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La Terrasse de Coucy - Gite, Cottage

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Terrasse_coucy_view from - luxury-self catering - cottage - northern france - picardy - WW1 area

Gite / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

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Gite / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 174 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden


Modern Gite with Super Garden Terrace view of the Castle.

Design and vintage comfortable House in a medieval village with Garden and Amazing Top Garden terrace.

Very nice point of view of the Castle and the Vallée de Coucy.

Inside : Fully design equipped. 110m2, 5 rooms, 3 bedrooms, living room, dining room, full kitchen

Outside : 100m2, terrace, garden

Sleeping : 1 double king size bed (160 x 200) , 2 single king size beds (90 x 200), 1 baby bed (80 x 180)

Comfort : Fan, fireplace, central heating, garden furniture

Kitchen : Freezer, oven, microwaves, barbecue

Household : dishwasher; iron, vacuum cleaner

Services : Sheets supplied, kitchenware supplied

Multimedia : Phone, television, cable/satellite, Uk channels available for free, DVD player, Internet access, wifi access, Computer (Apple / mac)

Leisure : games for children

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Le Crotoy 174 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Paris Charle de Gaulle 100 km, Nearest railway: Chauny 12 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
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, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Fully equipped with design furnitures and apple mac.

Further details outdoors

Home with terrace, wonderful view on the ruins of the Castle and the Vallée de CoucyLeisure : Golf (18 hole courses), tennis, horse riding, hiking, montain bike, petanque, Activities : Bathing, water sports, fishing, leisure park, bowling, cinema, Around : shoppiing, chateau, muséesWorld War 1 heritage Caverne du dragonChemin des damesVoie verte (Cycling trail Paris-London)Medieval FestivalHikingFishingExcursionsForestsGolf de L'Ailette (18 Hole courses)Folembray's RacetrackCenter ParcNear of the camping La Croix du vieux Pont at Berny-Rivière.Bataille de la SommeSomme Battlefield

The Picardy region

20Km - away from Soissons

25KM - away from The Chemin des Dames

30Km - away from Laon

70Km - away from Reims and the Champagne's road

30Km - away from Center Parc

45Km - away from Basilique de Saint Quentin

90Km - away from Parc Asterix

100Km - away from Charles de Gaulle Airport

120Km - away from Paris

WW1 Area heritage

Chemin des dames

Caverne du dragon

Voie Verte


Cycling Europe stop

Remembrance Tourisme in the Aisne Département

Centenary World War One

Eurovelo routes


The Chateau de Coucy is a French castle in the commune of Coucy-le-Chateau-Auffrique, in the departement of Aisne, built in the 13th century and renovated by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th. In 1917, the German army dynamited the keep and the four towers using 28 tons of explosives.

During its heyday, it was famous for the size of its central tower and the pride of its lords, who adopted the staunchly independent rhyme: "Roi ne suis, ne Prince ne Duc ne Comte aussi; Je suis le sire de Coucy" ("I am not a King, nor Prince nor Duke nor Count; I am the Lord of Coucy").

The castle was constructed in the 1220s by Enguerrand III de Coucy. The castle proper occupies the tip of a bluff or falaise. It forms an irregular trapezoid of 92 x 35 x 50 x 80 m. At the four corners are cylindrical towers 20 m in diameter (originally 40 m in height). Between two towers on the line of approach was the massive donjon (keep). The donjon was the largest in Europe, measuring 35 meters wide and 55 meters tall. The smaller towers surrounding the court were as big as the donjons being built at that time by the French monarchy. The rest of the bluff is covered by the lower court of the castle, and the small town.

Coucy was occupied in September 1914 by German troops during World War I. It became a military outpost and was frequented by German dignitaries, including Kaiser Wilhelm II himself.[citation needed]In March 1917 the German army destroyed the keep and the 4 towers. It is not known whether this act had some military purpose or it was merely an act of barbarism. The destruction caused so much public outrage that in April 1917 the ruins were declared "a memorial to barbarity". War reparations were used to clear the towers and to consolidate the walls but the ruins of the keep were left in place.[2]

One of its lords, Enguerrand VII de Coucy (1340â??1397) is the subject of historian Barbara Tuchman's study of the fourteenth century, A Distant Mirror. It also features extensively in British authorAnthony Price's 1982 crime/espionage novel The Old Vengeful.

Chateau de Coucy has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1862, and is managed by the Centre des monuments nationaux.

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16 Apr 2013


"It's True..."

It is as wonderful as it promises - We were thrilled to arrive at this beautiful stylish Gite, which was even better in the real thing. It is a home that is perfectly complete situated in the midst of a walled Mediaeval hilltop town. It is a great location from which to explore the Picardie region: Reims/Champagne trail/wonderful castes, the list goes on... Don't expect to be woken by a rooster, instead there is the friendly retro tooting of a horn that announces the arrival of the baker at a very civilised time of the morning - the bread, perfect. The owners Richard and Fernanda are probably the best concierges you will find anywhere, with a knowledge of the area surpassing any guide book. The crackle of the record player (!) with a selection of Serge Gainsbourg 45's and others was a sublime trip to simpler times. All in all, it is a home that reminded us to celebrate the joys in life. Just add a bottle of wine and a log in the stove, put a record on, and you will find yourself smiling...

