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Welcome to the best kept secret in France...

Les Sept Vallees

Pas-de-Calais is a well-kept French secret, often missed by travellers heading further south. Mistakenly, it is often mentally linked with Calais; the ports and the bustle of British tourists knocking into one another seeking cheap cigarettes, wine and beer… but we live in Pas-de-Calais which means "steps from Calais"... and with those steps you will discover a very authentic part of France.

Within this department lie Les Sept Vallées (the 7 valleys), an ever-changing landscape of undulating farmland; simple but beautiful countryside, friendly people, great restaurants, cafés and shopping – and all just 40 minutes from golden sandy beaches. The Cote d’Opale beaches are extraordinary – miles and miles of white sand. For the more energetic there is horse-riding, sand-yachting and conditions are perfect for kite-surfing.

A fantastic (free!) local service is Greeters62 (inspired by the Big Apple Greeters) which offers tourists a chance to explore this area of France “off-piste” – following personalised recommendations from delightful local characters rather than the usual tourist trail. An article in the Observer raves about a weekend of gastronomy… and this is all on our doorstep.

We used to spend many weekends on the coast before buying our fermette – it is just 4 hours door-to-door from Sussex, crossings start at £60 return… and suddenly, you are in another world.


You can stay with us :-) We have a B&B unit and a self-catering cottage. See Accommodation. If we are full, there are several other options, all within 2kms:

La Grange de Sophie B&B in Vieil-Hesdin; beautiful rooms, walking distance from our house, excellent value.

There is a campground at the other end of our village; Camping de la Route Fleurie.

Also in Saint Georges, there is a sweet self-catering Gite that comfortably sleeps 4 (and possibly extras).

And another self-catering gite up the hill at the strawberry farm. M. et Mme. Jansen Tel:

What to do

Saint Georges

TROUT FISHING Beautiful location - they also have Gite accommodation.

4x4 OFFROAD Quad biking, mud et al

Nearby and useful links


Public Holidays in France

Brocantes in Pas de Calais

Tourisme de Sept Vallees

Tourism for the North of France

Jardins to visit

How to find us