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Château De Lucy - The Gite

Chateau with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom in Ribemont, France

From £549 per week

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Chateau to rent in Ribemont, France

18th Century wing of French chateau set in 9 acres woodland on the banks of the River L'Oise in a stunning location, sleeps up to 5. Trout fishing, kayaking, horse riding, golf.

  • Chateau
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Balcony / terrace
  • Parking
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Washing machine

Chateau overview - owner's description

Chateau de Lucy sits in tranquility in 9 acres of woodland on the banks of the river LOise in the hamlet of Lucy near Ribemont, an easy 2 hour drive from Calais.

In a region steeped in battlefield history from times way back before the 11th century, Château de Lucy is also situated on a Roman archaeological site.

In more recent times, the Château was the Headquarters for the German army during both the First and Second World Wars and was occupied by Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany and Prussia during WWI. Under the floorboards in one of the attics, we have found prayer books and a book of poems issued by the German army in 1916. Nearby, the Moulin de Lucy (situated just up river and on the opposite bank) was occupied by the German troops during the first world war.

As a reminder of the Châteaus turbulent past, we have a pill box (machine gun fortification) about 20 yards from our kitchen door which was built to protect the Château when it was occupied by German Officers in the Second World War.

After WWII, up until the 1980s, weddings and Christenings were held at the Château, with the last wedding being held in 1982.

Now, while we live in the newer part of the Château, the gite which makes up the majority of the old original Château, is an ideal place to come for to explore and sample a true taste of France, easy enough to get to, but far enough into France to be truly French.

The Gite
Newly renovated, the gite makes up the majority of the old Château built in the 1700s and is arranged over 3 floors.

Comprising of a large entrance hall with oak staircase, large bathroom with roll top bath and hydrotherapy shower, a double bedroom, a single bedroom, a double bedroom in the tower and open plan kitchen/sittingroom. Beautiful light rooms overlooking the Château grounds and river.

A welcome pack including toiletries and all bedlinen, towels, a dishwasher, fridge, full size cooker with ceramic hob, cooking utensils, cutlery, crockery and dining table and chairs are included.

For relaxing after a hard days holidaying, a selection of board games, books, CDs and DVDs along with the CD, DVD player and Playstation 2 are included for your use. Wifi (wireless internet access) is provided, should you be unable to tear yourself away from your emails or want to check out local places to go.

Gas central heating and a woodburner are installed and keep the gite warm during the chill autumn and winter months.

The gite has access to a private terrace of some sixty square metres (a veritable sun trap) for eating breakfast outside, sunbathing or for a barbecue and sitting out with a glass of wine in the evenings.

Table and chairs, sun loungers and a gas barbecue are included for your use. Although the private terrace is exclusively for your use, you are very welcome to enjoy any part of the nine acres that Château de Lucy sits in.

Things to do
The 9 acres of woodlands that the Chateau sits in are ideal for walking, mountain biking, or just laying back in a hammock and relaxing.

The river LOise which runs around the edge of the property is ideal for trout fishing and carp lakes are between 2 and 5 miles away.

If fishing doesnt appeal to you, you can always wander along the river bank between our property and the Mill at Lucy.

The hamlet of Lucy is on the edge of Ribemont which can be accessed via St Quentin at Junction 10 from the A26 from Calais.

Ribemont, is a small market town rich in history and culture, it has a supermarket and petrol station, several boulangeries and a couple of restaurants and tabacs.

Ribemont has an excellent kayak club, currently placed 17th out of the 200 competitive clubs in France and once a year a tournament is held on the river at the rear of the chateau.

If you are into horse riding, there is a an equestrian centre and pony club in the heart of town, just let us know if you want us to arrange riding for you.

Just outside the grounds of the chateau runs the small tourist train, taking in the scenery of the LOise valley. From time to time, the dining car, reminiscent of the Orient Express steams along the tracks, offering luxury dining of a bygone age.

