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La Crête Fort

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La Crete Fort on the north coast of Jersey

Fort / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 5

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Fort / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

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

Nestling on a headland, this tranquil property is built on Jersey's rugged north coast and is surrounded on three sides by the sea. Well off the beaten track, La Crête Fort is the ideal get-away-from-it-all retreat. The property dates from 1830 but sits on a site that was first militarised in the 16th century.

There are breath taking views from this fort over the sea to Guernsey, Sark and the coast of France. A secluded beach is close by, popular with local bathers and surfers. Wonderful sunsets can be enjoyed while sitting out in the walled garden.

La Crête Fort comprises a double or twin bedroom, a single bunkroom and spacious shower room and large lounge/diner with sofa bed. A flight of stone steps will take you up to a large granite room with a vaulted ceiling with access to a secluded private garden terrace sheltered by granite walls. Due to its location there is no TV reception in the property.

Please note the shower room and toilet are accessed through the single bedroom. The property is also set on different levels, all accessed via granite or concrete steps.

Sleeps up to five people.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Access Car advised
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player
Standard Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Single beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Jersey has a wide range of defensive fortifications from prehistoric times through to the 1940s. The defensive works at La Crête Point have evolved from a 16th century boulevard to the construction of a fort in 1834 as part of an island-wide defensive strategy against French invasion, to modifications made by the German occupying forces during the Second World War.

An historic map from Popinjay shows a boulevard in the vicinity of La Crête in 1563. It wasn't until 1778, that the Royal Jersey Militia recommended placing a “Tower at the Bonne Nuit landing place, a Battery of 2 guns on the point of La Crête and an additional embrasure for the present battery to cover La Crête”. The Duke of Richmond Map of Jersey (surveyed from 1787, published 1795) shows an upper and lower battery, and a guardhouse at La Crête.

In an extract from 'A Respectable Little Work' by Martin Brice, La Crête Point was fortified by the States in 1813 - originally called Havre Giffard Battery it mounted two captured French naval 18-pounder guns served by a magazine, a store and a guard house. The barracks (on the site of the Cheval Roc Hotel) accommodated regular troops acting as a mobile reserve and reinforcement for the batteries plus the other fortifications at Frèmont Point, Pouclés, Vicard Point and Les Huvets. Centralised control was provided by a signal post at Le Mont Mado. After the defeat of Napoleon, some of these batteries were reduced in size or abandoned but La Crête retained both its 18-pounder cannon.

In an extract from 'A Respectable Little Work' by Martin Brice: “The fort was built in 1834 at a cost of £971 - the contractor a Mr Slater. There was accommodation for 1 officer and 30 other ranks from the Royal Jersey Militia. The planned armament of two 18-pounders and four 12-pounders had not yet arrived. In 1837, the new Lieutenant Governor wanted an update on these improvements and so a report was produced by the new commanding Royal Engineer, Lt Col. Oldfield. The principal work at Bonne Nuit, La Crête Fort, needed only minor works such as repairing roofs damaged by storm, easing doors, windows and shutters, and painting outside iron work”.

La Crête Fort lost its military importance in the second half of the 19th century and was abandoned.

During the Occupation, the fort was reinforced by the German forces as Resistance Point La Crête. It was armed with a 3.7cm PAK anti-tank gun, a MG 34S 7.92mm heavy machine gun, 2 light machine guns, a mortar and a 30cm searchlight. The site was manned by 3 NCOs and 17 other ranks .

After the Occupation in 1968, the Fort was placed at the disposal of the Lieutenant-Governor for use as a summer residence. In 2006, the Lieutenant Governor relinquished use of the building to the Public of the Island of Jersey under the administration of the Jersey Heritage Trust. The fort was renovated as part of the Forts and Towers project.

Further details outdoors

There is a parking space for one car in the public parking area right next to the gate of the property.

Different levels inside, narrow, steep steps both inside and out mean that this property is unsuitable for wheelchair users.

Jersey Heritage properties are important historical sites with many original features. They do not have the many health and safety features required of modern buildings, it is therefore essential that you and your guests behave responsibly, and that children are supervised at all times. Before departure you must ensure that the property is left in as clean a condition as you found it on arrival. All items of furniture and equipment should be returned to their original position.

Vehicle access along North Coast cliff path. Narrow winding unsealed road with two-way traffic and pedestrians. Exterior areas border steep cliffs with rocks below.

Well-behaved dogs allowed (two max). Dogs not allowed in bedrooms or on furniture. Owners must abide by Island regulations on exercising dogs on beaches during summer months and removing dog faeces from beaches, roads, woods and footpaths.There is a surcharge of £10 per dog.

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 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.

St. John

La Crête Fort is located on Jersey's north coast on the cliff path network. With no immediate neighbours, and accessed by a winding, unselaed track, it is the perfect location for a secluded break. It was until recently the weekend retreat of the Queen's representative in Jersey, the Lieutenant Governor.

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 the Jersey Heritage's six historic sites, Durrell or the Jersey War Tunnels. Day excursions can also be made to the other islands.

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Review 1-4 of 4

16 Dec 2014

4/5

"fantastic location for peace and quiet"

we enjoyed the location away from civilisation, and the noise of day to day rate race, the accommodation was inviting, warm, comfortable, peaceful. great views of the coast line and harbour. the outside area would be great in the summer for bbq and get together with friends and/or family. definitely recommend to others who want a quiet weekend to revive their batteries and get away from all the electronic gadgets of day to day living nowadays.

Thank you John for your kind review of the fort. It's always great to hear how our customers enjoy getting away from it all in our self-catering properties. We hope you return soon!

23 Dec 2012

5/5

"Fantastic place"

It is a great place and a fantastic surrounding. This place is definitely not luxurious but the environment is so amazing you quickly forgot the relative lack of comfort. Jersey Heritage staff is very helpful.

15 Dec 2012

5/5

"Post-Wedding Sojourn"

We had a wonderful stay at La Crete Fort following our wedding this summer in Jersey. It was exciting to arrive in our finary, raise the flag, and feel a bit like royalty! The Fort is at one of the most beautiful locations in Jersey, so it was perfect for a BBQ - looking out over the Bay and over to France. It impressed many of our UK visitors. The team at Jersey Heritage were great. We had booked a few properties for the weekend and they were extremely professional, calm and supportive.

8 Sep 2012

5/5

"Awesome . THE most amazing place to stay"

Fantastic location: A truly amazing holiday home. Rubbish directions and the cleanliness could be improved, but as a wow factor the fort certainly had it. It would have been nice if there were a few recommendations for local shops / farm shops etc. Also would have been nice to have been told prior to arrival that the water is not drinkable. That aside it was a brilliant place to stay. Did submit a comment form but guess the cleaners never handed to the owners....I wonder why?

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    • 8 Years listed

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    Calendar last updated:24 Aug 2015

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