Rambling-rose rusticity in an island timewarp
Clip-clop to the front door of La Sablonnerie in a horse-drawn barouche on the pint-sized island of Sark. Set in the prettiest gardens, this little place is a charm-laden hideaway.
- Time out on a car-free island where horse and carts are the norm.
- An island original that's worth the expense.
- Freshly caught Channel Islands lobster.
Hit the spot
The palm-size island of Sark, in the Channel Isles.
There's a cosy lounge bar plus a highly-acclaimed restaurant which majors on using local Sark produce.
Good to know
No cars are allowed on Sark so a horse and carriage comes to collect guests from the jetty. Take a torch for after-dark rambles and jelly shoes for swimming in rocky coves.
ClosedClosed late October – mid April
ParkingThere is no car traffic on Little Sark. La Sablonnerie will arrange a pick-up for you and your bags from the ferry port by horse-drawn carriage. (Charges vary).
AirportGuernsey – 70 minutes. Regular ferries ply between Sark and Guernsey.
LocationLittle Sark, Guernsey, Channel Islands, Sark, GY10 1SD, United Kingdom
22 rooms and two suites
Bedrooms at La Sablonnerie are charming and individually furnished rather than out-and-out luxurious.
Make hay in the Honeymoon suite – a former stables.
Eat & Drink
The old 16th century farmhouse setting is charm itself – candlelit, oak-beamed and low ceilinged. The cooking is modern international with French overtones – and it's excellent. Seafood is the big feature, so try roasted sea scallops oozing garlic butter, or lobster in a lime butter sauce. Warm chocolate tart with vanilla and dark rum sauce should polish it off nicely. Dining is alfresco in the gorgeous gardens on summer days. La Sablonnerie also has a tea garden for lighter fare.
Breakfast is served until 9.30am. There’s champagne and smoked salmon if you want to start the day in style.
Available morning and evening.
See & Do
Just three miles from tip to tip, Sark begs exploration on foot. The island's natural seawater pools of Venus and Adonis – filled with water for around two hours at low tide – provide safe (if at times chilly!) bathing, while beauty spots such as Grande Grève, with its sandy beach, are a must. Pick up a bike and cycle into the village (as the locals do) or explore cliffs and coves on foot. You'll want to take a day trip to neighbouring Guernsey, with its tax-free shops and cosmopolitan cafes.
Forget conventional treatments – go for a refreshing dip in those natural beach pools.