House in Montreuil-sur-Maine, Pays de la Loire Region, France
Magnificent former 16th century coaching inn - the inspiration for Hugo's 'Les Miserables' - in
47719TS62 - How to get there
By car, Montreuil-sur-Mer is south east of Le Touquet Paris-Plage on the D901 between Le Touquet Paris-Plage and Hesdin.
From the UK take the Dover-Calais ferry, then the A16 to Boulogne. Exit at junction 28 (approximately 70kms) onto the D901 directly to Montreuil. From Paris take the A16 to Boulogne and exit at junction 25 for the D901 to Montreuil (210 kilometers, taking around 2 hours). By train
From Calais-Ville take the TER service to Boulogne-Ville. Take the TER Line 14 towards Arras for Montrueil-sur-Mer stations which is a few minutes' walk to the ramparts. - The former Hotel de France and is a uniquely historic property. Dating back to 1578, it remains structurally unchanged, with huge original coaching doors and cobble-stoned courtyard, still bearing testimony to the era when horse drawn carriages were the only means of long distance travel. Now a Grade 1 listed building, it is the oldest Coaching Inn in Montreuil-sur-Mer. Now a private home, it offers a BandB business, has planning permission for redevelopment and with two catering kitchens and restaurants, has the potential for a cookery school.
This glorious home comprises on the ground floor:
The former reception area, now a warm and comfortable lounge with bar
The ballroom with stage
Restaurant and second kitchen
On the first floor:
12distinctive and individually decorated bedrooms all en suite
Two apartments, fully equipped, with 2 double bedrooms en suite
On the second floor:
Three double bedrooms and bathroom
All this surrounding a charming and historic cobblestoned courtyard.
The 3 storied property has a total 2,500 square feet of living space, patio, balcony/terrace, laundry room, internet access, a ballroom, stage, as well as private parking facilities and is being sold fully furnished.
A bit of history -
while Victor Hugo was staying at the hotel in 1812 and writing "Les Miserables", he took breakfast in the courtyard. The Hotel de France was the coaching inn featured in his story. In this same cobblestoned courtyard. Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte stepped from his coach to stay at the hotel en route to one of his many battles. During 1765 the writer Laurence Stern spent time at the hotel while writing his famous book Sentimental Journey. Towards the end of World War I, Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig used the hotel as his operations headquarters. Other eminent visitors to the Hotel de France and Relais du Roy restaurant include, Gerard Depardieu (French actor), Midge Ure (electronic musician), Lester Piggott (jockey) and Mel Smith, of British Comedy fame who gave the Hotel de France its motto, "a place of sleep and dreams".
Viewing is by appointment only with the agent.
Montreuil-sur-Maine, Pays de la Loire Region, France