In the winter months, when I am not sailing, I like to take a few weekends away on either a Ukulele Weekend or a Guitar Retreat. I have been using a company called Guitar Retreats for some time and in recent years they have started using more exclusive and unusual hotels and venues.
When I saw that a week long retreat was being held on Tresco Island I booked.
I researched various ways of getting there but both flying and train turned out to be either too expensive, long waits for connections or just inconvenient times. So I drove to Gloucester, stayed the night there and then onto Bude in Cornwall to stay with Stuart and Sharon, who run Guitar Retreats and then finally on to Lands End.
However, this wasn't the end of the journey as I still had to get a plane, a taxi, a boat and finally a short walk to The New Inn on Tresco.
It was a long journey, but well worth it. Tresco is a beautiful island with a sub-tropical garden at Tresco Abbey, long sandy beaches and some great walks around the island despite it only being 2 miles long and just over a mile wide.