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Escape To The Chateau Des Lys

4 Days - 6th May & 17th June 2019


Nestling in 14 acres of park & woodland on the gorgeous Somme Estuary this former 19th century hunting lodge in Sailly Flibeaucourt is now home to Tim and Margreeth Alexander who are busy restoring it to it’s former glory often using reclaimed and upcycled materials and they’re delighted to share it with you! Paula and Maria visited the Chateau and say that this tour will appeal to the fans of the show and those who like to join in and have a great time together. Tim and Margreeth are fantastic hosts and will entertain you throughout your stay.

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The itinerary may be subject to alteration due to bad weather conditions. This tour is unsuitable for those unable to climb stairs, and those with walking difficulties due to the amount of walking involved which will include uneven surfaces such as cobbles. 

Evening meals: a pre-dinner drink will be served followed by a 3 course set menu and a glass of wine or beer.  The evening meal will be group dining where everyone will sit together and interact over a meal prepared by Tim and Margreeth. There is no bar at the Chateau, however the Alexanders offer an honesty bar with wine and beer available.

Included in Cost

  • Coach travel
  • Return ferry crossings
  • 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast at the Chateau des Lys (3 course set menu plus glass of wine or beer)
  • Steam train journey around the Baie de Somme
  • Various local excursions, plus a guided tour with Tim on Day 2

Holiday Itinerary

Monday - We travel to Dover for the ferry crossing to France and make a stop in the charming walled town of Montreuil sur Mer with its beautiful old houses, imposing ramparts and cobbled streets. An ancient royal city in the time of the Capets, Hugo wrote Les Miserables here and its the original home of The Roux brothers. Then a short hop to arrive at the Chateau late afternoon to meet your hosts Tim and Margreeth and settle into your rooms before dinner (cooked by Tim). After dinner our hosts will give us a talk on the history of their Chateau and how it, and they, came to feature in the Escape to the Chateau DIY Series.

Tuesday - After our continental breakfast, served in the Chateau conservatory (artisinale baguettes and croissants, jams, meats, cereals and a selection of cheeses), Tim joins us for a guided tour of the local area and gives us an insight into some history, whilst keeping us entertained with his anecdotes! Today, amongst other stops  we plan to visit: Le Tréport, a bustling port where we enjoy a ride on the funicular, up to the highest cliff top in France and take in some of the most spectacular coastlines you’ll ever see. Mers-les-Bains, a seaside town noted for the Belle Epoque villas facing the sea built at the end of the 19th century when the craze for 'sea-bathing began'. Saint Valery, the unspoilt jewel in the Picardie crown.  William launched his invasion fleet to Hastings from here,  Joan of Arc was imprisoned in the tower and the ancient city remains largely intact. We have time for coffee and a look around. Tim must leave us to return to the Chateau to prepare tonight’s dinner but we’ll round off the day with a steam train ride to Le Crotoy on the Chemin de Fer around Le Baie de Somme, a Unesco heritage site and area of outstanding natural beauty with it’s marshes, seals, birds and wildlife. After dinner tonight, Tim, who used to be in a successful band called Fragment, will entertain us with a good old fashioned sing-a-long!

Wednesday - Today, we allow Tim & Margreeth a day off as we head off to one of the many regular markets or Brocante shops that abound in the area where you may find a bargain or two! We then spend the afternoon in Jules Verne’s Amiens with its beautiful cathedral, the pretty little houses of the medieval Saint Leu district, bars, restaurants, antique stores and the floating Roman gardens of the Hortillonnages.

Thursday - Sadly, we have to say goodbye to Tim and Margreeth and head for home. We make a stop in Le Touquet, a lovely chic resort on the coast of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais before returning to Calais for the return crossing to the UK.


Chateau de Lys

Steeped in history and prehistory the Chateau offers a unique rustic, quirky charm and authentic brocante styling. The Chateau des Lys is spacious, homey, relaxed, quiet and beautiful. Each bedroom is different, most are en-suite. Relax, make yourself at home & explore the place and its environs with your hosts and discover one of the loveliest parts of France, its nature, its history, its charming unspolit villages and of course its food.

Accommodation: simply furnished rooms, 1 x twin rooms 6 x double rooms in the Chateau

Ground floor Gite Cottage: 2 x double rooms each en-suite sharing kitchen and lounge area

First floor Gite Grenier 2 x double rooms sharing a bathroom with kitchen and lounge area in access via outside stairs.  (These Gites would be perfect for groups of 4 friends)

First floor Gite Studio en-suite double room with kitchen and lounge

As this is not a 4* hotel so you will not find usual fittings, such as a hairdryer or ironing board (both available on request) but what you will find is warm and genuine hospitality in a quiet corner of France. No lift, stairs to first floor.

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Departure Date Tour Reference Days Price (from) Available Seats Pickup Points Coach Seats Rooms  
Mon 2 Sep, 2019 AS730 3 4 £389.00 1 Book Now