Guernsey is the perfect place for self-catering accommodation, letting you explore the island's quiet charms and beautiful beaches at your own pace. Your choice of Guernsey holiday cottages ranges from romantic homes in the countryside with hot tubs and pools to larger houses with beaches on the doorstep. During your stay, explore prehistoric graves, imposing Victorian forts, gracious manor houses, and WWII fortifications. Accommodation near the north coast gives you clifftop walks while to the south, the beaches are flat, family-friendly, and a haven for watersports enthusiasts.
The island's largest town is the capital, St Peter Port. Compact enough to explore on foot, it's within easy reach of many Guernsey holiday cottages. Narrow streets and stepped alleys add to its charm but its major attraction is Castle Cornet which guards the harbour entrance. In the evening dine on fine Herm oysters at La Nautique restaurant. Choose Guernsey accommodation in the sleepy town of Castel and enjoy surfing at Vazon or Cobo bays. Then, pick up some local fish to barbecue in your accommodation's garden. Vale's past is documented in its impressive castle. It's also a good base for exploring some of Guernsey's even more ancient history at places such as Déhus Dolmen.
Déhus Dolmen dates back 5,000 years and excavations have uncovered ceramics and weapons alongside human remains. Getting inside requires some stooping, but the effort is well worth it. Slightly more recent and definitely romantic is Creux ès Faies or the 'Cave of the Fairies' where some people believe fairies still live. From Guernsey holiday cottages, pay a visit to Sausmarez Manor, home to the Sausmarez family for eight centuries. The Thursday night ghost tour is a must while on Saturday morning, stock up on supplies for your Guernsey accommodation at the farmer's market here. The island has many reminders of German occupation in WWII. One of the most poignant is the Underground Military Hospital, excavated by slave labourers in preparation for expected German casualties after D-Day.