Our Adventure in Guernsey

On my Birthday we went for a very special mini break to Guernsey. Neither Hubby and I had ever been before so we weren’t sure what to expect. In my head I wondered if there would be enough to do to keep the kids entertained. Yet what we found was the prefect family break. None of us wanted to come home and we would have happily extended our holiday to a week if we could. So what did we get up to?

We left Poole on the 7am with Condor Ferries, the crossing is 3 hours and we wanted to make sure we had as much time as possible on Guernsey. Catching the early ferry worked really well. We stayed in a Premier Inn overnight which is only ten minutes from the terminal. So we rolled out of bed, into the car and had breakfast on board. Having never travelled with Condor Ferries before I didn’t realise that they have different types of tickets. We had Ocean Plus which meant we were at the front of the boat and got amazing views. All tickets come with numbered seats and we had a table. It meant that eating on board was a lot easier. Not that Kipper really wanted to stay still. To access the Ocean Plus area you need a code for the keypad. Which did mean he was relatively contained.

We sailed on the Liberaton and she also had a duty free shop and kiddies room. Which had a TV playing, giant bean bags and books. Monkey and I also went to explore outside and had a look up on the deck.

We got into St Peters Port around 10am. Having the car meant that we were free to explore before finding our apartment. We decided to head to The Little Chapel. Which is covered in ceramic and shells.It reminded me very much of Guadi’s works in Barcelona. Monkey thought it was really cool to be able to go inside it. We timed our visit perfectly between coaches, parking just at the top of the drive.

From here we headed over to near where we were staying to explore Fort Grey. Which is a ship wreck museum. Opposite is Guernsey Pearl which has a little cafe perfect for a spot of lunch. When the boys are older I think we would look to come back and teach them all about the German Occupation. Monkey is still really too young to understand it. Yet the coastline is littered with the concrete bunkers, forts and towers. Which he’s very interested in.

Our apartment was at Waves and right on Vazon beach. The boys enjoyed the play area while I unpacked. The apartment was very well equipped and laid out. It was noice to have self catering accomodation with a kitchen that actually had lots of cupboard space. I was also very grateful to the fresh milk, tea, coffee and biscuits which had been left fo us.

The bedrooms were light and airy. The double bed was huge and really comfortable The second bedroom easily fitted the travel cot in as well as two single beds. What really made the difference was the little touches such as soap in the bathrooms, washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets.

Since Friday was my actual birthday we decided to eat out at one of the local restaurants. In the apartment the owners had helpfully left a list of ones they suggested. Having two small children we were attracted by Crabby’s Jack because of the play area in the restaurant garden. It was only a fifteen minute walk from the apartment and it meant Hubby and I could enjoy a meal while the kids had fun too. There was even a small bouncy castle which Monkey really enjoyed. The food was what I would call typical pub food but there was lots of choice on the menu. I opted for scollops and they were very good. They were totally set up for kids, even though we didn’t order a meal for Kipper because he had fallen asleep. When he woke unexpectabdlty they brought some pasta out to him within about five minutes despite being very busy.

Well rested the next day we headed back to St Peter’s Port to get the boat across to Herm. We had an amazing day and I have written a post all about out trip to Herm. I didn’t realise just how much of a nature lovers paradise Guernsey could be. When the kids are older I hope we can come back to go Kayaking. I would love to be able to see the grey seals and puffins. After such a busy day out we decided against eating out and picked up something quick and easy from Waitrose. Doing this also meant that once we had eaten we could pop out to the beach opposite the apartment and watch the sun going down.

Sunday we drove around the cost to Cobo Beach. The scenery is simply stunning. Monkey asked to explore Fort Homment which we did before heading back into St Peters Port. Our plan was to go to both the Aquarium and Castle Cornet before catching the 4.25pm Ferry home. To be honest we could probably have stayed at the castle a lot longer than we did. Ive written about our trip to Castle Cornet separately as apart of our ABC of Castles Series.

When the time came to catch the Ferry back there was a unanimous decision that we would return for longer next time. Here are the reasons why we fell in love with Guernsey:

  • The days just seemed endless and we really liked the slower pace of life
  • Everything feels so much more laid back. I am not sure if it because you can only drive 35 miles a hour so theres not the pressure or rushing around.
  • All the people we came across are so friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much.
  • The beaches… Monkey has requested that we go rock pooling again only this time in Cobo when we return
  • Its so convenient, yet it feels like a ‘proper’ holiday
  • Being able to take the car with two small kids is essential.
  • There really is a lot to do for kids of all ages. We will definiately be returning.

We made a short video of our little adventure:

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We were invited to stay in Guernsey by Visit Guernsey for the purpose of this review. 

30 Comments

  1. July 12, 2018 / 9:20 pm

    We have always wanted to visit Guernsey – it looks beautiful! I like the idea of the slower pace of life too. Its definitely ‘on the list’!

