Light and airy, split-level detached house in a slightly elevated, quiet position with sheltered and secluded gardens front and rear providing lovely views across Porth Cressa and of the off-islands. Porth Cressa beach, ideal for swimming, kayaking, sunbathing or watching some of Scilly's fabulous variety of seabirds is just a short distance away. The Town and Porthmellon beaches are easily accessible too. Restaurants, pubs, shops and the museum are a short walk. Hugh Town is the centre for boats to explore the off islands. To discover St Mary's catch the Island Tour bus or hire a bike - the Strand, Town Beach.


The house, up to six people, consists of two double bedrooms with wash basins and a third bedroom with an adult bunk bed.

Upstairs is the bathroom with bath and shower. 

Downstairs, the kitchen, toilet/washroom and lounge/dining room with Smart TV and radio with cd player. 4G is good throughout the house which can be used for a mobile router. The nearby library has free internet.


Linen and towels at Beggars Roost. For those of you who do not want to continue to bring your own linen to Beggars Roost, we will order linen for you from Scilly Linen (duvet covers, base sheets, pillow cases and hand towels).  You will need to bring your own towels for swimming.  If you have asked us to supply linen, Scilly Linen will drop off a bag at the house before your arrival and collect it on departure. Please can you replace all the linen you have used in their bag before you leave. Their details are  01720 422 082
There is a washer-dryer in the house, a whirly-gig in the back garden, and Sibley’s laundry at the bottom of the road is very efficient (albeit laundry has to ‘rest’ for 48 hours before they will accept it).  

The gardens are quite large for Scilly and secluded but please note barbeques are not allowed. We would ask you to respect your neighbours who are island residents.


from £450 - £1850 p.w. and for late availability, please check home pages and phone or email for prices

Dogs: One well behaved dog welcome by arrangement on the understanding that the gardens etc are kept clean for the benefit of other visitors, kept off furniture and beds and not left alone in the property. Doggy 'stuff' is not provided but can be booked and hired from Rhiannon Manning at 

Creature Comforts  07887950987


COVID19 RISK ASSESSMENT – Beggars Roost , Isles of Scilly

This is the third year we have produced our Covid risk assessment. We hope it will be the last, but that is what we thought last year!  We would be grateful if you could read the following information.
Whilst we assume that no guest would make the journey to Scilly knowing that they were infected, we also know that it is possible to have the virus and not have symptoms; and indeed to have the virus and never display symptoms.  Infection control is thus both difficult and critical.
The Isles of Scilly Council have a dedicated page on the web-site with up-to-date information and advice on the Covid situation in Scilly: see
And there is specific information on Covid testing on Scilly at
Our cleaners have been provided with gloves and disposable aprons. Before you arrive they have been asked to open the windows and wipe down all the surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, shower, the door handles, bannisters and other obvious touch points with disinfectant. They will also make sure that all rubbish is disposed of and the bins inside and outdoors are wiped with disinfectant. The beds will be lightly sprayed with a Dettol disinfectant mist. But there is a limit to what can be done with all the soft furnishings (curtains, cushion covers, settees, carpets etc) or the books and puzzles available, albeit these are all a low risk. 
Most guests at Beggars Roost take their own linen and towels, or order it themselves from Scilly Linen. For those for whom we are ordering linen and who are unfamiliar with the system, Scilly Linen will leave a bag of linen for you in the house.  When you leave, please remember to pack up your used linen back in the bag and leave it outside the door for Scilly Linen to collect on the Saturday when you depart.  Linen provided by Scilly Linen will have been subjected to a 60 degree hot wash.
You will find the house unlocked with the keys in the door or on the dining table. The cleaner will disinfect these between guests.  Ideally, there will be no direct contact between our cleaners and the guests, as guests are invited to arrive after 3pm when the cleaner will have left. Should you have some emergency – plumbing, electrical etc – during your stay there are telephone numbers for the local tradespeople.  Derek, our caretaker, lives close by in Hugh Town. If you need to liaise with someone in the first instance about an emergency you are best to contact him on 07796 564551 or us on 0771 147 9841.
Similarly, in the unlikely event that any of you become ill with coronavirus during your stay, please start by phoning 111.  The telephone number for the local Covid testing service is 01626 204950 or see the website above. Please also inform us on 0771 147 9841. You will need to quarantine at the house.  If you are more seriously ill-disposed then NHS services will care for you as they normally would, including emergency arrangements to evacuate you back to the mainland. However, can we reiterate the advisability of taking out insurance which would cover any period you need to stay on at the property beyond your booked term.  Obviously, we will need to make alternative arrangements for incoming guests and organise a deep clean after you leave.
We have always asked guests to leave the house in the condition in which they find it. This obviously does not mean that we expect you to do a thorough clean before our cleaner arrives! However, we would expect guests to wipe down surfaces as you will have been doing in your own home during lockdown as a precautionary measure against coronavirus.  You will find plentiful supplies of soap, hand sanitiser and disinfectant in the house for handwashing and cleaning.
Infection control is a responsibility we all share, when we share space.
Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.  We hope that the necessary awareness of the continuing risk will not impinge too greatly on your safe enjoyment of your time in Scilly.
Jill and Al, February 2022





All of us hold something to be rather special.   We feel Beggar’s Roost is rather special.   It is our ‘second home’, but open to all to share.   We think it is very different from a ‘bog standard’ property bought and equipped for ‘buy to let’ purposes.   It does not claim luxury status or to be the most modern with a 5 star rating.   What it offers is a friendly homely place, private but not isolated, yet central enough for a holiday based on boating, country walking, simple eating out and the minimum of essential shopping.


We first visited Scilly in the 1950s, fell in love with the islands, and promised to have a permanent base on St. Mary’s.   Our first ‘second home’ was in Ram’s Valley in 1970.   A few years later we moved to a 2 bedroom flat in Porthcressa Road and finally found Beggar’s Roost in 1989.


Beggar’s Roost, surrounded by gardens on all four sides, offers views over PorthCressa Bay, with the beach only 100 yards away.   Being in a cul-de-sac serving only 4 properties it has no passing traffic.   If, just before sunset, you climb to the top of the garden, you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of England’s Western Approaches, plus a wonderful panorama of islands.  Often you will be accompanied by evening songbirds singing good-bye to the day.


About 75% of our guests are repeat visitors.   Some come every year, others less frequently.   We have one guest who has been with us every year since 1986!   We invite holidaymakers to treat Beggar’s Roost as if they were at home (which they do).   As a result, it is very rare for the house to suffer abuse.


Beggar’s Roost is a family home.   Children and well behaved dogs are most welcome.   Most fall in love with the outdoor life that Scilly offers – boat trips to islands being a particular favourite.   We hope you decide to come – and then come again.   Our son and daughter did, and are still coming after half a century.

                                                    AUDREY  and  KEN PEAY.    

Contact and reservations

Jill Peay  Al Partington 01869278926

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