38. 27 in 2 garden wings.
all year, B&B only Nov–mid-Feb, except Christmas–New Year (full service).
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.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in garden rooms, not in restaurants or lounge.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B single £85–£157, double £160–£394, DB&B single £95–£185, double £180–£448. A la carte £42.
VisitEngland Four Star Country House Hotel
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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March Stay Special Offer
Many guests choose to visit Scilly in March, when the peace and quiet of the islands and likelihood of some early Spring flowers and sunshine makes a break away on Scilly irresistible. The Star Castle are offering a 10% discount for your full stay during March when you book either B&B, Dinner B&B or their fully inclusive Relax & Recharge offer. 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.
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