|Coq Rouge||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2|
This 300 year old 3 bedroom farmhouse with FREE wi-fi is in a traditional French village with nearby bakery in a rural region of northern France, 1 hour away from Calais and Eurotunnel and just 2 1/2 hours from Le Harve for Brittany Ferries and the same distance from Paris Charles de Gaulle or Brussels airports for international travellers.
This spacious property has original features throughout and has been tastefully decorated with all mod cons considered. It has exposed beams throughout, including the fireplace mantle dating from 1781. The cottage has a large, well equipped handbuilt kitchen, separate utility room and ground floor wc, large living room with leather sofas and frenchdoors to the terrace and garden. Upstairs is a family shower room and 3 bedrooms - 2 large double bedrooms (1 with en suite shower-room) and a twin bedroom - all rooms have exposed beams.
This property is situated in a small village close to Montreuil sur Mer, famous for Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, and is in the heart of the village with a communual petanque court opposite to enjoy and a fabulous bakery 50m from the property. Off road parking is provided in the flowered courtyard and the garden is enclosed and laid to lawn with views across the fields.
Towels, bed linen, gas and water are included, although there is a small charge for the electric. Local Tourist Tax is payable on arrival and is set at 80ct per adult per night. We also provide a welcome pack of fresh croissants, jam and a bottle of wine to enjoy. For special occasions we can organise champagne, flowers and chocolates. Freeview tv is available or enjoy a dvd.
Relax on the patio, play in the garden or enjoy a bbq or spend an evening in the superb gamesroom with traditional table football, billiard table and bar,
Once a week we offer you the opportunity to join us at our house in the next village for a shared evening bbq in our gorgeous hut (see photo) so bring what you fancy cooking and drinking for something a bit different.
There really something for everyone here to enjoy.
Visit the sandy beaches of the coast, or explore the lovely villages and towns in this unspoilt area of France and enjoy the traditional weekly markets or seasonal Sunday brocantes where you can buy French antiques and crafts.
Well equipped bespoke kitchen with farmhouse kitchen table, built in dishwasher.
Separate utility room with washing machine and fridge-freezer.
Large living room with frenchdoors to patio and a fabulous inglenook fireplace complete with woodburner for the chillier evening. Comfortable leather sofas with throws to snuggle into and cushions for extra comfort. Freeview tv, dvd (with selection of films to choose from) are provided as is FREE wi-fi. Family boardgames are provided as well.
Three comfortable bedrooms, 1 master bedroom with double antique french bed and sofa, complete with en suite with shower, wc and basin. Second double bed with iron bedframe, twin bedroom with 2 pine beds.
Two bathrooms (1 en suite to master bedroom) and a family shower room - all on first floor.
Separate downstairs wc with basin to save you running upstairs from the garden when nature calls.
Electric heating throughput and for chillier evenings there is a traditional woodburner in the lounge.
Freeview tv, dvd and wi-fi.
And wonderful gamesrooms (billiards/babyfoot/bar and tv).
Selection of games for all ages.
Shared event in our bbq hut
Large enclosed garden laid to lawn with views to the fields at the back. Private sunny terrace area at the rear of the property. Onsite parking with space for 3 cars.
Good quality teak furniture and a bbq for outside summer dining are provided.
Onsite off road parking.
Ideal for a family or group of friends. We have a highchair and travel cost (available on request) and a baby bath.
If you fancy doing something crafty I can organise a free workshop on where we can make a little souvenir to take home.
Once a week we invite guests to our house in the next village for a shared bbq with us in our gorgeous bbq hut
Lived in France for 16 years and we have 3 rental cottages with a 4th being developed for 2019. Children all grown up so now have time for enjoying the lovely countryside, cooking and looking after our guests. I work for UK holiday company as a Consultant, love crafts and walking our dogs on the local beaches.
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||Close to the UK and I knew the area really well from childhood holidays with my french penfriend|
|Unique benefits of property||Beautifully decorated, retaining original features and very comfortable whatever the season. Woodburner in the lounge and large garden with sunny private patio area for summertime dining. Well equipped games barn with billiards and table football, Freeview tv and bar, a real fun room. Great location in the centre of a very quiet village with walks on the doorstep, 1/2 hr to sandy beaches and surrounded by lovely countryside. Superb bakery in the village and fabulous restaurants we can direct you to for a special lunch or dinner.|
This area is famous for its village fetes and brocantes throughout the summertime. Come and explore and grab some bargains. The vast sandy beaches of the Cote D'Opale area short drive away and offer over 250km of fine sandy, ideal for sandcastles or just walking - lovely in the summertime and great for brisk walks on chillier days.
Local towns include Montreuil sur Mer with its famous ramparts, cobbled squares and history, Saint Omer and the surrounding marshlands which are famed for vegetables and where you can visit the area by barge. Musueums to the two Wars are also very interesting, particularly La Coupoule. The Somme Region is a short drive away and we can recommend some amazing places to visit there.
Local cuisine is fabulous and we can send you to some lovely restaurants where we personally know the owners and where you can have a great meal, be it steak and chips or a Plateau Fruit de Mer.
Cycling and walking are very popular and we have a French Rambling Route on the doorstep of the cottage to explore. Golfers will love the 18 hole Golf Course at Saint Omer with its challenging course and 9hole course. Tee-times can be booked if required.
Le Touquet with its boutique shops is not to be missed or visit the bird santuary at Marquenterre, with its migratory birds and is a fascintating day out.
The largest aquarium in Europe (Nausicca) can be found at Boulogne sur Mer and makes for an educational and interesting day out where you can see the sealife and even touch some rays.
Venture further afield and enjoy Lille, a City of Culture, or even Brugges in Belgium - canals and chocolates away - both about 1 1/2 hours from the property.
I came across this property while searching the HDF website because we needed to be in a specific region of France in order to make a journey to Ypres in Belgium a viable option. In truth, I didn't expect the gite to live up to it's billing, but since it ticked all the boxes and at a very reasonable rate I thought what had we got to lose?
In fact, the property more than met my expectations. Every rating I have given it was fully deserved. Sarah and David, the owners could not have been more helpful; a problem with the lights in one bathroom was swiftly resolved. They also provided great advice on where to visit.
We tend not to eat out while in France and so a well equipped kitchen is vital for us. Once again, this ticked all the boxes. (There are pointers to local restaurants if you want them!)
There are plenty of places to visit within or just over an hour and had the weather been a little kinder we would have ventured further than we did. Arras is well worth a visit, as is Boulogne and Le Touquet has one of the best beaches I have seen. Nearly all of the local towns have markets and information is provided to guide you. As I alluded earlier though, Ypres is close enough to visit and the Ceremony at the Menin Gate was the highlight of this holiday.
Would I recommend this property. Yes, without hesitation.
Au revoir, until next time then.
Thanks for your review. It was a pleasure to meet you all and we’re really glad you had a great time at Coq Rouge and that you were all comfy. We do our very best to please our guests and are always on hand to help if required, we hope to see you all again soon