General Information

Vazon Self Catering is located in a rural area on the west coast of the island with the longest beach, Vazon bay, only a minute’s walk away. The location is quiet yet still convenient for all the facilities and amenities that the island has to offer.

Vazon bay, the longest beach on the island, is just across the road; due to limited car parking this end of the beach is never very busy. Dogs are allowed on the beach opposite the chalet and cottage all year round. Swimming is safe at all stages of the tide. Due to the large tidal ranges the Channel Islands experience, the walk down to the water at low tide is about 200m, though remember that at high tide the water can be within 10m of the steps that take you onto the golden sands.

EATING OUT
Eating out on the island can provide good value at inexpensive prices; we suggest that you buy the local daily paper (The Guernsey Press) and look for the special offers. Among our favourites are the Imperial Hotel at Rocquaine about two miles away from Vazon Self Catering,  La Grande Mare (a four star hotel providing very reasonably priced meals) at the other end of Vazon bay, Grandes Rocques Bistro and The Rockmount both of these at Cobo. For family eating try Crabby Jacks which is just past La Grande Mare. There is also a restaurant/coffee shop called Vistas opposite Crabby Jack’s.

SHOPPING
For convenience shopping there is a Co-op shop about one mile away along Vazon bay and a minimarket at the garage at Perelle bay petrol station about one mile in the other direction. There are two Waitrose supermarkets on the outskirts of St Peter Port; one on the Rohais and the other along the seafront between St Peter Port and St Sampson.

There is a charge for carrier bags if you need them at a shop. Reuseable shopping bags are provided in both units. Please leave them in the unit when you depart.

GETTING ABOUT
Driving on the island is fairly relaxed with a maximum speed limit of 35MPH though some of the roads are quite narrow. Parking around the island is free. In some places, particularly around St Peter Port and St Sampson, there are time restrictions. You set a parking clock on the dashboard indicating your arrival time; the length of time you can park will be indicated on a nearby blue sign. A parking clock is provided. Please leave it in the unit when you depart.

There are bus stops on the main road just outside the property with regular buses around the island and to St Peter Port. The current flat rate fare is £1.00. Travel Passes are available.

Car and bicycle hire are available on the island.

PAYMENT
Prices cover from Wednesday night to Tuesday night inclusive. Electricity charges and the provision of linen and towels are included.

If two or more people are staying in Fir Tree Chalet then a charge of £50 is made to cover additional linen, towels and cleaning.

If the sofa bed in Fir Tree Chalet is used when only two people are staying then a charge of £20 is made to cover the additional linen.

A dog can be accommodated by arrangement. A payment of £40 per week to be made when the outstanding balance is paid. If you are bringing two or more dogs please phone us to discuss the charge.

Please note that a non-refundable deposit of 15% is required at the time of booking and the balance must be paid at least twelve weeks before your arrival. (Cheques made payable to M. G. Nicolle). Our address is; Windy Ridge, Les Dunes, Vazon, Catel, Guernsey GY5 7LQ.

If you wish to pay by bank transfer please contact us for the details of our bank account.

TIMINGS
Fir Tree Chalet and Bay View Cottage will be available on the day of arrival from 2pm.

Please vacate by 10am at the latest on the day of your departure. If you require storage for suitcases during that day please ask.

TRAVEL TO GUERNSEY
If you are travelling by ferry we suggest that you contact Channel Islands Travel Service [01534 496611] and Channel Islands Direct [08009 800003] for comparative quotes to Condor Ferries [0345 609 1024] [www.condorferries.co.uk]. Condor Ferries run the only ferry service to the islands; they use both a high speed car carrying trimaran from Poole  [travel time about 3 hours], and a conventional ferry from Portsmouth [travel time about 6 hours]. Airlines servicing the island include FlyBe, Aurigny and Blue Islands.

For our Continental guests, Condor Ferries run from St Malo, shortest travel time 2 hours and Manche Iles Express from Dielette and Carteret. Aurigny fly from Dinard. Please note that if you are bringing a pet, the Channel Islands are a rabies free zone and your pet must go through the right formalities before boarding the ferry in France.

INSURANCE
Medical; there is no reciprocal health care agreement between the Bailiwick of Guernsey and the UK Department of Health. You are advised to have medical insurance in place to cover both medical treatment on the islands and the cost of repatriation to the UK. The European Health Insurance Card [EHIC] is not valid in the Bailiwick [Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm].

Travel; you are advised to have insurance in place to cover for any unforeseen expenses incurred in case of delays, diversions or cancellation.