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Jersey, C.I.

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About The Place…

Map of Jersey with marks for Angela's childhood home and Bakehouse cottage

First a bit of family history…Granny was born and raised on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands.

Angela with her Jersey Liberation Celebration medals

Angela with her Jersey Liberation Celebration medals

She survived the German occupation of the island during World War II and then emigrated to Canada. She took part in the 50th anniversary celebration of the liberation, in 1995.

Andrew and Granny have visited the island for a few holidays over the years – the first time in 1977. We returned again, this time with Katya and the boys, for a holiday in 2007, and again in August 2009.

Where We Stayed…

Bakehouse Cottage, Jersey, C.I. - Courtyard

Bakehouse Cottage, St.Clement, Jersey, C.I.

We stayed at the Bakehouse cottage, in St.Clement both in 2007 and 2009. We booked it through Freedom Holidays. It’s in a good location with lots of space for a family of 4, plus a grandmother (no other place at its price could accommodate us all). Unfortunately, it was let down by its poor quality furnishings (especially the way-too-soft mattresses) and lack of attention to upkeep. If you choose to stay there, be sure to bring along your own toilet paper!

Condor Ferry from Poole to Jersey

Condor fast ferry from Poole

How We Travelled…

We packed our car full of suitcases, toys, hats, you-name-it and drove down to Poole to board Condor’s fast ferry. Whoosh! We arrived in St.Helier in just four hours.

Tip: Be sure to ring Condor ahead of time to reserve a set of seats with a table. Ditto for your return journey.

It’s fun for the kids to watch the huge plumes of water gushing out of the back of the ferry from its powerful engines. The ferry has a good snack bar and shops. There is a kids area (just a sofa and TV). Take along some toys to play with.

Our Favourite Jersey Attractions

  • The beach at Le Hocq (near St. Clement) for its moon-like landscape at low tide and the distance you can walk out, following the (fast) retreating water. Just be sure to make your way back before it comes back and cuts you off!
  • aMaizin! Adventure Park for its all-day fun for one price. There is, of course, a maize of maze; ahem, maze of maize, to get lost in (actually two); and non-corn related treats like a large grass toboggan slide, a water pistol shoot-out park, a bunch of pedal-cart racing tracks, a farmyard animal parkette, a tractor ride, plus more. Surprisingly good food is served in the cafe at a reasonable price.
  • Jersey’s Living Legend for its adventure golf…but nothing else. Its “free” to enter the (small) grounds but you pay for everything else. Before you know it you can drop a lot of money in just a couple of hours; and the food was merely average at above-average prices. The “award winning show” about the history of Jersey obviously took time to construct but we couldn’t really recall much beyond the bangs and booms afterwards.
  • Grosnez Castle ruins for its picturesque location atop high cliffs above the sea in the very north-west corner of Jersey.
  • Bistro Central for its fine French food at surprisingly exceptional prices (we chose a four-course set dinner, which includes a scrumptious starter, soup or sorbet interlude, main, dessert and coffee for £18 per person, when we were there in August 2009). The crème brûlée was thick and tasty – the absolute best we ever had (and Andrew’s been to Paris).
  • Le Moulin de Lecq pub for its food, location, and especially the playground that kept our kids entertained so we could enjoy a real ale!
  • Mont Orgueil Castle for its entertaining noisy sculptures in its dungeon, its lovely view over Gorey harbour, and its many passageways and playground.
  • Durrell (Jersey) Zoo for its beautiful grounds, happy animals, and for the fact it was set up by Durrell himself — if you haven’t read any of his books, then do so!

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