Farmhouse | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 13
18th century farmhouse/cottage recently extended & modernised, now a large holiday rental home with wifi connection. Ideal for exploring Pas de Calais, Picardy, the Somme Estuary and other areas in Northern France.
Private grassed courtyard with 2 patios, benches & tables, plus large secluded garden with fruit trees & flower beds. There is a further patio area overlooking the rear garden and down towards the River Course which flows by and tumbles on past the old mill house next door.
Disabled access to ground floor which has: three bedrooms, (1 en-suite), bathroom, toilet and a shower room, all with reasonably wide doors and virtually even flooring throughout. Front door step approx. 6 inches high
Full of character & country charm, the Auberge d'Inxent is only a very short walk away whilst along the road in Beussent, about 15 minutes walk, is Ligniers bar & restaurant. Around the corner there is an equestrian centre yet we are only minutes from Montreuil sur Mer, Le Touquet, Hardelot, beaches & golf courses.
For the shop-a-holic, Le Touquet with its shops & boutiques is approx 15 minutes drive. In Boulogne St Martin, just off the A16 on the outskirts of Boulogne, is Auchin hyper-market. Carry on along the A16 another 15 minutes or so and you come to Cite Europe and The Designer Centre.
However, for sheer relaxation, a BBQ & bottle of wine or two in the garden and laying out on one of the benches might just do the trick!
Ours is one of the prime areas in the Pas de Calais set in the "Area des Sept Vallees"; rural in nature with the river winding directly past, it is right on the door-step of some of the best towns in Northern France.
|Size||Sleeps up to 13, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Le Touquet 12 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Le Touquet 12 km, Nearest railway: Etaples 10 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||TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (7), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
The lounge is large and has views over both the back garden and grassed courtyard. Inside there is a wood burning stove, (great for those cold winter evenings!!), a dining table seating up to 12 people, 3 settees, a TV with built in DVD and an MP3 compatible CD/stereo. There is an arch leading into the kitchen/diner and at the other end is a door leading through to a double bedroom with en-suite
- Kitchen/diner & laundry room
The kitchen/diner comfortably seats 6 people at the table. It is equipped with a range of pots, pans and cutlery plus electric cooker, hob, microwave, dish washer and fridge freezer. We also have a laundry room with washing machine & separate tumble dryer at the rear of the house.
- Bedrooms & bathrooms
Used as a holiday house, there are 6 bedrooms. 3 with double beds, 1 with a bunk bed,(sleeps 2), 1 with 2 single beds and 1 with 3 single beds. There are 2 bathrooms with toilets, a shower room & a downstairs toilet.
|Further details outdoors|
Outside, the house has a cobblestone surround with a large garden to the rear running down to the river and a secluded grassed courtyard area within the two wings of the building. There is ample parking for 4 normal sized cars.
The rear garden has an unobtrusive light fence in open green wire mesh running along the river bank to prevent toddlers wandering too close. It is mainly laid to lawn with a few scattered trees and a small garden house in the bottom corner. Just outside the lounge back door is further outdoor seating with table & chairs overlooking the back garden down towards the river.
In the courtyard area we have two more patios with tables, chairs and benches. There are BBQs available, although you will need to get charcoal for them.
* Disabled access
There is Disabled access to ground floor which has 3 bedrooms, (1 en-suite), bathroom, toilet & shower, all with reasonably wide doors and has virtually even flooring throughout. The front door step is about 6 inches high.
Normally bookings are complete weeks, (or multiples of), Saturday to Saturday. However, in low or mid seasons long weekends or shorter stays are sometimes available. Please contact by email or phone to request.
Northern France region
This spacious holiday farmhouse is ideally located in Inxent, Nord Pas de Calais, for attractions such as the golf courses, beaches, boutiques & casinos of Le Touquet, Citi Europe, Boulogne, Nausicaa, Picardy & the Somme Estuary with its famous beaches. L'Abbey de Valoise & gardens are nearby.
For some of the best beaches & golf courses in Northern France visit Le Touquet, St. Cecille or Hardelot, all about 15 minutes drive.
We have historic Crecy en Ponthieu and Agincourt close by and an hour or so drive will see you in the Somme Estuary with its war graves and battlefields, nature reserves & villages. Try a visit to St. Valerie, stroll around and have a seafood meal in one of the many dining spots.
Inxent is in the Valley de la Course. The Auberge d'Inxent is a 2 minute walk whilst in the opposite direction, in Beussent, is Ligniers bar & restaurant where you can just pop in for a drink, have a meal in the restaurant or sit out in their garden on a sunny day with a drink and a light meal; try their ribs! Around the corner you can visit the equestrian centre without leaving the village.
Other than that there is a very pretty little church which is always open, the town hall, (the "Marie") &, many houses with beautifully kept gardens.
