Guernsey Celebrations

Each year I like to do something to celebrate my mums birthday, as she has loads of ‘stuff’ it is great to go and see something new.  This year was no except and I booked a trip for the two of us to Guernsey.  We flew from Southampton Airport and stayed in the Old Government House Hotel & Spa at St Peters Port. 

This was such a brilliant trip away, completed by the lovely staff at the Old Government House Hotel.  We had a pickup from the Airport and were taken to the hotel. I had warned them that we had an early flight but they arranged to get our room ready as soon as possible. Once at the hotel, they offered us a glass of bubbly and a tour of the hotel and facilities whilst they were finishing off our room. The concierge was  super-chatty and kept us entertained whilst we waited.

Welcome drinks at Old Government House Hotel, Guernse

Having been up at 4:30am, we didn’t really have any concept of the time. Bubbly at 9:50am seemed perfectly fine until we were being toured past the guests eating their eggs and bacon at breakfast!

Hotel branding on the sheets

The room was wonderful. Very spacious, a lovely big bathroom and everything you could need – robes, slippers, hair straighteners, coffee and tea making facilities. As soon as we checked in and settled we decided to head out and explore – the sun was shining and we had things to see!

Flowers at Candie Gardens, Guernsey

St Peters Port appeared to have a fair bit to see and do, which is why I picked this part of the Island to stay. We wandered to Candie Gardens as they were just up the road from the hotel. From here there was a beautiful view of the port and an opportunity to refresh in the cafe before heading over to Cornet Castle.

Highstreet, Guernsey

It was quite windy but sunny when we visited, so we battled the winds to the castle, mooching in a few shops along the way. The High Street has a decent range of high street stores with a few independent stores scattered in. We were going to head along the coast for a walk but decided against facing the winds and found some more sights inland instead.
Emily & Mary Castle Cornet, Guernsey
Looking out to sea
View to town from Castle Cornet, Guernsey

We headed back to the hotel for a quick break and cup of tea before a final afternoon stroll pre-dinner. When we got back to the hotel I heard a little high-pitched squeal from mum and discovered that they had left a birthday treat in the room.
Surprise from the Old Government House Hotel

It was such a lovely personal touch that really made her day. It was pretty yummy too!

Feet up at Old Government House Hotel, Guernsey

We had a final wander around, heading up the hill to get in the views before we headed back to the hotel for a shower and dinner.

Birthday desert. Yum! Old Government House Hotel, Guernse

We decided to eat at the hotel. I’m glad we did because it was a lovely experience. We had a couple of cocktails pre-dinner and were then taken to our table once ready. The staff were brilliant the entire evening – making sure we had everything we needed and making a second effort to make mum feel special for her birthday. I don’t think I’ve been offered so much cake and desert in such a short space of time!

Mum relaxing Old Government House Hotel, Guernse

Check-out was a nice and simple. A quick taxi ride to the airport and we had some brilliant coastal views on the flight back home. This is easily one of the best hotels I’ve stayed in. The staff exceeded all expectations, dinner was delicious and we have great memories to treasure.

Full photo album is over on Flickr.

Views from the plane over Southapton

 

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