Photos courtesy of Star Castle Hotel
30, including 9 rooms in the castle, 3 singles in guard houses, 18 in garden annex
Rooms in castle:
Rooms in garden annex: £158–386
Garden Suite: £210–439
Rates include breakfast, and VAT
Open: all year
The Isles of Scilly are located several miles off Land’s End in Cornwall. They can be reached by plane, helicopter, or boat from Penzance. Ask the hotel for special rates on transport from the mainland.
On site: indoor swimming
pool; grass tennis court
Nearby: boating; golf; diving; windsurfing; horseback riding; bicycling
The name Star Castle perfectly suits this Elizabethan fortress. Its 18-foot broad ramparts are in the form of an eight-point star surrounded by a dry moat.
Standing high on Garrison Hill on the island of St. Mary’s, the castle’s view of the sea and islands is stunning. It is just a five-minute walk west of Hugh Town.
You have a choice of two types of accommodation. The guest rooms in the castle are in keeping with its ancient character. Some have ocean views, and two—the King Charles II Room and the Francis Godolphin Room— feature canopy beds, modern bathrooms, and dark wood beams across whitewashed walls. The more modern Garden Apartments (which housed soldiers during WWII) have French windows opening onto verandas with spectacular views of the sea. These rooms are on the grounds of the property—not in the castle itself.
You have a choice of two restaurants. The Conservatory Restaurant is outside, surrounded by glass and shaded by a grapevine. With its proximity to the ocean, seafood is prominently featured. The second restaurant is situated in the former officers’ mess. Vegetables are grown in the castle’s own gardens.