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The Island of Guernsey lies in the bay of St. Malo, in the English Channel, just 30 miles from the French Normandy coast and 70 miles from the English South Coast. Guernsey may only measure 25 miles but it is bursting with natural beauty. We are also lucky enough to have the Islands of Herm and Sark a short boat ride away, and Alderney a little further north - all perfect for a day trip. A heady mix of stunning scenery and the best of contemporary living, Guernsey is the perfect destination. Inspiring walks along the cliff paths, rambles through the rural interior or lazy days on the Island's beautiful beaches, Guernsey has it all. St. Peter Port, the Island's Capital, is a bustling harbour town, a tapestry of architectural styles that tell the story of the Island's changing fortunes. Here bistros, restaurants and boutiques jostle for your attention, while in the harbour ferries are ready to take you to the Islands of Herm and Sark.
Ask anyone who has been here. Guernsey is a special place, a thriving community that welcomes its visitors with open arms and leaves a lasting impression on all who set foot on her soil.
The map below shows where our properties are situated on Guernsey.
Passports & Identification
To gain entry into Guernsey from the Continent you and your children (of all ages) require either a Passport or Identity Card. If travelling from the UK you will need some form of identification which includes a photo - Passport, Driving Licence etc.
The currency in Guernsey is sterling. The States of Guernsey issue their own notes and coins, but all UK notes and coins are legal tender - Euros can be exchanged at most Post Offices and some banks in St. Peter Port and can be used in some of the larger shops.
Travel Insurance and Healthcare in the Channel Islands
Since 31st March 2009 the reciprocal healthcare between the Channel Islands and UK has been dissolved. Anyone travelling to the Islands, which include Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark and Herm, will be required to pay for medical treatment should they become ill or injured there after this date. Visitors should therefore take out adequate insurance before they travel and the policy should include cover for emergency medical expenses plus repatriation in order that all treatment costs can be claimed. Please note that the European health Insurance card does not extend to include the Channel Islands. We are not authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority and cannot therefore recommend any specific insurance provider although we have used World First Travel Insurance in the past and you may find that they have cover that is suitable to your needs.
Hire of wheelchairs etc can be made from the Health Care Equipment Centre on 01481 729268
Driving is on the left hand side. There is a maximum speed enforcement of 35 miles per hour, with further restrictions in Parish Centres, near schools and some coastal areas in the summer months.
Parking is available at all properties. Parking in Guernsey is free and operates on a Disc Parking Scheme. Parking Discs are available from the Housekeepers or Condor Ferries & Tourist Information Desks at the Airport and Harbour.
On Sundays most of the larger supermarkets, some garages and a few town shops are open. On Bank Holidays most of the shops and garages are closed, with the exception of a few convenience stores. Visitor Attractions are mostly open 7 days a week during the main visitor season. See separate information regarding closest shops to each property.
Guernsey Public Holidays
New Year's Day
May Day (First Monday in May)
Liberation Day (9th May)
Spring Bank Holiday (Last Monday in May)
August Bank Holiday (Last Monday in August)
Christmas Day & Boxing Day
Electricity is supplied at 240 volts (50 hertz). An adapter is needed if travelling from Continental Europe.
If you have a mobile phone contract in the UK you will be able to use your texts, minutes and data as you would normally at home. PAYG sim cards are available at local shops.
To dial a Guernsey number the code is 01481 to dial out of the Island you must use the UK area code before the number.