|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
You enter L'aiguille from the courtyard. Once inside, there’s a comfortable sitting and dining room with beamed ceiling and tiled floor. The kitchen, which leads off the sitting room, is fully equipped with a gas cooker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and microwave. If you like to cook, you will be pleased to know that it is well-supplied with all the essentials. There is a double bedroom and bathroom with walk-in shower on the ground floor. Upstairs, a large double bedroom includes a cot. The other two bedrooms have two single beds. All have plenty of hanging and storage space. There is second bathroom with bath and shower on the first floor.
There is a washing machine in a laundry room shared with our other rental cottage, La Bobine.
L'aiguille is centrally heated, has UK tv and dvd player, and a wifi connection.
There is a large garden, ideal for childrens' games, with outdoor furniture and BBQ.
Both of our cottages have been renovated and thoughtfully furnished to create a relaxed, child-friendly home from home. We are barely an hour’s drive from Calais but are firmly in the traditional French countryside. Country ways and traditions are still strong; this is ‘real France – real close.' Aix-en-Issart is a small village of 280 souls situated on the Bras de Brosne trout river. There are a number of walks and cycle routes and, in the summer, the village hosts the Bras de Brosne festival. This diverse region of France makes for a good holiday: sightseeing and history, stunning beaches and children’s activities, mainstream shopping as well as lots of little markets and brocantes to potter round, golf, water sports and activities.
Sue and Peter Sharp have lived and worked in France for 15 years (2017). We moved here after a busy life in London, in search of a different way of life and a different way of earning a living. We still miss some things about the UK - family, of course. Sue misses John Lewis department store. We used to miss Chinese food, but there's now a large restaurant and takeaway in Boulogne, so we can get a fix!
Susan Sharp purchased this cottage in 2002
House hunting took three solid months and it's a testament to our marriage that we survived it! We needed a house that could provide a home for us, two gites and a studio for Sue, who designs and makes quilts, and teaches. The right place took some finding but we got there - and now, we are settled into and enjoy village life in Aix.
We love the Seven Vallees area of France. Beautiful countryside, lots of quirky villages, plenty to see and do - in a very traditional, rural location.
Our 60-year-old Massey Ferguson is a special feature, entrancing children...and some dads. Although in semi-retirement, it's pressed into service for rides around the garden and is often the first destination for children who have been here before.
Sue has a large patchwork workshop and welcomes curious visitors.
We also have a large quilt studio in the garden, where Sue works on her projects and runs classes.
“The garden was a real bonus for the children…Sue and Peter were always helpful when asked but never interfered – just right…”
“A very good gîte – we had both cottages in combination and had a great family Christmas.”
“Thanks again for another wonderful holiday. After five visits with our ever-expanding families, the tractors and the swings still mean hours of entertainment…”
From our younger visitors...
“Dear Peter, thank you very much for letting me drive your tractor in your garden…”
“Thank you for letting me stay. I enjoyed your studio and the back garden…”
“The cake you made us was amazing.”
Good for families with young children.
Would benefit from more comfortable seating in lounge.
Good location one hour from Calais.
Lots to do in the area.