House in Le Crotoy, near St Valery sur Somme - seaside village + sandy beach
- English, French
About Judy Hammond
Hello, I am a primary school teacher and I live in London. We bought the house when my children were very small. They are now 33, 30 and 23. We bought it because it was easy to get to from London and because it had the huge sandy beach which the children played on, dug holes in, made sandcastles on and learned to ride their bikes on. We have been coming here for 29 years and I am still not tired of the place. It continues to be refreshing and a treat to come here.
Judy Hammond purchased this House in 1989
Why Judy Hammond chose Le Crotoy
The Baie de Somme is a beautiful large river estuary with a huge sandy beach. It is perfect for walking or strolling along at any time of the day and it has especially spectacular sunsets. It faces south and so gets sun all day, 'La seule plage du nord qui face au sud", the only northern beach which faces south, as their tourist advertising says. It has long been the inspiration for artists and several live and work there now. I find the combination of the soft yellows, greys and blues of the sand, sea and huge skies immensely calming and restful and a lovely refreshing break from living in a crowded city. It is also very relaxing not to need to use a car. There is everything you need in the village and whilst there are interesting places to go to in a car, it would be easy to spend a week relaxing in the house and garden and walking on the beach. When the children were small, their favourite activity was to play on the beach.
What makes this House unique
Apart from the beautiful Baie de Somme, one of the main benefits is how easy it is to get to from the UK. It is a very easy hour and a half drive from Calais on the A16 motorway, which is not often very busy and 15 minutes from exit 24. Despite it being so near, it is still very french and there are lots of summer events in the village itself and nearby such as food and wine markets, music festivals and Bastille Day celebrations. There are also many brocantes or rederies over the summer, like our car boot sales or yard sales. Lots of opportunities to buy charming french items if you have a good eye.
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Lovely week in Le Crotoy!
Beautiful family home in a lovely resort, house has everything anyone could possiblt want for a great holiday.
We have just returned from having had an amazing week there and have already booked for next summer to take our grandchildren - this will be our fifth visit to this lovely house, we hope to keep returning here!
Thank you so much for your lovely review and I am very glad that you had such a good week. Also, after four visits, very nice to know that you are still able to enjoy Le Crotoy, as we do. It is a very relaxing place to be.
Thank you again for taking the time to write your very positive review.
very best wishes,
A charming prperty close to the centre of Le Crotoy and the beach
Although we didn't meet the owner, Judy, or the cleaner we received a warm welcome in the form of a gift of biscuits and a bottle of wine which was very kind. Judy had provided us before arrival with detailed instructions on how to reach the property and useful information about the property and the surrounding area. The property was very bright and airy (and cool in what turned out to be a very hot week). It is ideally situated only being a short walk from the beach and the coast footpath into the town centre (about 10 minutes walk to the main area with restaurants/bars). The balcony was great for breakfast in the morning and evening drinks overlooking the large enclosed garden with rose bushes. Downstairs, there is a covered patio area should it be raining but warm enough to sit outside. Judy has provided lots of books, games & DVDs should the weather not be good. Bedrooms were roomy enough. There is a lack of wardrobes but plenty of drawers to make up for that. The kitchen was fully stocked and functional. The property has off road parking which is very convenient although I don't think parking in the road off-season would be a problem. This is an ideal location to explore the Picardy coast - Mers-Les-Bains with its art nouveau style properties is a must see. We recommend the following places: Le Houdel, Crecy-en-Ponthieu (and the forest), Regnieres-Ecluse. Marquenterre Park & Valloires Abbey. You won't be stuck for ideas about what to do as Judy has provided lots of leaflets on the surrounding area to assist you in choosing days out. As for Le Crotoy itself it's a small bustling centre with restaurants and bars around the Place Jeanne d'Arc. We recommend Le Commerce, Aux Trois Jean (very close to the property overlooking the bay) and the seafood platter at La Bonne Franquette II. If you are looking to explore the Picardy coast you could not find a better base to explore it from. Thank you Judy.
Thank you very much for your kind review. I am glad that you enjoyed the house and Le Crotoy and also got out and visited the surrounding area. There is certainly lots to do there, especially in the summer. Apologies for lack of wardrobes but there are lots of hooks on doors for hanging clothes and it means that the bedrooms are more spacious and plenty of drawers as well, as you say.
Thank you and I hope to hear from you again.
Best wishes, Judy
Great Location- House comfortable with one excepti
We were a mixed bunch age wise. My wife and I are over 80 but very active . The choice of bedrooms was limited as my friend is 6ft 5 inches and naturally chose the master bedroom facing the sea. This left the divan in the backroom which is enormous and very very low. It almost covers the floor surface and you have to edge sideways around the side prior to the perilous drop down to the mattress.