  2. Emma C
    July 13, 2018 / 8:43 am

    Great post! I loved Guernsey as a child and still love it now – definitely something for all ages there!

  3. Ren Taylor
    July 13, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    Another place I have never been but on my list! Looks really nice, great photos 💛

  4. July 15, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    I would love to go on a trip that involved or included a boat ride, especially with it having a duty free shop haha!
    Xx

  5. Samantha O'D
    July 15, 2018 / 3:57 pm

    Fab photos! my kids love a day at the beach

  6. July 15, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    What a lovely birthday treat – how gorgeous are those blue waters! I have been to Gurnesey once when I temporarily lived in Poole and it was really nice, I only went for the day and so would love to go back overnight. Cute pics.

  7. July 15, 2018 / 8:08 pm

    WOW! I have always wanted to go to Guernsey ever since I was a little girl and now I want to go right now! It looks absolutely stunning and what a gorgeous time you all had, the perfect birthday treat!

  8. July 16, 2018 / 6:50 am

    Ahh I used to go to Guernsey as a child, on the condor too. Have lots of great memories. Your pictures are stunning!

  9. Margaret Gallagher
    July 16, 2018 / 7:05 am

    Amazing place to visit – havent been for years – hopefully wont be long til i visit

  10. July 16, 2018 / 7:19 pm

    Wow! It looks stunning. And such a great tip to have breakfast on the early ferry.

  11. July 16, 2018 / 7:23 pm

    TI’ve always wanted to do a ferry crossing, longer than the one we did from The New Forest to The Isle of Wight and the Condor ferry looks very comfortable. Guernsey is a place I’ve always wanted to visit but worried like you that there wouldn’t be enough to keep the kids entertained but thanks to you I think Guernsey will definitely be on my travel list.

  12. July 17, 2018 / 7:03 am

    I would absolutely love to visit the Channel Isles. We looked at both Guernsey and Jersey as a summer destination, but now that we are bound to the school holidays it just seems too expensive. Might have to save up a little first.

  13. Sue McCarthy
    July 17, 2018 / 7:22 am

    Glad you had such a great time in my home island!
    There’s plenty more to explore. If you liked Herm then you’d also love Sark, no cars just push bikes to get around, or a horse cart ride.
    So pleased you saw the dolphins, I’ve never seen any and I’ve lived here all my life!

  14. Pam Francis Gregory
    July 17, 2018 / 11:46 am

    Would love to visit the Channel Islands – Looks lovely!

  15. July 17, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    I used go to Jersey alot, that all started from a school trip when I was 11 and fell in love with the place. I love gorgeous Guernsey too, such a beautiful part of the world x

  16. July 17, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Guernsey looks beautiful and this sounds like just the kind of family holiday we would love. JD is 10 and I know that he’d be really interested to learn about the German occupation and Miss J who is 6 would love the museums and time spent having fun on the beach! The accommodation looks fab too!

  17. paula cheadle
    July 17, 2018 / 11:53 pm

    never been to Guernsey, but looks like a wonderful place

  18. July 18, 2018 / 6:06 am

    Hi, I have always wanted to visit Guernsey and this post has put up higher on my places to visit list. It looks like a perfect place to visit and explore for a long weekend. The apartment looks lovely and a great location #bloggerclubuk

  19. July 18, 2018 / 8:15 am

    I have never been there but it looks really amazing and a flat by the sea! Wow that sounds right up my street 🙂

  20. July 18, 2018 / 10:22 am

    Oh wow – I cannot believe it is only three hours by ferry! I have never visited and would love to go. It looks like you had a great time. Kaz

  21. July 18, 2018 / 10:34 am

    What a special mini break! I’d love to visit Guernsey someday.

    #BloggerClubUk

  22. July 18, 2018 / 12:22 pm

    this is perfect as we are thinking about a hoiday to Gurnsey and this has given me a few ideas thanks for that one #bloggerclubuk

  23. July 19, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    Looks like you all had a wonderful time. We’ve not been but I’ll add it to my ever growing list of bucket list travel destinations I’ve found via blogging.

  24. July 20, 2018 / 10:11 am

    Oh wow it looks absolutely stunning – look at all that blue! It’s definitely somewhere I’d love to visit one day.

  25. paula cheadle
    July 22, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    would love to visit one day

  26. Samantha O'D
    July 30, 2018 / 8:54 am

    Sounds great, would love to visit

  27. Sally Collingwood
    August 8, 2018 / 8:00 am

    I have never been to Guernsey, but it is on mu list of places to visit, looks great!

  28. MARIA ROGERS
    August 12, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    I have always wanted to go visit both Jersey and Guernsey especially after the recent film this year Potato peel pie club from the book, must put it on my bucket list!

  29. Jeanette Leighton
    August 12, 2018 / 12:37 pm

    Looks lovely water everywhere beautiful blue pictures 😊

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