Farmhouse for holidays in Nord Pas de Calais

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Gaudiempre (4km from Pas-en-Artois), Pas de Calais, Nord Pas de Calais Reference: DP004783 Advertiser since: 28 April 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Les Trois Agaches Self Catering 5 8 2

About this property

Fully Restored Brick Fermette. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

An ideal place for relaxing weekends with family and friends, or for longer stays to discover nature, heritage and history.

Les Trois Agaches (The Three Magpies) is a fully restored brick farmhouse in a peaceful village 16 miles from Arras and 20 miles from Amiens.
 
Gaudiempré is a small rural village of 200. Do not look for bars or discos. If you want peace and quiet, look no further.
If, however, you feel like a bit of nightlife, Arras or Amiens are only half an hours drive away.

Wide choice of walking trails within a 10km radius, as well as the Voie Verte Départementale, a hiking path built on what was originally a railway line between Arras and Doullens.

Just a few miles to the south, explore the Circuit du Souvenir (Circuit of Remembrance), and remember those who, 100 years ago, took part in some of the bloodiest fighting in World War One. Pozières, Beaumont-Hamel, Thiepval, etc, are just a few miles away.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Traditional farmhouse kitchen with old-fashioned tiled floor and bread oven (not in use). Cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.

The dining room is a converted stable with vaulted brick ceiling and large traditional oak table. Wood burning stove.

Living rooms

Large living room with leather sofas and armchairs and plenty of room to relax. Wood burning stove.

Bedrooms

Upstairs includes 3 double rooms with period furniture and 2 singles. Two toilets (one en suite) with washbasins.

Bathrooms

Large bathroom downstairs with corner bath and Italian-style shower.

Heating

Electric heating throughout, plus 2 wood burning stoves.

Entertainment

Billiards room downstairs.
Flat screen tv.
Books (French and English) available, as well as various childrens games.

Garden and outside

Large grassy area at the front, particularly suitable for children who can play safely and be supervised from inside the house.
Full size pétanque court (for that extra French touch - bérêts not supplied, though)
Lovely south west facing covered terrace with wooden decking - ideal for al fresco dining and watching a game of pétanque.

Parking and garages

Off-road parking for 4+ cars. Small garage suitable for bicycles and motorcycles.
Motorcycle and car enthusiasts warmly welcome.

Visitor suitability

The house is bright and spacious, and very pleasant to relax in. It is not, however, suitable for people in wheelchairs due to the fairly narrow entrance doors.

Information about any additional facilities

Meals can be provided and delivered by prior arrangement. (approx.€15 excl. drinks)

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Various jumble sales from April to September
Distance: 10 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: La Kilienne
Distance: 2 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Arras
Distance: 25 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: S H R de Berles au Bois
Distance: 10 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 3 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Yannick Boutier

A recently retired university lecturer with a keen interest in history, heritage end travelling, I also enjoy restoring and riding vintage and classic motorcycles. Car and motorcycle enthusiasts warmly welcome.

Year property purchased 2001
Why this location? The house was originaly purchased for our daughter to live in. It was then rented out for several years. It has since been sympathetically restored and improved, and we now prefer to run the property as a gîte, which means meeting people from different horizons all the time
Unique benefits of property The house is bright, spacious and pleasant to live in. It is also an ideal location for those wishing to explore the Somme area. Also, anyone travelling to France for the Euro 2016 would have a convenient base to travel to either Lens or Lille, or even Paris (50mins by train from Arras)

The Owner Recommends

More To Do... More To See

25km (18m) to the north east is Arras and its famous squares, and the Wellington Quarries. 10km (6m) to the north of Arras, discover another WWI landmark : Vimy Ridge, and the newly built Anneau de la Mémoire. 35km (20m) to the south west is Amiens and its world famous cathedral. Both cities feature on Unesco's world heritage list. And if you feel like going a little further afield, why not visit St Valery sur Somme, where William set sail from? Or the famous Marquenterre bird sanctuary, that is only 90km, or just over 1 hours drive away. Or Agincourt, where Henry V defeated the French army about 600 years ago? Finally, for those interested in motor sport, the local circuit at Croix en Ternois (nr. Saint Pol) is just ½ hour away. As a keen classic and vintage motorcycle enthusiast, I shall be pleased to show you a variety of interesting routes.

1 Review
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 The Barclays 20 September, 2016

Had a great holiday!

The property was larger than we expected and had lots of character. Located in a small farming village, between Calais and Paris. Doullens is about 10 minutes away (Aldi, McDonalds). A little over an hour away is Berck Sur Mer (seaside). Lots of World War 1 places to visit as your in The Somme.

Owner speaks perfect English and is very helpful.

Happy to recommend and we will be back again.

Owner response

Thank you, Deborah.
It was a pleasure to have you all.
Looking forward to seeing you again,
Yannick