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

Pleinmont Headland Circular Walk

Pleinmont Headland is the southwestern corner of Guernsey, where the rugged cliffs of the south coast begin to give way to the flatter terrain and sandy beaches of the west coast. A walk around the headland takes in impressive and futuristic looking WW2 German Naval observation towers and offers great views of Les Hanois Lighthouse and Lihou Island, as well as the chance to see Jersey and the French Coast on very clear days. This circular walk is a great option for a relaxed but feature-filled stroll on a clear day, particularly if you’re only visiting us for a short break and are trying to see as much of Guernsey as possible in a limited time, without rushing yourself. Lihou Island and the Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum are also very close by, if you fancy making the most of a visit over to the west coast.

  • Start and Finish: Portelet public car park and kiosk
  • Distance: A little over 2 miles
  • Time: About an hour
  • Terrain: Coast path, paths and paved roads. Some exposed and hilly areas that may be slippery in wet weather.

From the small car park and kiosk at the end of the road at Portelet, set off west along the paved pedestrian road that skirts the back of Portelet beach and the small break wall that protects the small fishing boats. Pass the barrier that prevents cars from going any futher and follow the road around and out towards Fort Pezeries which sits on a spur small spur jutting out northwards towards Lihou Island and L’Eree Headland on the other side of Rocquaine Bay. On the flat grassy area behind the fort here you will see the “Fairy Ring”, or Table des Pions, a ring of stones and a shallow circular trench that has various superstitions attached to it however is actually a 300 year old picnic bench used during inspections of the islands paths and coastal defences up until 1837.
From the Fairy Ring take the path heading southwest up the steep hill towards a derelict square fort that sits on the top of the headland. Approximately a mile and a half offshore from here sits Les Hanois Lighthouse, which will be the subject of an upcoming Explore article here. Just in front of the derelict fort a path runs down to the coast path, and you should follow this south along the top of the cliff. You will pass a Second World War German tower, Marine Peilstand 3 which was used by the German Navy for direction and range-finding for their coastal defence batteries, and which is now open to the public on Wednesdays and Sundays from March to October between 2 and 5pm, although if you definitely want to take a look inside then it is worth double checking the opening schedule in advance with the Occupation Museum. Admission costs £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for children. Carrying on along the cliff path, you pass the remains of a watch house (which featured in Victor Hugo’s Toilers of the Sea) and a German gun emplacement, before arriving at a small cliff-top car park. Here we follow the road (Rue de la Trigale) inland, back across the headeland to complete the circuit. Turn left, then left again on to Route du Crolier which becomes Rue des Valniquets as it bears right. To return to the start point at Portelet you can either follow this road to the bottom of the hill, which will bring you out next to the Imperial Hotel from where you can turn left along the sea front, or part way down the hill you can take a left hand fork and then after a short uphill climb take the path to your right signposted “To Portelet Bay” on an easy to miss granite block. Follow this path down through the trees, taking care if it is muddy, and you will emerge on a paved road that will continue downhill to the kiosk and car park at Portelet Bay.

Written by:

Bella Luce