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Raw wood, birch logs and single-storey windows looking out over meadows and the surrounding woods - this estate seems to venture far beyond the lands of Hauts-de-France, towards Sweden or Finland. Inspiration for the property's unique atmosphere was drawn from these northern countries where nature and everyday comfort have long lived in harmony. With every aspect of the place inviting you to explore the wonders of nature, it is no coincidence that the guest rooms bear the names of distinguished ornithologists and naturalists. And if guests struggle to resist the call of the sea, there is nothing stopping them from taking a stroll along the beaches of Le Touquet for a few hours before returning to the calm.
In 2011, we began looking for "the" house that would be perfect for our guest house project. After falling in love with Orne, we decided to focus our attentions on my home region which is not far from Lille where my husband still works as a photographer. The viewing was not just any old viewing, it was a real encounter with the estate! Before we had even seen the property, taking the wooded path out of the village and into the middle of the plains was already a special experience. Who knew what we would find at the end of the impasse? Once on site, we were enchanted by the quality of the manor, the five hectares of rich land filled with old trees and a breathtaking views of the valley, and the perfectly arranged outbuildings. It was the full package: isolated, warm, authentic and natural. To top it all off, the diversity of the property's biotope attracts a large variety of birds, just like the whole region (Opal Coast and Bay of Somme) does all year round.
The manor house was built using tuffeau, a limestone specific to the region. The foundations were made from flint and sandstone. The four guests rooms are found in the outbuildings, the old barn, the stable and the dovecote. They have been restored with respect for the original architecture and a harmonious blend of tuffeau, red bricks and wood (Red Cedar).
The manor has served as a Knights Templar, Boulonnais horse breeding farm, a hunting lodge and a farm. It dates back to the 15th and 17th centuries, and the outbuildings (spread over nearly five hectares of woods, orchards and clearings) are listed in the "Montreuillois Farms" book as "remarkable buildings". The originality of the location, history and authenticity give the property a very unique charm.
It's all in the name: guests wake up "un matin dans les bois" (one morning in the woods) with a sense of calm in a timeless, comfortable and natural atmosphere. It's a chance for a change of scene, to shake up old habits, see new landmarks, breathe fresh air and reconnect with nature. The house is located on five acres of woods and park and we have arranged several relaxation areas for our visitors: a sofa overlooking the valley, swings, benches under the trees and a swimming pool for sunny days. Bicycles and a fully equipped kitchen are also available. Many visitors come back from a day in Le Touquet with a seafood platter to enjoy in the evening! Given the wealth of facilities on the property, guests can fully immerse themselves here without needing to go out. Whether visiting as a couple, a family or a group of friends, the house is suitable for all and can accommodate up to ten people! For our guests' enjoyment, we provide a lantern and pairs of boots so they can explore the area at night - it's a simple yet authentic activity! This is more than just a guest house, it's a therapeutic experience with nature.
In addition to the two starred restaurants in Montreuil-sur-Mer, there are many generous lovers of the region close by. At the "Au gré des Blés" bakery and pastry shop, Ulysse and Julie Toulet offer delicious pastries and ethical breads. "La halte d'Autrefois" is a goat farm where Valérie Maginez, passionate about her flock of twenty-six goats, offers cheeses and bread baked in a wood oven. "Le tea room - Tea together" is a unique tea room in a pretty farmhouse - it is run by a charming British couple, Nick and Judy Gifford, in Saint-Rémy-au-Bois and is the perfect place for "tea time".
148 € - 230 € per night
The rooms are located in the manor's outbuildings, they are farmhouse buildings and are all on one storey facing the orchard. With a surface of 30 m2, they are all equipped with a king size bed, a private bathroom (bath and shower), a separate toilet, a TV, wifi and a Nespresso machine. Toiletries, towels and "Sylvie Thiriez" bed sheets are also available. The family suite is a small 52 m2 independent cottage. The main room contains a king size bed and a sitting area. The second room is equipped with two single beds and there is also a large bathroom with a bath, shower and double washbasin. Breakfasts are served in the manor.
All rooms can be privatised for family gatherings or groups of friends. Guests have free access to a wooden extension with a fully equipped kitchen for ten people. The rooms are located in the manor's outbuildings, they are farmhouse buildings and are all on one storey facing the orchard. With a surface of 30 m2, they are all equipped with a king size bed, a private bathroom (bath and shower), a separate toilet, a TV, wifi and a Nespresso machine. Toiletries, towels and "Sylvie Thiriez" bed sheets are also available. The family suite is a small 52 m2 independent cottage. The main room contains a king size bed and a sitting area. The second room is equipped with two single beds and there is also a large bathroom with a bath, shower and double washbasin.