Holiday gite in Argoules village, 2hrs Paris - DS004521

9.8/10
Argoules (41km from Abbeville), Somme, Nord Pas de Calais Reference: DS004521 Advertiser since: 14 January 2016
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Les Ecuries Self Catering Saturday 4 8 2 None

About this property

Converted Chateau Stable Block . This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

A large rustic house, originally a stable block which was part of the Chateau and estate of Argoules. It offers a ground floor bedroom with en suite bathroom and toilet, ideal for people who find it difficult to manage stairs. The house is set in an enclosed courtyard which was the hunting lodge for the Chateau. Alongside the house are the original kennels and coach house.

The house is situated overlooking the village green, opposite the Auberge du Grosse Tilleau, where many guests dine during their stay. If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful, tranquil place to stay this is it, a bird lovers paradise.

Former guests have sat out in the late evenings to watch the owls fly off to hunt, return with their catch for their chicks. If you are very quiet, you can hear the chicks screech in the tower.  Also in the evenings the courtyard is a buzz with bats flying about catching insects.  If you are very still you may encounter the resident hedgehog doing his nightly prowl looking for food.  

During the day many different birds come to feed, while others nest in the surrounding buildings. The property has a pair of resident woodpeckers and a couple of pairs of wrens.  Relax on a lounger, close your eyes and listen to the chorus of bird song, just amazing. We are also lucky to have red squirrels visit the courtyard.

There are 3 course fishing areas not far from the house, this activity does require a permit, which is easily acquired. Further details are available at the house or can be sent if you require before your arrival.

The house is in the historic region of Picardie in the Somme about one hours drive from the tunnel and the port of Calais. It is within easy reach of the battlefields and historical sites at Arras, Albert, and Vimy Ridge.  Paris is, approximately, a 2 hour drive or can easily be reached by train from the local station in Rue.

It has 4 good size bedrooms; 2 double rooms, 2 twin rooms. Two travelcots with linen can also be provided. On the ground floor there is a large double bedroom with a super king size bed, a bathroom and a separate toilet. The design of the house almost lends itself to have 2 separate sleeping arrangements, making it ideal for extended family vacations. The ground floor sleeping accommodation is quiet. The kitchen is large with informal dining facilities. While next door there is a large sitting room with woodburner and a formal dining area. There is also a second quiet sitting area (terrace room) on the half landing, which leads onto a private sun terrace. On the first floor is a large bathroom with separate toilet, 3 bedrooms one of which is a double, the other 2 are twin rooms. The second of the twin rooms has day beds, which are suitable for either adults or children. The house is well furnished and contains a dishwasher, washing machine, and other electrical appliances. The house is no smoking indoors but there is provision for smokers outside.

It is also a great place for friends or families to celebrate special birthdays, anniversaries, engagements or just a general get together.
Many people use it as a base to visit family in the UK, when holidaying from far flung fields such as Australia and Canada, also many relatives from the UK come to visit family who are holidaying or doing some searches here from such places.

The village has many circular walks ranging from 25 minutes to 2 hrs or longer if so desired.

Autumn and winter are beautiful times of the year to visit, when the leaves change on the trees and there is a very restful feel about the village.

Argoules is in the Somme in the Picardie region of France. The closest airport to Argoules is Le Touquet (Le Touget-Paris-Plage) Airport (23 km) slightly further afield are Lille Airport (92 km), Paris Beauvais Airport (101 km), just over an hours drive from the gite or Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport (157 km).
 
Within easy reach of Argoules are tourist attractions such as as La Coupole (49 km), Amiens Cathedral (Cathedral Notre-Dame d'Amiens) (60 km), Arras, a very pleasant city to walk around and have lunch. The new Louvre art gallery in Lens, is well worth a trip.  The Citadel Park and Zoo - Lille (91 km), or Palais des Beaux-Arts - Lille (92 km) are also worth a visit. Also, the Art Deco De La Piscine Museum which was once a swimming pool in Roubaix near Lille is an exceptional place to visit, not only to view exhibits but also to admire the building. There are beautiful beaches at Le Touquet, Fort Mohon Plage, Merlimont and Berck Plage.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Large country kitchen with breakfast table, with a formal dining area in the large lounge. Two highchair are provided.

The kitchen is well equipped with the following: induction hob and electric oven, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, kettle and coffee-maker. We provide plastic cups and dishes for small children.

Washing machine, clothes drying rack, Ironing board and iron

Living rooms

The large living room is double aspect and gives wonderful views of the courtyard, it is cosy with an inglenook fireplace. we provide wood from the end of September to the end of May at a charge of 40€.
The room also has a dining area for more formal dining.

The large dining table is furnished for seating eight people comfortably. There are 2 high chairs for children.

Bedrooms

Ground floor bedroom has an en suite bathroom and separate toilet.

