Experience the V8 Hotel & Autobahn

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For those of you who are fans of cars, nothing is better than an open stretch of road, a beautiful day and a tank full of petrol. But why not really experience a car-lover’s dream and drive the autobahn and rest for the night in the V8 Hotel? Driving through Europe is a holiday in itself. Motoring through the different European cities and countryside provides a completely different driving experience. But, what is the icing on the cake for the real car fans out there? V8 Hotel and Motorworld 7 hours from Calais Located at Motorworld in Stuttgart, the V8 Hotel is the ultimate place to rest your petrol head. Before you get to your motor-themed room (more on that later) there are lots of activities you can get involved in at the ultimate place for car lovers. What to do at Motorworld Discover the history of your favourite car brands at Motorworld. Credit: Frank Hoppe Go back to where it all began, 125 years ago, at the Mercedes Benz Museum, and discover the history of the world-famous brand. For fans of speed, the Porsche Museum is the first place to go to immerse yourself in the supercar brand. Or, take to the skies and fly to your dream destination on the flight simulator. With lessons from a professional pilot, you can discover what it’s like to be in control of a plane. If the rest of your family aren’t quite as car-mad as you, there are still plenty of activities for them to get involved in. Outlet City Metzingen is near the V8 Hotel, and is packed with shops selling top designer brands. So, after your stay at the hotel you can drive away with a head full of memories and a car full of souvenirs. The Rooms at the V8 Hotel Love Mercedes? Spend the night in the ultimate Mercedes shrine. Credit: Frank Hoppe While the car-activities are reason enough to visit the V8 Hotel, it’s the accommodation that makes you stay. Every room is car based, but some are a little more special than others. Take the Mercedes Suite for example: four floors of Mercedes madness, including a panoramic bathroom and sauna! Go back in time to the 1950s and sleep in a vintage gas station. Credit: Frank Hoppe If the Mercedes Suite is out of your budget but you still want to stay somewhere a bit special, there are plenty of other options for you. Spend a night in one of the themed rooms, from Route 66, to a drive-in cinema, and even an automatic carwash, there are lots of fun options. Drive the Autobahn One of the most famous road systems in Europe, the autobahn is any speed lover’s dream. While there are many roads that motorists long to drive down in Europe (such as Route Napoléon and Col de Turini for example) there is one very famous road system that is of course, the autobahn. Rather than just one road, the autobahn is the German motorway, and stretches over the whole country, totalling about 8000 miles. The reason why so many people want to drive these roads, is due to their lack of speed limit. German authorities insist you must drive at the recommended 80mph, but you can drive faster if you wish. It’s good to always be aware of the other drivers on the road, as it’s not uncommon for cars to zoom past you at 100mph, or faster. So, are you eager to put the peddle to the metal? It won’t be long before you’re in Germany, the home of fast cars and precision engineering. It’s just 35 minutes from Folkestone to Calais, so start planning your route now. Top image credit: Frank Hoppe

Novasol Holiday Homes

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Novasol has nearly 50 years' experience professionally managing self-catering properties across Europe and they have over 44,000 self-catering homes to choose from. Novasol offers a fantastic range of holiday apartments, cottages and villas in 29 European countries, including France, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Croatia. Whether you want a swimming pool, tennis court, golf course or you’re travelling with your pet, Novasol have the holiday home to match it.

