The Old Government House Hotel & Spa

In the heart of St Peter Port, Guernsey, The exceptional Old Government House Hotel & Spa is the only five star hotel in Guernsey and is part of the luxury Red Carnation Hotel Collection. 

Sitting proudly just up the hill from the main shopping street and a five minute walk from the picturesque quayside, guests are genuinely welcomed as friends and have come to experience our hotels as their ‘home away from home’ leaving with memories to treasure.

Setting the Standard:

  • 63 beautifully appointed rooms and suites
  • Health club and Moroccan style Spa
  • Pet friendly
  • Fine cuisine and traditional Afternoon Tea
  • Al fresco dining in the Olive Grove during summer
  • Heated outdoor pool and bar
  • Picturesque gardens
  • Complimentary WiFi throughout

The Old Government House Hotel has maintained an excellent reputation for superb dining and a remarkable cellar for longer than anyone can remember.

From hearty breakfasts to light snacks and al fresco lunches to exquisite dining, Chef Simon and his team provide guests with a succession of delightfully presented treats, prepared from the finest local ingredients. The hotel boasts a Gold Award from VisitGuernsey.

“Using the very best of local produce along with my understanding of modern cookery techniques to extract great flavours from the ingredients, enables me to deliver you, our guests, dishes I am hugely proud of and passionate about.”

- Executive Chef, Simon McKenzie.

Afternoon Tea

There's nowhere better to savour a delicious traditional Afternoon Tea than The Old Government House Hotel, looking out over St Peter Port.

At the OGH we try to make sure everything's special, and for many years we have welcomed guests and locals for our famous Afternoon Tea which can be enjoyed in the Sir John Coward Lounge, or during finer weather, outdoors in The Olive Grove and gardens of the hotel.

The Brasserie Restaurant

Set in a spacious and sunny conservatory, overlooking the peaceful private gardens and St Peter Port harbour beyond, The Brasserie provides a lovely light and informal environment for breakfast, lunch and evening dining.

Using an abundance of fresh local produce Executive Head Chef Simon McKenzie has created a range of delicious seasonal menus for you to enjoy.

The Curry Room

The Curry Room at The Governor’s offers Indian cuisine in relaxed and convivial surroundings. The restaurant, which can also be used for private social events and corporate dinners, is adorned with pictures and memorabilia of the island's past Governors. 

All dishes have been created from authentic Indian recipes with influences from India, Durban and Singapore and Executive Chef Simon McKenzie and his team are ready to welcome you to Guernsey’s finest Indian restaurant.

To make any occasion a little more special, why not enjoy the menu with a flight of wines which have been specially selected to complement the flavours and textures of your chosen dishes. Alternatively, traditional Indian Kingfisher beer is also served.

The Olive Grove

With Guernsey boasting a monthly average of 240 hours of sunshine from May through to August, the Olive Grove, with its magnificent sea views, is the perfect spot to dine al fresco at any time and take advantage of those warm summer days. As the only restaurant with a garden in the centre of St Peter Port, you can indulge and relax while looking out to sea across the harbour and Castle Cornet.

During the summer months, The Olive Grove is the ideal location for breakfast in the bright morning sunshine or a wonderful lunch. A chilled glass of Champagne is tempting with your afternoon tea while basking in the sun, or maybe, as the day ends, you can enjoy a cool and refreshing cocktail after a long and busy day.

The Crown Club

The Crown Club is the most stylish and relaxing rendezvous in all Guernsey - the perfect spot to enjoy the company of friends and colleagues over a few drinks and a light meal.

Created from the original 18th century Old Crown Offices it provides an intimate and flexible collection of inviting spaces that are perfect for a wide range of occasions and functions including a glass-walled wine and whisky tasting room.

The plush and cosy bar has a very traditional and opulent feel, with red leather banquette seating and a wealth of antique brass fittings. It offers an outstanding selection of premium whiskies and British gins, Champagne, vodkas and cognacs as well as cocktails, beers and fine wines including signature vintages from Bouchard Finlayson.

The Centenary Bar

Adjoining The Brasserie Restaurant is our intimate bar where guests and non-residents can unwind over a satisfying drink with friends and colleagues. With direct access to The Olive Grove it also offers an inviting outside space in which to enjoy the finer weather and the views out across the water to the island of Herm.

The Bar and Cocktail List serves a fine selection of malt whiskies, gins, vodkas and locally made drinks such as Breda lager, Rocquettes Cider and White Rock Brewery Ale.

The OGH offers 63 elegantly stylish rooms and suites, each individually designed to cater for a wide range of tastes and preferences. The decor is in keeping with the historic nature of the building, and every room and suite includes all the modern comforts you’d expect, from en-suite bath and shower to air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary mineral water as well as an in-room safe.

