Breathtaking. Magical. Untouched. Timewarp. Just a few of the words often applied to Sark; a tiny (Just 3 1/4 miles long by 1 1/2 miles wide), colourful, enchanting little island nestling between England and France, yet which feels like neither. In fact, Sark – lying just 80 miles off the South Coast and the smallest of the four main Channel Islands at just a handful of square miles – feels like nowhere else you’ve ever been.
Thanks in part to its well-known absence of any cars, and with no airport and only the occasional tractor for supplies, visitors immediately sense how different life is on this haven from anywhere else.
From the moment you are welcomed after arriving by boat, time seems to slow down as you enter a realm of stunning landscapes, wild flora, picturesque hedgerows, lovely beaches and tranquil surroundings.
Quiet lanes end in spectacular coastline, with undulating coastline, rocky outcrops and ancient granite houses scattered around to catch the eye amid your breathtaking surroundings.
A Crown dependency since the days of Elizabeth the First, Sark falls under the sovereignty of the UK without actually being part of it, and its less than 500 inhabitants remain fiercely independent yet deeply welcoming to guests.
Regarded as something of a secret jewel among the Channel Islands, the island has successfully resisted commercial exploitation whilst enjoying a high standard of living. In fact, the high standard of luxurious accommodation offered by Clos a Jaon ensures that visitors can combine the magic of the Sark experience without sacrificing any creature comforts.
In addition to the sort of scenery that renders visitors speechless, Sark recently gained worldwide attention for a virtually unique quality, having been awarded the status of the World’s first ‘Dark Sky Island’, and a World Heritage site.
With its 8 spectacular sand and/or pebble beaches, which boast untouched beauty yet are never crowded, its celebrated cream teas tradition, its variety of amazing caves and cavern systems such as the Victor Hugo, Boutique Caves, Cathedral Cave, Derrible Head Caverns and the famous Gouliot Caves, its events calendars full of such quirky fun as scarecrow competitions and weekend-long sheep races and its miles of incredible walks where visitors can marvel at the spectacular wildlife, Sark has the power to seduce, surprise and delight.
Perfect for bathing, for birdwatching, for exploring magnificent caves and for diving, fishing and sea excursions, the island has something for everyone.
For foodies the island is something close to paradise, with its highly-prized fresh Sark cream, locally-sourced produce and renowned lobster, crab and scallops fished just offshore.
So come and visit us, and leave your modern world cares behind. You’ll feel them evaporate as you take the road from the harbour towards a peaceful haven of old-world charm and tranquillity, where strangers smile and say hello, and everywhere you look reveals another vision of natural beauty.
Working closely with international astronomers, the inhabitants were able to gain Dark Sky status with the complete absence of any public streetlights, floodlights or headlamps, ensuring that no light at all escapes upwards to pollute the sky after sunset.
This creates a truly unique night time experience, with the Milky Way a regular feature and meteors a frequent visual delight.
As an example of just how special the experience of stargazing on Sark can be, it might normally be possible to see between 50 and 100 stars from an average urban street, yet from a truly dark spot like this enchanting island there are simply too many to count.
Yet as breathtaking as this unique and incredible feature of Sark is, there is so much more on offer in our magical island to experience and enjoy during your stay.