Thanks to the popularity of The New York Times bestseller, The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society and film by the same name, Guernsey is having a moment. Travelers are attracted to the Channel Island’s rugged windswept coastlines, rural landscapes and the fascinating history of the German occupation. But there’s even more to see and do on the British Channel island, located just 75 miles south of Britain, and easily accessible from Heathrow Airport.
Where to Stay
The unassuming Old Government House Hotel & Spa was built in 1792 as the home of the governor and converted into a hotel in 1858. The 62-room hotel joined the Red Carnation Hotel Collection in 2008 and is the only five-star hotel on Guernsey. From the outside, it nearly disappears amid the town’s charming historic homes but, once inside, it’s a sprawling warren of historic rooms, meticulously maintained by Red Carnation in décor sympathetic to the period, yet with all the modern conveniences, and features several dining options and an impressive spa and gym.
Located on the hill over the main town of Saint Peter Port, the hotel surrounds the outdoor pool, offering stunning panoramic sea views, yet is only a short walk from the main shopping street, port and…