Tresco Estate Opens New Sea Garden Cottages

Tresco’s new holiday development has welcomed its first guests.

The new Sea Garden Cottages include five new, one-bedroom units, which are available to book like a hotel room for a night or for a week.

There are also nine properties available for timeshare.

Alasdair Moore, the Estate Marketing Manager, told us that the estate hopes to offer a full range of holiday experiences on the site of the former Island Hotel, which was demolished in the autumn.

The development has excellent green credentials, using air source heat pumps and a high degree of insulation as well as underfloor heating to reduce energy usage.

They use 30% of the electricity of a traditional home.

At the moment, visitors will be able to stay there during the regular Tresco season from the start of March to the end of November, but the plan is to eventually extend the season.

The whole project has cost around £10m to develop.

Alasdair Moore, Tresco Estate’s Marketing Manager, says it is a significant financial commitment to the islands, on a similar level to that made by Robert Dorrien Smith’s father who built the original Island Hotel 50 years ago.

That was considered a bold move at the time but turned out to be a great success.

But Alasdair says people’s holiday habits have changed. He said families seem to prefer more flexible accommodation these days, choosing when and how they want to eat.

Visitors will notice some familiar elements from the former hotel, including some of the original artwork, which have now been distributed into the cottages.

The new cottages opened on May Day but the new development has received good feedback, Alasdair says.

Islanders will be invited to an open day soon.