If you are looking for a totally independent holiday then either a self-catering apartment or cottage is the perfect choice, whether you are taking a break for a few days or on a family holiday there is a range of self-catering properties with suites providing scenic views of St Brelades, St Ouen`s Bay and the Marina to apartments set in private gardens or cottages in the heart of the countryside.
For a truly unique experience you can also hire a heritage property for your stay with a choice of castles, forts, 19th century barracks and rustic coastal towers available to book throughout the year.
Les Ormes Holiday Resort is one of Jersey’s premier self catering, activity and leisure venues and close to some of the islands best beaches
– To stay at Elizabeth Castle is an adventure not to be missed. Sitting one mile off the coast of Jersey’s main town of St Helier, the Castle apartment sits within one of Jersey’s most iconic locations surrounded by the sea twice a day. Elizabeth Castle Apartment is for those who would rather catch their dinner off the breakwater rather than go to a restaurant in central St Helier. Cut off to the mainland by the tide at least twice a day, ferry transport is only available when the Castle is open as a visitor attraction. While it is possible to walk back and forth on the low tide, no other cars are permitted to drive across the beach.
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L`Etacquerel Fort – Traverse the winding coastal path, lower the drawbridge and enter your own fort on the stunning, rugged north coast of Jersey. Built in the mid-19th Century on a cliff side overlooking Bouley Bay, L’Etacquerel Fort is a great base for exploring Jersey’s rugged north coast or holding a get together with the friends. Built with traditional Jersey granite, the property itself is very basic, with no running water or electricity but what it lacks in mod-cons it makes up for in character and stunning views. Situated along a steep coastal path, access is across the dry moat on a high wooden bridge.
Le Câtel Fort
Le Câtel Fort
is teeming with history. Built in the 1780s to defend Grève de Lecq Bay from French invasion, the fort was armed with three fearsome 32-pounder guns on traversing platforms. Situated overlooking Greve de Lecq, this former battery and guardhouse (1789) occupies a peaceful spot on the North Coast. Encircled by a loop-holed wall, the Fort garden is ideal for small private functions and is licensed for weddings. Minimum 2 day hire. Hire starts at 12 noon on the first day of hire until 10am the morning after the last day of hire e.g. 2 day hire on a Saturday/Sunday starts at 12 noon on Saturday and ends at 10 am on the Monday.
La Crete Fort
La Crete Fort
– Nestling on a headland, this tranquil property is built on Jersey’s rugged north coast and is surrounded on three sides by the sea. Regarded as ‘an icon of the Island’s strong sense of individuality and self-determination’, La Crête Fort has held military importance since a rampart was built on the site during 16th century. Nestled on the headland overlooking France and other Channel Islands, the property is surrounded on three sides by the sea. Renovated as part of the Tourism Development Fund initiative in 2005, La Crête Fort as it is today comprises of a guard house with military accommodation
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Fort Leicester – Spread over three levels, this magnificent 19th century fort sits above the picturesque harbour of Bouley Bay and has a private garden and terrace. Named after the Earl of Leicester, a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, Fort Leicester has military history dating back to the late 16th century. The Fort sits above the picturesque harbour of Bouley Bay and has been restored to reflect its diverse military history. The Fort housed single cannon when it was constructed in the 16th century, nearly 50 years after an invasion attempt on Jersey from France.
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Lewis’s Tower sits in the rugged landscape of the dunes, close to a nature reserve. The Tower has direct beach access and makes a perfect base for exploring the majestic sweep of St Ouen’s Bay. Built in 1835 to defend Jersey’s coast against French attack, Lewis’s Tower is one of several fortifications built in St Ouen’s Bay at that time. Split over three levels, this granite tower provides basic coastal tower accommodation with electricity and lighting but is not connected to any other utilities. Public toilets (open 24 hours) are located close by.
Close to St Catherine’s woods, the impressive St Catherine’s Breakwater and secluded beaches, Archirondel Tower provides a perfect coastal base while you explore the north-eastern corner of Jersey. Built on a rocky outcrop in St Catherine’s Bay in 1792, Archirondel Tower was used as a garrison for artillery soldiers and has been a key defensive point throughout Jersey’s history. Linked to the shore by the abandoned southern arm of St Catherine’s Breakwater, the Tower has been converted into one of our basic coastal towers and accommodates up to 10 people at any time.
