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Large Traditional Family friendly Fermette in Extensive Gardens

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,920 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Holiday Home in Dominois, Somme, Pas-de-Calais - Peaceful Rural Location in the Lovely 7 Vallees Region, yet just half an hour from Beach

The timber framed fermette, all rooms beamed, in a grassy courtyard with barn and outhouses and extensive gardens to the rear, is typical of rural France. Ours lies in a sleepy village, with boulangerie and regionally famous restaurant just five minutes drive away.

The valley is full of woods, ponds, river and is a popular area for walking, cycling, hunting, shooting and fishing.

The world famous Abbaye de Valloires is just 3 kilometres away, and an ancient watermill that now houses a bakery and creperie.

Excellent golf courses and wonderful sandy beaches are within half an hour, and fashionable resorts like Le Touquet.

The region abounds with excellent yet inexpensive restaurants, taking a particular pride in local produce.

A perfect region from which to explore medieval (Crecy, Agincourt) and first world war (Arras, Albert, Bapaume) battlefields, or cities like Paris (1.5 hrs), Liile (1.5 hrs), Amiens and Rouen (1 hr).

The area holds many festivals and cultural events. The nearby towns of Montreuil (completely walled) and Hesdin are particularly interesting.

There are many child friendly activities, especially at the coast, including water parks, acquariums, amusement parks, swimming pools. It is a water sport and golfers paradise.

A car is essential. You

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Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, German, Italian
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Calendar last updated:
14 June, 2018

About Garrahan

We are two retired academics with a passion for France and Italy - their food, wine, history, culture, landscape, people. It was our lifetime dream to have places of our own there, and to share them with friends and family. Now we are happy to share them more widely with others who we hope will develop their own love affair with these beautiful countries.

Garrahan purchased this house in 2003

Why Garrahan chose Dominois

For several years before buying we had taken cycling holidays in Northern France. We were enchanted by a region that was so easy to get to, and yet so bypassed by English tourists. With the beautiful countryside of the 7 valleys, plus the spectacular Atlantic beaches, then the historical legacy from centuries of fighting with the English, we found it to be full of interest.

We discovered a region proud of its 'terroir', which means lots of excellent restaurants without city prices. Its roads are uncluttered, and yet there is easy access to lovely cities like Amiens, Rouen, Paris, Lille.

We couldn't get enough of it ourselves, and wanted to share it with our family and friends, so bought a nice big house in the countryside, near to a spectacular Abbey and watermill in the Authie valley.

What makes this house unique

We feel we get all the peace of the countryside, yet have the fun of the beach, or the cultural interest from endless festivals of music, drama, food, wine etc.

It is great spot from which to visit the 1st World War battlefields, or the Normandy beaches, or even the medieval sites of Crecy and Agincourt.

There are chateaux, walled towns, underground cities, gardens, golf courses, wind sports schools, and many other activities in an area that hasn't been spoiled by tourists, yet it is just an hour south of Calais. You know its France from the minute you exit the Tunnel, but you don't need the long drives.

We have gone every month for six years, but now we are retired we can go for fewer but longer spells and share it around with others a bit more.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Friends think it is an excellent party house, or for a large family gathering.

"When you sit on the patio and listen to the birds, all the pressures in life just drift away." Emma Tallantyre.
Nov 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Dominois in Somme

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1920 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Downstairs bathroom with bath, shower, basin, toilet in original wing. Upstairs bathroom with shower, basin and toilet in new wing.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms), or 6 in original house only. Bedrooms 1, 2, and 3 have double beds, wardrobes, drawers, etc Bedrooms 4 and 5 have twin beds, wardrobe, drawers, etc Additional double futon bed in the original living room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Parking for three cars within grounds. Safe play for children in enclosed grounds, but caution needed for open staircases and outhouses. Adults need to watch out for low beams in most rooms. Baby friendly, with travel cot and high chair. Outside: Courtyard grassed garden and patio to front, and long lawned garden and patio to rear. Sun loungers and garden games available, plus tables and chairs suitable for use on patios. Outside lights to front and rear. There is a portable barbecue. Hard standing for three cars on drive. Open barn and 4 outhouses. The house is detached, with neighbours on one side only and farm land to the other, with cows in field. Utility Room: There is a cellar in the original house and a utility mezzanine in the new wing. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are not included. The property is cleaned between lets, but can be arranged within lets for an extra charge. Other: Open staircases lead to the upper floors, and all rooms have open beams, tiled or wooden floors. Gardens and grass, trees and shrubs, with lots of room to play safely or lounge.


