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Delightful house with large enclosed back garden close to sea

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House in Le Crotoy, Picardie, near St Valery sur Somme - Seaside Village, 50 metres from Sandy Beach

Holiday house in quiet fishing village, very close to sea and sandy beach.

Le Crotoy is a small fishing village which is an easy hour and a half drive from Calais on the Baie de Somme and on the opposite side of the estuary to St. Valery sur Somme. House has parking for one car, enclosed front and rear gardens, two double bedrooms and a large bedroom with four single beds. TV with french channels. Wi Fi available.

Judy Hammond
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

About Judy Hammond


I am a primary school teacher and I live in London. We bought the house when my children were very small. They are now 32, 29 and 21. 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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Le Crotoy in Somme

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Large bathroom with bath/shower over, basin, wc, table for baby changing. Bathroom is on same level as living rooms and not on bedroom level, convenient for small children and babies during the day but down the stairs if needed at night.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size double bed, chest of drawers and sink. Bedroom 2 with double bed and chest of drawers. Bedroom 3 with 4 single beds and chest of drawers. Large fold out travel cot. Door hooks for clothes, no wardrobes.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Family friendly, seaside house. Enclosed front and back gardens, central heating. Very sorry but no pets. Outside: Large first floor wooden deck off the kitchen with wooden stairs to garden. Lovely sunny spot for dining. 80' grassed rear garden with barbecue, metal table and chairs. Utility Room: Washing machine downstairs in garden level rooms. Washing line in garden for drying clothes. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Double and single duvets and pillows provided. Please provide own towels and linen. One bed is king sized and the other a normal double. Cleaner and gardener. Other: Four rooms in basement, at garden level, with garden furniture, beach equipment and washing machine. Car parking for one car in front garden. Paid parking bays in the road but free parking in some side roads nearby.


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Delightful house with large enclosed back garden close to sea
average rating of 4.3846154 based on 13 reviews

Great Location- House comfortable with one excepti

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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A great place to stay in Le Crotoy

  • 4 of 5

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


  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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Fantastic Laura Ashley chic cottage

  • 5 of 5

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 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.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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  • 5 of 5

The house was very big for the four of us. We were blessed with good weather, the house was so French and equipped with everything you could want. We cooked a lot, sat out on the balcony and conversed in very bad french with our French neighbour (whose dog was named Sarcozy!). The bedrooms were quite hot at night, but this did not overduly bother us. The parking space was most welcome and there is plenty to explore in the area. I would gladly return - it was a dream holiday for us. The only tiny quibble came from the teenager - no wifi???

  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review and I am very glad that you had a good holiday and enjoyed the house and the area. We have now added WiFi to the house so your teenager would be happy if you came again. best wishes, Judy
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Wonderful restfull

  • 3 of 5

A charming rustic typically French retreat.

Ideal location 2 minute walk to the lovely Sandy Beach

Short walk to the port with its market. Numerous bars/restaurants

Also within a couple of minutes walk, great to park the car and wander

Catch the local train and take a boat trip.

Would we go back a BIG FAT Yes

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Many bars in the village
Nearest Ferry
60 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Le Touquet
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Noyelles or Rue
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Kilometres
Many restaurants in the village
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Le Crotoy, Baie de Somme
Car: necessary


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.

Further Details:

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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Le Crotoy, Picardie

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer Holidays
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn Half Term
20 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Nov 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas/New Year
15 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Half the total amount is payable on booking and the balance and a separate, returnable, security amount of £100, is payable 40 days before you go. House details, directions and keys information will be sent on receipt of balance and security payment.

Changeover Day:
Saturday to Saturday, whole week rental only, very sorry no weekends or short lets.

Arrival after 3.30pm. Departure by 10.00am.

Notes on prices:
Please see calendar on website for availability and prices.
Prices shown are for the property per week in UK Pounds. Prices include gas, electricity and cleaning.
Available for weekly hire only (Saturday - Saturday).
Not available over the winter months (November - March).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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