By: Condor Ferries on 21/09/2011
Escape to Herm
Getting away from it all is almost impossible in today’s busy world but just three miles off the coast of Guernsey, Herm offers absolute escapism in stunning surroundings.
Just a mile and a half long and half a mile wide, Herm has only 50 permanent residents. There are no cars, no crowds and definitely no stress.
It’s something that islanders want to keep that way. The award-winning White House Hotel has no televisions, no telephones in the bedrooms and no clocks on the walls - and that’s just the way its guests like it.
Many visitors come to Herm just for the day, taking the Herm ferry from St Peter Port, Guernsey, for the 20-minute trip across the Channel.
For those who choose to stay, there’s island accommodation to suit all budgets, ranging from tents and pitches at The Seagull Campsite - which looks out over Belvoir Bay - to comfortable cottages. Fisherman’s Cottage, one of the island’s most sought-after rentals, is just 100 metres from Fisherman’s Beach.
With no cars or crowds to worry about children can roam freely on Herm, with traditional seaside pursuits of rock pooling, sandcastles and cliff-top walks all the more pleasurable as a result. On Herm it’s quite possible to enjoy a day on the beach and see no one else at all.
If you tire of your own company, Herm’s Mermaid Tavern is very much the social hub of the island and offers a good choice of food as well as a small grocery shop, with meat and fish ordered in each day.
Other shops can be found along the harbour, where the post office will frank letters with Herm’s own stamp.
For formal dining The White House Hotel’s Conservatory Restaurant hosts wine tasting dinners, murder mystery evenings and other events from April to September. The adjoining Ship Inn is more informal and has a friendly bar.
Herm is a Britain in Bloom gold award-winning island and many of its private gardens are open to the public in the summer. In fact residents are so renowned for their green fingers that there’s even a ‘plant of the week’ section on the island’s official website where you can see the very best blooms.
And it’s not just the plants that seem to bloom here. Last year archaeologists found evidence of human habitation dating as far back as The Stone Age.
More information about getting to Herm and island accommodation can be found at www.herm-island.com