This review is so kind ! your words means exactly the atmosphere we wanted to create for our guest. Hope to see you and your nice family soon.

19 Nov 2012


"On the trail of Merlin and found something else magical!"

Came across Richard and Fernanda's gite when looking for somewhere to stay near Pierrefonds Chateau aka Camelot in BBC's Merlin... as our daughter is a huge fan. Gite is lovely and very comfortable, all mod cons and a computer as well. Really felt at home. Carparking directly outside, so convenient. Terrace garden is part of old castle wall and has briliant views, as well as an interesting Chinese tree! During our stay we went to Pierrefonds twice, wow what a place, well worth it, including lunch overlooking the lake. Coucy Castle is massive (even bigger before being blown up in WW1) and well worth a visit. Compiegne and the Summer Palace. The Dragons Cave and lots more. Loads of touring in a really beatiful area. All thanks to Richard and Fernanda for the welcome and the opportunity to stay in their lovely gite...magical!

We are so happy to read that your stay was magical. We really hope to see you again soon. Many thanks for your review.

5 Sep 2012


"Relaxing French charm in a stunning location and made extremely welcome by the owners."

We spent a week this August at La Terrace de Coucy in Richard and Fernanda's stunning gite. The drive from Dunkirk was around 3 hours through the beautiful scenery of north eastern France and we arrived to a very warm welcome including a guided tour of the property and free range eggs and home made preserve for our breakfast! Richard and Fernanda lived close by and were always on hand if we needed anything. The gite itself is beautiful, beautifully furnished and very well equipped. Downstairs is predominantly openplan and has a very modern feel, which actually blended in well with the old feel of the property. Upstairs is very traditional and calming and includes the luxury of a roll top bath. The kitchen has everything you could possibly need and a BBQ including charcoal and lighting blocks were available. What we found particularly useful and valued greatly was the inclusion of an apple Mac computer which Richard had set up with a travel site for the region, which included fabulous information for local days out and travelling further afield. This enabled us to plan our days and make the most of our relatively short stay. Wifi was also available and this too was extremely valued so we could keep 'connected!' The most stunning and breathtaking aspect of the gite, which actually made our stay, was the fantastic panoramic view of the castle and Picardie valley from the garden terrace. We spent most evenings sitting on the deck chairs watching the sun set over Picardie while enjoying a glass of wine. Believe me, it will take your breath away. The castle dates back to the 9th century and the beautiful cream stone village is safely enclosed by the castle walls. The whole village is set aloft a hill and the panoramic views of the Picardie region are simply stunning. The village itself is quiet and peaceful but is well serviced with 2 museums, a tourist information office, church, post office, shop, a French and Italian restaurant and a lovely bar in the central square. We were well placed for days out to Amiens, Lille, Thiepval and we travelled around to some of the museums of the world wars including Chemins du Dame and the Somme. Paris is relatively close too, about an hour and 20 mins by train. All in all we had a wonderfully relaxed stay, thoroughly enjoyed the region and were wonderfully looked after by our hosts. Can thoroughly recommend!

What a very nice review ! Many many thanks, we really hope to see you again soon in France or in England !

2 Sep 2012



It is a nice place to have some rest. You feel like home. It has a beautiful garden with amazing view to the castle. With this scenario you can view a relaxing sunset.

Many thanks for your review, I remember our wonderful moment at the restaurant, what a funny souvenirs ! We hope to see you again soon. Cheers !

31 Aug 2012


"Contemporary House in Historic Castle Village"

Super funky decoration which our kids loved, very comfortable sofa's and beds, all clean and new. Wonderful views from the garden which has an elevated position giving a vista across the Aisne & to the Chateau ruins. Great place to have your croissants (local bakery, not a short walk unfortunately but a quick drive), fantastic sunset from there too. Nice bathroom, large kitchen too. All nice features. Internet access and wi-fi. The house is set within the castle walls which is a special atmosphere, it was one of the first to be rebuilt in the 1920's after WW1. Easy free parking right outside the door. Nice peaceful village with post office, ATM, Pizzeria, Hotel serving just drinks or food as well, local tabac with bar. Good shop by the bakery. Not been to this area before but very nice, very flat too. The owners are local and a fabulous couple who could not have been more helpful and friendly, making us feel welcome into the village and area. They have done a great job with this house and we wish them all the best. No doubt we will be back to explore more.

Many thanks for your comment, we really hope to see you and your family again soon.

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      Calendar last updated:30 Jul 2015

      Based in France

      Languages spoken
      • English
      • French
      • Spanish
      • Portuguese

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