The house is comprised of an original 15c chapel (with 1 metre thick stone walls) and two wings with a central courtyard. The building has been lovingly restored to a high standard of insulation and double glazing with solid wood frames. Parties of up to 14 can congregate in the large living room or in the huge kitchen with dining table. The kitchen leads directly to a covered terrace for alfresco dining in the summer. The 3 bedrooms in the chapel, include a suite on the 2nd floor with shower room and freestanding bath. There are 4 remaining bedrooms and bathrooms in the west wing. The landscaped grounds provide numerous places to sit, eat, lounge or fall a sleep in! The energetic will enjoy riding on the bicycles provided, playing table tennis or boules. There is a recently opened swimming pool (outdoor and indoor) 10 minutes drive away at Hesdin. There are also many interesting places to visit, from golf courses to historic Agincourt. The beautiful and stylish seaside resort of Le Touquet is 40 minutes drive away, or enjoy a gourmet meal at boutique restaurant, La Cour de Remi.
House in Wambercourt, Nr. Hesdin, Nord Pas de Calais, France - Tranquil Location, Great For Large Gatherings, Celebrating Significant Birthdays And Anniversaries
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- Calendar last updated:
- 19 Nov 2018
About Moira McDermott
We discovered this property in November 2001. We wanted a house which was easily accessible from England, so that we, our family, friends and guests could would make the best use of it. This was the second house we viewed and it was love at first sight (although some have suggested we had foresight!). Moira speaks fluent french and so it was possible to undertake all the renovations using local French builders. Although we experienced some frustrations, mainly around timing, we have been very pleased with the quality of work and value for money. We find our trips to Le Verger a perfect contrast to our normal London life. We have celebrated a number of our own landmark birthdays and anniversaries at the house. We look forward to hearing from you. Moira and Peter McDermott.
Moira McDermott purchased this House in 2002
Why Moira McDermott chose Wambercourt
We wanted a house that would be well used (not just once or twice a year). Living in South London, Nord Pas de Calais seemed the perfect choice. We had grown to appreciate Montreuil (particularly the wonderful cuisine at the Chateau) and were impressed with the charms of Le Touquet. We wanted an old house and plenty of land. This persuaded us to extend our search around the market town of Hesdin and that is how we found Le Verger. Travelling from London, it is true to say that one arrives feeling more relaxed than when setting off! Then the tranquility of the place just gently grabs you as the arduous task of uncorking wine bottles and lighting log fires becomes the main work of the evening. We love the many markets in local towns and buying good wine for £3 a bottle.
What makes this House unique
Although the property oozes with character (14c chapel, 1 metre thick stone walls and exposed elm beams), it is bang up to date with wall and roof insulation and double-glazed windows with solid wood frames. This means you experience the inexplicable atmosphere of a really old and significant building, with all the comfort and convenience of a truly modern home. Although there lots of excursions you can go on: Le Touquet (Paris Plage), Agincourt, Pleasure Park, Golf at Nampont St Martin, Nature parks, cafes, restaurants and bars, we find that most people prefer to chill out or play games at the house. Our kitchen has been described by guests as 'a cook's paradise'. Certainly, one of the joys is to visit Hesdin food market on Thursday morning, stock-up on food and then cook it.
Fantastic house - perfect for large families
We spent two weeks at Le Verger and had a fantastic time. Our family range from 4-74 and the house was perfect for our needs.
The bedrooms were well spaced out and comfortable - we didn't ever feel like we were crowded or 'on top of each other'. There were a good number of bathrooms and toilets too, which is handy for a large group. Our bedroom was great as it had a wall of bookshelves with a fantastic collection of books to read. The master bedroom with the bath was another great room.
The lounge was a good size for gathering, with extra comfortable seating in the kitchen. The kitchen itself was well kitted out for our needs. There was plenty of space to eat both indoors and outdoors.
Outside - the grounds are large with a number of good places to sit. We had many games of boules! The shed contains bikes and some outdoor toys etc, which is a great touch. Some members of the family enjoyed playing ping pong as well. The pizza oven was a great hit and a lovely addition for the holiday.
The owners were very responsive to our questions and needs, which made the experience all the better. The house has been renovated very well -sympathetic to the original building but with good modern additions, including good wifi, which the teenagers particularly were grateful for! There were a lot of helpful added touches, including a good number of plug adapters for our UK plugs and a hairdryer.
Nearby, Hesdin is a great town with good places to eat. The market there on a Thursday is extensive and well worth a visit. We also visited Denleys Parc, which is a theme park with rides. Very reasonable and plenty of spaces to bring your own picnic.There was a lovely tabac nearby, which some members of our group really enjoyed visiting and the beach at Le Touquet was a great hit! Some of our family also went to use the farm vending machine in Cavron, which was unexpected! The church next to the property also had some war graves which were very moving.
All in all, it was a great holiday and we are very glad we booked this house - only an hour or so from Calais as well, which was a great bonus. I would highly recommend, especially for large families.
Thank you so much for submitting a very positive review.