Join your very own guide for a once-in-a-lifetime experience staying overnight, two miles offshore. Completely surrounded by sea twice a day, Seymour Tower offers a fantastic base for exploring Jersey’s marine wilderness at low tide. Accommodating up to seven people plus your guide, Seymour Tower offers a truly unique experience. Standing on a rocky outcrop off the south-east tip of Jersey in an internationally recognised RAMSAR wetlands site, the Tower offers guests the ultimate retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the main land. It’s perfect for anyone looking for adventure
is our most recently converted property and is already popular for extended family holidays in Jersey.This historic Martello Tower has been restored with all modern conveniences and fully equipped as a self-catering property. Kempt Tower in St Ouen’s Bay, on the west coast of the Island was built in 1834 as a defensive tower against possible French invasion. Constructed with Jersey granite, the ground floor was used to store weapons and ammunition whilst the upper floor housed ten troops and their commanding officer. The Tower is situated in Jersey’s National Park
, is a stone’s throw from the beach below and some of the Island’s top restaurants close by
La Rocco Tower
La Rocco Tower
Join your very own guide for a once-in-a-lifetime experience staying overnight at the iconic La Rocco Tower. Completely surrounded by sea twice a day, La Rocco Tower boasts unrivalled views of St Ouen`s Bay. Accommodating up to six people plus your guide, La Rocco Tower offers a truly unique experience. Standing on a rocky outcrop off the west coast of Jersey, the tower offers guests the ultimate treat away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. Located in Jersey’s National Park
, half a mile offshore, it’s perfect for anyone looking for adventure. Each group staying at La Rocco Tower has their own personal guide who stays with you throughout
– Set on a cliff top overlooking Corbière lighthouse on Jersey’s south-west tip, the Radio Tower provides stunning self-catering accommodation over six floors and boasts a 360-degree view. The Radio Tower is one of Jersey’s most iconic sites and is one of our most popular with visitors and residents alike. Standing on the south-west tip of Jersey’s shoreline, the tower has the most amazing views from the lounge, no matter what the weather. Built during the Second World War by German Occupying Forces, the tower has been sympathetically restored in a German modernist Bauhaus style with a concrete staircase winding through the centre
Officer’s Quarters at Greve De L’ecq Barracks
Greve De L’ecq Barracks
Discover the real Jersey, its beauty, its military history, and its built heritage by staying in the officers’ quarters at the Grève de Lecq Barracks. Far from spending the weekend doing military drills, the idyllic setting of the Barracks is a perfect place to relax, enjoy the sunshine and explore the North Coast of Jersey. From walking to Grève de Lecq beach, famous for its impressive waves and picturesque location, to exploring around the Barracks, there is something for everyone at this location, even if you just fancy a short break and a few BBQs with friends and family.
Le Don Hilton
Le Don Hilton – For a truly unique experience, why not escape to Le Don Hilton for a revitalising day in the great outdoors with the sea right on your doorstep. Enjoy a delicious BBQ whilst admiring the breathtaking and natural beauty of the landscape, take a long walk along the beautiful golden sands or take a dip in St Ouen’s bay, famous for its impressive waves. When all this activity has tired you out, just sit and chill as the sun sets. The facilities at Le Don Hilton are basic and essentially the building is a stone tent, solely offering protection from the elements.
Liberty Wharf Apartments Esplanade, St Helier – 01534 714700
Liberty Wharf Apartments is a property of 63 air-conditioned serviced apartments comprising of Studio, 1-bedroom & 2-bedroom layouts stylishly decorated with contemporary furnishings. Morning croissants and hot drinks are available for guests in the reception lounge and there is a private sun terrace off the lounge. All this is overseen by the 24 hour Guest Services Team. All the apartments are equipped with a fully fitted kitchen featuring halogen hob and oven, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer as well as standard kitchen utensils, kettle, toaster, microwave, coffee maker, cutlery and crockery and an iron and ironing board. The lounge has space for a comfortable sofa, coffee table, sideboard, TV, DVD/CD player and iPod docking station and cordless telephone.
dates from 18th Century and overlooks the bay of La Greve D’Azette in Jersey’s main town of St Helier. It has been sensitively restored to create a comfortable, cosy self-catering cottage. With fabulous views across Havre des Pas, The Violet Bank (a recently declared Ramsar Wetland zone) and St Clement’s Bay, Fisherman’s Cottage offers much more than meets the eye. Tucked away on Mount Bingham, this charming cottage has been lovingly restored by the Parish of St Helier and is great for a ‘foodie’ break with close proximity to several of the Island’s best restaurants.
Cider Barn Apartment At Hamptonne
Cider Barn Apartment
– Nestled amongst the thatch and granite of a 15th Century farmstead, Hamptonne Cider Barn Apartment provides an idyllic family holiday in the heart of Jersey’s countryside. Located in the heart of Jersey’s countryside, Hamptonne is a beautifully restored farm with a collection of thatched granite houses, stables and meadows. It is an idyllic, model farm offering a memorable setting for a relaxing family break or romantic getaway. The Cider Barn apartment is one of two well-appointed apartments which have been lovingly restored and can be rented together to accommodate up to 10 people.
Stable Apartment At Hamptonne
A cosy, fully equipped self-catering apartment in the heart of Jersey’s countryside, perfect for a romantic escape or a family holiday. Hamptonne is steeped in rural history with over 45 acres to explore. Located in the heart of Jersey’s countryside, Hamptonne is a beautifully restored farm with a collection of thatched granite houses, stables and meadows. It is an idyllic, model farm offering a memorable setting for a relaxing family break or romantic getaway. The Stable Apartment is one of two well-appointed apartments which have been lovingly restored and can be rented together to accommodate up to 10 people.
– The iconic Barge Aground is uniquely positioned in the stunning St Ouen’s Bay with direct access to the beach. Built in the 1930s, this is the last of the seaside follies and chalets which once lined the bay. Barge Aground sits in the rugged landscape of the dunes in Jersey’s only national park, close to the nature reserve. In early summer a walk will take you through fields of native orchids and throughout the year the area teems with bird life – watch out for the marsh harriers who live in the area. Accommodating six people, the décor has a 1930s theme, with walnut wooden floors and some original 1930s furniture.
Self Catering Resorts
Jersey also affords two great self-catering resorts which have superb sporting and leisure facilities nearby including golf, swimming, football, tennis and many more, with many holiday activity weeks for children both on-site and off-site this is perfect for an action packed and adrenalin fuelled holiday or you can also relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the sun setting and use as a base for cycling or walking around the idyllic coastal paths