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The owners were really nice and helpful. The property has an enclosed garden (rare in France). The street is really nice and wide. The windows upstairs really safe. Although attached to the owners main house, the design of the house means you don't overlook/are not overlooked. There was a lovely parking space in front of the garden behind a hedge so not on the road. 2 min drive form the beach and 10 min drive to centre of Le Touquet. The second bedroom had 2 really nice single beds for the kids and space for us to put up our travel cot in between the two for our little one. Lovely upstairs bathroom, downstairs toilet and utility room with a washing machine. Only slight negative was the main bed in the master bedroom was a little hard for my liking but that is just me. We would go again. The main high street in Stella was a little disappointing but the beach was better than Le Touquet beach, less people and cleaner.
The flat is modern and spacious, and the beds are very comfortable. The living room and kitchen are open plan with a lot of natural light and is perfect for 4 people maximum. Brits might be shocked by the absence of kettle and mugs but us French can cope with the hob and a bowl; it just adds a continental charm! The fridge is on the small side. The flat is on the first floor above the owner’s house with a communal entrance. There is no safety gate for young children at the top of the stairs so we had to keep an eye on our daughter but that was perfectly manageable. There is a parking space in front of the flat.
Olympia and her mum are very, very welcoming and we had a lovely stay. There is a huge supermarket just around the corner and enough bakery to feed an army. The boulangerie Pouleur, 2/300 yards away is very swish and makes wonderful croissant. Do try the “berckoise” which is a patisserie with cream and Rhum. Another 100 yards and you can buy your newspaper, another 200 and you are at a fishmonger. You only need a car to go to the beach which is a couple of miles away. Parking is free in Berck, this is such a good idea! More money to spend on ice cream and chips.
The beach in berck is as big as they come, at low tide you might walk a km to get to the water. Sand castle anyone? We also had the most enjoyable afternoon at the bay of Authie where a colony of seals has chosen to leave. I have counted 73 of them. I don’t think you can go in the water here as the currents are dramatic but there are a few small pools which is enough for young children. It is very wild and beautiful so understandably is rather busy but again the space is huge. There is a van which sells “moules frites” and ice cream. Oh, and guess what, the large and always rather full car park is free.
What a wonderful stay that was.