About La Moinerie Hotel Sark
Occupied sporadically over the millennia, in the sixth century Sark was settled by St. Magloire, Sark's patron saint, who established a monastery on part of the site of the current La Moinerie Hotel. La Moinerie's name alludes to its origins, being the middle-French word for a monastery.
No doubt some stone of the old monastery was claimed for subsequent buildings. La Moinerie became one of Helier de Carteret's forty Sark tenements and its later role as a dairy farm survived until the 1980's when it became a restaurant and hotel. The quaint little building that is now the public bar was once the Dower House, but it fell victim, about 200 years ago, to an islanders' revolt. The decision by Chief Pleas that only tenement owners and their eldest sons could shoot rabbits, led to a spate of arson attacks on the thatch of the houses of those who had voted for the proposition.
The cider press that stands at the side of the hotel reception was recovered from the old Dower House, fire-damaged and beyond repair.
The functional farm sheds have long gone, and the old ruins have been dismantled, but each and every stone has been re-used in the recent reconstruction in 2011. On the site has emerged a small hamlet of guest lodges and the new dining area has been rebuilt on the site of what was once a ruined barn. The dining area sits at the west end of the original hotel building; its style and sympathetic use of materials allowing the eye to travel seamlessly from the original eighteenth century hotel building through to the contemporary and traditional. The whole impression is beautifully held together by an understated cobbled lane and courtyard.
With its fireplace, high ceiling and wrought-iron chandeliers the dining area evokes an almost medieval atmosphere. Cool in the heat of summer and snugly warm in the depths of winter, whatever the weather La Moinerie Hotel in Sark is a comfortable and tempting place to relax and eat.