Exclusive Group Hotel Breaks | Opal Coast, France
Welcome to hotel moulin aux drapS, cogo's 3-star group Hotel on the stunning opal coast, France
Located in the quiet French town of Desvres, just a short hop over the channel, COGO's own group hotel, Moulin aux Draps is the perfect base for your group break in France. The surrounding area has a wealth of history to dip into and is rich in local French culture, so we are able to offer you an exciting and varied choice of visits and excursions to tailor your itinerary to best meet the needs of your group.
Our group travel experts will use their knowledge of the local area to create the perfect itinerary to suit your group's preferences and interests. Whether you want to immerse yourself in French language, explore local culture, try French local producers, or visit the landmarks and WW1 battlefields of Northern France, the Hotel du Moulin aux Draps is brilliantly located for your group activity weekend or short break.
What makes our groups trips different is that we can also provide our own local guide to accompany your group during your stay, so that travel organisers can sit back and enjoy the experience like everyone else.
Why choose Hotel Moulin aux Drap for your next group break?
- Three-star hotel, set in 22 acres of beautiful French countryside, with its own restaurant, sun terrace and bar
- Preferential half board or full board rates and packages for groups
- Sole occupancy for parties of 20 to 35 people meaning that your group will have full use of the accommodation, facilities, restaurant, grounds and bar to yourselves without worrying about the other guests
- Our brilliant house chef can cater for your specific dietary requirements from delicious regional French cuisine to meat-free and dairy-free options
- Choice of single, double and bunk rooms all with ensuite facilities
- A range of travel package options; self drive or we can organise coach pick up, travel and Channel crossing for your group
- Our own local guide to accompany your group during your stay (optional)
- Bespoke itineraries designed to suit the interests of your group so you can experience authentic local culture and highlights
- Free places for groups travel organisers
Sample itinerary based on a 3 night stay
Depart the UK by coach for your channel crossing.
Arrive at the hotel for a tour and orientation of the grounds.
|Evening activities at the hotel led in French by your guide.|
Spend the morning in the coastal city of Boulogne, enjoying the local market, the town ramparts and the chance to book into one of the town’s excellent restaurants for lunch.
Visit Desvres Ceramic Museum and the local goats cheese farm just near the hotel!
Cheese and wine night with your guide.
Excursion to Arras. Visit the Vimy Memorial to WW1 Battle of Vimmy Ridge. lt’s Canada’s largest overseas National Memorial to remember Canadians who died in France and Belgium and commemorates more than 11,000 members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force killed during the First World War in France, who have no known grave.
Visit the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme to over 72,000 missing British and South African servicemen
|French quiz night with your guide|
Check out after breakfast.
Visit the local dunes for a walk with your guide before boarding your coach for your journey home, making an optional hypermarket visit en route back to Calais.
|Arrive back in the UK|
We can tailor your itinerary to your unique learning requirements, please contact us for a bespoke quote.
Things to do & local highlights
Explore the Opal Coast
Bring your group to explore the area's Pretty towns
Your stay at Le Moulin is an opportunity to visit some beautiful towns and cities.
The capital of the Opal Coast is the thriving fishing port of Boulogne-sur-Mer. Boulogne has been popular with British tourists since the 19th century when people came to enjoy its fine seafood restaurants and explore its glorious gardens and cathedral in the Old Town. Today, you can easily spend a day wandering the cobbled streets, stopping off at bistros, shops and visiting the historic sites of this charming city. Children will absolutely love the Aquarium Nausicaä which is the National Sea Centre and home to over 36,000 animal species.
The city of Lille is about one and coach drive from Desvres, but it’s well worth a visit for the Palais des Beaux-Arts alone. This handsome gallery has works by medieval artists through to the Impressionists and is possibly second only to the Louvre in France for the size of its collection. Traditional French cafes and bistros, Sunday markets and elegant shops add to this city’s appeal. Lille is also home to a fantastic Christmas market.
fascinating visits to the area's Historic landmarks
We can create a bespoke WW1 history trip for your group to encompass the important Western Front battle sites and memorials of the first World War in and around the Somme such as Thiepval and Lochnager Crater. Due to the hotel's proximity to the Belgium border, we can also organise a visit to Ypres to make a comprehensive World War 1 battlefields history trip.
For WW2 history buffs, we can highly recommend La Coupole at Saint-Omer. This secret bunker during World War II was where scientists planned to launch the deadly V2 bombs at Britain. Today, the ominous-looking dome has some excellent exhibitions as well as a 3D Planetarium where you can see the stars and discover the Universe!