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Pilot’s Gig Flat, Self Catering in St Mary’s

Pilot’s Gig flat is fully self-contained accommodation, sleeping 4 in 2 bedrooms & is situated within close walking distance of St Mary’s quay and harbour, and at the hub of all island to island activities. It is conveniently situated for all the local shops, restaurants & attractions.

The awe inspiring & uninterrupted views, probably some of the best on Scilly, are towards Tresco, Sampson & Bryher. A perfect place to relax & enjoy the scenery, beautiful sunsets & all that Scilly has to offer.

Our accommodation is graded 4 star by Visit England and is bright & very well presented throughout yet cosy & welcoming after a busy day sightseeing. The interior has been furnished to a very high standard & is very well equipped throughout. We aim to provide our guests with beautiful accommodation, giving attention to detail with many little extras to make your stay truly memorable. Free Wifi, utilities & all linen & towels (except beach towels) are included. Sorry no pets or children under 8 years. The property in non-smoking throughout.

Actively taking bookings for dates remaining in 2024 & into 2025, please see our availability page. 


**** NEW  our new 1 bed apartment  (sleeps 2 people only), on Buzza Hill.  We have some remaining availability for 2024, Autumn 21/9 – 28/9 & 28/9 – 5/10 @ £750/wk

Contact us for more info`  *****

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The Accommodation

Luxury self catering holiday flat in St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly

Our accommodation is graded 4 star by Visit England and is bright & very well presented yet cosy & welcoming after a day spent sightseeing. The interior has been furnished to a very high standard & is very well equipped throughout. We aim to provide our guests with beautiful accommodation, giving attention to detail with many little extras to make your stay truly memorable.

Free Wifi, utilities & all linen & towels (except beach towels) are included. Sorry no pets or children under 8 years old. The property in non-smoking throughout.

At A Glance

  • 2 Bedrooms / Sleeps 4
  • Uninterrupted sea views from lounge/dining area & kitchen
  • Comfortably furnished & well equipped throughout
  • Open all year, Saturday changeover.
  • 4 or 5 night short breaks Mid Nov to Mid March, email dave-bulmer@tiscali.co.uk for prices/availability
  • Free Wi-fi & Welcome Pack
  • Sorry no pets
  • Children over 8yrs, due to steep steps when entering/exiting the property
  • Now available our new 1 bed apartment  (sleeps 2 people only), on Buzza Hill. Contact us for more info`, dave-bulmer@tiscali.co.uk

Accommodation layout

The flat is accessed by an external metal staircase that leads to the private front door & internal porch. The internal porch has good storage for outdoor clothing & shoes & opens into the lounge & dining area. Once inside the flat all the rooms are on one level.

Lounge & dining area
In the lounge there is a modern comfortable two seater sofa & two separate comfy chairs. There is a smart TV with Freeview, Netflix etc & digital radio including ipod decking station, a selection of books, magazines, jigsaws and games supplied for your amusement. There are also local guide books, maps & walk books covering the whole of the Isles of Scilly. The oak dining table & four chairs are in the corner of the lounge area & make a very sociable area to seat & enjoy home cooked meals perhaps made using some locally grown, reared or caught ingredients.

The flat has a fully equipped kitchen with built in cooker and new induction hob, microwave, fridge with icebox & separate freezer, as well as a full range of cutlery, crockery, pots, pans and cooking utensils. There is a washer/dryer & plenty of picnic items including flasks & cool bags. There is room to dry clothes in the airing cupboard just outside the kitchen.

A light, airy modern bathroom awaits! Including a bath with electric shower over & toilet, hand basin & heated towel rail

There are 2 bedrooms, one with a double bed & the other with 2 single beds, the twin room. Quality bed linen & mattresses are used throughout. There are shaver points, washbasins & hairdryers in each bedroom & plenty of wardrobe space.

Rates & Availability

Our flat is open all year & changeovers are on Saturdays throughout the season. Short breaks out of season, minimum 4 nights.

Weekly prices range from £600 in low season to £1350 in high season.

We endeavour to keep our availability calendar up to date for 24+ months in advance so you can plan your future/return stays.

NEW We are able to offer short breaks outside of the March to October period. A 5 night break starts either Saturday or Monday & 4 night break starts Saturday or Tuesday. Minimum of 4 nights priced from £120 night. Please email for details.

Short breaks min 4 or 5 nights available from Mid` Nov to Mid March (excl` Christmas & New Year period), please email us for prices & available dates

Remaining availability @a glance for 2024

Autumn 2024 28/9 onwards

(26/10-2/11 now booked)

Our calendar is now open for bookings into 2025, (Gig w/end already booked )

Please check the availability calendar for weeks still available** or email dave-bulmer@tiscali.co.uk or call 07881 097518 & we can update you further.

STOP PRESS, Now available our new 1 bedroom apartment on Buzza Hill ,double or twin beds on request, fully furnished, comfortable accommodation for 2 people plus private sunny deck, just minutes from Porthcressa beach. (Sorry no pets) Rates from £650 week, 4 or 5 night short breaks also available, email or call for more information . quoting apartment@galen.

We strongly advise early bookings/enquiries as our accommodation does get booked up quickly. The outstanding views from the flat make it a very sought after perfect holiday location for couples, friends or families.

A £200 deposit secures any booking with the balance due 90 days/3months approx prior to arrival, by bank transfer or personal GBP cheque. A larger deposit will be requested for longer stays.

The accommodation will be ready for you arrival from approx 1pm, although guests should be able to leave luggage (at your own risk) under the entrance steps/in the porch if required, please just ask.

