La petite barn
Barn | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Our barn has been designed around family life and has a large, open planned arrangment, with a mezzanine overlooking the kitchen so that conversations over glasses of wine can continue.The 12 foot long table made of scaffold boards allows seating for up to 12 comfortably.We have unlimited WIFI .The separate games room contains a 40 inch television with English channels, DVD and games consoles (including WII XBOX 360 and Playstation 2--all with games) and a table football.Double doors from the games room ,lead out to a boules area with an outside table tennis table.
The lounge has a double height ceiling,with double doors leading onto a secluded child friendly terrace from which you can watch our neighbour Jose drive his cows past ,twice daily in the Summer.In addition,the lounge contains a log burning stove,for those cosy evenings watching the flames and contemplating life over a glass of wine.
The accomodation is arranged with a normal sized double bed upstairs in the main ensuite bedroom,2 antique french "small doubles" (4 ft beds)--(which can each accomodate a couple "snugly"!!) together in the second bedroom ,and 1 set of bunk beds (sleeping 2 children in 2 singles "up and down") and a toddler bed (sleeping smaller child in the third bedroom.There is a sofa bed on mezzanine which can open out to a small double. There is a "day bed" ,which is single,in the lounge and a further sofa bed that opens to a small double bed in the games room .
Fressin is a small village set between the two market towns of Hesdin and Fruges (both 10 mins drive and with all amenities) containing its own 15th century castle ruins, restaurant, wine merchant and football pitch (opposite the barn) and is served by a regular bagette/ patisserie van and grocery van.
"Les Sept Vallees" or The Seven Valleys area is named after the seven rivers that pass through the region and is a wonderful combination of gently rolling hills and open countryside, ideally suited for walking, cycling (miles of dedicated cycle paths including the Baie de Somme--a beautiful,flat,off road cycle path ideal for children) and relaxing.
Please note that whilst our barn could accomodate a maximum of 9 and a baby/toddler this would mean using sofa beds or the small doubles as doubles, and the day bed as single, and it is probably more comfortably regarded as sleeping less--6 or less ideally
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Berck sur Mer 35 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||700 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Le Touquet 30 km, Nearest railway: Hesdin 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
Cutlery and dining ware enough for 12
IPOD docking station
Selection of Wellington Boots
40" TV with English channels/Games Rm and consoles (XBox/Wii/Playstation2)
|Further details outdoors|
gate to driveway
Fully fenced garden
Boules area on rear terrace
Secure Terrace to front with outside teak dining table and chairs
Private gated gravel drive with parking for up to three cars
Outside welcome light (with sensor) and exterior rear and front lights
Table and seating for rear gravelled area/boules area
Table tennis table
Please be aware with small children that this is a traditional barn and there is a drop between the dining room and lounge ( covered by mesh) 3 steps,and a step between the kitchen and dining room.
Northern France region
The area around Northern France boasts weather much the same as in Southern England.
Fressin is a "village Fleuri" which means in the summer months there is a profusion of flowers round the whole village. It contains its own ruined medieval castle, a cave and a restarant Le "Secret Garden"just minutes walk from the barn.The area is great for walking and cycling.
It has many large town within easy driving distance including Le Touquet,St Omer,Amiens and Montreuil-sur-Mer setting for 'Les Miserables by Victor Hugo,as well asParis It is also within easy reach of many sandy beaches.As well as places of historic interest and is perfect for visiting places to learn about the 2 wars such as "La Coupole" and the Battle fields of the Somme.
‘The Sunday Times’ described Northern France’s as the best kept secret, with its Opal Coast, charming villages, and historic battlefields including those of Agincourt, Crecy, and the First World War. The area is great for out door types boasting Horse Riding, Golf, Fishing, Flying, Sailing, Kayaking, Walking with a donkey, Children’s Theme Parks.
Golfers have access to 9 different courses within the Pas de Calais area including the 2 famous Championship Open Golf courses at Hardelot and Le Touquet.
Within a 40 minute drive are the following attractions:
Montreuil (a historic walled town ) where Victor Hugo wrote "Les Miserables"
Amiens----- known for the hortillonnages, gardens on small islands with its extensive cycle paths -where you can hire a bike for an hour (1euro) or longer!!,a zoo and numerous gardens and parks
St Omer--where you will find the Notre Dame Cathedral,(recognised as the most beautiful intact vestige of gothic architecture) and the Audomarois marshes which are an idyllic place for all sorts of leisure activities, trails, guided tours, guided marshes cruises and walks to be enjoyed,in which you can hire boats and peruse the riverside market gardens
The beaches include:
Berck-sur-Mer with its sandy beaches which run for 12 kilometres, ideal for sand yachters, kite flyers, walker and those who like to lie on the beach, breath in the wonderful fresh sea air and relax. It’s labelled a “KID” resort – the French tag which denotes a safe beach for families with children, as well as “Pavillon Bleu Européan” which confirms its status as clean beach and sea. On top of this the town has been awarded “Three Flowers” confirming its place as a ville fleurie – a flower bedecked town.It is also host to the annual Kite Festival (Festival de Cote Opale) in which a multitude of countries compete---usually in early to mid April.
