|Les Ecuries||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||2||None|
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.
It 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.
Large country kitchen with breakfast table, with a formal dining area in the large lounge. Two highchairs 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
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.
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
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.
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.
The sitting room has a large flat screen tv with Freeview UK tv programmes.
There is a large selection of books, cds 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.
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.
The gite provides off road parking for 2 cars.
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 Gite has a downstairs toilet and bathroom.
We also provide 2 baby travelcots with linen and 2 highchairs.
We have been renting this property now for 7 years and have many satisfied guests 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 therapist and nutritional therapist and offer a choice to guests. A comprehensive list is kept at the house for guests to book when they arrive if wished. <br/>We are constantly looking at ways to update the house and make it more inviting to guests and take pride in presenting the house.
|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.
|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 building are still there and surround the courtyard on all sides.
This area is steeped in history and very near a lot of very important war memorials or battle sites. Azincourt and Cressy.
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.
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.
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.
About 45 minutes from the Gite is the beautiful village of Long and its Chateau and gardens open to the public (well worth a visit).
Great place but you need a car and it is time to relax after a stressful job. We loved it and have booked to go back.
We had a lovely fortnight at Les Ecuries. The accommodation is a typical, Rural French gite with an enormous amount of space for the family. Plenty of hot water and a very well-equipped kitchen. Extremely useful to have a washing machine. Really comfortable beds! Great outdoor space for the children to play. Because of the age of the property you mustn't expect high-end luxury, however it is extremely comfortable and it really does have a wonderful charm.
Daphne and Tom are wonderful hosts without being intrusive. They welcomed our children and made us feel completely at home.
The area is very pretty with lots of farming around. Any place of interest is never too long a car drive. There is a great beach at Quend and St Valery sur Somme is a great foodie place. We visited Paris from the train station at Abbeville. Also, some of the First World War memorials near Albert and well worth a visit.
I thoroughly recommend Les Ecuries for large families or groups for a comfortable and relaxing holiday.
Thank you for your review, it was a pleasure having your family stay.
We miss seeing the cricket played in the courtyard. I think the cats also miss the attention.
Hopefully we may see you again in Argoules.
This was our second visit to Les Ecuries and we were made to feel very welcome once again. The property is even more beautiful than you might expect for the first time. There is so much space here, even with 8 of us this year we were never cramped in the house. The house is very clean and very well maintained. Last year there were 4 of us and it was so relaxing to be here. The village itself is very quiet and there is a superb restaurant about 50 metres from the house. They do serve just drinks as well as meals. Upon arrival the owners place an excellent welcome pack on the table. The only reason I gave a score of 8 for the local amenities is that you do have to travel to buy food. The local baker is about or 7 minutes away by car, and there is a small Carrefour supermarket in Campagne les Hesdin, which is about 12 minutes away. Finally, there is a larger town of Hesdin, which is about 25 minutes away with a large Carrefour as well as a Liddle and Aldi. Additionally there is a very good market n Thursdays. There are plenty of places to visit, including the WW1 Battlefields, which are about one and a half hour away. We visited Valery Sur Somme this year, which was a delightful small seaside town. Being only about an hour from Calais this is an excellent place to stay for a week or two. Thoroughly recommended.
Thank you for your review, it's always a pleasure to meet and welcome returning guests again.
We look forward to welcoming you back again next year.
Les Ecuries was everything we could ask for in a holiday. The accommodation, which lacked for nothing, was spacious, clean and well maintained and the owners were extremely pleasant and helpful, yet never intrusive..
Argoules is a quiet, peaceful, small village, which boasts the nearby Abbaye de Valloires, with its beautifully laid out gardens, coffee shop/restaurant and small souvenir shop - well worth a visit.
Opposite Les Ecuries is the Auberge de Gros Tilleul, so we were able to walk across to our evening meal with no drink/driving problem.
Within easy driving distance are Montreuil, Etaples, le Touquet, le Crotoy And St Valery sur Somme - also the battlefield sites of Agincourt and Crecy.
There are also many good restaurants in nearby villages.
Altogether we had a splendid holiday and I have no hesitation in recommending Les Ecuries.
It was a pleasure meeting you and your family