The Wheelhouse

Hugh Town, St Mary's

The Wheelhouse

Hugh Town, St Mary's

The Wheelhouse is a very popular family-run guesthouse, just steps away from Porthcressa’s stunning sandy beach, and close to the quay, shops, and a few pubs. This is one of the best guesthouses on the island and books up very quickly.


Enjoy an excellent breakfast at The Wheelhouse over wonderful panoramic sea views, cooked to order, with specialties including smoked haddock and kippers. There is a spacious lounge and sun room, and afternoon tea can be enjoyed on the beachfront terrace in the summer. Complimentary Wi-fi in the lounge. Children over 12 years old are welcome. Please make sure to book early!


The Wheelhouse has just nine well-equipped rooms. They are all en suite.

• Tea/coffee making facilities • TV

Room choices

  • Double/Twin – Two ground floor rooms with en-suite (shower only).
  • Double/Twin Seaview – 1 ground floor, 4 first floor, two first floor rooms have a shower over bath, all others shower only.
  • Single – Ground floor single inland view with en suite shower
  • Single Seaview – Ground floor single seaview with en suite shower

Hotel Top Tips

  • The Wheelhouse is a hugely popular choice and has a very high repeat guest percentage. Make sure to book a full year in advance to secure your room.


PRICING in Standard Room, Bed & Breakfast

All year
3 Nights
7 Nights
£ 476
£ 801
2021 Dates
1 Jan – 16 Dec

Prices above are per person (based on two adults sharing) with flights from Land’s End to St Mary’s. Please call us for prices relating to single supplements, upgrading rooms and travelling from other points on the UK mainland. Please note the above prices should be used as a guide only. This property has a close out period over winter.



How to get there

By Plane – Skybus are the only airline that offer direct flights to the islands from the UK mainland. All flights land into St Mary’s Airport.

  • Exeter (60 minute flight) – up to 4 flights daily (except Sunday) from March to October
  • Newquay (30 minute flight) – up to 6 flights daily (except Sunday) all year round
  • Lands End (20 minute flight) – up to 18 flights daily (except Sunday) all year round

By Ferry – The only direct ferry from the UK mainland to the islands is operated by the Scillonian III and takes 2 hours 45 minutes from Penzance Harbour to St Mary’s Quay. Operates once a day (except Sundays) from March to November.

Regional Departures – There are numerous regional flights that connect with either Exeter, Newquay or Land’s End – please speak to one of our experts who will be happy to help arrange your journey to make it as smooth as possible.

Top tips

  • If you want to see the puffins they return to the islands between April and August.
  • St Mary’s is a truly dog friendly holiday destination. It could not be easier to take your beloved pooch on both the Scillonian III ferry or the Skybus operated flights. Several hotels on the island allow dogs and there is a small company on the island who rent all the items you may need from dog baskets and blankets to food and water bowls.
  • We can highly recommend Juliet’s Garden, a fantastic restaurant with a terrace overlooking Hugh Town and the sea. This is a great place for dinner or finishing the day with a refreshing sundowner.
  • For those with limited mobility or for those simply looking for a fun way to explore the island it is possible to book golf carts for your stay, as there is no car hire here. Pre-booking is essential.
  • Will Wagstaff is the islands resident ornithologist and naturalist and leading authority on all things flora and fauna in the Isles of Scilly. Will’s guided walks are available to pre-book, for just the day or for longer. He also gives a slideshow presentation most Saturday evenings in the Church Hall, St Marys (payable locally, approximately £5 per person.

When To Go

Summer (June-August) – the islands boast some of the UK’s warmest weather and temperatures can reach a comfortable 21 degrees Celsius. This period is peak season and although the weather is favourable, costs and availability can be an issue.

Autumn (September-November) – September to mid-October can still attract some decent weather and it means you can enjoy the islands when the tourists have all gone home. October is peak bird-watching season when the rare migrant species travel through the islands.

Winter (December-February) – Low Season. A season with unpredictable weather and very few tourists. Some properties, attractions and shops close during this period and some of the islanders return to the mainland. That being said winter on the islands can still be enjoyable, with dramatic coastlines and cosy atmospheric pubs whilst taking advantage of the much lower prices at this time of year. However please bear in mind that travel on the Skybus or Scillonian ferry can be frequently disrupted due to weather.

Spring (March-May) – A lovely time to visit the islands with spring flowers in bloom everywhere and puffins returning to the outer islands. Temperatures are starting to get balmy and a great time for walking the miles of nature trails on offer.