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Delightful house with large enclosed back garden close to sea

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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About the property

House in Le Crotoy, Picardie, near St Valery sur Somme - Peaceful Seaside Village, 50 metres from Sandy Beach

Holiday house in quiet fishing village, very close to sea and sandy beach.

Le Crotoy is a small fishing village which is an easy hour and a half drive from Calais on the Baie de Somme and on the opposite side of the estuary to St. Valery sur Somme. House has parking for one car, enclosed front and rear gardens, two double bedrooms and a large bedroom with four single beds. TV with french channels. Wi Fi available.

Judy Hammond
Member since: 2005
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
9 February, 2017

About Judy Hammond


I am a primary school teacher and I live in London. We bought the house when my children were very small. They are now 30, 27 and 20. 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 27 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 Somme

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.


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

King`s Lynn,Norfolk

A great place to stay in Le Crotoy

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at Judy`s wonderful old town house for a week-9th to 16th July. So close to the beach and a pleasant stroll into the town centre and the port.

We were blessed with fine warm weather and made the most of it !!

Lots of good resturants--plenty of mussels,fish and good wine !

We took the steam train to St Valery-sur-Somme to explore the old town -very popular.

There is a big market on a Friday at the port-very French ! and beware no one really speaks any English and in fact we did not see one other british car in Le Crotoy for the whole week--marvellous.

We had a bit of a problem parking off road in the driveway--apparently the gates open outwards onto the pavement so we decided to park on the road --no problems for the whole week.

We had a great,peaceful holiday and will return to this region in the future.

Rod & Zanette


  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rod and Zanette, Thank you for taking the time to write your nice review. I am glad that you had good weather and enjoyed your week. I like the fact that it is so close to Britain but feels so very French and you are right, you have lots of opportunity to practise your french as they don't speak much english. Re:parking, the gates do open outwards and then can be closed when the car is in, but, as you say, often no problems just parking on the road anyway. Thank you again for the review. best wishes, Judy
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Fantastic Laura Ashley chic cottage

  • 5 of 5

The description was very detailed and corresponded exactly. I would say a car bigger than mine, Picasso C3, would not be able to access the front parking space though. The house was very well equipped, we had atrocious weather during our week stay but the store of games, books, videos, and enough space to spread out meant we had a wonderful time anyway.

There were 5 of us, we hired bikes from the hotel opposite and tried the train station at Noyelles, but trains on strike...so no Paris.

The property was clean but well lived in. We felt as if we were in someone's much loved home.

We shopped locally, big shop at Lidl in Rue but local fish and beautiful bread from le Pain Dore, daily. We walked, although wet, across the causeway and admired the wildlife. We walked daily into town along the beach.

The house had all we could ask for and more; it is difficult writing such a good review as I worry I will not be able to book it next time! I would really recommend this house, and its owner to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review and I am so glad that you had a good time. You are right, it is a much loved home that we have had for nearly 30 years and we still love going there. Refreshing and renewing is on-going, we have repainted the bathroom and installed a new sofa since you were there, but I hope that the books, pictures, objects and games always make it feel very comfortable and relaxing. I am sorry that you had bad weather but glad you got out and looked at it. The beach and sea are always fascinating to be near. Thank you again for taking the time to post your kind review and I look forward to hearing from you again.
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  • 5 of 5

The house was very big for the four of us. We were blessed with good weather, the house was so French and equipped with everything you could want. We cooked a lot, sat out on the balcony and conversed in very bad french with our French neighbour (whose dog was named Sarcozy!). The bedrooms were quite hot at night, but this did not overduly bother us. The parking space was most welcome and there is plenty to explore in the area. I would gladly return - it was a dream holiday for us. The only tiny quibble came from the teenager - no wifi???

  • Review Submitted: May 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful restfull

  • 3 of 5

A charming rustic typically French retreat.

Ideal location 2 minute walk to the lovely Sandy Beach

Short walk to the port with its market. Numerous bars/restaurants

Also within a couple of minutes walk, great to park the car and wander

Catch the local train and take a boat trip.

