Self Catering Family Holidays – now all with free WiFi

Seaside holiday accommodation in FranceFor your best-ever family holiday, choose a Sandboys seaside house or an exclusive family apartment, in one of France’s most accessible and unspoiled regions – the Opal Coast, only an hour from Calais.

For couples (or very small families – parents + 1 baby under 2 years), we’ve created a romantic hideaway in the privacy of one wing of our palatial country house just a few miles inland, with superb beaches just minutes away in one direction, historic towns and lush green countryside in the other.

We’ve already been providing family holiday accommodation in this part of France for over 11 years, but we’re not content to stand still. Sandboys is a business committed to moving with the times and keeping up with the changing tastes and requirements of our clients, so all our holiday homes are equipped with flat screen TVs, DVD players and, of course, free WiFi.

Sandboys Dune – Family seaside house – sleeps up to 5

The Pines – Large family size accommodation in the entire East Wing of a spectacular house – sleeps up to 7

The West Wing – Spacious one bedroom apartment for couples (or 2 + 1 baby under 2 years)

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Holiday Discount Offers ~ October Bargains

Seals in the Authie Bay at Fort Mahon

Well, we were delighted with the response to our September “Last Minute” offers, So here’s another offer for October!

Special Last Minute October Price

All available dates up to (including) the night of October 25, 2013 @ £53 (63€) per night – or £355 (422€) for 7 nights.

This price applies to any booking for 3 nights or more at The Garden Apartment or Sandboys Dune.  (Sorry, Sandboys Pearl is not available at this time)

Bookings are subject to availability.  See our availabilty calendars for details.  THIS OFFER IS NOW CLOSED.  LOOK OUT FOR NEW SPECIAL OFFERS AND LAST MINUTE DEALS LATER IN SUMMER 2015!

Sandboys Dune Availability Calendar

Garden Apartment Availability Calendar




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Super Bargains for couples! Our last remaining September vacancies!

The Garden Apartment

Our Garden Apartment is a really special place for couples – comfortable, spacious, private and totally relaxed – so it’s not surprising that it is popular all year round.

This year, however, we still have some vacancies remaining in September, so we have drastically reduced our rates.  Now you can book a short break, 3 nights or more, in our Garden Apartment during September for only £58 (69 euros) instead of £68 (78 euros) per night!

Our bargain weekly rate is even better – £380 (399 euros!) if you book for 7 nights! THIS OFFER IS NOW CLOSED.  LOOK OUT FOR MORE NEWS OF SPECIAL OFFERS ON THESE PAGES SOON!

(Dates subject to availability, of course.  See our booking calendar to check if your dates are free.)



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Romantic Couple? Grab a Last Minute Summer Vacancy!

Although our holiday houses at Fort Mahon Plage are already fully booked for July we still have some vacancies at our roomy and very comfortable “Garden Apartment” (sleeps 2 in one double bedroom), so we’re offering a special discount of 20% on all stays, of any duration from 3 nights upwards, between 9 August and 19 August.

The “Last Minute Bargain” price for the apartment in August will be £61 (72 euros) per night – reduced from £75 (89 euros).


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Last Minute Summer Bargain Breaks!

Treat yourselves to a bargain break while the weather is still so good!

We have a 4 night vacancy at our Garden Apartment, from Saturday July 20 to Wednesday July 24, that we would like to fill.  We’re so keen to fill it we’re offering a 25% reduction on the normal summer rate – £60 (70€) per night instead of £80 (94€), minimum stay 3 nights.

There’s also a gap we want to fill from July 29 to August 4.  We’ve reduced the rate for any booking of 4 nights or more during this period from the normal £80 (94€) to £64 (75€)!

Go on!  Grab a bargain while you can!  It’ll be cold and wet again soon enough – then you’ll wonder why you didn’t take the opportunity to grab some last-minute-discount summer sunshine while you could!





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Latest July Vacancies: Bargain Holidays for couples!

The Garden Apartment - ideal for romantic couples

The garden and private entrance to The Garden Apartment

Although our holiday houses at Fort Mahon Plage are already fully booked for July we still have some vacancies at our roomy and very comfortable “Garden Apartment” (sleeps 2 in one double bedroom), so we’re offering a special discount of 20% on all stays, of any duration from 2 nights upwards, between 1 July and 20 July.

The “Last Minute Bargain” price for the apartment in early July (up to and including 12/7) will be £60 (70 euros) per night – reduced from £75 (89 euros).

From July 13 to July 20 the “Last Minute Bargain” price is £64 (75 euros) instead of £80 (94 euros).

The Garden Apartment is in the village of Conchil Le Temple, just 10 minutes from the beaches at Fort Mahon and Berck, and only 15 minutes from the historic town of Montreuil Sur Mer, where, on July 14, the famous annual Montreuil Brocante, a vast antique market that takes over the whole of the town centre, will be taking place.




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Times are hard and we want to make it as easy for you to make your decision to take a holiday at Sandboys as it can possibly be.  That’s why we  are offering, once again, our very attractive cut rates whenever we possibly can.

