Star Castle, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly
Immerse yourself in 16th-century history with a stay at this star-shaped fortress boasting an enviable position on St Mary's, with spectacular vistas across the archipelago of neighbouring unspoiled islands.
Rooms available from £157.30 per night
Your expert reviewer
Star Castle is located on the island of St Mary's and offers a prime opportunity to explore the rest of the islands in the archipelago.
Explore Porthcressa Beach and Peninnis Head, or cross the airfield runway to the ancient burial site at Porth Helick.
By plane: Skybus flights to St Mary's from Newquay (30 minutes), Exeter (1 hour) or Lands End (15 minutes). The hotel is a 7-minute drive from the airport. Book Skybus.
By boat: the Scillonian Ferry leaves from Penzance (March to November) and takes 2 hours 45 minutes. The hotel is a 3-minute drive (or 10-minute walk from the ferry terminal). Book Scillonian Ferry.
CHARACTER & STYLE
A castle dating back to the 16th Century, Star Castle was converted into a hotel in 1933. The Francis family took over in 2003, and these days it's a charming family-friendly retreat. Original features have been retained to preserve its history.
Expect the warmest welcome on arrival. Facilities include two award-winning restaurants, a bar, a heated indoor pool and tennis court. There's a boatman who visits daily to offer day trips to the other islands.
- Free Wi-Fi
Choose to stay in one of the characterful beamed guest bedrooms or the cottage-style garden rooms and suites which offer a sea (or harbour) view. Rooms are light and welcoming, providing space to relax and enjoy the views.
Room types: Guard Room, Castle Room, Superior Castle Room, Family Room, Garden Room, Garden Suite, Superior Garden Suite
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Menus change daily, using fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. There's a focus on seafood and quality wines. The freshly caught lobsters and crabs, brought in daily with a selection of house vineyard wines, are an absolute treat for the tastebuds!
The Castle Restaurant: fine dining, locally caught seafood, kitchen garden produce. Open Mar-Nov for breakfast and dinner.
The Conservatory: al fresco dining, open Apr-Oct for breakfast and dinner.
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