|Maison de tante Alice||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2||third bedroom with height restriction|
IMPORTANT - We have to show a changeover day for which our preferred day is SATURDAY. However, we are able to be flexible to allow for short breaks and for extended periods.
This beautiful beamed farmhouse was built around 160 years age. A typical French farmhouse, it is in a peaceful rural setting, yet just 90mins drive from Calais.
On the ground floor you will find a cosy lounge with beamed ceiling and inglenook style fireplace with log burner, English t.v. and seating for 6. Dining room with seating for 6. A fully modernised kitchen with adjacent utility room. Bathroom with bath and shower. Separate w.c. Bedroom with king size bed, beams and log burner in inglenook fireplace and French doors leading onto covered decked area.
On the first floor there are 2 further light and airy bedrooms. One with a king size bed and the other with twin beds, also an additional w/c, cloakroom.
All furnishings are to a high standard and not just the basics. Linen is included, so you will find everything ready for your arrival. No making beds after a long journey!!
You will find yourselves in a friendly farming community with lots of peace and quiet yet still close to facilities. There are shops, bakery and a bank in the village of Fillievre. Close by in Auxi-le-Chateau, you will find shops, banks and restaurants and a supermarket with petrol filling station. Hesdin is the biggest local town at about 15min drive. Built in the renaissance style, it has lots of cafes, bars, restaurants, shops, banks and a very good market on Thursday mornings. An ideal place to wander or pause at one of the cafe's for a glass of wine. On the outskirts are four supermarkets including Lidl and Aldi and 2 of the biggest have petrol filling stations.
The house is ideally situated for walks and bike rides around the country lanes that surround the house. Also, an ideal base for touring. Some of the cycling clubs include the area on their touring holiday itineraries as the area has green, lush rolling hills that the farmers use to graze cattle and grow a variety of crops. One of the European motor cycle clubs had a parade of around 200 motorcycles through the village and in 2016, the roads were closed for the day to allow a car rally stage of the national championships to take place. Nobody seemed to mind! They just stayed at home and watched from their gardens with the obligatory lunch al fresco and a glass of wine!
Many people travel to this part of France to visit the historical sites such as Vimy Ridge, Beaumont Hamel, Thiepval, Agincourt. Also, the fabulous beaches at Le Touquet, Berck-sur-mer, Merlimont or Fort Mahon. There are interesting places for young and old alike such as Naours underground city or Bagatelle Parc theme park. Try visiting the Baie de la Somme where you will find pretty towns such as St. Valerie sur Somme and Le Crotoy connected by a steam train which travels around the bay. You can eat in one of the many bars and restaurants, stroll along the promenade or take a seal watching boat trip around the bay. The more times you visit, the more you will find to do. For those interested in fishing, there are freshwater fishing lakes in Wail, just 10 minutes along the road. If you fancy seeing the area from the air you can take a flight in a light aircraft from the airfield at Abbeville.
Once you have requested to book your stay, we ask you to pay a booking deposit of £150.00 in addition to the £29.00 booking fee you will have already paid to Holiday France direct. We will ask you to complete our own booking form and read our rental terms and conditions. There will be nothing further for you to do until 8 weeks before arrival when we ask you to pay the rental amount in full, less the £29.00 that you have paid to HFD. The booking deposit then becomes a security deposit which will be returned to you in full within 14 days of the end of your stay, providing the house is left in a clean and tidy condition as stated in our terms and conditions.
The large modernised kitchen has a ceramic hob cooker and fan assisted oven. There is ample storage. We have all the utensils you should need including coffee-maker cutlery and corkscrew! The utility room houses the fridge-freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, and microwave.
The dining room was originally 2 tiny bedrooms with a corridor in between. It has been converted into a dining room with seating for 6.
The lounge has the original beamed ceiling with huge inglenook style fireplace and log burner. There are 2 large settees and a "Sherlock" fireside chair providing ample seating for 6. English tv and dvd..
All beds have luxury pocket sprung mattresses.
Ground floor Bedroom - This would have originally been the kitchen, with beamed ceiling, large fireplace and original bread oven. It has now been fitted with a log burner, has a king size bed, ample storage and frenchdoors opening on to a covered decking area making it nice and cosy with an outside area for a morning coffee.
First floor - bedroom 2 - large, light and airy bedroom with beamed ceiling and king size bed. Electric radiator.
There is a separate wc/cloakroom with a corridor leading to -
Bedroom 3 - A light and spacious twin bedded room with ample storage. Electric radiator.
Note: corridor between 2nd & 3rd bedrooms has slightly restricted head height due to being in loft space.
Ground floor bathroom is adjacent to ground floor bedroom. Renovated to include traditional roll top bath, multi-function shower and wash basin.Heated towel rail. Separate wc.
W.C. - cloakroom on first floor.
All rooms have electric radiators.
Lounge and ground floor bedroom have log burners.
The cost of the electricity is included in the cost of your holiday and we arrange a supply of logs for the log burners. We do monitor the use of electricity and reserve the right to charge for excessive use, but, providing you use the log burners as the primary source of heating you should not find that you use an excessive amount of electricity. Once lit, the log burners tend to keep the house warm and can be safely left alight while you are out.
English tv and dvd with a selection of dvds
The front garden is partially paved with plenty of room for table and chairs. Overlooking the fields opposite it is a suntrap in late afternoon due to it's courtyard style layout. This allows you to enjoy the outside for longer and watch the sun going down.
