38. 27 in 2 garden wings.
all year, B&B only Nov–mid-Feb except New Year, closed Christmas.
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), tennis, beach nearby, horse riding, golf, unsuitable for disabled.
welcomed, no under-5s in restaurants in evening (children’s dinner at 5.30 pm).
allowed in garden rooms, not in restaurants or lounge.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per person B&B (Nov–mid-Feb) from £85, D,B&B from £95. À la carte £42.
VisitEngland Four Star Country House Hotel
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Everything you’d expect from a really good hotel is here,’ writes a trusted Guide correspondent in 2017, fresh from celebrating the holidays at the Francis family’s characterful hotel above Hugh Town. (‘These chaps know how to run a good party!’) ‘It’s a super place: comfy bedrooms with everything you could want; stupendous food at all mealtimes; friendly but professional staff.’ Within star-shaped fortress walls, the hotel occupies a 16th-century castle; ‘fine bedrooms’ are in the main building and ramparts, and in chalet-style buildings (some with a veranda overlooking the sea) in the grounds. There are a tennis court and a new sun deck for good weather; for rainy days, or ‘to simply relax in great comfort’, there are ‘well-stocked bookshelves’ and plenty of board games. (Plenty of real ale, too, in the Dungeon bar.) In the original officers’ mess and the vine-hung conservatory, Billy Littlejohn’s cooking includes lots of seafood, perhaps crab and lobster from St Mary’s harbour. Come morning, boatman Tim helps plan a day of island-hopping, or a tour of shipwrecks, seals and seabirds. (Abigail Kirby-Harris)
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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.
Guide Book Vouchers
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.Buy the guide
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.