|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Our beautiful cottage is a spacious 18th century fermette, combining character with a modern kitchen, bathroom and full gas central heating.
Set in its own grounds the cottage has a large enclosed courtyard and garden furniture perfect for lazy lunches and warm summer evenings. There is also a pretty front garden and a field at the back both with views to rolling countryside. If you enjoy walking in beautiful countryside, cycling along quiet country lanes, exploring historical places and visiting sandy beaches then this area is for you.
If you enjoy playing golf, Embry is 30-40 minutes away from at least five excellent golf courses. Agincourt with its family friendly visitors centre is about 10 km away, and the battlefields of the Somme are within easy reach. La Couple, constructed in 1943 is now a history centre with presentations on the occupation of Northern France. Nearby towns: Montreuil Sur Mer is a 20 minute drive away with much to enjoy in the historical streets. The town is on a small hill. A delightful walk around the ramparts gives fine views across the surrounding countryside and the river, with the sea in the distance. It is a town that oozes character, with the cobbled streets and old houses linking small squares. Once home to Victor Hugo the town is the setting for Les Miserables, which is acted out around the town during the summer evenings.
Situated 10 miles away Hesdin has an impressive central cobbled 'Grande Place' dominated by the 16th century town hall. Market day is Thursday, but the boutiques, restaurants and bars, its historic church and buildings, and its status as a 3 star 'ville fleuri' (flowered town) make it a town pleasant to visit on any day. The town also has a wide range of shops and supermarkets. North of Hesdin is the 'Foret d'Hesdin' extending to over 1000 hectares making it ideal for walking and cycling.
Further afield, visit Monet’s beautiful house, gardens and lily pond at Giverny, and the cities of Lille and Amien. Paris (and Disneyland) is just over 2 hours away by car or train . Aqualaud, a water land adventure park, is a fun day out for all the family. Nausicaa is one of France's top attractions and a 'must see' for anyone. Brussels and the medieval town of Bruges in Belgium are also a day trip away.
Beaches: The sandy beaches of the Cote D’Opale are 35 min away and great places to visit in all weathers. The wide sandy beaches are usually very quiet with lots of room for families.
Le Touquet has one of the best beaches in France, long and flat and clean with all the usual beach activities, sand yachting, kites, etc. At approx. half an hour away it has many shops and a casino.
Berck also has a wide sandy beach and is popular for kite flying, sand yachting and horse riding.
Either side of the Somme Bay are the towns of St Valery Sur Somme and Le Crotoy. Both have many attractions and plenty of restaurants most specialising in fish. St.Valery is a medieval town on the hill with spectacular views across the bay. You can take a steam train ride around the bay from either town and boat trips if the tide is high.
Living in London Mike and I both work in London schools. It is often used by our own family and friends.
Ruth Johnston purchased this cottage in 2009
We bought the cottage as a quick getaway from the stresses and strains of city life. Although we can get from door to door in 4 hours the area feels a million miles away from twentieth century urban living. Bucket loads of charm and history going back over at least three centuries mean that the cottage is full of 'quirks'. Situated in the heart of a small village community we love the sense of being part of French farming life.
The cottage has many unique features - the tree trunk which forms part of the structure of the house in the living room, the bedroom on the mezzanine floor where you can fall asleep watching the fire crackle, and the bread oven in the bathroom! We also love the secluded courtyard which is a wonderful suntrap.
A great place to get away from it all; a taste of rural France just an hour from Calais. We've been several times now an always enjoyed it. This time round, as well as trips to the coast (miles of unspoilt beaches), we visited some of the WW1 sites. Hoping to visit again this year!
We loved our stay in this cottage, very cosy and well equipped but a bit quirky too. A great courtyard to sit in and plenty of walks/cycles around (even bikes provided). Owners were helpful and accomodating and it felt like a family home we were able to enjoy. We returned with furniture from the local brocantes! Much more to discover so we will definately return.
The cottage is exactly as described...cosy and comfortable with everything you need. We loved the ancient beams, wood burning stove and the comfotable beds.
Embry is a pretty village. The Seven Valleys area is very green and the air so fresh, we felt a million miles away from London which felt strange as it was so easy and quick to drive there.
