Photos courtesy of Château de Moulin le Comte
Single rooms: 76–104 euros
Double rooms: 94–124 euros
Suites: 112–144 euros
Rates include breakfast
Open: all year
Aire-Sur-La-Lys is about 58 km southeast of Calais. From the A-26, take Exit 4. Continue east on D-192 and then onto D-196.
Nearby: fishing; hiking; bicycling
You would be hard put to find accommodations more welcoming and wonderful than this charming private home. Father and son, Francis and Cedric, will be genuinely glad to see you, and everybody’s welcome, including your pets and your kids! No matter where you’re from, don’t be shy about staying here; Francis speaks some seven languages.
Don’t expect a full-service hotel here, but rather a home that’s open as a bed and breakfast. With only five guest rooms, you can expect a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. So as not to disturb other guests, plan on arriving before 11pm. After that, the doors are locked.
Four of the guest rooms are located on the top floor, and one, the “Red Room,” is on the ground floor if you have difficulty negotiating stairs. Rooms are spacious, spotlessly clean, with decorating touches—such as a chair or armoire—that are in keeping with the mansion’s original character. Views from the windows look out over the garden. Thoroughly modern and well-equipped bathrooms have showers.
Breakfast features an excellent selection of meats, cheese, eggs, cereals, and home-made jams. Don’t miss an evening dinner with Francis and Cedric. You need to make reservations well in advance and you’ll be rewarded by an beautifully presented five-course meal.