Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
This lovely 3 bedroom French farmhouse, or 'Fermette' as it is called in France, is situated in the quiet village of Wail just a few kilometers from the typically French market town of Hesdin which has a large ex-pat community. It is set in the beautiful Seven Valleys area of Northern France in the heart of the WWI and WW2 battlefield areas and is just an hours drive from the French Coast.
The farmhouse itself is set in large grounds, in a rural location, with open countryside views providing spacious family living accommodation which includes; two lounges, a dining area, a large well-equipped kitchen, 3 good sized bedrooms, a family bathroom and a loft games room.
The beautiful 'Opal Coast' with its miles of sandy beaches and Le Touquet are just 40 mins away. It is a perfect location for those wishing to explore this picturesque area and with a recently opened Sports Centre on the outskirts of Hesdin, which includes an Aquatic Centre, 10 Pin Bowling lanes, Fitness Centre and Saunas/Steam Room. There are plenty of activities and places of interest all within an easy drive, including the Somme and WW1 locations.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Le Touquet 47 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||9 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Hesdin 9 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
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The property has an open plan layout which gives a very light and spacious feel to it. There are 2 lounge areas to relax in, a large lounge with comfortable leather seating for 6 persons and a smaller lounge area (or snug) with a comfortable 2 seater sofa which converts into an additional sofa bed for one person. The dining area has seating for 8 persons and the spacious well equipped kitchen has a breakfast bar with further seating for 3 persons. There are 3 good sized bedrooms, one twin and two double with a separate family bathroom with shower over bath. There is also a separate toilet.
The property benefits from full central heating to provide warmth and comfort all year round.
Access to the loft space is via a set of stairs in the smaller lounge which has been partially converted into a games room with a pool table.
|Further details outdoors|
Outside in the extensive grounds there is a large grass and tree area that is ideal for children to play in, with toys and games such as swingball etc located in the double garage. Guests are also welcome to use the bicycles which are also stored in the garage. There is a large gravelled area that not only provides parking for several vehicles but can also be used to play boules, (set can be found in house).
Any day changeovers.
For your convenience we provide a fully stocked larder with all the basic essentials you will need at no extra charge. All we ask is that you replace anything you use in readiness for our next guests.
A change of bed linen is provided at the end of each week, but towels are not provided and guests are requested to bring their own supply.
PLEASE NOTE: For short stay lets, ie. less than 7 nights, an additional laundry and cleaning charge will apply. Guests are advised to bring their own bedlinen and towels.
Sorry no pets allowed.
This is a no smoking property.
Guests are kindly asked to arrive no earlier than 3pm and vacate before 10am on the day of departure (unless otherwise agreed).
Northern France region
Just over the border from Belgium and a hop across the English Channel lies the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France. A region of contrasting landscapes, forests and woods, gentle meadows and marshlands, rolling hills dotted with windmills and a varied coastline that stretches for miles and miles. Wide-open spaces of unspoilt countryside make up the Regional Natural Parks and the area also has one of the largest network of waterways for river cruising in Europe.
It is also an area with proud traditions where fairs, fêtes and festivals are so much a part of daily life. Steeped in history, discover its rich heritage proudly displayed by its many monuments and museums and historic cities dating from Roman times to the last World Wars. France is also especially famous for its wonderful gastronomy and the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region is no exception with fine examples of mouthwatering regional specialities as well as numerous locally brewed beers.
There is so much to see and do in the area that it's difficult to make a choice of those to highlight. We do have many leaflets of local attractions and restaurant recommendations in the house for visitors.
WAIL is a small, peaceful village with the River Canche running past the bottom of our garden. It has an excellent bus service and mobile shops visit the village. The nearest village along the main road is Fillievre which has a bakery and small shop which you can bike to. The area is steeped in World War 1 and World War 2 history as well as having some lovely small medieval market towns. The nearest town to Wail is Hesdin which is just 10 minutes drive away.
HESDIN is a smallish market town about 40 minutes inland from Le Touquet and just over 1 hour from Calais. It is also 40 minutes from Arras and Amiens is to the south. Hesdin is a 'working' town and not touristy, although you will notice quite a lot of Brits and other nationalities.There is a good tourist information office in the Town Hall and there are quite a few local events worth noting. There is a small supermarket (Shopi) next to the post office and two large supermarkets (Carrefour and Intermarche) almost next to each other just out of town. There is an industrial area near the supermarkets with a factory making gin, which you might smell occasionally ! Hesdin is a charming town which has a small river flowing through it (complete with fish) and looks very pretty in summer with all its window boxes etc. Quite often you see people fishing from the various small bridges in town. There is an excellent market on Thursdays which can cover almost all of the centre of town. Other markets in Montreuil, Fruges, Le Touquet and Arras are on Saturday mornings. . A Sports Centre has recently been built on the outskirts of Hesdin. The complex includes an Aquatic and Fitness Centre with Sauna & Steam Rooms and 10 Pin Bowling Lanes.
ARRAS is a delightful city with two very majestic squares and you can also visit the underground caves, which have been used since Roman times. It takes around 40 minutes to an hour to drive there.
LILLE is also very attractive and is about an hours drive away. The main squares are very beautiful and there are some great shops and restaurants. Just on the outskirts of town there is a large shopping outlet centre.
MONTREUIL SUR MER is about half an hours drive away and is a lovely, very picturesque town. You can walk around the Ramparts which give good views of the surrounding countryside.
AMIENS is also an interesting place to visit. It has a fabulous cathedral and some attractive riverside restaurants. It is also famous for it's 'Hortillonages' which are the market gardens around the Somme. In the summer you can take boat trips around here. If you've read 'Birdsong' this is where part of it is set. It takes about 1 hour to get to Amiens.
THE SOMME BAY is a beautiful place to visit in all weathers. There are two towns either side of the bay - St. Valery-sur-Somme and Le Crotoy. Both towns have their attractions and plenty of restaurants (most specialising in fish and sea food). However we prefer St.Valery as it has a medieval town on the hill with spectacular views across the bay. You can take a steam train ride around the bay from either town and boat trips if the tide is high. If you like mussels, there is a great mussel cafe at the Hotel des Pilottes, but get there early as it's very popular.
LE TOUQUET is approx. half an hour away on the coast. The area is known as the 'Opal Coast' after local artists who painted using the colours of the opal stone. Driving into the town you pass through wooded areas with sporting activities, upmarket houses, weekend retreats and a casino. Parking in the town is good, you only pay at the weekend.The town has one of the best beaches in France, long and flat and clean. It has all the usual beach activities, sand yachting, kites etc. Aqualud, is a water land adventure park which is a fun day out for all the family on Boulevard de la Mer. Rue St Jean and the streets running off are the main shopping area. Le Touquet also has traffic free shopping streets.
Finally, ETAPLES is a small fishing port across the river from Le Touquet. It is a working fishing port on the river Canche. You can buy fresh fish from the boats or the fish market on a Tuesday and Friday. You can go on boat trips in the estuary or visit the Nature Reserve which has over 420 plant species. The town was a training camp in WW1 and has the largest War Commission cemetery in France.The Military Cemetery is to the north of the town and is the final resting place for over 11,000 war dead.