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Privately Owned French Gite - Raye Sur Authie Farmhouse Nr Hesdin, Nord Pas De Calais for Holiday Rent

Our house is a traditional French Farmhouse set within the picturesque countryside of the Seven Valleys region in Northern France. Located in the quiet village of Raye sur Authie, the property boasts 4 bedrooms, a large family kitchen, family bathroom and a large living room with an open fire. We used it for our summer holiday 2009 and for another 10 visits during the year. It is so easy to get to. For us it takes an hour to get to the Ashford Euro Tunnel terminal, 35 minutes under The Channel and then about 1hr 15mins drive south from Calais. From Lingfield in Surrey we can do it door to door in approx 3 hr 30mins. This makes it a great destination for a quick weekend break, we bundle the kids in the car when they get home from school on Friday and arrive back on Sunday evening after a relaxing visit to France.

French Farmhouse (Fermette) in Raye Sur Authie, Hesdin, Pas-De-Calais, France
The Old Bakery is a t
raditional French farmhouse that used to be the village bakery
Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms)

For prices and further details please CLICK HERE to go to our listing on the Holiday Rentals Website

Hesdin Raye Sur Authie Farmhouse Fermette Gite Holiday Rent

Hesdin Raye Sur Authie Farmhouse Fermette Gite Holiday Rent

The Old Bakery
Our house is a traditional detached single storey French Farmhouse set within the picturesque countryside of the Seven Valleys region in NorHesdin Raye Sur Authie Farmhouse Fermette Gite Holiday Rentthern France. Located in the quiet village of Raye sur Authie, an ideal location for visiting historical towns such as Montrieul and Hesdin, a great area for golf, cycling and walking. The nearest village is 2 miles away with a bar/restaurant, mini-mart, boulangerie and charcuterie. It is just thirty minutes from the chic beach resort of Le Touquet. A car is essential to fully appreciate all this lovely area has to offer. The property boasts 4 generous bedrooms, a large family kitchen, and a large living room with an open fire.
Hesdin Raye Sur Authie Farmhouse Fermette Gite Holiday Rent
Built in the 19th Century with traditional methods this stunning property went through a refurbishment in 2001, the whole house being floor tiled throughout and a modern kitchen and bathroom installed. Three years ago new hardwood double glazing was fitted throughout including oversize front and back doors - installation was carried out by top french craftsmen. There is a large woodstore at the end of the house which used to be where the farm animals sheltered, that is now used to store wood for the open fire.

In the front garden stands a brick built bakery complete with ovens that used to supply the village with fresh bread (it now comes daily via a van that stops outside the house). You can just see it on the far left of the picture above. The house is set in a large enclosed, manageable garden of nearly half an acre mainly laid to lawn and with numerous shrubs, flowers, apple trees, and blackcurrant bushes.

External Features:
The house is set within spacious gated gardens which offer plenty of sunny and shaded spots. The large, south facing patio to the rear of the property makes an ideal setting for BBQ's and leisurely alfresco dining.

Internal Features:
Hesdin Raye Sur Authie Farmhouse Fermette Gite Holiday RentThe front doHesdin Raye Sur Authie Farmhouse Fermette Gite Holiday Rentor opens into a large open plan beamed farmhouse style kitchen/dining room. The original family dining table is an ideal place to gather round for a busy breakfast or relaxing dinner. The kitchen is fully equipped with gas cooker, washing machine, dish washer, fridge freezer and microwave.

Located next to the kitchen is the lounge, this light and airy room has beamed ceilings and a log fire. French doors lead from the lounge onto the rear patio and garden. One double bedroom and one bunk beds room lead from the lounge. At the opposite side of the house leading from the kitchen is an inner hallway/play area. From here access is gained to the bathroom providing a bath with shower over, washbasin, wc and heated towel rail. At this side of the house are the other 2 bedrooms, currently one used as a double and one twin bed room. Heating throughout is by use of electric heaters and the open fire in the living room.