So, for a limited time only, we can offer some special discounts for remaining dates in May and June.

Sandboys Dune

For any remaining available dates in May 2013 – 20% discount from list price!

Garden Apartment

For any remaining available dates before May 25, 2013 – £50 per night instead of £68!

For any remaining dates in June 2013 – 15% discount from list price!

To book at our lowest prices just ask for our May and June discount price when enquiring.








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Sandboys Pearl

Breakfast at Sandboys Pearl

We’re making a special effort to offer affordable holidays this September.  From today, until further notice, all September holiday bookings for our Sandboys Pearl property will benefit from a reduction of 15% from our list prices.

For instance, a week in Pearl in early September, advertised on our website at £435 can actually be booked for only £369!

Later in September, holidays advertised at the Low Season Rate of £365 can be booked for only £310!

Your September Bargain holiday package includes bedlinen, towels, bathmat, electricity, hot water, heating and satellite TV with UK channels.  You will also find the cupboards of your holiday home stocked with coffee, tea, sugar, salt, pepper, cooking oil, cleaning materials, loo paper, kitchen paper rolls, tea-towels, even liquid soap for handwashing!

This offer only applies to our Sandboys Pearl property, and is limited to bookings for periods during the month of September 2012.


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Tourism Day Off ~ and an excellent restaurant


View from the quay at Etaples

Yesterday was my birthday, and in keeping with a family tradition that now stretches back 12 months, we took part of the day off to put ourselves in the place of our Sandboys holiday clients, and go and do something “touristy” in the region. This time we drove a few miles along the coast to have a look at Etaples and, in particular, the Museum of the Fishing Industry, « Maréis », which we had heard was well-presented and very interesting.

Etaples used to be one of France’s biggest fishing ports in terms of the tonnage of fish landed, but over the last 50 years, the estuary of the River Canche has silted up to the point where today’s larger fishing vessels are unable to use the harbour. The fishermen of Etaples, however, unwilling to lose the town’s major industry, have simply moved their boats a few miles up the coast to the port of Boulogne.

Stroking friendly Rays

The fishermens’ cooperative of Etaples numbers some 50 boats in its fleet. Most of them sail at the beginning of each week and remain at sea until Thursday or Friday when they return with their catch, a proportion of which is retained by the cooperative for sale in their own fresh fish shops and restaurants in Boulogne and Etaples. Some of the boats keep back a little of the catch to be sold direct to the public from the stalls on the fishmarket quay at Etaples.  Each stall is decorated with paintings and the colours of the boat to which it belongs. Altogether, in supplying, manning, and maintaining the fleet, marketing, processing, transporting, selling, cooking and serving the fish, the cooperative provides work for thousands of people in Etaples and Boulogne.

MAREIS sea life centre in the old rope works at Etaples

At Maréis you can see how the different types of fishing nets work and the variety of fish that are caught in the Channel waters between France and the south coast of England. There are aquaria where you can see the fish up very close, and rock pools where crabs crawl among mussels, starfish, oysters, scallops, shrimps and other seashore creatures. You can stand on the bridge of a modern fishing boat with its radar screens and depth sounders demonstrating the complicated world of the fishing boat skipper. There are guided tours and demonstrations, and films showing life on the boats are screened.  Finally there’s a tank where you can gently stroke rays, as they swim playfully around from one hand to the next.

We enjoyed our visit, and left via the shop where we found some nice books, games and souvenirs including a soft toy in the shape of a ray.

As a special birthday treat in the evening we had dinner at a restaurant in Montreuil which has been getting exceptionally good reviews recently. As a

Magret de Canard, cocoa bean and hot pepper sauce

result of one of the best meals we’ve eaten in France for many years, we can thoroughly recommend L’Atelier 26, in rue d’Hérambaut. It looks like an ordinary bar or cafe from the outside. Inside it is furnished sparsely and simply, but it is warm and there is a friendly welcome, and above all, the food is top quality at reasonable prices. After a delightful complimentary appetiser and excellent seafood starters, our main courses were Haddock with a Smoked Herring sauce, and Roast Breast of Duck with a Cocoa Bean and Hot Pepper sauce. Both were superbly cooked, beautifully balanced for flavour, and nicely presented. The “moelleux au chocolat chaud coeur coulant caramel”, Chocolate “Moelleux” dessert with a fondant centre, was superior to anything we’ve had in top London and Paris restaurants. Normally a 3 course meal of this quality would cost almost double the 65 euros we paid for two, including wine and aperitifs.

Photos of L'Atelier 26, Montreuil-sur-Mer

L'Atelier 26 in Montreuil Sur Mer

We’ll certainly go again to L’Atelier 26 soon and report more details. It seems it is open at lunchtime Monday to Saturday, and evenings on Friday and Saturday only. They will serve a simple omelette and chips, or a full three course meal. On the evidence of our one visit, value-for-money is outstanding.


This photo of L’Atelier 26 is courtesy of TripAdvisor


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