The wild and picturesque island of Jersey is the largest and southernmost of all the Channel Islands. Easily reached from both the United Kingdom and France, the island has been a long-time favourite of holidaymakers across Europe. Today, it boasts a unique combination of natural beauty and welcoming, vibrant towns. One of the island's foremost rural attractions is the watermill at Le Moulin de Quetival. Located in the south of Jersey, there are plenty of exquisite hotels and guesthouses nearby.
An Historic Mill
Once upon a time, St. Peter's Valley was home to eight working mills. Though many of the mills were built sometime in the 14th Century, milling reached its peak on Jersey a while later in the 18th Century. At that time, Jersey flour was being exported all over the world. Le Moulin de Quetivel is the last remaining working mill of the eight, still producing a small amount of flour.
The mill was largely destroyed by a fire in the late-1960s. Fortunately, the National Trust initiated a restoration project a decade later. The mill is now open to the public throughout much of the year. The site features an exhibition on the history of milling, and there's even a shop where visitors can buy a bag of the mill's produce.
The mill sits amidst some of Jersey's most spectacular countryside, set in meadows of all kinds of flora and fauna. There's a rich herb garden just behind the mill, home to around 50 different varieties of plant. Visitors can enjoy the gentle stroll from Le Moulin de Quetival to the mill pond, and they could well spot a red squirrel on their way!
Hotels near Le Moulin de Quetivel
Located in the south of the island, Le Moulin de Quetival isn't far from some of the finest hotels in Jersey.
Guests who want to make the most of Jersey's exquisite coastline can check out the nearby Le Haule manor which offers a magnificent swimming pool with views out across the ocean. The four-star Cristina Hotel is also nearby, on the way to the island's main town of St. Helier.