If you have to answer a call to nature in the middle of the night the process has to be reversed. You only need a normal double bed not an assault course.
That apart the stay was exceptional. The town is interesting with good restaurants near the Joan of Arc Statue. Take the train to St Valerie and visit the old town.
A good selection of C.D's and books for the evenings.
Thank you very much for your review and I am glad that you, mainly, enjoyed the house and Le Crotoy. Apologies for the very low bed and well done for managing it. It is very comfortable so I hope you slept well, at least. Refurbishment is ongoing and your comments are appreciated and very useful. New beds will be smaller and higher!
Thank you again for taking the time to post your review. I hope to hear from you again.
Best wishes, Judy
We had a wonderful stay in Judy Hammond house.
I was with my family and we had great moment.
Beach is just in front, 1 minute walking.
House is small and nice. Take 4 minutes walking to reach the center.
Le Crotoy is a nice small and typic village with bakery, restaurants, grocery, fish shop... everything you need in holiday :-)
I recommend this house and Judy is very friendly.
Thank you for your lovely review. I am glad that you had a good holiday and enjoyed Le Crotoy. It is a nice little seaside village.
best wishes, Judy
A great place to stay in Le Crotoy
We stayed at Judy`s wonderful old town house for a week-9th to 16th July. So close to the beach and a pleasant stroll into the town centre and the port.
We were blessed with fine warm weather and made the most of it !!
Lots of good resturants--plenty of mussels,fish and good wine !
We took the steam train to St Valery-sur-Somme to explore the old town -very popular.
There is a big market on a Friday at the port-very French ! and beware no one really speaks any English and in fact we did not see one other british car in Le Crotoy for the whole week--marvellous.
We had a bit of a problem parking off road in the driveway--apparently the gates open outwards onto the pavement so we decided to park on the road --no problems for the whole week.
We had a great,peaceful holiday and will return to this region in the future.
Rod & Zanette
Dear Rod and Zanette,
Thank you for taking the time to write your nice review. I am glad that you had good weather and enjoyed your week. I like the fact that it is so close to Britain but feels so very French and you are right, you have lots of opportunity to practise your french as they don't speak much english.
Re:parking, the gates do open outwards and then can be closed when the car is in, but, as you say, often no problems just parking on the road anyway.
Thank you again for the review.
best wishes, Judy
Fantastic Laura Ashley chic cottage
The description was very detailed and corresponded exactly. I would say a car bigger than mine, Picasso C3, would not be able to access the front parking space though. The house was very well equipped, we had atrocious weather during our week stay but the store of games, books, videos, and enough space to spread out meant we had a wonderful time anyway.
There were 5 of us, we hired bikes from the hotel opposite and tried the train station at Noyelles, but trains on strike...so no Paris.
The property was clean but well lived in. We felt as if we were in someone's much loved home.
We shopped locally, big shop at Lidl in Rue but local fish and beautiful bread from le Pain Dore, daily. We walked, although wet, across the causeway and admired the wildlife. We walked daily into town along the beach.
The house had all we could ask for and more; it is difficult writing such a good review as I worry I will not be able to book it next time! I would really recommend this house, and its owner to anyone.
Thank you for such a lovely review and I am so glad that you had a good time. You are right, it is a much loved home that we have had for nearly 30 years and we still love going there. Refreshing and renewing is on-going, we have repainted the bathroom and installed a new sofa since you were there, but I hope that the books, pictures, objects and games always make it feel very comfortable and relaxing. I am sorry that you had bad weather but glad you got out and looked at it. The beach and sea are always fascinating to be near. Thank you again for taking the time to post your kind review and I look forward to hearing from you again.
The house is 50 metres from the beach. Le Crotoy has wide, sandy beaches, a fishing port and a small marina. It is a wide river estuary and the water is shallow. Beaches nearby along the coast are better for swimming. Sand yacht and bicycle hire, tennis and riding are available in the village. There are guided walks in the bay at low tide and there is also a large bird sanctuary 2km away at La Marquenterre.
96km/60 miles, an easy hour and a half drive on A16 from Calais.
64km/40 miles, one hour on A16 from Boulogne.
Peage/toll from Calais is 5.6 euros.
Five mins walk to village centre. Ten mins drive to St. Valery sur Somme. 25 mins to Le Touquet. Two and a half hour drive to Paris, also train links to Paris from Noyelles Station, ten minutes drive from the house.
Le Crotoy has a number of restaurants, bars, shops, supermarkets, bank and Post Office. Two markets per week in the summer and one in the winter. There are also many extra festivals, markets and exhibitions during the year, particularly in the summer months.