Fr : +33 678 740687
Nl : +31 653 771441

Fr : +33 678 740687 Nl : +31 653 771441

How to Find Us


Catch us on Escape to the Chateau DIY Series 4 Episodes 20- 24 which should be on Channel 4 soon Covid permitting. . . .

Our Chateau can be seen on Escape to the Chateau DIY

Our Chateau can now be seen on “Escape to the Chateau DIY”

Hello we’re Tim & Margreeth the proud owners of Château des Lys (Castle of Lillies) a 19th century hunting lodge in the beautiful Baie de Somme area only 1 hour (100km) south from Calais.  We decided to change our lives 7 years ago have since made this place our home. We have restored much of it to its former glory. Our Chateau boasts beautiful period ensuite rooms and  gites. There’s a fully equipped professional kitchen, various function rooms and indoor and outdoor communal areas. It can be rented for group accommodation or as a unique wedding venue.  We are happy to help you plan your stay, either self- catering or otherwise. Hosting a wedding or a gathering is probably cheaper in France than the UK even with the travel.

From time to time we host cooking, wine and brocante weekends among other things,  as well as various courses involving flower arranging, painting weekends, personal coaching and other stuff. We also work closely with several UK coach companies who come for a day trip or to stay for a few days and indulge in some or all of the above. Our Christmas market stays are very popular. We also offer holiday apartments and bed and breakfast at certain times of the year. We speak English, Dutch, German (& er… French)

Château des Lys, is surrounded by 14 acres of park and woodland with a duckpond, sheep field,  enchanting outside bar area with fire circle, a swimming pool, trampolines, and many other amenities. Wifi is free and the parking is safe. It’s an ideal place to get away, relax and explore the unspoilt Somme estuary with its lovely seaside villages, world heritage nature reserves & stunning historical sites. The cathedral city of Amiens is close as are endless beaches and the highest cliffs in France. Whether cycling, walking, driving or sampling the superb regional gastronomy or finding a bargain at one of the many regular brocante markets nearby, it’s a part of France you’ll want to revisit again and again.

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thank you & à bientôt!

Tim & Margreeth Alexander


We’re in Covid- 19 lockdown at the moment and are adhering to the French government’s guidelines. We’re still taking enquiries and bookings for the future so please continue to contact us. Our plans for coach trips, food and wine weekends, festivals, wellness and flower art weekends will have to wait for better times but all things must pass and better times will surely come. Genuine heartfelt thanks  to everyone who has sent us messages of support love and energy, it’s lovely to know that you’re thinking of us. We hope you enjoy the new TV series- due to the outbreak our episodes (15-20) from Series 4 have been postponed but hopefully not for too long and hopefully worth the wait. If you’ve not already done so please join our burgeoning  Facebook and Instagram communities- we’d love to meet you.

Stay safe

Love Tim & Margreeth

The very talented Ben & Billie from the stunning Chateau La Grande maison (part of the ETTCDIY sodality) have put together this frankly awesome version of the late lamented Bill Withers’  Lean on Me featuring Beverly Knight & Joss Stone. All proceeds go to the NHS- please click through and show your support. We are not worthy….


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