Star Castle

Visitors new and old continue to award gold stars to the Francis family’s characterful hotel, in a star-shaped, 16th-century castle above Hugh Town, with ‘stunning views’ over the islands. More

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Star Castle
The Garrison
St Mary's
Isles of Scilly
TR21 0JA
England
01720 422317
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

38. 27 in 2 garden wings.

Open

all year, B&B only Nov–mid-Feb except Christmas/New Year.

Facilities

lounge, bar, 2 restaurants, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 3-acre grounds (covered swimming pool, 12 by 4 metres, tennis), beach nearby, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

welcomed, no under-5s in restaurants in evening (children’s dinner at 5.30 pm).

Dogs

allowed in garden rooms, not in restaurants or lounge.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per person B&B (Nov–mid-Feb) from £75, D,B&B from £89. À la carte £34.50.

Other Credits

VisitEngland Four Star Country House Hotel

Good Hotel Guide Review

Visitors new and old continue to award gold stars to the Francis family’s characterful hotel, in a 16th-century castle above Hugh Town, with ‘stunning views’ over the islands. ‘The immensely high standards are maintained,’ says a trusted Guide correspondent in 2016. ‘The staff are a cohesive, contented, well-managed team.’ Choose among bedrooms in the castle and ‘fine, comfortable’ chalet-style buildings in the grounds. ‘Our cosy castle room (they remembered our favourite) had been redecorated and updated. There were fresh flowers, a super tea tray, an exceptionally comfy bed – everything one could wish for after a long day birdwatching.’ ‘Look forward to dinner’ in the ‘atmospheric’ restaurant or airy conservatory. ‘We expected superb fish dishes, and they were, but the meat offerings were equally wonderful.’ Guests who ‘couldn’t face a five-course meal’ this year appreciated the option to choose ‘any permutation’ off the menu. Wake to a ‘spectacular’ breakfast spread; a ‘fabulous’ kedgeree; ‘memorable’ smoked haddock. (Abigail Kirby-Harris, Andrew Butterworth, Rosemary and Nick Wright)

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Special offers

10% discount all year

The Star Castle is steeped in history and built in 1593. It boasts 38 rooms and suites, two award winning restaurants, a bar and an indoor heated pool. For 2016, the hotel is offering you a special 10% discount on all bookings throughout the year (subject to availability). This discount is applicable to non-package rates only.
To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.

10% discount voucher

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.

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Star Castle
The Garrison
St Mary's
Isles of Scilly
TR21 0JA

Guest comments

'Wonderful comfy bedrooms with everything you could want / need, including an evening turn down.. Stupendous food at all mealtime,s and a friendly but super professional staff ' - Abigail and Bob Kirby-Harris - January, 2017
'From our arrival and throughout our stay, staff were unfailingly helpful and friendly. Housekeeping standards high, the room very comfortable, pleasant sitting area - and a very nice veranda with loungers and a fabulous outlook. We liked the choice of restaurants and menus. The meals were all very well presented, the fish particularly good and – a benefit to those who cannot always face a five course meal – option for choosing two starters or whatever permutation diners wanted. No Musak! ' - Nick and Rosemary Wright - September, 2015
'Five lovely days. Still deserves its Cesar. The Residents’ sitting room is a splendid place for the less energetic. Meals are superb. Fabulous kedgeree for breakfast. The Castle rooms are cosy. Fresh flowers in the bedroom, nice smellies in the bathroom. ' - Abigail Kirby-Harris - July, 2015
'We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit. It was clearly a happy ship; the staff seemed like a cohesive, contented, well-managed team, eager to please. There was a significant number of loyal "returners" among the guests, to the extent that we felt a little excluded from the club at times. Our accommodation was in one of the garden suites. The bedroom was fine and comfortable, if a little small. The food was of a very high standard throughout the week, in terms of both choice and quality. Our only reservation was that some choices ran out if you were booked into a later time slot. We expected superb fish dishes, and they were, but the meat offerings were equally wonderful. Breakfasts were consistently excellent the smoked haddock was especially memorable.The location of the hotel was perfect, with stunning views. It was not a cheap week's holiday, but nevertheless it was good value for money. ' - Andrew Butterworth - June, 2015
'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 - March, 2014

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