Channel Ports

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Calais, Boulogne and Dunkirk: they're a cinch to get to from the UK, but they're still Europe. But there's a lot more to these cities than convenient transport links and cheap booze. It used to be that these industrial cities offered very limited accommodation, but that's all changed, and today these bustling ports are worthy of a lot more than just a brief stop. And some of the best places to stay in the Channel Ports are places you'd be happy to spend your whole holiday.

If you're looking for a rural idyll by the seaside there's beautiful countryside in the Pays Boulonnais, particularly around Montreuil in the 'Seven Valleys'. Many of the coastal resorts along this stretch have spruced themselves up in recent years. And no visitor to the region would want to miss the stunning central squares in Arras.

The Côte d’Opale, the stretch of sand dunes between Calais and Boulogne, is another naturally spectacular place to visit with wide, wild beaches and dramatic cliffs. This length is much loved by walkers, and the trails, which cross between farmlands and the coast, are also popular with cyclists and horse riders. This region also offers rich pickings for foodies - especially lovers of cheese and moules and frites

Dunkirk has a special place in many family histories. But today the wide open stretches of sand where the D-Day landings took place are fringed by fishing villages and seaside resorts. And of course the many memorials, museums and cemeteries commemorating that period.

There are lots of small museums and memorials but in Bayeux you'll find the Commonwealth War Cemetery, the largest British Commonwealth wartime cemetery in France.

Our selection of the best places to stay in the Channel Ports region offer both great places for a quick stop-over and options for those who want to stay a little longer.

Best Places to Stay in the Channel Ports Region

Easy Channel Ports escapes

  • Château de Montreuil is a small but pretty manor house/ château, painted white with bright blue shutters. The landscaped gardens offer peaceful views, the restaurant has a Michelin star and the rooms - many of which have four poster beds - are more than comfortable.
  • The Châtellerie du Schoebeque is an 18th Century château converted into a luxurious hotel where you're guaranteed a serious pampering. There's a wide choice of individually themed rooms, suites and cottages, and a sybaritic spa.
  • Le Manoir de Bonningues des Ardres, outside Calais, is an elegant Napoleon III manor with just five romantic bedrooms. Traditional, understated and well located for overnight visitors, this is a great spot for a quick escape from Blighty.

For families

  • Château de Moulin Le Comte is a smart château B&B, well located for the Channel Tunnel or ferry. There's an excellent table d'hôte and the owners are really friendly and laid back - despite living in a beautiful château!
  • Les Tourelles in Le Crotoy is a fantastical looking house, painted red with a fairytale turret. And it's right on the seafront. There are dormitories for children and plenty to do nearby.
  • La Ferme Du Vert is a beautiful stone farmhouse in a postcard perfect rural village. There are 16 bedrooms and suites sleeping up to five people, and prices start from just £63 per night.

Channel Ports beach break

  • The Atlantic Hotel in Digue de Mer is an Art Deco styled seafront hotel with spectacular sea views and a fantastic seafood restaurant.
  • The Hotel La Matelote is another seaside spot with an excellent fish restaurant, this time in Boulogne-sur-Mer. The decor is quite sumptuous, there's an underground pool and spa and it's got a Michelin star. And rooms start from just £84 per night.

For foodies

  • The Château de Beaulieu offers two Michelin stars in a stunning 17th Century, empire style château. And the rooms have everything you need.
  • La Grenouillere is unusual but spectacular; a collection of huts which look more like they should be standing over tropical seas than over a French Garden. The restaurant favours a sort of Zen eating where everything is naturally sourced and inventively combined.
  • If you're looking for a tasty stop off or a quick foodie escape try the Hostellerie Saint-Louis, a traditionally French inn serving delicious food in an elegant restaurant - and the clean rooms start from just £44 per night if you want to stay over.

Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in the Channel Ports, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice.

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  • Les Corderies

    Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, Picardy

    A top of the range hotel and spa on the coast. Stunning rooms and suites combine traditional materials with contemporary presentation for chic effect. Fabulous restaurant serves traditional cuisine with an inventive twist, outstanding spa facilities, and large conference rooms.

    from $79
    Luxury  -  Casual luxury in a resolutely contemporary style.
    Spa breaks  -  Top of the range spa and therapeutic treatments.
    Foodies  -  Traditional cuisine with inventive twists.
    Designer  -  Design furniture and oak materials create a modern and authentic space.
  • Hostellerie Saint-Louis

    Bollezeele, Channel Ports

    A traditionally French property and well placed, Hostellerie Saint Louis is ideal for Channel crossings. Delicious food in the elegant restaurant and spotlessly clean bedrooms. A gourmet stop off and at excellent value for money.

