Star Castle

‘High standards are maintained,’ writes a devoted fan, following a New Year stay at the Francis family’s hotel, forged from a 16th-century fortification. More

Contact details

The Garrison
St Mary's
Isles of Scilly
TR21 0JA
England
01720 422317

Hotel information

Bedrooms

38. 27 in 2 garden wings.

Open

all year, B&B only Nov–mid-Feb, except Christmas–New Year (full service).

Facilities

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

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in garden rooms, not in restaurants or lounge.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £85–£157, double £160–£394, DB&B single £95–£185, double £180–£448. A la carte £42.

Other reviews

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Good Hotel Guide Review

‘High standards are maintained,’ writes a devoted fan, following a New Year stay at the Francis family’s hotel, forged from a 16th-century fortification. ‘It was warm and cosy, with gorgeous flowers and an entertaining programme of activities.’ Other guests report ‘plenty of positives: helpful staff, great setting, delicious breakfasts’; ‘fabulous historic features, in particular the dungeon bar’. There was praise for the castle’s ‘wonderful comfy bedrooms’, but a mixed reception for one of its ‘slightly Butlin’s-style row of cabins’. It was ‘nicely decorated with a comfortable, large bed’, but also ‘fairly small, with a rather jaded bathroom, and a view of bushes’. In the dining rooms, one a vine-hung conservatory, chef Billy Littlejohn’s ‘stupendous’ modern British menus include the likes of sea bass fillet, chive and Parmesan risotto cake, carrot purée, asparagus spears, baby corn and chive velouté. Some wines are from the family vineyard. Vegan visitors were disappointed to find, despite assurances when booking, no dining options. Boating excursions are run on fine days, with ‘well-stocked bookshelves and board games’ for less clement weather. (Abigail Kirby-Harris, IB, and others)

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Special offers

Family Stay Special Offer

Family Stay Special Offer: Stay 5 nights or more and receive £100 per family towards a Scilly activity of your choice. You will receive £100 worth of vouchers per family to use in a selection of activities on the island. T&Cs – This offer applies to children up to 16 years old staying with parents. The vouchers are redeemable at reception and offer lasts throughout the year. Activities include the following: sailing, horse riding or snorkelling with seals. 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

'A most enjoyable visit. Garden rooms like sheltered accommodation for the elderly. Ours was adequate and comfortable apart from a non-functioning shower. The food is the highlight, almost universally excellent. Splendid breakfast offerings. Fish dishes varied and delicious. A bit like a private members' club - many guests have been regulars for years. ' - Andrew Butterworth - July, 2019
'We had such a fabulous time over the New Year. High standards are still maintained. It was warm and cosy. Stunning Christmas decorations as well as stupendous food and an entertaining programme of activities. James, ably assisted by wife Ella, is making a good job of carrying on the family tradition. ' - Abigail Kirby-Harris - January, 2018
'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

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide