Archirondel Tower - Heritage Holiday Properties - Jersey Heritage

Accommodates 10 people

Sleeps 10

From £9 pp per night

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Close to St Catherine’s woods, the impressive St Catherine’s Breakwater and secluded beaches, Archirondel Tower provides a perfect coastal base while you explore the north-eastern corner of Jersey.

Built on a rocky outcrop in St Catherine’s Bay in 1792, Archirondel Tower was used as a garrison for artillery soldiers and has been a key defensive point throughout Jersey's history. Linked to the shore by the abandoned southern arm of St Catherine's Breakwater, the Tower has been converted into one of our basic coastal towers and accommodates up to 10 people at any time.

Split over three levels with a large terrace overlooking the tranquil bay of Archirondel, the Tower provides a great base for those looking for adventure, with the sea on your doorstep. The ground floor comprises of a beautiful vaulted-celling dining area with a dining table for six people with a fridge and a kettle. Accessed via an exterior metal stairway a timber door followed by a low steel blast door, installed by occupying German Forces in 1941, takes you to a sleeping area with three basic wooden bunks with canvas mattresses. A further ladder takes you to the second floor with another four bunks. No linen is provided, so this is a back-to-basics camping type experience.

If you enjoy water sports, such as kayaking, then we recommend bringing it with you. The eastern coast of Jersey has many secluded bays to explore and teeming with marine wildlife. There is also a café 100 yards away, which is perfect for those early morning bacon rolls before you go on your next excursion around the Island.

There is no running water or toilet facilities at Archirondel Tower, however guests have 24 hour access to public toilets and showers. The tower has electricity and lighting.

Aerial images courtesy of Traces of War Jersey.

Archirondel Tower is situated in Jersey's National Park.

 

"The location is amazing”

Facilities in detail

  • Basic coastal tower property
  • Seven basic wooden beds with canvas mattresses
  • Electricity and lighting
  • Kettle and fridge
  • No running water
  • Public toilet facilities and showers approx. 20 metres away
  • Private terrace
  • Steep stairs
  • Parking nearby
  • Beach access
  • Dogs allowed
  • No disabled access
  • WiFi not available

Pricing

2016

2 Nights
Low Season

2 Nights
Mid Season

2 Nights
High Season

03 Jan - 19 Mar
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15 Oct - 17 Dec
19 Mar - 02 Apr
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17 Sept - 15 Oct
02 Apr - 17 Sept
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17 Dec - 02 Jan
 
£174.30 £186.00 £208.50
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History

Jersey has a wide range of defensive fortifications from prehistoric times through to the 1940’s. In 1972, it was advised in a survey that the Bay of Arch Hirondelle required defences as it was vulnerable to French forces and a plan was proposed by General Conway in 1778 to build a series of 30 towers around the Island to deter French invasion. Archirondel, as it is known today, was the 22nd Tower to be built and is an evolution of the basic Conway design. Unusually, the Tower is predominantly built of rhyolite. This was due to Archirondel’s location which is relatively significant distance for the nearest source of granite.

Archirondel Tower was built on an offshore rocky outcrop called La Roche Rondel with construction work beginning on 17 November 1792 and was completed by 1794 at a cost of £4,000. A year later, once professional soldiers of the Artillery and Engineers were introduced into the garrison, it was decided to build a permanent masonry gun platform around the base of the Tower. This was a prototype later used for La Rocco Tower in St Ouen’s Bay. It was this element which kept Archirondel Tower as significant defensive work long after the other Towers became redundant and remained effective unto the 1860s.

In 1923 the Tower was purchased by the States of Jersey from the Crown for £200. It was left largely obsolete until German Occupying Forces extensively altered the Tower during the Second World War. The original stair was removed along with the floors being replaced with concrete. An opening was formed in the Tower at ground level and a small extension formed within the battery, which was modified so machine guns could be mounted. When you stay at the Tower you will also see above a steel blast door to enter the first floor the inscription of 1941 along with an image of a swastika.

In March 2006, the Tower was registered as owned by the Public of the Island of Jersey and was renovated that year as self-catering accommodation.

To read more about Archirondel Tower, please see our conservation statement

Images can be found at Société Jeriasie

Pricing

2016

2 Nights
Low Season

2 Nights
Mid Season

2 Nights
High Season

03 Jan - 19 Mar
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15 Oct - 17 Dec
19 Mar - 02 Apr
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17 Sept - 15 Oct
02 Apr - 17 Sept
--------
17 Dec - 02 Jan
 
£174.30 £186.00 £208.50
Book Now

Booking Form

The Jersey Heritage Lets office is open Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm.

