The Channel Islands are often overlooked for a UK holiday destination. This collection of small scenic islands are easy to reach via a short flight or ferry crossing, and offer spectacular coastlines and a simple, honest way of life. Guernsey is one of the larger islands, with interesting historic sights to see, a blossoming foodie culture and a relaxed island atmosphere.
Fermain Valley Hotel – Fermain Valley Hotel is a convenient and comfortable hotel on the island with nice facilities and a tasty rejuvenating breakfast. This luxurious 4-star hotel is located nearby to St Peter Port, the capital of Guernsey, where many of the best restaurants and attractions are found.
The Auberge – Perched on top of a cliff with panoramic views, The Auberge is a great restaurant for a special occasion, with refined food championing local produce and seasonal flavours.
Le Petit Bistro – This charming little restaurant, in the heart of St Peter Port, serves rustic and authentic French food at reasonable prices. Inside, the dining room is cluttered and cosy, perfect for a romantic evening meal. In the daytime they offer a special set lunch for £11.95.
Fermain Beach Cafe – A relaxed and friendly cafe on the water’s edge, and a short walk from Fermain Valley Hotel. When the sun is shining I can’t think of a better place to be on the island, enjoying a steak sandwich and a cold drink.
Octopus Restaurant – Octopus is the most fashionable restaurant on the island, a stylish eatery that presents an international menu using the best Guernsey ingredients. I fondly remember their fish & chips and the colourful and vibrant flatbreads.
Hauteville House – Hauteville House is the intriguing house where Victor Hugo lived for fourteen years during his exile from France. He wrote many of his greatest masterpieces here and personally decorated the house in a very unique and eclectic style.
Bluebell Woods – These beautiful woods are found at the southern end of St Peter Port, within walking distance of the town centre. It is a wonderful place for a walk at anytime of year but is particularly lovely in springtime when the woodland floor becomes a carpet of blue flowers beneath the sheltering trees.
St Peter Port – St Peter Port is the capital of Guernsey and is the main port on the island. Wander round the picturesque marina and through the pretty cobbled streets.
Herm Island – Quiet, unspoilt and idyllic, Herm is a lovely island to escape to for the day. The passenger ferry from Guernsey to Herm runs regularly and takes just 20 minutes. Once on the island go for a long beach walk before settling in the pub for a hearty lunch.