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From Gatwick To Guernsey

Sophie Davies, Travel Consultant Apprentice at our Ipswich travel agents, took the short hop to Guernsey. Here’s how she spent her time on the island and why she would recommend it to anyone.

I travelled to Guernsey at the end of September for two nights. My flight was with Aurigny Air, which took just under an hour from Gatwick. We landed just before midday and, after collecting our luggage, met with our representative from Visit Guernsey. We had reservations at a seafront restaurant within the area of Vazon Bay called Crabby Jack’s, which offered delicious seafood cuisine.

Little Chapel Guernsey

After lunch, we had a tour of Guernsey, with a stop at the Little Chapel. The architecture of the Little Chapel is very unique. It is made up of broken pottery and filled in with cement; only a small number of people can fit in at any one time due to its size.

I stayed at the four-star Duke of Richmond Hotel. It was well looked after and in a lovely location, just a ten-minute walk from the main town centre. Before our dinner reservations at the St. Pierre Park Hotel,we’d booked a wine tasting session in our hotel’s lounge, where we were introduced to all different wines from around the world.

The St. Pierre Park Hotel was approximately a ten-minute drive away in a slightly secluded area but great for keen golfers and overlooking a beautiful lake. We were given a hotel tour before being seated for dinner; the food was tasty and I’d highly recommend a visit.

Sophie Davies Guernsey

On our second day, we took a twenty-minute boat trip across to Herm Island – where the only mode of transport is horse and carriage. We enjoyed a morning tour of the island, during which I got to see some breathtaking views of the beaches and was mesmerized by how clear and brightly coloured the sea was. We had a bite to eat at the Mermaid Tavern before sailing back across to St. Peter’s Port, where we explored the town and local shops.

In the afternoon, we had a local gin tasting experience before heading to The Crow’s Nest for our dinner reservation. The staff were very welcoming and the food was really appetising. On our way back to our hotel, we swung by a cocktail bar called Red’s, just along the harbour front.

Guernsey Harbour

On our last day, we had gorgeous sunny weather and,therefore, decided to complete our walking tour of St. Peter’s Port. The tour guide was very informative in explaining all the different areas he took us to.Before our journey back the airport, we stopped at Cabo Coast on the east side of the island for our final lunch at The Rockmount.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Guernsey and I’d highly recommend it to anyone.

If you would like to book a similar trip to the one Sophie enjoyed, visit your local branch today. We have travel agents in Westbourne, Lymington, Dorchester, Bournemouth, Christchurch and throughout East Anglia.