How we’re extending the Beaucette welcome

Now that the warmer weather has finally arrived, it feels like the summer season really is in full swing at Beaucette as we meet old and new friends at the most peaceful marina in the Channel Islands.

We’ve had a busy run-up too as we’ve been concentrating on making Beaucette even more welcoming and improving the facilities on offer as we respond to the feedback we get from the many locals and visitors who come here.

One of the priorities for us was extending the boat storage on offer – we can now accommodate more than 120 craft – because we know there is unmet demand on the island and we are able to provide extremely competitive rates plus easy access, so you can work on your boat easily and when you want.

That’s been part of a general improvement programme at Beaucette as we have given the marina office and award-winning restaurant a comprehensive facelift and greatly improved toilet facilities, making it an even nicer place to visit.

We’ve also replaced a lot of the safety fencing with attractive stainless steel and glass panels to improve views of the marina. Val and James Scowen, who run Beaucette Marina Restaurant and Bar, say their alfresco dining area with its unrivalled views over the other islands is really popular and definitely benefitting from the improvements.

Open Day

Other work includes improving access to the marina and pontoons so the gangplank is much less steep and easier to use at low water and we’re putting in extra pontoons for when our new residential barges arrive later in the year.

We are all really excited by this development, as we know there’s a lot of demand for a floating lifestyle and the wide beam barges we’ve selected are really high spec and very special.

Because of that, we’re holding an open day in early October so people can come along and see for themselves how fabulous the barges are – and how lovely it would be to live on one in this enchanted corner of Guernsey.

It’s not just boating at Beaucette, though. Our popular architect-designed campervan site will remain open all summer as we look at extending leisure use of this area by offering ‘glamping’ facilities with some beautifully appointed shepherd’s huts for next season.

Talking of staying here, we’re also delighted to welcome new long-term guests to Beaucette, a lovely couple who are sailing their luxury yacht 6,450 km from the British Virgin Islands to be with us for the next 12 months or so – just the latest to have heard about our famous Beaucette welcome!

Seal of health

Finally, we’re really pleased that a tiny, lost seal pup that we found on the beach seemingly with little chance of survival has been nursed back to health by the Guernsey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Temperance, as Animal Shelter staff called him, was sick, very underweight and had lost his mother. Round the clock care and buckets of fish have restored the grey seal, however, and he now weighs three times as much as when he was first found in November.

Even better, he has made such a good recovery that he’s about to be released back into the wild – proof that everyone feels better for being at Beaucette.

Save the date

Just a quick reminder to make a note in your diary that our always-special summer BBQ will be held this year on Saturday 11th August. More details over the next couple of weeks so please watch this space… 

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