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B n B Accommodation in Nord-Pas-De-Calais
Within easy reach of Calais (approx 1 hours drive), Herly is the ideal centre for an overnight stay, a short break of longer holiday. Nestled in the heart of The Seven Valleys, this is a charming area and remains remarkably unspoiled. With its fine Opal Coast, charming villages, historic battlefields, including those of Agincourt and The First World War, The Seven Valleys is also an ideal centre for fishing, walking and cycling. With so much to do there is something for everybody
See what are guests have to say
"We have just returned from a lovely weekend at 19, Janet and Geoff are the perfect hosts! Going over and above board to make their guests feel welcome. Waking up to lovely breakfast each day, with fantastic evening meals. Lovely countryside with open roads, and only one hour from the channel tunnel."
"Finding somewhere to stay in this area has always proved difficult but, finally,we fell upon this little gem. These delightful people are just starting their business and they welcomed us into their home like long lost friends. Accommodation was in the stable block which was immaculately clean. Comfortable bed , and really everything that you would require.
Jan and Geoff Forster deserve all the luck in the world with their new business. This B and B is a sheer delight. Perfectly situated only an hour from Euro tunnel."
"Thank you for a very comfortable and relaxing stay in your beautiful Jite, which included tea and coffee making facilities. We really loved the grande room which we had sole use of for our family gathering. The facilities in the kitchen, laundry room and bedroom were fantastic. We will definitely stay here again"
"Really good stop before or after Calais, or as a base for exploring the area. Perfect for families, with loads of space and freedom to roam around. The bedrooms are just off the main living area/dining room, so the kids aren't too remote during the evening. Perfect hosts, if anyone wants an example of the ideal hosts, it's Jan and Geoff. Nothing was too much trouble, and they really care. We had an evening meal prepared for us by Jan and Geoff, which I'd highly recommend. They even served the kids at a separate time and a completely separate meal. So we could get them to bed early. Thank you so much for making our stay so enjoyable"
See what the critics have to say
We recently had the pleasure of hosting cycling journalist Richard Peace who came to review "19" with cycling guests in mind. Here is what he thought
Richard Peace reviews La Maison 19, a cycling B&B with self-catering accommodation within reach of the port of Calais.
"La Maison 19 is a great first port of call if you've hopped off the Dover-Calais ferry with your bike – my slightly circuitous route using a greenway to Guines and some glorious minor roads was around 40 miles from Calais.
5 things we liked
1. The building itself is quite striking.
Built just after World War II, according to my very friendly host Janet, it’s what is known as a fermette – a small working farm and offers the option of B&B or self-catering for up to 12 people at a time. For the latter the group rents the whole property, which includes a stable block full of nicely decorated en-suite bedrooms, a huge slightly medieval style living room and a smaller kitchen plus utility room.
B&B guests stay in the same rooms as long they are not given over to self-caterers and single night accommodation or longer stays are available however you choose to stay.
There’s also plenty of storage space for plenty of bikes; my single bike lived in the utility room whilst Janet showed me a couple of cavernous barns that can be used for overspill. La Maison 19 also has great plans for expansion of accommodation by modernising several of the attached buildings.
2. Relaxation space.
Outside there is plenty of space for lounging about on days out of the saddle, with the bedrooms looking out onto a lovely grassed area and backed by open farmland (including the local mayor’s cows in the field next door whilst I was there). There’s also ample parking space if you are bringing your bike on a motor vehicle/s.
3. Meals available on request.
Janet can provide evening meals with a bit of advanced notice and for a surcharge. My evening meal was absolutely superb and most welcome after a long day’s cycle (Janet says the nearest decent restaurant is not within cycling distance if you have been in the saddle all day….). Home-prepared walnut and mushroom soup was followed by chicken in cream of tarragon sauce and topped off with cheesechake and coffee.
Next morning’s breakfast was equally copious, and furnished with a huge coffee pot and boulangerie products fresh from the local bakery.
4. The friendly welcome.
Janet was a great host – and something of a local tourism expert. She convinced me that there was enough in the area to merit a return cycling visit. I was passing through on my way south, but saw enough of the local area known as the Seven Valleys to want to come back. Also within a day’s return cycle trip is the lovely sounding town of Saint-Omer. The coast is also within cycling distance and holds nice resorts and beaches.
5. Local history.
Anyone with even a passing interest in WWII will want to visit La Coupole just south of Saint-Omer, built in 1944 by the Nazis and designed to conceal the preparatory work for Hitler’s secret weapon, the V2 rocket. It’s now an amazing museum. If you don’t want to take your own bikes, Saint-Omer tourist office hires electric bikes.
La Maison 19 could be used as a stop off if you want to cycle from Calais to Paris. Whatever your reason for a cycling visit to La Maison 19, I think it’s a lovely spot and very much on England’s doorstop and so easily accessible via one of the many daily Dover-Calais ferries."
For many years we just passed through this area of France to and from our holiday, then one year we decided to stop. Straight away we fell in love with this very beautiful but underrated part of France and having continued to holiday in this area for several years, finally decided that we wanted to stay
We look forward to welcoming you to our home and hope that you too will enjoy everything that this part of France has to offer
Geoff and Jan Forster
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