The rear garden has a very large patio area on different levels. There are 2 rattan settees with coffee-tables and a large dining table with reclining chairs for 6. There are also 2 reclining loungers. There is a covered, decked area with additional seating. The garden climbs up to eventually meet the lane behind the house which affords spectacular views over the surrounding countryside.
The driveway provides parking for up to 2 cars. Parking is permitted outside but pulling off the tarmac is recommended so as not to obstruct farm vehicles.
An ideal house for couples, families and friends, old or young. Not suitable for wheelchair users but someone with limited mobility might find it suitable as there is a large ground floor bedroom with w.c. and bathroom adjacent. Only 1 step down to the bathroom and 1 step up to the kitchen.
Bed linen, towels and tea towels are all provided.
Electricity is included in the price and a supply of logs is provided for the log burners. We apply a fair use policy to the use of electricity which should not affect you providing you are sensible.The log burners are very efficient and can be left alight while you are out to keep the house warm.
We use the house frequently ourselves, any of our personal items shouldn't be in your way. You can use anything in the house. If it runs out just replace it.
We have been visiting France for many years and hope to spend more time in this beautiful part of the world.
|Year property purchased||2013|
|Why this location?||Typical French farming community.|
|Unique benefits of property||Peace and quiet yet within easy reach of civilisation!|
Auberge open lunchtimes and Saturday evenings. Fixed price menu offering a choice of aperitifs, 5-6 courses, red and white wine plus mineral water and coffee. Fabulous dining experience. Booking normally required (we can do this for you).You need to arrive hungry!!
Restaurant about 10mins.drive.
Hesdin is a very picturesque town based around the market square where there is a large market on Thursday mornings. It has many bars, cafes, restaurants as well as banks, bakeries, shops and post office. Outside the main town there are 4 supermarkets including Lidl and Aldi. The 2 larger supermarkets also have petrol filling stations. There is a new swimming pool which incorporates a small bowling alley, gym and café.
Parc bagatelle for all age groups. Also, Denlys parc for younger children. Boulogne has an aquarium called Nausicaa and a little hop on/hop off tourist train that runs from the picturesque old town to the harbour and the aquarium.
Le Touquet has an indoor/outdoor water park. Naours is an underground city with extensive grounds that include areas where you are allowed to picnic. All are within about an hour drive.
The coast has many fine beaches such as Le Touquet, Berk-sur-mer, Merlimont, Fort Mahon. All have lots of restaurants and Le Touquet has many upmarket shops and boutiques.
The W.W.1 and 2 battlefields are all within easy reach. There are preserved trenches at Beaumont hamel and Vimy ridge with a free tour. Also, the Lochnagar crater and Thiepval memorial. Notre dame de Lorette is a French memorial with views over the Somme countryside. Further back in time, you can visit the site of the battle of Agincourt and it's visitor centre.
Hesdin has many bars and restaurants. If you want something different try La Garenne just outside Hesdin town centre in Huby st. leu. A very quirky restaurant in a beautiful old building with a good choice of menus. If you are taking a trip to Le Touquet or Etaples, you could stop at the Relais de la forge bar/restaurant in Attin. We can also recommend restaurant Val D'authie in Saulchoy. A pleasant village with a choice of lunch and dinner menus.
The location of the house is ideal for exploring many places. Try the towns of Amien or Arras. You can drive to Le Crotoy on the Somme in about an hour and there is a steam train that goes around the bay to St. Valery-sur-Somme. Lovely views and lots of nice restaurants/shops. From here you can take a boat trip around the bay and often sea seals in the bay.
In the nearby village of Cheriennes there is a private garden open to the public. The owners have spent many years making their garden very special. Open from spring through to late Autumn.
The gardens at Sericourt (as seen on t.v. with Monty Don) are less than 45 mins. drive and feature some very unusual topiary.
Jardins abbeye de valloires is close to Montrieul sur mer is mainly formal gardens with a shop in the grounds of the abbey. You can visit the abbey and gardens together or individually.
Further afield, Monet's garden in Giverny is do able in a day. Many people have said that they expected more, but this is not a stately home but the artist's own garden that he extended and experimented with like he did his paintings.The place is still quite grand but also rather simple.
Hesdin market square has a very good tourist information office where you can get a list of flea markets "brocantes" throughout the region.
Hesdin has the best local market on Thursday mornings and also brocantes in May and August.
Le touquet has markets on Thursday and Saturday mornings.
Montrieul sur mer has a market each Saturday morning. A brocante in July.
Private fishing at Le Ponchel which is on the river Canche and about 15mins drive from the house. You can picnic in the grounds and use the on-site bbq and games. This is not open to the general public and is in a very rural location. Booking in advance required. Cost is 20 euros per person for a whole day and is payable locally. We can help you with booking.
Public lakes at Wail.
We had a lovely 2 weeks. A beautiful cottage with everything you need and more. A lovely setting, so peaceful. An ideal base to do lots of exploring with lots of places to visit. The owner was kind enough to book us into a local restaurant which was excellent! Food was amazing. Lots of information left in the cottage recommending places to visit.
We have already recommended the cottage to friends and we will be returning next year hopefully.
Thank you Jenny and Michael for your kind comments. It was nice to meet you and are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again.
Although the house sleeps up to six people, we shall be offering a discount for low occupancy to appeal to couples like yourselves with 2 people sharing one bedroom.
Karen & David.
A lovely cottage in great surroundings. Good information regarding shops etc around. A very pleasant stay, thank you.
Thank you for your valued comments. Particularly important from someone who is, themselves, in the hospitality/leisure/tourism industry. We hope to see you again.