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The Star Castle – St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly

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The Star Castle – St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly

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Fashioned from a perfect, star-shaped, 16th-century castle set on a headland above Hugh Town, this hotel is a stellar find. Stretching out behind are the modern Garden Rooms, perfect for families, plus an indoor pool and conservatory dining room, all set in lush grounds. It was once the most secure defence post in the British Isles but, nowadays, this castle has the charm and intimacy of a Cotswold cottage. As well as the cosy bar (formerly the dungeon), first-floor sitting room and stone-walled dining room, there are eight charming bedrooms in the castle itself, plus three in former guardrooms embedded in the castle walls. As for food, you can indulge in owner Robert Francis’s two passions, fishing and wine, by eating a steamed lobster that he has caught himself and drinking a fabulous bottle from his carefully selected wine list. At breakfast, Robert’s son, James, arranges guest outings along with the hotel’s boatman, Tim. A family affair, and
a special one at that.

Doubles from £185
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Visit Holy Vale vineyard on St Mary’s and explore the world of viticulture, as well as sampling locally produced wines with matching tapas.


If you are after some great fish, try The Conservatory. If you are in the mood for something a little more hearty, we recommend the fillet of beef wellington in the Castle Dining room.


See the Scilly Isles by boat with a wildlife boat trip with Island Sea Safaris.


Wildlife lover, Ray Mears, visited the Isles of Scilly in 2018 for the first time and stayed at the Star Castle, loving its history, warmth and easy location.

Want to find out more? Visit the hotel's website.

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