The Old Government House Hotel and Spa is at the heart of St Peter Port, offering stunning views of the picturesque harbour and the islands of Herm and Sark beyond.
The hotel is just off the town’s main shopping street and barely five minutes’ walk from the bustling quayside. Set on a charmingly quiet street, the imposing Victorian facade overlooks a delightful little park, while the rear of the property is arranged around a gorgeous private garden.
The hotel overlooks the castle that has stood guard over the town and harbour of St Peter Port for nearly 800 years. It houses four fascinating museums: the Story of Castle Cornet Museum, the Maritime Museum, the 201 Squadron (RAF) Museum and the Militia Museum. It also boasts gorgeous gardens that have been created through the ages to provide the garrison with herbs, vegetables and flowers.
A few streets away you’ll find the beautifully preserved home of Victor Hugo, author of Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. He spent 14 years in exile in Guernsey during the reign of Napoleon III and decorated the interior himself in flamboyant style.
Nearby Candie Gardens is the site of the Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery. Fascinating exhibits show the development of the Island and its people, while a changing programme of temporary exhibitions is held in the Rona Cole and Brian White Galleries.
Also, within 5 minutes walk you will find the St James Concert and Assembly Hall which plays host to a wide variety of concerts and performances, and also houses the very popular Bailiwick of Guernsey Millennium Tapestry.
The National Trust of Guernsey Folk and Costume Museum offers a vivid insight into life on the island 100 years ago. Then there’s the Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum and Martello Tower telling the gripping tales of the many ships that have come to grief on this beautiful but treacherous coast. The island’s more turbulent recent past is waiting to be discovered at the German Occupation Museum, La Vallette Underground Military Museum, Fort Hommet and the German Military Underground Hospital.
Cobo Beach is the perfect spot for spectacular sunsets, while the 24 miles of cliff paths take you to many delightfully secluded spots along the unspoilt coastline. The Bluebell Woods are a must-see in April. Guernsey has a wealth of experienced accredited tour guides who are eager to share their knowledge of the island, its history and its outstanding beauty. A programme of walking and coach tours is available or a personal guide can be arranged if required.
The island of Herm is just 20 minutes ferry trip – it’s a tranquil beach paradise perfect for a day trip and a drink in the Mermaid Tavern. 40 minutes on a boat takes you to the extraordinary island of Sark. It’s a tranquil traffic-free environment overflowing with natural beauty. You can hire a bike, take a horse drawn carriage or tuck into freshly baked scones with sumptuous Sark cream.
A mere fifteen minutes away by plane, Alderney makes a peaceful and relaxed day trip that features shipwrecks, forts and bunkers galore.
The Little Chapel is possibly the smallest chapel in the world, a miniature version of the famous grotto and basilica at Lourdes, beautifully decorated with seashells, pebbles and colourful pieces of broken china.
No visit to Guernsey is complete without a guided tour of Randall’s Brewery to see and taste the local ale, while the ladies can visit Catherine Best’s stunning jewellery workshop and showroom.