• This is our 3rd trip to the Scillies in autumn for birdwatching and Carn Ithen is the nicest place we have stayed at. The weather was varied from 'hurricane' at the beginning of the holiday (the Scillonian didn't sail for 2 days) to warm sunny days. The birding has been good with 65+ species on St Mary's. The highlight was the Swainson's Thrush in the standing stones field only a few yards from the cottage. Richard & Lynda

  • We have had a wonderful time here - having waited since May to arrive! It was worth the wait, our first trip to the islands. We managed to visit 3 off islands and generally had some beautiful days - weather wise. The Cottage has been superb - everything we needed was here with a whole lot of extras as well - thank you so much Nigel & Danii for your thoughtfulness. James & Ruth

  • Our 1st visit to the Scilly Isles - it has been lovely. Our 'home' here has been brilliant & comfortable. Thanks very much. Russell & Helen

  • Lovely stay on Scilly, very welcoming & comfortable stay. Very relaxing. Thank you for your hospitality. Mark & Alison

  • Lovely apartment with everything you need for a relaxing holiday. Thank you for the welcome pack - really appreciated. Everywhere we have been, people have been really friendly. Once again thank you. Marcia and Pauline

  • We have had another wonderful week visiting the Isles of Scilly. We have been blessed with lots of sunshine. Thank you to Danni and Nigel for such a comfortable ‘home’. Our fourth visit but certainly not our last. Despite the Covid restrictions we have had some great meals and trips to islands. Wildlife Safari which took us to Bishop Rock - we have finally managed to get there at last! Carn Ithen has been all we expected and more. Very friendly locals with a warm welcome wherever we went. The welcome basket and all the home comforts are very much appreciated. Looking forward to coming back in 2021. Julie, Roger, Will and Emily - Devon                                                                                              PS: Highly recommend Hugh Town Cafe (Deli) for breakfast and lunch.


  • Thank you for such a nice welcome. We have had a lovely time here in your home, hope to come again one day. Thank you for the welcome pack, marmalade was lovely. Christine (Cornwall)

  • Great location ensuring exercise to Hugh Town to burn off those ice creams etc. Apartment very well equipped and deck area great for enjoying sun - recommend! Dibble and Grub for lunch and dinner - book ahead? Welcome pack very much appreciated. Thank you Danni and Nigel for very pleasant break. Roberts and Rowes

  • This is our first visit to Scilly and we have thoroughly enjoyed it. Perfect location, beautiful apartment, very well equipped and we really appreciated the welcome basket. We would love to come back again. Caroline, Matt and Isaac (Manchester) x

  • Perfect accommodation in a fantastic location close to the beach. Thank you Danni and Nigel for a wonderful stay. We highly recommend the seal snorkelling if you don’t mind getting nipped by the playful seals :-). Hope to see you soon. Leo, Amy, Finlay and Sean


  • Many thanks for sharing your fabulous holiday accommodation with us - everything one would need for a most comfortable stay in lovely Old Town. The welcome basket such a thoughtful gesture and very much appreciated. A million thanks! With our best wishes Nick and Teresa

  • We have thoroughly enjoyed our first trip to the Scillies, further enhanced by this convenient and comfortable accommodation. Thank you! Mary and Tom

  • Thank you Danni and Nigel for a most comfortable stay in a very well-appointed house that felt like home. Lots of thoughtful touches helping to make this a very relaxing holiday. Carn Ithen is a gem! With our thanks and best wishes Kevin, Francesca and Florence (North Somerset)

  • Perfect accommodation for the four of us - the welcome goody pack was brilliant thank you. Nigel and Danni were full of great advice on places to visit on the island. A wonderful place to stay - would most definitely recommend Carn Ithen. :-) (heart) Viv and Geoff (North Yorkshire) Martyn and Yvonne (Dorset)

  • Thank you so much for this lovely home. We needed a retreat place so much, as we came through the Corona virus pandemic. Bless you! Sheila and Graham (Derbyshire) Thank you especially for the basket of essentials and such a warm, friendly welcome.


