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The Master Brewer's house, with sunny garden House

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

The Master Brewer's house, with sunny garden

Excellent 5/5 Excellent – based on 15 reviews

  • House
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Description from owner

Description

The Master Brewer's House was built in the 19th century by the owner whose brasserie was originally in the building next door. He installed large windows throughout and a balcony at the front, so that the house looks like a Parisian house with its tall windows and high ceilings.

The house is a much-loved home and the decorations, furnishings and fittings reflect that. You can just relax in the sunny garden in a deckchair and watch the birds, or enjoy the many cultural, sporting and gastronomic delights of Montreuil and the surrounding countryside.

The house works best for a couple or 2 singles. This is because while the main rooms are large and spacious, the kitchen in particular, the bathroom and the shower-room are all small; "dolls house-sized" said one guest.

The main rooms face south and are spacious, sunny and light. On the ground floor, there is a dual aspect sitting/dining room with 2 sofas and a dining table. Off this, there is a kitchen and a conservatory.

The Master Brewer's House was built in the 19th century by the owner whose brasserie was originally in the building next door. He installed large windows throughout and a balcony at the front, so that the house looks like a Parisian house with its tall windows and high ceilings.

The house is a much-loved home and the decorations, furnishings and fittings reflect that. You can just relax in the sunny garden in a deckchair and watch the birds, or enjoy the many cultural, sporting and gastronomic delights of Montreuil and the surrounding countryside.

The house works best for a couple or 2 singles. This is because while the main rooms are large and spacious, the kitchen in particular, the bathroom and the shower-room are all small; "dolls house-sized" said one guest.

The main rooms face south and are spacious, sunny and light. On the ground floor, there is a dual aspect sitting/dining room with 2 sofas and a dining table. Off this, there is a kitchen and a conservatory. Beyond that is a bathroom with bath, basin and wc. Outside there is a pretty, south-facing garden and views of trees and the ramparts.

The ground floor is suitable for people with restricted mobility, as access to the house from the street is via a very shallow step. There is then only one step on the whole of the ground floor, between the bathroom/wc and all the other ground floor rooms. There is a sofa bed on this floor.

On the first floor are 2 double bedrooms. There is also a shower-room with shower, hand basin and 2nd wc on this floor.

In winter, the combination of insulation, double-glazing, large south-facing windows and central heating means you can come back to a toasty warm house after you have walked around the famous Montreuil ramparts.

The style of the house is intentionally not luxurious or high tech - in fact it's quite simple and minimalist. There's no washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, music system, ensuite bathroom, phone or huge TV (in fact there isn't a TV at all).

It would suit those who'd like a quiet, simple and relaxing holiday and who are prepared to look after an elderly - and slightly temperamental - house kindly. There is bar about 100 metres away, a fruit and veg shop about 300 metres away and a boulanger that sells good croissants about 400 metres away.

Location description from owner

The Nord-Pas-de-Calais region

Montreuil and Northern France can't be described as Mediterranean, but their great advantage is proximity to the UK, as it is possible to get here in about 4 hours by car from London.

The countryside is surprisingly attractive. It is very similar to Kent although the land use is different. There are rolling hills offering big skies and distant views over a landscape cut by deep, pretty valleys with peaceful villages, many of them medieval. Climate is similar to southern counties of England; we do get some sun in summer!

Montreuil-sur-Mer is officially designated as one of the "100 most beautiful destinations" in France and in 2016 came 2nd in a nation wide competition to identify "France's favourite town".

Montreuil

The release of the BBC series of Victor Hugo's novel "Les Miserables" will bring new visitors to Montreuil-sur-Mer as this is the town where Jean Valjean is mayor and factory-owner.

The new satellite of the Paris Louvre Museum at Lens is proving hugely popular. It's about an hour and a half by car from Montreuil.

Montreuil is a great all-year-round destination. Besides masses of summer activities autumn, winter and spring have their attractions too. In early spring, there are bracing beach or woodland walks with enormous drifts of snowdrops and wild primroses. Around Valentine's Day, nearby Le Touquet hosts the "Salon du Vin au Feminin", a wine fair entirely organised by a group of French women who were irritated when it was always their male partners who were offered the wine list in restaurants! Berck has a spectacular spring kite festival that takes over a large stretch of the beach.

In summer we are spoilt for choice; there is canoeing/kayaking, great biking and hiking along French "grandes randonnees" part of the extensive footpath/cycle route network in France, or beside the river, along farm tracks and quiet roads; trout and river fishing, and horseriding nearby.

Birdwatching in the Canche and Somme estuaries and at Marquenterre is very popular. There is sand-yachting on Merlimont beach or Fort Mahon beach - but not for the faint-hearted. There are gorgeous gardens to visit nearby; the Jardins de Valloires, the Jardin des Lianes and further afield La Plume near Rouen and the Gertrude Jekyll garden at Varengeville. Montreuil is about 20-30 minutes from huge, beautiful sandy beaches. You can walk for miles from Le Touquet, Merlimont, Berck or Stella; just brilliant on sunny days at any time of the year.

Many visitors come for the golf; Le Touquet, Hardelot, Fort Mahon, Wimereux and Nampont courses are all nearby and St Omer course is only about 1 hour's drive.

