Our three bedroomed cottage 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're sure you will like 2 chemin vert.
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.
It is an easy 75 minute from Calais and is a short drive from the market towns of St Pol Sur Ternoise, Frévent and Hesdin, a 25 minute drive from the historic town of Arras with its beautiful squares and many bars and restaurants and a 45 min drive from the historic walled town of Montreuil Sur Mer with its Les Miserables connections. 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.
The vibrant coastal resorts of Le Touquet and Berck are a fifty minute drive as is the cultural city of Lille. Bruges & the Belgian border are only a 2 hour drive away.
The area is full of history from the mediaeval battlefields of Agincourt and Crecy to the more recent ones of two World Wars with the Wellington Tunnels at Arras, the Canadian Memorial at Vimy Ridge, the memorials and battlefields of the Somme within easy reach. Children will love the beaches of the Cote d 'Opale and particularly the steam train ride around the Baie de la Somme. .
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Berck 70 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||9 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Le Touquet 75 km, Nearest railway: St Pol sur Ternoise 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, 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||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|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 double bedroom downstairs with a double bed, wardrobe and modernised en suite bathroom. 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. There is also a sofa bed in the snug downstairs for an extra 7th guest, if required. 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 outside sitting areas, all of which have their own bench or 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. There are also sun loungers stored in the shed for those lazy sunny days.
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.
Towels & bed linen are available for an additional cost of £10 per person per stay.
Pets are charged for at £30 p/week, please request permission for pets at time of enquiry.
There is an additional fuel charge of £40 per week for Autumn & Winter lets
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 & the garden has some steps and 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.