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Large Traditional Family friendly Fermette in Extensive Gardens
average rating of 4.142857 based on 8 reviews

Peaceful and quiet

  • 4 of 5

Lovely large house with plenty of space for us, 4 adults, 3 children 8yrs, 10yrs and 12 yrs old.The 2 bedroom `wings` meant 3 adults had their own space and shower room, our grandchilden and their Mum, their space too. We are all tall, so the low beams were a bit of a nuisance as were the ` trip` hazards, but we soon learnt to avoid them. Lovely to have good outside space. The kitchen was well equipt too..Journey good, about 1hr 20 mins from `Chunnel`, easy access to good beaches, takes 30 mins to nearest. Lovely countryside, quaint villages. Good small shops in next village, nothing walkable, you definitely need a car to be here. Supermarkets 30/40 mins away.We did 2 big shops and topped up with fresh bread everyday from next village.All in all suited us very well, thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rural retreat

  • 4 of 5

We were a party of six adults with two young children and two just crawling babies. The house is well equipped with just about everything you could possibly need for a two or three week stay. The quality of furnishings and fixtures is very high and should you find yourselves trapped indoors by the weather you can relax in comfort and take advantage of the host of books, games and DVDs available. We had to ban the children from using the stairs without an adult with them and simply jerry-rigged our own barriers. Long term it would pay the owners to address this issue with something more permanent if families with young children are potential target customers.

The area is very rural and quiet which is what we wanted with a boulangerie minutes away in the nearby village of Douriez which we visited first thing every morning to buy croissants, pain au chocolat and baguettes for breakfast. Hesdin is about a twenty minute drive away and has a selection of supermarkets and good restaurants including Le Globe in the main square. We had an amazing lunch at this restaurant and would highly recommend it particularly helped by the good natured English speaking lady co-owner Karen.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this very fair review Terry, and glad you enjoyed it so much. We do warn about the traditional stairs and beams, characteristic for this kind of property, but will bring over a stair gate, in response to your advice. Freda Garrahan
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Nice stay in Dominois

  • 4 of 5

Nice house, it is well equipped though no dishwasher, with a large group would be handy! We were driving distance to the beaches and walking distance to an abbey with beautiful gardens and we could walk to a restaurant in the next village, Argoules. Really nice restaurant. You will need to drive far for a big supermarket. I would suggest to the owners that they should put details of a bakery, supermarket etc in an easy reachable folder, we couldn't find the info so had to rely on google! All info about restaurants though.

The garden was lovely and big, great for the kids to run around in. Nice big house, the Kitchen is not to big but ok two people, though the coffee machine needed an English adaptor, which was not available. The house has a few cobwebs, but I must say for the price it was great. I would definitely go back.

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this fair review. We will update information to include details of bakery, supermarket etc on next trip. There was an adaptor there, but sometimes these little items disappear - we will replace on next visit. Will also consider getting a dishwasher, though details are clear that at this time there isn't one. We always welcome feedback and are glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Our first overseas trip with the dogs!

  • 3 of 5

Massive property in a very quite part of the countryside a car is a essential. The garden was lovely but the dogs were not allowed the freedom of the garden because its a shared garden with next door. We only used the bottom half of the propoerty which was lovely but the older or original part of the property felt cold and unwelcoming. This is a great property for a larger family holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review. The house is used a lot for family get togethers. The older part offers great flexibility for bigger parties and is warmer during the main season.
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Fantasic value.