Bump to Baby Travels with Eurotunnel

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Going on holiday with your little ones can be daunting. But when you travel with Eurotunnel, you can be reassured that the journey will be easy, with the added extra of seeing the stunning sights of Europe!  The lovely Alex Gladwin, from Bump to Baby, travelled with us to France, Belgium and the Netherlands with her husband Adam, and adorable boys Ethan and Logan. It was their first big road trip as a family, and Alex’s first time in France! They really embraced the culture of these countries, visiting aquariums, castles and fairy tale wonderlands. Alex’s Tips for Keeping Children Entertained on a Road Trip Even though travelling to France on Eurotunnel only takes 35 minutes from Folkestone, children still need some distractions in the car. Alex had some great ideas for making sure Ethan and Logan wouldn’t get bored, buying new toys they haven’t played with before, and creating games for them to join in which made the car journey fly by. Boulogne-sur-Mer A great place to learn and have fun, Nausicaa is a must-see! Only half an hour from Calais, Boulogne-sur-Mer is the perfect place for little ones to stretch their legs once you arrive in France. Ethan and Logan discovered their inner marine biologists when they visited Nausicaa, one of the biggest aquariums in Europe. As it’s close to the beach, they were able to have a good play. After a busy day, they settled down in their hotel, with a well-deserved takeaway pizza. Lille Stopping off at Citadel Park, Ethan and Logan were able to use up all their energy An hour and twenty minute drive from Boulogne-sur-Mer, the family visited Lille, an ideal spot for families, as there’s so much to do here. Make sure you stop by Citadel Park, where your little ones can run around to their heart’s content. A great way to release all that built-up energy from the car ride. Like the Gladwin family, visit Lille Cathedral (Basilica of Notre Dame de la Treille), where children (and adults) can discover some of the fascinating history of Lille. Plus, the cathedral’s imposing modern structure makes the ideal backdrop for your family photos.  All that exploring got our intrepid travellers peckish, so they definitely needed a filling breakfast. Le Pain Quotidien is a gorgeous, cosy café ideal for avocado on toast and a coffee to set you up for the day. Watch Part 1 of Alex's trip here: Ghent The views from the top of Gravensteen Castle are reason enough to visit! Driving through Europe means it’s even easier to hop from country to country, so the family were able to nip across the border from France to Ghent in Belgium and take in the beautiful historic sights there. They managed to get a perfect bird’s eye view of the town from the top of Gravensteen Castle, as well as meeting a knight! There are many ways to see the city, but one of the best is via a canal tour, where you can discover the city in a unique way.   Efteling To conclude their trip, the Gladwin family experienced the magic of Efteling, the largest theme park in the Netherlands. Alex recommends taking a couple of days to see the whole park, as it’s so large. Efteling is based on magical fairy tales, and you can stop by one of the park’s shows to become fully immersed in the magical world. There are rides suitable for every member of the family, so everyone gets a taste of the adventure!   Watch Part 2 of Alex's trip here: Think your family deserves a road trip adventure? It’s even easier to discover Europe with Eurotunnel

Le Métropole

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The main selling point of this hotel is without doubt its location. Come and relax in this charming hotel situated a 5-minute walk from the old town in the heart of Boulogne-sur-Mer. Just a quick 35 minutes’ drive down the coast from the Eurotunnel Le shuttle terminal. This 25-bedroom hotel, where you will be welcomed into a warm family environment 24 hours a day, provides a perfect base for your stay in the city. When you arrive at Le Métropole, you can park in the hotel car park, if you wish, and begin your Boulogne-sur-Mer adventure on foot. Great days lie ahead In the mornings, make the most of an excellent buffet-style breakfast to set you up for a lovely day on the coast. In Boulogne-sur-Mer you have everything you need to make your stay a success. If you are in the city on a Wednesday or Saturday morning, make the most of the market and its many stalls dedicated to local products, just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel. Once you have finished your adventure, you can relax in the hotels flower garden after your busy day.

