Usually the hotel season for Herm closes at the end of October but this year we are lucky to be able to visit Herm throughout the autumn and winter. You will find weekend hotel availability for Bailiwick residents throughout November and December including their special Christmas and New Year Packages.
Bailiwick Staycation Club caught up with Cheryl Latter, Head Receptionist at the White House Hotel who has worked on Herm for 20 years and lived there for 13 years! A true Herm expert, she gives her advice on what’s best to discover during these chillier months.
What’s your top spot for visitors this time of year?
The Herm Common is by far my favourite place in the world. The history just seeps through. I love the idea of it being a mass burial ground, and the macabre stories of pirates hanging from gibbets at the coastline to deter others. It just has a real atmosphere!
What’s your favourite dish and drink?
And at the end of a busy day, you can’t go wrong with one of the Mermaid’s immense portions of fish and chips.
I also like to spoil myself from time to time with dinner in the Conservatory Restaurant and a few cocktails in the Monk’s Bar.
What’s your favourite thing to do on the weekend?
I tend to work weekends, but after work, and on my days off, I love to walk. In fact, even with all the adventures we have had here as a family over the years, my resounding memories are of long walks along the coast road, or along the cliff paths, or climbing the hills at the North end of the island. The views seem to change daily, and with the immense tidal range, there is always something different to see.
What is unmissable during a visit to Herm autumn and winter?
In Autumn, the Common is a wonderful place to explore, with its red and gold bracken, and hedges filled with blackberries and sloes.
In Winter, our Christmas shopping trips bring to island to life with discounted boats, clothing and gifts at the Herm Shop, and a cosy roaring fire in the Mermaid Tavern.
Consider hopping over to Herm this autumn or winter, there really is something for everyone. Grab the coats, wrap up warm and head over for an adventure to blow away the cobwebs before settling down to some fantastic food in the hotel – you won’t be disappointed.