Tower | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
During the German Occupation of Jersey in the Second World War, three huge observation towers were built as part of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall defences, comprising 15,000 structures stretching from Norway to the Loire. Their purpose was to direct artillery fire against targets out to sea. One of these, La Corbière Radio Tower, is available as accommodation for the first time.
Constructed from more than 5,000 bags of cement this is a truly imposing site from both land and sea. Its location commands excellent views over Jersey, and more closely, Corbière Lighthouse which stands on a outcrop of granite rocks just offshore. The lighthouse was once manned but is now fully automated. You can walk there along a causeway at low tide.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
From the tower’s rather functional beginning comes accommodation that is unique to Jersey. The tower has five floors with one double bedroom on floors one, two and three all with adjacent shower/wc. The kitchen and an extra wc is located on floor four and a narrow spiral staircase leads up to the loung/diner on the fifth floor. The climb to the top room is more than worth the effort as the look-out centre that once was the heart of the tower’s activity now offers almost a 360 degree view of the west coast that must be seen to be believed, converted into a stunning living area that is as quirky as it is spectacular.
3 shower rooms (with WC), a kitchen and three adult double bedrooms have been made out of the six rooms that lead the way up to the tower centre. It is perfectly situated for cliff walking, watching passing boats, beaches and bird watching but is close to main roads leading to restaurants and beaches.
The Jersey region
The Channel Islands are magical islands in the Bay of St Malo and at the closest point Jersey is just 14 miles from the French coast. Warmed by the waters of the Gulf Stream, spring arrives early and summer lingers on. The weather here consistently tops the UK resort charts for sunshine hours and temperature.
Jersey is well known for its magnificent sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, sheltered coves and crystal clear waters. Inland, winding, shaded lanes take you through wooded valleys and patchwork countryside.
Corbière is the extreme south west tip of Jersey with a rugged coastline and dramatic views out to sea and across the sweeping St Ouen's Bay. Jersey is thoroughly British but with a distinct French flavour. Although firecely loyal to the Crown for more than 800 years, the French influence lingers on in local surnames and place and street names. The capital St Helier is packed with continental style bistros, restaurants and pavement cafes.
You do not need a passport to visit the Channel Islands unless you intend taking a day trip to France which is a short hop away by sea or air. You will need proof of identity for flights and sea travel to the Island. As on the UK mainland the currency is sterling but Euros are accepted in many shops and other outlets.
There is plenty to do in the Island from guided walks to a visit to one of Jersey Heritage's six historic sites, Durrell or the Jersey War Tunnels. Day excursions can also be made to the other islands.