Unusual Ways to Camp in France

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Camping doesn’t have to involve an old Glastonbury-battered tent, thin sleeping bags and howling winds. It can be a great way to embrace the great outdoors, and have a holiday like you never have before. There are plenty of exciting and unique places to camp in France, from old-fashioned wooden caravans, to treehouses, to giant snails. So, load up the car, grab the camping stove and don’t forget the guitar for acoustic singalongs. Here are the most unusual places to camp in France! Giant Snail! Dienné - 6-hour drive from Calais The limits are endless when you camp! Don’t fancy a tent? Well then, a snail will be your next best option. Credit: Glampinghub.com If you’re heading off on a camping trip, but don’t fancy having to spend hours pitching your tent (which sometimes requires the patience of a saint) that’s totally understandable! Going for a different sleeping option opens a whole range of choices, but did you ever think one of those choices could be a giant snail? Your snail sleeps six, and is equipped with a fully-functioning kitchen, double beds, a shower and living area. A little bit of unconventional luxury, is just what you want for an outdoor holiday! Located within an environmental amusement park, you can come out of your shell each morning to beautiful surroundings, filled with great activities like archery, mini-golf, horse carriage rides and fishing. But do make sure you take part in the activities in the eco-amusement park, which shouldn’t be missed. This is definitely a camping site for the quirkier traveller, who wants an experience like no other! Star Gazing Tree House Côte d'Azur - 11-hour drive from Calais These cute tree houses are designed for star-gazing purposes! Maybe you could see how many constellations you know? Credit: glampinghub.com  One of the great advantages of camping is sleeping under the stars, so staying in a tree house designed specifically for star gazing is ideal. This two-person romantic tree house is designed with a skylight above the bed, so you won’t need to go out in the cold to see the lit-up sky. It’s nestled in the grounds of a country estate, which feels like it is something straight out of a novel. Spend the afternoon sitting by the lake, wander through the vineyards, or cycle to the Hyères beach, only 20 minutes away. There’s also horseback riding, golf, fishing, and tennis if you want an active holiday! Transparent Pods Urrugne- 10-hour drive from Calais Camping doesn’t get much better than in an eco-friendly glamorous, transparent dome! Credit: glistencamping.com If you want to be able to see the outside world while you sleep, but are still tied to the idea of having accommodation, then these pods are for you. They’re stylish (hanging chairs, anybody?), cosy, and come equipped with luxury essentials- like a gas cooker, king size bed and decking. The shape of the dome means air can circulate around, it’s weather resistant, and the solar fan will keep it cool under the South of France sun. This is the ideal way to camp if you’re looking for eco-friendly, but with a glamping twist. Top image credit: glistencamping.com You don’t need to spend your holiday in a glamorous hotel to have an unforgettable trip. When it’s only 35 minutes from Folkestone to Calais, you can be sleeping under the stars in no time.

Aa Saint Omer Golf in France

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Voted golf club of the year in 2016 amongst 700 other golf clubs in France, the Aa Saint Omer is a beautiful parkland that will have you coming back year after year. Just 30 minutes from Calais.

Hôtel du Moulin aux Draps

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Hotel Moulin aux Draps is a charming, modern, hotel tucked away in the peaceful countryside of the Pas-de-Calais, near the town of Desvres in Northern France. The perfect place for a quiet weekend away and an ideal location from which to explore the secrets of this fascinating region. Only forty minutes from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Calais Terminal and within striking distance of the Opal Coast, Boulogne, Lille, World War historical sites, fascinating museums, fantastic restaurants and golf courses with beautiful countryside you can explore by foot or bicycle. In our restaurant you will find fine food and heavenly views. On summer evenings, watch the sun go down. In winter, the ceramic fire adds a homely glow. The menu changes each day and traditional French dishes are a plenty. Only the finest locally sourced produce is used.

Domaine de la Bien Assise

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Nestling in the countryside but just minutes from the sea, Castel Camping de La Bien-Assise is a campsite, hotel and restaurant which enjoys an exceptional location in the 37 acre grounds of a Château. It is a great stop off point between the UK and the continent.

Hostellerie St Louis

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Located between Dunkirk and Saint Omer and nestled in the heart of the French Flanders, Hostellerie St Louis is a charming manor house hotel which combines the pleasures of refined food and beautiful surroundings. A warm, discreet and friendly service from your hosts Béa and Philippe will make you feel instantly at home. The gastronomic delicacies carefully prepared by Chef Philippe and his team will delight your taste buds. You will be able to sample their fine cuisine and specialities. The hotel is the perfect base to explore the local area and the mini break offer (see details below) gives you the time to do just that. La Coupole, the Eperlecques Blockhaus, the war museums, the fortified town of Bergues and Gravelines, the North Sea beaches and dunes, the elegant town of Saint-Omer, the Audomarois marsh are all within easy reach of the hotel. Philippe and Bea are looking forward to welcoming you!

