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“We love camping on Sark”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of La Valette

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La Valette
Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Sark
London, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“We love camping on Sark”
Reviewed April 28, 2012

I stayed here 2 years ago, and am planning to go back this summer. I don't know why people complain so much about showers on holiday (not just here but other places). If a long hot power shower is that important why not just stay at home? The toilet and shower facilities here are clean, and surely you can get the necessary spruce up in 4 minutes. The campsite has wonderful views, was never crowded when we were there, and was an affordable way to stay on this island where bed and breakfast and hotel accommodation do not come cheaply. I was introduced to this campsite by a friend and am looking forward to returning this year. (It was August 2010, I was just doing some research and curious what other people said).

Room Tip: not applicable. We took our own tent! But my friend hired a tent and we are thinking of doing that a...
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

Oh dear, having read up on the well rated "glamping" on Jersey which is camping but with all facilities provided, we thought we would try this style on Sark. We were booked in for 2 nights at £33 a pop (£66 total). We tried to leave after the first night and even the owner commented she didn't htink we would last out 2 nights... what a cheek! The tent was drab, at least 30 years old and the pans provided to cook on (cups cutlery everything actually) needed washing out first. It was all filthy and so not cosy. We were pushed out on the last day because of a feryy arival of possible new guests and so ended up not being able to even have time to clean out breakfast cuttlery properly. This, left for the poor next unsuspecting lot to do. I just hope they did. Felt guilty but no choice.
Lovely views, but there again there are lovely views all over Sark so really irrelevant in the end. Toilets, wash area smelt. Couldn't face trying the shower facilities. I have been in cleaner hostals than this. DON'T STAY HERE!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 4, 2010

What was wrong with the last reviewer - I assume that the Jersey resdient wasn't used to camping... or just had had a bad weekend?

We thoroughly enjoyed La Valette, the owner Mrs Adams was friendly and helpful and as for Alfie (her helper - at 81!) an absolute gem - and he maked the Jam they sell mmmm!

Yes it is basic - no frills camping BUT there is a shower/toilet facility and that is kept spotless. The views are stunning ... the sunsets are to be died for! You don't need a pool as La Greve de la Ville beach is a short distance away (yes a long walk via the path - but that keep you fit!)

As for the showers - I assume that Jesrey has no problems with electric and water. SARK DOES! The showers allow 4mins 20 seconds - mor than adequate for une douche a deux (joined shower for the wife and I!)

Please if you are looking for pampering avoid la Valette and go for one of the hotels - if you ARE looking for back to nature in rustic charm then La Valette it is. Guess who will be going back!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 23, 2008

My girlfriend and I stayed in this campsite for a weekend in Sark.

The sea view is stunning and there's plenty of space to put up your tent, but the toilets and showers are not the greateast.

After a great day cycling and enjoying this tiny island, we were craving for a good shower and a good night's sleep. To our surprise, the shower is coin operated (£1 for 4 minutes shower). We didn't have any one pound coins and the owner wouldn't anser the door.

We had to walk 500m to the nearest pub to exchange a one pound bill (most common in the Channel Islands) for a one pound coin. Luckly a man in the pub was paying his drink with a one pound coin and agreed to exchange his coin by a our one pound bill.

Back to the campsite we had to share a 4 minute shower between the two of us.

We complained about this next day and the owner didn't seem very bothered.

We wouldn't be so annoyed if were told about this before we checked in the camping. We could have gone to other campsite which doesn't have such great views, but the shower is free and the toilets are much cleaner!

George Justo - Jersey resident

  • Liked — Nice seaviews
  • Disliked — Paid showers and dirty toilets
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Valette
Address: La Valette Hay GREEN, GY10 1SE
Location: United Kingdom > Channel Islands > Sark
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Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Sark
Number of rooms: 2
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La Valette Sark, Channel Islands

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