Charming Detached Cottage in Picturesque Farming Village
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Nord-Pas-de-Calais cottage description
Our beautiful cottage is an 18th century fermette, combining character with a modern kitchen, bathroom and full gas central heating. The spacious living area includes a beamed living room with a wood burning stove and a dining room with a door to the courtyard. It has one ground floor bedroom and the second on the mezzanine floor overlooking the sitting room.
Set in its own grounds the cottage has a large enclosed courtyard with a BBQ 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.
The village has its own crazy golf course while 2 km away there is a go karting centre. Visit the chocolaterie or chill out in one of the local cafes; there is always plenty to satisfy all ages and interests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 2 story
- 55 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
- Not Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Pets Considered:
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Check out the old bread oven in the bathroom! Heated towel rail.
- Audio Tape Player
- CD Player
- Books - Fiction / Non-Fiction
- Away From It All
- Autumn Foliage
- Winery Tours
- Bird Watching
- Sight Seeing
- Horse Riding
- Scenic Drives
sports and adventure activities
- Equestrian Events
- Hunting Small Game
- Hair Dryer
- Living Room:
- Wood Stove:
- Linens Provided:
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Local Activities Guide
- Activities Guide
- Washing Machine
- Towels Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Local Maps
- Pantry Items:
- Dishes & Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
ReviewsWrite a review
Getting away from it all
Getting away from it all
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!
- Guest Rob T.
- Date of stay 08/06/12
- Review Submitted 06/10/13
Owner response: You seem to have summed it up perfectly. We hope you enjoy this summer as much as the previous ones!
Canadians LOVE this charming cottage!
Canadians LOVE this charming cottage!
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!
- Guest S H.
- Date of stay 08/11/12
- Review Submitted 08/23/12
Owner response: So pleased you enjoyed yourselves. Many thanks for the wonderful maple syrup!!
My husband and I have just returned from our stay in Embry. The cottage is really cute, very pretty on the outside and quirky but comfortable on the inside. Embry is a really tranquill, rural village. My husband is a farmer and enjoyed seeing all the crops in the surrounding rolling countryside. The lack of television adds a feeling of peacefull evenings just reading and talking, a very welcome change. The two single beds are super comfy and we slept better than we had for years. The owners are very helpfull and good people to deal with. A brilliant place to get away from a busy life and spend a romantic break. Thank you.
- Guest Jane S.
- Date of stay 07/14/12
- Review Submitted 07/24/12
Owner response: So pleased that you enjoyed the beautiful area and had such a relaxing break.
A chocolate box cottage in a chocolate box village, would sum up this little gem of a place. A sense of peace and tranquility as soon as you open the front door. We were blessed with excellent weather for our weeks stay, so didn't need the log fire, but we're almost tempted to light it just to have a romantic candle lit evening in front of the flickering flames (if we hadn't got our teenage son along we probably would have ) For those who want to walk the battlefields of WW1 as we did, the location is superb. Ypres is just 90 minutes away, and Loos, Lens are 40 mins drive. The scenery is spectacular the neighbours friendly, and the cottage divine. Plenty of places to eat quite locally, and loads of local produce in the nearby villages for those who wish to cook at home. There is no shop in the village itself, but there are delivery vans bringing bread etc most days. Clean, tidy and exactly as described ( go to sleep and wake to bird song) Boulogne-sur-mar, a bustling seaside town is less than an hour away, fabulous beaches, and an excellent sealift centre, the highlite of which is the sealion enclosure with a walkway through the tank, sealions swimming under and over you. Value for money. 10/10 Location. 10/10 Tranquility. 11/10
- Guest Graham T. (Ballyroan)
- Date of stay 06/22/12
- Review Submitted 07/03/12
Owner response: You've picked all the reasons we chose the cottage - fantastic location and charming home! So pleased you enjoyed your stay.
A perfect weekend away in a chocolate box cottage
A perfect weekend away in a chocolate box cottage
This cottage was a real gem to find and great value for money. We stayed for a weekend in May. The directions to the cottage and description of the cottage were accurate, but what cannot be described is the cosy feeling you get as soon as you enter. The Cottage was very clean, well maintained and the instructions on how to work the heating, electrics etc etc were fool proof! The village itself was very pretty and the views from the cottage are lovely. The neighbours were very friendly and offered lots of good advice about local resturants and tourist sights. I would suggest if you are a tv person to bring some dvds as the tv does not have satelite TV, but to be honest we didnt need it while we had wine and cheese! I would highly recommend this cottage to a friend or family and I look forward to visiting the cottage again very soon. Thank you so much Ruth for sharing your lovely home with us!
- Guest Laura M. (Chichester, West Sussex)
- Date of stay 05/18/12
- Review Submitted 06/25/12
Owner response: We are so pleased you enjoyed yourselves. Thank you for the lovely review. You're right it is impossible to capture the ambience in words but the cottage and the area are something very special! Thank you for the DVD suggestion I will amend the information I send out beforehand. Do come again!
