|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.
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. 2 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 separate and quite. Also to add to this tranquility is the fact that the ground floor sleeping accommodation is single story, without a storey above it. Thus making it ideal for grandparents sharing a family holiday.
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 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.
If you wish to get away from it all for Christmas or New Year the house, with an easy-to-light log burner, storage heaters and electric blankets on all the beds, makes it a cosy place to relax and celebrate the occasion with friends or family.
During these seasons there is an increased electricity allowance of 400 units included in the rental and the firewood is supplied free of charge. Also included during these specific periods are all bed linen, towels, tea towels, dishwasher tablets and washing up liquid, we even provide aprons for the chefs! We also provide a very enjoyable welcome pack and a complementary bottle of Champagne.
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 wel 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 6 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.
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.
The property and facilities were as described with a fully equipped kitchen for the older and younger members of the family. The property is spacious and secluded with private grounds making for a lovely peaceful setting. There are few amenities on the doorstep, which was not an issue for us as plenty of options in a 10-20 minute drive away - a small price for peace an tranquility. The only reason why I score down for amenities.
The owners are very friendly and welcoming and went through the facilities in the house to start and were very quick to resolve an issue on the first day. Provided clear instructions and details on the property before arriving too. Plenty of details on attractions and things to do are provide din the property. Cannot fault the service provided.
It is well located and no more than an hour from the tunnel and close enough to visit the battlefields on the Somme, Agincourt, aquarium in Boulogne and take a relaxing ride on the Somme Bay Railway. Plenty of options to walk or cycle. The hotel restaurant close by was fine, be aware out of season it is not open every evening. Food and service was great. Definitely recommend and would stay again.
Thank you for your review, it was a pleasure to have your family to stay. Hope you enjoy the walnuts when they dry out.
Great property, full of character, spacious, very well equipped (everything you could possibly need in the kitchen, plus basic ingredients like salt and pepper, olive oil, etc), books, dvds, kids games....brilliant!), comfortable and warm (we stayed in October, the log burner was much appreciated!). Great garden / outdoor space too which was good as we had our dog with us. Owner Daphne lives next door and is very welcoming. Located in the pretty village of Argoules with supermarkets, etc., within a short drive. Close to the superb beaches of the Côte d'Opale and lots of lovely historic small towns and villages nearby to explore, good aquarium at Boulogne, Somme battlefield sites.... We had a fantastic week in a lovely part of France and Les Écuries is excellent. I actually cannot fault it. Highly recommended :)
Thank you for this review.
So pleased you had a good holiday, and the house suited your needs.
You were ideal guests.
This is a very special property indeed. A converted stables set around an enclosed, beautifully planted garden, the owners are on site in another converted historic building, and are beyond welcoming and helpful without being remotely intrusive. The house itself is extremely spacious and easily accommodated our party of 10 comprising grandparents, parents and preschoolers. The house is particularly well provisioned when compared with other gite rentals, eg herbs and spices in the kitchen, extensive reading materials in the living rooms and extra bedding in the bedrooms. The location is just beautiful, a small village in an area of lots of similarly picturesque villages, and with the beaches easily accessible, as well as several sites of historic interest, including a 12th century Abbey within walking distance. It is an exceptionally peaceful place, with an abundance of stars and tranquil silence at night. A real boon is that it is within an hour's drive from Calais. This place will stay with me for a long time. It was a beautiful place to call home for a week in la belle France.
This is an excellent gite offering a wide range of facilities in an outstanding courtyard. It is very large and can accommodate up to 8 people very comfortably. Much of our time was spent in the large kitchen, but we were able to relax in the lounge afterwards, which also had UK television programmes. Much of our time in the late afternoon was spent on the terrace, enjoying the fine weather. There is an auberge/hotel just over the road and they served excellent food and were very friendly. The Somme battlefields are just over an our away and there are plenty of other places to visit close by. We especially enjoyed the market on Friday at Hesdin.
The description of the gite was very accurate and the place was ready for us upon arrival at 3.45pm. The place was very clean and tidy and in an excellent state of repair. Daphne and Tom, the owners, made excellent hosts and we were made to feel very welcome, so much so that we are already planning a return journey. We would recommend this gite to our friends and relatives.
Thank you very much for making our stay so memorable.
It was a pleasure to welcome your family into our Gite and glad you enjoyed your stay so much you wish to return again.