As we have an 11 year old son, trips were made to Aqualud (swimming with slides etc) and Nausica (huge aquarium ...good but very busy). There are sandy beaces about 30 mins away. Having no shops or restaurants in the village was not a problem as you have to drive everywhere anyway. We drove into Montreuil to eat out ( 20 mins drive) which has lot of choice.
The owners were a pleasure to deal with.
All in all, we had a great holiday and would heartily recommend this cottage to anyone considering a holiday in this area.
Our family (children 6 and 3) stayed in this beautiful cottage for a week in July 2014, and I can only echo the wonderful things that other guests have said.
The cottage oozes French rustic charm, with its red-tiled roof, wooden shutters, old beams, wood burning stove, back yard, and general higgledy-piggledy feel. There's a little grass garden at the front, fenced off from the road, where our children played and a gravelled yard at the back where we sat our enjoying our preprandials, and where one special evening we were entertained by a family of doormice.
Inside comes with all the usual mod cons though I am delighted to say, no tv, no wifi, no telecommunications, no outside world. At night it is dark and silent. It really is a very relaxing place to be. A genuine retreat from the hustle and bustle of life.
Embry, likewise is bucolic and quiet (no shop no cafe), just the low rumble of tractors going about their business, while we were there bringing in the grain harvest.
We went for a countryside holiday and enjoyed rambling slowly around the local local paths and lanes, but we also went twice to the beach at Le Touquet, about 45 minutes away, which is a huge, family friendly beach, with lovely sand, huge dunes, and a gently sloping safe shoreline, which the kids loved. And we also visited the giant aquarium in Boulougne, again about 45 minutes.
It's all about an hour from the Eurotunnel and the owners (though we never met them) made the whole process very easy-going.
The only downside for us was the lack of local cafes and restaurants, though we did have one memorable drink in the neighbouring village where the bar is also the proprietor's (an old lady who has been there for 69 years!) front room.
However,all in all it was a great week.
We have stayed at Embry a number of times now - which suggests we like it! And we do - although it's only an hour or so from Calais, you feel you're really 'in France'. The village of Embry is small, tucked away in one of the Seven Valleys. There's not much there - but in a good way, if you want to escape for a while. That said, the coast is not far away, with wonderful sandy beaches stretching for miles and some bigger resorts, if that's what you're looking for. There are also plenty of places of interest within easy reach. Last year, we checked out the museum at Agincourt, among other things.
The cottage itself is full of 'rustic charm' (and the odd spider!). It's mostly open plan but doesn't really feel like it is. It gets chilly in the evenings but the wood burner does a good job of warming up the main sitting area. And when the weather is hot, there is a pleasant courtyard outside to sit in - and the the thick walls mean that there is always some cool respite to be found inside.
We would recommend the cottage to anyone looking to get away from it all, and we're very much looking forward to visiting again this summer!
Oh, and the owners are wonderful!
We three Canadians spent a wonderful week here, after the rush of the London Olympics. What a needed change of pace! The cottage itself is charming and well equipped, and the location is central to all that we wanted to see...including war sites at Ypres Belgium, Juno Beach, Vimy Ridge, and Arras. After days of site seeing the local area gardens, castles and rich history, it was a welcome retreat to peace, quiet and comfort! The owners were very helpful in every way, as were the english speaking neighbours. Immerse yourself in the past and enjoy this Embry cottage!
Only an hour from Calais our charming cottage, in the beautiful Seven Valleys region of Nord Pas de Calais, is located in a tranquil village; a perfect setting for walking, cycling, fishing and horse riding. Embry is ideally situated between the medieval walled town of Montreuil Sur Mer and the bustling market town of Hesdin.
The sandy beaches of the Cote D’Opale are 35 min away and great places to visit all year round. The area is steeped in history with museums, historic cities and the battlefields of the Somme within easy reach. Mouth-watering regional specialties as well as locally brewed beers make it a gastronomic delight.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$183|
|Stay tax||£1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 10 years.|
Changeover day is flexible but usually Saturday in high season.
Cleaning is an additional £25.
Wood for the wood burner must be requested and is £25 per week.
For a small payment we will start your rental with a fresh set of linen and towels.