Fort | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Fort Leicester is a magnificent 19th century fort that once was home to a defence force protecting Jersey's north coast from French invasion. While conditions in the fort may once have been sparse this is certainly no longer the case with a level of comfort that does justice to the beautiful views that it commands.
In fact the stunning location of the fort immediately lends itself for use as holiday accommodation. This is a quirky site set across three levels which are not adjoined.
Level one - A German searchlight building (added during the Occupation years of the Second World War) houses the open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area. There is a comfortable sofa bed located in the lounge area. Patio doors open on to a balcony area with wonderful views across the cliffs, the Echréhous Reef and the distant Normandy coast of France.
Level two - The lower level of the 1836 guardhouse. There is a spacious, comfortable bathroom and a second bunk bedroom each accessed separately from outside.
Level three -The upper level of the guardhouse, accessed via exterior stone steps, with open fireplace, is on the upper floor. The Fort sleeps six comfortably but can accommodate eight and includes a double bedroom (plus daybed), adult bunks in the second bedroom and a sofa bed in the sitting room. The fort also boasts two semi-private garden spaces for long summer evenings and drawn out barbecues. This accommodation is ideal for families wanting self-catering with a difference, sailors, fishermen, divers and those with an appreciation of history and heritage looking for an unusual holiday destination. From walking Jersey's outstanding cliff paths to swimming in the sea you are not far from any holiday pursuit that takes your fancy or simply relaxing in the quiet away from the bustle of home. Steep path and steps leading up to fort. The fort is on split-levels so there are steps within the grounds. The property is adjacent to cliffs and has high walls and long drops.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
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.
Bouley Bay is located on Jersey's north coast at the base of a winding hill used occasionally in the summer for hill climb races. The property is ideally located on Jersey's north coast cliff path network and close to water sport activities in the 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 the Jersey Heritage's six historic sites, Durrell or the Jersey War Tunnels. Day excursions can also be made to the other islands.