The Farmhouse at Delettes
Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Our prices start from 4 persons upwards and then are per person per night. They vary according to length of stay, number of persons staying, and the time of year.
The Farmhouse is in the centre of the village of Delettes, about 45 minutes south of Calais. The village and The Farmhouse nestle in the valley of the river Lys, surrounded by the rolling historic countryside (definitely not flat!) of southern Pas de Calais, near the market and cathedral town of St Omer. The region is steeped in history – English as well as French – and The Farmhouse is well placed for visiting everywhere from the sandy beaches on the coast to the Western Front.
The Farmhouse is a "home from home", well equipped with a great sense of peace and privacy. The secret of The Farmhouse is that It has private corners, which allow grown ups to find their own peaceful spot even when there are large groups of up to 12 persons and the kids are roaring around the courtyard or garden.
It is ideal for any time of year, whatever the weather, or for any size of group wishing to take a relaxing short weekend break or full holiday.
There are four bedrooms for up to 8 - 9 persons but it can sleep an additional 4 persons to a maximum of 12/13, where groups include children, using the sofa bed in the games room and temporary beds (which are suitable for children) in one of the main bedrooms.
The 19th century Farmhouse, old house and the barns, enclose the four sides of its huge courtyard (see the aerial photo in panoramic photos to get an idea of the size of the place), entered though two large gates under one of the barns. It creates a completely private and secure space (especially for smaller children), which is also an amazing sun trap and micro climate.
To the rear of The Farmhouse there is a large garden, big enough to play 5 aside football or cricket , and a swimming pool heated by an air heat exchanger. The Old House making up the fourth side of the court yard dates back to the 16th century and is now the family's private house. It is not occupied when the Farmhouse is let.
The Farmhouse was our family's "home from home" for over 16 years until we restored the Old House in 2005. It is still furnished and equipped as if it is for our own comfort and relaxation. It is truly an overseas "home from home".It has full oil fired central heating and constant hot water, as well as a fully equipped kitchen for foodies, Both the kitchen and the dining room have recently been remodelled and the sitting room has a log fuelled stove.
There is masses to do there for children of all ages (and their parents) in and around the farmhouse with its games room, courtyard, barns with trampoline, football nets, badminton and ride on toys, garden games and heated pool (available mid-May – mid-October).
There is an extensive library of books and guide books, CDs and records, as well as table tennis, table football and a dart board in the games room, a TV (no live reception) with DVD/Video player and a large collection of videos to suit all ages - if you are there long enough for everything else to pall.
It has a calming atmosphere all of its own, as well as an ability to seemingly expand to absorb large parties and to feel homely if there are only two of you. Perhaps it is something to do with being the site of a monastery farm for many centuries and being able to shut out the world with the enormous courtyard gates. Who knows, but families who have stayed and come back again and again have said it is one of the most relaxing holidays they have had, as the children are fully occupied and there is plenty of space for everyone to enjoy themselves.
Over the years, some of our visitors have used the house for everything from celebrating landmark anniversaries and re-unions, family holidays with grandparents or just enjoying good food and drink with friends, to spending a quiet romantic weekend “à deux” enjoying the tranquillity of the house and garden. The minimum stay is two nights and it is available every day of the year when not being used by the family.
Come and visit and experience the magic of The Farmhouse at Delettes.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||All around from Dunkirk to Le Touquet 50 km|
|Will consider||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: Lille 35 km, Nearest railway: St Omer 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (7), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
There is full oil fired central heating so that even in winter the Farmhouse is warm and cozy inside.
The games room has a full-sized table tennis table, table football and darts. There is a music centre and a TV (no live reception) with video and DVD player and a large collection of videos for all ages and tastes.
There are lots and lots of books, including a library of the military history of the area, particularly the First and Second World Wars as well as hundred years war (Agincourt). (see below).
In the sitting room there is a music centre with a wide range of records, CDs and tapes. The sitting room has a log burning stove.
There are jigsaws and board games, including Pas de Calais Monopoly,Risk,Tyrants Tower etc and numerous packs of cards. You can even revisit your childhood with a game of tiddlywinks or marbles.
The kitchen is set up for foodies – for those who like to cook as well as eat. The available ingredients in the market and hypermarkets (let alone locally) will leave you spoiled for choice. It has a cooker/oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, coffee machine, kettle, toaster and a basic stock of herbs and spices, rice, pasta, etc right down to oyster openers and garlic crushers. We like to cook. There is a cellar under the kitchen for really smelly cheeses and wine with a spare fridge in the utility room for overflow when you have bought just a little too much in the market!