We closed from April to the end of June due to Covid


  • Fantastic place to enjoy a life on Scilly! Hosts Nigel and Danni are great guides + have best advice, so helpful. We loved all trips, but especially Bryher (wild!) and St Martin’s (great beaches!) Atlantic pub in Hugh Town is cosy, also Ruin Cafe on Tresco is a treat. Thank you N & D! Henry and John + Kirsten

2019 - September

  • Even though the weather was not very nice, we had a very pleasant stay at your beautiful and indeed very well equipped apartment. The Isles are very beautiful and we enjoyed our walks and bicycle trips very much. Thank you. Annemie & Ed

  • Another lovely stay in this lovely Paradise. Thank you Danni and Nigel for our lovely goodies when we arrived and the beautifully appointed apartment. Truly a home from home and we can't wait to come back next year for our annual fix! Many thanks. Pat, Tess, Tony & Mary

  • Fab house, very well kitted out, had a wonderful holiday here. Scillies are amazing. Thank you Danni and Nigel. Jude & Nigel


  • Carn Ithen is by far the best equipped self-catering cottage we have ever stayed in! Thank you for all the lovely touches; welcome basket (delicious marmalade!) toiletries... and all the fascinating books about the islands and the wrecks. Our first visit to the Scillies and it's been all we hoped for, and more. As well as all the obvious stuff, recommend Epilogue by candlelight in Old Town Church Sunday nights 8.15 pm. Prayerful, peaceful, lovely. Hannah, Jonathan, Charlie

  • Thank you Danni & Nigel for our lovely stay on the Scillies. We have returned to the Scillies after a few years break. Beautiful as always, people are amazing. This is our first time in self-catering on the Scillies and it has been brilliant! Everything provided to make our stay comfy, relaxing and enjoyable. Home from home! Once again thank you. Carol, Michael & John


  • We had a fantastic week at Carn Ithen! We loved exploring the islands and seeing all the wildlife. Enjoyed a lovely trek along the beach with St Mary's Riding Centre and we would definitely recommend the seal snorkelling on St Martin's! Despite the couple of rainy days the weather was amazing, so we had a great time paddle boarding off Old Town beach. Fabulous accommodation, ideal location for getting around! Many thanks, Graeme, Louise, Fiona and Jamie

  • Fabulous time as ever. Two glorious weeks of sunshine. These islands never fail to deliver. Many thanks Danni and Nigel (we'll let you know if the cake survived the trip!} Joyce and Hugh

  • A big thank you for a wonderful stay at Carn Ithen. We really appreciated the comfort and facilities and have had a fabulous stay. We love the islands and have walked for miles to see the gorgeous scenery and wildlife. We also enjoyed the amazing gardens at Tresco and the unspoilt tranquility of St Martin's. Our favourite meal was at Juliet's Garden which is only a short walk away.Thank you again for making our stay so comfortable and enjoyable - we hope to return to the Scillies again soon! Best wishes from Ann & Kel, Liz & Ian


  • Once again a million thanks Danni and Nigel for another wonderful and memorable stay at Carn Ithen. You always think of everything to ensure our stay feels like 'home from home' !! We love all the Scilly islands and we really enjoy staying here. Sincere thanks Val, Martin, Wendy+ Jerry

  • A perfect location and perfect hosts for a perfect holiday. The Isles of Scilly are incredibily beautiful, made all the more special by our stay at Carn Ithen. Shame we had to race the ÖTILLÖ across all the islands on the Sunday. We will be back (maybe not for the Ötillö though). Rhys & Becky

  • Our 4th visit to Scilly and our first staying in Old Town. We loved it; a perfect location. Thank you for the lovely welcome goodies! We highly recommend Tim, Calypso Boats, more personal than the larger boats. Our favourite meal by far was at the Pilot’s Gig – Ian, Sarah, Tim and Diane


  • Fabulous stay here at Carn Ithen. Immaculate cottage. Danni and Nigel have thought of absolutely everything! Welcome hamper and luxury toiletries were a lovely treat. Our first time on the Scillies – a beautiful, magical holiday. Changeable weather but no rain. Visited every island except Samson, each one is unique. When the sun shined – breathtaking!! We have walked for miles! We have enjoyed absolutely everything. Thank you Danni and Nigel…we will return xx – Kev and Chris

  • We were staying on the island for the gig rowing championships, from Lyme Regis in Dorset, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Carn Ithen! We were very welcomed and had so many extra goodies, shampoos etc that were very appreciated. Such a lovely place to stay and enjoyed being in Old Town. Thank you to Danni and Nigel, we would love to return. From all of us, Lisa, Dan, Holly and Sara xx


  • We’ve had a wonderful stay here at Carn Ithen! We have been coming to the Scillies for many years and this is our first stay here and what a wonderful place to come! Very comfortable and everything catered for. Danni and Nigel have been very welcoming and great hosts! We will be returning xx – Bob, Chris, Eddie and Julia


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