The ground floor bedroom is furnished with a super king size bed and is ideal for people who cannot manage the stairs to the other bedrooms.

On the first floor there is a double bedroom, twin room and a 2 bedded room with day beds, ideal for children or adults.

All beds are prepared prior to guest arrival and each bed is furnished with an electric under blanket for winter warmth.

The charge for linen and towels is 75€, paid for on arrival

Bathrooms

Two bathrooms both with separate toilets.
One bathroom is on the ground floor and with a lobby to give access to the downstairs bedroom.
This bathroom has a bath with a hand held hair washing shower unit.

The upstairs bathroom has an over head shower, washbasin and a separate toilet. Children's toilet seats and hand washing step is provided in the bathroom.

Heating

The kitchen and living room have storage heaters, the living room has a woodburner.
The bedrooms and bathrooms are heated by electric convector heaters. Both bathrooms have heated towel rails.

200 units of electricity are included in the rental and excess is paid for by meter reading.

Entertainment

The sitting room has a large flat screen tv with Freeview UK tv programmes.
There is a large selection of books, cd's and some games.
Lots to see a very historic region.
A range of sandy beaches within 30 to 40 minutes.
There are some beautiful walks in the village, ranging from 20 minutes to 90 minutes. We leave plans of walks at the house.
The owner is a complementary therapist who can provide treatments booked on arrival.

Garden and outside

The house sits in a very historic site, the former stabling block for the Chateau, The courtyard is surrounded by either other historic buildings. The courtyard is gated and secure for small children.
The Gite has outside dining areas with a barbecue and a private sun terrace.

Parking and garages

The house provides off road parking for the maximum of 3 cars.

Visitor suitability

The house is suitable for adults and children. The courtyard is enclosed and has a lockable gate onto the front drive.

Suitable for people with minor walking issues, it has 3 steps to the front door and 2 steps down to the living room.

The downstairs bedroom makes it very suitable for people who may find it difficult to reach the upstairs bedrooms. The house has a downstairs bathroom with a separate toilet.

We also provide 2 baby travelcots with linen and 2 highchairs.

Information about any additional facilities

The house is close to 3 sites of course fishing, this activity will require a permit which is obtained easily. All details are at the house or if interested it can be sent prior to your arrival.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

* Vet details: We accept one small dog. We ask that guests provide the dogs sleeping arrangements. There is an additional charge of 10€ per week for the dog.

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Local Thursday morning market in Hesdin
Distance: 12 km

Beauty treatments

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: Brimeau Ponds and Contes Ponds
Distance: 15 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Nearest Golf course Nampont Saint Martin, 10 minutes away
Distance: 8 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Lots of local walks and these are at the Gite ranging from 20 mins to 2 hrs

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Available at the Cave in Fressin
Distance: 20 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Daphne Power

We have been renting property in France since 2007 and this property now for 8 years and have many satisfied guests who return year on year for a relaxing time in the courtyard or snuggle up beside the woodburner in the colder times. I am a trained complementary therapist and nutritional therapist and offer a wide choice to guests. A comprehensive list is kept at the house for guests to book when they arrive if wished. <br/><br/><br/>

Year property purchased 2007
Why this location? We love Argoules, its a very historic village and very near the beautiful Abbaye de Valloires, where great concerts take place during the summer months. Opposite the house is the ancient and historic Auberge of Le Gros Tilleau, a short stroll to enjoy a delicious meal in the evenings, which means no driving and you can indulge in a few glasses of wine. There are many circular walks around the village and up to the top of the valley where you can see for miles.
It is within easy reach to many WW1 & WW2 memorial sites, many guests come from Australia to celebrate the Anzac day memorial service, which is at the crack of dawn, obviously well worth the trip from Australia. It is also within easy reach of Euro Tunnel for a day trip to Uk and EuroStar, an hours journey into the heart of London. There are many beautiful sandy beaches along the coast, with numerous moule frite restuarants, and ice-cream bars. Lots of local markets to shop at, a list at the Gite.
Unique benefits of property The house is set among very unusual and unique buildings, the main being the enormous pigeonnaire, which was used to house and rear pigeons. There are many in the area but this one is very unique and appears in many tourist brochures. The courtyard is surrounded on all sides by historic buildings and is ideal for young children to be able to play out in the grassed area. The property has a individual sunterrace, this is furnished with a table and chairs for a glass of wine or a leisurely coffee. If the weather is too hot you can retreat to the terrace room and sit and read.
The property once belonged to the estate of the Earl of Argoules, who owned much of the surrounding land and forests. The adjoining chateau was his holiday residence and les Ecuries is where his horses and dogs were housed. The property offers the opportunity for two families to share, downstairs is ideal for grandparents to holiday with children and grandchildren, yet have their own private space.

