1. Self-guided walking tours

From only £450.00 per head (for 4-night, 3-day winter or spring break)

 

4 - 8   nights half-board,  at 4 different, top quality hotels.  3 days walking in breathtaking scenery, both coastal and inland with detailed directions and information sheets.  Your luggage is delivered each day, and will be awaiting your arrival each evening.   Stay from 1 - 3 nights at each hotel to savour the different areas of the Island.   Circular walks around each area are also available. 

 

Hotels:Old Court House Hotel, Gorey;  Chateau la Chaire Hotel, Rozel; Greenhills Country Hotel, St Peter;  The Somerville Hotel, St Aubin.

 

What is included:  Jersey airport or harbour transfers; bed, breakfast and evening meal each day,  detailed maps and information sheets for the walks, luggage delivery.  Just choose your dates, then contact us for details and prices.

 

Special Offer

From only £395 per head (for a 5 night, 4 day break)

 

2 nights half board at top quality hotels, 2 nights bed and breakfast in hostel accommodation at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, 1 night bed and breakfast at family-run guest house.  3 days walking in breathtaking scenery, both coastal and inland with detailed directions, one day visit to Durrell and detailed information sheets.  Your luggage is delivered each day and will be awaiting your arrival each evening.

Accommodation:  Old Court House Hotel, GoreyLes Noyers Hostel, Trinity;   Greenhills Country Hotel, St Peter:  The Harbour View Guest House, St Aubin.

 

 

 

The following itineraries are available for groups of four or more:

 

1.  The hidden Gardens of Jersey

Two days visiting four of Jersey's most beautiful gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four gardens will be visited over a two-day period in the company of Beth Lloyd of Jersey Heritage Holidays.  When the owner of the property is not available, a local garden expert will join the tour. 

 

Day One

La Maison des Pres, St Peter

This is a very natural garden with a fine selection of trees including a tulip tree liriodendron tulipifera and a metasequoia.  Any tour should start by a walk through the wildfllower meadow noting thelime trees around the border and the different windbreaks.  After the informality of the meadow and orchard, there is a complete change as you enter the more formal garden.  To be noted is a giant romneya coulteri and there is a delightful semi-circular summerhouse which leads into what Lady Brownlow calls her secret garden, guarded by two actual-size reproductions of the celebrated terracotta warriors which were excavated in Xian, China.

 

A lunch (at own expense) will be at a beach café

 

Domaine des Vaux, St Lawrence owned by Mr and Mrs Marcus Binney

These glorious gardens were created in the early 1970s by Sir George and Lady Binney. They have been extended and developed by the present owners to cover some 20 vergees of gardens and woodland.

The valley contains many large specie trees, a magnificent camellia wood with over 40 varieties of the shrubs, azaleas, Japanese maples and several ponds. The ‘Arena’ garden in front of this pink granite Jersey farmhouse is on different levels and planted in silver and grey on one side of the border and gold, yellow and bronze on the other. There is also a white garden with its ‘Iceberg’ roses, and Mediterranean, kitchen and herb gardens to explore.

Day Two

We start today’s tour with a visit to Le Noir Pré, if the wild orchids which can be found there from mid-May are in bloom.   The rare Jersey wild orchid, the Spotted Orchid and the Southern Marsh Orchid grow abundantly  in this field, which is owned by the National Trust for Jersey.

 

Creux Baillot Cottage garden, St Ouen

Set in a tranquil valley and accessed only by a small country lane. A garden created with a diverse collection of over 2,000 mainly herbaceous perennials from all over the world. Full of interesting features such as a bog garden viewed from an elevated wooden walkway and the attractive old granite cottage built into the side of the valley. The garden has been featured on a number of television programmes including BBC Gardener's World.

A lunch (at own expense) will be at a beach café.

 

Le Clos du Chemin,  St Peter owned by Mrs Susan Lea

This medium-sized garden is situated on a windswept hillside overlooking St Aubin’s Bay.  The lawns, which sweep down from the terrace in front of the house are surrounded by wide herbaceous borders which are home to a variety of shrubs and trees, including some twenty magnolias.  A small memorial garden can be found towards the bottom of the garden and adjacent are several beehives situated in the middle of a small wildflower patch where daffodils, bluebells and various other wild flowers bloom in succession.  A dramatic end to any tour is in the formal Italian garden with its pond, a cunningly-positioned mirror and a recently-acquired and quite beautiful statue ‘Angels’.  

