One Of Scilly’s Largest Guesthouses Goes On The Market

It’s one of the most expensive residential properties to go on sale in recent years in Scilly, and it’s also one of the largest and longest-operated family guesthouses on the islands.

Carnwethers on St Mary’s has gone on the market for £1.3m and its sale will bring an end to the Graham family’s ownership of the business.

They transformed the former Pelistry Farmhouse into a county house hotel in the early 1970s.

Since then the 11-bedroom property, with 4 self-catering units, has added a swimming pool, sauna and library.

Over the years, adjacent farmland has been transformed into gardens and Louise Graham says old pictures show how much the land has been improved.

She says that’s very much down to the work of Sue Williams, who lives across the road, and planted the borders, croquet lawn and specimen tress with Louise’s dad.

He was keen to reduce the impact of the business on the environment and adopted many of the green and sustainable technologies in use on the property today.

These include using solar panels to heat the pool and hot water, as well as the recent addition of photovoltaic panels to generate electricity.

Louise says after 42-years of her family living at Carnwethers, it will be a wrench to eventually leave.

But she says the property will remain as a lasting testament to the hard work of her parents and the people who have worked there.

Carnwethers is on sale with Sibley’s Island Homes.