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

Star Castle
the Garrison
St Mary’s
Isles of Scilly
TR21 0JA
England
01720 422 317

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

Christmas Stay Special Offer

Your Christmas stay at the Star Castle Hotel includes; dinner, lunch, afternoon tea and bed & breakfast everyday plus a boat trip to one of the other Scillonian islands. On Christmas day itself enjoy the traditional Christmas lunch followed in the evening by a sumptuous seafood buffet. Also available to guests are the Christmas Quiz in the Dungeon bar and other activities. Stay from 22nd December until the 27th December, prices are from £140 per person per night based on a Garden room. Book now and receive a 10% discount and a bottle of Champagne in the room on arrival. 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

'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
'Staff were friendly and helpful throughout but our cabin had a poor outlook and though nicely decorated lacked wow. Though small it had a comfortable, large bed. But there were delicious breakfasts, a great setting and a nice though small pool. ' - AW - June, 2017
'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
'From our arrival and throughout our stay, staff were unfailingly helpful and friendly. Housekeeping standards high, the room very comfortable, pleasant sitting area - and a nice veranda with loungers and a fabulous outlook. We liked the choice of restaurants and menus. The meals were well presented, the fish particularly good and – a benefit to those who cannot always face a five-course meal – option for choosing two starters or whatever permutation diners wanted. No Muzak! ' - Nick and Rosemary Wright - September, 2015
'Clearly a happy ship; the staff seemed like a well-managed team, eager to please. There was a significant number of loyal "returners" among the guests. Our accommodation was in one of the garden suites. The bedroom was fine and comfortable, if a little small. The food was of a high standard, but some choices ran out if you were booked into a later time slot. Breakfasts were consistently excellent.The location was perfect, with stunning views. Not a cheap holiday, but good value for money. ' - Andrew Butterworth - June, 2015

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