Château d'Ebblinghem

Our exclusive school group accommodation on the Opal Coast in Northern France

Château d’Ebblinghem is ideal for school groups being set in a rural location just 8km east of St Omer on the Opal Coast in northern France, and just 45 minutes from the Channel ports.

The centre has four buildings designed with school groups in mind all accommodating student and teacher rooms together alongside dedicated dining and teacher areas.

  • Ideally positioned for a range of subject trips including French Language & WWI battlefields trips

  • The complex is only open to our groups, providing reassurance to teachers and parents

  • Dedicated on-centre Group Co-ordinator for each group to ensure the smooth-running of your educational tour, acting as all-round support for your group

  • Programme of evening events and activities tailored to your group’s requirements

  • Inspected as part of EST's Safety Management System


School trips available from Château d’Ebblinghem

French language trips

Find out more about our Modern Foreign Language trips staying at Château d'Ebblinghem. 

Christmas at the Château

Your group can enjoy the ultimate Christmas market experience staying at Château d’Ebblinghem whilst visiting Lille, Bruges or Ypres markets. Click here for more information on our Christmas market trips staying at Château d'Ebblinghem. 



WWI battlefield trips

Château d'Ebblinghem is ideally positioned for WWI battlefield trips, with sites in Ypres easily accessed within 45 minutes, Vimy only 75 minutes away and excursions on the Somme Battlefields less than 90 minutes away.

Your group will be able to have a go at baking, and later tasting, traditional ‘army biscuits’ which soldiers would have eaten during WWI. Your students will also gain a practical understanding of the war by trying on replica wartime uniforms.

Click here for more information on our WWI battlefield trips staying at Château d'Ebblinghem. 

Your dedicated Group Co-ordinator

Your Group Co-ordinator (or “Groupie”) is here to ensure the smooth-running of your school tour, acting as all-round support for your group. During the course of your stay your Groupie will:

  • Meet you on your arrival, organise a welcome talk and centre orientation and organise your group into their accommodation.
  • Accompany you on excursions and assist you with supervision and provide practical and historical information regarding your destination.
  • Arrange suitable meal times for your group and help supervise them in the dining area.
  • Liaise with the Group Leader and adult members of the group on a daily basis to ensure good communication throughout your stay.
  • Organise and supervise evening activities for your group.
  • Encourage your students to use their language skills at all times, for example, during mealtimes and evening activities.


There are four separate buildings at our château, each designed to accommodate student and teacher en-suite bedrooms together, with dedicated teacher and dining areas too. 

La Gareyne and L’Auberge

Students rooms : 13 x 4 beds (2 bunk beds) 
Teacher rooms: 3 x 2 single beds.
All bedrooms are en-suite.


La Caserne

Students rooms: 18 x 4 beds (2 bunk beds) 
Teacher rooms: 6 x 2 single beds
All bedrooms are en-suite.


Dedicated teachers’ lounge

The ideal place to relax at the end of a long day.

  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Complimentary wine and cheese each evening
  • Free WiFi 

Dining area

Located in your building and exclusive to your group, area can be used for recreational activities too.

Depending on your group size you may share the La Caserne dining area with another school group.


Le Manoir

Student rooms: 1 x 6 single beds, 2 x 5 single beds,9 x 4 beds (2 bunk beds)
Teacher rooms: 3 x 2 single beds 
All bedrooms are en-suite.


Facilities and activities

On-site shared facilities 
  • Two football pitches (one floodlit)

  • Volleyball area

  • A communal games building with pool tables, arcade games and air hockey tables.

  • Vending machine

  • Four hectares of private grounds

  • TV, DVD player and white board available in each building

  • Full box of sports equipment 

Organised evening activities

Our programme of fun leisure-time activities is designed so you can easily enhance your group’s itinerary with some fun and cultural learning experiences, activities include: 

  • Talent shows

  • Games shows

  • Quizzes

  • Team challenges

  • Initiative exercises

  • Disco

  • During summer months, outdoor activities will also be added to your evening programme 



Meals are designed to provide a nutritious balanced diet, breakfast and evening meals are provided on-site and packed lunches are supplied daily. Meal times are flexible to suit your itinerary, and most special dietary requirements are easily catered for.  The Head Chef will prepare a carefully balanced menu which provides a taste of France but at the same time will still be familiar to most students. View a sample of our menu here.

Daily menu
  • Continental breakfast: cereals, toast, croissants or pain au chocolats, orange juice and hot drinks.
  • Lunch: prepared by the pupils to their preference and consists of freshly made baguette with a choice of fillings, crisps, biscuits or cake, fruit and a drink.
  • Evening meal: hot starter, a main course, choice of salads and a dessert. Teachers will also be offered red and white wine. On your last evening, students will have the chance to try ‘les escargots’ (snails)!
Supporting Healthier Eating Habits

Our aim is to provide a range of fresh, tasty and nutritious dishes and our focus is on:

  • Fresh fruit with all meals
  • Healthy and nutritional salad at dinner time
  • At least one hot, fresh vegetable served each day
  • Freshly made vegetarian soups at dinner
  • Reduction of salt 
  • Reduction of fats (particularly trans and saturated fats)
  • Reduction of added sugars
  • Promoting fibre-rich foods

In addition:

  • Water is available with all meals
  • Orange juice is available on request
  • Semi-skimmed milk is available with breakfast 
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