Lundy, Bristol Channel, Devon


Hanmers was built by a fisherman on the path from the beach to the castle. Lundy’s beauty, community and way of life make a world apart and despite its size, a stay here never feels quite long enough.

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£520 equivalent to £32.50 per person, per night

A fisherman’s hut

Hanmers was built by a fisherman in 1902. He chose a good site, a dip in the hill, on the path from the beach to the castle, so the place is sheltered but has the usual wonderful view out to sea towards Devon. It is weather-boarded outside and its interior is also of wood, painted white in the front rooms, which gives it a warm and solid feel.

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Map & local info

Nestled in a dip in the hill near the castle, Hanmers is sheltered with outstanding views overlooking the landing bay and further across the Bristol Channel.

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Places to visit nearby

Rocky shore rambles

Lundy wildlife talks by warden

Snorkelling safaris

Warden led walks

Seabird walks


Booking and Payment
  • We accept Maestro (if issued in the UK), Visa, MasterCard, direct transfer and sterling cheques drawn on a UK bank. Cheques should be made payable to the Landmark Trust except for Lundy stays and boat/helicopter tickets which should be payable to The Lundy Company Ltd. All payments must be in sterling.
  • If your stay starts more than two months from the date you make the booking, you are required to pay a deposit of one third of the cost of your stay (or £100 per booking, if greater) at the time of booking. Camping on Lundy must be paid for in full at the time of booking. 
  • If you wish to cancel or change your booking, please contact Booking Enquiries on 01628 825925.
  • Please note that travel costs are not included in the cost of the accommodation.  For up to date fare information and timetables please visit: https://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/lundyisland/timetable/
  • At the moment we only accept payment in sterling.
  • It depends. Some of our most popular Landmarks are booked up a long time in advance but many can be booked at short notice. We will always have Landmarks free for the coming weekend so it’s always worth checking online.
  • Please report to reception when you arrive on the island, where further information will be given.
  • If you miss the scheduled sailing or helicopter to Lundy, you’ll have to make your own travel arrangements using local operators.
  • If we cannot transport you to Lundy either by boat or helicopter at the beginning of your stay, and you have bought from us either a boat or helicopter ticket we will refund the rent you have paid for each night until you reach the island. If we cannot transport you from Lundy at the end of your stay and you have bought from us a boat or helicopter ticket we will cover the cost of each extra night’s accommodation on Lundy. If we offer you a sailing or helicopter flight to or from Lundy but you refuse it, we reserve the right to change your accommodation and/or to charge for it.
  • No, Landmarks are available to be booked for anyone.
  • No, all the information you need can be found on our website, although we’d like you to buy one anyway as it will be a pleasure to own!
Staying on Lundy
  • Some of our Landmarks are suitable for people with disabilities or limited mobility. However, many Landmarks have steep or narrow staircases, uneven floors and thresholds, changes of level, low ceilings or beams, as well as indistinct colours on steps and in corridors. We recommend that you call Booking Enquiries on 01628 825925 if you would like to find out the suitability of a particular Landmark for anyone with a specific disability.  Further information on access when visiting Lundy can be found here: https://www.countrysidemobility.org/lundy.
  • Yes, Landmarks are only available as self-catering accommodation. We occasionally offer bed and breakfast subject to property availability, with breakfast being served in the Marisco Tavern.
