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Fabulous modern chateau style house ~ price now reduced

The "White House" at Conchil Le Temple - For Sale

The British owners of the superb modern chateau-style “White House” at Conchil Le Temple are preparing to sell in order to retire to another part of France.  They have recently announced a price reduction from €769,000 to €720,000 (around £600,000)

The house, which sits in its own 2.5 acre wooded grounds, has 6-8 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 2 shower rooms, as well as a Grand Salon of 80 sq.m., a large formal dining room, a smaller private dining room, a library, a study/office, a gym,  laundry room, wine cellar, and an integral garage for up to 6 cars!

The former staff apartment, in part of the west wing of the White House, is currently being used as an independent one-bedroom holiday apartment, to provide the present owners with an annual income of over 10,000 euros, but these rooms could be used equally well as a granny flat, self contained student accommodation, or even as professional office/consulting room space.

Only ten minutes from the fabulous beaches at Berck and Fort Mahon, the White House is also conveniently situated for travel to London, Paris and Brussels .  It can be reached by car in less than one hour from the Channel Tunnel, and less than two hours from Paris Charles De Gaulle airport.

More detailed information can be found on the White House website

Living in France

Restaurant Review: Les Pieds Dans L’Eau at Berck Sur Mer

We are pleased to re-publish a restaurant review which appeared recently in “Sand-Blog”, an occasional journal written by Frogsiders publisher and local gite owner, Patrick Hay.

Exterior view of Les Pieds dans l'Eau restaurant

A good seaside place to eat - Les Pieds dans l'Eau at Berck

“The other night we were planning to eat out before going to the cinema in Montreuil.  The film (The Company Men, with Ben Affleck and Tommy Lee Jones, in English with French sub-titles) was not scheduled to start until 9pm, so we had plenty of time to enjoy a leisurely meal beforehand.  We had aseafood place in mind, too – somewhere we hadn’t been before – the Brasserie “Les Pieds dans l’Eau”, aptly named as it is on the beach at the seaside resort of Berck (about 12 miles drive from Fort Mahon).   This is the restaurant at Berck’s Agora Leisure Centre which I had noticed while attending swimming club training sessions in the excellent pool there.

Brasserie Les Pieds dans l’Eau, Agora, Berck-sur-Mer, Tel. 03 21 89 87 10

Sandboys Sand-Blog reccommends Brasserie "Les Pieds Dans l'Eau" at Berck

Seafood specialities and wines by the glass.

The restaurant is very comfortably furnished and nicely decorated in a modern style.  It is accessed either through the basement level of the Leisure Centre (the restaurant is actually underneath the seaside promenade) or by steps down to the beach from the promenade.

Appropriately for a seaside restaurant, the kitchen at Les Pieds dans l’Eau leans towards seafood, though salad and meat eaters are certainly not forgotten and will find plenty of choices on the extensive menu.  There are some spectacular-sounding specialities as well as a sensible children’s menu.  You’ll find almost all seaside restaurants in France are well prepared for families with small children – we noticed that Les Pieds dans l’Eau had a good supply of high-chairs available to cope with the summertime family seaside holiday rush.

Comfort and fresh decor at this seaside reastaurant

The comfortable interior of Les Pieds dans l'Eau

We chose to eat inside, although it was a lovely sunny evening, and there was plenty of room at the open-air beachside tables.  We both chose the same cold starter, Tartare de tomates fraîches et confites, copeaux de Parmesan, a delightfully fresh and zingy dish.  Sue had Moules Frites for her main course – it’s virtually this seaside region’s signature dish – while I tested the kitchen with a more demanding Turbot rôti, sauce vierge, escalivade de légumes.  I was very happy with my excellent fish, though I personally found the dressing on the vegetables a little too oily for my taste (most people will probably disagree with me)

There is an excellent choice of wines, including a range of wines you can order by the glass.  Unusually you don’t pay any extra for the “by the glass” option.  A 12.5 centilitre glass is priced at one-sixth of the bottle price.  We chose a very acceptable French Chardonnay from the Pays d’Oc, and since we had 3 glasses between us (only one for me, the driver), we paid for exactly half a bottle.