If you are staying at one of our properties and have an urgent enquiry, please call the site supervisor number you have been sent with your confirmation form.

How many does this property accommodate? Archirondel Tower can accommodate up to 10 people at any time. There are 7 basic wooden beds with canvas mattresses.

Can I hire the property for one night? The minimum number of nights available for all of our properties (except for guided experience properties) is two nights

How do I collect the keys? Keys for Archirondel Tower can be collected from Jersey Museum on the day of booking

Is a deposit required? £200 refundable deposit is required on collection of the keys from Jersey Museum. Deposits are returned following the property being checked by a site supervisor, subject to terms and conditions.

Does the property have parking? Archirondel Tower is located within the picturesque bay of Archirondel on the east coast of Jersey. There is a public car park nearby.

Does the property have running water or electricity? The property has no running water but does have a small fridge and a kettle.

What are the toilet facilities? Public toilets and showers are located a short walk away at the car park.

Does the property have a fire? Archirondel Tower does not have a fire.

Are dogs allowed to stay in the property? Yes, dogs are allowed on the property.

How do I get to Jersey? Jersey is within easy reach of the UK and Europe by air and by sea. During the summer Jersey is served by over 40 departure points across the British Isles, including both scheduled and charter flights. From London airports there are up to 12 flights a day to the Island, with journey times of less than one hour. If you wish to bring your car to the Island, fast ferry services leave from the south coast of England and northern France from St Malo.

Can I hire a car in Jersey? There are several companies you can hire a car from on the island, either before hand or on arrival. Guests staying with Jersey Heritage qualify for a discounted rate with Avis via their website when booked directly.

Is it easy to travel around Jersey? The Island is nine miles long by five miles wide and is easy to navigate by car or bike. There is also a good public bus system which operates throughout the year.

Can I hire a bike in Jersey? Jersey is great location for cycling with dedicated cycle tracks winding through the island, green lanes and open coast roads.

What currency is accepted in Jersey? Both Jersey and Bank of England notes are legal tender in Jersey and circulate together, alongside the Guernsey pound and Scottish banknotes. Some retailers also accept Euros.

Can I pay a deposit? For our coastal tower properties, the full amount is due upon booking and a refundable £200 cash deposit is due on collection of the keys.

How can I pay? We accept Maestro (if issued in the UK), Visa, MasterCard and direct bank transfers.

How do I pick up the key? For coastal tower bookings, keys are collected from Jersey Museum, St Helier on the presentation of £200 cash deposit.

How can I cancel or change my booking? If you wish to cancel or change your booking, please contact our Jersey Heritage Lets team. Please note our cancellation policy detailed on your terms and conditions.

What time can I check-in and check-out? Keys can be collected for Coastal Tower properties from Jersey Museum between 1.00pm and 4.00pm on the day of your booking, upon producing a £200 cash deposit, and must be returned to Jersey Museum by 12.00pm on the day of your departure.

How far in advance do I need to book? We always recommend to book as far in advance as possible as some of our properties are very popular, especially in the summer months, however we often have availability at short notice. We often require at least two week’s notice for a booking but please contact our Jersey Heritage Lets team to enquire.

Do you have to be a Jersey Heritage member to book a property? No, our properties are available to everyone; however Jersey Heritage members receive special discounts and promotions. To find out more, please go to our Jersey Heritage members’ page.

What happens if I can’t get to Jersey due to bad weather or I am delayed?  If for any reason you cannot travel to Jersey or your booking dates are affected by weather then please call the Jersey Heritage Lets Team as soon as possible. We do not operate a cancellation insurance policy and you will be responsible for any travel and accommodation costs incurred by you in relation to the booking. Please refer to our cancellation policy in our terms and conditions.

For our more basic, coastal tower properties we recommend all of the above as per our self-catering items, with some additional extras.

Food provisions – Our Coastal Towers are a great base for your next adventure, but no explorer can venture out without suitable provisions. We do not provide any food or refreshments at our Coastal Towers.

Disposable barbeque – Bring along a barbeque to cook your food during your stay.

Sleeping bags, pillows and camp beds – Some of our coastal towers do have beds, so to ensure a comfy night’s sleep please ensure you bring along any bed linen you will need.

Toilet roll – Whilst most of our Coastal Towers are located near a public toilet, for which we supply a key where necessary, an essential part of our packing should include toilet roll for when nature calls!

Find out more about what’s happening at Jersey Heritage during your stay here, or Jersey Tourism for a full of Island activities. If you have a question for our team about booking your stay, please email us.

Please click here to download our terms and conditions.

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