Good Hotel Guide Review
With ‘epic’ views across to Tresco and Bryher, the Francis family’s ‘really good hotel’ combines ‘a great setting’ with ‘fabulous historic features’. A fortification from the age of Sir Francis Drake, it now welcomes guests with a range of ‘wonderful comfy’ bedrooms. Some, in the original 16th-century castle and ramparts, have a quirky shape, perhaps original beams, a half-tester bed. Most occupy two modern garden annexes with country cottage-style decor, some with sea views and a veranda. While ‘nicely decorated, with extremely comfortable beds’, one regular reader felt they ‘lacked any wow factor’. Chef Billy Littlejohn’s locally sourced, modern British menus, using lobster caught by the owner, and garden vegetables, are served in the vine-hung conservatory and the castle dining room, with wine from the hotel vineyard. A typical dish: local brill, samphire, garlic purée, caramelised onion tart, king oyster mushrooms, scallops, truffle butter sauce. Long-serving staff are ‘friendly, highly professional’. The old stone-walled dungeon is now a bar. Outside, guests enjoy island-hopping, swimming with seals, and free access to ‘the UK’s loveliest golf course’. (AK-H, and others)
Isles of Scilly
38. 27 in 2 garden wings.
all year, B&B only Nov–mid-Feb, except Christmas–New Year (full service).
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.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in garden rooms, lounge, bar, not in restaurants.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £89–£165, double £179–£414, D,B&B double £200–£470. Set menu £37–£45, à la carte £42. 1-night bookings usually refused (but call to check).
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Spring 2020 Full Board Special Offer
2nd-30th March 2020. Everything you need for an indulgent escape, without leaving the castle grounds! Many guests choose to visit in March, when the peace and quiet of the islands and the likelihood of some early spring flowers and sunshine make a break on Scilly irresistible. This time of year can also bring with it breezy showers, so, this offer makes sure that you will only have to leave the castle if you really want to. The All-Inclusive early Spring break includes: Breakfast, hearty homemade soup and sandwiches for lunch (packed or served in the Dungeon bar). A four-course dinner. Daily afternoon tea and cake, together with your chosen newspaper. March Rates: 3 nights from £299 per person – Full board (based on two people sharing a Garden Room). 4 nights from £399 per person – Full board (based on two people sharing a Garden Room). For more information or to book just contact the reception team on 01720 422317 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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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