St Quentin (15kms from Lucy Ribemont)

The City of St Quentin, is best known for the Basilique and with 60,000 inhabitants is a bustling City full of artisan and designer shops, street cafes and beautiful Gothic architecture. A large market is held every Wednesday and Saturday morning off the town square.

Laon (40kms from Lucy Ribemont)

The medieval walled town of Laon (the Capital of France prior to Paris) oozes history such as the 12th Century octagonal Knights Templar Chapelle des Templiers. The Cathedrale de Notre-Dame (built in the second half of the 12th Century) was so ahead of its time that parts of its design were copied at Chartres, Reims and Notre-Dame in Paris.

Reims (80kms from Lucy Ribemont)

Reims is synonymous with champagne, although not only famous for champagne, the 2000 year old city witnessed the holy anointing the Kings of France, its architectural monuments (the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, the Palais du Tau, the Abbey of Saint-Remi, the Basilica and Monastery) have been listed by UNESCO of part of the World Heritage.

The theme parks of Parc Asterix and Disneyland are also within an hour or sos drive.


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16 out of 16 people recommend staying here

From Basingstoke, United Kingdom Oct 2010

Beautiful Chateau in lovely grounds. Very welcoming owner who took time out to show us around the grounds and surrounding area.

Well furnished with everything anyone could need.

Talk to the owner when you visit, the chateau has a fascinating history that the owner makes very interesting.

Set in a very quiet area in France, but which is very easy to get to following the exccellent directions provided by the owner.

Would definitely recommend

From Nr. Royston, United Kingdom Apr 2010

Beautiful old property, sympathetically restored in a tranquil location.

From Lincoln, United Kingdom Aug 2009

This was a great find! A peaceful and idyllic chateau that was everything we had hoped for and more. Not a 5 star hotel but rustic, charming and welcoming - a description that could equally be applied to our hosts with whom it was a pleasure to share the property (as well as a glass of wine or two!). We were surprised to read some of the comments from the previous review as it was obvious from the description of the Chateau that this is an ongoing project and is therefore a work in progress (See the owners website Our two teenage children enjoyed fishing in the river as well as learning how to care for the horses (thanks Robyn). There are some great places to visit both locally and further afield and the local restaurant (Le Mouton Noir - The Black Sheep) offers gourmet French cuisine at a reasonable price. Overall, a fantastic holiday at a competitive price, which we would recommend to anyone who would like a taste of the French Good Life in a part of their very own Chateau.

From Carlow, Ireland Jul 2009

What a gem! This was our first time holidaying in this manner and location and it was fantastic. We were looking for a quiet relaxing family holiday and Chateau Lucy is the ideal place for this. No traffic noise and sounds of nature all around to include owls, bats, hawks, squirrels etc. After a long days travel it was great to find the well stocked welcome pack which was greatly appreciated. Martin and Amanda and their family are wonderful hosts, available if necessary but gave us the privacy we had hoped for. Great base for day trips in a very historic part of France. The Chateau, though remote is ideally situated for such trips by car or train and has a very historic pedigree itself. Martin and Amanda should be very proud of the works carried out since taking on the property and their plans for the future. Even our teenage children didnt want to leave. We will be back!

From Llanelli, United Kingdom Aug 2008

Well equipped accommodation in a lovely setting.
Appropriate and much appreciated welcome pack. Friendly and helpful owners.

From Nr Ashford, United Kingdom Aug 2008

A very good property and very welcoming owners .Perhaps more plates and cutlary as only 4 of each and with the dishwasher maybe more would help.

Reply from Martin

Could we have the rest back please? We counted 6 of everything!

