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Self Catering Accommodation With 4 Ensuite Bedrooms Perfect For Families/Groups



Updated: 26-Oct-2016
Farmhouse in Herly, Nr. Montreuil, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. - Quiet Village 30 Mins From The Coast. Perfect for cyclists, fishermen and walkers.

The original barns and stables of the farmhouse have been tastefully renovated and converted into spacious fully self contained holiday accommodation. Outside there is a terrace with its own private garden and the BBQ area is perfect for al fresco dining. The accommodation would perfectly suit a large group of people ie cyclists, golfers, walkers or fishermen! The nearest fishing is only ten minutes away at Renty and there are fishing lakes within 20 minutes. The countryside is on our doorstep, and the whole area is a cyclists paradise being at the centre of a safe cycle route network. The nearest Inn is only ten minutes away in Verchocq and in Hucqueliers which is the same distance the Auberge there is owned and run by a friendly English Family .

  • Sleeps 12
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are Patsy and Michael Allan, a semi retired couple from Dover Kent. In the past we have owned a busy pub, ran a thriving coffee shop and operated a popular corner cafe, so we are not afraid of hard work. We love to meet new people, who then become friends. We have a lovely friendly dog called Tilly and three chickens.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

We were very pleased to be your guests and would happily return to see you again. You are really good hosts in that you are unobtrusive for most of the time but always there if you are needed for anything. We wish you every success, and look forward to seeing you both at some time in the future!
May 2015
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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


Interesting property, rural location, great w/e

  • 5 of 5

An interesting property, full of character and steeped in history, in a remote rural location. A great setting for a long weekend for three generations of our family.

The former stables have been converted into four identical ensuite bedrooms, each with a double and single bed, opening on to a covered verandah facing the garden (with trampoline, sandpit and patio), and a field of cows beyond. The verandah is open on one side to the garden. And a great place for young children to play on scooters etc., even if it is raining.

The bedrooms were each separately lockable, and although accessed from a covered verandah and covered walkway from the living / dining space were not quite in the same building. My wife and I didn't feel comfortable with our young children sleeping separately from us given the rooms are not internally connected, so we slept separately, each with a child. A door between two of the rooms would be a helpful modification from our perspective!

At the end of the verandah the barn has been converted into a large living / dining space with a sofa area (complete with TV), and two separate dining tables. It is ornately decorated with tapestries and coats of arms on the walls, and furnished with various sideboards and a drinks trolley. At the end a kitchen and separate utility room are well-equipped: gas oven and hob, additional electric oven, dishwasher, microwave, double sink, washing machine, dryer, fridge, additional large fridge freezer, etc.

Although remote, Herly provided a good base for cycling on the many nearby quiet roads and for exploring nearby places. Here’s a brief summary of the places we visited in case of use to future visitors.

• Le Touquet – a lovely upmarket seaside town with many nice restaurants, 45 mins drive away, recommend Le Matisse for lunch.

• Boulogne’s aquarium is well worth a visit - great wet weather plan ;.

• Montreuil, a delightful old city – recommend Le Pot du Clape

Mike and Patsy were delightful hosts: caring and attentive but gave us our own space. They provided a lovely welcome basket (sparkling wine, cake, croissants, milk, orange juice, biscuits, freshly laid eggs) and were a fount of local knowledge for any questions we had. They kindly provided age-appropriate toys for our young children which was much appreciated.

Our thanks to Mike and Patsy for being such great hosts, and for a lovely long weekend. We had a very enjoyable and memorable visit.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is an amazing review, we are really delighted to read it . Thank you Justyn and family, you were the perfect guests, Regards and Best Wishes Mike and Patsy
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Fantastic place for a family holiday

  • 5 of 5

A party of four of us have recently spent a long weekend (3 nights) here, and what a place it is! Most importantly, everywhere was spotlessly clean. The refurbishment of the living area and bedrooms has been done to a very high standard, and there's everything to make our holiday comfortable. The big garden is suitable for children of all ages, there's an undercover games area, a barbecue, and verandahs at the front and back. The relaxation area with the big sofa and armchairs has a big TV with hundreds of English channels, and a huge log burner (everything needed was supplied). The kitchen has a full-size double sink, microwave, coffee machine (with pods supplied), toaster, dishwasher and plenty of cutlery and crockery. The utility room contains another (larger) fridge-freezer, washing machines, tumble dryer, iron, trouser press - the list seems endless!

The four bedrooms are completely separate to the living area, and each has its own toilet and shower (very powerful and with endless hot water). The beds were really comfortable and the rooms were quite spacious.

The location is superb too - right in the countryside, reasonably close to Calais, but not too far from fast roads. We visited Le Touquet, Boulogne-sur-Mer, we fell in love with Montreuil and a couple of their restaurants, and it's only about 10 minutes to Hucqueliers, where there's a boulangerie, supermarket (with 24-hour petrol), and an Auberge restaurant (English-speaking owner).

The owners, Mike and Patsy, were superb hosts. Nothing was too much trouble for them - Mike helped me with lighting the log burner, answered my endless questions about "where is the nearest..." and "can you recommend..." There was a bottle of Champagne as part of the welcome too, and biscuits, instant coffee, tea... and Mike asked us if we'd like him to get anything from the local shop so it was ready for when we arrived (at our expense, of course)!

A note of caution - if you are visiting during the colder weather, as we did, keeping warm is a bit challenging. The bedrooms each have an electric fan

heater, and the living area has two electric radiators as well as the log burner. However, once in bed under the duvets, we were all as warm as toast.

