Good Hotel Guide Review
The Francis family’s charismatic hotel, with many historic features, continues to please regulars, mainly for its ‘superb’ hilltop location, genial service and tip-top seafood. ‘Staying here is like being a guest at a private members’ club,’ one reader tells us. The star-shaped 16th-century fortress has been ingeniously converted to retain original features: a beamed and stone-walled dining room and lounge, an atmospheric bar in the dungeon, and terraces on the garrison walls. Food is ‘undoubtedly the highlight of a stay’ with dishes ‘almost universally of excellent quality’. Locally caught seafood – lobster is a speciality – and vegetables from the kitchen garden appear on the menu as well as seared venison. Breakfast has ‘splendid’ choices including ‘smoked haddock’. Vegans, however, may struggle. Bedrooms divide opinion: the purpose-built cottage-style rooms in the garden are considered ‘wonderfully comfy with everything you could need’, or ‘rather dated’ but ‘adequate and comfortable’. Castle rooms, with sea views, have more character. The staff are ‘friendly but super professional’. ‘Remember to watch the sun set.’
Isles of Scilly
38. 27 in 2 garden wings.
all year, B&B only Nov–mid-Feb, except New Year (full service).
lounge, bar, 2 restaurants, 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 £87–£172, double £149–£424, D,B&B single £115–£200, double £205–£480. Set menu £37–£45, à la carte £42. 1-night bookings usually refused (but call to check).
VisitEngland Four Star Country House Hotel
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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