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This striking star-shaped fortress offers a unique base for exploring the archipelago of islands. Set within the original Garrison walls, amidst four acres of sub-tropical gardens, this family-run hotel offers spectacular sea vistas, oodles of character and many original features, including the Dungeon Bar - once used to hold prisoners.

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Situated on St Mary's - the most inhabited island of the Isles of Scilly - Star Castle offers a prime position for exploring the archipelago of over 140 islands - set within the warm Gulf Stream waters. Head south of the island to explore Porthcressa Beach and Peninnis Head, before crossing the airfield-runway to Porth Helick with its famous granite-rocks and ancient burial site.

By plane: Newquay Airport (30 minutes), Exeter (1 hour), Lands End (15 minutes). A Skybus shuttle bus runs from Lands End airport to outside Penzance railway station.

By boat: the Scillionian III Passenger Ferry departs from Penzance Quay with a travel time of 2 hours 45 minutes.

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Converted into a hotel in 1933, Star Castle was originally built in the sixteenth-century, in the shape of an eight-pointed star with its own moat. The Francis family took over in 2003, thoughtfully transforming it into a charming family-friendly retreat, retaining original features, to create characterful communal spaces that reflect the hotels incredible history and purpose.


Star Castle boasts two award-winning restaurants, a bar, a heated indoor pool and tennis court, as well as its very own boatman, who visits daily, inviting guests aboard his Calypso boat for day trips to the off-islands. Expect the warmest welcome from the outset. Many of the rooms are dog-friendly, welcoming your canine pal with a blanket, water-bowl and treats.

  • Two restaurants

  • Bar

  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis court
  • Golf court
  • Vineyard

  • Transport

  • Family-friendly


Retreat to one of the hotel's characterful beamed guest bedrooms, charming cottage-style garden room or suite with either a sea or harbour view. Contemporary styling in subtle hues offers welcoming light-filled spaces to relax and enjoy the views.

Room types: Guard Rooms, Castle Rooms, Superior Castle Rooms, Garden Rooms and Suites, Superior Garden Suites, Family Rooms

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities, TV, free WiFi.


Fresh, seasonal-fare is created using locally sourced ingredients, with a focus on seafood and quality wines. Daily-changing menus offer beautifully presented plates of fascinating flavours.

The Castle Restaurant: fine dining, locally caught seafood, kitchen garden produce. Open March-November for breakfast and dinner. Two courses from £36.50.

The Conservatory: fresh seafood, alfresco dining. Open April-October for breakfast and dinner. Pricing as above.

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