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La Grande Mare
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Castel
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 April 2014

My partner and I stayed over for one night, The room was very comfortable, clean with excellent toiletries and not forgetting a good powerful shower. The evening meal was of an high standard well presented and good portion sizes. The restaurant staff (Shiv and Rado) made the total experience extra special. The service provided by all the staff during our stay was extraordinary. Great value.............
The Vermuellen family have made this a very special place and I think my dad would be proud of what they have achieved.

Room Tip: All the rooms are of excellent standard..
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Simon V, Owner at La Grande Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2014

Dear Sergiopaulohenri
Thank you for the great review and we look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Stayed for three nights. Large well furnished room with comfortable four poster. Excellent bathroom with good quality toiletries slippers and dressing gowns. TV and Bose sound system with ipod connection.

Restaurant service first class with interesting food though the menu could have more variety but OK over three nights.

Spa facility with good indoor pool and sauna but often busy with outside members. Good changing facilities. Outdoor pool available in Summer and limited to hotel guests. Golf course attached.

Two minute walk to attractive unspoilt sea front with excellent coastal walks in both directions.

Staff friendly, good humoured and extremely helpful.

Would definitely return as overall a first class stay

Room Tip: A room overlooking the golf course.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Thank bomber12
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Simon V, Owner at La Grande Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2014

Dear Bomber12
Thank you so much for your kind words.
I am glad to hear you enjoyed your three night stay with us and all the facilities La Grande Mare offer.
We are just about to offer our Summer menus that offer more variety of choice,Together with our steak board,a la carte,specials and light bite menus.
Hope to welcome you back soon !

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

We took a group of family and friends to stay for a weekend at this hotel age range 78 down to 4.

We all loved it the rooms were large and different shapes some with sea views. The facilities were varied to meet everyone's needs and the food excellent. The staff could not have been more helpful and friendly particularly Shannon on reception who had to deal with all sorts of queries and trip planning for our large party.

We look forward to returning.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view or a view over the golf course
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Suewood44
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Simon V, Owner at La Grande Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2014

Dear Suewood
Many thanks for your jolly decent write up of your holiday experience with us at La Grande Mare
I will share this with all the team.
Thank you for staying with us and come back soon.

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

We went to Guernsey to celebrate my Granny's 70th birthday. We were a big party of 17 with ages ranging from 4 to 70+. The hotel was picked because there was lots for everyone and the location was just perfect.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the rooms we had were great - spacious with modern new bathrooms.

I am 11 years old and one of the things that I was looking forward to was swimming in the indoor pool with my brother and sisters. I was really disappointed that the time restrictions made this very difficult. When we arrived the outdoor pool was shut and not due to open until Easter. The weather was lovely and it was frustrating looking at the clear, sparkling pool - we were all really pleased when the staff decided to open it a few days earlier then planned. Fantastic!

I played golf with my Aunty one afternoon - it was great to be out on a golf course within the hotel grounds and I particularly like the fact that the course has tees for all levels of play. The atmosphere was very friendly and welcoming.

Breakfast was part of our package and my favourite meal. What was on offer from the continental table was limited but very tasty, but there was a wide variety of cooked breakfast to choose from which was all lovely. I particularly enjoyed the fresh mushrooms.

We all enjoyed our stay at La Grande Mare and would love to return.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank fionawood66
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Simon V, Owner at La Grande Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2014

Dear Fiona Wood 66
This has got to be the nicest review I have ever read so thank you for sharing it with us.I will show my team your letter as its important for them to see how you enjoyed your stay and where we can improve.
I'm glad to hear that your Grans birthday was a huge success and hope to have the pleasure of your company again soon at la Grande Mare Hotel in Guernsey

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Brilliant facilities for families, use of in door pool (restricted times), tennis and even used out door pool. Friendly staff and lovely food, would definitely stay again. Family suite was good, pull down bed in lounge for children (although this did take up most of lounge area).

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Simon V, Owner at La Grande Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2014

Sue C
Ah Sue your review was music to our ears,thank you so much for choosing to stay with us at La Grande Mare,we are delighted that you enjoyed it so much.

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Reviewed 21 April 2014

As a local person I booked a Quids in offer to stay at La Grande Mare Hotel on Easter Sunday with my husband and two very good friends as a little treat and we were not disappointed .

We checked in at 1400 as the package came with afternoon tea and we were shown to our room"s which we had alongside each other on the ground floor which was Suite 1B and Suite 2B and it was WOW as soon as we walked through the door.

The room was very spacious and had massive King Sized bed , two seater settee , table and four chairs , a little kitchenette with microwave , fridge , ironing board , trouser press , glasses , cutlery , kettle with all different teas , coffees , hot chocolate , cappuccino , water in the fridge , it had some lovely mood lighting and was decorated to an exceptionally high standard , it had double doors opening on to a little patio overlooking La Grande Mare Golf Course.