We all had a great time staying here, and we thoroughly recommend it. There is so much to see and do in this area of France, I've no doubt that we will be revisiting Mike and Patsy again. We wish them continued success - they thoroughly deserve it

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Julian, Thankyou for the wonderful review you gave us! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay here! You were the perfect guests and we would love to have you back in the future! All the very best , Mike and Patsy Allan
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Lovely, relaxing break after Eurodisney trip

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful, spacious, beautifully decorated farmhouse for a relaxing family holiday. Very thoughtfully, the owners had left plenty of activities for the children - games, trampoline, purpose-built sand pits. This was more comfortable than most other French gites we have stayed in.

Owners were warm and welcoming but gave us the space we needed.

Super value for money - typically French style with British comfort!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Thoroughly enjoyable stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here as a 3 generation family. 4 adults and 3 children (13, 11 and 5) Peaceful, quiet surroundings for the adults and there was a lot for the grandchildren to do……table football, Boules, trampoline, darts, table tennis, sandpit and lots of space to kick a ball about. They loved it so much that our 5 yrs. old granddaughter didn’t want to leave when it came to going home.

The house is well equipped with cooker, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine and drier and even a barbecue.

All the bedrooms had comfortable beds and en suite. The living room is huge which gives the family room to spread. There is a lovely patio/decking with tables and chairs where you can enjoy breakfast or lunch.

Mike and Patsy are great hosts and live next door with their lovely dog Tilly and 2 chickens. They are very helpful when asked but allow you your privacy at all other times.

We would recommend this holiday home to anyone, whether all adults or a big family with children.

We wish you lots of luck in your new venture, Mike and Patsy, and thank you for an enjoyable stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Brilliant Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time on our first holiday with our three month old son. Mike and Patsy made us very welcome and were very helpful in fixing a slight problem with the washing machine we had. Property highly recommended for a quiet family holiday.


  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou Dan for your very kind comments! We are glad you enjoyed your stay, you were the perfect guests and we would love to have you to stay again ! Best Wishes Mike and Patsy .
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A gem of a place.

  • 5 of 5

We visited as three couples, and our visit was to celebrate the Diamond Wedding Anniversary of one of the couples. We did that in the very nice surroundings of the Auberge de Hucquelliers. The food was excellent and also very reasonably priced.

The Maison de Monsieur Scarecrow accommodation is very unusual in that the four bedrooms run off a covered veranda, much in the manner of 1960s/1970s Motels. Each room has both a double and a single bed, and it's own toilet and shower facilities and even it's own very efficient hot water system. This makes the accommodation extremely versatile. The beds are comfortable and the furnishing attractive.

The living accommodation is extremely spacious, with a well-equipped kitchen, a utility room and a huge lounge/dining room, with a large, flat-screen TV with UK Freesat channels (this failed during our visit, but I am sure that this will be rectified in pretty short order).

The owners, Patsy and Mike are a charming couple, who are very unobtrusive at all times other than if you need any help. Mike even went the extra mile and ferried us to and from the auberge on the evening of the wedding anniversary, which allowed me to have a drink. I made the most of the opportunity. Thanks for that, Mike!

We will certainly visit again, and I would recommend this accommodation for virtually any age group, or a social group of any sort.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We love the area, and it is near to where my sister and her husband live.

Activity and Interests


Less than half an hour by car are the beaches of the Cote d' Opale Montreuil

Le Touquet



Nearest towns for shopping are Fruges and Hucqueliers which are 10 mins by car. Calais only 45 minutes drive away.

Further Details:

There are numerous supermarkets, bars, restaurants and shops within 10 minutes drive. Excellent fishing lakes are only 10 minutes away, while the area is part of a safe cycle route network. The region is home to many important historical sites including Agincourt, La Coupole, Arras Commonwealth War Memorial and Underground City and much more.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Rate 3
3 Sep 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
£100 Deposit and the balance to be paid four weeks before the holiday start date. Also when the balance is paid we would like a £100 security deposit to cover against any major damage and is fully refundable within 5 working days after the holiday.

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day is Saturday and the departure time is 12 Noon and the arrival time is 4 P.M. In quiet times we could be flexible. A generous discount is given for small families or groups and we also do short weekend or midday breaks.

Notes on prices:
Please email us for prices for a short midday or weekend break, we are very flexible. Smaller groups or couples only needing the use of one or two of the bedrooms will be given a very generous discount.

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Updated: 26-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure
  • Four modern en suite shower rooms and toilets. Four large hot water tanks, no running out of hot water!


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 12 people in four large ensuite rooms Notes on bedrooms: Four bedrooms with a toilet and shower room in each. Each room has a single and double bed. The whole property is suitable for a large family or group of up to twelve people. Please email if you would like to rent only one or two of the rooms.


  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: We have special rates for couples who only need to have one bedroom, please enquire for the details. We also offer a discount for smaller families or groups. Outside: Outside the kitchen we have two stone barbecues, and two large tables and chairs for your al fresco dining. We have hardwood occasional tables and chairs for relaxation on the veranda. We have a paddling pool for the little ones for the warmer weather and a trampoline for the older children. We also have a large sandpit for the children and a small boules pitch. Utility Room: Laundry with washing machine, tumble drier. Clothes airer, iron, and trouser press. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen is provided but please bring you own towels. We can provide them with prior arrangement if needed. Other: Lovely covered outside veranda. Hardwood tables and chairs for your relaxation. Two large BBQ'S and two large hardwood dining tables for your outside dining.

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