Autumn half-term break;
Autumn half-term break;
We booked this break for a long weekend, to get some R & R; (rest/relaxation!) We left the Uk after work Friday evening and arrived after dark without problem, as directions supplied were easy to follow from Calais. The central heating fired up no problem, and lighting the log burner in the evenings made it very cosy. This along with a good book and a glass or three of wine was wonderful! The cottage was very spacious for the two of us, and we slept in the g/f twin room, where at night, the glow of the log burner dying down was soothing. Bathroom is large, with shower, plenty of hot water, and heated towel rail. Kitchen was well used, as we cooked at "home" rather than eat out on this visit, all utensils needed were present. Large supermarket not far by car, as found no village shop, although there was a mobile shop delivering to the neighbour. Bikes were available, but we opted to walk round village vicinity, and to drive to the Hesdin Forest. We visited Montreuil sur Mer, and walked the ramparts; also the Agincourt and Somme Battlefield museums. Finally "did" Bruges on way home. A car is pretty essential, though optional, if making use if the bikes! Will return!
- Guest Peter D. (London, United Kingdom)
- Date of stay 10/21/11
- Review Submitted 12/02/11
Embry et les Sept Vallees
Embry et les Sept Vallees
Embry is een rustig, klein dorpje in een prachtige omgeving. Hoge heuvels, graanvelden, mais en -bietenvelden. Beekjes, bossen, rustige dorpjes, kleine stadjes met mooie, oude kerken. Toen wij er waren, werd net het graan binnen gehaald. De boeren reden al heel vroeg af en aan, maar dat versterkte de sfeer. Er staan in de omgeving heel veel mooie maar wat vervallen panden, wel met fris gewassen gordijntjes en bloembakken in het raam. Als je binnen kijkt zie je prachtige tegelvloeren en oude meubeltjes. Als je van brocante houdt, moet je hier zijn. Elk weekend wordt ook wel ergens een brocante georganiseer en ook verschillende oogstfeesten. De geschiedenis van de streek is op veel plaatsen te zien. Van fossielen ed. tot de tweede wo. De cottage is erg leuk. De beschrijving is accuraat. Ik kan 'm zeker aanraden. Geen TV, geen internet verbinding, terug naar de seventies. Ik heb er heerlijk gewandeld met de hond. De winkels zijn niet dichtbij maar voor zo'n lekker bakkertje rijd ik graag heen en weer. Met de eigenaren is het goed zakendoen. Omdat het erg warm was, zijn we vaak naar het strand geweest. Dat was wel 40 minuten rijden, maar door een prachtig landschap. We zijn ook bij Le Crotoy geweest op marktdag, erg leuk! En bij Cap gris nez en Cap blanc nez, zeer de moeite waard, leuk dat je Engeland zo dichtbij ziet. Wij hebben een heel fijne week gehad in deze cottage in Embry.
- Guest Diana B.
- Date of stay 07/22/12
- Review Submitted 08/02/12
Owner response: Hartelijk dank voor uw beoordeling u en uw gezin natuurlijk een geweldige tijd gehad in ons huisje. Volgens Google is dit wat je zei. Here is a translation of your review. Embry is a quiet, small village in beautiful surroundings with hills, wheat fields, corn and beet fields, streams, forests, quiet villages and small towns with beautiful old churches. When we were there the grain was harvested. The farmers start very early, but that enhanced the atmosphere. There are a lot of beautiful but ramshackle houses around with freshly laundered curtains and flower boxes in the window. As you enter, you see beautiful tile floors and old furniture. If you love antiques, then you should be here. Every weekend is also a flea market somewhere near and several harvest festivals. The history of the region is everywhere from fossils to the WW2. The cottage is very nice. The description is accurate. I would definitely recommend no TV and no internet connection it is like going back to the seventies. I had lovely walks with the dog. The shops are not close but there is a good baker’s van. The owners are good to do business with. Because it was very hot, we often went to the beach. That was 40 minutes away, but through beautiful landscapes. We also visited Le Crotoy on market day - very nice! And at Cap Gris Nez and Cap Blanc Nez, very worthwhile, so close that you can see England. We had a wonderful week in this cottage in Embry.
Refundable Bond - We find ourselves reluctantly requesting a £150 bond to cover any breakages or for cleaning. The payment is due at the time of your final payment and will be returned to you (less any reasonable deductions) as soon as possible after your stay with us.Changeover day is flexible but usually Saturday in high season. For a small payment we will start your rental with a fresh set of linen and towels. The rental rates are inclusive of gas, electricity & heating, and a small welcome pack on arrival However we charge for firewood to be used in the woodburner. There is a £20 charge for basic cleaning regardless of time stayed.
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- Nearest Airport: Le Touquet at 18 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: Boulogne at 25 Miles
- Nearest Train: Hesdin at 10 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Le Touquet at 19 Miles
Year Purchased: 2009
About the owner: Living in London Mike and I both work in London schools. Our cottage is often used by our own family and friends.
Why the Owner Chose Nord-Pas-de-Calais:
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 Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
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.
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View of house
View of courtyard
View of surrounding area