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A 16th-century castle with spectacular views across the archipelago, Star Castle offers a unique escape in a striking star-shaped fortress, set in four-acres of subtropical gardens. It's the perfect base from which to explore the neighbouring islands, or simply soak up breathtaking views from its turrets while enjoying locally grown fine wines, alongside Scillonian lobster and crab caught daily by the proprietor himself.

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Star Castle's very own vineyard, the nature reserves - home to rare wildlife, and the Scilly Spirit gin distillery are just a few of the island's must-sees.

Star Castle is just a short walk from the centre of St Mary's island and harbour.
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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Style & Character

Those after a little luxury, looking for somewhere to unwind against a backdrop of stunning sea views, will love Star Castle. It's hard not to fall for the original features of the castle, including the turrets and ramparts, large wooden beams, open-fireplaces and original stone walls.

Service & Facilities

Holy Vale, Star Castle's beautiful vineyard, is a must-see; its peaceful location and stunning views provide the ideal setting for a lobster lunch or wine-tasting.

  • Two restaurants

  • Bar

  • Afternoon tea
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Tennis court
  • Kids' playground
  • Golf court
  • Subtropical garden

  • Kitchen gardens

  • Vineyard

  • Courtesy transport

  • Boat trips

  • Family-friendly
  • Dog-friendly


We love the Garden Room's verandah, with its wooden chairs perfectly positioned to take in views of the island, providing the most heavenly palce to while away the hours.

Guard Rooms, Castle Rooms, Superior Castle Rooms, Garden Rooms and Suites, Superior Garden Suites, Family Rooms
Facilities include: tea and coffee making facilities, television, hairdryer, dressing gown, white fluffy bath and hand towels, ironing board and iron

Food & Drink

Produce doesn't get more local than this, with the hotel's two award-winning restaurants' menus boasting an array of fish and seafood from island suppliers and the hotel's own kitchen garden. Robert's freshly caught lobsters and crabs, brought in daily with a selection of his house vineyard wines, are an absolute treat for the tastebuds!

The Castle Restaurant: fine dining, locally caught seafood, kitchen garden produce. Open March - November for breakfast and dinner 6.30 - 8.30 pm. Two courses £36.50, three courses £42, four courses £45.
The Conservatory: fresh seafood, alfresco dining. Open April - October for breakfast and dinner. Pricing as above.
The Dungeon bar: ex-prison setting, Scillonian beer, wines and aperitifs.

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