|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
You can enter the cottage from either the village main street or from the courtyard. Once inside, there’s a comfortable sitting and dining room with beamed ceiling and tiled floor.
The kitchen, which leads off the sitting room, is fully equipped with a gas cooker, fridge, freezer and other necessities. If you like to cook, you will be pleased to know that it is well-supplied with all the essentials.
The shower room and separate toilet are also on the ground floor.
Upstairs, a double bedroom provides plenty of space for a cot if required. The other bedroom has two single beds. Both rooms have plenty of hanging and storage space.
There is a washing machine in a laundry room shared with our other rental cottage, L'aiguille.
La Bobine has electric heating, UK tv and dvd player, and a wifi connection.
There is a large garden, ideal for childrens' games, with outdoor furniture and BBQ.
A cot and high chair are available.
Both of our cottages have been renovated and thoughtfully furnished to create a relaxed, child-friendly home from home. We are barely an hour’s drive from Calais but are firmly in the traditional French countryside. Country ways and traditions are still strong; this is ‘real France – real close.' Aix-en-Issart is a small village of 280 souls situated on the Bras de Brosne trout river. There are a number of walks and cycle routes and, in the summer, the village hosts the Bras de Brosne festival. This diverse region of France makes for a good holiday: sightseeing and history, stunning beaches and children’s activities, mainstream shopping as well as lots of little markets and brocantes to potter round, golf, water sports and activities.
Sue and Peter Sharp have lived and worked in France for 15 years (2017). We moved here after a busy life in London, in search of a different way of life and a different way of earning a living. We still miss some things about the UK - family, of course. Sue misses John Lewis department store. We used to miss Chinese food, but there's now a large restaurant and takeaway in Boulogne, so we can get a fix!
Susan Sharp purchased this cottage in 2002
House hunting took three solid months and it's a testament to our marriage that we survived it! We needed a house that could provide a home for us, two gites and a studio for Sue, who designs and makes quilts, and teaches. The right place took some finding but we got there - and now, we are settled into and enjoy village life in Aix.
We love the Seven Vallees area of France. Beautiful countryside, lots of quirky villages, plenty to see and do - in a very traditional, rural location.
Our 60-year-old Massey Ferguson is a special feature, entrancing children...and some dads. Although in semi-retirement, it's pressed into service for rides around the garden and is often the first destination for children who have been here before.
Sue has a large patchwork workshop and welcomes curious visitors.
We also have a large quilt studio in the garden, where Sue works on her projects and runs classes.
Once you have decided to make a booking with us, we will send you (by post or email) our booking pack, which includes information on how to pay. We ask for a 50 per cent deposit in advance and require a signed booking form to confirm the reservation.
In peak holiday season, we usually operate a Saturday changeover. However, out of peak season, we are happy to agree a different day.
Arrival is usually at or after 4 pm, departure at or before 10 am.
Notes on prices:
Special offers on winter bookings. We charge a heating supplement for October - April bookings. Bedlinen and towels are available for hire. Short breaks available - contact us for prices. Please see our website for more information.
It took us about an hour to get the the cottage from Calais and the directions we received were perfect - couldn't go wrong. La Bobine is in a quiet village about 10 minutes from Montreil and about half hour from the beautiful beaches. It's really well equipped and has everything you could need for a comfortable stay. Sue the owner is very friendly and was great to deal with responding very quickly to emails etc. We had three nights at La Bobine and a wonderful little break in northern France, can't wait to go back! It was just my husband and I staying but there is plenty of room for a family of four and the price is very reasonable - would definitely recommend, thanks Sue.
Special interest holidays:
Patchwork and quilting courses
You may have realised that the two cottage names form the phrase ‘Needle and Thread’. Sue is a well-known quilt maker and teacher, and runs workshops and classes at her quilt studio. The studio is well-equipped for anyone who enjoys needlecraft and is available for formal tuition or some relaxed sewing.
The closest (20 minutes' drive) family-friendly beach is at Merlimont but a 50 kilometre stretch of coast from Hardelot to the Somme bay (the Opal Coast) has a number of stunning long sandy beaches with dunes, boardwalks, cafes and restaurants, and watersports.
Eurotunnel terminal - 50 minutes, Calais car ferry terminal - 55 minutes, Dunkerque car ferry terminal - 75 minutes.
Use of a car is strongly recommended as Ax-en-Issart is a small rural village without train or bus connections. However, car hire is available at local towns such as Le Touquet and Hesdin.
There a local train services, including a good connection to Paris. There are airports at Beauvais and Paris, and a limited service into Le Touquet from Kent.
Montreuil sur Mer - 10km
Le Touquet - 22 km
Boulogne sur Mer - 50 km
Paris - 225 km (Disneyland Paris - 270 km)
We have a number of small local towns within easy reach (less than ten minutes' drive) for basic services such as supermarkets, banks, post offices, pharmacies etc.
Here are just some of our holiday recommendations:
Site-seeing: The walled town of Montreuil. Victor Hugo wrote part of Les Miserables here and a son-et-lumiere version is enacted annually: Hesdin (the injured and dead from the battle of Agincourt were transported to Hesdin's town hall and an good market); Boulogne (port, old city centre, shopping and ramparts): Desvres, centre of the local earthenware and pottery industry and another good market.
Fresh air: miles of golden sand running from the elegance of Le Touquet and Hardelot to the family-friendly Merlimont and Stella Plage: surfing and sand yachting; canoeing and kayaking: river and sea fishing
Children: Bagatelle theme park for older children; Dennlys Parc for younger children; Aqualud water park at Le Touquet; Nausicaa (Europe’s finest aquarium) at Boulogne.
History: Field of the Cloth of Gold; Azincourt; Crecy; First world war - military cemetery at Etaples, Somme, Vimy; Second world war - block house at Eperlecques, rocket sites of La Coupelle and Mimoyecques and the ‘Atlantic wall’ fortifications and museums.
Plus, of course, loads of little village for pottering round, country markets, great restaurants and bars from local dives to Michelin-starred establishments, and lovely countryside.