We met back in the bar for a glass of wine and we were taken in to the restaurant for our afternoon tea which again was fantastic , it consisted of three variety of fillings in sandwiches , there was a little lemon tart each , a carrot cake , crime brûlée , strawberry cheesecake , macaroons and a fresh hot scone with fresh cream and jam each and a choice of flavoured teas or coffee .

We went back down for dinner at 1900 and had drinks in the bar again and was advised by a very knowledgable waiter called Sheev , who other than recommended wines etc was very funny and had a joke with us and he remembered us from the last time we had eaten there .

We had a three course meal which consisted of about five choices for each starter , main and dessert , everything we all ordered was of a very high standard and the presentation was fantastic and staff very friendly, after dinner we sat in the cosy bar and had a chat and then went off to our rooms , they were very quiet rooms the bed was very comfortable , all in all we all slept really well , it was very quiet , I don't know if it was where the rooms were situated but if it was then perhaps it is worth remembering the rooms we stayed in as I have read negative reports about certain noises and I must admit apart from the odd door opening in the morning it was very silent.

We can all highly recommend La Grande Mare for an overnight stay or even a meal because both with exceptional and we cannot wait to stay again , from four very happy local people including myself as a Travel Agent who will highly recommend the Hotel to our visiting clients that did not realise how good La Grande Mare was to stay at until last night

Thank You

Room Tip: Suite 1A and Suite 2A ground floor over looking Golf Course
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Sheena1962
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Simon V, Owner at La Grande Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2014

Dear Sheena 1962
Wow thank you for the thorough review and in taking the time to write such kind and genuine words concerning you recent stay with us over Easter.
The team and I are delighted to hear how much you both enjoyed your stay in one of our Studios.
Come back and see us soon !

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Reviewed 19 April 2014

We discovered this hotel via a Secret Escapes package. Having visited the island only once before for half a day on a cruise we were anxious to stay longer and bring our car. This package seemed the perfect answer as it put us on the western side of the island away from the bustle of St. Peterport...we were not to be disappointed. La Grande Mare used, we are told, to be a time share and it is true that many of the features and layout are from that era, however that's where similarities ended. From the moment we arrived both Alise and Shannon on reception could not have made us more welcome. Alise via email had already gone to much trouble to explain on maps where our room was allocated. As we wanted a sea view room rather than the golf course she recommended a suite (P7) on the second floor served by a lift for a supplement might more fit our requirement. It was one of our better decisions as the 'deluxe penthouse' was huge and afforded us not only the sea view we wanted but comfort and tranquility at a very high standard. Two very spacious rooms each served by superb modern designer bathrooms had every conceivable need inbuilt....even a kitchen. In the bedroom was a very large and comfortable four poster bed. The suite was also very quiet although being on the road side of the property. Sunsets here are spectacular. Although we do not play golf we were invited to walk freely around the links which were well manicured and a nature reserve in themselves.
If we had to find any faults here they were only minor grumbles. Some untidiness in a corner of the restaurant should have been screened off at breakfast time and the food quality presentation and design though more than acceptable perhaps needed to be a tad more exciting. These minor matters however were smoothed over and adapted by Sheeve who went to great lengths to ensure that our preferences were satisfied by adapting the menu where we wished.The gym was very well equipped and the indoor pool nicely heated. Sauna and Steam were all functioning well.
So if you are looking for three star Michelin dining with ambience then you won't find it here. If however you are looking for a four star hotel ideally located with the most helpful staff, superb accommodation, comfort to the nth degree then La Grande Mare is for you....enjoy.

Room Tip: If you want a proper sea view you need to be at least 2nd floor level.
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Simon V, Owner at La Grande Mare, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2014

Dear Pelikanproductions
Wow what a fabulous review !
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed response.
I will share this with the team and try and improve our Hotel even further.
Once again Thank you for staying with us at La Grande Mare Hotel.til

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Additional Information about La Grande Mare

Address: Vazon Coast Road, Castel GY5 7LL
Region: United Kingdom > Channel Islands > Guernsey > Castel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Castel
Price Range: £145 - £249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — La Grande Mare 4*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Grande Mare Hotel, located on Guernsey's west coast, alongside the sweeping sands of Vazon Bay. The Hotel is set in over 120 acres of tranquil, private grounds with lakes, woodland and an 18 hole golf course and gardens. The courteous staff deliver impeccable service from the front of house and the presentation of your room to creating delicious pre-dinner cocktails, organising a memorable event or gym and golf instruction. The Hotel boasts excellent amenities including a fully equipped health suite, all weather tennis court, both indoor and outdoor bathing pools, a superb Restaurant and Brasserie and extensive business facilities, including WIFI connectivity and last but certainly not least a challenging 18 hole golf course. ... more   less 
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