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DE LA MER
* 2 bedroom
seaside villa * Garden * BBQ * Walk to beach 1 min *
Les Cottages de la MerII is one of 4 privately owned contemporary style villas located in a quiet residential quarter of Le Crotoy. Entry to the resort's beautiful sandy beach is just a short 300 metres away. While the old port and town centre with it's numerous shops and restaurants is only a 15 minute stroll or less by cycle.
The villa has a secured rear lawn garden equipped with a BBQ, table and chairs for outdoor meals and garden furniture for sunbathing - alternatively you can take your meals undercover in the conservatory extension.
The ground floor conservatory which doubles as a second dining or sitting area has a double sofa-bed/settee and a TV and DVD player,, dining table and chairs. It's sliding glass doors lead directly on to the garden.
The ground floor sejour room combines a further dining corner with a small but well equipped kitchen area.
Also on the ground floor, is the shower room which also houses the washing
machine and there is a separate WC .
The tiny but lively port of Le Crotoy is crammed with 24 vividly painted working fishing boats moored at its marina and is lined with lots of sidewalk cafes, full of life brasseries and good restaurants specializing in regional fish dishes and piles of gleaming mussels covered in cream sauce all fresh from the day's catch. The evening scene is bustling and Gallic with each restaurant competing for custom by offering some of the best seafood menus along this coast.
Whilst home to fishing folk since the 10th century the town is also noted as the last place of imprisonment of Joan of Arc. You may visit the old "jail" where she was held prisoner by the English for several months in 1430 and even walk in her footsteps (in the company of a guide) across the vast bottom of the Bay of Somme as she was led through St. Valery and on to Rouen where her fate. awaited.
But, Joan was not Le Crotoy's only famous 'visitor'. In 1865 Jules Verne stayed at no. 9, now rue Jules Verne, overlooking the port where his boat the St Michel was anchored and wrote his classic novel Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea. A little later, in 1899, Toulouse Lautrec set up easel in Le Crotoy and you will find his portrait of his friend Maurice Joyant on display today in the Albi Museum. Just after the turn of the 20th century the writer Colette, often holidayed at Le Crotoy and the town is mentioned in her work. A walk around the still village-like old town with its compact fisherman's cottages and turn of the century villas is a novel and fasinating way to walk off your evening meal.
Le Crotoy was just made for lazy summer days. It's vast sandy beach is the only one facing south in northern France. At low tide you can stroll along the sands and rocks searching out all types of shellfish and molluscs.
The wide tidal beach is also the perfect place to try out the local sports of sand yachting and giant kite flying. If all that sounds too energetic you could treat yourself instead to a leisurely horse and cart ride around the Bay's tide-out seabed or simply do what the French do and sit yourself down on the terrace of port-side cafe and watch the world promenade by.
Easily reached by a dedicated cycle route is
adjoining Saint Firmin-Crotoy with its excellent
sailing school and wonderfully unspoiled beach - Plage de la Maye. Along the
way you will pass natural landscapes of ponds and tall grass that
provide refuge for countless species of wild birds. You may also be lucky
enough to spot several herds of the region's wild Henson horses grazing in
the meadowland often compared to that of the famous Camargue.
To sum it up:
For a tiny old fishing port of Le Crotoy offers an impressive list of attractions for all the family - almost all of which are only a short walk or cycle ride from the cottage which means you can ditch the car when you arrive and get re-acquainted with your legs.
*Guided walks or horse
trekking around the Bay de Somme
Four cycles (3 adult/1 adolescent) included in the cost of rental provide the perfect mode of transport over the flat terrain of the town and surrounding region. Together they represent a saving of nearly 200Euros on local hire charges.
Electricity/heating: is meteredand charged at cost - you pay only for what you use. There are electric radiators in all rooms plus a gaz heater for out of season rentals.
Linen hire: Linen is available for hire or you can take your own - duvets and pillows are provided.Towels are not available.
Water: Water is included.
The cottage is available all year.
Price quoted is for
accommodation only. Other services whether included or optional are as
noted. Sorry, no wheelchair access or facilities for special needs at
Content & Photos provided by Marie Tarring
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