  • We do not provide catering, however, the Marisco Tavern is normally open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Please check the notice board on arrival for opening times.
  • Dogs are not permitted on Lundy except assistance dogs.
  • Lundy is a working farm with large numbers of ewes and lambs at certain times of the year. For this reason we cannot allow you to bring dogs or pets (except assistance dogs) when travelling to, or staying on, the island.
  • Your arrival and departure time on the island will be governed by the arrival and departure time of MS Oldenburg or the helicopter.  Your property will be ready by 4pm, however, this can often be earlier.  You must vacate your property by 10am.
  • We do not carry insurance for breakages. However we appreciate that accidents do sometimes happen. If you have a breakage during your stay, please let the housekeeper know and if appropriate we reserve the right to invoice you accordingly.
  • Yes, most of our Landmarks are perfect for children, with gardens to play in and secret places to discover. Our furniture is surprisingly robust and we positively encourage families to stay. However, some of our buildings may not be suitable for small children; for example, some of them have steep or uneven spiral staircases. We recommend that you call the Booking Enquiries team if you would like to find out the suitability of any of our Landmarks for young children.
  • Unfortunately, most of our Landmarks are not licensed for weddings.  However, it’s possible to get married or have a wedding blessing on Lundy subject to obtaining the relevant license and/or consent. Please contact the shore office [email protected] for further information.   
  • All our larger Landmarks are perfect for gatherings of family or friends. You may invite an additional two guests to visit you during your stay, however they must not stay overnight. This is very important because our fire regulations specifically note the maximum number of people in any one building. In addition our properties are prepared, furnished and equipped for the number of people specified and greater numbers cause damage and excessive wear and tear to vulnerable buildings. Should this condition be ignored we shall make a retrospective charge per person per day (whether or not they stay overnight) for each guest over the permitted limit, the charge being pro-rated on the total cost of your booking.
  • We deliberately do not provide televisions and find that most people appreciate this.
  • There is intermittent mobile phone signal on Lundy but there is a pay phone in The Marisco Tavern.
  • Yes, we have standard electricity sockets for UK appliances. If you are coming from outside the UK, you will need to bring your own adaptor plug(s).  
  • Sometimes our kitchens and bathrooms have to be imaginatively fitted into the available space in buildings where before there were none, but they are all planned and equipped to a high and modern standard.
  • Yes, our kitchens are well equipped with cookers and fridges. There is standard range of crockery, cutlery, pots, pans and utensils. A full equipment list is available at time of booking.
  • Fuel for the open fires/stoves can be bought from the General Store.
  • Mobile coverage varies on the island.  There is a payphone in the Marisco Tavern.
  • No. At the moment, we have decided not to implement Wi-Fi in our buildings following a consultation with our customers. Many said that they would find it useful, but many also felt that it would somehow damage the experience of staying in a Landmark. As the responses were so split, and as we have so many other initiatives requiring funding, we have decided to put this on hold for the time being.
  • Yes, Landmarks are fully equipped with sheets and towels. All the beds are fully made up for your arrival.
  • A welcome tray with tea, milk and sugar awaits your arrival.  We also provide toilet rolls and a bar of soap per basin, but no other toiletries. We do not provide hairdryers. Here are other things you might consider.

