There’s always something coming into flower at Le Lihou, including a large field and orchard to explore and pick from. Barbecue in the back garden – it’s a sun trap – and watch the sun set over the sea (you can just about see it glimmering in the distance). Stroll 20 minutes for a swim or to build sandcastles; you can borrow bodyboards, fishing nets, buckets and spades from the shed.
On chillier days there’s a log burner to snuggle up to, Netflix and books to get lost in. Cook up feasts on the Aga – all the basics are left out and you’ll find milk, eggs and bread for breakfast- and stock up the drinks’ cupboard.
Wander two minutes down the road for a pint and simple bite or head two miles to Auberge du Val for fresh, local food picked from the restaurant garden or caught straight from the ocean. Drive 15 minutes to St Peter Port and walk along the rugged cliff paths past tea houses, castles and WWII bunkers; hire bikes from here too- the roads are quiet and hilly.