Star Castle Hotel

Hugh Town, St Mary's

Star Castle Hotel

Hugh Town, St Mary's

The Star Castle Hotel was built in 1593. This unique elevated Elizabethan castle is only a short walk into Hugh Town. Occupying magnificent views of the surrounding islands, this stunning family run property has something for everyone.


The Star Castle Hotel boasts two restaurants which open in the summer: the atmospheric, award-winning Castle Dining Room with exposed beams and an open fire, and the vine-clad Conservatory, which is light and airy with fabulous views, specialising in local seafood dishes. The Dungeon Bar, where prisoners languished 400 years ago, is now a welcoming spot after a day exploring, with exposed stone walls and old military paraphernalia. Scillonian real ale is served here!

Other facilities of the Star Castle Hotel include an indoor heated pool, and a tennis court. Golf is available at the nearby course. Wine tasting can be arranged at the hotel during your stay (subject to minimum numbers) at the Holy Vale Vineyard.

The Star Castle Hotel comes highly recommended by Prestige Holidays for a warm and welcoming stay.


The Star Castle Hotel offers 38 ensuite rooms in varying sizes and locations.

Castle Rooms are designed in the character of the original building, with some superior rooms offering sea views. Single rooms are also available, set in the Guard Houses on the Castle’s rampart, and accessed from outside.

Garden Rooms are accessed from the Castle gardens, have a more contemporary feel, and are bright and airy. Upgrade to a room with a private lawn area with deck chairs, or a private veranda with sea views—or why not opt for a Garden Suite with an open plan bedroom and separate lounge area? Families can be accommodated in the larger two-bedroom suites with harbour or sea views.

• Tea/coffee making facilities • TV • hairdryer • dressing gowns • Wi-fi

Room choices

  • Single Castle Room – Single bed, en-suite shower, garden view, castle location
  • Single Guard Room – Single bed, en-suite shower, castle ramparts location (with their own entrance). These rooms are dog friendly.
  • Castle Room – Majority located on the 2nd floor. Twin or double beds with a bath and shower in each room. Guaranteed sea-view.
  • Superior Castle Room – Larger than the castle room with twin or double four poster beds and a shower over bath. Guaranteed sea-view.
  • Garden Room – Country cottage style rooms with their own private entrance. Views over the castle gardens and located a stone’s throw from the Conservatory restaurant and indoor swimming pool. Double or twin beds, shower over bath, and dog friendly.
  • Garden Room with Garden – More spacious than the garden rooms with its own seating area and can accommodate an extra bed. Leading out onto a private lawn with sun loungers. Double or twin beds, shower over bath, and dog friendly.
  • Garden Room with Veranda and Sea View – More spacious than the garden rooms with its own seating area, and can accommodate an extra bed. Leading out onto a veranda with guaranteed sea-view. Double or twin beds, shower over bath, and dog friendly.
  • Garden Suite with Harbour View – More like an apartment with cloak-room entrance, twin or double bedroom with shower over bath. Lounge accommodating an extra bed with panoramic views over St Mary’s Harbour and the sea. Outdoor space with seating and a small in-room fridge. Dog friendly.
  • Superior Garden Suite with Veranda and Sea View – Recently refurbished, open plan style located in the castle garden with a guaranteed sea view. Larger than the garden rooms; perfect to accommodate families. Twin or double beds. Extra space can accommodate another two beds and a cot. Shower over bath, dog friendly.

Hotel Top Tips

  • The Star Castle is a fantastic option for those looking to fully immerse themselves in the islands history. However due to its position at the top of a steep and cobbled hill, approximately a fifteen minute walk from Hugh Town, this may not be the best option for visitors with walking difficulties.
  • For children, there is a fantastic children’s playground just a five minute walk south of the hotel on top of the Garrison.
  • Remember your swimming gear if you want to make use of their delightful indoor pool.


PRICING in Castle Room, Bed & Breakfast

Low season Mid season High season Peak season
3 Nights
7 Nights
£ 559
£ 994
£ 632
£ 1164
£ 781
£ 1512
£ 874
£ 1729
2021 Dates
2 – 26 Mar 27 Mar – 29 Apr 30 Apr – 28 May
25 Sep – 01 Nov
29 May – 24 Sep

Prices above are per person (based on two adults sharing) with flights from Land’s End to St Mary’s. Please call us for prices relating to single supplements, upgrading rooms, and travelling from other points on the UK mainland. Please note the above prices should be used as a guide only. This property has a close out period over winter.



How to get there

By Plane – Skybus are the only airline that offer direct flights to the islands from the UK mainland. All flights land into St Mary’s Airport.

  • Exeter (60 minute flight) – up to 4 flights daily (except Sunday) from March to October
  • Newquay (30 minute flight) – up to 6 flights daily (except Sunday) all year round
  • Lands End (20 minute flight) – up to 18 flights daily (except Sunday) all year round

By Ferry – The only direct ferry from the UK mainland to the islands is operated by the Scillonian III and takes 2 hours 45 minutes from Penzance Harbour to St Mary’s Quay. Operates once a day (except Sundays) from March to November.

Regional Departures – There are numerous regional flights that connect with either Exeter, Newquay or Land’s End – please speak to one of our experts who will be happy to help arrange your journey to make it as smooth as possible.

Top tips

  • If you want to see the puffins they return to the islands between April and August.
  • St Mary’s is a truly dog friendly holiday destination. It could not be easier to take your beloved pooch on both the Scillonian III ferry or the Skybus operated flights. Several hotels on the island allow dogs and there is a small company on the island who rent all the items you may need from dog baskets and blankets to food and water bowls.
  • We can highly recommend Juliet’s Garden, a fantastic restaurant with a terrace overlooking Hugh Town and the sea. This is a great place for dinner or finishing the day with a refreshing sundowner.
  • For those with limited mobility or for those simply looking for a fun way to explore the island it is possible to book golf carts for your stay, as there is no car hire here. Pre-booking is essential.
  • Will Wagstaff is the islands resident ornithologist and naturalist and leading authority on all things flora and fauna in the Isles of Scilly. Will’s guided walks are available to pre-book, for just the day or for longer. He also gives a slideshow presentation most Saturday evenings in the Church Hall, St Marys (payable locally, approximately £5 per person.

When To Go

Summer (June-August) – the islands boast some of the UK’s warmest weather and temperatures can reach a comfortable 21 degrees Celsius. This period is peak season and although the weather is favourable, costs and availability can be an issue.

Autumn (September-November) – September to mid-October can still attract some decent weather and it means you can enjoy the islands when the tourists have all gone home. October is peak bird-watching season when the rare migrant species travel through the islands.

Winter (December-February) – Low Season. A season with unpredictable weather and very few tourists. Some properties, attractions and shops close during this period and some of the islanders return to the mainland. That being said winter on the islands can still be enjoyable, with dramatic coastlines and cosy atmospheric pubs whilst taking advantage of the much lower prices at this time of year. However please bear in mind that travel on the Skybus or Scillonian ferry can be frequently disrupted due to weather.

Spring (March-May) – A lovely time to visit the islands with spring flowers in bloom everywhere and puffins returning to the outer islands. Temperatures are starting to get balmy and a great time for walking the miles of nature trails on offer.