Montreuil hosts an enormous antiques market on July 14th each year with all the roads closed for hundreds of stalls throughout the town. It is one of the highlights of the year.The "son et lumiere" version of "Les Miserables" takes place on the last weekend in July and the first in August. There are also live jazz and rock concerts, often outdoors and plenty of "brocantes" (car boot sales; hugely popular in France), food festivals and flower festivals.

Locally, the Citadel at Montreuil (about 5 minutes walk from the house) is the main historic attraction. There is also an antiques auction in town every Saturday.

Le Touquet is about 20 minutes drive away and offers sophisticated shopping as well as plenty of summer outdoor entertainments, film, jazz and flower festivals, a piano music festival, a wonderful Saturday market, Aqualud water sports centre and beach activities."Les Malins Plaisirs" (Wicked Pleasures) is a 10 day festival of music, theatre, opera and comedy in Montreuil and surrounding villages. It's put on by an extremely professional group of Parisian artistes and actors and it celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014.

Day trips can easily be made to Paris, Lille (for "La Piscine" art gallery and museum) or Arras by train. Or Bruges in Belgium or Lens for the Louvre by car.

In autumn, there are harvest festivals and a delightful outdoor soup and bread festival. In September Montreuil hosts "Le Frappadingue", a 12 kilometre assault course through mud attracting about 6000 competitors and many more cheering supporters each year. There are maritime festivals in Etaples, winter concerts and Christmas fairs in nearby towns and villages. Le Touquet has unusual Christmas lights and a brilliant outdoor skating rink.

Montreuil is becoming a real "foodie destination" and has about 20 restaurants listed on Trip Advisor, all within walking distance of the house. One of them is the famous La Grenouilliere, a lovely 20 minute walk around the ramparts or along the river. There is a market every Saturday in Montreuil's main square, about 10 minutes walk from the house, and several supermarkets.

Please note, although Montreuil is called "sur mer" (on the sea) the sea receded 400 years ago! and the nearest beaches are 30 minutes away by car, train or bus or about an hour off-road by bike.

Montreuil is on the borders of wine-drinking France and beer-drinking Flanders, so there are some really interesting beers and lagers to try too.

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Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Iron
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer

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Access

  • Accessible for wheelchair users — please contact the owner for details before booking

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About the owner

Lesley D
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated:
22 Aug 2016
Years listed:
4
Based in:
United Kingdom

Languages spoken: English, French


This House has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 2. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 10 Apr 2012. Located in Montreuil-sur-Mer, it has 15 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £420 to £480.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 22 Aug 2016.

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“The Master Brewer's House has character and a living charm”

Reviewed 30 Jul 2013

The house is well located a few hundred yards from the centre. The parking is easy on this residential street which is part of the local community. You find yourself staying in a 'living house' with plants, window boxes and a small garden, which the owner suggested we might want to water given the hot dry days, so there is a feeling of guardianship rather than rental. Buying some fresh produce in the local markets or shops and preparing it in the kitchen to eat in the garden or at the dining table is a real pleasure. Alternatively, you may eat out. This is not a place for microwave food in front of the telly. The Bastille day celebrations in the town are a delight with a small marching band and lantern procession which passed by the house after dark on the Saturday evening. It was full of local pride and patriotism, rather than nationalism, but we nonetheless joined in! The place has the ambiance reminiscent of a time, real or perceived, from decades past.....You know the cliché. There's plenty to see and do in the area and it is a great base from which to explore. The owner's guidance and communication was really good and our experience was thoroughly enjoyable.

Thanks for capturing the atmosphere in the house and town so well. I'd thought watering the plants would be a chore rather than something positive, so it's good to see you enjoyed the guardianship of the house. Do please come and be its guardian again!

“Ideal for a short break”

Reviewed 21 Oct 2012

Just outside of the ramparts of Montreuil-sur-Mer this is a characterful house and an ideal base for the area. Montreuil is a very pleasant town with lovely small shops and restaurants. The old houses and cobbled streets are full of interest and it is a good base for the region with less than a half hour drive into Le Touquet. There is plent of room for a couple of a family and a small courtyard garden to enjoy the sun.

Thanks for your helpful comments about the town and the house. I hope to meet you again next year! Best wishes Lesley

“The Best house to stay in Montreuil-sur-Mer”

Reviewed 10 Sep 2012

This is a beautiful house, extremely well and tastefully furnished throughout, with a pretty patio garden for eating in the sunshine. The house is conveniently situated for walking into the picturesque town with it's Ramparts and wonderful views, plus you have gourmet resteraunts in abundance.We did not venture far,as we just loved the house and discovering the town. The owner is extremely helpful and informative and information on the area is all available in the house. Thank you Lesley for letting us use your beautiful home, we will be back.

It's been great to have had so many guests who've appreciated that the house is a much-loved home and have looked after it that way. I would be delighted to have you come and stay again.

“A wonderful elegant town house beneath the ramparts of historic town only an hour from Calais”

Reviewed 7 Jun 2012

We have just returned from a long annual holiday in France and stayed the last four nights in the Master Brewers house. We were completely sold on this beautiful house,the lovely town and the stuning surrounding countryside. It's an area we have always by- passed on our way to more distant areas of this wonderful country.Our next French holiday will be back in this house so we can see more. Montreuil has bags of character offers a range of shops and restaurants and is only a short stroll from open countryside and 20k from stunning beaches and the very chic Le Tourquet.

The house's first guests from Holiday Lettings! Thanks for treating it so well and do please come and stay again.

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