I have visited the island over 30 times and I can’t wait to return.
The Bailiwick of Guernsey is part of the Channel Islands off the coast of Normandy and an hour flight from Gatwick Airport. I have been in love with the magical Isle of Guernsey ever since my sister married her Guernsey pen pal many years ago. My blog tells her personal story. …”A Love Story On The Island of Guernsey.”
Her story is a little like the heroine in the bestselling book and movie, “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.”
The island is all of a sudden getting buzz by travel writers from England’s “The Telegraph” newspaper for being a new foodie destination. Check out this recent link, Discover Guernsey, and be sure to click on the video to see the enchantment for yourself.
A wonderful change of pace on a magical island. Fresh air, cliff paths next to the sea, a beautiful port, great seafood, and history. Victor Hugo was exiled here and Renoir came over to paint.
WHO SHOULD GO?
All ages, Families and single travelers, hikers, lovers of cuisine, WWII history buffs, lovers of fresh island air.
There are many charming places to stay from luxury hotels to quaint cottages.
Old Government House…A classic in St. Peter Port.
La Fregate…Request a room with a view of the ocean and St. Peter Port.
Fermain Valley Hotel…Check out their nice video which shows a bit of Guernsey.
You can walk down the hill from the hotel to beautiful Fermain Bay and take a “Cliff Walk.”
Bella Luce Hotel…Charming old inn in St. Martin’s.
EAT + DRINKS
Mora…Upscale grill with stunning views of St. Peter Port.
Le Nautique…Chic restaurant with harbor views.
Bella Luce Restaurant…Charming with an old fashion farmhouse atmosphere. They even distill their own gin!
La Fregate…Situated high on a hill the restaurant (And hotel) offers some of the finest views of St. Peter Port. High and elegant.
La Reunion…Elegant beach side dining on Cobo Bay.
DO + SEE
Take a famous Guernsey “Cliff Walk.” One never tires of the beautiful views of the ocean! On some days you can even see France in the distance.
Ride the ferry to the neighboring island of Sark. No cars are allowed. Only walking, biking, and horse-drawn carriages. This is one of my VERY favorite things to do! Do a day trip or stay overnight. Rent bikes and ride across the “La Coupee” to “Little Sark” and have a divine lunch at “La Sablonniere Hotel.” The 16th century Sark farmhouse offers romantic rooms to stay and wonderful garden dining. The Sark lobster is a must! ❤
Guernsey was occupied by Germany in World War II so visit the “German Occupation Museum.”
-Have tea in the gardens of beautiful Sausmarez Manor.
-Visit famous Hauteville House in St. Peter Port where Victor Hugo wrote “Les Miserables.” In 2018 Francois Pinault gave 2.6 million pounds to save the historic building. I love the unusual architecture and interiors created by Hugo himself.