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Attractive, peaceful and comfortable farmhouse in Authie Valley, northern France

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,625 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Peaceful attractive farmhouse, 4 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, 1.5 hours from Calais

Rue Touillette is our family holiday home. It is a former farmhouse in the hamlet of Bealcourt, a small village in the valley of the River Authie and on the borders of the departments of the Somme and Pas de Calais. It is about one hour’s drive from Boulogne and 1.5 hour’s drive from Calais. We have spent many happy times there but now that our family is older and the house is less used, it is available to rent.

The house is comfortable and airy with gardens to the front and rear. It sleeps seven people in four bedrooms (two double, one twin, one single) plus a baby in a cot. As we have used it as a family holiday home for years, there is everything you need for a comfortable stay. There is a house book at the property with information about the house and the area together with leaflets about local attractions (in the drawer of the small green table in the sitting room).

The kitchen is bright and airy with windows facing both front and back. It has a stove with hob and oven fuelled by gas cylinder, microwave, kettle, a table that seats up to eight, good quantities of crockery, cutlery, pans and cooking utensils and a high chair. An iron and ironing board and washing machine are available elsewhere in the house.

The large sitting room with wood-burning stove has French doors to the back garden and windows to the front. It has two sofas and an armchair, TV and DVD player. There is also a table and chairs. You can play our large CD collection (more CDs stacked upstairs) on a basic sound system (with ipod dock), watch DVDs, read one of the many books left in the house or play cards and other games.

Downstairs are two bedrooms, a shower room and separate wc. One bedroom is a double with wardrobe, chest of drawers and a cot, looking out onto the back garden. The other is a single bedroom. The stairs to the first floor go from the sitting room (open tread; stair gate provided). Upstairs is a large mezzanine area providing extra living space (not safe to leave very small children unsupervised due to gaps in the horizontal railings). There is a good sized double bedroom with drawers, hanging space and ensuite shower room. There is also a twin bedded room with drawers and hanging space.

Outside are large, enclosed, gardens with grassed areas, shrubs, parking space for two cars, outbuildings (good for bike storage) and a small orchard . At the back of the house, there is an outdoor table with six chairs and sun loungers. A barbecue is available. At the front, there is a bench and small table where you can catch the morning sun. Some outdoor children's games and toys are available. The house is on a quiet road where the main traffic is farm vehicles. The gates at the front of the house can be closed to keep small children and dogs inside the garden.

All the main rooms (not the mezzanine) have blinds or shutters. Central heating is available twice a day from October to April but a wood burning stove (wood provided) is often sufficient. Wifi is available through purchase of a voucher from a tabac (full details in the house book). To keep prices low, we do not provide bed linen and towels (apart from tea towels) but can do so for a fee; please ask when making a booking. Duvets and pillows are provided. We ask you to leave the house clean and tidy on your departure. Cleaning is available at extra cost on request.

The surrounding area is tranquil and wooded with a folding landscape where heavily farmed ridges are interspersed with lush, green valleys. There are numerous walking and cycling routes, including a disused railway line which begins at Auxi and runs to Abbeville with many stopping places along the way. The nearest town, Auxi-le-Chateau, is 4 miles away and has several supermarkets, high quality bakeries and butcher/deli, a small weekly market plus pharmacy, bank, cafés etc. The larger towns of Doullens and Hesdin are 20 minutes and 45 minutes by car. Amiens is about 45 minutes and Arras about one hour. Lille is about 1.5 hours drive. There are many local markets; the Thursday market at Hesdin and the Saturday market at Amiens are especially good.

There are many places to visit including the pretty Authie Valley, the Abbey at St Riquier, beautiful formal gardens and the cities of Arras (beautifully reconstructed and close to Vimy Ridge) and Amiens with its cathedral, river-side restaurants and the hortillonages (ancient market gardens on islands in the river which you can tour by boat; highly recommended). The coast is an hour away and the Somme estuary is a place of wide open skies, softly coloured landscapes, nature reserves, bird watching, wildlife and charming towns (St Valerie sur Somme in particular). There are also many beaches and resorts that can be reached within about 1.5 hours. Kayaking, horse riding and swimming are all possible within the surrounding area.

