Our three bedroomed 'fermette' has been updated with modern comforts but retains the traditional charms of beams, Godin stoves and original ceramic floors. If you like houses with character and a homely feel, we think you will like no 2 chemin vert.
Our cottage is set in unspoilt countryside on the edge of the Seven Valleys, a beautiful area at any time of year but particularly so in the warmer months when every town and village is ablaze with flowers. We are close to places of interest for both adults and children. The area is full of history from the mediaeval battlefields of Agincourt and Crecy to the more recent ones of two World Wars. Children will love the beaches of the Cote d 'Opale and particularly the steam train ride around the Baie de la Somme.
Gouy itself has a population of only 170 but with its own school, town hall and lively Salle des Fetes (village hall). The residents are predominantly French and extremely welcoming to visitors. The village is about 10 minutes drive from the small town of Frevent and about 15 minutes from the larger town of St Pol. Hesdin itself is about 35 minutes away. There is a good selection of supermarkets, restaurants and bars in both Frevent and St Pol. A mobile shop selling bread and other basic food items visits Gouy most weekdays.
Our cottage stands on a corner, next to a field where rabbits, hares and other small wildlife abound. There is little daytime noise apart from the occasional tractor or the peacocks and other animals on the nearby farm and only the owls at night. Here the absence of neon means you can stargaze to your heart's content.
Our cottage and garden are on three levels with one step between kitchen and sitting room and two steps between sitting room and lounge. The garden has short flights of steps from the parking area and within the garden itself. If you or someone in your party have severe restrictions on mobility you will wish to consider whether this layout would be a difficulty.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Berck 80 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: St Pol sur Ternoise 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The cottage has been updated by installing two bedrooms in the roof area, one very large with a double bed and the other smaller with two singles. Because of the sloping ceilings, we have provided hanging rails rather than wardrobes but both rooms have sets of drawers and other storage. There is a third smaller bedroom downstairs with a double bed, wardrobe, en suite toilet, shower with seat and hand basin. This together with a full size family bathroom with shower over bath, makes for less queuing in the morning as well as being particularly suitable for those less mobile or who have difficulty with full flights of stairs. For chilly nights, there are wood/coal burning stoves in the kitchen and lounge, electric radiators for all other rooms and electric heaters in both the bathroom and ensuite.
The living accommodation consists of a well equipped kitchen/diner with gas oven, separate ceramic hob, a microwave and seating for six. The kitchen opens directly on to a patio area in the garden, at the top of the garden is a large permanent BBQ which makes outdoor catering a relatively simple affair. Alongside the kitchen is a utility room with fridge/freezer and washing machine. There is small sitting room seating three/four for reading, PS2, games or just peace and quiet, and a lounge seating six with satellite TV, Blu-ray/DVD player and iPod docking station. We have provided a good supply of DVDs, PlayStation 2, books and board games to keep both adults & children entertained.
There is also Wi-Fi access to keep the children entertained or to work if you're not lucky enough to leave it behind!
|Further details outdoors|
There are three sitting areas, all of which have their own tables and chairs (so you won't need to move your seat to follow the sun!) the largest set of which is directly outside the kitchen door and which accommodates six very easily.
At the top of the garden is a permanent BBQ to make outdoor cooking enjoyable and easy.
There is parking for two cars at the end of the house.
We provide all bed linen and towels for weekly lets. Towels & bed linen is available for nightly lets at £10 per person per stay.
In our absence, the house is cared for by English property managers who live in a nearby village and who will be available to help with any problems.
For children under 5 please be aware that there is an opentread staircase & garden is on different levels.
Until recently Pas de Calais was regarded as that part of France holidaymakers sped through on their way further south. Not surprisingly, this is no longer the case and in recent years more and more English visitors have come to appreciate the wonderful taste of French lifestyle and cuisine available on their doorstep.
The Pas de Calais area is one of rolling hills, woods and rivers, perfect for walking, fishing, cycling and picnicing. The spring and summer months tend to be slightly warmer than in the UK. Much of the food is produced locally and you can sample seafood landed that very morning or local specialities such as carbonade flamande (beef in beer) often washed down with more beer brewed on the premises.
The area offers an enormous number of attractions for a range of diverse interests and ages. Some examples are:
La Baie de La Somme - bordered on each side by the contrasting resorts of St . Valery and (our own favourite) Le Crotoy. The former has sheep that graze the salt marshes resulting in the famous 'salt' lamb, a mediaeval citadel with Jeanne d'Arc connections, expensive yachts and upmarket shops; and the latter, the only south facing beach in northern France, seafood stalls, boat rides to see the seals and glorious views across the bay, much loved by painters because of the clarity of the light. The steam train ride round the bay with the ritual greeting of passing trains at Noyelles is a 'must' for all ages. The three hour guided walk across the bay is for the more adventurous, involving a good deal of mud and requring a good sense of balance and an even better sense of humour.
Parc du Marquenterre (near Le Crotoy) - 200 acre bird sanctuary with over 200 species. You can walk the six kilometres of trails or enjoy a leisurely ride on a horse drawn carriage.
Agincourt and Crecy - The former has a fascinating museum (with commentary by the actor Robert Hardy, a longbow expert) and a coffee shop nearby. You can walk round the field of the famous battle in about 45 minutes. Crecy has less to commemorate it other than a tower with descriptive diagrams overlooking the site of the battle but is still worth a visit.
Arras - birthplace of Robespierre and renowned for its beautiful Flemish architecture. The town hall with its underground tunnels used most recently in the First World War as a hospital and resting places for injured allied soldiers makes for an interesting visit.
Amiens - Famous for its Gothic cathedral, claimed to be the biggest in Europe. There is Son et Lumiere here in the summer months. You can also visit les hortillages (floating gardens) by boat with a guide, on foot or by canoe/kayak. Here, a large festival in June includes a floating market. The waterfront area is particularly attractive with its large selection of bars and restaurants alongside the Somme.
Montreuil - A picturesque town where Victor Hugo wrote Les Miserables, which is celebrated every July with a Son et Lumiere production.
War cemeteries at: Arras, Vimy Ridge, Thiepval, Albert etc etc . Also battlefields at Arras, in the Somme and Ypres.
Near Amiens also are Naours, a subterranean city dating from the Third century, and Samara, a pre-historic exhibition centre.
There are several botanical gardens in the area.
For children - seaside towns including Berck, Merlimont, and Le Touquet. The Sealife Centre at Boulogne, water park at Le Touquet and the maze at Buire-le-Sec.
Paris and Lille are both easily accessible by train from St Pol via Arras. There is free long term parking at St Pol station.
La Coupole - the German V2 rocket launch site.
St Pol has a market on Mondays
Formula 3 motor racing circuit
There are frequent concerts and other events, eg beach volleyball in the summer, which are publicised on the indicator boards by the traffic lights
There are swimming pools in both St Pol and Frevent
Further afield, there are numerous festivals and local attractions, eg Arras 'giants' in August to commemorate the end of Spanish occupation in 1654, the annual parade of William the Conquerer in St Valery in July, the vintage car rally in Bethune in September and herring festivals along the Cote d'Opale thoughout the year.
There are tourist information centres in St Pol, Frevent, Hesdin and most other towns.