It’s hard to pass up the opportunity to spend the night in a castle. This grand 19th-century mansion in Aire-sur-la-Lys has been lovingly restored, and five guestrooms are now available to guests.
Calais Chateau Aire-sur-la-Lys, France
This palatial building has changed hands many times since it was built in 1880, but was most recently purchased, refurbished and opened as a bed and breakfast and table d’hote. It’s an imposing building but for now only offers five bedrooms to the public each night, which gives it a lovely exclusive feel.
Each of the bedrooms is simply furnished, but antique pieces, glittering chandeliers and bold color schemes (rich golds, scarlets and mossy greens) nod to the grandeur of bygone days. Each has a modern en-suite bathroom with tiled shower unit.
The castle is surrounded in lovely grounds, and the River Leie flows through its gardens. Sit on the terrace and enjoy the ambience, or relax in the lounge with an aperitif before dinner, play a parlour game, chat, read or watch TV.
The Chateau’s owners (a father and his son) pride themselves on personal service, hospitality, as well as peace and quiet.
Prices include bed and breakfast. Every evening, a fixed surprise 5-course dinner is served (€29-49), using fresh, local products, and must be reserved 48 hours in advance. Aperitifs are served in the lounge or, if the weather permits, on the cosy terrace.
Towels, bathrobes, hairdryer and bath products are provided.
The small town of Aire-sur-la-Lys is only 1.5 km away from the Chateau. Small and picturesque, it is best known for its bell-tower, which was classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005. Owners recommend strolls through the town and bike tours of the nearby countryside.
The town makes a great base for visiting nearby cities such as Béthune, Saint-Omer, Lens, Louvre Lens, Arras and Lille, and is a great place to stay before crossing the Channel.
Aire-sur-la-Lys, Pas-de-Calais, France. Nearest airport: Lille-Lesquin Airport (31 miles).
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Calais Chateaufrom €99/ nt
|$260 x 4||$1,040|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||$500|
|TOTAL (with Deposit)||$1,780|
100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.