A picnic place for the Heaven family

In 1884, when Lloyd's built a pair of cottages for their signalmen close to the castle, gravel for them had been quarried from the little plateau on which Hanmers now stands. Before that it had been a popular picnic place for the Heaven family, with a table and benches. In 1898 George Thomas, fisherman and island handyman, built himself a house there of timber overlaid with corrugated iron, which became known as the Palace. It cost him the kingly sum of £150.

Originally Mr Thomas came over to Lundy from Sennen every year for the fishing. He paid £10 per annum and this rental included the use of The Fish Palace (now demolished) on the beach and a store on the Beach Road. He and his colleagues caught lobster, crabs, crayfish, mackerel and herring. Some of the catch was smoked at the Fish Palace or salted, but mostly it was sent across to the mainland for sale. When, as a boy, he had first come to Lundy with his uncles for the fishing, they were frequently troubled by poachers. These thieves would pilfer their crab and lobster pots as well as the store pot, known in the West Country as the ‘carb’. To counteract this problem the Lundy fishers, armed with shotguns, would keep nightly watch over their pots and fire warning shots if they saw any craft approaching with dishonest intent.

George Thomas became a full island employee after 1879 and an invaluable general factotum who often took the Heaven children out sailing. He was also the gardener and introduced mesembryanthemums to the island. One of his duties was to look after the church and keep the clock wound. First he lived at one of the Castle Cottages, then at the Quarry Cottages (now ruined) before building his own 'Palace.' This comprised a kitchen and two bedrooms with a separate wash house at the back. He and his wife, Susan, lived there with their four sons and a daughter, Hetty.

After Mr and Mrs Thomas left Lundy, probably in 1911, the Palace's next occupant was the curate, Rev. Mr Swatridge, who took the Rev. Mr Heaven's place after the latter moved to the mainland in 1911. At about this time it was renamed Cliff Bungalow. Mr Swatridge gave it up in 1916 and was succeeded by Mr and Mrs Allday, who lived there until 1926. Frederick Allday had been appointed to the Lloyd's signal station on Lundy in 1896. In those days Lloyd’s had signal stations all round the coast of the British Isles reporting passing shipping. That on Lundy consisted of a look-out on the old parade ground east of the Castle and a pair of cottages behind it, linked to the mainland by telegraph. Being in such an exposed position, these cottages were impossible to maintain and were eventually pulled down in 1989.

Mr Allday, who doubled as post-master (see also Castle Cottage), retired from Lloyd’s in 1909, but stayed on Lundy, moving first to the old Quarry Cottages, before settling at Cliff Bungalow. This they may have done in 1916, the same year that their daughter, Mildred, had the distinction of being the first bride to be married in the church of St. Helena, with Mr Swatridge presiding.

In 1927 a Miss Wilda Gee visited Lundy and decided she would like to live there for long periods. She subsequently hired the Cliff Bungalow. Miss Gee, who referred to the Tavern as 'the only blot on the island,' was an individualist. She had been a militant suffragette and had served a short prison sentence for chaining herself to the railings at the Houses of Parliament. She would invite the islanders for vegetarian suppers and then entertain them by reading aloud in a high pitched falsetto voice.

In 1939 Mr Harman granted Mrs Hanmer a repairing lease of the Cliff Bungalow rent-free for seven years. He had met the Hanmer family on a skiing holiday and for some years they had stayed annually in the Old Light. The Hanmer regime was spartan. Once on the island the children had to cut bracken, then choose a spot on the floor for their ‘mattresses’. Between six-thirty and seven in the morning they had a nude swim and then after breakfast, each child was given a piece of bread and a bar of chocolate and told not to appear until supper at six o'clock that evening.

Rebuilt by the Harmans

In 1963 the Harmans decided to rebuild and renovate Hanmers for holiday lettings. The main building and the wash-room had been separate, but the main building was extended to provide a new kitchen, bedroom, w.c. and wash-room. The sitting room and bedrooms were fitted with new windows and the walls lined with new panelling of tongue-and-groove boards. The exterior corrugated-iron sheeting was removed and replaced with cedar boarding.

In the roof a large new tank was positioned to catch rainwater. The water supply inside the bungalow had to be pumped up by a semi-rotary pump daily but Landmark removed this and water is now conveniently supplied by gravity pipe feed. Calor gas lights and cooker were installed. The views from Hanmers along the island's east side are rivalled only by those from Castle Cottage.

For a short history of Lundy please click here.

To read the full history album for Lundy please click here.

Getting to Lundy

Getting to Lundy

Your Lundy adventure begins even before you set foot on the Island.

During the winter season, (beginning of November until the end of March), a Helicopter Service operates between Lundy and Hartland Point on Mondays and Fridays.  This exhilarating flight takes approximately seven minutes, providing spectacular aerial views of the Island and North Devon.

During the summer season, (end of March until the end of October), the Island’s own supply ship and ferry, the MS Oldenburg departs several times a week from either Bideford or Ilfracombe. 

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What's a changeover day? and Why can't I select other dates?Explain MoreQuestion

A changeover day is a particular day of the week when holidays start and end at our properties. These tend to be on a Friday or a Monday but can sometimes vary. All stays run from one changeover day until another changeover day.