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  • Escape to Herm
    has no televisions no telephones in the bedrooms and no clocks on the walls and that s just the way its guests like it Many visitors come to Herm just for the day taking the Herm ferry from St Peter Port Guernsey for the 20 minute trip across the Channel For those who choose to stay there s island accommodation to suit all budgets ranging from tents and pitches at The Seagull Campsite which looks out over Belvoir Bay to comfortable cottages Fisherman s Cottage one of the island s most sought after rentals is just 100 metres from Fisherman s Beach With no cars or crowds to worry about children can roam freely on Herm with traditional seaside pursuits of rock pooling sandcastles and cliff top walks all the more pleasurable as a result On Herm it s quite possible to enjoy a day on the beach and see no one else at all If you tire of your own company Herm s Mermaid Tavern is very much the social hub of the island and offers a good choice of food as well as a small grocery shop with meat and fish ordered in each day Other shops can be found along the harbour where the post office will frank letters with Herm s own stamp For formal dining The White House Hotel s Conservatory Restaurant hosts wine tasting dinners murder mystery evenings and other events from April to September The adjoining Ship Inn is more informal and has a friendly bar Herm is a Britain in Bloom gold award winning island and many of its private gardens are open to the public in the summer In fact residents are so renowned for their green fingers that there s even a plant of the week section on the island

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  • Seashore Foraging
    Nettle tea is a classic but it also cooks just like spinach as a tasty harmless side dish Next we rooted around for wild sorrel gingerly niting the leaves and noting its lemony tang It works well in soup or in a fish sauce D Arcy said then showed us how to recognise fennel which grows wild almost anywhere FORAGERS AND SEAFARERS Tara and D Arcy have been cultivating this plot of land overlooking Lihou Island where they got married for five years We started off with a smallholding and a pregnant pig Then we decided rather than trying to keep people out to throw open the doors and start inviting people in to share what we had Tara told us Our theory is that if you start your project slowly then you ll get strong roots and you won t fall down in five year s time Last year they opened two tipis to guests over the summer Nestled amid blackthorn and old vines the Forager encourages guests to gelve into wild food with their own foraging area a gatherer s basket and plant ID books The seafarer boasts viewsover the wild west coast and comes complete with fishing net seashore guides and wood burner for cosy nights by the sea Tipi guests share a kitchen in an old horsebox decked out with reclaimed items stoneware jars and hooks made out of spoons We popped our heads into the main kitchen where Tara makes her hedgeveg hampers A spiral staircase made from 100 year old church pews wound up to a mezzanine foraging guides piled on each step Enamel buckets and coils of fishing rope hung from the rafters over a row of old chemistry sinks all reclaimed My jaw nearly hit the floor when D Arcy said In England I ve heard you pay for things at reclamation yards Apparently in Guernsey you can take things for free D Arcy has recently picked up two old snooker tables cutting off the felt and using the original slate under the wood burning stoves in the tipis HEDGEROM BOUNTY We walked down to the beach via an overgrown path lined with edible goodies three cornered leek which has a mild garlicky taste and alexanders a large glossy leaved plant with umbels of yellow flowers Every part of this plant is edible the flowers and leaves go well in salads you can cook the stems like asparagus and the root as you parsnip You can even dry the seed heads and use these as you would a peppercorn You don t have to dish up a whole plate full of wild food D Arcy told us just crack this over some baked potatoes instead of pepper So many things on the seashore are edible D Arcy said when the tide is out the table is set We foraged for sea beet with its shiny dark green leaves it melts down just like spinach and has roots like sweet potatoe and rock

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  • Hooked on Channel Island Hopping
    the excesses which are just too tempting to turn down With large flat screen TVs and complimentary wi fi and air conditioning in all rooms it was hard to drag ourselves and our two 14 year old boys away from the London 2012 Olympic action on the screen But it s an island rich in variety and we had a limited time to explore its 24 square miles dotted with places of interest including museums castles galleries and arts and crafts centres During our weekend visit we came across two very different but equally entertaining events The first which we noticed as we strolled past the row of brasseries coffee bars and pubs overlooking the port was from the high pitchedwhining engine noises of a hill climb at the far end of the port About 120 racing cars motorbikes go karts quad bikes hot hatches and classic sports cars lined up for the latest leg of the 2012 Hillclimb championship The twisting winding and steep hill of Les Val Des Terres is closed for the day to allow competitors a handful of goes to achieve their best time over the 800 metre sprint climb The event with mini pits set up under gazebos created a carnival atmosphere with a mix of the dedicated race goer and passing tourists like us looking on A short drive away at Roquane Bay competition of a very different octane was under way with the Roquaine Regatta a mixture of motor boat inshore rowing boat and swimming races accompanied by a host of family entertainment overlooking the beautiful bay Spectators were urged to enter any shore or inshore event at the regatta which was celebrating its 102nd year The day s events included free entry to Fort Grey Maritime Museum in the bay which holds records and exhibits of the many shipwrecks off that part of Guernsey s coast A host of such events are held throughout the year so check out the island s tourism website Like our hotel much of the island oozes wealth Open top Bentleys and Mercedes swish along the Riviera style harbour front But there s plenty to suit every pocket and lots of familiar stores to make you feel at home Soon it was time to make the hourlong crossing to Jersey just over 20 miles away Jersey which lies 100 miles south of mainland Britain and 14 miles from the Normandy coast measures nine miles by five miles Our home for two nights was the imposing chateau style Hotel de France a 10 to 15 minute stroll from the town centre It s a family friendly four star hotel with a range of bars and lounges offering an informal brasserie and Indianfusion cuisine in Saffrons Restaurant It also boasts the Ayush Wellness Spa offering Ayurvedic and spa treatments an extensive and luxurious 17 000 sq ft haven of tranquillity On an island designed for leisure it has 47 miles of Green Lanes with a 15mph speed limit Priority

