The Old Government House: Guernsey’s Historic Treasure

ByAndrea Thompson

April 10, 2024

Nestled atop a hill with sweeping views of St. Peter Port, The Old Government House Hotel & Spa stands as a testament to Guernsey’s rich history. Affectionately known as “The OGH” it is the only five-star hotel on the Island.

The building’s origins date back to the early 18th century, initially serving as a home for a local merchant.  Then in 1796, it was repurposed to accommodate the Lieutenant Governor, and then in 1857 the doors opened to the public as a hotel welcoming guest until taken over for a time by German occupation during World War II.   It is now part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, a family-owned and operated luxury hotel group who have considerably refurbished the property ensuring the charm and character of Guernsey’s most historic hotel is preserved whilst offering modern comforts to the guests.

The architecture of The OGH has a classical Victorian charm, with its white façade and timeless elegance. Inside, guests are treated to a blend of colonial and contemporary styles, a red carpet leads you up the marbled entrance and the building’s storied past is revealed whilst providing modern luxury through the artwork, custom fabric-covered walls, and antiques all personally chosen by the hotel’s founders.

With 63 thoughtfully designed bedrooms providing a sanctuary for relaxation with a calm colour palette, stunning views and all the usual amenities including bathrobes and slippers.  A twice daily housekeeping and turndown service (including a little treat) and dogs are even welcome in rooms with a balcony.

Dining can be in the light and airy Brasserie or the authentic Curry Room where you can enjoy the finest Indian flavours. In the summer, dine al fresco in The Olive Grove or gather for a drink at The Crown Club and experience the vast array of gins.

You can relax by the heated outdoor pool overlooking St Peter Port or visit the spa for an array of treatments or have a personal training session in the gym.  You can take in the sea air along the beachfront walks, try sailing, fishing, or surfing or explore the woodland trains on foot or by bike.  The hotel is happy to arrange any of these and they abide by the motto “No request is too large, no detail is too small” the dedicated team is led by Andrew Chantrell, the General Manager.

Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a lover of elegant surroundings, or simply seeking a tranquil escape, this historic haven promises an unforgettable stay.