In late July and early August we stayed at Ilex Lodge for the third time in six years. We absolutely love coming back to the apartments and it feels like a home away from home. The apartments themselves are spotlessly clean, light and airy, the clean and tidy part being thanks to the friendly and helpful on-site housekeeper Carol (to whom special thanks. She never moaned at our requests for extra bin liners and the like and she always has a smile on her face!). The kitchen is very well equipped, with a good-sized fridge (with freezer compartment), a microwave and a dual oven. There was easily enough cutlery, plates, etc for a family of four. The bathroom is a good size, with separate shower and bath and the bedrooms are quite large with plenty of wardrobe and drawer space. The lounge/diner is also perfectly large enough for a family of four (and I heard the lounges are being extended over the winter). We never got under each other's feet! The TV has Sky Freesat, so plenty of channels and there's a DVD player. There's also free WiFi. Handily, there's also an iron and ironing board, a hairdryer, a small hoover and even an umbrella (not that we ever needed that)!
The apartments are also ideally located, off a quiet street with an hourly bus connection to St Peter Port (the harbour and main town). There's a small convenience store around 5 minutes' walk from the back of the apartment grounds (you have a key to the back gate) and it took me around 15 minutes to walk to the well-stocked Waitrose closer to the centre of town. We've never felt any need to hire a car, as the bus services across Guernsey are excellent and inexpensive.
There were a number of families with young children staying at the apartments while we were there, but there was really very little noise, considering that. It can get a bit raucous around the swimming pool, but that's to be expected with excitable younger children! The new swimming pool at the front of the apartments was excellent. It's heated and felt more like a warm bath, even on the fresher days and first thing in the morning. Our only observation was that there's no shallow end, as such (it's around 1.5 metres deep throughout), so our young son who's not too confident in the water needed a rubber ring, as he didn't like not being able to stand up without being submerged (!), but once he had that, he was in the pool every day too.
The gardens surrounding the apartments are very pleasant, with well-arranged flowers, shrubs and trees and plenty of picnic-style tables. It was a very relaxing end to the day, just sitting and reading in the gardens by the pool. Despite the apartments being full while we were there, there was never any difficulty finding somewhere to sit outside.
So all in all, I would recommend Ilex Lodge to anyone looking for a pleasant and relaxing holiday and an ideal base near St Peter Port for travelling around (I'd also recommend the short ferry trip to Herm Island). Shops are within walking distance and the bus into the town centre (the 51) leaves from the end of the path at the back of the apartment grounds. My wife and I and my children all consider it to be one of our best holidays and we will certainly be going back again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ilex Lodge 4 Star apartments provide you with all you need for a quiet break or family holiday. To the south, which receives the sun from early until late, is the sunbathing terrace where the new heated swimming pool is located and lawn with sunbeds and picnic tables and BBQ area (for disposable bbq use). To the rear of the apartments is a large grassed area with a children's play area. Each apartment has a lounge/diner with LCD TV & DVD, 2 bedrooms with oak furniture giving 1 x twin bedroom and 1 x double with kingsize 5' bed (152cm), family bathrooms with bath and separate shower and fully equipped kitchens. (New for 2015 - some apartments will be extended to include ensuite shower room to the double bedroom plus larger living area) Ilex Lodge is situated in the Parish of St. Peter Port, inland from the busy town centre and harbour area. Tucked away behind residential properties in its own grounds it gives a peaceful and tranquil setting for your holiday. Ilex is surrounded on three sides by lawns. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ilex Lodge Self Catering Apartments Guernsey, UK