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This statement describes access, procedures and facilities at Carnwethers, as they might apply to, and for the benefit of persons with disabilities. 


We would wish your stay with us to be as comfortable as possible, so please do not hesitate to ask if you have any concerns about access or if there is anything that would make your stay more enjoyable. Any constructive suggestion on additions to this statement, or how to our disabled access might be improved would be welcome. 


Carnwethers is located to the North of St. Mary’s. 


We are approached by an unmade road, which is no more than 100 metres from the island’s tarmac road. We have a concrete driveway for taxis a level path to the house.


The B&B rooms are located in the main house. They are accessed by 3 steps from the garden path to the house and the rooms are at first floor level up a flight of stairs.


The cottages are accessed by a network of footpaths with no steps. 


No cottage is more than 20 metres from the driveway. Solar lighting marks out the footpaths and there are sensor lights outside each cottage. There is a step (15cm) into each cottage. Dove Lawn is accessed from a patio which has a 20 cm step.


All cottages are located on the ground floor although the Poolside cottage has a split-level arrangement for one of the bedrooms. 


All the floors within the cottages are carpeted, tiled or covered with laminate flooring. 


Every cottage has a bathroom with toilet located on the ground floor.


All internal doors are between 66 and 73cm wide. 


The living spaces have sofas and chairs with arms. 


The dining tables and chairs are of uniform height. 


The kitchens in Poolside and Dove Lawn cottages are fully-fitted with washing machines, dishwashers, microwave ovens and hobs. 


The Secret Garden and Rowan Tree cottages have access to a laundry which is free of charge. 


There are base units underneath the hobs and kitchen sinks. 


All the bathrooms have mixer showers over the baths except Secret Garden and Rowan tree which have a shower cubicle.

The baths in Dove Lawn, Poolside and Rowan Tree have handles to aid access in and out. Non-slip shower mats are available.


Each cottage has audible and visual heat and smoke detectors, fire blankets and fire extinguishers. 

Emergency information is available in each cottage but can be explained aurally on request. 

Please let us know if you have any concerns about the procedures. 


POOLSIDE is a split level cottage. The living/dining room and kitchen area is open plan with the main bedroom accessed via three steps up from the kitchen area. Another bedroom and the bathroom is located on the same level as the living area via a shallow step. 


DOVE LAWN has two bedrooms both en suite on one level with the kitchen and living space. A stable door and sliding doors provide access onto the patio from the open plan kitchen/living area. 


ROWAN TREE one double bedroom and bathroom on one level with the kitchen and living space. There is a ramped access to the decking in front of the entrance and a stepped access to a second patio. 


SECRET GARDEN has one bedroom on one level with the kitchen and living space. French doors open onto the patio and enclosed private garden. 


 All information is available in larger print on request.



The TVs in each cottage have remote controls. Fire and heat alarms have flashing lights. 



We allow well behaved dogs in some cottages by prior arrangement. The cost is £35 per dog, per week. Assistance dogs are allowed in all cottages at no charge. 



We strongly advise you contact Isles of Scilly Travel if you have mobility issues or specific needs.


Visitors are not encouraged to bring vehicles to the Islands. There is plenty of public and private transport on the Islands and St Mary’s is only 3 miles long and a mile wide at its widest point. Electric buggies can also be hired (conditions apply).



The nearest local cafes are about 10-15 minutes’ walk. These cafés are open during the day time six or seven days a week in the season. Some also serve evening meals but not every night. Most restaurants serving evening meals are about 30 minutes’ walk; 5-minute taxi ride or a 9-minute bus ride. 



The Co-operative Store delivers groceries to the cottages free of charge within certain time periods.   You can also order food boxes to be delivered from Scilly Food Boxes, and ready made meals from Tanglewood Kitchen.



Some mobile networks work better on the Islands than others, generally we have found that Vodafone works best. At Carnwethers the signal strength for some networks is better towards the front of the main house, but it depends on signal strength at any particular time. Urgent phone calls can be made from the land-line in the main house.


The Community Bus runs during the season a timetable is available in each cottage. The bus stop is about 3 minutes from Carnwether's on the main road. Local taxis are available for hire at a competitive rate.  Access for wheelchairs is limited.



One of the “things to do” on Scilly is to island hop. This might prove difficult for those with limited mobility due to the steps on the quay and “climbing” on to the “tripper boats”. Having said that, the boatmen will do their best to help. Also some paths on the off islands are often unmade and/or sandy. If you feel unable to island hop, then we are pleased to say that St Mary’s still has much of offer for a holiday in its own right! 



If you are from Cornwall and registered with Age Concern, then you will entitled to use the ‘Buzza Bus’ service on St Mary’s.



The Island Cart Company also hires out electric buggies.

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