Tresco's Abbey Gardens
Truly a sub-tropical paradise, this tiny corner of England has remained unpolluted, unspoilt and unchanged for decades. Tresco lies just 28 miles from the Cornish coast yet basks in a balmy climate where spring comes early, autumn stays late and winter hardly exists at all. The wonderful Abbey Gardens is home to more than 3,000 species and magnificent vistas, colours and scents. There is certainly no other garden like this in the world. Even in winter there are 300 plants in flower in the Abbey Gardens and as each day lengthens more and more exotic flowers appear. In the spring you will see flowers here that are weeks ahead of those on the mainland, the perfect way to lift your spirits after a cold, dark winter. Autumn, too, is a stunning time to visit, with the beautiful golden, reds and ambers of the seasonal foliage against a backdrop of proteas, aloes and flowering camellias thrown in for good measure
- Meals - as per the itinerary
- Train travel
Please note - Walking Fitness
As Tresco has no cars, we believe it fair to remind passengers that a degree of mobility is required to get the most out of your visit to the island.
5 October 2020: Itinerary
To take the strain out of the long drive to Penzance we have arranged train transportation from London Paddington departing at 10.05hrs* - due to arrive in Penzance at 15.10hrs*. - what a pleasant way to cross the south of England. For passengers wishing to travel from other mainline stations or who wish a first-class upgrade, please contact our reservations department for assistance on 01334 65715.
On arrival in Penzance you will be transferred to Land’s End in time for your flight to the Scillies, which only takes 15 minutes. On St Mary’s you will be taken to the quayside for a short boat transfer to Tresco. After being welcomed at the New Inn and shown to your room you are free to relax and enjoy the exceptional views. Prior to dinner we will enjoy a welcome talk.
Meals include: Dinner
Hotel: New Inn Tresco
On the first morning you will be met at the entrance of the Abbey Gardens where you will be given a guided walk around the magnificent gardens and the Valhalla collection of ship's figureheads with the head gardener or a member of staff.
Please note this is subject to minimum numbers.
You are then free to explore Tresco at your leisure - the ancient castles, beautiful beaches, headland walks, browse in the gallery or simply relax in the resident’s lounge. Visiting other islands can easily be arranged - Bryher, St Martins, St Agnes and St Mary’s. One of the joys of the Scillies is the fact that all the islands easily interact with each other. Regular boat trips are available to see the sea birds and seals of the Western rocks, and if you are feeling adventurous, it is sometimes possible to circumnavigate Bishop's Rock lighthouse.
Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: New Inn Tresco
Sadly it is time to leave Tresco, and a morning boat will take us to St Mary’s for our return flight to Land’s End. On arrival we will be transferred to Penzance in time for our afternoon train back to Paddington due to arrive at approx 19.30hrs*.
*Please note train times at this stage are provisional - exact times will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately ten days prior to departure.
Meals include: Breakfast
5 October 2020: Additional Info
5 October 2020: Accommodation
The New Inn offers a taste of island life during your stay. Guests have complimentary access to the Tresco Spa and Leisure facilities, whilst the Residents’ Lounge provides a comfortable and cosy area in which you can unwind.
As the island's pub, located at the heart of the island and you can enjoy occasional live music and events, including our popular Ale and Cider Festivals.
The New Inn has 16 Ensuite bedrooms, many of which enjoy beautiful sea or countryside views. Little treats like freshly ground coffee, homemade biscuits and REN toiletries are included to make your stay extra special. There are three grades of room available at The New Inn:
Sun Terrace - These lovely ground floor bedrooms each have their own sun terrace. They are bright, airy and stylish with larger than average en-suite bathrooms. The room can be configured either as a double or twin. These rooms do not have a sea view.
Sea View - Double or twin bedded rooms with a sea view over New Grimsby harbour. Situated on the first floor, these en-suite bedrooms are bright and airy with stylish décor and are equipped to a very high standard with everything you'd expect to find in a hotel.
Standard - Double or twin bedded en-suite rooms, situated on the first floor in the older part of the building, all rooms are en-suite and most have bath and shower.