Les Ecuries, Converted Hunting Lodge
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Manor House / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 10
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Manor House / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 10
A large rustic house, originally a stable 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 quite, 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 birdsong, just amazing.
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 two 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 travel cots 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 seperate toilet. The design of the house almost lends itself to have two 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 quite sitting area on the half landing, which leads onto a private sun terrace overlooking the village green.
On the first floor are a large bathroom with seperate toilet, 3 bedrooms one of which is a double, the other two 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 occassion 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 bedlinen, 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 general get togethers.
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 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 (Cathédrale 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.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Half hour to amazing sandy beaches 20 km|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Beauvais 141 km, Nearest railway: Channel Tunnel 95 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Fax machine, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||King Beds (1), Double beds (1), Single beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
The Picardy region
The region is very historic and one could spend weeks visiting many of the places of interest or the larger towns nearby such as Arras and Amiens.
Paris is an easy trip and many guests depart early morning for a day trip to Paris or stay overnight for a visit to Euro Disney.
The region has many activity parks and the house is close enough to Belgium to hop over to visit the theme park of Plopsaland in La Panne, which has an amazing sandy beach and lots of activities along the beach side for children.
Dennlys is a family owned theme park about forty five minutes from the house and is a great day out for the children also.
The village of Argoules is set in the valley of the Authie which is historic in itself, it has a Chateau and the Abbaye de Valloires close by.
There are many leasurely walks around the village and to the next village for a quite lunch and a stroll back to aid digestion.
The village has two restuarants The Auberge du Gros Tilleul which is opposite the house and is named after the great lime tree which stands in front of the Auberge. The Auberge du Coq-en-Pate is further along the village and is walkable for a leisurly evening meal.
There is another restuarant in the village of Saulchoy, Auberge Le Val d'Authie, which is a very traditional French restuarant and are recommended for their value lunches.
The Abbaye de Valloires is well worth a visit, it operates English tours throught the day and its gardens are open to the public, or you could just choose to browse in their shop and have a coffee. This is about twenty minutes stroll from the house.
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7 Aug 2014
"A very special place"
We are just back from a two week stay at Les Ecuries. It was our second visit, as we went for one week last summer and liked it so much.The gite and it's surroundings are wonderful. There is so m… More
16 Jul 2014
"Excellent gite, wonderful owners"
We were a party of 7 and stayed at this lovely gite for one week in April this year. The gite is spacious and comfortable and has all the facilities you would expect. The log fire was a treat which ke… More
6 Jul 2014
"Perfect Location, Lovely Accommodation."
We've just returned from a week at Les Ecuries, and the only disappointment was that we only had a week there. We've stayed in quite a few gites in different parts of France and always lef… More
29 Jun 2014
Warm friendly welcome from Daphne. This is a spacious, comfortable, rustic French house in a private historic courtyard. It has a mix of styles and levels and plenty of quiet corners.It is set in a … More
19 Nov 2013
"Beautiful property, wonderful location. Rural France an hour's drive from the Eurotunnel terminal"
Our 5th stay in this lovely property-the word Gite does not do it justice, it's a character filled and comfortable converted stable block, which was originally part of the Chateau next door. We k… More
3 Nov 2013
"An excellent place to stay and relax"
This was the perfect place to see in the New Year celebrations for our friends 'getaway'! Argoules is a lovely village, ideal for relaxing but with plenty of places to stroll. The house is s… More
28 Oct 2013
"A perfect place to come and relax with family"
I think this is one of the best places we went with my family to relax yet only a few hours away from London. The house is located in a wonderful French countryside with great market nearby and all … More
14 Oct 2013
"Spacious character property in peaceful setting"
Plenty of space and comfort for an extended family group, with adequate bathroom facilities. Well presented with en excellent wood burning stove.… More
Wonderful guests and a pleasure to have 3 generations of the same family, thank you for leaving the Gite so tidy and clean.