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Charming Cottage, fully modernised, in pretty village



Updated: 12-Aug-2016
Cottage in Croissy-sur-Celle, Oise, Picardie, France - Quiet Village, good base for WW1 sites, Gothic cathedrals, walking, cycling

Set back from a quiet road in the heart of the peaceful and picturesque village of Croissy in the pretty valley of the Celle (less than 10 minutes from the A16) this cottage will appeal to visitors seeking a calm and comfortable base for walking, cycling or visiting the historic sites of WW1, the cathedrals of Amiens and Beauvais, and the other atttractions of the area such as the Plan d'Eau de Canada, the underground city of Naours and Gerberoy, one of the most beautiful villages of France..

The cottage belonged to the village stonemason until my family bought it in 1972. It was modernised completely at the time, and has recently been updated from top to bottom. The bathroom downstairs has been fully refurbished and a new toilet and washroom installed between the two bedrooms upstairs. The kitchen is equipped with new appliances (cooker - electric oven, mixed gas/electric hob , fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave etc). The main living/dining room is 40 square metres with a new wood floor, new sofas, and antique dining table, chairs and sideboards, as well as TV/DVD. It has a beamed ceiling and a fine stone firepace in which a log fire can be lit in colder weather. There is a wooden staircase with banister to the upper floor. The main bedroom is a bright and spacious, with a view of the garden. There is a 160 cm bed, the usual complement of wardrobes and chests, and a table with two chairs. The smaller bedroom has two single beds 200cms by 90cms. The whole house was redecorated as part of the recent refurbishment.

There is a pretty courtyard on the east side of the cottage, with table, chairs and parasol (ideal for beakfast in the sun), and the terrace and garden on the west side is accessed by French windows from the sitting room. The terrace has table, chairs, parsol and barbecue, and is a delightful place to spend a warm evening; the garden is about 500 square metres, laid out with lawns, trees, flowering shrubs and fruit bushes. There is a swing/slide play apparatus for children. The garden is enclosed by tall hedges on three sides and secure fencing on the fourth.

The village petanque court is just outside the front gate, with the River Celle just the other side of it.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I was born near Croissy, attended school and university in Amiens, and spent my working life teaching French and Latin in England. My family has owned the cottage since 1972; I bought the ruined farmhouse next door in 1990, restored it, and, now retired, spend the summer months there with my husband Christopher, with regular visits by our children and grandchildren. Christopher is also retired, having worked in education and industry. Our main home is in Ely, near Cambridge

We fully renovated the cottage in 2014 and will look forward to welcoming our guests in 2016.

Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you very much for a very comfortable and enjoyable stay. Had a very interesting day visiting the WW1 sites, especially the museum at Albert and the trenches at Beaumont Hamel. Also enjoyed our bike ride around the pretty villages.

Suzy and Antony, Tenterden

As week one of a two-week stay in France, this was just what the doctor ordered - peace and quiet to take it ever so easy and to slow down and relax. A pleasant week of walking, visiting WW1 sites, trips to Amiens, Albert and more local towns reminded us of how elegant life can be in France.

Graham and Helen, Edinburgh

Thank you for an absolutely lovely place to stay for our first holiday abroad with the children. The cottage is beautiful and contained everything that we needed, with so many extra touches from hand wash at every sink to a welcome pack and fresh flowers for our arrival. The children have made full use of all the wonderful space in the garden, and I am sure that they will have many memories of all the games and barbecues, together with our trips to Samara, the beach at Le Crotoy. Paris, and the light show at Amiens Cathedral (all of which are highly recommended!). A fabulous holiday.

Jason and Judith, Bath
Jan 2014
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Wonderful gite & owners

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a week in the French 'fall' with our two children, staying at Croissy.

Having spent over 20+ years self-catering in France we have never stayed in such a comfortable and well-equipped gite, with lovely extras helpful for self-catering such as included towels (and plenty of them), bedding and a wonderful welcome pack.

The owners (Martine and Christopher - English speaking) provide the perfect mix of giving privacy but also being on hand for recommendations/any problems if needed (which we did not).

The gite is well located for the WW1 Battle of the Somme battlefields, memorials and museum at Albert (about an hour's drive). Amiens (the city) is around 30 minutes away. We would stay again and would not hesitate in recommending a stay here.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great place for family R&R

  • 5 of 5

Can't speak highly enough of Christopher and Martine who have got this place spot on. They strike the perfect balance between hosts and giving you the privacy you want - not a particularly easy thing to do. The house is great and the garden is fabulous. Moreover, the information provided to guests and the wraparound experience from Christopher and Martine made this a comfortable and relaxing break, despite the weather being changeable. Nice touches were the welcome pack and the herb garden. This is rural France, yet only a couple of hours from the tunnel and less than that into Paris. We would definitely go back.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

I cannot find enough superlatives to discribe our stay.the cottage was first class,the area out of this world.And Martine & Christopher were a delight,and could not do enough for us..a truly wonderful couple,and a truly wonderful holiday. I am sure I will return in the not to distant future. ...5 ☆☆☆☆☆.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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Restful Break

