Local Area Information

Local Facilities: The nearest town is Crecy En Ponthieu, steeped in history and most famous for the battle of Crecy during the 100 years war.

Just five minutes drive away and here you will find a supermarket, chemist, two bars, petrol, bank, hairdressers, tobacconist, butchers, florist and the all important boulangerie for your morning croissants!

Picardy Region: Picardie is often described as the place where the 'real France' begins. Close enough for weekend breaks and with dozens of charming towns and villages, several impressive tourist sites and a wide variety of landscapes, Picardie is an enticing proposition for those who want to experience the French way of life without straying too far from home.

The scenery of Picardy is characterised by intense agriculture and the raising of livestock. With its beaches in the north, and fields to the south, this easy-going region has plenty to explore.

Picardy is rich in history. The battle of the Somme in WW1 made the beaches here famous in the last century, but they have featured in previous historic moments, such as William the Conqueror setting sail. The area is steeped in the history of the World Wars, with several interesting museums and memorials nearby, including some original 1st World War trenches and the Circuit of Remembrance.

Attractions Nearby: The beautiful Bay of the Somme is just 40 minutes drive away with a choice of two seaside towns for your lunch.

St Valery, on the south side of the bay, is sophisticated and cultured with its wooden boardwalk alongside the River Somme, its quayside restaurants and its ancient walled city ramparts to discover.

Le Crotoy, on the north side of the bay, has the charm and authenticity of a fishing port and marina as well as beautiful sandy beach- the only south facing beach on the northern French coast. It is relaxed and slightly bohemian. A place that inspired Jules Verne, Colette, Guerlain among others. Try the No Shoes beach restaurant tucked into the dunes or the many harbour side restaurants specialising in fish caught fresh and brought into the harbour that day.

The Somme bay itself: Boat trips or walks in the bay to see the seals and explore the surroundings.

Belle Dune complex at Fort Mahion, is a resort village of pretty, pastel clapperboard cottages set around a central lake. Open to the public it offers the Aquaclub swimming pool – indoor/outdoorheated pool with wave machine, jacuzzi and giant water slides. The Belle Dune Golf course is ranked amongst France's finest top ten courses and was awarded with the prize of No1 in the Picardie region.

Marquenterre Ornithological Park: the Somme Bay nature reserve. 300 hectares of sand and mud-flats that the sea covers twice a day.

The Bird House: (Maison de l’Oiseau) bird centre - a unique place for information and bird-watching. The closeness of the birds and the handlers’ knowledge will help you to recognise birds from their silhouette and colour and learn about their behaviour.

Abbey De Valloires Gardens: on the banks of the River Authie, a magnificent landscaped garden containing over 5000 varieties of rose and rare shrubs, laid out at the foot of a Cistercian abbey.

The Somme Bay Railway Line: 16 km-ride in an old steam or diesel locomotive train across the “mollières” and salt-meadows. Boat trips and walks in the bay with encounters with the seals and discovery of the bay.

The Somme Valley: Boasts the following attractions…its numerous lakes and ponds, “Archimedean screw wells ”, the Vaux Viewpoint, Abbeville, Samara Park (25 ha), Amiens and its Cathedral and Museum of Picardy, the Naours Caves (refuges transformed into a veritable town beneath the hills).

Etaple sur Mer: with its fishing museum, the spectacle of the bay itself invaded by the sea when the tides are particularly strong, and its floating hunters huts.

The theme park of Bagatelle: ( near Berck Sur Mer) is 40 minutes away by car.

Abbeville: with its shops, restaurants and hypermarket.

Amiens: Capital city of Picardy is a bustling university town that was once home to Jules Verne. Its awe-inspiring Gothic Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the jewel in the crown of Picardie's many historic towns with world-class cathedrals or châteaux. It is an interesting city to wander around with plenty of opportunity to shop and eat, with an interesting old town area on the river.

Quend Plage and Fort Mahon: for the huge dune-backed beaches at are very special.

Activities: Sand yacht and bicycle hire, tennis and riding. Guided walks in the Somme bay at low tide, seal watching. Bird sanctuary at nearby La Marquenterre. Aerial adventure in the trees and Crazy Golf at Quend Plage.

Golf: Golf courses at Belle Dune, Le Touquet and Nampont St Martin.

Skiing: Yes you can go skiing! Loisinord at Noeux-les-mines just south of Calais is the first year-round ski resort of its kind in France with two slopes 300ms high for downhill skiing. According to its makers, the biggest artificial slope in Europe, if not the world.



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