The original paintings and photos throughout the house are frequently of local scenes, mostly by Cat or other local artists. A few are even by Tom’s ancestors. (You can buy Cat's prints and/or Tom's CDs, one of which features Channel Island folk music, in the house). The sitting room is decorated as if for a retired soldier who’s returned to the island after a career in Africa or India! It's snug for winter evenings with a wood stove, Freesat, DVDs and lots of books about the island, wildlife etc. And there are beach toys under the stairs. There’s a large farmhouse dining room that seats 10 at a push, and the galley kitchen has washer/drier, freezer, microwave, coffee machine and all the other usual equipment. The sheltered garden is double the width of the house, with two lawns (there are sun loungers in the greenhouse), and a small sun-trapping patio, with table and chairs under a large sun shade.
The master bedroom has three windows, a king sized bed, and room for a truckle bed or cot (we have both), plus a convenient en suite shower. At the back of the house, under the eaves, there's a large family bathroom, and a bunkroom with two bunks, wash basin and, again, room for a truckle or cot. Finally, there's a double bedroom in the attic, which even offers glimpses of the sea. (The photos also show a second attic bedroom, with three single beds, which is not usually available to guests because the fire regs only allow one room on the top floor to be occupied by paying guests at any given time. It may, however, be possible for you to use this room instead of the double, by special arrangement). And here is a short video we made in 2000 soon after we moved in. Obviously, the decor has been much improved, Ellie and Jack have grown up, and the Connaught Care Home has been built right across our best sea view - but we can’t complain, because the island really did need this! (The music is The Casquets Light / The Swinge / Boat to Burhou all by Tom)