The large master bedroom has a double bed (and a single bed if you need a small child to share) with views over the garden whilst the other three bedrooms have twin beds and views into the courtyard. The games room has a Futon and a sofa bed and there are two Z beds for use by children along with two travel cots and high chairs for smaller children.
There are 2 separate loos upstairs and a separate shower room and a separate loo downstairs with an additional shower room and bathroom. There is a utility room with washing machines and tumble dryers with a spare fridge.
The Farmhouse is looked after by our French housekeeper and her family. They live in the village and are available to assist you if needed. They can supply fresh eggs (if the hens are laying) and fresh milk and butter direct from their farm.
|Further details outdoors|
The private courtyard is huge and is closed in on all four sides, with lockable solid gates that would do a small castle credit. It has its own micro-climate, which makes it usable for sitting out or eating outside much earlier or later in the year than you would normally expect. It is a great place to get that tan in summer whilst listening to your favourite music through the sitting room windows or to eat outside in the evenings. For more information and photos of The Farmhouse and immediate area please Google "Hamilton Holiday Houses" for our website.
The main barn at one end of the courtyard has a full size trampoline and swing set on a bark base, with 5- aside sized football nets, a marked out badminton court, a basketball net and ride- on toys (for use by smaller children only, please). Once the big gates from the road into the courtyard are closed (they can be locked on the inside) the courtyard and garden provide an enormous secure play area for children
In the barn between the courtyard and the garden you will find garden badminton sets, boules sets, footballs, cricket bats and stumps, hockey sticks, boules, garden Jenga etc. There is also a barbecue and extra tables for eating outside and garden chairs.
The garden is big enough for a good game of cricket or even 5 aside football, and there are goal posts which can be used in the garden in the summer and in the main barn in winter if it is raining.
The heated swimming pool in the garden is 10 metres by 5 metres and over 1 metre deep. It is fully enclosed with a wall for security with a lockable door. it is usually open from mid-May to mid-October and with the high wall around it is a sun trap, catching the sun until late evening.
All house linen including bath towels are included. Please bring your own swimming towels.
There are no extras for utilities. If you use the telephone or use firewood there is an honesty box for putting in an approprite payment.
Well behaved dogs are accepted. Please confirm with us first of all.
We allow smoking downstairs in the Farmhouse but not upstairs. We ask you to be careful with your cigarette ends and make sure you put them out and pick them up as there is a lot of wood around in the barns.
The swimming pool is heated and is normally available between mid-May and mid-October . However both opening and closing dates of the pool will vary depending upon the weather. A cold May will delay the opening of the pool and a cold October will cause the pool to be closed earlier as the heated pool relies on an air heater and if there is not sufficient air temperature it will not work.
As required by French Law we ask you to sign a statement of responsibility and supervision when there will be younger children using the swimming pool. When there are younger children at the house or if they are not reasonable swimmers, it is your responsibility to provide adequate supervision at all times, and ensure that the pool, which is in a secure area, is locked when not in use or supervised. Please bring your own armbands/flotation devices. Fins and any object that may damage the pool liner are not allowed in the pool.
Whilst we are wheel chair accessible it would mean that the person concerned would need to sleep in the games room on the Futon or Sofabed.
If you are interested in fishing then please enquire on booking.
Northern France region
Northern France has rolling countryside with streams and valleys plus great beaches, and as an area steeped in history - much of it ours - there is a lot to be discovered and visited. The Northern French are very welcoming and hospitable. Even though you are only just into France you do not have to drive hundreds of miles further on to discover the real France or to eat and drink well!
The climate is different from the UK, whilst you are only 45 minutes into France you are level with South Cornwall! The summer tends to be hotter (certainly if you are in our sun trap courtyard or enclosed pool area you could think you were hundreds of miles further south) and the winters can be a little colder.
It is certainly not all flat as you might suppose from driving down the A26 autoroute which skirts the area of the Parc National coming back out from the coast South of Calais. Going in towards the coast you travel through countryside crossed by rolling hills and valleys with streams.
It is excellent walking and cycling country and you will be surprised at how empty and unspoiled it is. Part of this is from historical reasons as people banded together in villages for protection from the marauding armies that have marched through this part of France over the centuries.