2 other reviews

Although not booked through this site we feel that we should let you know our views on our holiday in this lovely apartment last Easter. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, the weather was exceptional (85 degrees on the sun terrace) and pleasant strolls around the gardens were delightful. If you enjoy cycling then take your bike! We received the warmest welcome and were made to feel right at home. During the day their local knowledge of the surrounding areas to vist were extremely helpful. In the evenings nibbles and wine taken out on the balcony were delightful. A tour of the restoration to the Chateau proved very interesting and we wish them well on their journey! Overall I would highly recommend this apartment as a must to anyone who is interested in historic Chateaus' and wants peace and relaxation! A+

We stayed in this delightful setting for 10 days in August 06, although the weather was not as good as it could be we certainly made the most of what this loevely area had to offer. We were made to feel very welcome by the owners and their family including the cat! Arriving early evening we were pleased to see that we were greeted by a welcome hamper which included all the usual essentials for satisfying our hunger until we sussed out the area for suppermarkets. Throughout our stay we recieved complementary fresh baguettes and Pain Chocolat which always went down well and a nice touch I thought. The appartment was clean and fully equipped especially the kitchen down to the nice to have items such as CD's DVD's and games. After cooking on the BBQ we spent most evenings out on the private balcony enjoying a glass of wine listening to the various types of wildlife. There are plenty of places to visit such as Amiens, St Quentin, Rimes and Paris by train to name but a few. It was also very interesting to see the daily progress of the renovation work going on in the main house. Well worth visiting.

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This chateau is:

1km from the nearest bar 1km from the nearest restaurant 15km from the nearest supermarket 60km from Lille airport 80km from Paris 45km from Vimy War Memorial 45km from Reims 25km from Laon - Capital of France before Paris

Sights and attractions

Museum 15km Shopping 1km Theatre 15km Theme park 90km Cinema 15km

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Outside this chateau in Ribemont, France
This chateau is in the countryside and in a quiet area near the waterfront. It has a balcony, a barbecue, a garage, outside lighting and a garden. Car hire is recommended as the chateau is less than a 15 minute walk to at least a couple of shops, bars and restaurants; however parking is available if required.

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  • Arrive between 20 October - 1 July and receive 5% off if the booking is made 9 months before the arrival date.

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  • Receive 10% off if the booking is for 2 weeks or more.

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  • During the months of December to March there will be an additional charge of £25 a week to cover heating. If more than £50 of gas is used the excess amount will be deducted from your deposit.

    1 January - 31 January: £25.00 per booking, paid with booking

  • During the months of December to March there will be an additional charge of £25 a week to cover heating. If more than £50 of gas is used the excess amount will be deducted from your deposit.

    1 February - 28 February: £25.00 per booking, paid with booking

  • During the months of December to March there will be an additional charge of £25 a week to cover heating. If more than £50 of gas is used the excess amount will be deducted from your deposit.

    1 March - 31 March: £25.00 per booking, paid with booking

  • During the months of December to March there will be an additional charge of £25 a week to cover heating. If more than £50 of gas is used the excess amount will be deducted from your deposit.

    1 October - 31 October: £25.00 per booking, paid with booking

  • During the months of December to March there will be an additional charge of £25 a week to cover heating. If more than £50 of gas is used the excess amount will be deducted from your deposit.

    1 November - 30 November: £25.00 per booking, paid with booking

  • During the months of December to March there will be an additional charge of £25 a week to cover heating. If more than £50 of gas is used the excess amount will be deducted from your deposit.

    1 December - 31 December: £25.00 per booking, paid with booking



3 bedrooms, Sleeps 5:

  • 1 double bed
  • 1 double bed
  • 1 single bed


1 bathroom, 1 Separate WC


CD player, DVD/Blu-ray player, Internet / WiFi, Radio, TV Languages in English, Local, Satellite / cable


Living area seats 5, Dining area seats 5, Central heating, Open fire, Clothes drier, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire recommended


Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster


Balcony or terrace, Barbecue, Garage, Outside lighting, Parking, Private garden

Suitable for

Children, Infants

Extra information

There are views of the river and the Château grounds from the gite and private terrace.


Average rating from 17 reviews

Private Owner From Ribemont, France Member since Sep 2006

Past bookings: 60 bookings

Last logged in: a year ago

Number of properties: 3

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