Kids Fun:

The house is our family retreat and so has various toys / games / DVD’s and videos. Feel free to use them. There are a number of sets of boules available, a set of 8 in a silver case, and three sets of 3. There are boules rules in the silver case. We tend to play on the pathways in the square. Go right out of the house, turn right at the end and the square is on the right. 

There is also a trampoline in the garden, an Air Hockey table and a table tennis table top in the house. Again please feel free to use these but any damages or lost parts will be charged.

TV, DVD and Video:

The lounge has TV and DVD player. It also has a satellite cable so if you bring your sky box you can access all the channels you subscribe to at home.

The twin bedroom has a playstation with two controllers. TV and DVD player.

The double room near the bathroom has a TV with DVD player.

The bunk room has a TV with video player built in.


A leisurely 90 minute drive from Calais, 75 minutes from the Tunnel, access from UK is easy. The countryside around Raye sur Authie is stunning, nearby is Crecy, Montreuil, Le Touquet, and other beautiful destinations.

Regional guide to Nord-Pas de Calais

Hesdin Raye Sur Authie Farmhouse Fermette Gite Holiday RentA region of festivities and human warmth where joie de vivre is a communal affair.

Just over the border from Belgium and a tunnel ride across the Channel from England lies the Nord/Pas-de-Calais region. Its major city is Lille, the captivating crossroads of TGV Paris - Brussels and London.

Nord-Pas de Calais has more or less the same climate as South East of England, that is to say a mild and temperate climate.
Food & Drink
Cheeses: Maroilles, Boulette d'Avesnes, Bergues
Endives and shallots, ratte du Touquet potatoes, Avesnois apples, cauliflower from the St-Omer marshes
Boulonnais lamb, Licques turkey
Andouille, andouillette sausages made with chitterlings
Coq à la bière , Potjevleesch, Carbonnade flamande, Mussles

Beautiful cities & places of interest in Nord-Pas de Calais
Arras, the birthplace of Robespierre, is the capital of the Pas-de-Calais region. Its two huge town squares, rebuilt after being destroyed in WWI, were originally created over 800 years ago. Surrounded by hundreds of Flemish-style houses and shops, the squares sit above a vast network of tunnels, which can trace their history from the French Revolution to WWI when the British Army used them as headquarters. The view over Arras from the town hall belfry is stunning and, on a clear day, you can see all the way to the Vimy ridge and the Canadian Monument.

Discover the treasure of Bergues, from the belfry to the abbey of Saint Winoc and the old pawnshop, which is now the Mont de Piété museum. Yellow brick façades are characteristic of Bergues' old buildings and the town boasts over 5000 metres of impressive fortifications. This small but colourful city nestling at the foot of the town belfry is one of those Flemish towns that time seems to have passed by.

Boulogne, France's premier fishing port, has been awarded the status of "Town of Art and History" and is indeed a gem. The fortified old town still contains its original city wall, a basilica and a château museum.

France's premier passenger port, Calais is the nearest French town to England and has been at the heart of centuries of conflicts, including the Hundred Years War and the famous encounter of the Field of the Cloth of Gold. It was also Emma Lady-Hamilton's asylum lace-making looms were smuggled here from Nottingham, an industry for which Calais is still famous today.

The diverse city of Lille has a proud heritage. Exuberant 17th-century Flemish architecture sits alongside charmingly preserved houses in Old Lille, while buildings dating back to the Middle Ages rub shoulders with the Euralille and Crédit Lyonnais, the last word in modernity.

Pretty walled town with cobbled streets and superb views from the town's ramparts, where Victor Hugo was inspired to write "Les Misérables". Every summer a "Les Misérables" sound and light show featuring over 200 local amateur actors draws thousands of visitors.

The market town of St-Omer grew out of the surrounding marshlands in the 7th century, when monks started building a network of waterways so they could farm the and. Today, the city has been awarded "Town of Art and History" status for its 800-year-old cathedral, architectural beauty and its quality cultural events.

The 19th-century boomtown of Roubaix was the first town in the Lille area to be awarded "Town of Art and History" status by the Ministry of Culture in 2001 in recognition of the quality and originality of its architectural and historical heritage. Discover the unique history of this town, which in less than 100 years.
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