  • 5 of 5

Travelling with another family we booked this accommodation very late as the previous cottage that we had reserved in Fruges had fallen through, leaving us very little time to find a replacement. How pleased we were when we stumbled across this little gem...and it was a lower price than we were due to pay.

The property was easy enough to find albeit a little remote. It’s situated on a quiet country lane about 20 min drive from any larger towns with supermarkets. There is a Boulangerie across the river about 1.5 miles away in one direction and a restaurant about 1 mile in the opposite direction, with nothing but beautiful countryside and the occasional house in between.

The house itself was great, the garden which dropped down quite steeply from the terrace at the back of the house was huge, allowing the children (age 4/6/7/9) to go off exploring in the knowledge that they were safe. The stairs in the old part of the house were very steep, so we tried to keep the children away from them where possible, but when required to climb them at bedtimes etc. they done so with no issues.

Inside the house there were a few cobwebs and the odd spider, but it’s a big house in the middle of the countryside that’s not regularly lived in, so understandably trying to keep on top of things like this is not the easiest.

The house was well kitted out with just about every kitchen utensil you can think of as well as sun loungers/garden furniture, DVD’s, CD’s, books and much to our enjoyment a vast selection of board games.

We had several days out in Berck, Le Touquet and a small theme park in Dennebroeucq all within 30-50 mins from the cottage.

All in all we had a great week in a house which had more than everything that we required.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this very fair review.
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La maison est très agréable ,très bonne literie qui nous a permis de nous reposer de nos balades quo

  • 4 of 5

Très calme accueil très agréable de M et Mme Avet pour la remise des clés

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
60 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Nampont St Martin
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Calais to Amiens
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Half an hour brings you to Berck, a lively seaside resort, or to the quieter Fort Mahon and Quend. A few minutes more gets you to the fashionable resort of le Touquet. with stunning shops, homes and facilities, or to the historic St Valery and Le Crotoy, famous for their mussels and Joan of Arc.

Apart from swimming and sunbathing, the area is famous for horse riding, ornithology, wind surfing, sand yachting, etc


The beautiful 7 vallees region is just an hour south of Calais, so ideal for short as well as long trips. It has a good rail infrastructure, with trains to Paris and Amiens from local stations. A car is essential for getting around, but parking is easy everywhere, usually free, and roads quiet.


Within and surrounded by beautiful villages. Nearest facilities and restaurants 2klms at Douriez and Argoules, Nearest towns Crecy (8klms), Montreuil (12 klms), Hesdin (12 klms). Local beauty spots Abbaye de Valloires and Moulin de Maintenay (3 klms). Amiens and Rouen are 1 hr by car, and Paris and Liile 1.5 hrs, with many other towns and visitor attractions nearer. The first world war battlefields can be accessed within an hour.

Further Details:

There are lots of festivals and cultural events throughout the year, but especially in the summer and pre Xmas. They are often related to the sea, or to regional produce. Restaurants are high quality but less expensive than in other parts of France. The area produces its own cider and poiree, and you can buy and taste wines from all around the country. Many visitor attractions. Large supermarkets with wonderful produce. A lovely region to visit at any time of the year and so accessible from the UK and Northern Europe.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £87.39

Booking Notes:
A 25% deposit is taken at the time of booking, with the balance payable within eight weeks of arrival. Long weekends accepted as well as longer stays, but a minimum charge of 400 euros is applicable to cover fixed costs such as welcome, cleaning, marketing and administration. Prices otherwise quoted in weekly rates for the whole house (sleeps up to 10). A lower price can be offered for the original house only (sleeps up to 6 guests). Guests should bring their own bed linen and towels. A fully refundable security deposit will be charged.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is normally Saturday in high season, but can be flexible at other times.

Notes on prices:
A 10 euro per day heating supplement may be charged from October till end of April

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.