 

This itinerary may be subject to change.  If this is necessary, other equally delightful and interesting gardens will be substituted.

 

2.  Liberation Tour

 

The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by the Germans during World War II.  This very special holiday will take you right back to those times, with the chance to speak to a number of people who lived through the Occupation, an opportunity to get behind the scenes and see things not normally open to the public and the chance to celebrate, with those who still remember the first Liberation Day – May 9th 1945.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

Springtime In Jersey

3.  SPRINGTIME IN JERSEY 

This short break is designed to shake off the cobwebs of winter and enjoy Jersey at its most beautiful, and before most other holidaymakers have arrived. There will be moderate walks and sturdy shoes are recommended.

Day 1: morning ramble along north coast footpaths to enjoy spectacular views, historic sites and spring flowers. Afternoon visit to Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust to see the work on saving endangered  species, started by world-famous conservationist and writer, Gerald Durrell and going from strength to strength today.

Day 2: Morning visit to St Ouen’s Bay with Mike Stentiford MBE, best known as the Birdman of Jersey, but also a former President of the National Trust for Jersey and extremely knowledgeable about all the Island’s flora and fauna.
Afternoon visit to Manor Farm, St Peter, home of the Classic Herd, where award-winning cheese, clotted cream and other dairy products are produced.    Here you will be shown round by either Darren or Julia Quénault and will see the free-range pigs and piglets and the cows and calves as well as having a tour of the factory with a detailed explanation of the processes involved
 
Day 3: Historic walk round St Helier.

Lunch and afternoon at leisure.

4.  JEWEL IN THE CROWN: 

The things that make Jersey different and special – its independence from the UK Parliament, its ancient laws and customs, its status as a leading finance centre – in other words, its freedoms are, to a very large extent, the result of its special relationship with its monarch, Elizabeth II. In these short breaks you will explore the history behind this relationship, visit places not normally open to the public and go inside some of the fortifications created to protect the Island against invasion.
     
Day 1: Private visit to States Building and Royal Court to hear about about Jersey’s constitution and its links with the Crown. This will be followed by visits to other sits of interest in St Helier. In the afternoon there is a trip to St Lawrence where we visit Hamptonne – home of Laurens Hamptonne 17th century Vicompte of Jersey who proclaimed King Charles II king immediately following the execution of his father. Hamptonne is now a Country Life Museum.


Day 2:    Guided tour of Mont Orgueil castle, built in the 13th Century to keep the French atbay, once King John had lost mainland Normandy to France. We then go west to see Grosnez Castle, a Norman church and an ancient Manor House.

 

Day 3: visit to Elizabeth Castle, built in St Aubin’s Bay when Sir Walter Raleigh was Governor of Jersey. The day continues with a visit to Fort Regent followed by a couple of ‘royal surprises’.

 

4.   Genuine Jersey 

Jersey CowsJersey is justifiably proud of its farming and fishing heritage. It these short breaks you visit dairy farms and oyster beds as well as the multi-faceted La Mare, and the best of our arts and crafts. In the spring, there’s a chance to enjoy nature with the charismatic Mike Stentiford and in the autumn there’s a trip to the Lavender Farm.


 

 

Private Gardens

Example itinerary
 

Day 1:   Special guided tour and tasting at La Mare Vineyards led by Tim Crowley, Managing Director La Mare.followed by visit to their chocolate factory to meet the chocolatière. Afternoon visit to Manor Farm, home of the Classic Herd, where award-winning cheese, clotted cream and other dairy products are produced

Day 2: Wildlife walk in St Ouen’s Bay with naturalist Mike Stentiford MBE. Mike is affectionately known as Jersey’s birdman. He will give an introduction to Jersey’s fauna and flora in one of Jersey’s foremost beauty spots. A gentle walk with no hills – but sturdy shoes are recommended all day today.

Afternoon tour and tasting at Royal Bay Oysters. Again, wear appropriate footwear for the beach.

Day 3:   Morning visit to a local potter.     We move on to The Harbour Gallery, St Aubin which is Jersey’s largest exhibiting and selling gallery, with over eighty exhibiting artists and craft workers.   Enjoy the exhibitions and browse at your own speed. Afternoon at leisure.

 

 

Contact: Email: Beth Lloyd or telephone 00 44 (0)1534 862099