On the fringe of picturesque Gorey Village, Old Bank House is steeped in history, taking its name from the merchant banking business run from the house when Gorey Harbour was one of Jersey’s main trading centres. Gorey Village is lovely and quaint: we were held up in a traffic jam just outside at a ‘ducks crossing’ zone.
The best feature of Old Bank House is the Secluded Tea Garden, which serves Jersey cream teas all day. This is a lovely outdoors area, surrounded by lush greenery and white sun umbrellas, which on the glorious day when we visited, seemed Mediterranean, and very romantic.
The rooms are small – white in colour – but comfortable, and most have views. The family room at the top of the hotel is the best; it is a lot more spacious, brighter and has lovely sloped ceilings.
Old Bank House is within easy walking distance of several interesting sights, including the famous Mont Orgueil – Mount Pride – which was once the military headquarters of Jersey, and housed Sir Walter Raleigh when he was governor.