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Beautifully renovated SNCF railway cottage

Bedrooms 1
Space 452 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Crossing-cottage was the old level crossing guards cottage and was saved, from demolition, and renovated in 2015 to a very high standard. It is situated in the Pas de Calais(Haute de France)region of France. It can be found between the wonderful 11th Century walled town of Montreuil sur Mer(home of Les Miserables) and the old market town Of Hesdin. It is a one bedroom,one level, property adapted for the less able,but suitable for anyone looking for a fully equipped holiday home. There is one bedroom with twin beds(these can be pushed together) with plenty of storage and hanging space,with free standing and wall mirrors. Next door is a shower room with large low level walk-in shower with integral fold down wall mounted shower seat and grab rails. The toilet is slightly higher than normal also with assistance bars,and a sink with storage. The living area is open plan with a lounge area with a 2 seater and armchair recliners. There is a 32" flat screen television with satellite English and Foreign channels,a DVD player and CD/Radio along with a selection of games,books and DVD's. The dining area has a table and 4 chairs . The fully fitted kitchen has a double oven Gas Cooker, Dishwasher,Fridge,Freezer,Microwave, and a large selection of small electrical appliances for a relaxing,enjoyable holiday. There are the basics,Sugar.Tea,Coffee,Spices,Salt,Pepper,Oil,Vinegar,Milk,a bottle of Water and of course a bottle of Wine to get your holiday off to a flying start.

All Towels,Bedding,Tea Towels are provided but please bring your own Beach Towels as ours must not be removed from the Cottage.

The whole house has Gas Central Heating and Instant hot water. It is fully insulated with Double glazing through out .

There is free WiFi available,but please be aware that it is nowhere near as fast as in the UK.

There is a patio area to the front,catches the morning sun,lovely to have breakfast and a coffee first thing, and a private back garden with patio area,table and chairs and BBQ.

There is a washing machine available and inside and outside drying lines.

The cottage is next to a rural working railway line,there are approximately 6 trains per day which take 4 seconds to go past and none during the night. This is the Etaples to Arras line.

Parking is directly by the entrance to the cottage and the owner is near-by and is happy to help in anyway to make your stay a pleasant one.

Crossing-Cottage is in the village of Maresquel-Ecquemicourt in the heart of the "Pays des 7 Vallees". The village has a population of around 850.

It has a Butchers,with a small selection of groceries,a Bakers van which comes round 4 times a week plus an automated bread dispensing machine next to the Café. It also has a Pharmacy,Hairdresser,Main Post Office and a small Restaurant,open at the week ends.

The nearest Supermarkets,Carrefour and Aldi,can be found 3km away in Beaurainville along with an Hotel/Restaurant,Brasserie,Pizzaria,Cafe and Train Station. Close by there are Tennis Courts,Swimming Pools,A Bowling Alley,Gym.Horse Riding.Golf Courses and Fishing. There are Waterparks,Funparks,Forests,Rivers for canoeing and Lakes. There is a large choice of sign posted Walks and Cycle Routes with Bike hire near-by. For those interested in History,there are many Historic and Military sites. Agincourt,Crecy and of course the vast array of beautifully maintained small and large War Graves Cemetries. There are Churches,Cathedrals,Chateau's and many other buildings of historic and architectural interest near-by and further out in Arras and Amiens. Both of these cities have wonderful Christmas Markets and illuminations or why not make a day of it and visit Bruge or Thiepeval,home of the WW1 memorial site.

The Cottage is ideally placed for the Beaches of Berck and Merlimont,where the Kite Festival and the Enduro are held. The chic town of Le Touquet is not far away with it's Boutique shops and Gourmet Restaurants.

Truly a wonderful area to explore,with something for everyone.

More Details

Member since: 2017
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
February 5, 2018

About Lesley

I have lived in this area of France for 16 years and still have not managed to explore all that it has to offer. I am part of the committee of a French club and spend a large part of my life socialising. I love the Brocantes here that are every sunday in a village somewhere in the region during the summer months and Bingo in the winter.

Lesley purchased this house in 2015

Why Lesley chose Pas-de-Calais

I chose this cottage as it is near my home and SNCF wanted to demolish it. I feel strongly about the History of any country being overcome by modern living. It was a 2 year battle involving me having to threaten to chain myself to the railway fencing which surrounds the property. But I won. I had to make some modifications which I was not happy about but compromise was necessary. Although it operates as a Gite,it was bought for my Mum and Dad to holiday in,hence the adaptations. My Mum,still comes 3 times a year and loves it.

What makes this house unique

Adapted for the less able. The beds are slightly higher than normal as is the toilet. There are grab rails where necessary and the shower has an integral fold down wall seat.


Pas-de-Calais House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 452 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Low level shower with integral wall mounted seat and grab rails. Toilet slightly higher than normal with grab rails. Sink over storage vanity unit.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • 1 bedroom with twin beds, storage and hanging space.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Please be aware that this cottage is next to a rural working railway. There are approximately 6 bullet trains per day,which take 4 seconds to pass. There are no trains during the night


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Nearest Airport
110 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
cafe des tilleuills
Nearest Ferry
94 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
19 Kilometres
Nampont Golf course
Nearest Train
80 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
23 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Relais de la Forge Lespinoy
Nearest Beach
28 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20.77
Refundable damage deposit $138.49
Cleaning fee $55.39
Stay tax $1.25 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

The cottage is strictly non smoking,if it is found that smoking has taken place(it smells of cigarettes) the damage deposit will be kept for a complete clean of all areas and materials.
If pets are accepted,they under no circumstances are to be allowed on any furniture or furnishings and if it is found that they have,then the damage deposit will be kept for a complete clean of all areas and materials.
Please report any breakages straight away as we keep spares like glasses and crockery.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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