Open Garden - The Dolphins, Jerbourg.

Saturday 22nd April 2017

On Friday 21st April, Dolphins, a wonderful 1930s house on the cliff top at Jerbourg, with a gem of a three acre garden, will open to the public.

The house and garden will also be open on Saturday 22nd, Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th April.

On the Friday, Guernsey Voluntary Service will be offering tea, coffee and cakes. 

On the Saturday Floral Guernsey will be helping with the garden visits, and Les Bourgs will be offering the refreshments. The charity will be the Eleanor Foundation.

The house was built in the 1930s by Dr Byam, a Harley Street doctor, as a second home, and had barely been lived in before the Germans occupied it as the Naval Battery headquarters.  In the summer a band played on the terrace for the officers' entertainment, and the study by the front door was the pay office for the soldiers at the Jerbourg barracks.

After the war Lt Col and Mrs Mackay lived in the house on their return from India, bringing with them the contents of Mrs Mackay's late parents' home in Lewes, most of which they had collected when they too lived in the Far East.

Dolphins was inherited by their daughter Anne, who kept it all just as it was, since she had grown up with all the lovely bits and pieces when she lived with her grandparents in Lewes in the 1920s and 1930s.  She and her husband, Brigadier Mike White, hosted many great parties in the house.

Many of the items in Dolphins are being offered for sale in a special auction on Wednesday 26th April.  This will therefore be the last chance to see the contents displayed in the house, just as they always were.  Added to this will be the extraordinary items found in trunks in the attic - wonderful 1920s toys, 19th Century dresses and accessories, WWII flying boots, and much more.

As well as beautiful pieces of furniture, china, glass, silver etc, there will be eccentric items such as the 1930s vacuum cleaner, a 1950s picnic basket and a kitchen cabinet just like the one illustrated in Mrs Beeton's book.

The garden should be looking lovely, with the azaleas out around the pond, and hopefully the weather will be good enough to sit out on the terrace and take in the amazing views.

For further information, or to arrange a preview, please contact Julia White, preferably by email, or on 238223 or 07781 428653.