    25 rooms from $82
    Foodies  -  Excellent "à la carte" menus prepared by the owner Philippe Dubreucq.
    Hideaway  -  A charming country property in a quiet setting.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Dunkerque and the harbour.
    Great walks  -  Pretty walks on Flanders Hill.
  • La Ferme Du Vert


    An attractive stone farmhouse hotel and restaurant in a rural village. Bedrooms and suites can sleep up to five people. All decorated in warm earthy colours with parquet floors, white washed walls, and wooden beams.

    16 rooms from $84
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Le Manoir de Bonningues les Ardres


    An elegant country Napoleon III manor. Just five romantic bedrooms with parquet floors, high ceilings and attractive fabrics. Traditional, understated, and great value for an escape to the countryside or stop over en route to tunnel or ferry.

    5 rooms from $84
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Le Cercle de Malines


    Maison d’hôte in a late 19th-century lacemaker’s house renovated with taste and charm. It is eclectically decorated and has a small peaceful garden. On the edge of Parc Saint Pierre and just minutes from the ferries. A perfect stop off.

    4 rooms from $95
    Value chic  -  Great value and even the dog is allowed to stay
    Local exploring  -  Boasting excellent transport links
    Local markets  -  Large Calais shopping centres
    Great walks  -  Calais beach walks
  • La Villa Florida

    Dieppe, Normandy

    A B&B with bags of character. Unique rooms have Indian-style decoration with dark wood furniture, colourful rugs, and tiled bathrooms. The garden opens onto the golf course and the sea cliffs are close by. Quiet, quirky and welcoming.

    4 rooms from $96
    Local exploring  -  Set in the quiet town, with the cliffs and beaches nearby, enjoy walks and the sights of nearby Rouen and Giverny
    Local markets  -  Saturday food market in Dieppe
    Sights nearby  -  Château de Dieppe
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
  • Les Tourelles

    Le Crotoy, Picardy

    A red bricked turreted house. Simple, airy rooms with crisp white linen overlook the sea front. A host of surrounding cultural and sporting activities keep children and adults alike occupied. The restaurant serves excellent seafood. The ideal place for a family holiday.

    35 rooms from $99
    Families  -  Child friendly hotel with baby sitting facilities and a dorm for children under 14, plus it's right on the beach!
    Beach Life  -  Direct beach access and a terrace with panoramic views of the Bay of Somme.
    Kayaking  -  Kayaking is available at the Bay Seal, a great way to explore the coast.
    Great walks  -  Enjoy an evening stroll along the beautiful bay of the Somme.
  • Chateau de Moulin Le Comte

    Aire-sur-la-Lys, Channel Ports

    A smart chateau B&B with simple rooms, friendly hosts, and an excellent table d'hote. Great value, perfect for stop offs en route to the Channel Tunnel or ferry and exploring the surroundings.

    4 rooms from $100
    Value chic
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Clos Masure Hôtel de Campagne

    Normandie, Normandy

    In the heart of rural Normandy, this authentic 17th-century farmhouse delivers a meticulous hybrid of old and new. A traditional, lovely garden and exterior is counterbalanced by a pool and sleek interiors where you'll find neutral tones and minimalist design. A chic base for exploring the region.

    13 rooms from $111
    Spa  -  spa facilities include a fitness centre, solarium and a range of body treatments.
    Sights nearby  -  Not far from Rouen with its cathedral, and just 15mins from Dieppe
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor pool
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Le Manoir de Graincourt

    Derchigny, Normandy

    B&B in a lovely manor house just 5km from the ferry and minutes from the beach. Traditional rooms have period furniture and floral accessories, apartments have kitchenettes. Manicured gardens and a billiards room to enjoy, plus cookery classes on request. Low-key, family friendly, and great value.

    5 rooms from $113
    Families  -  Apartments with kitchens are ideal to prepare picnics before a trip to the beach or bike ride
    Sights nearby  -  Varengeville known for its church and stained glass of G. Braque
    Great walks  -  On the sandy beach of Berneval, only 4km away
    Cooking classes  -  On request, catered to your group needs
  • Le Clos de La Prairie

    Boulogne (Gouy-Saint-André)

    Gorgeous farmhouse with attentive hosts and an excellent restaurant. Various rooms and suites can accommodate couples, families and groups of friends. Interiors designed with contemporary elegance enhance a sense of wellbeing. A great choice for a country escape.

    8 rooms from $123
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • La Prairiere


    A charming bed and breakfast with comfortable accommodation 2.5 miles from Montreuil-sur-Mer. Rooms are simple and homely with authentic wooden beams. A wonderful open fireplace in the communal lounge and lovely surrounding garden. French breakfasts with home made jams. Classic french countryside.

    4 rooms from $123
    Birdwatching  -  Marquenterre - an area of natural beauty
    Sights nearby  -  Les Jardins de Valloires - gardens
    Other Activities  -  Fantastic local beaches
    Golf  -  Le Touquet golf course
  • Chateau de Miromesnil

    Channel Ports

    16th century chateau just outside of town. Unique rooms have floral interiors, modern bathrooms and garden views. Kitchen-garden, tennis court, 15th century chapel and terrace. Apartment with kitchen and living room is ideal for a family group.