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  • Unusual places to stay
    wordpress com 3 Tree House Orne Sleep among the tree tops in a tree house in Orne two hours from Cherbourg The luxurious five berth tree house wraps itself around an ancient chestnut tree offering panoramic views across the 25 acres of unspoilt Perche countryside www perchedansleperche com 4 Durrell Wildlife Camp Jersey Surrounded by some of the rarest animals on the planet Durrell Wildlife Camp offers the ultimate luxury glamping getaway Throughout your stay you will have unlimited access to the park during opening hours www durrell org camp 5 Breton Barge St Malo Enjoy the traditional surroundings of a beautifully restored Breton barge which is permanently moored in a picturesque spot on the Ille et Rance Canal between Rennes and St Malo at Montreuil sur l ille This floating gite sleeps up to six with lovely views from every window www armor1912 fr 6 Fort Corblets Alderney Alderney s converted fortress Fort Corblets is a secluded setting not to be compared to conventional accommodation Whether you stay in the Northern ramparts with uninterrupted and elevated views of the English Channel or the south wing with a large balcony with dramatic sunset views you will be sure of an unforgettable holiday experience www fortcorblets co uk 7 Elizabeth Castle Apartment Jersey One of the most exclusive properties in Jersey this two bed apartment is set within the historic walls of Elizabeth Castle only accessible on foot at low tide When the castle gates close it will feel like you have this whole place to yourself www jerseyheritage org heritage holiday lets elizabeth castle apartment 8 Domain des Ormes France Snuggle up in a log cabin with a cosy wood burning stove at The Domaine des Ormes half an hour from St Malo The 200 hectare estate has a horse

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  • Top 10 beaches
    s beaches nestled between the Mole des Noires jetty and the Bastion de la Hollande providing shelter Portelet Bay This golden sandy beach is well worth the walk down the long flight of steps which helps this very attractive and popular south coast location becoming too crowded Petit Bot One of the island s most difficult beaches to access Petit Bot is well worth the steep stepped climb With its secluded bay and dramatic cliff scenery this beach is sheltered from the wind and has a dramatic waterfall Plage de Bon Secours This popular sandy beach is accessible through the ramparts and the fortified city There is a seawater pool Piscine de Bon providing bathing for those who don t wish to walk to the waters edge Plémont Beach Magical caves and sparkling rock pools make this soft sanded cove a must see for anyone yearning to escape to stroll to catch that perfect wave or simply soak up the sun Vazon Bay Awarded Britain s Cleanest Beach by the Telegraph you ll find full amenities We d recommend the popular Crabby Jack s restaurant and Vista s Beach Café Plage du Sillon The biggest sand beach in St Malo

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  • Still time to get away
    a break Time to recharge Then why not take a short break to Jersey during the 6 week Tennerfest food festival in October November Indulge Be transported to the heights of wellness and relaxation through an anthology of care Immerse yourself in the natural healing qualities of seawater and the marine climate and experience some of the most relaxing treatments St Malo has to offer Explore Explore the Emerald Coast

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  • Half term family getaways
    will probably get very messy Get involved with special Halloween games and competitions and the fire performers show Funky actions and dance moves party dances and catchy themed songs will get both kids and grown ups involved Music from local band Roodmood will be playing live from 21 30 Why not make a family night of it Haunted House Guernsey Sausmarez Manor is widely reported to be one of the most haunted properties in the British Isles There have been reported sightings of many different ghosts in the manor and you can enjoy a tour led by the Seigneur Peter de Sausmarez On the tour you will learn about the history of the manor and the types of hauntings that reputably happen on a regular basis Read more about Sausmarez Manor on their website Amaizin adventure Park Join aMaizin Adventure Park for their first ever Halloween Spooktacular event from 24th October 01st November 2015 A haunted maze Creepy Cottage and daily craft activities makes for a fun filled family day Lots of laughs some spooks and lots of fun for all ages Spooky Tasty Walk Experience a darker side to Guernsey s history and take a guided ghost walk around

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  • Note to self MUST TRAVEL MORE
    destinations La Haulle Jersey La Haule is situated towards the western end of the wide expanse of St Aubins bay There is a well established watersports centre and miles and miles of sandy beach for late night strolls along Les Écréhous Les Dirouilles Jersey Les Écréhous Les Dirouilles are the perfect spot for a bit of bit of adventure The extensive rocky intertidal areas of warm waters are host to a large diversity of marine wildlife get in there and explore Coasteering Guernsey If you re wanting to free your inner adrenaline junkie and experience the island this way then Coasteering is for you If you want to get close to the water but don t fancy getting in for a dip try kayaking or get involved with surfing or windsurfing Vazon Bay Guernsey For those of you that are Beach bums then Vazon Bay is definitely worth a visit Located on the West Coast of the Island it recently won the coveted title of Britain s cleanest beach Saint Malo France If you are looking for a cultural experience then Saint Malo is for you Visit its beautiful walled city and take in the wealth of history on offer

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