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House in Le Crotoy, near St Valery sur Somme - seaside village + sandy beach
Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size double bed, chest of drawers and sink. Bedroom 2 with double bed and chest of drawers. Bedroom 3 with 4 single beds and chest of drawers. Large fold out travel cot. Door hooks for clothes, no wardrobes.
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 14 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 8
Minimum age of primary renter:
All towels and bedding washed in hot water that’s at least 60ºC
High-touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant (e.g. countertops, light switches, handles and taps)
Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact
Cleaned with disinfectant
The house is 50 metres from the beach. Le Crotoy has wide, sandy beaches, a fishing port and a small marina. It is a wide river estuary and the water is shallow. Beaches nearby along the coast are better for swimming. Sand yacht and bicycle hire, tennis and riding are available in the village. There are guided walks in the bay at low tide and there is also a large bird sanctuary 2km away at La Marquenterre.
96km/60 miles, an easy hour and a half drive on A16 from Calais.
64km/40 miles, one hour on A16 from Boulogne.
Peage/toll from Calais is 5.6 euros.
Five mins walk to village centre. Ten mins drive to St. Valery sur Somme. 25 mins to Le Touquet. Two and a half hour drive to Paris, also train links to Paris from Noyelles Station, ten minutes drive from the house.
Le Crotoy has a number of restaurants, bars, shops, supermarkets, bank and Post Office. Two markets per week in the summer and one in the winter. There are also many extra festivals, markets and exhibitions during the year, particularly in the summer months.
- english, french
About Judy Hammond
Hello, I am a primary school teacher and I live in London. We bought the house when my children were very small. They are now 33, 30 and 23. We bought it because it was easy to get to from London and because it had the huge sandy beach which the children played on, dug holes in, made sandcastles on and learned to ride their bikes on. We have been coming here for 29 years and I am still not tired of the place. It continues to be refreshing and a treat to come here.
Judy Hammond purchased this house in 1989
Why Judy Hammond chose Le Crotoy
The Baie de Somme is a beautiful large river estuary with a huge sandy beach. It is perfect for walking or strolling along at any time of the day and it has especially spectacular sunsets. It faces south and so gets sun all day, 'La seule plage du nord qui face au sud", the only northern beach which faces south, as their tourist advertising says. It has long been the inspiration for artists and several live and work there now. I find the combination of the soft yellows, greys and blues of the sand, sea and huge skies immensely calming and restful and a lovely refreshing break from living in a crowded city. It is also very relaxing not to need to use a car. There is everything you need in the village and whilst there are interesting places to go to in a car, it would be easy to spend a week relaxing in the house and garden and walking on the beach. When the children were small, their favourite activity was to play on the beach.
What makes this house unique
Apart from the beautiful Baie de Somme, one of the main benefits is how easy it is to get to from the UK. It is a very easy hour and a half drive from Calais on the A16 motorway, which is not often very busy and 15 minutes from exit 24. Despite it being so near, it is still very french and there are lots of summer events in the village itself and nearby such as food and wine markets, music festivals and Bastille Day celebrations. There are also many brocantes or rederies over the summer, like our car boot sales or yard sales. Lots of opportunities to buy charming french items if you have a good eye.