to use, provide a map of the Islands(and local walks leaflets) and explain the shortest walking route into town and how to walk to local cafes and the coastal footpath network.  We also provide local bus timetables and show people where the nearest bus stop is and provide local taxi contact details.

Additional information:
We encourage people to bring their dogs to Carnwethers and make a small weekly charge which is then donated to the Vet Support Group, the Wildlife Trust and the Isles of Scilly Bat Group. We provide our visitors with whats on guides including info about local food markets, snorkelling with seals, kayaking, community beach cleaning, farm gate produce wild-life walks, slide shows, local art and crafts, fetes and events and encourage them to get involved. Having reinstated community beach cleaning when I worked for the AONB I regularly collect rubbish from Pelistry beach and when possible join in on other beach cleaning events. We promote Scilly Walks and Scilly Art week on our website.

I am currently a member of the recently established Isles of Scilly Waste forum and working to promote sustainable waste management on the Islands - a subject close to my heart - having worked with Waste Watch on Norfolks Schools Waste Action project for two years in a previous life!

Our gardens are managed organically, we have an extensive composting system and control weeds through hard labour and lots of mulching which also improves soil condition and water retention. We NEVER water the lawns! Plants are watered from the extensive system of water butts which provide all we need. We have a number of bird boxes and bird feeding stations and a resident colony of sparrows (200 plus), blue tits, blackbirds, thrushes, collared doves, a flock of domestic white doves and refugee racing pigeons who come and go on a regular basis. We also host a pair of wild ducks who return every year to Carnwethers in March to raise a family and then disappear for the winter!

For the past 3 years we have hosted 'Workawayers' from Australia, New Zealand and Argentina who provide us with extra help, loads of enthusiasm, great company and great ideas for their food and accommodation and if/when required English language lessons!


Top eco features at Carnwethers

  • Use of solar panels to heat the swimming pool and provide hot water to the main house

  • Use of water harvesting to water the garden

  • Using bore well water to provide water for the laundry

  • Use of eco-friendly cleaning materials

  • Providing 'real nappies' for our visitors

  • Recycling everything where possible

  • Providing nesting boxes and feeders for birds



Carnwethers Country House and Cottages, Cornwall
Nearest train station: Penzance train station, Penzance Quay

Directions from station:
We offer transfers from St Marys quay which is also a 10 min bus ride from Town (outside the Town Hall) to Pelistry. Luggage can be transferred from the Quay by Island carriers if labelled up in Penzance giving visitors the opportunity for lunch/shopping in town before coming up to Carnwethers Taxis can be picked up from the airport which is about 10 mins away


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