Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest Information

During these uncertain times caused by the rapid spread of the coronavirus, and on behalf of The Bella Team, I want to reassure guests and customers of our firm commitment to you.

We know that all companies and markets have been affected by the current situation. Travel and supplies to and from the Islands are now also being effected.

The health and safety of all guest and staff is most paramount.

The hotel has been closed for the winter season, and we have liaised with all our staff both overseas and locally, and for their safety and that of our customers we have decided to review our re-opening for the summer season:

We will now re-open May the 1st 2020 and not April 1st as previously planned.  We will continue to review and post updates on our website and social media accounts as they arise.

All existing reservations and bookings for April will be contacted ASAP to make alternative arrangements. 

All future hotel and restaurant bookings, and general queries should be directed through:  [email protected] / 01481 238764

Phil Collinson, General Manager

Hauteville House, Hugo’s Home in Exile

This April, as the Bella Luce re-opens its doors for our 2019 season, so to does one of Guernsey’s most famous buildings: Hauteville House.

Hauteville House was the residence of French writer and poet Victor Hugo (Les Miserables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Toilers of The Sea, etc) during 15 of his 19 years in exile from France.  The property, at 38 Rue Hauteville in St Peter Port, was closed to the public in 2018 whilst it underwent a £2.6 million refurbishment funded by a billionaire French businessman François Pinault (Kerring Group – owners of Gucci, YSL and many other big name fashion brands). 

Inside Hauteville House (The Red Lounge): credit Heather Cowper (Creative Commons)

Originally built around the year 1800 by an English privateer, Hugo purchased it in May of 1856 eight months after arriving in Guernsey using income from the sales of a collection of poems, Les Contemplations, thus ensuring that as a property owner he could not be expelled from Guernsey as he had been from Belgium and Jersey before.  He set about transforming the house, lavishly redecorating and furnishing every room across its four floors in a style representative of his creative genius.  This unique residence includes such features as a tapestry room, “red” and “blue” lounges on the first floor where the Hugo family received guests, the poet’s library, collections of art and porcelain, and on the top, third, floor a glazed belvedere where Hugo wrote and gazed out over St Peter Port, the sea, and towards his native France in the distance.

Victor Hugo on the Terrace at Hauteville House: credit Arnaud 25 (Creative Commons)

Hugo returned to France after the fall of the Second Empire in 1870 but retained Hauteville House and it remained in his family until 1927 when, to celebrate the centenary of the Romantic Movement, his descendants donated the property to the City of Paris.  The City of Paris continues to conserve the two properties where Hugo resided the longest (the other being the Hôtel de Rohan-Guéménée in Place des Vosges in Paris where he rented an apartment for 16 years), with Hauteville House being the only property that Hugo owned.  It now houses an honorary consul to the French embassy at London, as well as the Victor Hugo Museum.

Hauteville House and its garden is open daily (except Wednesdays) from April 7 - September 30 from 10am to 6pm for guided tours only, and reservations are required.

Adults £10
Concessions £8
Gardens £4
School Groups £2
Under 18 Free

* Header and footer images reproduced courtesy of Visit Guernsey.

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Bella Luce