Star Castle

St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly

With ‘epic’ views across to Tresco and Bryher, the Francis family’s ‘really good hotel’ combines ‘a great setting’ with ‘fabulous historic features’. More

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)

Hotel details

Address

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

Telephone

01720 422317

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, lounge, bar, not in restaurants.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

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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