The Somme Estuary
Le Château des Lys nestles between the woods & the sea just on the edge of the small village Sailly-Flibeaucourt. This is a delightful area of France often overlooked in the rush to Paris and the South but the French have been holidaying here for ages. The arrival of the motorway has opened up the region to burgeoning tourism but the place has retained all the beauty and peace of a bygone age. A ten minute drive from us will bring you to the ancient woods of Crecy, the Somme bay, the Somme steam railway, the gorgeous St. Valery and the picturesque Le Crotoy. Abbeville is only 10 km and the Cathedral city of Amiens is less than half an hours drive. Key WW1 sites and the battlefields of Crecy & Agincourt are all close by. Agincourt is actually Azincourt in French before being anglicised to add insult to injury and their visitor’s centre is particularly well done. We've been here five years and we're still discovering new things all the time. The region is famed for it's nature, its outstanding regional produce and "gastronomie", restaurants are plentiful and delicious while antique brocante markets abound most weekends of the year.
Nearby attractions include three Golf courses; the Valloires Abbey & gardens; several tree climbing centres and numerous boat & fishing trips. There’s horse riding, go-carting, sailing and much more. The Bagatelle fun park will keep the kids happy all day long. The Baie du Somme is a paradise for walkers and cyclists with the famous nature reserve & bird park Le Parc du Marquenterre close by. Seal watching, mud walks across the bay, fossil hunting and walks through spectacular villages & nature are all very near.
Cayeux sur mer, Fort Mahon & the lovely Ault (our favourite stretch of the coast with its nature reserves & fossil beaches) are only about 20 mins drive as is the amazing walled city of Montreuil sur Mer. The chic “North Riviera” towns Le Touquet & Treport are less than 30 minutes and should you want it Paris itself is an hour and a half by train from Abbeville, indeed an hour's drive from here in almost any direction brings you to so many wonderful places that it would take a book to list them here.
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