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Covean Cottage Guest House
Reviewed August 26, 2011

I ate lunch here while walking on St Agnes and wanted to leave a review because it was a wonderful experience. The cafe is part of the guest house, and we sat in the garden enjoying the sea views. The menu is simple, but I had a lovely sweet potato and feta cheese salad. I was impressed with their choice of leaf tea and being a green tea addict I was able to indulge in a real pot of tea! The lunch was accompanied by a young thrush which hopped around beneath our feet while we ate, quite lovely and an unexpected pleasure.

Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

Covean is a lovely b&b. The service and staff are fantastic, happy and helpful. The rooms well furnished, clean and with such good views. Breakfast to die for, and available till 11 which is a big plus in my opinion. Lunch is fantastic.
Veryclose to the gough sandbank/ beach for great swimming.
St Agnes is a gem, as is covean.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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1  Thank Sikaye
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

Visited this lovely B@B's garden cafe for afternoon tea which was fab.

We had a cream tea served up by friendly staff consisting of lots of cream, jam and freshly baked scones - yum yum

Cafe set in the garden of the B&B - wooden benches with parasols amoungt flowers beds and grass lawn. Tea served up in proper cups with saucers and poured from individual vintage teapots

Also loved the high spec loo in a garden shed!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 31, 2011

I've just come back from a long weekend on St Agnes, staying at Covean Cottage. I've been coming to St Agnes for the past 10 years - the previous 9 have been camping with friends on Troytown campsite, but bad weather for the previous 3 years put me off camping in the rain, despite the beauty of the sunsets as seen from the campsite.

I booked the twin room for single occupation. This was snug, but clean and comfortable, and totally adequate for two people. There was a sink in the room, and a kettle + various teas/coffee & a tv. My room also had an interesting selection of books - not the typical reading material one finds in a B&B, but a thoughtful selection of fiction and non fiction. This theme was repeated downstairs in the sitting room.

My room had a beautiful view of Gugh (the small island linked to St Agnes by a sandbar)
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The bathroom was shared, but this was not an issue for me (there were two couples staying at the cottage in addition to me). There was a shower rather than a bath but the pressure was fine. The bathroom was stocked with locally made products by Twenty Eight (try their rose geranium products).

Breakfast in the garden with an 'ocean view' (of Gugh) was a feast!. It was included in the price of the room, and served between the very civilised hours of 0830 - 1130. Over three mornings I had the most enormous fry up, scrambled eggs with bacon (smoked salmon was another option) and french toast with bacon and grilled bananas (divine). The coffee was good too (and plentiful).

Covean is also a cafe which serves breakfast, lunches and teas (from what I could see they use locally reared/caught/produced food where possible). Visitors and islanders eat there and it was busy all day long. It is a child friendly and relaxed place to eat. I also had tea one afternoon - if you go to Covean and they are serving the Scicillian lemon tart, make sure you order a slice! A lot of thought has gone into the presentation: tea is served from the most amazing selection of vintage teapots - so pretty! There are tables inside and the garden.

Eliza and her team were really helpful and friendly, nothing was too much trouble.

I may have been put off camping (for now at least), but I will never be put off St Agnes. It is the most beautiful place, one of my favourite spots in the world, especially when the weather behaves and provides warm weather and a sunset or two. The island is the perfect place to walk, read, snooze and chat to old and new friends There are a couple of good swimming beaches, but the water is freezing cold on the Atlantic side of the island and you really need a wetsuit. On the more sheltered side of the island (facing Gugh) the water is considerably warmer and the tiny beaches are great for sunbathing. The island is at its best early in the morning or last thing at night, so if you visit Scilly make sure you spend a couple of days on St Agnes.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 17, 2010

Stayed 3 nights - SUnday continental breakfast was fab and plenty of it, cooked breakfast during the week was menu based and included in the B&B rate and exceptional quality. Really trying their best to use quality products. Service is chaotic as the new owners settle into the hospitlaity trade.

Annoying point was booked as 1 ensuite double and 1 double with bathroom across hall. Actually this is Bathroom (shower and toilet) shared with all cafe customers, and ensuite was toilet and wash hand basin. Initially no key needed due to peaceful island but found some when requested after realising customers would be wondering around. And Cafe customers had very rude attitude not appreciating that residents shared their facilities. Supposed to be building a toilet for the cafe in the garden this summer.

Hosts are very pleasant.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 26, 2010

Positive:lovely views (front room anyway), close to a small beach, decent breakfast.

Negative:rooms very small & largely shared bathroom (often took three attempts to get access), somewhat chaotic organisation (although I think the place has only just been taken over), slightly resentful staff attitude (the impression is one of "we would like your money but not you"..but this is apparent on all the Scilly islands, imo).

Bottom line: one step above camping, but we will camp next time.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 10, 2015
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  • Stayed: June 2015, traveled with friends
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Address: Covean Cottage Old Lane, TR22 0PL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Isles of Scilly > St Agnes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in St Agnes
Price Range: $66 - $133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Covean Cottage is a delightful Guest House, with an English Tourism Council rating of 3 Diamonds. Expect a warm welcome from the new owners for winter 2012, Rosie and Zain. All the rooms are freshly decorated, the gardens restored, and the breakfasts using as many local ingredients as possible. Covean is situated in a wonderfully quiet spot. Perfectly placed for boating trips from the quay and beautiful walks around the island of St. Agnes.We are only metres from the secluded Covean Beach and the stunning sandy bar leading to the island of Gugh. ... more   less 

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