Le Touquet beach is one of the recommended holiday destination for families along the Opale Coast and has been since the 1930’s when it was the seasonal haunt of the English as well as the French upper classes
It has mile upon mile of white sand backed at either end by undulating sand dunes, and also the giant water park-- Aqualud.
St Valery sur Somme (with its steam train day trip) and Quand Plage Les Pins (with its 9,3 miles of sandy beach offer to you an incredible variety of beautiful and preserved landscapes really close to the Bay of Somme)
Agincourt is 10 minutes drive away, and the battlefields of the Somme are within easy reach, as is La Coupole and the Eperlecques Bunker
Theme and water parks at Dennlys Parc,Bagatelle ,Aqualand,caves at Naours
- Tuesday : Thérouanne and Arques
- Thursday : Blendecques and Fauquembergues,Hesdin
- Friday : Aire-sur-la-Lys and Lumbres
- Saturday : Saint-Omer (place Foch),Fruges
- Sunday : Wizernes and Racquinghem
- Organic market : 3rd Sunday of every month: Wittes
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14 Sep 2014
"Beautiful property in rural location"
We chose La Petite Barn from TA reviews and close proximity to Calais as our time was limited to four days. It is only just over an hour from Calais and there is lots to do within an hour's drive - we visited Amiens, Montreuil, Vimy Ridge, St Valerie sur Mer and the nearby towns and villages. The area is perfect for walking and cycling and is very peaceful. The gite itself is beautifully renovated with lots of character. We loved the master suite and the dining room in particular. We had a few minor issues with cleaning and technology but the owners are very friendly and helpful and were apologetic and generous in recompensing us for the cleaning, which had not been done, and trying to fix the broken X Box. These issues have now been resolved and if all is now in order it is perfect for children/teens to relax in the barn whilst the adults enjoy the peace without TV in the lounge and very well equipped kitchen - we took full advantage of the wine cooler! We would recommend on the basis of the beauty and character of the property, its location (although it's a good 20 minute car trip to get croissants in the morning and we never did find the van!) and the friendly but unobtrusive owners. We loved the folder of photographs about the renovation - what a project! if you want pristine cleanliness and modern then possibly this is not for you, but if you love French culture, history and quirky character, you won't be disappointed.
Rachel and I are really pleased that you were able to enjoy the peacefulness and tranquillity of the barn.Thank you for your patience with the technical issues of our Xbox breaking down (now replaced) and with the communication issue such that the barn was not prepared when you arrived (entirely down to my error in not telling Matthew as we were away at the time of reservation and I forgot!!--1st and hopefully last time ever in 3 years)
It was great to be able to help resolve these issues quickly whilst we were also over in France and we look forward to welcoming you all back again.
22 Aug 2014
"Lovely, peaceful & relaxing"
This place is ideal for a quiet, restful time away with friends/family. We had two children under 10 with us and they loved the space and freedom that the barn offered. I would definitely recommend to… More
Thank you so much for your positive comments,we are both really happy the whole family were able to enjoy the space and that you had a restful time together
We look forward to welcoming you all back soon, and offer a 10% discount for returning friends
Paul and Rachel SEAL
1 May 2014
"Lovely , spacious, welcoming accommodation"
We loved this spacious and brilliantly situated house. It was in a rural setting, but was close enough to all the cultural attractions, the forest and also the beach. We will come back!
Thank you so much for such positive comments
It is lovely to enjoy the tranquillity of the rural setting and yet have access to town and other facilities
Rachel and I look forward to welcoming you back soon!
10 Aug 2013
"Superb house and garden for all the family"
We had beautiful weather and were able to make the most of the lovely garden and using the Bar-B-Que. Our children loved the games room. The house is very well equipped and we loved the decor. It is a short drive to the lovely restaurant "La Garenne". We loved the Thursday market at Hesdin especially the Haribo sweet stall. We went to the beautiful sandy beach at Berk sur mer (40 mins drive) and the town of Montreuil. For anyone taking a dog there was a vet at Fruges who spoke English. Overall, a fantastic stay at La Petite Barn.
Thank you for your wonderful comments---it is so lovely to know that others are enjoying the barn as much as we do...and fantastic that you had such wonderful weather to enjoy some of the beautiful surroundings and attractions
We look forward to welcoming you back and can offer a 10% discount on your future bookings
Paul & Rachel
9 Mar 2013
"Relaxing and well equipped, a lovely place to stay!"
We stayed at La Petite Barn in February 2013. The barn was a lovely place to relax, read and enjoy a glass of wine. The children loved the table football and the table tennis. It snowed the day after we arrived and stayed on the ground all week but the barn was very cosy with the wood burner and the heating. We visited Le Touquet, Agincourt and Montreuil.