There are interesting towns, some of them fortified, museums and battlefields going back over many centuries as this part of the country has been under the control of many nations before it became part of France.
The coast, the Cote d'Opal, is known for its clear light and sandy beaches and compared to the opposite English coastline, why the French got all the sand one just does not know. From Cap Gris Nez and Cap Blanc Nez the English coastline and the multitude of ships that plough up and down the channel are clearly visible.
Instead of driving straight through this fascinating and pretty part of France spending a couple of days travelling south, do spend the time you have saved to relax and discover our region. There is nowhere better to base yourself than at The Farmhouse at Delettes, the site on which it stands goes back at least 600 years. It is within easy reach of the coast and major towns.
Everyone comments on how peaceful and relaxing the house and surrounding courtyard (which is totally private), and the garden can be, but if you are feeling energetic there is no shortage of things to in and around the house and garden or in the surrounding area, whatever the time of year.
Some people rarely venture out of the Farmhouse, preferring to stay put and chill in the house, courtyard, garden and heated pool. Nevertheless, if you want a change from its delights there is an extensive range of guidebooks for the region in the games room and a “House Book” (which is actually a lever arch file) bulging with ideas for things to do and places to visit
Delettes village has a village tennis court (open in the summer only) and petanque court opposite the house by the river.
The local country roads and tracks across the fields are excellent for walking (or cycling if you take your own bicycles). The surrounding countryside is lovely, with a rolling landscape and a seemingly endless sky. There are sweeping views from the top of the hills across valleys. If anyone ever told you that Pas de Calais is flat and boring you will soon discover how wrong they were as you toil your way up the hill out of the village! The local tourist board has developed a network of marked paths following farm tracks and circular routes walking (and cycling) at all levels of ability. There are guidebooks and maps for these in the farmhouse.
Our local church, rebuilt in 1646, has recently been restored and is well worth a visit. Services are irregular, as Delettes shares a priest with other villages, so check with our housekeeper, Anne-Marie Bruge, if you would like to worship there.
There are two bars in the village, both of which welcome our visitors. The one nearer the house, which is also a tabac, usually has a poster showing upcoming events in the area.
St Omer is the local cathedral city with a vibrant market square. The rest of this small city has a wealth of 18th and 19th century buildings in cobbled winding streets, small squares and alleyways, and wonderful roof-scapes. The Sandelin regional museum is well worth a visit, as is the 15th century cathedral. Look out for the altar to St Erkembode, local patron saint of feet, the astronomical clock and the bas-relief of Mary feeding Jesus with a cat sitting at her feet, which is not only very pretty but a very early example of the genre. There is an excellent food market on Saturday morning with regional food including food to take away and lots of clothes shops to browse.
In summer there are boat trips on the waterways of Clairmarais ( a sort of agricultural Venice - you will see its produce in St Omer market) which wind between market gardens and little houses which can only be reached by boat and the preserved enormous barge lift on the Canal de L'AA to look at. There is a preserved railway line that also serves La Coupole rocket museum.
Aire Sur la Lys also has some fine medieval buildings and a Friday market. Lille is about 1 hour away and well worth a visit.
Because of its history Northern France has a number of fotified towns. The walled town of Montrieul-sur-Mer (of “Les Miserables” fame) is on the way to Le Touquet and has excellent restaurants and the walled and moated town at Bergues is north of St Omer. The fortress at Gravelines on the coast is worth a visit as is Nausica in Boulogne and Old Boulogne town.
To the north is Cassel where the grand old Duke of York, of nursery rhyme fame, marched his 10,000 men up and down again on the way back from his Flandrers campaign. An old Roman strong point It has magnificent views in all directions, was Marshall Foch's HQ in the First World War and is on a route to the Western Front at Ypres (60 minutes away).
Battlefields and museums
For those interested in history or with children studying the First World War, the Western Front is about 75 minutes away. The “Flanders Fields” museum in the Cloth Hall at Ypres and the Last Post ceremony at 8pm every night at the Menin Gate are not to be missed nor is the cafe/museum at Sanctuary Wood. To the South Vimy Ridge with its tunnels and trench system and the Somme are about the same distance, with a superb museum at Peronne and a new museum at the Thiepvil monument near Newfoundland memorial park.
