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.
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.