Liberated from German Occupation in 1945, we visit this archipelago in the English Channel: a collection of British Crown dependencies that includes the isles of Guernsey, Jersey, Sark, Herm and Alderney.
The Channel islands form a special pocket of Britain that reaches out towards the coast of France, providing all the charm you should expect from a British territory, with the benefit of an improved climate – the Channel Islands enjoy more sunshine hours each year than the rest of Britain.
From the moment you arrive there are remnants of the islands’ heritage all around you – from fortifications that were built to ward off would-be intruders during the English Civil War and the Napoleonic Wars, to its Neolithic burial sites, and castles that predate the Tower of London.
Here are some of our favourite photos of the Channel Islands
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There are lots of lovely places to stay on the Channel Islands but if you want to escape modern life for a few days then a stay at La Sablonnerie on the island of Sark (which has no cars – just tractors) is a great place to unwind.
This intimate hotel’s approach to hospitality appears to be based on doing a few simple things very, very well. The rooms are comfortable and homely, while the restaurant serves up locally sourced produce, such as butter and meat and vegetables that largely come from the hotel’s owns gardens and farms, plus fresh lobster plucked straight from the sea.
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