The Hundred Years War is well represented as Agincourt (now Azincourt), has a brand new visitor centre and museum about 30 minutes from the house and Crecy about an hour away. Henry VIII fought “The Battle of the Spurs” just up the road from the house (immortalised by the painting in Hampton Court Palace), and then unsuccessfully besieged what was then the local city of Thérouanne. Modern Thérouanne is our local town and has a museum. The old city, finally destroyed after the siege of 1553, is an archaeological site which can be visited. The Field of Cloth of Gold is near Ardres towards the coast.
The Second World War is represented by a number of museums in the area including the spectacular rocket and history museum La Coupole at Wizernes, the V2 base at Eperlecques, the V3 super-gun memorial museum at Mimoyecques as well as the Atlantic Wall Museum near Cap Gris Nez. Dunkirk is about 60 minutes away via Cassel.
The walled and fortified towns of old Boulogne, Montrieul Sur Mer, Bergues and Gravelines hark back to an earlier period. The old walled towns of Boulogne and Bergues are well worth a visit.
The “Opal coast” between Calais and Boulogne and stretching down to Le Touquet is renowned for its beautiful light with pretty beaches and coves and its miles of sandy beaches . Le Touquet is the best known resort, with magnificent white sand beaches, which are also used for sand yachting, and a lively esplanade with a tide that goes out to the horizon.
There is also stylish Wimereux and the resort of Wissant, where you can sit on the beach and watch the boats dodge each other in the English Channel as well as smaller village resorts. To the south iand across the Somme estuary just into normandy is the pretty seaside town of St Valery sur Somme from where William the Conqueror set sail to England and Henry V passed through on his way to Calais eventually via Agincourt. On the Pas de Calais side of the estuary is Le Crotoy with its large bird sanctuary and nature reserve.
Walking & cycling
Between the farmhouse and the coast there are over 40 marked walking and cycle paths. These vary in length from a few kilometres in length to longer ones. All are circular and are listed in the various walking guides in the farmhouse.
There a number of marked paths and off road walks of varying length around Delettes giving great views across the valley and the surrounding countryside. Local maps in the Farmhouse give a wide selection of walks.
There are endless possibilities for good eating. Because there is not a very strong regional cuisine our local restaurants experiment with the numerous fresh ingredients available to them in the local region and turn out some excellent cooking at prices to suit all tastes. The Farmhouse reference book has lots of suggestions and comments on local eating and restaurants.
For older children, and their parents, who need some action there is an indoor grand prix Go Kart track on the other side of St Omer at St Martin-au-Laert, which has a great circuit and a bar/café area from where you can see the whole circuit from behind a glass panel. There is also a bowling alley there as well. It is really good value with special offers midweek.
Serious golfers will know that there are several golf courses on the coast at Le Touquet and Hardelot, but there are also a number inland from the coast, and a local one at St Omer. There is a golf course guide in the House Book. Only a few are heavily used and all welcome visitors.
There are riding schools and stables in the area about 10 miles away at Verchocq.
There is a wonderful local market in St. Omer on Saturday morning where you can buy cooked food to take away as well as cheeses, pate, meat, vegetables etc and a smaller market on Friday morning at Aire sur la Lys. The clothes and shoe shops in St. Omer are worth a visit. The Auchan hypermarket, with a wide stock of wine and food, particularly seafood landed at Boulogne – one of the biggest fishing ports on the Atlantic coast - is also known for its cheeses (with a great selection of local regional farm cheeses), is 20 minutes away and there is a Decathlon sports store in the same complex.
There is a very good local supermarket in Therouanne 5-10 minutes away open from 8am - 8pm (sundays 8am - 1pm) which stocks most of what you might need to buy. There are also several butchers with prepared food and bakers in town and a cash point.
Apart from our own heated pool if you are looking for something bigger then there are indoor and outdoor pools in St. Omer, and another indoor pool at Lumbres. There are two indoor water parks within 45 minutes of the farmhouse: Aqualud Centre at Le Touquet, which has a wave machine, waterfall rapids, and an outdoor water park open in summer and a smaller one at Agora in Berck sur Mer.
If the village tennis court if not open, or not up to your standard, there are good public tennis courts at Aire Sur La Lys and indoor courts at St. Omer at St Martin au Laert.
For younger children there is a small theme park at Dennebroucq, Parc Dennlys, which is 10 minutes from the house. There are several theme parks in the region: Bagatelle at Stella Plage is less than an hour away and Parc Asterix, a real favourite with our children, is about 90 minutes away towards Paris. Disneyland Europe is about two hours away.
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28 Sep 2014
"After 34 visits we now know we like it!"
