After a particularly heavy but rare snowfall, December 2010
Although winter is very definitely a bit quieter at Basse Copette, I still do welcome guests for a long weekend, or a midweek winter break. The Bresle Valley has a stark beauty all of its own, and when its not too cold and you can avoid the hunters, it is a wonderful area to take a stroll and return to a roaring fire. Although most attractions are closed during the winter months (Monet’s Garden opens again in April), there are a number of places that are open, albeit with restricted hours (Le château Rambures).
Winter is also a time for me to catch up. This is not only a time when I get to make some necessary repairs, it is also when I get a long enough period between guests to be able to continue my programme of renovation and restoration. And I have just finished the bathrooms in the cottage. Continue reading
People stay at Basse Copette for variety of reasons, and on all sorts of personal and family adventures. After seven years I can say it has proved to be a great location for a relaxing break in the French countryside, as well as a perfect base for seeing the well known attractions of northern France. And, over the years I have also welcomed a number of guests overnighting at Basse Copette on some wonderful journeys through France and Europe.
About to set off after a good night's sleep!
My guests staying in the B&B last night were on just one of those journeys. A journey that has been in the planning for months; they booked their stay in September last year. Not surprising when you learn they are cycling for three weeks from Calais to Collioure (on the Mediterranean coast) – 800 miles, or 1300 kilometres. As much as I like the idea of cycling through France, my limit I think is walking Hadrian’s Wall, end to end (which they have already done). Something I hope to achieve soon. I envy people who can travel light. And for a three week holiday through France, this couple really were travelling light! Continue reading
Wishing all my guests and friends of Basse Copette the very best for 2012. If you have already stayed here I hope to welcome you back sometime soon, and if you are thinking about a visit – I look forward to welcoming you to Basse Copette.
The previous Basse Copette homepage
It is a new year, and there is nothing better than starting a new year with a new … um … website! Having had a great website created in 2008, and then my tinkering around the edges for a few years, it really was time for a change.
After a lot of hard and very creative work from Pauline Kenny, one of my Archaeology Travel partners, here is the new website. If you visited my old website I am sure you will agree with me that this new website not only looks great, it is also very easy to navigate and find the information you require when considering a at B&B or self catering stay at Basse Copette.
Previous guests will also notice a number of improvements, and there are more that are currently in progress.
Now I just need a photographer or some photography lessons. Trying to capture the cottage’s ‘wow factor’ tests my photography skills to their limits.
Happy New Year, and here’s to seeing you (again) at Basse Copette during 2012.
To mark my new website:
5% Discount on all bookings with deposits paid before 31 January 2012
15% Discount on bookings paid in full before 31 January 2012
After a blustery few days, where the rain was literally horizontal, this morning’s sunrise was a particularly welcome sight! I really did not think my rather simple camera together with my primitive photography skills (i.e. point and press – if it is not painted on a cave wall I am challenged) would get this shot looking as good as it does. Perhaps I still remember the real thing! What has not come out as I remember it, are the touches of pink on the clouds. It is clouds like these that makes me understand why Monet found Normandy so paint-able.
And off they go ...
As my guests will attest, Basse Copette really is a small rural hamlet seemingly out in the middle of nowhere. Where, I sometimes think, time has forgotten us and gone rushing on ahead. Instead of rushing forward, on to yet another crucial meeting, another must see event, the passing of time at Basse Copette is marked by its inhabitants in a much more calm manner, almost daily in their day-to-day activities. Most of my neighbours are in their late 60s and into their 80s, and have lived here for most if not all of their lives. Lives that really are governed by the changing seasons; and I mean more than adding a few extra layers during winter. After seven years here (now the second longest I have ever lived in one place) I am starting to become more aware of this myself. And I was reminded of it yesterday when the cows came down off the slopes of the hills behind Basse Copette. Continue reading
French Christmas markets ... in France
French Christmas markets are a great part of the build up to Christmas, and the best way to experience one is of course in France itself. The city of Amiens hosts the biggest and most spectacular one in northern France. From the last weekend in November to just after Christmas the streets of the city are filled with over 120 individual stalls and all sorts of rides and attractions to amuse the younger visitors. And during the month of December, the façade of the Cathedral
is lit up to appear as it would have done in medieval times. So if it is a quiet romantic few days away you are looking for in the lead up to Christmas, or a pre-Christmas treat for the children, a weekend Christmas break is a must. Only 35 minutes away is the small hamlet of Basse Copette. On offer, luxury but affordable bed and breakfast or self catering accommodation, for a weekend or a few days in the week. A Christmas market break at Basse Copette offers a great deal. Continue reading
Summer Festival Queen
Rural areas of France provide wonderful summer holidays, and Normandy is no different. Basse Copette is a small, rural hamlet in the Bresle Valley of Upper Normandy. There are only 6 residences, and very much off the beaten track. What it lacks in on-the-door-step attractions it more than amply makes up for in rural charm. We are close to some great attractions (Monet’s Garden in Giverny
), and others make for a great day out (Paris
, Disneyland), but there really is something unbeatable about being in France profonde.
For example, each year from the the end of spring to the beginning of autumn most Communes and bigger villages host their own particular summer festival. And then there are the rather unique and often quirky ways of celebrating national events. These add a wonderful and often unexpected quality to a holiday. Continue reading
France for Christmas Markets
France has wonderful Christmas markets, and the Marché de Noël
in Rouen has a most spectacular backdrop: the cathedral that Monet has made so famous. Directly in front of the Cathedral is one of a couple of skating rinks available, which is surrounded by numerous stalls selling all sorts of drinks (of course there is mulled wine) and food. Then scattered throughout the streets of this older part of the city are various stalls selling all sorts of things that make great gifts. Most Marchés de Noël
start during the last weekend of November and go through to the first week of January. Basse Copette is close to two great French Christmas Markets: Rouen and Amiens, and on offer are inclusive 3-day breaks to give you the opportunity to enjoy both! Bring the children, or as most couples do, take a break from the maddening rush that is the lead up to Christmas and relax at Basse Copette. Continue reading
Try a Normandy gîte this September, try Basse Copette. September is a wonderful time to holiday in Normandy – the schools have gone back, the weather is still wonderful and all the tourist attractions are still open – after all it is heritage weekend towards the end of September in France. And Basse Copette is no different – being on the Picardy and Normandy border everything these two regions have to offer are on your doorstep: a day trip to Paris, Monet’s garden at Giverny, World War 1 and 2 memorial sites.
Basse Copette offers luxury self catering accommodation for up to 8 people – i.e. which could work out as only €90 per person per week, or €13 per person per night! Perfect for couples travelling together or alone or families. Continue reading
In 2008 a young German family came to Basse Copette for their two-week, summer holiday. They arrived late afternoon after an early start and a long journey. Having arrived, all the children wanted to do was to get in to the pool and all mum and dad wanted to do was to get the bags and supplies into the barn and to get settled for their two-week stay. Both wishes were satisfied soon enough, and everyone enjoyed their first night in the barn. The following day with the excitement of arrival over, mum wanted to call her parents to let them know they had arrived safely. Mum went to get her mobile phone from her handbag only to find it was not there. After an increasingly frantic search of the barn and the car mum became as certain of where she last had her phone, at a rest-stop they had stopped at to let the children run around. Continue reading