Good Hotel Guide Review
The ferry from Guernsey brings guests to this tiny, car-free island; the one and only hotel sends a tractor for their bags. Surrounded by sub-tropical gardens, with memorable views across to a beach of white sand, it’s ‘a great place for kids’, says a reader who returns every year – and they’re moving with the times! ‘There are now clocks on the radios in the bedrooms’, though still no telephone or TV. A minor issue of some supplies drying up, hinting at logistical problems, in no way ruined ‘a good stay enjoyed by all the family’. Some bedrooms have a balcony, some have French doors to the pool. All can accommodate a cot or child’s bed. In the Conservatory restaurant new chef Krzysztof Janiak (whose CV includes catering for royal banquets and a UN officers’ mess) cooks modern British dishes with German and French influences. For instance, ‘inspired by Jackson Pollock’, duck brined with juniper berries, Silesian dumplings, spinach and watercress purée, preserved and fresh redcurrant. You can eat more simple, brasserie fare in the turquoise-painted Ship Inn. With just 60 permanent human residents plus colonies of seals and puffins, Herm offers a complete escape. (Jane Thornton)
40. 23 in cottages, some on ground floor.
early Apr–end Oct.
3 lounges, 2 bars, 2 restaurants, conference room, free Wi-Fi, 1-acre gardens (tennis, croquet), 7-metre solar-heated swimming pool, wheelchair access to island difficult.
background in the Ship Inn.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in 2 bedrooms (£20 per dog per night), reception lounge, garden bars, with restrictions.
per person B&B single £70–£224, double £145–£270, D,B&B single from £95, double £195–£370. Set dinner £38, à la carte £29.