We last wrote a review after our 27th visit, we have been seven times since and we have booked two visits in 2015. It just gets better and better and we are still finding new things to do.
The highlight last month for the next two generations of our extended family was a self-driven trip on a small boat on the canal system on the outskirts of Saint Omer. The oldies opted for a slightly larger guided tour but it was magic. We will definitely do that again. The house continues to be welcoming and comfortable and there is plenty to do for all ages. The owners continue to make constant improvements which are much appreciated. Roll on next year.
15 Sep 2014
"So fantastic that this was my 25th visit!"
As the title says - I've had the pleasure of staying here 25 times. It's a beautiful house / home and perfectly equipped for all age groups. Especially good for a large extended family / f… More
20 Jun 2014
"Fantastic home away for any group!"
We stayed with 2 other couples for 4 nights, and wish it could've been longer! This gorgeous house/complex is so large, with so many spaces, that we often lost each other- a very good thing after… More
15 Jun 2014
"The most perfect place for a family getaway"
We were 8 adults so the 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms suited us perfectly. Plenty of parking, loads of space in the the farmhouse to escape from each other if needed!!! Had some great family meals around the large farmhouse table, and the kitchen was stocked with every utensil you'd ever need. Smashing garden and pool. Visited many First World War sites and memorials, including Vimy, Arras and Ypres. Great rural location but handy for loads of stuff. Only 45 mins from ferry. Hopefully we'll head back soon.
14 May 2014
"A perfect mix of activity and relaxation"
Our stay at The Farmhouse was a great experience for both young and old. I don't think I've stayed in a place that caters for both so well. All details were taken care of. From a wonderful covered play area (including trampoline, badminton net, and swings) to a well appointed kitchen and dining area. And I haven't even mentioned the boardgames/tabletennis/video lounge, reading/music room, swimming pool and lovely big lawn yet!
The bedrooms were clean comfortable and spacious, bathrooms too. There was plenty of room for the 6 of us to stay and feel comfortable. So much for the Farmhouse itself.
The location was another thing that attracted us to this place, as it's placed in the middle between the beaches and cliffs on the one side and the wonderful city of Lille on the other. The town that the farmhouse is based in, is small and has only a few shops (no bakers, or supermarket unfortunately), on the plus side, it's very quiet and not much traffic is seen or heard.
All in all a wonderful place to use as a base for exploring the area, but with the added bonus that it's a great place to come back to in the late afternoon/evening, as there is so much to do there…or relax and read a book, while the kids wear themselves out!
One last word, the owners are very helpful and provide all the necessary information beforehand, there is a wifi connection in The Farmhouse and if that wasn't enough, an extensive library of books on the history of the area.
19 Jan 2014
"Superb surprise 30th get away!"
I booked the farmhouse for 3 nights over new year for a group of friends for a 30th birthday celebration. The location was peaceful and beautiful. It was a short drive from Calais and a perfect locati… More
2 Sep 2013
"Home from home but so much more!"
What a great holiday home! A short drive from Calais but in a very French village with fresh milk from dairy farm a few doors away. Perfect set up for my family as we have three children, two with Autism who tend to wander off if not constantly supervised - highly recommended for those with children of any age as toddler through to teenagers catered for. Once the big courtyard gates were closed, everything was safe so adults could relax and chat knowing our kids were safe an happy - rarely possible even at home! Fantastically equipped with super kitchen, comfy beds, herbs in garden, pool inflatables, maps, books... everything imagineable! Highly recommend - you won't be disappointed.
29 Jul 2013
"Perfect for families with young children as safe and secure ( enclosed garden and locked pool ... No pond or steps )"
Ideal for peace, tranquility and a rest .... Perfect set up for young children in particular as enclosed garden and locked pool .... Plenty of space ! We re booked as hard to find a holiday place tha… More
17 Jun 2013
"Fantastic accommodation for family holidays"
Situated conveniently close to Calais, this typically french farmhouse provides the perfect retreat for family holidays. The house provides excellent facilities - lovely accommodation including bathrooms for everyone and a really well equiped kitchen for self catering. The games room and swimming pool are fantastic, and with all the sporting equipment you could wish for (both inside and out), provides entertainment for all generations. We have been 3 times and intend to return.
2 Nov 2012
"The perfect place to stay for all the family - great house and location"
We thoroughly enjoyed staying here. There is a charm and warmth to the house and everything you could possibly want you will find here. The children loved playing football, basketball and badmington… More
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