Would we go back a BIG FAT Yes

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Le Crotoy

  • 5 of 5

This was a lovely home to stay in. Well-equipped with a superb location. Big enough for 8 people. We will definitely return.I have already recommended it to others.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Southwick, Brighton

Home from home

  • 4 of 5

This lovely house is perfectly located close to the beach and with plentiful restaurants and shops within walking distance. Great size house for us - family of four. The kitchen contained everything we needed, the bathroom's huge, with a good powerful shower. The water in the sink took ages to drain though, which was a bit of a pain when washing. The lounge and dining room are really homely. Enjoyed watching a few dvds in the evenings. Also appreciated the games provided, particularly yahtzee, which gave us several hours of competitive entertainment! Lovely big garden where many hours were spent enjoying the sunshine shine during the day and the barbecue during the evening. Upstairs the bedrooms were of a good size, and the beds more comfortable than ours at home! The bed in the back bedroom is larger than your regular double, probably more king size. We took a fitted double sheet with us which didn't fit! As the bed is so big it was also pretty cramped in there, but we soon got used to that. The basement could be better lit as the washing machine is down there. The decor in the house is a bit tired and it was quite dusty, but overall it had a good feel to it. The locks on the doors really need replacing as they weren't particularly easy to operate and didn't feel terribly secure. Having said that the town appears to be very safe as we didn't hear a single siren whilst there! It is an area we would definitely return to, and we are already considering booking the house again next summer as we had the most relaxing holiday we've ever had. We were encouraged to cook more with such a well equipped kitchen, which meant we didn't need to worry about getting dressed up to go out for the evening. We enjoyed many walks on the beach and loved the fresh fish and food bought at the local markets. Overall I would definitely recommend this house. Le Crotoy is lovely. Be sure to pack your French dictionary though as it is very French!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lisa, Many thanks for such a very nice review. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay. It is always good to get feedback and I have noted all your comments and will try to address them. I know that the bed is a bit big but it is so comfy that I put up with the cramped-ness. I will add bed sizes to the house details though. Decorating in the house is on-going, and the look is relaxed shabby chic but I will have a good look at it when I go in September. Re:dust, the cleaner is usually marvellous so apologies it was less than spotless, will have a word. Also, note taken about the locks, will look at them as well but I have always rather liked the enormous keys and have never had any problems. I have had the house for over twenty years and it has always been a relaxing place to be for us so I am glad that you felt that as well. Thank you again for taking the time to write the review. best wishes, Judy
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Prices & Availability

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4 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Easter Holidays
1 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
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29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
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Spring Half Term
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
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3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
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Summer Holidays
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
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2 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
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Autumn Half Term
21 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
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4 Nov 2017 - 1 Dec 2017
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Half the total amount is payable on booking and the balance and a separate, returnable, security amount of £100, is payable 40 days before you go. House details, directions and keys information will be sent on receipt of balance and security payment.

Changeover Day:
Saturday to Saturday, whole week rental only, very sorry no weekends or short lets.

Arrival after 3.30pm. Departure by 10.00am.

Notes on prices:
Please see calendar on website for availability and prices.
Prices shown are for the property per week in UK Pounds. Prices include gas, electricity and cleaning.
Available for weekly hire only (Saturday - Saturday).
Not available over the winter months (November - March).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Le Crotoy in Picardie

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Large bathroom with bath/shower over, basin, wc, table for baby changing. Bathroom is on same level as living rooms and not on bedroom level, convenient for small children and babies during the day but down the stairs if needed at night.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Family friendly, seaside house. Enclosed front and back gardens, central heating. Very sorry but no pets. Outside: Large first floor wooden deck off the kitchen with wooden stairs to garden. Lovely sunny spot for dining. 80' grassed rear garden with barbecue, metal table and chairs. Utility Room: Washing machine downstairs in garden level rooms. Washing line in garden for drying clothes. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Double and single duvets and pillows provided. Please provide own towels and linen. One bed is king sized and the other a normal double. Cleaner and gardener. Other: Four rooms in basement, at garden level, with garden furniture, beach equipment and washing machine. Car parking for one car in front garden. Paid parking bays in the road but free parking in some side roads nearby.

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