is also called ‘the white cottage’ due to its distinctive
whitewashed walls and it was used as a landmark for sailors.
building was first mentioned in 1665 and was originally St. Peter’s
Guard House and Magazine.
Caumine a Marie Best
site may have acquired its later name ‘La Caumine à
Marie Best’, after it was used as a temporary home by Marie
Best and her children during the smallpox epidemic of 1815.
Best died in 1832, and the property fell into decay.
World War I, the cottage was converted into a seaside bungalow,
and was used as a base for holidaymakers.
John Hilton acquired the cottage in 1932. The cottage was donated
to the Trust in 1975, along with four vergées of land, by
Mrs. Marie Hilton, his widow.
is from Captain Hilton that the property is named.
land surrounding the property is salt-drenched during stormy weather,
creating ideal conditions for rare Alderney Sea Lavender. This plant
is only known to grow along St. Ouen’s Bay, in Alderney and
along the opposite coast of France.
Thrift and Jersey Thrift are also found in the bay. Jersey Thrift
does not reach the British Isles or the other Channel Islands.
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