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Say hello to history

Say hello to history

Saturday 16 November 2019

Say hello to history

Islanders are invited to visit and explore 12 of the 14 historic landmarks around the island that make up the 'Heritage Lets' family as part of the 2019 ‘Heritage Lets Open Day.’

Jersey Heritage will be opening the doors of its unique holiday accommodation to the public tomorrow (17 November) between 10:00 and 16:00.

Jersey Heritage is responsible for caring for, and promoting, the island’s heritage and has been running self-catering and coastal tower accommodation since 2006.


Pictured: Archirondel Tower is the latest addition to the Heritage Lets.

Each property has been restored to showcase its unique history, many with original features, and given a new life. There are now 14 properties available to Jersey residents and tourists, including the newest addition, Archirondel Tower, which reopened this summer and has already proved popular.

“Our ‘Open Day’ is a great opportunity for local residents to explore these special buildings, whether they are interested in the architecture and history, would like to book a break with friends or family, or are just curious and would like to take a look around and see how they have been developed,” said Jo Hepworth, Heritage Venues Manager. 

The properties open today are:

  • Archirondel Tower 
  • Barge Aground – St. Ouen’s Bay 
  • Radio Tower - Corbière 
  • La Crête Fort – Bonne Nuit 
  • Fort Leicester – Bouley Bay 
  • Kempt Tower – St. Ouen’s Bay 
  • Fisherman’s Cottage – Havre des Pas 
  • Cider Barn Apartment – Hamptonne Country Life Museum 
  • Stable Apartment – Hamptonne Country Life Museum 
  • L’Etacquerel Fort – Trinity 
  • Lewis’s Tower – St. Ouen’s Bay 
  • La Tour Cârrée – St. Ouen’s Bay


Pictured: The guardroom at La Crête Fort in Bonne Nuit.

In addition to the Heritage Lets properties, Gigoulande Mill in St. Peter’s Valley, which is owned by the Crown, will also be open, allowing visitors to walk round the site and view the building from the outside.

Due to access difficulties, Seymour Tower and La Rocco Tower will not be part of the Open Day but Jersey Heritage hopes to open these to the public next spring.

La Tour Cârrée is currently occupied by artist-in-residence Natalie Mayer Photography, who will host a new exhibition dedicated to Winter Swimming. Natasha Dettman will also be screening a short film, rolling throughout the day.

Pictured: La Tour Cârrée is located along the Grande Route des Mielles.

There will be mulled wine on the stove, as well as a team swim at 13:00 and wood-fired pizza from The Good Stone if the weather allows it.

All the properties will be manned by volunteers, with the exception of L’Etacquerel Fort.

Parking at some of the properties is limited and those wishing to visit La Crête Fort are asked to park at Bonne Nuit pier and walk to the Fort, or alternatively to enjoy a coastal walk from Bouley Bay.

Take a look inside some of Jersey Heritage holiday lets in the gallery...

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