My wife and I are looking at staying at this Hotel for next year
Is It true that there is a step hill to the Hotel, We are In are late 60s and quiet fit but my wife is a bit worried that she will not make it up to the hotel
Also Is there any where to walk out to, after dinner, or is it a bus job !
any info would be a great help, I know to go in to Town will have to be a bus as we don't have a car
Eddie, I can answer as far as the Hotel is concerned, you are probably also looking for a cross section of responses from Guests. We are in an elevated position which gives us the most amazing views. Mont Gras D'Eau is a green lane, green lane (means that traffic is controlled to 15mph maximum and right of way to pedestrians) that winds back up from the beach. It takes an average walker between 6 and 8 minutes down the hill and about double that on the way back, however I try and describe it, it is uphill some sections quite gradual some a little steeper.
We are a popular Hotel with many guests, to the vast majority of those the hill is worth the effort but no doubt an inconvenience to some. There is ample public car parking in the bay if a car is an option for you and also a public bus (No 14 route) which brings you back up to the top level near to the Windmills Hotel avoiding the uphill walk altogether.
I hope this has been helpful
The walk for the A13 bus stop we did not find too onerous, but there are a few trick places. It is true the there is a steep hill from the beach to the hotel, this did not affect us but I could see how it could affect you. The answer is to hire a car as the island is very easy to access with a car. We used buses as we wanted being without this time and the buses are so cheap and plentiful.
With Steve Law Comments to my question regarding the step hill and all the fantastic Tripadvisor reviews on the Hotel , I have booked a week's Holiday for next May 2018
looking foreward to the holiday at the Windmills Hotel on the Island of Jersey
The hotel is set back from the main road (A13) and there is a very short steepish slope down from the bus stop on the main road which bends round to the right and the road then flattens out past another hotel and residential houses. Just as you enter the hotel car park there is another short slope down to the main reception.
These two slopes are easily walkable and you would just need to allow yourself sufficient time to take it slowly if you are going to catch the bus, I would suggest that you check out the bus timetables before you leave the hotel.
The walk down to the beach/bay area and esplanade is steep in two places as Steve has described but it is a quiet road walking past residential houses, some with lovely gardens. At the bottom of this road you will cross over another road and walk on for 1 - 2 minutes to the sea front.
The walk up to the hotel will take twice as long to come back up. I don't recall any benches to sit on but it is very safe to stop and catch your breath without having to worry about traffic as we saw very few cars on this road. If you walking back after sunset I would also recommend that you take a small torch with you.
I have problems with my knees but am reasonably fit and I did not have a problem coming back up the hill by taking it easy.
If you wanted to take a walk after dinner you could go down to the bay area (as I described earlier), or up to the main road and walk along there. You can walk for about 10 -12 minutes to the local Waitrose/M & S (to the west) or 30 - 35 minutes in the opposite direction downhill to St Aubin's Harbour (along the road and then joining the old railway line walk). You would need to get the bus back up to the hotel though as it is uphill all the way.
I hope this will give you a helpful guest perspective too.
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