Montreuil-sur-Mer, an old fortified town that centuries ago was a sea port, is our nearest town. You can walk the ramparts and stroll cobbled streets with a multitude of bars, cafes and good restaurants to choose from. Outside the town are the main supermarkets, all just a short drive from the house.
Food & Drink:
One of the great things to do in France is to eat out and in our region you are spoiled for choice. You may want to splash out on a Michelin starred restaurant such as the Auberge de le Grenouilliere in La Madelaine-sous-Montreuil, Le Chateau or Le Jeraboam, (in the Hermitage Hotel), in Montreuil sur Mer or slightly further afield in Le Touquet, The Westminster or the Swiss House.
Alternatively you might prefer something more traditionally French such as L'Auberge de Cormont in Cormont, (10 mins away on the other side of the N1), which is set on a working farm, or Le Moulin in Bournonville, just outside of Devres:- very rustic and hefty portions!!
A few hundred yards from our front door is the Auberge d'Inxent, very friendly and welcomes children. They serve good food and have an exceptionally good wine list. Other than those mentioned here, there are many good places to eat and drink in the area ranging from small local cafes to elegant restaurants.
- Buying food locally:
If the weather is fine, it is nice to eat at the house. As well as the kitchen there are BBQs in the garden. In Attin, next to Montreuil, there are supermarkets selling most things you may need. However, you could visit some of the markets, heaped with local produce, they are a pleasure to walk round.
Maybe you like sea food, in which case a short drive to Etaples, (next to Le Touquet), would pay dividends as they have some of the best fish markets in France. For meat, veg, fruit, honey and cheese, (miel & fromage), you have only to drive around the small roads along and around the valley to see signs where you can buy direct from the producer.
If you like chocolate, some of the very best is made right on our doorstep in the Choclaterie de Beussent, (go out the front door, turn right and carry on about a mile - it's on the right). Fantastic!
Golf, theme & amusement parks & steam train:
There are excellent golf courses in this part of France.
Competition standard St Omer is about 35 minutes by car, but other well known golf courses close by are Le Touquet, Hardelot and Wimereux.
The children's amusement theme park Dennlys Park is at Dennebroeucq about 40 minutes from Inxent & Bagatelle amusement park at Berck Plage is only a short drive away.
Catch the Vallée de l'Aa steam train at St Omer to Lumbres and back then spend the day around the old town and canal area.
The region's most visited attraction is the marine world Nausicaa at Boulogne, 30 minutes drive.
War Graves & historic sites:
Mon Desir is ideally located for those interested in war graves, historic sites & military history. Agincourt and Crecy are very close. Arras, Vimy, Bethune, the Somme, Albert and many others can be visited easily. At Etaples, a working fishing port across the bridge from Le Touquet, there is a beatifully maintained graveyard and there are still concrete WW2 gun emplacements in the forest.
- Boulogne & surrounding area:
Many people think of Boulogne simply as a port of entry and somewhere to drive straight through en route south. However, this is a mistake as it is a vibrant interesting area with all sorts of discoveries waiting to be made.
Boulogne is the largest town near Inxent. As well as the port and marina there is a large shopping area running up the hill towards the Haute Ville, the Old Town. This is a maze of small roads and walkways full of restaurants and bars, antique shops and old houses. The Cathedral of Notre Dame dominates the Old Town and looks out over Boulogne. Inside, it has the 2nd largest dome in Europe and is well worth a visit as is the old chateau, (which is now a museum).
Just outside of Boulogne there are the hypermarkets, Citi Europe and the Designer Outlet. There are all types of shops where you can get the latest fashion wear, furniture, bedding etc. At Carrefour & Tesco, in Citi Europe, there is a vast choice of wines/spirits & beers from around the world. There is another huge selection at Auchan in Boulogne St. Martin.
Le Touquet & Etaples:
Le Touquet is close by and is a bustling trendy town full of boutiques, bars and restaurants. There is a water park on the sea front for the children and fabulous beaches to wander along plus 2 casinos for anyone who might want to try their luck!. Le Touquet is also famous for its golf courses.
Before going across the bridge to Le Touquet you will find Etaples with its seafood restaurants and fish markets. Tuesday is market day in Etaples, one of the best in the region. Held in the main square it is heaped with local produce, goods of all sorts and more fresh fish stalls.
If, instead of turning left towards Le Touquet, you carry straight on just beyond the outskirts of the town you will come to a beautifully kept war grave site on the left which is well worth stopping to see.
Hiking & walking:
The areas all around our holiday house & Montreuil sur Mer are perfect for either a gentle walk or a more vigorous hike over the hills or around the ramparts. Inxent is in the Vallee de la Course which in turn is part of the area Des Sept Vallees and the possibilities for the serious, (or not so serious!), walkers & explorers are almost endless