Every so often we come across a French property that knocks us for six. This month, Emma Rawle falls in love with this 19th-century manor house in Pas-de-Calais
For many, the area around Calais is just seen whizzing by from a car window on the way to southern France. Although it may not offer the scorching sunshine of the Riviera, northern France has plenty of history, countryside and even scenic coastline to offer instead; as well as the advantage of being only a short hop across the Channel.
This 19th-century manor house is located in Dohem, on the edge of the Parc Naturel Régional des Caps et Marais d’Opale, boasting both rolling green countryside together with long beaches and a dramatic coastline. Living here, I would only be a short drive from the historic town of St-Omer and the seaside setting of Boulogne-sur-Mer, an hour from the cosmopolitan city of Lille and only 40km from Calais, making access from the UK quick and easy.
The house itself has been renovated and tastefully decorated. There is a south-facing living room, a spacious dining area, equipped kitchen and an office and games room on the ground floor. On the first floor, there are four bedrooms sharing a family bathroom and two dressing rooms, while on the second floor there are a further two bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom, so there would be plenty of space for friends and family when they visit.
In the warm summer months, I will enjoy the beautifully landscaped gardens of 3,300m, a terrace for evening drinks and a heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna. All of this, plus parking for eight cars, which should be enough space for all the visitors I expect to drop in! nord-sothebysrealty.com
ON THE MARKET FOR €1,380,000