Star Castle

César award in 2009

With views of the sea and isles in every direction, this star-shaped Tudor fortress owned by the Francis family has an 'enchanting' location. James Francis runs front-of-house with a long-serving staff, who create 'a very friendly atmosphere'. In keeping with the age of the building, bedrooms in the historic castle have dark furniture and deep colours; the more modern garden rooms (at times a 'blustery' walk from the main building) have nautical stripes or cheerful gingham prints. 'Our garden room had its own veranda with steamer chairs - perfect for enjoying the sunshine each afternoon and early evening.' In the beamed Castle restaurant and airy Conservatory, local produce shapes the menu: a kitchen garden provides many of the vegetables; lobsters and crabs are caught each morning in season by James's father, Robert, in the hotel's fishing boat. Chef Gareth Stafford's 'excellent, inventive' menus of English/French dishes change daily, and might include butter-roasted cod, champ potatoes, mussel and spinach bonne femme. At breakfast, Tim, the boatman, stops by guests' tables to help to plan the day's itinerary. (J and MB, and others)
  • We had a marvellous 4 nights and cannot recomend the hotel more highly. We had a look at the Garden Rooms and in summer would be the place to stay even though the decor could be described as slightly old fashioned. However views to die for. For this time of year we were grateful to be in the Castle so we did not have to brave the weather to make our room. The dinner was fantastic as was the service and the staff were just what one would hope for. The 3 South Afrian guys and the girl from Devon were great! A great Breakfast too

    Richard Bright, 02/04/2014

  • A friendly welcome. Our garden room was smallish but had everyething you need. and a veranda with a fine view. We thought the dining room a little cramped. The Conservatoy restaurant was spacious and light. Fish dishes beautifully prepared. Breakfast had a rather ordinary buffet, a wide range of cooked dishes, ordinary toast. Staff very efficient. A lovely stay

    Jill Bennett, 10/11/2011

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Local attractions

Porthminster Café
Good Food Guide recommended café
Minack Theatre
An open-air theatre in Porthcurno Bay.
Isles of Scilly
Helicopter rides to the Isles are available.

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Contact Details

Star Castle

The Garrison, Cornwall St Mary's Isles of Scilly England TR21 0JA

Telephone

01720 422317

Further Information

Bedrooms

38, 27 in 2 garden wings.

Open

11 Feb-Nov, 23 Dec-2 Jan.

Facilities

lounge, bar, 2 restaurants, free Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, 3-acre grounds (covered swimming pool, 12 by 3 metres, tennis), beach nearby, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 5 in restaurants.

Dogs

not allowed in restaurants.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2013] per person B&B £65-£184, D,B&B £88-£194. Set dinner £38.50-£42.50.