Going on a holiday can offer you the opportunity to get some well-needed rest and relaxation as you take a break from the stresses of everyday life. Visiting Sark in the Channel Islands, nestled between France and England, you can rest in one of the most peaceful places in the world. With no cars, no busy streets, and a warm and welcoming community of locals, Sark is a great place to get away from it all, even for a short weekend away.

Going on holiday means planning your itinerary, from choosing your flights, connecting ferries, and planning out your meals. In the United Kingdom, a self-catering holiday is a popular option with a lot of benefits to truly add to your holiday experience. Self-catering is where you choose to stay at an accommodation such as a hotel, bed, and breakfast, or cottage where you have the tools and appliances to prepare your own meals rather than eating out every day or having meals prepared for you by room service.

Taking a holiday on Sark Island allows you to choose accommodations that provide self-catering. There are local shops for you to purchase or order all the ingredients you need to make a locally sourced meal right in your hotel. There are a lot of great reasons why self-catering is a wonderful option, and you can read on to learn more about the benefits and decide if a self-catering vacation is right for you.

Why Choose a Self-Catering Holiday on Sark in the Channel Islands?

Choosing a self-catering holiday on Sark is like having a home away from home in a relaxing and gorgeous setting. Many of the self-catering options on Sark include beautiful architecture. They are surrounded by picturesque views of the water or the valleys. Here are some of the benefits of choosing a self-catering holiday on Sark.

Saves Money – Booking a holiday, there’s a lot to consider, from the flights to the ferry ride over to the island of Sark. With a self-catering holiday, you can plan your meals and order the food you will need in advance to buy in bulk. Buying from the local grocery store and carefully preplanning your meals ahead of time can save you money. Most of the accommodations provide you with everything you need to get started, and you only need to buy specific ingredients.

More Space – Self-catering accommodations are more spacious than traditional hotel rooms. Usually, they include a relaxing living space, kitchen, separate bedrooms, and more. You might even have access to private gardens or terraces. Self-catering accommodations are also located near local shops and restaurants to give you easy access to everything you need.

Freedom – You can set your own schedule during a self-catering holiday. You aren’t required to eat during designated meal times set by hotels or by restaurant hours. You are free to eat when you feel it’s best, allowing you to sleep in or stay up late as you please. You can do everything at your own pace.

Flexibility – A self-catering holiday gives you more flexibility to make yourself home. You can come and go as you please to work your holiday around a schedule that works best for you. You have the flexibility to set your own meal times, wash your clothes, plan your activities, and just enjoy an afternoon in if you want without having to worry about anyone else’s schedule.

More Meal Options – When you choose self-catering, you don’t have to limit your food options to what’s on the menu of the nearest restaurant. You can get creative and make your favorites using the ingredients you are able to collect locally or ask a local for their favorite recipe. It’s also helpful if you have any dietary restrictions.

Self-Catering on Sark - La Petit Vallete

La Petite Valette

Self-Catering Accommodations on Sark

There are a lot of accommodations on Sark that offer self-catering as an option. With a self-catering holiday on Sark, you get many benefits to enjoy and make the most of your getaway. You can choose a cozy cottage, spacious guest areas, and more that many of the residents have transformed to welcome you on your stay. These options are just a few of the many self-catering accommodations on Sark you can enjoy during your visit.

La Petite Valette 

Located on Harbour Hill, this home away from home is a modern hideaway cottage that allows you to cook your meals in the privacy of your own secluded residence. There are three bedrooms, a large lounge, a spacious kitchen, and a welcoming interior that provides you the warmth and comfort you need after a long day of exploring the island.

L’Ecluse Cottage

Located next to the Seigneurie grounds, the L’Ecluse Cottages are a private, self-catering cottage located in the secluded valley for maximum privacy. The cottages can sleep up to five people, and each cottage was designed with optimal comfort in mind. For your self-catering holiday, you can enjoy a complimentary starter pack which includes bread, marmalade, butter, milk, tea, coffee, and sugar.

Clos a Jaon

The cottages, built in the early 1700s, have been recently renovated and transformed into beautiful cottages available for guests to stay in today. Each cozy cottage features modern amenities and essential kitchen tools to set you up for your self-catering holiday. A robust welcome pack includes tea, coffee, sugar, salt, pepper, cereals, milk, bread, jam, butter, bacon, and eggs.


Where to Find Groceries and Supplies on Sark

With a self-catering holiday, many of the accommodations offer welcome packs, which include essentials, but you will still need to know where to get the food for your home-cooked meals. Everything is sourced locally on the island, so you will want to plan your meals according to what’s in season and available. You can preorder some supplies, such as bread, milk, or butter if your accommodations don’t include them in your welcome pack before you arrive.

There are a few options for you to shop on Sark.

  • Food Stop – Located on the Avenue, Food Stop is considered the main grocery store and is centrally located. You can make arrangements up to three days before you need to pick up, and deliveries are made on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • Mon Plaisir – You can find a great selection of locally sourced seafood and imports from Iceland at Mon Plaisir. They also sell local beef, lamb, and chicken, making deliveries on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • The Sark Yard – Shop an assortment of goods from The Sark Yard, including clothing, jewelry, housewares, and dry goods. There’s a deli where you can purchase pastries, jams, and coffee.

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