Star & Garter

Falmouth Cornwall, United Kingdom Book from Book from £80 per night

Forget seaside chintz at these stylish apartments-for-2 in buzzing Falmouth, with glorious views and an award-winning pub
The secret is out. Falmouth has been voted one of the best places to live in southwest England. Now is the time to visit and the Star & Garter is the place to stay: indulge in some of the best food and cocktails in town before staggering upstairs to one of 3 cosy self-catering apartments for a blissful night’s sleep. The pub sits at the vibrant end of the high street surrounded by boutiques, bars, galleries and coffee shops. As a thriving port and student hub, there's a young, creative feel to the town which is rapidly shaking off its old-fashioned B&B past.

Becca, who grew up in Falmouth, and her trained-chef husband Elliot had long fantasised about running their own restaurant-with-rooms. Then one night, a vivid dream led Elliot to Google the idyllic waterfront pub he had visited as a child. Miraculously, they found that it was for sale and the rest is history. After a much-needed renovation, both the pub and apartments have been given a new lease of life: deep blue wood panelling, brass fittings and cosy leather chairs in the restaurant bestow a modern yet maritime feel, while equally elegant rooms above look out over the estuary. The perfect place for a restful adults-only break in a delightful part of Cornwall.
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  • Great-value apartments in the heart of Falmouth's old town, close to all the action
  • Each apartment living room has sweeping views of the Fal Estuary while the top-floor Crow's Nest also looks out across town
  • Delightful interiors: comfortable and stylish with well-equipped kitchens
  • One of the friendliest and most genuinely charming teams we have encountered
  • Chef Elliot and his team offer award-winning cuisine with an emphasis on quality local ingredients; the best Sunday roast we've EVER had!


  • The 2-bed Starboard apartment is directly above the pub so noise could travel
  • The Crow's Nest has some very low ceilings so watch your head if you're tall; there are some steep steps too and bedrooms are high street facing
  • No kids or dogs accepted; this is an adults-only retreat
  • Patchy WiFi in the apartments - a good excuse to switch off and look at the views

Best time to go

Beautiful at any time of year but we like it most out of season in early spring and late autumn when the crowds have dissipated

Our top tips

If you have a car, take a drive out to the tiny village of Constantine and visit a hidden garden gem called The Potager; enjoy a delicious café brunch in the lovely leafy garden then hang in a hammock enjoying the peace

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
City Style
  • Boutique Apartments
  • 3
  • Restaurant and bar open daily
  • Adults only
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen


We stayed in the romantic top-floor Crow's Nest apartment - the only one with a wood-burning stove. Tucked up in the eaves, there's a characterful open-plan living/kitchen area, a bijou bathroom with shower over the bath, and a double bedroom. It's cosy and light with sloping ceilings, beautiful linens and quality bedding.

The Penthouse was our favourite: on the second floor with views across the Fal from the open-plan living/dining space, a huge dreamy bedroom with small ensuite bathroom and Fired Earth tiles.

Starboard is the 2-bed apartment on the first floor, above the pub. Ideal for a weekend away with friends, bedrooms are generous in size and overlook the high street, whilst the large living room and kitchen look out over the river. A stylish shower room is sandwiched in between.

Features include:

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Oven
  • Satellite TV
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi


All apartments have kitchen facilities and are well kitted out with quality items. On arrival, you'll receive freshly baked bread and cakes from the local bakery (perfect for your first breakfast), and there's a Nespresso maker with pods. Basic supplies (washing up liquid, salt and pepper, oil, tea bags, etc) are provided and there are nearby shops should you want to self-cater. But with such a tempting array of cafés and eateries on your doorstep, we doubt you'll want to do much cooking.

Of course, you'd be crazy to miss out on Elliot's award-winning food at the Star & Garter pub. Monday is Blues and BBQ night whilst their Sunday roasts are legendary. The pub doesn't open until lunchtime but guests get a small discount on breakfasts at The Ope over the road. We also loved Esspressini on Arwenack Street.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Oven
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster


  • Saunter around Falmouth and enjoy art galleries (Beside the Wave), boutiques, artisan bakeries and delis
  • Visit the Cornish outpost of the National Maritime Museum
  • Plenty of events and festivals throughout the year with stalls set up on The Moor and in Events Square, such as the annual Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival and the Beer Festival
  • Take a passenger ferry across the Fal Estuary to St Mawes and enjoy a day trip to the Roseland Peninsula
  • Falmouth has 2 great beaches, Gyllingvase Beach (make sure to have a drink or lunch at The Gylly Café) and a little further, Swanpool Beach (both a 20- to 30-minute walk away)
  • Take a train into Truro to explore Cornwall's capital city

