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Montreuil-sur-Mer is undoubtedly part of an elite group of holiday spots in France. No effort is needed to attract the right visitors. The right ones being those who appreciate the stone of the buildings and dine at the best gastronomic restaurants without a second thought (amongst others, there is two Michelin-starred establishment on the list). Those who never tire of watching the sun set over the Baie de Somme. A haven of harmony is needed for such visitors and this house, put here by Michael Bennett, offers just that. The colours, ranging from white to bluish grey, contrast with the English green of the garden and immediately soothe the soul. The 18th-century moldings on the ceilings and panelling, the herringbone parquet flooring, the fireplaces, and the cast iron radiators give the interiors a great sophistication and provide daily aesthetic pleasures. Victor Hugo was so delighted by this place that, not satisfied with only staying for a while, he made Jean Valjean the mayor of the small city.
Originally from Great Britain, I fell in love with Montreuil-sur-Mer over four decades ago. This historic city surrounded by ramparts is the most beautiful walled city in northern France and is just an hour's drive from Calais. We bought this magnificent property in 2007 and restored it with great respect for its charm and the features of its original purpose, in memory of its unique heritage.
Unlike many other hotels in Montreuil, we preserved the essence of the ground floor and restored it with respect for the original characteristics. The many items we have kept, such as the pharmacy shelf and the trumeaus in the living room, allow guests to appreciate the property's original soul.
Formerly known as the Hotel Dupuis Pecquet, an old map of the city indicates that the house was built before the Revolution. Montreuil had many mansions, each with a small service road that allowed cars to drive up to the side porch which was always located to the right of the front door. Number 76 was no exception. Later, an on-street store was created - this former commercial space is now the lobby. In 1751, Mr. Dupuis married Marie-Catherine Antionette who then became a widow in 1785 and emigrated during the revolution. In January 1793, the house was sold to pharmacist Louis-Marie Lagache. The pharmacy remained open until 1976, a few one hundred and eighty-three years! In 1850, Mr. Delannoy was the pharmacist in charge, followed by Mr. Carrez in 1899. The Maillart family owned the house from 1921 to 1936, the Sarazin family then took over for the next forty years before we bought it from them.
We offer a haven of intimacy and tranquillity in the heart of a village that was voted France's second favourite village in 2016. In winter, guests can enjoy the charming 18th century lounge and in the summer they can make the most of the walled garden and swimming pool. We have created ''The Gastronomic Destination'' with hoteliers, restaurateurs and chefs who live and work in the bucolic, historic and gastronomic village of Montreuil-sur-Mer. We were voted "The best gourmet stay" in France in 2018 by the London Times. Last but not least, our hiking boots are always by the front door. There are sixteen marked trails with a combined distance of more that one hundred and fifty kilometres just minutes from the house.
With dozens of restaurants nearby (including La Grenouillière with two Michelin stars) gastronomy has a strong presence in Montreuil. If history is your passion, three heritage tours allow visitors to discover the city's military, commercial and religious past. You can take a relaxing stroll to the top of the tree-lined ramparts which are easily accessible from many of the city's streets. Stroll through the Montreuil markets on Saturdays, or those of Etaples and Touquet on Thursdays and Saturdays. There are hundreds of flea markets every weekend throughout the region, from Easter to the end of September. Thirty minutes from the house is Crotoy, a small town where time seems to stand still. Enjoy the beach stretching for miles in a national park and follow in the footsteps of Jules Verne who wrote Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea while living there. Montreuil-sur-Mer features in the novel 'Les Misérables' by Victor Hugo, although it is only identified as "M....sur-M" in old translations. The protagonist, Jean Valjean, known as Father Madeleine, was mayor of Montreuil for a few years. Victor Hugo spent long periods of time here.
175 € - 240 € per night
On the ground floor are the dining room, where breakfast is served, and a lounge overlooking the garden. The three bedrooms and the suite are on the first floor of the house. All are equipped with an en suite bathroom. The Sarazin suite, located in the attic, is equipped with a dressing room and a bathroom with a shower and bath. On special request, the entire house can be rented for a minimum of one week.