For WildCamping – What should I bring? What is provided?
- a private pitch set in amongst mature blackthorn and vines, overlooking a small field with views over the west coast.
- a canvas Safari/Tipi tent which sits on a reclaimed wood platform
- comfortable bedding (an arrangement of double fouton and soft mattress/single fouton beds).
- all bed linen, duvet, extra blankets, pillows and pillow cases
- showers and toilets in facilities barn, a short 15 sec stroll away, via fairy lights if dark
- washing facilities for dishes in the same barn
- the use of a fridge and freezer
- Childrens games, books to borrow
- A wind-up torch and fairy lights.
- Fire pit, pots and ways to cook safely on an open fire, including bucket of wood. See our ‘food basket’ and vegetarian take away menu options.
- A wood burner.
- Gas stove and grill
- All crockery, pans etc for cooking, including condiments (salt, pepper, oil, herbs) tea, coffee, sugar to settle you in.
- Library and tourism information on Guernsey to borrow
- Few bikes to borrow, childrens scooters, sit-ons
- Free bus pass if you choose to come car free and stay 7 nights or more.
We have for children and babies:
- high chair
- bikes for toddlers.
- games and ideas for entertainment
- travel cot
Please give us a call to find out what we can help you with as there will be other baby bits that we may have as our children are 1 and 4 yrs old.
- toiletries – we invite you to use biodegradable products, but understand if this is not possible. Ask us for advice on products.
- Groceries – it’s good to have something so you don’t have to go off straight away to find food! We don’t have shop on site. See Food options on website.
- surfboards, wetsuits, floats & swimming aids, fishing gear etc We have some to lend you.
- sunblock, hats, hot weather gear
- wellies (especially children’s), wet weather gear
- medicines & personal medical kit. Both of us are first aid trained.
How do I get to the site?
Getting to Guernsey – Please check deals with Channel Islands Direct when you book (details are sent via email when you make an enquiry, with booking code) as they offer discounts. St Peter Port where the ferry comes in is 15 mins by car, 35 min by bus and 45 mins cycle from the land. Ferries from the UK are the fast ferry from Weymouth and Poole, the slower all weather ferry from Portsmouth with www.condorferries.com. Ferries from France leave St Malo with www.condorferries.com and www.directferries.co.uk/manche_iles_express.htm also leave from ports in Normandy. The airport is 20 min by bus, 25min by bike and 10 min by car. www.flybe.com, www.aurigny.com, www.blueislands.com and www.airsouthwest.com are all companies that fly here. They can be expensive (book early if you do fly) therefore sea travel may be cheaper, or try booking through a travel companies that offer deals if at least one night is included in local accommodation (www.channelislandsdirect.co.uk).
Access to the site – When you arrive there are a few ways to find us. A 5 min walk via an ancient sunken lane or up directly onto our land through ‘the path with a view’ is the easiest and prettiest – more directions once booked. The site is car-free to ensure disturbance is kept to a minimum for neighbouring houses, to protect the tranquillity of the area, to give people an opportunity to live without their car and because it’s a wonderful thing to find us on foot as it feels like you have arrived! We therefore have a foot, bike and bus policy scheme that we invite you to join. If you come to stay without a car and for 7 nights or more, you get a free bus pass for your stay and a free foot massage oil for pampering those feet at the end of the day. If you do bring a car (maximum one per pitch) all parking is at The Guernsey Pearl centre just below the site.
How can I get around the island?
The island is only 7 miles long by 5 miles wide, so nowhere is far. Cycling all the way round takes 2 hrs, walking it would take all day. The buses are good and cheap (£1 per journey) and we’ll provide a timetable (http://www.hctgroup.org/the_hct_group/ct_plus_guernsey) and a free bus pass for those coming for 7 nights or more. We have bikes to borrow for those who want to potter, with cycle route maps which include the quaint and unique green lanes. Our bikes are for anyone to use and if available on the day then they are free to use. If you require a more serious bike or one for your whole stay, then we can recommend http://www.sarniacyclehire.co.uk/ company to hire from.
Do you accept pets?
We cannot accept any pets with visitors as customs do not allow animals into Guernsey. Locals coming for a holiday or break can give us a call if they have a question about pets as we do have sheep, chickens and ducks on the land.
Is the site safe for young children?
There are glass houses on the land and potential dangers of blackthorn shrubs, uneven ground, brambles and nettles. We would ask any parent/guardian who is visiting or staying with us to be responsible for any young person in their care. D’Arcy and Tara are first aid trained and the site is risk assessed. WildGuernsey holds third party public liability insurance plus full insurance for the activities they run. Glass houses are a feature of the Guernsey Landscape and are evidence of the islands past horticultural industry that thrived but is now much declined. It means many wooden greenhouses are in a poor state of repair, ours are no exception to this and have seen better days. For this reason it is important young children are supervised when in close proximity to the glass, during windy weather extra care needs to be taken near the two greenhouses. In time we intend to invest in the maintenance and restoration of these.