Immerse yourself in World War Two history with our pick of Channel Island stays with a story.
Nicolle Tower in St Clement, Jersey was built as a folly in 1821 and was then taken over by the Germans during World War II where it served as an observation point. Perfectly positioned to offer views over the sea and Island in every direction, it’s now a comfortable holiday home for two, which features regency elegance in the sitting-room and military simplicity in the bedroom.
Fort Clonque on Alderney was begun in 1847 to protect the Channel Islands from capture by the French and at high tide is cut off from the rest of the Island.Reached by a spectacular causeway which leads up to its drawbridge, it sleeps up to 13, with bedrooms spread across former officers’ and soldiers quarters, the gatehouse and guardroom. In World War II, Fort Clonque was equipped with machine-gun posts and a massive bunker. Despite never coming under fire, it was left in ruins before being lovingly renovated by The Landmark Trust as the ultimate Island getaway.
Elizabeth Castle Apartment sits within one of Jersey’s most historic locations which was built during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and served as a military base until 1924. During the Second World War it was occupied by German troops who modernised the castle with guns, bunkers and battlements. Set over two floors and sleeping up to six, its comfortable apartment is part of an old barrack block, just off the parade ground. When the castle closes its gates to the public, you’ll have the whole place to yourselves.
The Old Government House
The Old Government House in Guernsey has operated as a hotel since 1858 but dates back to 1796 from when it was the official Island governor’s residence. From 1940 to 1945 it was taken over as the German’s staff headquarters who enjoyed its comfortable surroundings while still being able to keep a watchful eye over St Peter Port.Inside, the decor reflects the building’s past, with wood panelling, imposing fireplaces and glittering chandeliers. Dine at The Curry Room or more informally at The Brasserie and soak up the sun around the elegant outdoor pool. The hotel also boasts a gym, spa pool, sauna and steam room.