The Owner Recommends

WW1 and WW2 Memorials and sites

Historical Battlefields
Azincourt and Cressy are two historic battle fields within easy reach of the house

Azincourt has a new modern museum and interesting to children and teenagers.

Cressy is just a few minutes drive to the town of Cressy, where there is a small museum.

Gardens/Chateaux to Visit
Abbaye de Vallores
Very close by about 20 mins walk or 4 mins by car is the Historic Abbaye de Valloires, open to the public with guides and the gardens you can visit separately. It also has a tea room, where they do light lunches and cakes.

Chateau de Long
About 45 minutes from the house is the beautiful village of Long and its Chateau and gardens open to the public (well worth a visit).

Within an hours drive you can visit Arras and have coffee in one of the cafes on the square. It is possible to visit Vimy Ridge (the Canadian memorial) on the same trip as its close to Arras.

Abbeville town is 30 minutes from the house, here you can visit Saint Vulfran Collegiate Church
Saint Riquier is 20 minutes drive to visit the beautiful Abbaye Saint Riquier and its gardens.
It is set in an attractive square where you can have a coffee. Opposite the Abbaye is a newly opened restaurant, Esprit Gourmand here you can treat yourself to a nice cider.

The Ulster Tower is near Albert a memorial to those from Northern Ireland who lost their lives in the war. Thiepval memorial is also a recommended visit.

There are three venues for course fishing nearby, permits are required but easily obtainable.

There are many beautiful sandy beaches within easy reach 30 minutes or so.
Two water parks Aqua Lud in le Touquet and Belle Dune.

23 Reviews
9.8/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 9.7
  • Facilities: 9.7
  • Local Amenities: 8.9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.9
10 / 10 Tim and Alison 16 October, 2018

Les Ecuries is an absolutely beautiful property in a quiet village in the Seven Valleys area of Picardy. It is a historic group of buildings, which was once the stables and kennels for the nearby chateau.The property is spacious, comfortable, clean and very well-equipped with everything you need. The hospitality of the owners is outstanding and we were given such a warm welcome. Their local knowledge, ideas and suggestions were much appreciated. It is a beautiful area to explore with the rolling hills, valleys and villages nearby and sandy beaches and the beautiful Baie du Somme a little further away. We would definitely recommend this property.

10 / 10 William Lintott 2 October, 2018

My wife and I stayed at Les Ecuries with six members of our family for a week in September 2018. It was one of our happiest holidays. Les Ecuries is delightful, an historic building on one side of a beautiful and peaceful courtyard. It has been converted and equipped to the highest standard of comfort for eight people. We could use the barbecue and on chilly evenings enjoyed the splendid wood-burning fire in the sitting room. The owners are considerate and helpful. We were greeted on arrival and shown around Les Ecuries. We specially appreciated the welcoming tray with delicious home-made apple cake and other helpful items when we arrived. We enjoyed a meal at the restaurant in the village, also the Marquenterre bird reserve, the historic Somme Estuary, and some beautiful gardens in that area. It is a very peaceful and beautiful valley within easy reach from Calais.

10 / 10 Allison Fraser 19 September, 2018

Les Ecuries is a beautiful, spacious and well equipped Gite.

The enclosed garden is large and very safe for children.

Tom and Daphne Power are exceedingly welcoming, know a lot about the area and nothing is too much trouble for them.

There are many wonderful restaurants nearby including the one across the road - very handy for the first night.

We loved Montreuil and ate at Le CLOs des Capucins. This was excellent. We are told that if you want to celebrate then the Chateau restaurant in Montreuil is perfect.

We would recommend it highly to couples, groups of friends and families.

Owner response

A pleasure to welcome guests and hope we see you again.

10 / 10 AndyHudson 20 August, 2018

A clean very well appointed spacious Gite in a secure courtyard set in quiet little village run by a lovely couple. I would definitely recommend this Gite to families or groups with children of all ages, we have children from 6 to 16. Daphne and Tom made us feel very welcome, it really did feel like a home from home, the Gite had everything we needed. There are both communal spaces inside the Gite and outside in the courtyard to spend time together and when needed have some time apart. Local shops are a short drive away, there are hyper-markets in the bigger towns and we would recommend the market on a Thursday morning in Abbeville (recommend to us by Daphne and Tom). We enjoyed Nausica in Boulogne, the Zoo in Amiens, and the beach in Breck, we would also suggest visiting the Canadian 1st world war memorial in Vimy. Everyone in our group had a fantastic holiday in this lovely Gite and we are all hoping to go back next year, thank you, Andy and Corinne x

Owner response

Thank you for your review.
It was a pleasure to have you here in our Gite, We got great pleasure watching your family play group games together in the courtyard. We would be pleased to welcome you back at any time.
Daphne et Tom