Guest Reviews

Our flat is very popular with our guests, and many return again and again. We always welcome feedback, and if anything is not quite right or in need of updating, please let us know as we are keen to maintain our high standards and service.

Below are just a few of the lovely guest comments, taken from our visitor`s book which we started in 2016

2017, Hawkins -Wonderful holiday spent at Pilot`s Gig Flat, we loved the wonderful view to wake up to every day. The flat is in a great location, only two minutes from the quay.

2018, Jones-  Great time had by us all – the kids loved making sandcastles & we enjoyed the scenery & relaxed pace of life. The beds were very comfortable & everything was provided, even board games for a wet afternoon. We could not have wished for more, we hope to be back very soon.

2022 Watkins – We have had a great return stay & love the updating that has been done. We`ve booked again for next year & can`t wait to explore more & create more wonderful memories, thanks again.

Mccleery 2022-You may need to book 12 months in advance but so worth the wait!

About the Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly are an archipelago of around 100 islands, situated 28 miles south west off the coast of Cornwall & are an area of outstanding natural beauty. They are reached by either a 2 ½ hour ferry crossing from Penzance, aboard Scillonian III, or by fixed wing plane, operated by Skybus from Land`s End (20 mins), Newquay (30 mins) or Exeter (60 mins).

All options for your travel to the islands Scilly can be found & booked @ https://www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk we can by all means offer advice on your travel arrangements/options if you wish.

Stop press, a direct helicopter service from Penzance to St Mary`s is now available offering daily flights (approx 15 mins), www.penzancehelicopters.co.uk


This link to a short video gives you a wonderful overview of what awaits you on Isles of Scilly.

There are five inhabited islands of St. Mary’s, St. Agnes, Bryher, Tresco and St. Martin’s & they all have their own distinct personalities but wherever you go, you will enjoy stunning scenery, an altogether slower pace of life and a warm and friendly welcome. A holiday on Scilly has lots to offer be it bird watching, visiting pre-historic sites, sub-tropical gardens, maritime history, a wide selection of water sports, fishing, walking, or just lazing on the beach with a good book, in fact we think Scilly has it all.

St Marys

The largest of the islands (2½ miles by 1¾ miles), home to about three quarters of the population, with good facilities including restaurants, café`s, hospital – health centre, shops and banks. There is wide diversity of fauna and flora in the woodlands, heaths and marshland & plenty to keep walkers, birdwatchers & visitors happy for many hours.

St Agnes

St. Agnes boasts the “Turks head” sea-front pub, restaurant, cafe’s, a post office and grocery store. The local farms sell all manner of home grown produce including vegetables, honey, flowers & “Troy town” ice cream is made on St Agnes. The hand soaps we welcome you with come from St Agnes. It is joined to neighbour Gugh by a sandy causeway that bares itself twice a day. There are many archaeological treasures on Gugh & has lovely views back to St Marys.

St Martins

St. Martin`s is famous for its white sandy beaches that almost never get crowded. There are fabulous 360 degree views from the Daymark.The character of the island is varied from the rugged, heather clad, cliffs of the north shore to the more sheltered southern aspect, characterised by small enclosed flower fields above sheltered sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. There is a bakery, vineyard & flower farm to explore.


Tresco,the second largest island & features an amazing variety of scenery with wild rugged granite outcrops and heathland to the north, Cromwell`s Castle & with sub-tropical sandy beaches and the Abbey Gardens in the South. Old & new Grimsby are the very different habours on either side of the island


Home to the smallest of all the communities that can be found on the isles of Scilly. The waters around Bryher are very safe, clear and ideal for diving and snorkelling. The character of this little island changes dramatically with the seasons; during the warm months of springtime, the island bursts into life with an abundance of colour filling the hedgerows and fields with the fragrant blooms of wild flowers – daffodils and narcissi. Hell bay on the west coast is dramatic & rugged whilst beaches around Hangman`s island are sandy & shallow.

Out & About, things to do on Scilly:
• Walks, nature trails, birdwatching & wildlife spotting
• Bicycle & Golf Buggy hire
• Scenic bus & guided walking tours
• Shopping & eating out at all manner of café`s & restaurants
• Horse riding, a round of golf or game of tennis
• Water sports including diving, snorkelling, swimming, windsurfing, dingy sailing, kayaking or even coasteering
• Fishing & crabbing
• Live music, slideshows or even a theatre production
• Watch the twice weekly Gig racing
• Isles of Scilly Museum
• Visit craft galleries & studio`s
• All manner of festivals, events, fete`s & other goings on to get involved in throughout the year


Arrival by Scillonian III.

The flat is only a short walk along the quay, bear left at the end of the main quay & then immediately right, through the metal gate to the side of Pier House & up the external stairs at the end of the passageway.

Arrival by Penzance Helicopters/Skybus flights

Useful info = https://islandtransfers.co.uk/

Transfer minibuses greet every plane arrival so just hop on & ask for Pilot`s Gig Flat & they will drop you very close by, generally by the Chemist shop. Walk down the right hand side of the chemist building & the metal gate across the pedestrian walkway leading to the flat is on your left to the rear of the Chemist. Go through the gate & up the metal stairs at the end of walkway.

Address: The Bank St Marys, TR21 0HY. (What3words= dislodge.archive.masterful)

The map pointer on our Google map as shown on this website correctly marks Pilot`s Gig Flat.

Again if you are unsure please just ask.

Contact Us

Dave & Sarah Bulmer, Galen, Buzza Hill, St. Mary’s, TR21 0NQ

Tel: 01720 422014 or mobile 07881 097518

Email: dave-bulmer@tiscali.co.uk

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