On our family holiday this year we were lucky enough to visit Jersey for a third time I love this little island, where time stands still and everyone is polite and the traffic filters in turn at roundabouts.
As we were there for a couple of weeks, we decided the visit Sark, which actually falls under the jurisdiction of Guernsey. I’ve seen holiday programmes on Sark and have always wanted to visit. The main attraction being the total ban on cars etc. If you want to get around on Sark you walk, hire a bike or take a horse and wagon tour.
We caught the boat early one morning and after a horrendous sea crossing where most people were seasick we finally arrived! After I had a drink of water (a cafe owner suggested I pick some mint from her garden to flavour the water!), we walked around.
We had planned beforehand to visit La Seigneurie gardens which were absolutely amazing. Honestly if I lived in Sark I would visit these gardens daily. These beautiful walled gardens were small but perfectly formed. Lots of seasonal interest and eye catching plants and beautiful flowers, an obvious micro climate. I loved it and could have stayed all day.
It was a very peaceful and tranquil. Also the gardens were immaculate and so well maintained. Not a weed in sight! Plus there was a little cafe for a cup of tea after your visit.
All in all, despite the sea sickness I absolute loved Sark and La Seigneurie was the main highlight of the day
If you are lucky enough to visit the beautiful Channel Islands, then please visit!
This was my second visit to the lovely Samares Manor botanical gardens in Jersey. Last year we visited on the last day of our holiday and I found out that you can have a free return visit within 2 weeks so I didn’t make that mistake again and we went early in our holiday!
Samares Manor is small but so tranquil and lovely. There’s lots of different garden areas for interest, including a Japanese garden, a herb garden and a particular favourite of my son’s: a shade and damp area with lots of stepping stones and ducks!
My favourite area of these gardens however is the walled garden. I have always wanted a walled garden. This one at Samares Manor doesn’t disappoint with lots of cottage style planting which I love. Beautiful rudbeckias, verbena and dahlias come to mind. There are also lovely espaliers of pear trees that greet you as you meander through the garden.
Whilst visiting Samares Manor, don’t forget to visit their cafe. The Herb Garden cafe is a fabulous outdoor tearoom serving the most delicious and largest piece of lemon drizzle cake I’ve ever had the pleasure to eat! I would be sampling my way through the menu if I lived there. When we visited they were advertising a special lunch menu which was a delicious sounding fig and feta cheese pizza. All cooked on their outdoor pizza oven. Unfortunately I was too full of cake to take advantage!
You could spend an hour plus here, it’s not that large, but it is so pleasant and definitely visit the cafe. It’s well worth it, especially if like us you are on holiday and get a free return visit! It’s just so nice to have a stroll around in pleasant conditions.
Overall even though it’s not that big, there is quite a lot of interesting areas to explore. The shop sells a nice array of local crafts and although I couldn’t bring back any plants on my flight, the garden centre plants looked in great condition and were reasonably priced.
I’m already looking forward to visiting the gardens again soon