Anyone live(d) in Guernsey?

(33 Posts)
TracyK Tue 12-Mar-13 18:23:59

Good things? Bad things?
me and dh in 40's with a 9yo son and dog.

ukfirestorm Fri 01-Nov-13 20:00:22

Just being nosey, OP did you move?

Storm15 Tue 24-Feb-15 10:08:01

We've been here for 18 months now and I hate it. Desperate to leave. I lived all over the place and never ever felt this bored, lonely or isolated anywhere. I feel so guilty for bringing our children here. There's a real local / non-local tension and they have few friends. Nor do we. Pretty much everyone we hang out with is also desperate to leave which doesn't make for cheery conversation. I actually think my DH is bordering on clinical depression.

The schools are nothing to write home about. Our local state school is huge (like 100 kids in each year group) so we've opted to pay but the private schools are just crap compared to their UK counterparts. They're also selective - from pre-school age. And by selective, I mean snobby. It's the parents that are being selected, not the kids.

3 people I spoke to recently told me they'd been to the garden centre at the weekend because they didn't know what else to do. The winter is deathly dull.

We've just put our house on the market but I'm expecting it to take years to sell; the market is dead by our estate agents own admission.

Sorry but I wouldn't recommend moving here to anyone. It seems to be good for the very young, the elderly, tax exiles, fitness fanatics and unless you're one of them...

MiaTheSlut Sat 28-Nov-15 22:03:24

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Chazw92 Tue 01-Dec-15 20:18:09

Anyone taken the plunge and moved there my partner lives there and is a local I'm currently a full time mum to 2 on benefits and really want to move there if anyone has any advice to give me. And to reply to anyone's doubts the island is beautiful I've met loads of locals the past few months all very welcoming and lovely the restaurants are beautiful and the night life isn't huge to but it's the most idyllic place to bring up your children the crime rate is low and it's overall just simply gorgeous

Woodywoodpecker63 Thu 10-Mar-16 08:06:58

I know it now 2016 and your message re: living on the island of Guernsey was 2013, but I just wanted to thank you. I have the chance of a permanent job on this island and was checking out via my own research what living there might mean. We are originally from Cornwall but moved to the top end of Australia (Northern Territory) work wise again approximately 5 years ago. We have lived remote/out bush for 3.5 years with literally only 1 shop, and 1 pub for 650k (approx 300 miles), no daily postal delivery normally fortnightly if a wagon passed we would get an extra delivery, no internet and during the wet season very often the power and water would be off for several hours. No medical services, although the flying doctor and air ambulance could be used if a dire emergency. Various forms of wildlife that either want to eat or kill you. Then the weather during the dry season a daily temp of upto 35 degrees and during the wet season as high as 50 degrees. I used to plan monthly visits to Darwin which is regarded as a city but believe me is a small town only. I would visit just to get a feeling of civilisation. After literally not seeing another person for weeks on end apart from Aboriginal people walking the land.
Anyway to cut a long message short, I was worried about a possible move to Guernsey but your comments were refreshing and sounded so much like Cornwall. Apart from the sudden drop in weather temp. I think it sounds glorious. My only concern is if my other half can find work there. This I feel is my only concern.
Once again thank you 😀😀😀👍

WooBetty Thu 17-Mar-16 10:58:27

Good God it's awful. I'm desperate to get off and back to civilization.

Bad things: Locals in general, Local government, Travel operators, Cost of living, weather in the winter, 1970's Racism, 1970's Sexism, Arrogant rich people, Arrogant poor people, Ferry Service, the Hotels which are dire!

Good things. Beaches, Views, The French market once a year, Herm, Jersey and being able to move off.

Baronessb Tue 26-Apr-16 18:11:52

Hi I live on Guernsey and have done for 4 years. Moved here from UK. 2 children 14 and 11. Son boards in the UK and daughter is at school here for now. She will board eventually or we will move back for a few years until both at Uni.

Its a small island but that means its friendly - our experience is that locals welcome you as much as incomers and because there is such a large finance and Open Market community here people come and go all the time. Because it is a Finance centre it has all the advantage that go with that. good restaurants, infrastructure, decent transport to the UK and the best bit is educated interesting and interested people to socialise with. There is little crime and no stranger danger so kids have great freedom. Nice pace of life and of course 20% tax and no CGT/IHT so thats nice. Also moving here is easy - no call centre mentality, its just sorted by someone who gives you their name.

The downside - I think its harder here with teenagers as they get bored - we try and get off the island most holidays except the summer when its gorgeous here. So for people with young children its great and for empty nesters its great. And the travel can frustrate when the fog comes down and planes don't land. So you have to get off 24hrs ahead of UK events and be prepared for things to go wrong. There is no NHS and you pay to see a GP but if he/she refers you its all then free and paid for by your social security payments.

We have a place in the UK and I like both places. People here do like a winge about petty stuff but i guess you get that in any community. There is a big world out there and its nice to live here but to be able to head off as well. Good luck

Quebermuda Thu 20-Oct-16 12:55:12

I would echo Morgan's comments. My wife and I have loved our move to Guernsey. It is more expensive than living in the UK but the taxes are low enough to offset the difference. We have had no problem integrating into social groups and the people are generally friendly and accommodating. It's a small place, and so having a young family I really like that it is small enough to walk to work, a 5-minute drive to the beach, and has lots of kid-friendly community events. To avoid island fever, we every so often jump on a ferry to one of the other Channel Islands, or do a long weekend to Britain or the Continent. Considering Guernsey's small population, I find it remarkable that there are more than a dozen daily flights to the UK and several to Europe.

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