All rooms and suites offer cable television, pay per view movies and radio. Complimentary internet access is provided throughout the hotel, in all rooms and public areas. Guests without a laptop can access the internet through their television in each room, and complimentary WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

Classic Double Room

The hotel offers a range of Classic Double Rooms with stylish yet homely decorative schemes. They have a double bed and provide thoughtful Red Carnation extras such as twice daily maid service, luxury toiletries in the bathroom and complimentary mineral water. 

Queen Room

Our larger Queen Rooms are individually designed and decorated using custom made fabrics and original artwork. They have one queen double bed and provide thoughtful Red Carnation extras such as twice daily maid service, luxury toiletries in bathrooms and complimentary mineral water. Free wired and wireless internet is provided.

Queen Balcony Room

Our Queen Balcony rooms are beautifully decorated using the finest fabrics and furnishings. They have one queen double bed and feature private balconies. You'll enjoy a host of thoughtful Red Carnation extras such as twice daily maid service, luxury toiletries in bathrooms and complimentary mineral water. Free WiFi internet is provided throughout the hotel. A selection of rooms have enclosed balconies, featuring panoramic electronic windows and insect shades, giving guests the option to enjoy the wonderful view over St Peter Port whatever the weather.

Seaview King / Twin Room with Balcony

With a fantastic view out over St Peter Port and across to Herm and Sark, each of the Seaview King/Twin with Balcony bedrooms is generous in size with a comfortable seating area in which to relax. 

Rooms feature king-size beds, or twin beds if you prefer, and each is beautifully and individually designed and decorated using custom made fabrics and original artwork. Thoughtful Red Carnation touches such as twice daily maid service, luxury toiletries in bathrooms and complimentary mineral water are provided as standard. Free wired and wireless internet included. A selection of rooms have enclosed balconies, featuring panoramic electronic windows and insect shades, giving guests the option to enjoy the wonderful view over St Peter Port whatever the weather.

Seaview King / Twin Room

With a fantastic view out over St Peter Port and across to Herm and Sark, each of the Seaview King bedrooms is generous in size with a comfortable seating area in which to relax. 

Rooms feature a king bed as standard, or twin beds if you prefer, and are beautifully and individually designed and decorated using custom made fabrics and original artwork. Thoughtful Red Carnation touches such as twice daily maid service, luxury toiletries in bathrooms and complimentary mineral water are provided as standard. Free wired and wireless internet included.

King / Twin Room

Choose a King Room if you need a little more space to stretch out. As well as a glorious king-size bed, or twin beds if you prefer, you will have a comfortable seating area in which to unwind. Thoughtful Red Carnation touches such as twice daily maid service, luxury toiletries in bathrooms and complimentary mineral water are provided as standard. Free wired and wireless internet included.

Studio Suite

Tastefully decorated and generously proportioned, these suites offer chandeliered elegance and all the space you need to unwind after a day of business or time spent exploring the island. The suites offer a king-size bed, or twin beds if you prefer, and a lounge area that comfortably seats a family of four. The sofa can be converted into an extra bed for a child if required.

In Residence

If you are travelling in a small group it’s good to keep everyone together and enjoy a degree of extra seclusion.

In Residence is a self-contained three bedroom suite that’s perfect for families on holiday or a few colleagues on a trip together. Comprising three beautifully decorated en-suite rooms (two king rooms and one double) each with original artwork, it’s a flexible arrangement that can cater for many different situations and requirements. The king rooms can be used as twin rooms, and you can book one, two or all three rooms, depending on your needs.

Governor's Suite

Our three Governor's Suites are individually styled to suit their location. Two offer a balcony and fantastic views over St Peter Port harbour and the neighbouring islands, while the other overlooks the hotel gardens with the town and harbour as a backdrop. All offer spacious rooms with large lounge areas and all the little extras expected of our best rooms. In each, the sofa can be converted into an extra bed for a child to make a spacious family suite. Some of the suites benefit from enclosed balconies, featuring panoramic electronic windows and insect shades, giving guests the option to enjoy the wonderful view over St Peter Port whatever the weather.

Although Guernsey is a relatively small island you are never going to run out of fascinating, exciting and pleasurable ways to pass the time.  There’s something for everyone and the hotel’s Concierge Team is always delighted to give advice and assistance.

Alderney Boat Trip

Just a 15 minute hop by plane and well worth the trip – just one and a half miles wide, three and a half miles long, and home to around two thousand friendly and welcoming inhabitants it’s truly a world apart with its own government and a fledgling off-shore finance and E-commerce sector.

With over 50 miles of walks and paths taking you across commons and beaches, along the cliffs and around town, the best way to discover Alderney is on foot. The south coast is mainly dramatic cliff walks, dotted with Victorian and German fortifications.  The northwest coastline, towards the bird sanctuary island of Burhou, is designated a RAMSAR site.  The north and east coast features golden beaches interspersed with picturesque Victorian forts and the occasional reminder of the German occupation during WWII.

