Stay in this 16th century castle with your four-legged friend, and soak up spectacular views across the archipelago; Star Castle offers a unique escape in a striking star-shaped fortress – boasting centuries-old character, fused with contemporary-charm – set within the original Garrison walls amidst four-acres of sub-tropical gardens, that your dog is welcome to explore.
The historical hotel has 30 dog friendly rooms, providing the ideal base for you and your friend to explore the neighbouring islands, as well as enjoy breathtaking views from its turrets and ramparts. In each room you will find a bowl, towel, and blanket for your pal to snuggle down and sleep on, whilst you enjoy a little luxury with locally grown fine-wines and Scillonian lobster and crab caught daily, by the proprietor himself.
Step out of the entrance with your flurry friend, straight onto the Garrison and walk the ancient fortifications; 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. Discover the nature reserves, home to rare wildlife, before winding back to Old Town, where you will find Scilly Spirit gin distillery and pottery by the acclaimed ceramicist, John Bourdeaux.
It’s worth noting that Town Beach, Porthcressa and Porthmelon have seasonal bans through April to October and that dogs must be kept on leashes in the nature reserves. Pelistry Bay and Bar Point Beach – located further out of town – are dog friendly all year-round.
Produce doesn’t get more local than the hotel’s kitchen garden and island suppliers, with menus boasting an array of fish and seafood, within classic dishes, served in two award-winning restaurants.
Whilst dogs aren’t permitted in the restaurants themselves, they are welcome to join you for dinner in the bar, as well as out on the castle walls or to the rear of the pool for breakfast.
For those wishing to dine out, a short stroll along the beachfront will take you to Dibble & Grub, a Mediterranean style restaurant and bar, with alfresco seating – perfect for you and your pooch – with quality produce and views across the bay guaranteed.
All the local pubs on St Mary’s accept dogs if dining in the bar areas and Juliet’s Garden is a family-run restaurant that allows dogs, open from mid-morning until early evening, for coffee and cake, lunch and light evening meals.
There is a fee of £15 a night for your dog to stay, with a limit of two dogs welcome per room.
The Isles of Scilly is one of my favourite spots – they’re every dog’s paradise, and Star Castle provides a luxurious stay from high up, in what looks to be a fortress! I loved sitting in the pretty garden with my humans, watching the birds and bunnies beyond the fence. It was so exciting to be so close to nature, with all the best sniffs, and just a stone’s throw from the Garrison path. Playing in the grounds and getting fussed by the friendly staff was a real treat, before curling up in comfort in our cosy room – a pawfect stay from beginning to end.
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