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Escape To The Chateau Des Lys

4 days, 29th Nov - Tour no AS730 (4)


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.

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


We travel to Dover for the ferry crossing to France and make a stop in the We make a stop in Le Touquet, a lovely chic resort on the coast of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais. 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 our continental breakfast, served in the Chateau conservatory, Tim and Margreeth will lead a tour of the chateau before we depart for the afternoon and evening in Jules Verne’s Amiens with its beautiful cathedral, the pretty little houses of the medieval Saint Leu district, bars, restaurants and antique stores. During our visit, the Christmas Market will be taking place and Amiens is transformed, animated and illuminated with approximately 125 wooden chalets located in the city centre extending over 2 km.


We make a stop at the Thiepval Memorial, which is the largest Commonwealth Memorial to the missing in the world on our way to Arras, with its old-town centre which has been carefully restored following the great damage suffered during the First World War. The Christmas Market is taking place and is located in the Grand Place with over 130 chalets, an ice rink, musical events and workshops, the Christmas village focuses on creating a festive atmosphere. We return to the Chateau for dinner followed by a get together with a party atmosphere and music.  


Sadly, we have to say goodbye to Tim and Margreeth and head for home. We will make a stop at a hypermarket or wine warehouse on our return 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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