On-site activities

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François' organic dairy farm

François has been running the family farm since 2008, producing organic milk in the Parc Naturel Régional de l'Avesnois, more precisely in the village of Solre-le-Château. The cows graze in the meadows from April to November.

Sandrine welcomes you all year round to La Ferme aux Charmes, whether for a weekend or a vacation in the fresh country air. You can visit the farm or watch the little calves.

The house has 4 guest rooms that can also be booked as a whole, as a gîte, for a group of friends or a family.

Breakfast is prepared with organic milk from the farm, and you'll enjoy home-made yoghurts and jams.

On-site protected outdoor play area

We've created a sheltered play area behind the house, just before entering the garden.

In this covered area, you can play table tennis, basketball, darts and mini-football.

We also store the bicycles we lend you free of charge

The farm dog is often in the garden.

The Charmes farm garden

Toboggan and swings for the little ones. Older children can enjoy deckchairs and a barbecue for longer stays.
We have several beds of strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants, and make jams for breakfast as well as tarts and clafoutis.
At the bottom of the garden, the orchard offers us apples, pears, plums and cherries. Every year, we take our apples to the press, where we make juice for breakfast.
After summer comes autumn, when we harvest walnuts and a few hazelnuts.
The most imposing tree in the garden is the majestic hundred-year-old pear tree, which keeps us cool in summer.
Beyond the garden, we enjoy the calm of nature and watch the cows grazing in the pastures.

Hiking and biking

Hiking on foot
A path near the house leads to the village center of Solre le Château (less than 2 km)
2 hikes departing from the village center:
- biau Ri circuit (7 or 11 kms)
- bois de Groez circuit (6 or 12.5 kms)
Information sheets on hiking in Solre la Château and throughout the Avesnois region are available on site, and can also be consulted via the Visorando app:
https:// www.visorando.com/randonnee-solre-le-chateau.html
The Baladavesnois app also offers themed walks to discover our region:
Family walks
- 5 kms Au Fil de l'eau in Solre le Château
- 2 kms Valjoly ornithological trail
- 4 kms Discover the secret flora and fauna of Natura 2000 at Eppe Sauvage

By bike

On-site loan of 4 bikes free of charge, as well as the Réseau Points Noeuds vélo Avesnois card.
https:// evasion.lenord.fr/fr/le-nouveau-reseau-points-noeuds-velo-arrive-dans-lavesnois
It's up to you to plan your own itinerary, based on a set of numbers to be found on signs at street intersections.
We also offer guided tours with our partner Emgo Bike for groups of 6 or more (on request).
26-kilometer tour of chapels and oratories via the Baladavesnois app

Things to do in Maubeuge

Maubeuge Zoo
Opening April 2023
https:// www.zoodemaubeuge.fr/

Vauban's fortifications
https:// ville-maubeuge.fr/les-remparts-vauban/

Le Fort de Leveau
https:// fortdeleveau.fr/

Salle Sthrau
The Salle Sthrau is an architectural gem in the city center. The building features a complete and atypical Art Deco decorative ensemble, nestled in the heart of a baroque chapel.


Photo credit: Office de tourisme de l'Avesnois

Nearby activities

Family vacation

- valjoly tourist resort: pedalos, motorboats, lakeside swimming pool, archery, mini-golf, equestrian center... and Ch'ti Aventure: accro-branches for all ages
- Au ptit coin de campagne à Colleret: educational farm to visit by appointment

(06 82 51 36 06)
- Corn maze in Liessies

MusVerre in Sars Poteries: international museum of contemporary glass
Open daily from 11am to 6pm except Mondays
https:// musverre.fr/

Musée des Bois Jolis in Felleries
https://www.fell eries.fr/Le-Moulin-et-Musee-des-bois-Jolis

Maison du Bocage and Botanical Garden at Sains du Nord
https:// sites.google.com/view/maisondubocage

Avesnois Ecomuseums
Musée Atelier du Verre in Trélon
http://w ww.ecomusee-avesnois.fr/page/25

Textile and Social Life Museum, Fourmies
http://w ww.ecomusee-avesnois.fr/page/24

Bavay Ancient Forum
https:// forumantique.fr/

Micro Brasserie La Fraternelle
In the center of the village of Solre-le-Château, you can taste a beer brewed on site every Friday from 5pm to 9pm.
https:// www.brasserie-la-fraternelle.fr/

Photo credit: Office de tourisme de l'Avesnois