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A Beautiful Island in the English Channel - It’s Guernsey
The second largest of the Channel Islands, Guernsey entices visitors with its beautiful beaches and 2,000 hours of annual sunshine. Stay for a while and you’ll realise that these sunny benefits are perfectly complemented by a delicious dining scene, a rich cultural backdrop, and, of course, Guernsey ice cream. Accommodation options in Guernsey range from modest yet friendly B&Bs to hotels to suit every budget. Choose your favourite digs and get ready to enjoy an island getaway.
Visitors are quite rightly enthralled by Guernsey’s capital, St Peter Port. Widely thought of as one of Europe’s prettiest harbour towns, the capital’s cobbled streets benefit from colourful floral displays and whimsical bunting while the hilltop setting offers panoramic views of sister islands on the horizon. Kick off your experience in the capital by strolling down the High Street, where small independent boutiques and cosmopolitan cafes jostle for your attention. From there, you can visit Hauteville House, the former home of Les Miserables author Victor Hugo, or enjoy a trip to the Underground Museum and Aquarium. Be sure to leave time to watch the firing of the Noon Day Gun at the 800-year-old Castle Cornet.
Guernsey is a great place to be outdoors and there’s no better place to enjoy the sunshine than on one of the island’s 27 beaches. Havelet Bay on the south side is easily accessible from the St Peter Port town centre as is the pebbled Fermain Bay, a popular swimming beach. To the west lie beaches such as Vazon, which attracts the surfing community, and Portelet, where the pier and the abundance of bobbing fishing boats appeal to families. In the north, you can enjoy the seclusion of the horseshoe-shaped Port Grat or take the kids rock pooling at Port Soif. Highlights along the island’s southern shoreline include Petit Bot, La Jaonnet Bay and Moulin Huet, the latter often cited as the inspiration for some of Renoir’s paintings.
Steeped in history, Guernsey is the perfect place to discover the past. Be transported back to Neolithic times as you seek out ancient ruins such as Les Fouaillages, a burial mound thought to be Europe’s oldest man-made structure, uncover Barriere stones dating back to the middle ages, and explore historic harbours, famous in the 18th and 19th century as major trade stops and successful shipbuilding centres. Other historical highlights include the Guernsey Tapestry Gallery on St Peter Port’s College Street, a fascinating tapestry depicting 1,000 years of island life, and the roman shipwreck displayed at the Guernsey Pearl retail outlet. Be sure to look out for the granite plinths protruding from some of the island’s older houses and cottages; these are witch’s seats designed to prevent witches from slipping down into homes on their way home from dancing at Grande Greve.
It’s best to pack a hearty appetite when visiting Guernsey. This island squeezes plenty of flavour into its 25 square miles. You can satisfy your cravings at everything from beachside kiosks and casual cafes to fish and chip shops and fine dining restaurants along the waterfront. No matter where you choose to eat, there’s a focus on freshness here, particularly when it comes to sumptuous seafood such as chancre crabs. Die hard foodies will want to plan their trip around the Autumn season when the Tennerfest restaurant week and the Guernsey International Food Festival take pride of place on the event calendar. It may be a coincidence that Guernsey’s Autumn Walking Festival takes place around the same time but, nonetheless, it will help you burn off some of your indulgences.
Guernsey provides an excellent launchpad from which to explore nearby sister islands, most of which can be reached in under an hour of travel time. Alderney, the northernmost island, is a must visit for animal lovers; this pretty island is home to the rare blonde hedgehog and huge populations of northern gannets and Glanville Fritillary butterflies. The nearby car-free island of Sark is known for the dolphins that play near the coastline and horse and carriage rides. Plus, Sark was the world’s first island to be granted Dark Sky Status so budding astrologers may want to book a hotel on the island to enjoy a little stargazing. Bar a few tractors, Herm is also car-free and is the closest of Guernsey’s sister islands; here you can enjoy cliff top walks and admire the views of Jersey and France.
