Getting there: Guernsey is a 35-minute flight from Gatwick with Guernsey’s airline, Aurigny. Ferries (passengers and vehicle) take three hours from Poole, Dorset, or seven hours from Portsmouth.
Accommodation: There is a wide range of accommodation on the island from classic beach hotels to an 18th-century tower, waterside shepherds huts to holiday cottages close to Moulin Huet Bay. The only five-star hotel is the wonderfully traditional historic Old Government House Hotel. Once the governor’s residence, but already a hotel by Renoir’s day, it is very conveniently located in St Peter Port, five minutes’ walk downhill to the seafront, five minutes up to the Guernsey Museum.
Eating out: Octopus serves perfectly-cooked fresh seafood as well as street food snacks, steaks and more, close to the La Valette pools. Eat outside, or within the glass wall, with glorious sea views. The Hook is a relaxed trendy venue on the town waterfront, specialising in sushi, seafood, cocktails and steak. The individual beef wellington is rightly lauded, and the fish delicious too.
Anything else: Alongside the Guernsey Museum’s main exhibition, Renoir in Guernsey, runs a small but highly informative exhibition, Renoir: A Day in 1883, about the island in Renoir’s time in the neighbouring Priaulx Library.
The author travelled courtesy of Visit Guernsey