Coastal paths & beaches


Vale castle

Self-Catering Apartments in the north of guernsey

The Ellingham Apartments at Bordeaux is located only 30 seconds walk from the brightly coloured fishing boats bobbing in the natural little harbour of Bordeaux, on the northeast coast of Guernsey.   The harbour is a popular spot for artists and photographers due to its natural beauty and gorgeous light as the sun rises. 

Have an uplifting start to your day by wandering to the harbour with a mug of tea to enjoy the view of Herm, Jethou and Sark islands and nearby Vale Castle.   The sheltered clear water makes it an ideal place for a swim, particularly when the tide is in.  Children will enjoy building sandcastles and looking for crabs in the rocky outcrops. 

This north coast of Guernsey has gentle terrain and miles of flat coastal paths and quaint lanes, ideal for walking or cycling to the white sand and blue waters of L'Ancresse and Pembroke beaches. With beach kiosks and a large cafe, it is easy to spend a day here with the sand between your toes.

The views from nearby Vale Castle are spectacular and a lovely walk away. The current Castle was built about 600 years ago and was ideally positioned to defend the northern side of Guernsey, which at that time was separated from the rest of the island by a channel.  During the Second World War, Germans forces built their own concrete fortifications within, which are still there today.  Each August bank holiday weekend, Vale Castle is transformed into a vibrant whirl of energy as the Vale Earth music and arts festival makes full use of the the acoustics, terracing and atmosphere.  Not to be missed if you are on-island! 

Short Walk to

  • Bordeaux Harbour
  • Woodies Kiosk 
  • Vale Castle
  • Gentle Coastal Paths

Short Cycle or drive

  • Long, Sandy Beaches
  • The Bridge Shopping Area
  • Delancy Park and Playground
  • L'Ancresse common & Golf Course
  • Restaurants and Bars
  • Delancy Park
  • Beaucette Marina & Restaurant

Ellingham Apartments at Bordeaux
Les Rocques Barrees Road
Vale, Guernsey

Directions from the Airport

  1. Drive out of the airport & turn left, towards St Peter Port
  2. After 3 km, at the end of the road, there is a 'filter in turn'  (yellow grid painted on road.  No one has priority - cars take it in turns to cross the filter).  
  3. Turn right at this filter & drive through St Martins.
  4. Turn left at the traffic lights heading into St Peter Port. 
  5.  In 1.5km, turn right at the small roundabout and drive down the twisty road.
  6. Drive through St Peter Port with the coast on your right.  Stay on road, heading north. 
  7. Keep heading north with sea on your right.  In 3.5km you will reach a harbour and the 'Bridge' shopping area.
  8. Drive around the south and north side of the harbour  - keep to the coast with the sea on your right. 
  9. Stay on coast road for another 2km. You will pass two beaches.  The second beach is Bordeaux Harbour.
  10. At the end of the road, turn left. The Ellingham Apartments is 100m on the left.
  11. Total journey time approximately 25 minutes. 

Getting a Bus:

Guernsey Airport is served by routes 91, 92, 93, 94 and 95.  Take the bus to St Peter Port (approx 20 minutes).  At the bus terminal, change and take either the 92 outbound bus, or the number 11 bus to Bordeaux (approx 20 minutes).  The fare is just £1.

Getting a Taxi:

There is a taxi rank located directly outside the terminal building.  Sould you prefer to bookin advance, please click to view information on Guernsey Taxis and a list of taxi telephone numbers.   The journey to The Ellingham Apartments at Bordeaux will cost approximately £15. Please make it clear to the driver that you are staying at The Ellingham Apartments in Bordeaux (as taxi drivers may be more familiar with the Ellingham Cottages in St Martins).

Directions from the Harbour

  1. At the large roundabout at the exit of the ferry terminal pier, take the third exit (right).
  2. Continue north up the coast road (with sea on your right). 
  3. After 3.5km you will reach a harbour and the 'Bridge' shopping area
  4. Drive around the south and north side of the harbour  - keep to the coast with the sea on your right.
  5. Stay on coast road for another 2km. You will pass two beaches.  The second beach is Bordeaux Harbour.
  6. At the end of the road, turn left. The Ellingham Apartments is 100m on the left.
  7. Total journey time approximately 15 minutes. 

Getting a Bus:

You can catch a bus to the Ellingham Apartments at Bordeaux from the main bus terminus on South Esplanande, just a 10 minute walk from the ferry port (turn left when you reach the seafront).  The best route is Route 91.  The fare is just £1.25.

Getting a Taxi:

The nearest taxi rank to the harbour is on the other side of North Beach roundabout (the large roundabout with flagpole immediately on exiting the quay.  Alternatively, you can pre-book a taxi - click to view information on Guernsey Taxis and a list of taxi telephone numbers.   The 15 minute journey to The Ellingham Apartments will tcost approximately £15.

Guest Reviews

Going the extra mile

Lovely service over and above what was required. Provision of board games for the family and helpful information to maximise the quality of our stay.

Going the extra mile
Moji., January 2020
Garden full of life

The location of the cottage is great with all local amenities and buses very near-by. The rooms are great and facilities inside the cottage are top class. There is a big playground area towards the back and you can make friendship with the rabbits there who do visit the ground on a regular basis. There are some near-by walks to the bays which are very scenic and excellent for fitness lovers.

Garden full of life
Suman. Google Reviews, October 2020
Wonderful Stay

Ellingham Cottages are comfortable and well equipped, with a fantastic garden. We were in a superior cottage which had a lovely terrace with BBQ, and our cottage was very child friendly with bed guards, cots and child plates and cutlery all provided. Fiona and Simon are welcoming and went out of their way to help us.

Wonderful Stay
Jessica . Google reviews, November 2020
A yummy addition to the stay

Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. We had a fantastic time and the cottages have all the amenities we required to help make it a really pleasent stay. This is the 3rd time of staying and addition of the BBQ areas at the back of our cottage is fantastic.

A yummy addition to the stay
Rob. Facebook, August 2019