    5 rooms from $129
    Groups  -  The modern apartment has plenty of living space, with tennis, horse riding nearby, or take a stroll to the chapel in the gardens
    Sights nearby  -  Dieppe, with its castle and museum, its churches and pleasant marina
    Local markets  -  Every Saturday in Dieppe
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
  • La Grenouillere

    Boulogne (La Madelaine-sous-Montreuil)

    Unusual but spectacular. Design centric rooms and suites made from natural fibres emulate the ethos of the kitchen. Fresh, natural, and uncluttered - mentally too. A zen habitat for those looking for something gourmet and different.

    12 rooms from $157
    Eco break
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux
  • Hotel La Chartreuse du Val St Esprit

    Gosnay, Channel Ports

    An historic castle set in acres of lush parkland. Large comfortable rooms with oodles of character - flowery printed wallpapers, oak beams in the ceilings, and antique furniture. Three restaurants to choose from and a fantastic selection of wine from the cellar. An affordable country escape.

    53 rooms from $174
    Hideaway  -  This historic château is the ideal bolthole boasting three restaurants, landscaped gardens, two tennis courts and chic bedrooms.
    Great walks  -  Wander through the hotel's tenacres of parkland and landscaped gardens.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
  • Châtellerie de Schoebeque

    Cassel, Channel Ports

    18th century château converted into a luxurious hotel where serious pampering is guaranteed. A wide choice of individually themed rooms, suites and cottages - from Morocco, to Africa, to La Vie en Rose. A lovely veranda and sybaritic spa. A great choice for indulgence.

    15 rooms from $178
    Total relaxation  -  A large converted country house in a peaceful setting with massage services and lovely terraces for relaxing on.
    Great walks  -  Walk through 'Le Jardin du Mont des Recollets' a garden inspired by old art masters.
    Sights nearby  -  Pack a picnic and set out to explore the beautiful old windmill.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children not allowed
  • Hotel La Matelote

    Boulogne-sur-Mer, Channel Ports

    A cosy restaurant with rooms. Bedrooms and reception rooms are smartly furnished with red and gold decoration and mahogany furniture. The ground floor harbours a small pool and jacuzzi although it's all about the restaurant here. The michelin star outlet is famed for seafood. Unmissable.

    35 rooms from $227
    Foodies  -  The focus is on quality local produce at Tony Lestienne's Michelin starred on site restaurant.
    Sights nearby  -  Boulogne-sur-Mer has the nations's largest fishing port great for a visit and for sampling seafood.
    Great walks  -  Grab a packed lunch and take a stroll on the 12 kilometer long beach.
    Swimming Pool  -  Small indoor pool
  • Hotel Atlantic

    Digue de Mer, Channel Ports

    Excellent seafood and spectacular sunsets at this Art Deco seafront hotel. Contemporary rooms with floor to ceiling windows that let in lots of natural light and offer spectacular views. The fantastic restaurant serves fresh fish of the day. An all encompassing seaside hotel.

    18 rooms from $269
    Beach Life  -  Situated in the charming seaside town of Wimereux, each room overlooks the sea right on your doorstep.
    Foodies  -  An excellent restaurant featuring classic french cuisine with a focus on regional seafood.
    Great walks  -  Long stretches of sandy beaches make for great post dinner walks.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the interesting historical sight of Fort de la Creche.
  • Château de Montreuil

    Montreuil-sur-Mer, Channel Ports

    English country house meets French château. A white building with blue painted shutters and doors. Rooms with pastel colours and views over beautifully landscaped gardens, and a lively and popular restaurant. A fantastic country escape.

    16 rooms from $275
    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in style- sit in the lovely garden with afternoon tea (or something stronger) or lounge by the pool with a good book.
    Foodies  -  The on site restaurant is a renowned local favorite, serving up delicate and precise gourmet dishes.
    Great walks  -  No better way to pass your evening than a stroll along the lovely beaches of the Opal Coast.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the UNESCO biosphere reserve of the Audomarois Marshes.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Relais & Chateaux
  • Château de Beaulieu

    Busnes, Channel Ports

    Two-Michelin starred restaurant in a stunning 17th century château, surrounded by sloping gardens. The bright contemporary rooms feature parquet floor and beautiful French furnishings. Unforgettably exquisite cuisine to be enjoyed in Empire-style surroundings. The perfect gourmet getaway.

    18 rooms from $280
    Foodies  -  Chef Marc Meurin will never fail to impress and with two Michelin stars this shouldn't be a surprise.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll around the extensive gardens and soak up all the natural beauty and tranquility.
    Fishing  -  There is plenty of local fishing, just ask the hotel to organise it for you.
    Cooking classes  -  Love the food? Learn to cook it with in house cooking classes.
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux
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