have to go down 146 steps to reach it on the side of the cliff, but if you find it open, it is worth a visit. On the south coast is the beautiful Dixcart Bay and although like most of the bays, requires a cliff path walk down, the journey is worthwhile.
On the west coast are some caves worth exploring at low tide, particularly Les Gouiliots.
The gardens of the island's Crown tenant, the Seigneur are open to the public Monday to Friday 10.00am to 5pm Easter to October and also Saturdays in July and August. The house dates back to 1675 and became known as La Seigneurie when the Dame of Sark Suzanne Le Pelley occupied it in 1730. It is the site of a 6th century monastery of St Magloire and two of the monks small chapels have survived. The gardens are open to the public every week day during the tourist season and also on Saturdays during high season July through to the end of September. After pressure from the European Court of Human Rights, Chief Pleas decided to call free elections for the first time in the island's 400 year history to elect a democratic legislature, abolishing the seats reserved for landowners. On 10th December 2008, the electorate voted in 28 Conseillers, thereby bringing to an end the last feudal state in Europe.
There are many community events organised throughout the summer, but the highlight of the year is always the Sark Water Carnival.
There is an excellent range of bars and the island also boasts wonderful hotels, guest houses, self-catering accommodation and two camp-sites.
The island also has the world's smallest prison, but this sees little use. The island has two part time constables.
Brecqhou owners Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay invested £450,000 in the island's first vineyard in 2010 on two hectares of land, with the 20,000 new vines expected to produce the first white wine in 2014. The vines stand 100 metres above sea level and on the same latitude as the Loire. Leading wine-maker Alan Raynaud is leading the project. With the same amount of sun per annum as Bordeaux he is hopeful that the island will be producing and excellent white still and sparkling wine.
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Sark Government site which gives general information, details on the history and constitution of the island plus administration information and reports of Chief Pleas.