24-Hour Room Service; 33. The Ferme du Vert, Wierre-Effroy, France
Saturday 13 May 2000
MoodTranquil home-from-home in a regional nature reserve, built around a courtyard with a duck pond and ideal for rural breaks
MoodTranquil home-from-home in a regional nature reserve, built around a courtyard with a duck pond and ideal for rural breaks en famille.
AccommodationCosy family rooms with cots and high chairs, toilets, shower and bath, some in the old hay loft.
RefuellingThe restaurant, with its large open fire, serves robust four-course dinners of regional specialities. Cheeses are made on the farm and there's a separate children's menu available.
ActivitiesThe hotel, which is credited with Logis de France, boasts its own putting green, covered mini tennis court and table tennis. It can also arrange bike hire for guests.
Out and AboutThe sandy beaches of Boulogne, with its excellent wine and cheese shops and the old town, as well as Nausicaa, an excellent marine theme park, are eight miles away. It's 13 miles from Calais and interesting Opal coast resorts such as Etaples and Le Touquet are within easy reach.
Sample PricesInntravel (01653 629010, inntravel.co.uk) offers two-night half-board breaks at the Ferme du Vert for £136 per adult, children under four go free and children aged five-11 sharing their parents' room pay £60 each. Prices include ferry crossings for a car and passengers.
AddressThe Ferme du Vert is at 627 20 Wierre Effroy, France (00 33 321 87 6700)
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Driving while dehydrated can be just as dangerous as drink driving, study suggests
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
- 5 One Direction: Louis Tomlinson launching his own record label, has already 'signed two acts'
It's Italian, but it's definitely not Italy: Stephen Wood visits Lampedusa, an island beyond the map's edge, where North Africa meets Rome and even the sharks are poets
How double-decker trains would improve Britain's railways
The 10 Best lightweight luggage
The 10 Best hiking boots
French air-traffic strike: Planned industrial action called off
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
£24000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: With offices in Manchester, Lon...
Competitive (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a number of Marketi...
£20000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This well established business ...
£25000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Management Accountant - Manchester...