Chateau de Moulin le Comte

Aire-sur-la-Lys, France

We are pleased to welcome you to Château de Moulin le Comte, our stylish nineteenth century mansion (1850), renovated with care and passion in the summer of 2012. The original character of the building has been carefully preserved. Through the large castle garden flows the river Leie. The quiet and peace of the environment is much appreciated by our guests.

You will enjoy the warm and congenial atmosphere at our private house. Our five guestrooms are very spacious and have been provided with the best modern comfort. The luxurious beds have top quality Sealy mattresses (180/200/22 or 90/200/22). In every room you can opt for one double bed or twin beds. Each room has its own bathroom with shower and toilet facilities.

Families with children are very welcome. Pets are allowed. Personal service, hospitality and flexibility are key words here. Your hosts speak Dutch, French, English and German.

Château de Moulin Le Comte is the perfect location for a visit to nearby cities such as Béthune, Saint-Omer, Lens, Louvre Lens, Arras and Lille.

The centre of Aire-sur-la-Lys is only 1.5 km away and in less than an hour you are in Boulogne-Sur-Mer, Lens, Le Touquet, Calais, Arras, Lille, …

If you prefer the quiet and peace of the countryside, you will definitely enjoy a biking tour or a stroll in the village and its picturesque surroundings.

All our prices include bed and breakfast. Our table d’hôte has an outstanding reputation, as we serve very refined and carefully prepared dishes at a reasonable price.

Aperitifs are served in our lounge or, if the weather permits, on our cosy terrace.

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Deborah Carvel (2 years ago)
Lovley place .. great food .. really dog friendly.. 45 mins from eaurotunnel..
Deborah Carvel (3 years ago)
Beautiful place to stay .. pleasant food and good complimentary breakfast ..friendly hosts ..would recommend..good location for over night stay close to the euro tunnel
Elaine M Biggs (3 years ago)
Excellent place to stay, large comfy rooms and superb food.
Tony Smith (3 years ago)
A very nice place to stay. Francis and his son are very welcoming and made our stay very pleasant indeed. It's right in the countryside only a few houses around it so very quiet. You need to follow the hotel directions as my Garmin satnav got up really lost and as it's in the countryside the cell reception is not that great so loading the hotel directions took some time.
Tony docs Smith (4 years ago)
It is a very nice place to stay. Out in the country side away from everything so relaxing. The Château is so lovely and the owner Francis is very welcoming. Only stayed for one night in Dec as a weekend away had intended to visit some local attractions but on the morning of our stay it snowed quite heavy so decided to return to Calais area.
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