Les Saveurs du Parc

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A sophisticated hotel in the north of France Les Saveurs du Parc has a magic modern touch in a beautiful classic building. Its many unique facilities make it a destination you want to discover. The Château is at the entrance of Aire sur la Lys and is surrounded by a three-hectare park, enticing you with the scent of flowers and the perfume essence of Century trees. Truly comfortable rooms    This hotel offers a large selection of beautifully furnished rooms, each with its own special charm and layout. Gastronomic restaurant   Dinner is set in a relaxed restaurant. Completely renovated, the restaurant Les Saveurs du Parc, serves up innovative and creative cuisine in cosy and intimate surroundings. Practical information Aire sur la Lys is less than an hour's drive east along the A16 from the Eurotunnel le Shuttle terminal at Calais. Getting there and around Les Saveurs du Parc Château du fort de la Redoute Rte départementale 943. (In front of la rue de Paris). 62120 AIRE SUR LA LYS - FRANCE Tel +33 (0) 3 21 39 01 11 Mail :hotel.mousquetaires@orange.fr www.hostelleriedes3mousquetaires.com The restaurant is closed on Mondays, for lunch and Sundays for dinner. Book your journey

Castel Victoria Hotel

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A place to suit your mood The Castel Victoria Hotel is altogether different from other hotels. Each area has its own ambiance to suit your mood and the time of day. Castel Victoria is definitely not a standard hotel; you will, in fact, experience the first lounge hotel in France, a unique concept - Its reception area is located in the "Churchill" library-lounge embellished by its timeless "Chesterfield" sofas and English club style armchairs.

Chateau Hardelot

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This Tudor-style castle is steeped in history Located between Calais and Le Touquet and home to the Entente Cordiale Cultural Centre, the Château d'Hardelot stands at the crossroads of the French and British cultures. Behind its characteristic nineteenth century architecture and interior, the story of this Franco-British history unfolds. From the dining-room to the smoking room, the library to the private apartments and along the pathways and groves of the Tudor gardens, Franco-British people and monarchs mingle in every space. William the Conqueror, Henry the VIII, Napoleon Bonaparte, Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II all rub shoulders with the extraordinary owners of the Château : Henry Guy, Sir John Hare, Sir John Robinson Whitley and the mysterious Abbé Bouly, in an amusing display of national treasures. The castle has been fully restored for the public to explore and enjoy. It is surrounded by a vast nature reserve, Condette Marsh, containing wetland, grassland and meadows. There are over 300 plant species and 80 types of birds, making it a diverse day out. This summer will see the opening of an Elizabethan theatre designed by architect Andrew Todd. Approved by Her Majesty the Queen in June 2014, during her latest state visit to Paris, this 400 seat modern « Globe » will host a high quality programme of artistic events throughout the year. Victoria’s fashion Fashion in the reign of Queen Victoria: exhibition from 17 September to 31 December 2016

Hotel Diamant

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An ideal stopover Conveniently located in the heart of the historical town of Arras, l’Hôtel Diamant dates back to the 17th Century. It is a small family run hotel with a cosy atmosphere. Some rooms and apartments have outstanding views of the famous Hero Square (Place des Héros) and the town hall (Hôtel de Ville), both listed buildings, and the belfry (Beffroi), listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Its location makes it an ideal stopover for family or friends to visit Arras. Wander round the animated streets and discover the town's numerous shops, cafes, traditional restaurants serving tasty dishes like oven-baked chicory and the famous or infamous “andouillette”. Arras boasts a wealth of historical sites including the archaeological site of Nemetacum, the Vauban fortress or the Saint-Vaast Abbaye. Also not to be missed, the Louvres-Lens museum. Book your journey

Holiday Inn Calais

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An ideal location to explore Calais The hotel is situated in the centre of Calais with the pretty marina right in front of it. The beach, where you can enjoy a bracing walk, is within easy reach.

