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Access Statement

Schooners Hotel Accessibility statement, reviewed Nov 2020.

Schooners Hotel, Thorofare, Hugh Town, St. Marys, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall TR21OLN


Schooners Hotel is located in the middle of Hugh Town. 

The entrance is accessible by Taxi in Thorofare Hugh Town. 

Taxis can pick up and offload directly outside the door if instructed, with a wide five metre ally to the front door. 

There is no ground floor accommodation or wheelchair access inside the hotel, however small wheelchairs can be parked and stored as necessary by arrangement. 


Guest accommodation is on four floors arranged as follows.

The front door with one step up, opens to the reception area leading to the dining room through a fire door and one step up, leading on to the lounge/Bar via a fire door. 

A secondary glass panel door leads back onto the Thorofare. 

The beach patio is accessed through a glass panel door and down one step opening onto the raised patio and then onto town beach via three steps down.

The lounge/bar has a cloakroom and toilet. 

A half flight of stairs (9 steps) leads from the reception area to bedroom 1 (Double or twin sea view). 

A further two stairs leads to the first floor landing and bedroom 2 (sea view double). 

There is a short corridor then two steps up lead to a lobby area with handrails and rooms 3 & 4 both inland double/twin rooms, South facing. 

There is an information board with Island activities, boat and bus times on the landing. A corridor with two steps up and hand holds leads through a fire door to rooms 5 & 6, a family suite (or single and double room) with sea views. 

A fire escape outside rooms 5 & 6 leads down a flight of stairs to the Thorofare, via a fire door. The main staircase leads to the second floor and bedroom 7, a sea view twin/double room next to room 8, a sea view double. 

A short corridor through a fire door leads to bedroom 9 and 10, both inland south facing twin/doubles. 

Further to bedrooms 11 and 12 via a fire door, both sea view twins. 

A secondary staircase connects to the first floor fire escape onto Thorofare. 

A flight of stairs leads from the second landing to a lobby on the 3rd floor with fire doors to suites 14 & 15, a family room and twin sea view.  

A further corridor leads to the upper lounge library with panoramic views. 

Natural light illuminates most of the corridors, background lighting provides good illumination elsewhere and emergency lights throughout in the event of a power failure. 

All bedrooms have bright modern en suite facilities with large walk in 900 x 900 quadrant showers, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryers and access to iron and ironing boards on each floor. 

Free Wifi is available to all guests throughout the hotel.


General information

No Pets are allowed in the hotel. 

Vegetarian diets are catered for. Please inform us of all dietary needs, and mobility health and hearing problems that we may need to be aware of. 

Reception of Vodafone and Orange, among other mobile signal is very good at the hotel & generally on most of the islands but may be weak in some areas in the shadow of the ariel. The management and staff are determined to assist in making your stay as pleasurable as possible, so if there is anything additional we could do to please ask, we will do all we can to help

Environmental Policy

Environmental Policy

We are a 2 star Small hotel situated in one of the most ecologically challenging places in the UK. 

Our beautiful natural environment needs careful consideration because of our Island location; we believe that we must do everything possible to reduce the negative impact we have on the islands and the environment, without compromising the holiday experience of our guest's. 

Cherishing our world is an ethos carried by all of the Schooners Hotel team and is not something we feel is simply right, but that is a necessity. It is our way of life. 

We recognize that as a Hotel, the waste we produce and the energy we use are our most significant negative impacts and have objectives and targets in place to deal with this. 

Whilst protecting our environment, we also support our local community and economy, examples of our actions include: Monitoring water usage, waste, recycling and energy usage on a weekly basis, reviewing objectives and targets annually. Helping with beach cleaning on a voluntary basis. 

Manufacturing our own soft furnishings and bags in our Traditional Canvas bag making workshop next door. Manufacturing most of our own furniture, using our boat building skills and using local timber. LED energy saving Lights and fittings throughout the building, dual flush toilets throughout the hotel. Our top quality duvets carry an ECO2 label, meaning they are made using responsibly sourced recycled plastic bottles which have been made into superbly comfortable down feel duvets. 

We have a buy local policy, which ensures we source as much local and seasonal food when available.

Our free range eggs are farmed on St Marys at Parting carn Farm. 

Constant review of our environmental policy and looking at ways to improve. All of our staff are made fully aware of our ethos when joining the company and are encouraged to minimise waste and recycle. All paper, cardboard, cans and bottles are recycled.

Our structured environmental management ensures continual improvement of our performance and aims to give guests the confidence that we are doing what we say we are in an effective and responsible way. Schooners comply with all relevant legislation and regulations that relate to health, safety and the environment. Ideas and feedback is always invited and very welcome.

We welcome feedback regarding our environmental policy. Please get in touch if there is any way you think we could improve.

Keith and Carol Buchanan (Owners)

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