Star Castle Hotel
There’s a very warm welcome waiting for you at this excellent four-star family-run Castle hotel, which began life back in 1593, when it was built in the shape of an eight-pointed star. Nearly five hundred years ago, the castle with magnificent views and surrounding islands served to protect the mainland of Britain from invaders. Today the castle, and its views are much better enjoyed over a glass of wine or two from the castle ramparts.
The Star Castle Hotel sits in four lush acres of secluded sub-tropical gardens and offers a range of facilities that includes an indoor heated pool and unlimited complimentary golf and tennis. There’s a choice of beautifully styled accommodation and guests can choose from one of the pretty garden rooms, many with sea views and their own private verandas or gardens. In the winter months, it’s nice to opt for one of the rooms within the Castle that ooze cosy character and charm.
The hotel is renowned across the islands for its fine cuisine and offers a choice of two award-winning restaurants specialising in local produce including fresh lobster and crab, collected daily from the hotels fishing boat. The Star Castle offers the perfect ingredients for a very special wedding celebration with licensed rooms, fabulous food and stunning photo opportunities. Each day begins with a sumptuous breakfast and children will love the delicious high tea that is part of the family package offered at the Castle. Even dogs are welcomed and catered for at the Star Castle!
In 2015, hotel owner, Robert Francis, produced the first fine wines from the vineyard that he planted in 2009. Not only do these excellent pinot noirs, pinot gris, chardonnays and rosés now take pride of place on the wine list, but the vineyard itself is fast becoming one of the must-see locations on St Mary’s. The setting is spectacular and visitors can enjoy tastings there in the evenings, a glass of chilled wine and fresh lobster for lunch, or they can just admire the vines and soak up the very special atmosphere of the Star Castle’s Holy Vale Vineyard.
The Isles of Scilly are so peaceful and picture perfect that most people visit just to wander and marvel at the tropical setting and the whitest beaches you’ll find anywhere outside of the Caribbean. But if you feel the need to be a little bit busy, there’s a host of events and activities to take part in throughout the year and the Star Castle Hotel offers special packages to make the most of these events, such as; Walk Scilly, Culture month of May, Archaeological week and their very own Gourmet Wine weekends.