New! The West Wing is the new name for our Garden apartment

The West Wing Apartment - ideal for romantic couples

The Garden and private entrance to The West Wing Apartment

We’ve renamed our very comfortable Garden Apartment, and because it is in the west wing of our big white house, we’ve called it The West Wing!

Not to be confused with The West Wing of the White House in Washington

The West Wing at The White House

The West Wing from The White House garden

DC – this is the real West Wing of The White House!

The one-bedroom apartment is comfortable and spacious.  It is popular with couples who are looking for privacy and a quiet time, but there’s enough space for a cot in the big bedroom, so if you’re a young couple with a baby under 2 years, this could be just the place for you.

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New Sandboys Mobile Website

A new “mobile friendly” version of the Sandboys website


hardware androidSince more and more people now access our Sandboys website using tablets or mobile phones, we’ve been faced with the choice of either simplifying the site to make it faster to load (important if you are paying mobile data charges) and easier to read on a small screen, or creating a new “Sandboys Lite” website especially for mobile users.

Since Google recently announced that their search engine would automatically demote the ranking of sites that were not “mobile friendly”, we took the decision to create a new mobile version of our site designed specifically for users of small screen tablets and smart phones.  All the important details of our holiday gites are included in the new site, but we’ve left out a lot of the photos as well as most of the additional information about the region and its wonderful tourist attractions and facilities.

All this information can still, of course, be found on our original “desktop” website, which although designed for viewing on normal and larger computer screens, is still readable on most hand-held units.  Eventually much of this background information, omitted from the new site, will be transferred to posts here on our blog, and linked to from the mobile site.

In this way we hope we’ll be able to satisfy the needs of all our customers and site visitors, whatever kind of screen they choose to view our site with.

Sandboys new “mobile friendly” site




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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)

Switch to Sandboys Desktop Website – for large tablets, laptop and desktop screens

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Holiday bargain discounts – Latest News!


Well, we filled up most of the gaps in our Garden Apartment summer schedule with our last discount offer, but we haven’t quite finished offering bargain holidays yet, so here is the latest news.

The Pines Apartment:  Week from 23/8 to 30/8/2014 – 25% discount!  Now only £620  (€740) for the week for a family of up to 6.

Garden Apartment:  20% off any available dates in August!  Now £64 (€75) per night instead of £80 (€94).

Book soon!  These offers will be closed as soon as some of the gaps in our booking calendar have been filled!




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Summer Sale! The Garden Apartment – 37.5% discount!

Every year is different.  In previous years we’ve found there’s been a strong demand for accommodation in our “couples” gites.  At one time we had two of them, and they were busy throughout the year – even in winter, when our seaside houses and family-size gites were quiet.

Garden apartment at The White House

The light and spacious living room in The Garden Apartment

In 2013 we began to detect a fall-off in summertime bookings for our lovely Garden Apartment, which is an ideal place for couples to take some quiet time off.  This year we have several gaps in our summer season booking calendar.  Where have our couples gone?  Are they staying at home – or cruising instead?  Or has the economic recovery enabled them to take long-haul holidays to faraway exotic spots?

Whatever the reason for the gaps in our booking calendar, they are good news for couples who fancy a break in France, because to fill those gaps we’re offering any available dates in July, August and early September for only £50 per night!  That’s a £30 saving every day – or for the mathematically minded, it’s a discount of 37.5% on our standard high season rates!

In more practical terms it’s enough to buy a 3 course lunch for two – with wine in some restaurants!

For our Dutch, German, Belgian and French clients, the sale price is 62,50€ per night.


2014 Summer Sale – The Garden Apartment

£50.00 (62,50€) per night – any night from July 1 to September 6 (subject to availability) – minimum stay 3 nights.

You can start your holiday any day of the week – stay for the number of nights that suits you.  It’s the same price for weekend nights, too!

Go on – Grab a bargain now!







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Fabulous New Family Holiday Gite at the White House!

We’ve always had plenty of space at the White House, but recently we have found we’ve got rather too much.  The two of us are now rattling around among the many rooms of our spectacularly grand house, because the suite of rooms that formed our Granny Flat accommodation in the West Wing has recently been vacated by Patrick’s mother (she’s gone back to England to live in a luxurious retirement apartment).

We’ve been spending some time and cash updating the ex-Granny Flat, with the result that we’ve decided to move into it ourselves and free up most of the space we were formerly occupying in the East Wing as a really spacious and prestigious family holiday apartment.  Pictures, accommodation details and prices will be appearing on our website soon, but in the meantime here is a taster.

The East Wing apartment has its own entrance door, a large and very light kitchen/dining room, a family size sitting room with large flat screen TV (UK freesat channels as well as French TV), ground floor WC, 3 large bedrooms, a modern bathroom and a separate shower room both with WCs, a pleasant garden, large sun terrace and private off-road parking.  It is situated in the village of Conchil Le Temple just 10 minutes from fabulous beaches, excellent golf courses and convenient shopping centres, just 2 hours from Paris, and only one hour from Calais.

Only available for the summer months (July/August and early September), the East Wing can easily accommodate families of 4-7.

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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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If the mountain will not come to us,….

family ski holiday, apartment to let, Samoens

Ideal for families – apartment to let at Samoens

The Sandboys team rarely get to take any holiday in the Summer because that’s our busy season, and anyway, there’s no better place to be than here, by the seaside in France, on the Cote d’Opale.

We’re really looking forward, though to spending some time in early autumn, winter, or late spring in a part of France that we haven’t visited before – the Alpine ski area of the Grand Massif in the Haute Savoie region.  Not that we’re great skiers, of course, but it’s never too late to learn, and anyway we fancy going there outside of the ski-season, too, when there’s lots of beautiful walking and biking country, not to mention the white water rafting, paragliding and mountaineering (OK! we probably won’t be doing those last 3 things)

There’s a new property we can’t wait to go to stay in, and it will shortly become part of the Sandboys family holiday collection, available for ski-season bookings.

Have a look here at the details: Apartment in Samoens, Haute Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, France



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