We had to leave it there without trying any of the interesting range of desserts so that we could make it to the cinema in time, but we’ll be back on another occasion to see what they’re like.

All in all, Les Pieds dans l’Eau gets our Sandboys stamp of approval as a very decent, comfortable and superbly positioned French seaside restaurant.”

This restaurant review is reproduced with the permission of the publishers of  Sand-Blog

Top Marks for La Verriere

La Verrière is situted in the old Railway Station at Berck. Now it’s the Casino

(Article first published in Frogsiders Magazine – Aug 2009)

It was going to be a birthday celebration and we had chosen a quiet little restaurant in the country where the cuisine is reliable and the atmosphere is intimate. I left it rather late to make the booking, confident that there would be no problem, so that when I finally picked up the phone, only to find the restaurant closed on Wednesdays, I knew I would be in the doghouse if I didn’t come up with an equally attractive alternative at very short notice.

Sang froid is what is needed in a situation like this. Recovering quickly, I made a booking instead at La Verrière in Berck, which I know is open every day during the July and August summer season. La Verrière is the restaurant attached to the casino in Berck. It’s a place that impresses with the quality of its furniture and fittings even before you are shown to your table by the impeccably mannered Maitre d’Hotel, Jean-Michel Caron.

As this was a special celebration we chose à la carte. First they brought us a delightful amuse bouche, a crisp samosa filled with a veal stuffing. Next, I had the Carpaccio de Canard, thin strips of duck breast, salad with a hint of mint in the dressing and a crisp parmesan biscuit. The birthday girl chose a starter of roast tuna. She continued with a spectacular lobster dish, Méli mélo de homard, sabayon de concombres et poivres torrifiés, sur une fondue de légumes de saison, while I enjoyed a beautifully presented Poelée de rougets aux sucs de volaile et d’asperges vertes, farce fine de champignons, petite salade d’herbes aux pignons de pin caramelisées. We chose a Sauvignon Blanc which added only 17 euros to the bill. It came in a 50cl bottle, ideal for two. Cheeses come from the celebrated fromagerie, Caseus, at Montreuil.

Maitre d’Hotel, Jean-Michel Caron (right) with the Chef and the staff of La Verrière

After the main course my wife mentioned to our waiter how much she had enjoyed her lobster. “Thank you, I’ll pass your compliments to the chef, madame,” replied the waiter, “but not before he’s made the desserts!”

Now, this was a celebratory dinner, so yes, it was relatively expensive at €137.50 for two, including aperitifs, but we both agreed La Verrière was worth every penny. However, you don’t have to spend a lot to eat at la Verrière. We noticed as we browsed through the carte and the menus that they offer a couple of excellent value menus at fixed price, plus their “Suggestion du Jour” formula at only €13.50. For this you get an amuse bouche as a starter, a choice of main course from the €29 “Saveur de Temps” menu, and a generous glass of wine. This formula is available at lunch or dinner, any day of the week. We decided there and then to go back on Saturday night and try it.

Filet de Lotte rôti au thym sur une fondue de poivrons doux et poireaux, étuvée de céleri et jus crémeux de bouchots

It’s not often you’ll see a review of a restaurant in which the reviewer tests two completely different types of meal, at widely different prices, in the same establishment in the same week. It’s a great pleasure to report that for only €31 we enjoyed another excellent meal. This time we both had Filet de Lotte rôti au thym sur une fondue de poivrons doux et poireaux, étuvée de céleri et jus crémeux de bouchots. A generous piece of monkfish, perfectly cooked, arrived on a bed of leeks, peppers and celery, all surrounded by mussels. A glass of a very good house white accompanied the meal and the only extra we ordered was a small bottle of mineral water.

Whether it’s for a full scale celebratory dinner, or a quick lunch La Verrière will not disappoint. The service, under M. Caron’s calm supervision, is efficient and formal without the unnecessarily elaborate flourishes you sometimes find in other Michelin listed establishments. A comfortable restaurant with a warm and friendly atmosphere, excellent service and fine cooking – places as good and as accessible as this are not easy to find, even in France.

La Verrière, Place du 18 Juin, 62600 BERCK-SUR-MER
Telephone +33 (0)3 21 84 27 25
Email: nvincent@partouche.com

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