We think you have nailed just about every feature of the property and we are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay.
Moira and Peter
Wonderful stay at Le Verger
Everything about Le Verger has been said in previous reviews and is correct so what can I add? The rooms are larger than the photographs depict and the garden vast and safe for children with rabbits at the bottom. The weather was surprisingly good allowing us to take advantage of the two BBQ's but the star of the show was the pizza oven which was a wonder to the menfolk who we had to stop cooking everything in it!! On the subject of pizza, at the bottom of the lane is the pizza vending machine which had to be tried as it was a most unexpected find in a little French village. I feel I must also mention the kite festival at Berk which was about 45 mins away. It is like no other kite festival I have ever seen and was a wonder to the grandchildren. Our stay was a real joy and was so successful for all ages from 3 to 70 that we may well make it an annual event.
Thanks for your positive review, we are both very pleased that you enjoyed your stay.
Building the wood-fired pizza oven was a bit of a boys' toy venture, so I'm glad to see other boys love cooking in it.
Peter and Moira
Really lovely house in a beautiful setting
We so enjoyed staying in your lovely house. Everything was comfortable, warm and well-equipped. We had a really great weekend - and Le Verger was the perfect setting. The kitchen had everything we needed to cater for a large group, and we enjoyed relaxing around the fireplace in the evenings. Nearby Montreuil was a great place to stock up with produce from the market, gorgeous bread and cheeses. The glorious sunny weather was a bonus, and we've returned to the UK refreshed and relaxed.
A brilliant and sociable house
We had an amazing stay at Le Verger. The house is beautifully appointed and well equipped for a big group. The kitchen is a great focal point and we enjoyed making many great meals there, the double dishwashers was essential when catering for 13! The house is in a beautiful valley and a great location for exploring. Loved it.
Delightful Le Verger
Lovely House with large garden, ample outside covered seating
especially on a lovely summers evening, with table tennis, plenty
of space for a game of rounders.
Inside was very spacious with many boxed games and books galore.
The kitchen was a cooks paradise. Plenty of information for the
house and for places to visit.
16 of us had a great time.
Thank you for your very upbeat review, it's good to hear that you enjoyed the features of the house, such as outdoor tables and chairs, Le ping pong and our huge kitchen/dining room.
Best wishes from Moira and Peter
A large and beautiful gem!
After travelling south from Calais through open fields, the close wooded valleys around Le Verger come as a sudden and pleasant setting. The house stands alone overlooking the old church on one side, the village on another, and open country on the other – watch out for deer flitting across now and then. The surrounding villages are picture-book representations of this part of France, and yet you are within easy reach of some fascinating cultural visits.
The house exceeds expectations as for furnishings and comfort; you feel at home as soon as you arrive. All the stuff you need is there: an excellent kitchen, good lounging areas, comfortable bedrooms, and bathrooms with good shower pressure! I could go and on…we are looking for the next opportunity to visit Le Verger.
Special interest holidays:
Golfing weeks or weekends can be catered to include full English breakfast and 3 or 4 course dinners. Catered meals with individually created cakes are available for special birthdays and anniversaries.
The chic resort of Le Touquet is 40 minutes drive from the house. There are also excellent beaches and seaside facilities at Berk and Merlimont.
Outdoor and indoor swimming pool at the Aquatic Center in Hesdin 10 minutes drive from house. Also, gym, spa and bowling at this centre.
The house is just 1 hour's drive from Calais. Nearest airport is Beauvais (north of Paris - Ryanair) and car hire is available at the airport. The house is 1 hour 40 minutes by car from Beauvais. It is also easily accesible from Aeroport Charles de Gaulle (Paris).
5 to 10 minutes drive to 3 bars in Wambercourt, Cavron or Fressin.
10 minutes drive to indoor/outdoor swimming pool, spa and bowling alley
10 minutes drive to Carrefour supermarket, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants in Hesdin.
15 minutes drive to Agincourt (site and museum).
20 minutes drive to amusement park.
40 minutes drive to Le Touquet.
1 hours drive to Arras (parking and train to Paris - 1 hour).
Superb wine cave in Fressin (next village north).
Estaminet bar with antique games in Cavron (next village south).
Excellent charcuteries, boulangeries, boucheries, banks etc, in Hesdin.
Local open air markets in Hesdin, Fruges, Montreuil, Auchy les Hesdin and Le Touquet.
L'Ecurie restaurant in Hesdin.
La Cour de Remi boutique hotel and gourmet restaurant (pas cher!) in grounds of chateau at Bermicourt (30 minutes drive).
World War 1 museums and graveyards at Vimy.
Agincourt battlefields and interactive modern museum.
V1 and V2 World War II launch pads and museum in St Omer.
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: Book by email enquiry. We confirm availability and price. Non-returnable deposit of 30%. Remainder 8 weeks prior to departure. Refundable damage deposit to be paid with final payment. Keys posted to guest's house 2 weeks prior to departure. Changeover Day: Preferred day is Saturday, but we are flexible. Departure by 10am arrival after 4pm.