La Matelote

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Enjoy a relaxing gourmet stay at the Matelote Hotel La Matelote is a family run luxurious hotel, ideally situated in Boulogne-sur-Mer, near Nausicaá. In a charming setting, overlooking the pretty fishing port and the beach, the hotel prides itself on its outstanding customer service.

Le Manoir Hotel

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Le Manoir and golf hotel Set magnificently in the heart of Le Touquet Forest, the noble family home of the founder of Le Touquet Golf club has preserved its image of calm and serenity, which has always been its signature, despite being transformed into a hotel. This elegant manor with its ivy-covered facade, offers rooms set along three storeys. Each room has a certain charm where country elegance and refinement complement one other. The hotel This hotel is an early 20th century English manor, set in the heart of the forest. The hotel has a traditional restaurant, 41 guest rooms, a terrace, outdoor swimming pool (heated in high seasons), tennis courts, and golf course with 45 holes on site. So why not come and stay for an exceptional break at this golf hotel? Practical information Manoir Hôtel Avenue du Golf is set right in the heart of Le Touquet Forest, and is only a 50 minute drive from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Getting there and around Manoir Hôtel Avenue du Golf Le Touquet-Paris-Plage 62520 Tel: +33 (0)3 21 06 28 28 Email: manoirhotel@opengolfclub.com www.manoirhotel.com/en/home Book your journey

Accor Group Hotels - Two exclusive overnight stop offers

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Ever thought about travelling when the roads are less busy? There is no need to rush, as you can take your time and enjoy an overnight stop in one of two hotels in Calais. Wake-up the next morning feeling refreshed ready to enjoy your continental breakfast before continuing your journey. If this sounds appealing, then book yourself into the Suite Novotel Calais Coquelles or the Ibis Calais Tunnel sous la Manche, situated next to our Calais Terminal. We have negotiated special rates just for you.

La Chartreuse

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A night in a French Château Situated on the North region, near Lille and Béthune, La Chartreuse du Val Saint Esprit, is a stunning 4-star hotel. A 15,000m² garden with flowers, vegetables and fruit supplies the three restaurants with fresh produce all year round. You will also find tennis courts, a fitness room and several lounges to sit back and relax. Choose your preferred Suite! This charming 4-star hotel has 53 unique rooms all with their own individual style. You will find four different room designs; tradition, privilege, deluxe and family. All rooms are equipped with flat screen TVs with French and International channels, telephone, free WiFi, minibar, safe and double or twin beds. Bathroom suites have shower and bath, your welcome pack includes a bathrobe and slippers for all rooms (except tradition) Rooms for only €147.   A gourmet experience at Le Robert II or ... Le Robert II is the gastronomic restaurant of La Chartreuse du Val Saint Esprit. His chef is perfectly in tune with the reputation of French cuisine. He and his team experiment with flavours and textures to create mouth-watering dishes cooked with great care and flair. La Distillerie La Distillerie, the French brasserie, welcomes you to a traditional and picturesque atmosphere,  Scottish curtain, vaulted ceiling, wooden chairs and benches ... Getting there and around 5 min from A26 Exit 6, Béthune is 45 min from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Calais Terminal Le Domaine de la Chartreuse 1 rue Fouquières 62199 Gosnay Tel : +33 (0)3 21 62  80 00 levalsaintesprit@lachartreuse.com www.ledomainedelachartreuse.com Book your journey

Westminster Hotel

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History The Westminster Hotel & Spa was built in 1924 in an Art Deco style and comprises four floors. This beautiful hotel is in the heart of the chic town of Le Touquet. This hotel will impress you with its understated luxury in a unique atmosphere, which combines history, modernity, and gastronomy. A Gourmet restaurant overlooking the garden The gourmet chef, William Elliott, produces a delicate and inventive cuisine, involving cooking at a low temperature, treating the ingredients with the respect they deserve. Ingredients that he selects are cooked with great care, passion, and instinct. He quotes "Respecting the flavours and the quality of products is the simplicity behind really good food".

Haec-Otia

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Simply peaceful and relaxing The elegant Haec Otia guest house is located in the centre of Le Touquet and 10 minutes from the beach, and yet is a haven of peace set in relaxing surroundings.

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