Price rangefrom NZ$111to NZ$515
Hotel La Fregate Hotel St. Peter Port
La Fregate Hotel is an 18th-century building set in secluded gardens and delivers views of the sea and St Peter Port’s harbour. Individually furnished guestrooms feature flatscreen TVs, DVD players, iPod docking stations and complimentary Wi-Fi. Memory foam beds are also included, as are bathrobes and slippers. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk. Wi-Fi is free in public areas and self parking is also provided without charge. Other amenities include dry cleaning and laundry facilities, as well as conference rooms. A complimentary full breakfast is served every morning. The dinner menu includes locally sourced ingredients and seafood. There is also a terrace for outdoor dining and guests can also relax with a drink in the bar/lounge. La Fregate Hotel is located close to Guernsey Airport. Local attractions include Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery, which is within a mile. St Peter Port’s shopping centre and Victoria Pier are both under a five-minute walk away. more
Hotel Duke of Normandie Hotel St. Peter Port
Duke of Normandie Hotel is a three-star hotel located in the heart of St Peter Port. This thirty seven-room hotel has undergone extensive refurbishment and features a courtyard beer garden and free on-site parking. Rooms are tastefully decorated and include comforts such as Egyptian cotton bedding, DVD player, Free Wi-Fi, digital TV, minibar, and an iPod docking station. Staff provide services such as ticket and tour assistance while other amenities include laundry and room service. The Pickled Pig located on the ground floor is the hotel’s Gastropub where breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served using local ingredients and fresh produce. Guests can also sample the hotel’s extensive wine list while eating al fresco in the courtyard. Duke of Normandie Hotel is just a ten-minute walk from Guernsey Harbour, Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery, and Candie Gardens. more
Hotel La Collinette Hotel Apartments & Cottages St. Peter Port
La Collinette Hotel Apartments & Cottages offers self-catering accommodations on a hilltop, ten minutes from the capitol of Guernsey. Guests receive free onsite parking, Wi-Fi access and a daily breakfast. All accommodations feature a kitchen, a lounge and a dining area, with a terrace or balcony. Modern amenities include a flat screen TV with a DVD player, and a coffee/tea maker. La Collinette Hotel Apartments & Cottages boasts an outdoor pool with a waterslide and a fitness centre. Guests can relax within the garden or in the fireplace lounge. The onsite restaurant and bar features local seafood dishes and optional alfresco dining. Candie Gardens, and the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery are both located less than half a mile from the hotel. Also within walking distance is Guernsey Harbour and the Hauteville House. more
Hotel Pandora St. Peter Port
The Pandora Hotel is situated in an elevated position in the historic district though only a short walk from the heart of St Peter Port. The hotel is conveniently positioned next to Victor Hugo's and the terraced gardens are tranquil and well-kept making it an ideal place to chill out and enjoy a drink. All bedrooms are equipped with a TV, radio, and coffee and tea making facilities. Hotel amenities include front and rear carpark, luggage storage, patio, and Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Full English and continental breakfasts are served daily. The hotel's restaurant also serves dinner with a selection of popular dishes plus vegetarian and gluten-free options. The menu changes regularly. Castle Cornet and La Vallette natural outdoor bathing pools are only a 10-minute stroll from the Pandora. St Martin and various tourist attractions are close by. more
Hotel Grisnoir Guest House St. Peter Port
This family-run guest house lies on the outskirts of Guernsey's quaint capital, St Peter Port. Residential charm, homely surroundings and handy transport links are the Grisnoir Guest House's standout features. Guest bedrooms are clean, comfortable and unfussy with central heating, wash basins and hospitality trays coming as standard. There are shared toilets and a communal bathroom or shower on each of the hotel's three accommodation floors. Guests can watch TV, read books and play with toys and puzzles in the hotel's two guest lounges. In addition, there is a play area for little ones in the garden. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout. A choice of Continental or full English breakfast is served each day in the Grisnoir Guest House's nearby sister hotel, the Abbey Court. An assortment of restaurants lie within five minutes' walk. The town centre and ferry terminal are both a ten-minute walk away. more
Hotel St George's St. Peter Port
St George's is a family-run seafront guesthouse with a warm atmosphere and attentive service. All rooms feature en-suite accommodations equipped with free toiletries. Flat-screen televisions are provided, along with facilities to make coffee and tea. Guests needn’t worry about being disconnected from the world-wide web: St George's offers complimentary Wi-Fi access. Fans of room service are also in luck as this hotel offers in-room dining services. A continental breakfast, that has been rated four stars by the tourist board, is included in the room rates during the Spring and Summer months. Although no evening meals are served, staff are more than happy to recommend nearby restaurants to guests. The property is one-and-a-half kilometres from Hauteville House, where author Victor Hugo lived during his exile from France. Castle Cornet, a beautiful and sprawling island structure, is two kilometres away. more
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