Starting with just five properties as part of an ambitious project in 1996, to the 14 properties sites we have renovated to date, the Forts and Towers project in Jersey started as a ripple which has made waves in the Island’s conservation. Each property has been taken from a neglected and often crumbling state, and through combined efforts has been transformed into truly unique self-catering properties dotted around the Island.
With an idea which started as far back as 1948 of giving the general public access to some of Jersey’s most historic sites, plans finally got off the ground in 1996 when, due to an initiative of the former Planning Assistant Director of Design and Conservation, Stuart Fell, Environment and Public Services, Jersey Tourism and Jersey Heritage drew up detailed plans for several forts and towers. The project became a reality in 2004 with the political support, particularly from former Environment President Senator Philip Ozouf and his successor Transport and Technical Services Minister Deputy Guy de Faye, along with significant funding from the Tourism Development Fund and support
There were about 30 potential sites, mainly fortifications, along the Island’s coast which are owned and maintained at the taxpayer’s expense, but in the past it has not always been easy to ensure public access. With a commitment to opening these public assets, there is a recognition that they can provide a unique offer to tourists as well as Jersey residents, and that the income from using them can help pay for the refurbishment and care of more historic sites.
Bookings launched in November 2005 and have grown year on year with interest from across the world with more buildings being restored. To see our properties which are currently available, please click here.
Jersey Heritage is not only responsible for the Island’s major historic sites, but also some of the smaller, properties dotted around the Island which are available as holiday accommodation. With Jersey’s finest forts, castles, towers and follies open year-round to hire as holiday lets you can stay somewhere extraordinary, entwined with Jersey’s colourful culture and history. From plush self-catering properties to rustic towers lining Jersey’s coast line, each property has been taken from the brink of collapse and transformed into your perfect Island getaway.
By staying at a Jersey Heritage Holiday Let, you are ensuring the future of these properties and the development of others in need of restoration. As a not for profit charity, we ensure the funds raised through our self-catering accommodation is invested back into Jersey’s heritage.
Extract from Heritage Magazine by Jon Carter and Mel Warrs. Please click here to read the full article.