The Daily Telegraph, when appraising The Star Castle Hotel, St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly recently, promoted the Grade I hotel for its history, its past royal connections, its panoramic views, its paintings and its antique furniture. The Good Hotel Guide named the hotel as Great Britain Island Hotel of the Year in its César Awards.
The hotel was built as a fortress on St Mary’s in 1593 during the reign of Elizabeth I to protect islanders from future threats of invasion by the Spanish after the Armada had been defeated. The design of the Star Castle Hotel is, as its name suggests, in the shape of an eight sided star, the design of which goes back as far as the Crusades.
The furnishings in each of the castle rooms creates a certain sense of history and style by including antique furniture and half-tester beds to recreate the feel that guests are actually staying in a bona fide castle. The furnishings in the garden rooms are more eclectic with cane furniture, and the suites are luxuriously furnished with access to verandas and terraces. A large percentage of the rooms have harbour and sea views.
Hotels like the Star Castle appeal to the British love affair with its own history and furnishing rooms with period and revival antique furniture all form part of that desire for guests to experience history first hand and to link in to the past.
When looking for antique bookcases in Lancashire and Cumbria, local antiques dealers can provide historical information and provenances so clients can be assured of a piece’s authenticity.
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