The Cow House offers you a charming, comfortable and relaxing home from home for up to 6 people.
The well equipped kitchen and large dining room gives you a chance to enjoy all that lovely French food and wine in a beam ceiling rustic setting.
The flower filled, sunny and secure garden allows children to play safely in the sandpit while you relax on the swing seat. Or they'll be kept amused in a playroom with toys, a dolls house, table football and an indoor swing from the ceiling.
In the evening, you can snuggle up on the high comfy sofa and choose from our selection of DVDs before heading for bed in our super comfortable beds. There are two bedrooms, both with kingsize beds and an extra bed.
It is a fantastic place to relax and unwind at any time of year. The village is in the Seven Valleys and has lovely walks, bike trails and things to do. The nearby Opal Coast has glorious sandy beaches, golf courses, a theme park, summer festivals and a brilliant water park. Paris is just over 2 hours away by car or by TGV from Arras.
The area has plenty of interesting history: Montrueil-ser-Mer is a fortified town made famous by Victor Hugo and Les Miserables. Visit Arras with its huge food market and lovely squares or follow the history of the First World War sites and museums throughout the area . Vimy Ridge is an hour away while the new musuems at Ypres or the Somme can be reached within 90 minutes. The battlefield at Agincourt is 20 minutes away.
There is a bakery in the next door village (1 mile away), the amenities of Hesdin within 4 miles and markets on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in nearby towns.Throughout the summer, every village has a brocante (think village fete plus car boot sale) throughout the summer.
As our own second home, the Cow House is a lovingly restored property with a high level of comfort and charm. We have packed away our personal belongings but have left things that you would not normally find in a holiday cottage, including books, games, toys and beach equipment. The kitchen is so well equipped that we have cooked Christmas lunch for 8 with ease.
We have had the house since our son Zach (now 13) was a baby. Thanks to Zach and his sister Ada (now 11) we are well equipped for children. There is a cot, a high chair, a changing mat, kids crockery, books and toys, If you don't have children please don't worry as there is lots of very comfortable grown up space without a toy in sight!
Our prices are simple: £495 a week except for July and August (£545 a week) or March/April (£395). We accept short lets at £100 a night in off peak periods. We ask that you leave the cottage as you find it and we ask for a £100 deposit in addition to cover breakages which is repayable within 7 days of departure.
There is lots of hot water and central heating for the cooler months covering morning and evening.
We provide bedding (duvets and pillows)
We have an English keyholder living a few miles away if you have any problems during your stay.
We have had many happy guests over the last three years and hope that we have covered the things you need to know. Please phone, text or e.mail if there's anything you need to know.
Here's what our recent guests wrote in the guestbook:
"A lovely relaxing hideaway, far from the madding crowd.. Very lucky to have been here" (June)
"We enjoyed shopping in the local markets, cooking here and eating outside in the pretty sheltered garden. We recommend L'Ecurie in Hesdin for a special meal" (July)
"The seven valleys were beautiful in the summer sunshine and the harvest is underway. The cottage was a peaceful well equipped base" (August)
"We have had a great week. All four arrived a little fatigued and all four now feel refreshed. The house itself is great for a young family in all regards. Wish we'd left all our toys at home. We have thoroughly enjoyed all the local attractions. The kids liked dressing up for the city wall museum at Montreuil" (October)
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom|
|Nearest beach||Merlimont 36 km|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Le Touquet 42 km, Nearest railway: Hesdin 7 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|General||Video player, CD player, Games room|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Single Beds (2), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details outdoors|
The courtyard garden is pretty, sunny and secure. There is a paved eating area with a table, chairs and parasol. There is a BBQ, sandpit, small playhouse, swing seat, and hammock.It is a mature garden with some stunning plants including a rambling red rose round the door. As the house is single storey it has 3 doors opening on to the garden making the garden very accessible.There is a parking bay at the side of the house for one car. Please reverse in as it is just about impossible to drive in forwards. There is space under the windows at the front of the house for an additional car.There is only one near neighbour who is very quiet so you will be undisturbed and not overheard. The house is opposite a working farm.
A £100 security deposit is payable prior to arrival and will be repaid subject cleaning/breakages/damages within 7 days of departure. There is normally no cleaning charge but we ask that you leave the cottage as you find it.
If you bring a pet, there will be an additional £20 cleaning charge which we pay to our keyholders.
There is lots of hot water and central heating for the cooler months. The fuel costs are included in the summer months. In winter there is a £5 per day charge to cover heating costs.
Bedding duvets, pillows and towels are provided.
We have an English keyholder living in a nearby village if you have any problems during your stay.
The Pas de Calais is peaceful rural area of Northern France with plenty of historical interest. The climate is similar to the very south of England, with slightly earlier and normally slightly warmer spring and summer. There are golf courses, fishing, walks, bike rides, motor sport, children's theme parks, beaches, shopping, ports, castles and places of interest all within easy reach.
Paris is accessible by car or train while, in a different direction, you can combine a visit to the new Louvre gallery in Lens (www.louvrelens.fr) with a trip to World War One battlefields. There are four Euro2016 games in Lens including England vs Wales on Thursday 16th June and a last sixteen game. The largest cathedral in Europe is at Amiens and there are lots of interesting places to go, both for shopping, wine, food, fun for kids etc. Food in the Pas de Calais is diverse, from basic local dishes served through family run bars and restaurants, to culinary delights in specialist restaurants. There is something for all tastes.
The historical walled town of Montreuil allows walks round the ramparts, but you are never far from the town centre with its shopping lanes and squares with outside dining cafes and restaurants.
The coast is close by with Berck being the liveliest coastal town. Le Touquet is about a 30 minute drive and has a wealth of upmarket shops and restaurants. Hesdin is 20 minutes with its famous Thursday market and friendly cafes in the square.
In summer months, a music festival is held, with live music of all types featured weekly. Brocantes (local markets similar to car boot sales) are held virtually every weekend at different villages in the area.
Golf courses abound in the Cote d'Opalle (Opal Coast), with challenging courses or those ideal for the high handicap. All are friendly and inexpensive compared to the UK or other countries.