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Lying on the southern edge of the Town with panoramic sea and rural views of Les Val des Terres, this landmark development is just a short stroll from both peaceful cliff path walks and the bustling cobbled streets of Guernsey’s capital with its cafes, restaurants, shops, marinas and sophisticated commercial hub. These exceptional homes offer the ideal location for relaxing, working and playing.
Regeneration of Havelet Bay
The Havelet Bay area of St Peter Port is currently experiencing a time of regeneration. A community project to restore the nearby La Valette bathing pools has reignited local pride in a long forgotten part of Town. Built 150 years ago many locals learnt to swim there and still hold fond memories of the sea filled pools warmed under the summer sun. The surrounding area has now been brought back to it’s former glories and provides a wonderful place to stroll and relax a minutes walk from Havelet Waters.
On the southern shore of Havelet Bay sits the brand new Octopus Bar and Bistro. Formely the Half Moon Cafe, the building has undergone a transformation and reopened in the Summer of 2016. The same magic formula from new owners Mike and Delphine from Le Petit Bistro has been applied to create a stunning centre piece to the bay and a stones throw from Havelet Waters.
On the northern shore of Havelet Bay lies the former island Slaughter House. This historic landmark building is been turned into a waterfront restaurant and bar by local brewery, Randalls. Due for completion in 2017 this promises to be a unique opportunity to integrate contemporary design into a historically sensitive and protected building, providing the perfect place to entertain or simply watch the world go by in the busy marina outside.
To the west of Havelet Waters sitting high above the site sits the Hotel de Havelet. Recently opened, it’s new restaurant Copenhagen, named after the Duke of Wellington’s horse, serves lunch, afternoon tea, light bites and dinner seven days a week in Scandinavian surroundings. With fine views over Castle Cornet and St Peter Port, Copenhagen at the Hotel de Havelet is definitely worth the short walk up the hill.
Standing on the shores of historic shipyards and former brewery
St Peter Port is the finest safe anchorage in the Channel Islands and has been of strategic and trading importance for thousands of years; its tiers of historic and modern buildings rising from the waterfront and the imposing Castle Cornet create the perfect backdrop for visitors arriving by boat. During his 14 year exile in Guernsey, the giant of French literature Victor Hugo was inspired by this view to write some of his most important works including Les Misérables and The Toilers of the Sea.
The cornerstone of the Havelet Waters development will be the rebuilt brewery house with its Georgian style façade and arched entrance. Originally two dwellings, local merchant John Le Patourel combined them and started the first brewery in 1845 with continued expansion over several ownerships culminating in the founding of the Guernsey Brewery Company (1920) Ltd. The large bottling plant and loading dock constructed to the north after the Occupation were of less historical interest and a completely new design will complement the brewery house and the traditional neighbouring properties ensuring Havelet Waters blends in with the unique character of the St Peter Port town seafront.
Image courtesy of Guernsey Museums