A fantastic break.
Rachel and I are really pleased you all enjoyed the cosiness of the barn and the fire....especially when it was snowing outside and that the whole family were able to relax and have time together
We look forward to welcoming you back in the future
Paul & rachel
13 Nov 2012
"Beautiful, peaceful retreat"
We spent a week with our 17 & 10 year old children at La Petite Barn for half-term.
We were very lucky to have temperatures in the low 70's to begin with so it was a great delight to be able to sit outside with a glass of wine whilst the children ran around chasing the large frisbe.
The barn has been beautifully renovated and once we had got used to the clicking of the mouse deterrents was great to be in. It was lovely to have the log burner for the end of the week when the temperature dropped.
I can highly recommend the barn for a great place to stay even with much younger children as I noticed stair gates in the cupboard.
Plenty of places to visit and great places to eat, including the restaurant at Aigincourt.
So glad you had a relaxing time. Please remember we offer a 10% reduction to returning guests, and you are welcome to turn off the mouse clicks when you are there.
3 Nov 2012
"Comfortable, modern barn conversion"
We booked direct with Paul & Rachel which was easy. We were met at the property (good directions) by Matthew who speaks good English, he showed us round and explained everything we needed to know. The property is finished to high standard and has pretty much much everything you need, perhaps with the exception of wifi and only has a small freezer, though this is possibly just us!
The barn is well situated for exploring Northern France and the battlefields of WW1 and various WW11 sites. Hesdin is not far away which has a good supply of restaurants and supermarket. The beaches of Le Touquet are within easy reach also.
Overall we enjoyed our four nights at La Petite Barn and will hopefully stay again.
Thank you for the review, so glad you enjoyed your time. We are looking into getting wifi,but trying to understand best way to do this in France! please remember we offer a 10% discount to returning customers
12 Aug 2012
"Fantastic barn conversion in beautiful countryside"
We travelled from Yorkshire to La Petite Barn in less time than it would have taken to get to Cornwall.The barn has been converted to such an amazing holiday accommodation. There was everything you c… More
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a lovely review.
So glad you enjoyed the barn.
We look forward to welcoming you back and offer a 10% discount to returning customers.
1 Jul 2012
This is an excellent self catering accommodation only an hours drive from Calais, for up to ten people. The barn itself is a stylish and practical conversion with everything catered for.The area is wi… More
Thank you for your lovely review.So glad you had a good holiday
we look forward to welcoming you back, please remember we offer a 10% discount to returning customers
14 Jun 2012
"It certainly has the wow factor"
This was a great little find, discovered after a fair bit of research into holiday rentals in France. There were 4 adults and 2 children in our party (16 and 9 months old).
We booked direct with the owners, although the cottage is also advertised on other holiday cottage website(s). Communications could have been a little slicker, but I'm just über organised so have high expectations. Minor grumble over, the cottage is absolutely lovely - "contemporary rustic" as my wife likes to say. The journey is short from Calais, taking about an hour although we made a slightly longer than planned pit stop at City Europe to stock up on the essential wine and cheese.
Upon arrival we were met by the neighbours Julie and Mathew who hold the key and were given a tour of the premises. We were immediately impressed by the standard, size and finish of the accommodation, from the fully equipped kitchen (including brie baker which we only managed to use once and the wine cooler which we used a little more often) to the impressive master bedroom, with it's open plan bathroom. We used all areas of the property, but what a nice place to stay especially as we weren't very lucky with the weather. I guess for the best description check out the website, as what you see is what you get and that's pretty good - apart from we didn't see any cows passing twice a day!
The location of the cottage is in Fressin, which is a little remote, but we knew this when booking so was never an issue for us. We used Hesdin to obtain most of our daily essentials which meant a trip of about 6 or so miles to acquire fresh croissants on our first (Sunday) morning. There's also a decent sized supermarket, so you can get all you need. There is a restaurant in Fressin, but it's only really open limited times and we never had the opportunity to try it.
One thing we did try however, was the local wine cave in Fressin (Les Caves du Vieux Chal). What an excellent place with a serious choice of wine and something to suit all budgets, from their most popular bottle at 2.85 Euro each, up to the stuff locked away at 2000 Euros. The manager spoke excellent English and virtually insisted we try all the wines before we bought them - even the ones we didn't end up buying. After about an hour of sampling we ended up spending around 95 Euros on 6 bottles of sparkling wine (4.30 Euros each), 12 bottles of Merlot (4.35 Euro each) and 6 bottles the aforementioned popular wine.
This is a place we'd definitely go back to given the chance.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review.
With a new system on the Holiday Lettings website we hope our booking will become slicker, and appreciate your comments
Very glad you had a good time.
look forward to welcoming you back, and remember we offer a 10% discount to all returning guests.
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