Our new luxury shepherd huts have been installed on our Marina's edge at Beaucette. You can now book to be one of the first to stay in this unique location.
Here’s five things you can do straight from the door of your accommodation at Beaucette..
Get on your bike
Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or just enjoy getting out on two wheels, there’s much to explore right from the door of your shepherd hut. Beaucette marina is surrounded by wild common land with easily-navigated paths that run along the coast so you can relax and enjoy the views across all five Channel Islands. Once known as the Clos du Valle, this part of Guernsey was once an entirely separate island. There’s plenty of exploring to be done around the twisty narrow lanes, lined with old Guernsey granite cottages and don’t forget to take a few Guernsey pounds along with you to do a spot of hedge veg shopping!
Take a hike
Whether you are looking for a leisurely stroll or more of a challenge, there are scenic trails that start at Beaucette marina and reward you with stunning views at every turn.
A series of curated routes are also available on the Visit Guernsey walking app that showcase the island’s history, nature and share local knowledge. Every Spring and Autumn, walking festivals take place across the islands with local experts curating and guiding routes that celebrate the seasons and share culture and historical insights along the way.
Explore ancient forts
Guernsey has a rich history and fascinating history, with the parish of Vale boasting a number of well-preserved landmarks from neolithic dolmens to napoleonic forts, including Fort Doyle, just a short stroll from the marina. Many of them can be seen as you walk or cycle the coastal paths and of course, we encourage you to get off your bikes and explore!
Get up close and personal
From seals and puffins to dolphins and other marine life, we are lucky enough to have these wonderful creatures visiting and living in and around our islands. We have teamed up with local rib safari provider, Seascape, to offer visitors a unique adventure to get a closer look at these beautiful creatures starting out from the marina at Beaucette.
Guernsey is a twitcher’s paradise and there are plenty of locations where you can spot kestrels, swooper swans, turnstones, ducks egrets and coots amongst others. Rarer birds have also been spotted including the Eurasian Spoonbill, Red Kite, Pied Avocet and the European Bee-Eater amongst others.
Come face to face with Le Gardien du Tombeau
Just a short walk to the east of Beaucette is Le Dehus Dolmen, a neolithic burial chamber dating back to 3,500-20,00BC. Inside the chamber, one of the capstones has a remarkable carving of a man featuring a bearded face, arms and hands, with what appears to be a strung bow, and a series of symbolic designs. The carving is affectionately known as The Guardian of the Tomb.
Looking to treat that special someone in your life? Indulge in the ultimate bonding experience for you and your four legged friend. They'll love curling up beside the cosy stove in your shepherd's hut, or chasing their tails along the coastal paths while you enjoy the luxurious comfort of glamping and the serenity of nature.
At Beaucette, we welcome canine companions whether you are staying on our campsite or in Sark, our dog-friendly shepherd hut. If you're coming to stay with your dog, don’t forget to let us know so that we are expecting them.
Meanwhile, human guests can unwind in our brand new, Plankbridge shepherd huts. Each is named after one of the islands it looks onto: Herm, Alderney, Sark and Jethou and is lovingly furnished with a king size bed, ensuite shower room and fully-fitted kitchen, including oven and fridge freezer. All the huts are fully-heated and each also has a wood-burning stove to toast chilly toes (and paws) after wintry walks.
It’s the perfect base for you and your pooch to explore the island’s northern tip, with its winding coastal paths, sweeping bays and charming fishing harbour, Bordeaux. You really can explore straight from the door of your accommodation. Discover unspoilt fortresses and panoramic views across golden sands, spotting birds swooping at the water’s edge as you go.
It's time to take your dog on holiday, because it's not just humans that deserve a treat!
Here are our top five tips for glamping with your dog in Guernsey.
If you are travelling by car, you can bring your dog by ferry at no extra cost. Whilst your canine companion must remain in the car during the crossing, you are permitted to visit them during the short journey. If you are travelling on foot, your pet must be an RSPCA approved carrier and the cost is £20 return. The good news is that there is no need for a pet passport.
There are miles of golden sandy beaches to enjoy with your dog once you arrive on Guernsey. All beaches are dog-friendly however, if you are visiting during the Summer months, you must pay attention to the beach signs, as some beaches do have restrictions in the height of the season.
Whilst we do provide some home comforts for your pampered pooch, it’s always a good idea to bring familiar items like toys and a favourite blanket to make them feel at home. We all like to be in a home from home when we are away on holiday.
Don’t forget to bring a lead. Between 1st October and 30th April, dogs can be exercised on the beach at any time and you do not need to use a lead. Between 1st May and 30th September, dogs must be kept on a lead on all beaches.
Bring the doggy bags. Guernsey is a beautiful island with pristine beaches and paths to enjoy. There are steep fines for those that don’t pick up after their animals however, so please pick up after your dog. Fines can be up to £500.
Can I take my campervan or motorhome to Guernsey?
Yes, it’s super easy and straightforward! There are regular ferries from St Malo in Brittany and Poole in Dorset with Condor Ferries and Beaucette is just a ten minute drive from the ferry port in St Peter Port.
Beaucette Campervans has twelve level, grassed pitches, each supplied with water and electricity (240 volts). We welcome both campers and motorhomes to a maximum width of 2.3m (excluding mirrors and indicators) and length 9.45m max. Please note Guernsey's roads can be narrow! The use of campers and motorhomes is controlled by the authorities in Guernsey and a permit (available from the Marina Office) must be displayed whilst visiting the island, enabling you to circulate freely. However, you must return to a designated site each night, wild camping is not permitted. You can stay up to thirty days at a time.
When is the best time to go camping in Guernsey?
Our season starts on March 1st. For those that prefer to avoid the crowds, Spring and Autumn are a great time to visit. September is a wonderful month to visit Guernsey and the other Channel Islands. The sea is balmy warm and the beaches are quiet. It’s the perfect time to catch high tide swims and enjoy long lazy lunches in the many restaurants and cafes dotted around the island. We love our food!
However with activities on the island all year round including sea swimming, surfing, paddleboarding, cycling, hiking as well as plenty of historical and cultural sites to visit, you won’t be stuck for things to do in Guernsey.
What can I expect from the campsite at Beaucette?
We have modern shower block with laundry facilities, free wifi and outdoor BBQ area. Tokens for the washing machine and dryer can be bought from the marina office - you will find the staff very friendly and helpful. There is a fantastic restaurant on site, the Saltwater, offering local fish and seafood with a wonderful terrace overlooking the marina and neighboring islands. The whole site is peaceful and calm and feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
What is there to do around Beaucette?
Walks galore are on your doorstep! You just need a good pair of walking shoes (and possibly a canine companion) and you can walk in any direction along well-kept coastal paths. Hire a bike, the helpful office staff will assist you with this, and explore the winding lanes adjacent to Beaucette. Just a few minutes walk away is a beautiful stretch of sandy beach known as Pembroke. Popular with families and paddleboarders, there are two beachside cafes serving all day.
What’s on in Guernsey in 2024?
There’s lots happening in and around the island this year from the 80th celebrations of D-Day to our regular Literary Festival and the usual programme of traditional local events, like Rocquaine Regatta.