The island is also perfect for exploring by bike and even has its own railway, opened in 1847 and still operating today.

It’s a bird watcher’s paradise.  About 7000 pairs of gannets nest at Ortac and Les Etacs, which is about two percent of the entire world’s population.  Alderney has 260 species of birds that has made the island their home including puffins, pulmars, guillemots, Dartford warblers and peregrines, and many interesting continental visitors can be seen as they stop off here on migration.  It’s even home to the Blonde Hedgehog, which is unique to the island.

Visit Herm

Just 20 minutes by boat from St Peter Port, Herm is a tranquil beach paradise just a mile and a half long and half a mile wide.  As soon as you step off the boat onto the jumble of granite and wood that forms the harbour wall, the stresses of the modern world simply evaporate - there are no cars, no crowds and definitely no stress!

Spend the day relaxing on gorgeous Shell Beach or beautiful Belvoir Bay – perfect for snorkelling in the crystal clear waters, crabbing or just snoozing in a deckchair.

You can take a picnic but a refreshing pint at The Mermaid Tavern or a delicious seafood lunch at The White House Hotel is very tempting!

There’s a spectacular coast path circling the whole island – you can see the French coast, as well as Puffins, Terns and a host of migratory birds.  Visit the tiny 11th century chapel with its beautiful stained glass windows, discover Neolithic tombs and oxen shoeing stocks that date back to the residency of Trappist monks in the 1800’s and squeeze yourself into one of the smallest prisons in the world.

Visit Sark

The Island of Sark is just 40 minutes on the ferry from Guernsey but is a huge step back in time to a tranquil traffic-free environment overflowing with natural beauty.

Whilst only three miles long, and a mile and a half wide, it boasts 40 miles of what must be one of the most picturesque coastlines anywhere in the world. Dark caves indent into the cliffs and huge austere-looking perpendicular rocks lie in isolated and detached masses off-shore. The varied inlets and bays possess a wealth of sea and bird life. The island's isolated position affords it a large array of bird species, and many hours can be spent watching and admiring the abundance of wildlife.  There are many ways to experience this island of infinite variety - by horse-drawn carriage, bicycle, or on foot….but there are no cars.

Fishing

The island is a magnet for anglers - about 20% of British shore records were caught in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. There's never a bad time to fish from the shore in Guernsey as we hold such a wide variety of species in our waters – you can catch Mackerel, Bass, Ballan Wrasse, Grey Mullet, Black Bream and Garfish, depending on the season. More recently the increase in water temperatures has also encouraged such varied species as Couches bream, Gilthead Bream and Trigger fish to visit our shores.

You can also take angling trips out of St Peter Port with professional skippers who know the local waters and the best fishing marks.  These range from the rich sandbanks and mid channel wrecks of the northern island of Alderney to the varied coastline and reefs of Sark, which are home to just about every species that can be caught.  Depending on the month you can expect to come home with Pollack, Turbot, Brill, Tope, Bass, Skate, Cod, Ling, and Conger Eel, to name but a few of the species around our fruitful shoreline.

Diving

The clear waters around Guernsey are great for diving and there are several excellent diving schools.  The visibility is definitely better than UK waters with up to 10+ metres and also, the waters are slightly warmer by some 2-3 degrees.  Literally hundreds of ships having been lost in these waters so there’s some excellent wreck diving, plus reefs, walls, steep pinnacles and open ground.

History

Guernsey, sitting off the coast of France, but loyal to the English crown since Norman times, has had a chequered history. Surrounded by water, and occasionally buffeted by political storms from the continent, the islanders have developed their own unique way of life and created a rich heritage just waiting to be discovered.

Cycling

Cycling is a great way to enjoy the island’s picturesque views and quaint country lanes and there are a number of tourist cycle routes around the island.

The Ruettes Tranquilles are designated lanes across the Island with a recommended speed limit of 15 mph, and ideal for two wheels. They are open to all traffic but give priority to walkers, cyclists and horse-riders. They form a network across the following parishes of: Vale, Castel, Forest, St Andrews, St Martins, St Sampsons, St Saviours.

There are also eleven tourist cycle routes with designated cycle lanes which are all on tarmac roads and designed to take you near many tourist attractions. Bicycles cheaply and easily be rented throughout Guernsey.

Rock Climbing

Not strictly a water sport, but you’ll be on the cliffs overhanging the water, so it almost counts!

Guernsey has some great climbing. Good rock and thousands of routes at all grades with virtually no-one using them.  The West coast crags at Port Soif, Grandes Rocque and Pembroke offer many easy access short routes.  The South coast offers dramatic scenery to complement some fantastic and thrilling climbing. 

 

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