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Sark or Sercq is 80 miles to the south of England, sitting amongst the larger Channel Islands of Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney. Only 20 miles to the east and an hour by fast launch is the coast of Normandy and mainland Europe.
Neither French nor English, but a bit of both, this self-governing jurisdiction is owned by the British Crown and yet is not part of the United Kingdom. Sark has developed in its own individual way. Known to the uninitiated as “the island that has no cars” Sark’s 3 mile length and breadth of 1½ miles is crossed on foot, by bicycle or by horse-drawn carriage. The horses’ easy pace is that by which life on Sark is measured.
Sark stands 300 feet high, its coastline rugged and worn, indented with coves and surrounded by rocks while sheep and goats graze precariously on the cliff pastures, or côtils. Once on the Island her verdant pastures, the Sark Vineyards, narrow lanes, intriguing paths and wooded valleys draw the visitor into expeditions of discovery. The air is genuinely fresh and a day spent exploring Sark is a day spent exploring your hotel’s larder. All that is grown, raised, caught and produced is done with consideration for the environment – it’s part and parcel of how the island behaves. A Dark Skies island, Sark is a natural eco-resort and eco-friendly without having to shout about it.
Sark’s beauty transcends the seasons captivating artists and authors such as William Topliss, Mervyn Peake and Victor Hugo. Each season has its beauty and each year it offers more - the islanders never take it for granted and visitors, caught in a love affair with Sark, return again and again.
The island is family-friendly, unhurried and uncluttered – a place where a short-break from the whirl of modern life can feel like a fortnight away. However, Sark has not forsaken creature comforts. Sark Island Hotels offer the very best in 21st century hospitality, ensuring that you can make the most of this wonderful and unspoiled island and, whatever time of year, enjoy great food and luxury accommodation in comfortable and easy surroundings.
Our island has also been featured on "An Island Parish".
Mini Guide to Sark
Map of Sark