Star Castle

‘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. More

Contact details

Star Castle
The Garrison
St Mary’s
Isles of Scilly
TR21 0JA
England
01720 422317

Hotel information

Bedrooms

38. 27 in 2 garden wings.

Open

all year, B&B only Nov–mid-Feb except New Year, closed Christmas.

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), tennis, beach nearby, horse riding, golf, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

welcomed, no under-5s in restaurants in evening (children’s dinner at 5.30 pm).

Dogs

allowed in garden rooms, not in restaurants or lounge.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per person B&B (Nov–mid-Feb) from £85, D,B&B from £95. À la carte £42.

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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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Special offers

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.

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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

'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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