The Château

Château d'Embry

Dating from the 19th century, Château d’Embry is located in the northern French village of Embry ( www.ViaMichelin.com). The house with it’s huge garden of half a hectare, it’s old horse stables and it’s coach house lies in the adorable hilly country of Les Sept Vallées in the valley of the river Embryenne. From Calais you can reach the area in approximately 45 minutes by car.

Situated well

The château is situated only half an hour drive from the sea, with it’s numerous characteristic bathing resorts such as peaceful Merlimont/Merliment with its sixties feeling, or Berck, or Le Touquet a.k.a. “Paris Plage”: a very fashionable, bathing resort with a casino. This is where Paris goes to the beach and where several French film stars have an apartment. Or Boulogne-sur-Mer: an interesting bathing resort with the largest and most beautiful sea-aquarium in Europe. For further information, click on Surroundings.

Built in 1850

The house with it’s huge garden of half a hectare, it’s old horse stables and it’s coach house lies in the adorable hilly country of Les Sept Vallées in the valley of the river Embryenne. From Calais you can reach the area in approximately 45 minutes by car.

The château was built in 1850 on even older foundations, which date from the 15th century. Already in 1483 the Château d’Embry was mentioned. In the 19th century a wealthy family from Paris commissioned to construct the building and kept it as their summer residence. In the Second World War the château was requisitioned by the Germans. Here lived the officers who ordered launching of the V1’s and V2’s on London. You can still see the launch sites in the surrounding area. Inhabitants of the villages are still able to tell stories about the V1’s, which were stored in the old coach house. When they left the Germans tried, unsuccesfully, to burn the Château.

 

After the war

After the war a caretaker moved into the right wing, and took care of the horses, the garden and the house, with his wife and his five children. They lived in the château until the fifties.

Since the end of the last century, the château has been the property of a Dutch family. They have thoroughly restored the place to its former glory, as nothing had been done since the fifties. In the spring of 2003 its complete restauration, lasting three years, was finished. Professional restaurateurs had worked full-time on the interior, the outer walls and the roof. This charming historical château is especially suited for families with children, groups of friends or business meetings (with a maximum of 18 persons) and classified with four stars. The family has decorated the château in an attractive way, with among other things, beautifull chandeliers and handsome mirrors on the mantelpieces, all over the house.