Filled with character, this 16th century Coaching Inn - the inspiration for Hugo's 'Les Miserables' - in the heart of Montreuil sur Mer.
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The Hotel de France and Relais du Roy Restaurant is a uniquely historic property.
Dating back to 1578, the Hotel de France and Relais du Roy restaurant remain structurally unchanged, with huge original coaching doors and cobble-stoned courtyard, still bearing testimony to the era when horse drawn carriages were the only means of long distance travel. Now a Grade 1 listed building, it is the oldest Coaching Inn in Montreuil-sur-Mer
The Hotel de France can sleep 40 guests in 14 distinctive and individually decorated bedrooms with en suite and two apartments, fully equipped, with 2 double bedrooms en suite, surrounding a charming and historic cobblestoned courtyard. The rooms are decorated in traditional French style with armoires and french antique beds.
The 3 storey property has a total 2,500 square feet of living space, patio, balcony/terrace, laundry room, internet access, a ballroom, stage, as well as private parking facilities and is being sold fully furnished with appliances.
Situated across the courtyard from the Hotel de France is the, "Le Relais du Roy" or Place of Kings, Restaurant named as such because it was frequented by the Kings of France and England traveling between London and Paris. This was the original coaching route that passed through the town of Montreuil sur Mer.
The décor features beamed ceilings, flower lights and huge painted tulips on the walls with imposing Louis XVI gilded mirrors and fresh flowers on the tables.
The restaurant can cater up to 80 diners in summer when it is possible to enjoy the balmy outdoor air in the flower filled courtyard. While Victor Hugo was staying at the hotel in 1812 and writing Les Miserables, he took breakfast in the courtyard. The Hotel de France was the coaching inn featured in his story. In this same cobblestoned courtyard. Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte stepped from his coach to stay at the hotel en route to one of his many battles. During 1765 the writer Laurence Stern spent time at the hotel while writing his famous book Sentimental Journey. Towards the end of World War I, Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig used the hotel as his operations headquarters.
Other eminent visitors to the Hotel de France and Relais du Roy include, Gerard Depardieu (French actor), Midge Ure (electronic musician), Lester Piggott (jockey) and Mel Smith, of British Comedy fame who gave the Hotel de France its motto, "a place of sleep and dreams".
By car, Montreuil-sur-Mer is south east of Le Touquet Paris-Plage on the D901 between Le Touquet Paris-Plage and Hesdin. From the UK take the Dover-Calais ferry, then the A16 to Boulogne. Exit at junction 28 onto the D901 directly to Montreuil. Montreuil sur Mer is only 70kms from Calais via the A16 motorway. From Paris take the A16 to Boulogne and exit at junction 25 for the D901 to Montreuil (210 kilometers, taking around 2 hours). By train, from Calais-Ville take the TER service to Boulogne-Ville. Take the TER Line 14 towards Arras for Montrueil-sur-Mer stations which is a few minutes’ walk to the ramparts.