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
French Farmhouse (Fermette) in
Raye Sur Authie, Hesdin, Pas-De-Calais, France
The Old Bakery is a traditional
French farmhouse that used to be the village bakery Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms)
The Old Bakery
Our house is a
traditional detached single storey
French Farmhouse set within the
picturesque countryside of the Seven
Valleys region in Northern
France. Located in the quiet village of
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.
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
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: The
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
bed room. Heating throughout is by use of electric heaters
and the open fire in the living room.
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
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
region of festivities and human warmth where joie de vivre is a
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.
Climate 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
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
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