Sausmarez Manor

A rare example of American colonial architecture in the British Isles.

St Martin, Guernsey, Channel Islands, GY4 6SG


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Free admission to members of Historic Houses when you show a valid membership card.
Free admission to members of Historic Houses when you show a valid membership card.
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Facilities for children
  • Free parking
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The Manor Guided Tour covers 800 years of occupancy by the Seigneurs de Sausmarez, whose members of the family have been privateers, explorers, soldiers, sailors, churchmen, Colonial governors, Sportsmen, inventors, artists, traders, and in the law, some of whom have left their mark with the contents and architecture to this day.

The Wild Subtropical Garden is an ancient woodland surrounding a couple of small lakes and is inter planted with exotic and subtropical plants, trees, ferns and shrubs, which, because of Guernsey’s mild, equable climate can survive and flourish.

Visitors can enjoy seeing around 200 varieties of camellia, tree ferns from New Zealand, Australia and Tasmania, palm and banana trees, Bromeliads, Ginger Lilies, scores of Hellebore, a variety of Cyclamen and around 40 different bamboos. You can also see Brugmansias and a splendid sprinkling of spring bulbs including Narcissus, Pink and White Bluebells and a drift of Snowdrops. Unusual trees include the rare Werlie Golden Sycamour, a mature Davidii Handkerchief Tree, the summer flowering Liy of the Valey tree (Clethera), Cornus Variegata Contreversa Wedding cake Tree, the rare Nikau, New Zealand Feather palm and host of other native and unusual varieties.

The train that has been running every year since it was first installed in 1985 (by the engineer, the late Terry Leighand) has been expanded over the years. The par 3, 9 hole pitch-and-putt course is a testing course set in a shallow valley. Clubs and other equipment are supplied and are suitable for experienced and beginners alike as is the ‘vicarage’ Putting Green (except on Saturday mornings).

New For 2022, The William le Lacheur Coffee Museum (he introduced coffee to Costa Rica and traded with it all over the world).

The only working Coppersmith in the Channel Islands is a haven of beautifully crafted ‘Guernsey Milk cans’ and other copper ware.

There are two Holiday lets in the House. One at the top of the house with lovely views over the horses, fields, gardens and wood and the other on the ground floor traditionally known as the Dower Flat. For more information on any of the above ring 01481 235571.

Opening Times

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

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Open 30 March – 31 October 2024
Tours April: Mon – Thurs: 11.30am / Fri & Sat: 11.30am (unless wedding or event) / Closed Sunday
Tours May: Mon – Thurs 10.30am & 11.30am / Fri & Sat: 11.30am (unless wedding or event) / Closed Sunday
Tours June – Sept: Mon – Thurs: 10.30am, 11.30am & 2.30pm / Fri & Sat: 11.30am (unless wedding or event) / Closed Sunday
Tours October: Mon – Thurs: 11.30am / Fri & Sat: 11.30am (unless wedding or event) / Closed Sunday



Tours run all year
Thursdays at 6.30pm
Private group bookings of 10+ for other days of the week possible


Open all year: 10am – 5pm


Open 30 March – 31 October 2024
7 days a week: 10am to 4.30pm


Open May to September 2024
Term time: Sat & Sun only: 10am – 4.30pm
School Holidays: Daily 10am – 4.30pm


Open 30 May – 31 October 2024
Every Saturday: 10am – 1pm


Open daily February – December 2024
10am – 5pm


Open daily February – December 2024
10am – 4.30pm


Please note, free admission for Historic Houses members only applies to the Manor.

Adult £10
Senior £9
Child / Student £5.00

Adult £12
Child under 16 £10

Adult £7
Senior £6
Student £5
Child under 14 £3
Family & 2 Adults £18
Children under 3yrs FREE

Adult £3
Senior £2
Child / under 12 £2
Family 2 adults & 2 children £7

9 holes £8
18 holes £10
Putting Green £3

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Getting here

St Martin, Guernsey, Channel Islands, GY4 6SG

Halfway between the Airport and the Harbour. Look out for the Brown Signs.

From St Peter Port Drive along Seafront going South, straight up the hill. Left at the roundabout at the top. Past the Fermain Tavern, for 3/4mile. Look out for Brown sign on left pointing right. Turn there.
From the South West, drive along Forrest Rd and follow signs saying St Peter Port South. Through St Martins Village, past the Coopand Queen’s Arms, left at the lights and is 1st drive on the left opposite the brown sign.

Buses 92 93 94 and 95 stop at the pedestrian entrance.

These are correct at time of going to press; however it would be wise to ask at the bus station or the bus driver. From the terminal ensure the 92 and 93 are going South as they go both ways right round the Island.

Tours of Sausmarez Manor

Ghost tours take place every Wednesday at 6.30, cover 10 hauntings, and come with a free glass of wine. The tours need to be booked in advance and cost only £10. They are conducted by the Seigneur. Phone: 01481 235571.

‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie’ tour covers the wartime occupation experiences of his Great Aunt with readings from her dairies and includes the Famous Slaughtered Pig and German Officer incident. These take place on Thursdays at 6.30 and include a free glass of wine and an individual Potato Peel Pie. Please book more than two days in advance on 01481 235571.

The above two tours are not eligible for free admission to Historic Houses members.

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