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Birdwatching
    • Boat trips
    • Cycling
    • Fishing
    • Historical sites
    • Museums / galleries
    • Nightlife
    • Sailing
    • Shopping / markets
    • Surfing
    • Swimming
    • Wine tasting


The Star & Garter is adults-only (over 18s)

Kid Friendly:


The Star & Garter is right on the edge of the harbour of central Falmouth, in southern Cornwall, England.

By Air:
The nearest airport is Newquay (48km). You can also fly into Exeter (169km) or Bristol (267km).

By Car:
Falmouth is a 2-hour drive from Exeter, a 3-hour drive from Bristol, and a 5-hour drive from London or Birmingham – see our car rental recommendations if you want to hire a vehicle.

By Train:
Take a mainline train to Truro then change onto the ‘Maritime Line’ for the 20-minute hop down to Falmouth. The Star & Garter is a 10-minute walk or 5-minute cab ride from the station. You can park on the street for free (limited spaces).

Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.

More on getting to the UK and getting around


  • Newquay 48.0 km NQY
  • Exeter 170.0 km EXT


  • Beach 0.1 km
  • Shops 0.3 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 11 independent reviews from i-escape guests


Great room, great view, great food, great staff. A really great place to stay!!


The Star & Garter was fantastic. Top marks for everything.

Would definitely visit again!


The Star and Garter accommodation was ideal for a short stay in Falmouth. Beautiful views out to the river and a well equipped apartment. The welcome bottle of wine, delicious brownies and artisan bread were appreciated.
Being above the pub did bring some noise in the evenings but not intrusive.
Excellent food at the pub and dined there on 3 nights, with helpful staff.
The only negative comment we would make is that the cleanliness of the bathroom was not quite as good as expected.


Loved our stay in the Penthouse room above the Star & Garter during the Easter weekend of 2019. The view of all the boats outside makes you feel you're right in the heart of things (as you are). The space itself had loads of lovely touches like the owl towel hooks and the rabbit shelf supports. A lot of thought has gone into the interior design aspect, making it a delightful base to explore a beautiful town. Booking through i-escape meant we got treated to a welcome hamper of fresh bread and cakes from the local bakery. The big fresh loaf kept us going for breakfasts and the brownies were delicious! Not to mention the pub itself - we had an amazing Sunday roast there, the food was divine. Would definitely go back as Falmouth was a place I wasn't quite ready to leave after just a long weekend there.


We stayed in the Penthouse Suite with view to sea and loved it. Bags of space, comfy and loved the guitar placed in our room. It was perfect for our needs and great value. Staff were friendly and on the night of our stay there was a jazz band playing in the bar. very atmospheric and made for a wonderful evening. Just what the doctor ordered.


We had a wonderful couple of days at The Star & Garter back in October. It was the perfect choice for a brief get-away. Location fabulous with views over the river, I spent most of the time looking out of the window. Even got up early to photograph the sunrise from the apartment. A lovely welcome - with fresh bread and cakes ready for us - everything we needed, even fresh eggs for our breakfast. The apartment exceeded our expectations as did the food in the restaurant. Can't wait to visit again.


The Penthouse was perfect for our 2 night stay! We parked on a residential street just a couple of minutes walk away and it was easy to find a space. Such a wonderful location on the quieter end of the High Street, very spacious rooms, beautiful views and the food in the pub downstairs was delicious. We really loved the bread and cakes left for us and the warm welcome from Becca & the team. Be sure to also eat at The Kitchen - just 2 mins down the road.


We stayed in the Penthouse which was superbly appointed, with magnificent views.
Staff were excellent, beyond fault. We found the menu downstairs pretentious, apart from Sunday Roast which was really delicious. Drinks were expensive. Car parking is a bit of a challenging issue.


We had a wonderful stay in Star & Garter. Everything was excellent!! What a wonderful place, delicious food and lovely people!


Apartment was lovely, view over the harbour amazing, the pastries given as a gift were very good. There was noise that could be heard (Starboard) but ear plugs were supplied, nice touch. Food we had was good: what I didn’t expect was the drinks being so expensive.


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