The region is full of history (modern, medieval and older).The Agincourt museum, World War I sites, and La Coupole (World War II bunker museum) are all within easy reach as are castles, caves and churches.

More Details

Helena Wray
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
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Calendar last updated:
25 September, 2018

About Helena Wray

I am a university academic from London although I now live in Bristol. I have always loved France and many years ago, I was a language assistant in a school in the beautiful South West of France. In recent years, I have grown to appreciate the charms of northern France, a region which is often overlooked but which is very pretty and steeped in history. At Rue Touillette, I love to cycle to Auxi to buy fresh bread, to read in the garden and to play games in front of the fire on chilly evenings. For days out, my favourite places are probably the Bay of the Somme and the hortillonages at Amiens. But often, I just find the days pass in a lazy haze.

Why Helena Wray chose Béalcourt

We saw Rue Touillette at the end of an exhausting couple of days viewing properties. We were instantly in love - with the light, the simplicity, the tranquillity. We bought it together with some other family members for family holidays and weekends. It is less than five hours from our former home in London and we used to run over whenever we could. Children enjoyed the freedom of the large garden and we have all loved the peace and sense of well-being. The children have grown up and we are no longer in London but we love the house and want to keep it for future times and generations.In the meantime, we are letting to others who want a peaceful, simple but comfortable holiday in a fascinating region.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse around the Béalcourt around the Somme

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1625 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Ensuite shower room
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible


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Attractive, peaceful and comfortable farmhouse in Authie Valley, northern France
average rating of 4.5 based on 12 reviews

Perfect property for our family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time here. The enclosed garden was perfect for the kids and the property was brilliant for the adults as well. Lovely rustic farmhouse atmosphere.

Would definitely recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for those kind words.
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Authentic French cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this lovely cottage which can only be described as very quaint and authentic. Everything we needed was supplied including the option of hiring the bed linen and towels.

Lovely secure garden for children and dogs and ideal for watching the bats at dusk. The area itself is peaceful and beautiful with a lovely town close by and only just over an hour from the coast and many other places of interest.

Helena responded quickly to every single query I had and was only too happy to help. Thank you for the very generous welcome basket as well.

If you want to experience a genuine French farmhouse then you will love this one. Thank you again Helena. :-)

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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delightful rural holiday let

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay here in May. The accommodation was really spacious, very comfortable and in a small rural village. After a hectic day visiting nearby World War1 battle sites it was a pleasure to relax here in the peace and quiet in the evenings. Plenty of good supermarkets within 20 minutes drive, and cooking our meals was easy with everything provided. Happy to recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for that review and we are pleased you had a good time at our house.
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Typical French country house. Well equipped. Comfortable beds. Some modernisation needed downstairs.

  • 4 of 5

We had lovely weather which added to the pleasure of our stay, including pleasant walks and drives around the area. We loved Hesdin and ate twice at La Belle Époque which had a lovely friendly atmosphere. We also enjoyed visits to St. Valerie sur Somme , Arras and St. Riquier. It was very reasonably priced and I would recommend it to all.

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very pretty and good equiped house. Good communication with owner. Recommended for hire!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay in this house. There’s a nice and great livingroom with fireplace. Big kitchen with all the things you need. Several rooms beds. Two bathrooms, so plenty of room for everyone!

We had a great stay!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this review. I am very happy you enjoyed your stay.
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We stayed here for 5 days in October and it was a perfect place for a restorative break.

  • 4 of 5

We were delighted to arrive at Béalcourt. The house is not large but has plenty of room for 6 people to stay in great comfort. Everything works well and we particularly enjoyed the way it had been decorated and furnished, the sitting room is a real pleasure in which we spent hours enjoying the collection of music CDs available.

The surrounding countryside is beautiful and rich in history both recent and medieval, it contains many pleasant towns and villages with good places to eat. We cycled around the area and I would recommend it to anyone who likes riding bicycles, the land undulates so presents gentle challenges without much traffic. We took our 3 teenage children with us and they also enjoyed the stay. We look forward to returning before too long.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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