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Reviewed 12 July 2017

As first timers on the Isles of Scilly, this was a wonderful place to be based. Can only echo the other reviews about the level of hospitality, including flexibility - thank you so much for making me fruit salad without kiwi fruit every dat.

We really liked being a bit out of town, everything's very accessible by foot, and it seemed like everyone who comes here on holiday is up for walking.

We had the side sea view room, from which you can genuinely see the sea, but would recommend booking early enough to get one of the front rooms if possible.

Highly recommended generally. Hope to come back one day.

Room Tip: Get a front sea view room if possible
  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Julia G, Owner at Tolman House, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Hi Sharon and Gary, Thankyou so much for your wonderful comments, we really enjoyed meeting you both and we are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us and had such a nice time exploring the Islands.
We hope to see you again one day.

Best Wishes


Julia and Giles

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Reviewed 10 July 2017

Our 2nd stay at Tolman House and standards have not dropped one bit! A very friendly welcome from Julia and Giles make you feel at home within seconds of arrival. We had booked the same room (2) which is just right for a couple with on-suite shower and comfortable double bed and a fantastic view over the garden to the ever changing tidal harbour. After a great nights sleep, so peaceful even with the window open, you then get one of the best breakfasts going with fresh fruit, home made yogurt or choice of cereals followed by Giles' wonderful hearty cooked to order Full English. If you've still room you just have to try Julia's home made jams and delectable lemon curd on fresh toast. It's lovely to share the table with the other guests and find out info on where they have been or are heading that day. A relaxing retreat after days out exploring the islands this is a guest house to suit any couple.

Room Tip: All rooms have a sea view but room 3 is bigger and has a bath.
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Julia G, Owner at Tolman House, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Hi Neil and Vicki, it was so nice to see you back again, and we enjoyed helping to celebrate your special occasion here with you on the islands, thankyou very much for your lovely comments and we are glad you had a great day and a memorable holiday.
We look forward to seeing you again hopefully in the future one day.
Have a great rest of your year.

Best Wishes


Julia and Giles

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Reviewed 3 June 2017

The location on Old Town Quay, overlooking the unspoilt bay and Peninnis peninsula was sheltered, very peaceful and quiet and a 20 minute easy walk from Hugh Town. It was the perfect base for a perfect holiday in these beautiful Isles.
My wife and I stayed in the self catering accommodation as the main B & B rooms were full. It was fully equipped, comfortable, bright and airy but in addition we had breakfast with the other guests in the main house.
The breakfasts were superb! Giles perfectly cooked very tasty lean bacon and sausage and the usual accompaniments. Julia's home made marmalades and conserves were delightful.
Giles and Julia are lovely warm people, really made us feel welcome even before we arrived with prompt answers to our queries - great hosts.
Within 5 minutes walk of Tolman House is a great pub, two restaurants and a small store. The coastline is immediately accessed in front of the house for walking.
We have no hesitation in recommending Tolman Guest House to anyone wanting a trouble free great holiday on the Scillies.

Room Tip: Excellent views, splendid location, peaceful
  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Julia G, Owner at Tolman House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2017

Thankyou Michael and Ulla, for such a glowing review! We are so glad you had a lovely stay and hopefully we will see you on the Islands again one day.

Best wishes

Julia and Giles

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Reviewed 30 May 2017

What a location and what a lovely B&B to come back too every day of your holiday! Julia and Giles warmly welcomed us and made our stay both relaxing and memorable.
When we arrived on the Scillionian Ferry we decided to walk across from the harbour in Hugh Town over to the Old Town. If you like walking and stunning views, this is the place to be! We were very warmly welcomed and kindly given lots of information on local amenities, places to eat and how the boat trips operate and can be booked for trips to all of the other islands.
Our double room overlooked the harbour and what a view to wake up to. The sound of the sea and bird song awakening us on each new morning. The breakfasts were totally yummy; with choices of cereal, fresh fruit, fruit juices, tea, coffee and cooked breakfasts, incl. kippers, and all with plenty of toast; just as well as the home made preserves - marmalade, lemon curd and kiwi fruit compote were all delicious - plus the again homemade tomatoe sauce for the cooked breakfast
We will definately be back :0)
The Isles of Scilly and Tolman House have given us some wonderful holiday memories. Many thanks Julia and Giles.

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Julia G, Owner at Tolman House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2017

Thankyou Guy and Frances for your lovely comments, we are so happy you had a great stay we enjoyed meeting you both and Thankyou Frances for the gardening tips I will put them into practice soon.

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Julia and Giles

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Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

Tolman House is situated in Old Town which is a 20 minute walk from Hugh Town & lovely & quiet. There is a very good pub with excellent food a few hundred yards away & a cafe opposite so it's not isolated. You can walk 2 different routes into Hugh Town, take the community bus or higher a buggy from Hugh Town. It's an excellent base for walking around the island.

We had a sea view room which looked out onto the little sandy bay. It's lovely hearing the waves when the tide is in. The room was small but had everything you need & an excellent shower.

There's no internet at the B&B but you can get 4G here and on most of the island.

There are 3 double rooms & breakfast is served at a communal table at 8.15/8.30 so you all eat together. Although unusual, it's actually really nice chatting to each other & the owners, Julia & Giles. Breakfast is very good, especially the scrambled eggs. Julia makes hers own jams, marmalade, superb lemon curd & tomato sauce.

There is a comfy lounge with 24hr coffee/tea making facilities & biscuits. There's also fresh milk in a little fridge which you can use for small items.

There's a very sweet & well equipped self catering unit next door.

We fully intend coming back. It's a perfect place to stay.

Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Diana M
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Julia G, Owner at Tolman House, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2017

Dear Diana, Thankyou for your kind comments, we are so happy you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to perhaps welcoming you back again one day.

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