About Sylina

Sylina is a new 4* Gold Award self catering holiday property for 2017

Sylina is a new 4* Gold Award self catering holiday property for 2017, having previously been the 4* Silver Sylina Guesthouse with a VisitEngland ROSE Award.

It’s owned by Sam Mallon, a born-and-bred Scillonian who grew up on Bryher and who knows just about everything there is to know about the islands! Sam, husband Paul and their son Jacob, live on site – not that you’ll notice them, as their home and garden have separate access. But you’ll be safe in the knowledge that if you need any help or assistance whilst on your holidays, they’re right there for you.


Sylina’s standards remain very high, with the latest kitchen fitted for self-catering complete with American-style fridge-freezer and a beautiful dining area that seats up to 8 people, plus a comfortable living area with hi-spec TV, sound system, Wi-Fi, games and books, and separate large south-facing conservatory. On arrival you can expect a few Scilly goodies to enjoy and a warm Scillonian welcome from Sam and Paul. There are three double bedrooms, all with en-suite shower rooms, that can be configured to your choice: (one double, and two super king-size or twin beds, plus room for a cot or third bed on request in the largest bedroom). All bed linen and towels are provided.


Outside you can enjoy a private, sheltered, south-facing garden furnished with tables and chairs, plus barbecue.

Sylina is located at McFarland’s Down, to the north of St. Mary’s. It’s pretty much on the coastal path close to Bar Point, with its secluded and safe white sand beach, Halangy Village and Bant’s Carn, both Bronze Age sites of significant national importance. You’ll appreciate, too, the fantastic views of Tresco and its Abbey Garden, as well as the islands of St. Martin’s and Bryher.

A 10-minute walk from Sylina in one direction will get you to the Golf Club and Juliet’s Garden, both with spectacular views across St. Mary’s Harbour and beyond to St. Agnes and Bishop Rock; a 10-minute walk in the other direction will get you to Trenoweth, home to a couple of flower farms, apple orchards, grapevines, and a fantastically safe place for kids to explore camps and rope swings in the woods. A little further on is Pelistry, a quiet beach popular with visitors and locals alike.

It’s a 30-minute walk from Sylina into Hugh Town, and to the quay to catch boats to the other islands. You can also hire bikes and cycle down, or hire a Golf Cart alternatively, Sam and Paul own a private taxi service, Toots Taxi, and they’re only too happy to get you to where you want to go. Sam also offers a guided Toots Tour of St. Mary’s – an excellent way to get acquainted with the island! There’s also a bus stop just 50 metres away from Sylina with a bus that makes regular circular trips into town between April and October.

We’re sorry, but Sylina Self-Catering does not take dogs. If you want holiday accommodation that does take dogs, have a look on the Visit Isles of Scilly website accommodation page and use the filter to find dog-friendly properties.