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Fort Leicester

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Fort Leicester built into the headland at Bouley Bay.

Fort / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 8

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Fort / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Spread over three levels, this magnificent 19th century fort sits above the picturesque harbour of Bouley Bay and has a private garden and terrace.

Named after the Earl of Leicester, a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, Fort Leicester has military history dating back to the late 16th century. The Fort sits above the picturesque harbour of Bouley Bay and has been restored to reflect its diverse military history.

The Fort housed single cannon when it was constructed in the 16th century, nearly 50 years after an invasion attempt on Jersey from France. Another half a century later a boulevard and battery platform was installed as part of Jersey's northern defence plan but was deemed inadequate by the Island's Lieutenant Governor who instructed the battery to become a fort. Numerous guns were positioned at the Fort which required the site to house around 30 of the Island's militia up until it was rebuilt in 1836, when the Fort was considered ineffective due to the threat of steam navigation.

The property has stayed much the same since it was rebuilt, with the guardhouse converted to the main bedroom with one double bed and two single beds, and a wood burning stove. The lower level magazines have also been transformed into a cosy bunk room and a bathroom. One of Fort Leicester's most quirky features is that it is built into the surrounding rock face and so has been built into three different levels, requiring guests to move outside from one room to another, with sections of grass between. If you're lucky, you may see some of the resident wall lizards basking in the sun, which are unique to Jersey.

A later addition to the Fort is the searchlight housing constructed by Occupying German forces during the Second World War, which now houses a fully fitted kitchen with a lounge and diner. There is also a terraced area where a gun emplacement once stood, which is perfect for watching the local fisherman go in and out of the harbour.

With the picturesque setting and sound of the waves in the harbour, there is no need for a television or wi-fi. The Fort gives your family the perfect opportunity to explore the small beach below or take in the winding coastal paths to the nearby, equally scenic, bays.

A pub with a restaurant and beach café is located in Bouley Bay which is also home to one of Jersey's diving schools. Although nothing is too far in Jersey, due to its more secluded location we would recommend hiring a car to get around. The Fort also has two parking spaces at the harbour for sole use of guests.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms
Access Car advised
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Single beds (4), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 7
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users

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.

Trinity

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.

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    • 8 Years listed

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    Calendar last updated:20 Aug 2015

    Based in United Kingdom

    Languages spoken
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