  • 5 of 5

Thank you to Martine and Christopher for their very warm welcome. The cottage is beautifully decorated and has everything you could possibly need. It was an easy 2 hour drive from the Tunnel. We enjoyed breakfast on the terrace and sitting in the garden in the evening – so peaceful. This is a very quiet location in an interesting area, with so many places to explore. During our short stay we visited WW1 memorials including Thiepval, we took the train to Paris and spent a day in Amiens. Amiens is well worth visiting, has a beautiful cathedral and very interesting canals. We hope to return again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
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From the Owner

The cottage is a comfortable, well-equipped period building, recently updated top to bottom. It offers a peaceful and relaxing base for outings. Recent guests have enjoyed cycling around the area, visits to Amiens and Beauvais, the coast at St Valery and Le Crotoy, the WW1 sites at Villers-Bretonneux and around Albert, the historic chateaux of Rambures and Pierrefonds, the reconstructions of prehistory at Samara and the underground city of Naours. Further afield guests have spent a day in Paris and even exploring the Normandy landing beaches of 1944. Other guests have simply enjoyed walking, or sitting on the terrace with a good book. It is a very French corner of France, largely bypassed by tourists hurrying to the Dordogne, Normandy or Provence, but for those who prefer not to drive hundreds of kilometres, Croissy is a lovely place to enjoy a French experience. All our guersts over the past two years have been most complimentary about the cottage, the area and the welcome they have received,.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Beauvais at 25 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Conty at 5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Calais at 160 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Amiens at 25 Kilometres Nearest Train : Amiens at 22 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A16 at 9 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Conty at 5 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Alps at 350 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Le Crotoy at 50 Kilometres

Special interest holidays:

We can offer French conversation, structured (we are both ex-teachers) or informal. If you are interested in this, please let us know in advance what you want, and give us some idea of your current standard in the language.


The beaches at Le Crotoy, St Valery and the Cote d' Opale are an hour or so's drive from Croissy


In this rural location a car is essential.

The Airport Charles de Gaulle is 70 minutes drive, Beauvais airport 25 minutes. Calais ferryport and Shuttle are about 100 minutes.


The nearest shops are in Conty (5 kms), then Breteuil and Crevecoeur (12 kms). Amiens with its hypermarkets and fine shops (and its Cathedral, Hortillonnages, Jules Verne's House etc) is 21 kms away, about 30 minutes. Beauvais with its rival Cathedral is 40 minutes, and the Plan d'Eau de Canada is a safe and lively lakeside park ideal for children cycling, scooting or pedalo. The Australian WW1 Museum at Villers-Bretonneux is 35 minutes away, the major WW1 sites around Albert about 60 minutes.

Further Details:

The well-known ornithological park of the Marquenterre near Le Crotoy is one hour from Croissy. There is a steam train which runs around the bay to Le Crotoy, and Le Petit Train de la Haute Somme runs near Bray-sur-Somme some 45 minutes from Croissy. There are some fine gardens in the area, notably at Valloires, and Monet's garden at Giverny is an hour south. The Gare du Nord at Paris is an hour by train from Amiens.

There is a decent restaurant in Crevecoeur, Michelin stars at Dury and a large range of restaurants in Amiens, notably along the Quai Belu on the bank of the Somme in the Old Quarter of the city and around the Cathedral itself (useful for having dinner before watching the extraordinary laser-lighting of the sculptures on the west facade).


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Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Guests can request a booking directly through Owners Direct. The owners will normally contact you by phone or email before confirmng the booking, to check that what the cottage offers does match what you seek. For any further information, feel free to contact the owners by email in the first instance. If you wish to make a booking, a non-returnable deposit is required of £150. The balance is required three weeks before the start of the visit. There are no added fees or surcharges: bed linen, towels, bicycles and boules are free. If you want a log fire, we do ask for payment for the logs at cost. The radiators are fully adequate to heat the house in any case, and the cost of electricity is included in the rent.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. Guests are asked to arrive between 3.30 p.m. and 6 p.m. (let us know if it is later) and to leave on changeover day by 10 a.m.

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From the Owner

100 minutes from Calais, less than ten from Junction 17 of the A 16. Wide variety of places to visit, historical, rural, coastal: the son et lumiere on the facade of Amiens Cathedral is unique and astonishing. The cottage was the home of the village stonemason until the 1960s. The barn, restored in " torchis" has a WW1 billeting officer's stencil on the door, setting out what troops and horses the house should accommodate while they waited to travel up to the front along the railway line which used to run through the village, and is now a bridleway, brimming with birdlife. Several of our guests have enjoyed running, walking or cycling along this "Coulee Verte" or "green corridor".

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • restaurants
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 80 m²


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • The main bathroom downstairs has bath with shower over, washbasin and separate wc, large radiator/towel rail, washing machine and tumble drier. There is a washroom upstairs with wc and basin, accessible fom both bedrooms. A hair drier is provided.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 plus cot (2 bedrooms)) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a 160 cm bed, bedroom 2 has two beds 90cms by 200.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: Each of the two terraces has table, chairs and parasol. A barbecue is available on the west (evening) terrace. The 400 square metre garden is equipped with a swing-and-slide set. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The rent includes linen and towels, changed weekly.

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