NST's Château d'Ebblinghem

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NST’s exclusive school group accommodation on the Opal Coast in Northern France

NST’s 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 Enrichment & WWI battlefields trips

  • The complex is only open to NST 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 NST's Safety Management System

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School trips available from NST’s Château d’Ebblinghem

French language enrichment trips

Designed to develop conversational and comprehension skills through a range of exciting excursions and activities with a focus on language enrichment experiences. Find out more about our French language enrichment trips staying at NST's Château d'Ebblinghem. 

Cultural school trips

The many cultural attractions on the Opal Coast and the local area will provide many great opportunities to give your students a real flavour of life in France. Click here for more information on our cultural trips staying at NST's Château d'Ebblinghem. 

Primary school trips

Offering fantastic visit opportunities which will introduce your pupils to a new culture, and fascinate them with an environment so different to their own! Click here for more information on our primary school trips staying at NST's Château d'Ebblinghem.

Concert tours

Close to the Belgium border, the château is within easy reach of many of our popular concert venues in Northern France and Belgium. Click here for more information on our  concert tous staying at NST's Château d'Ebblinghem. 

 

 

Christmas at the Château

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

 

 

WWI battlefield trips

NST's 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 NST's 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.

Accommodation

There are four separate buildings at NST’s 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.

  • Teachers’ bar

  • Confectionary and gift shop

  • 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 

 

WWI experiences 

If your group is staying at NST’s Château d’Ebblinghem, you 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. This includes trying on puttees (a strip of cloth wrapped around the ankle which was worn as part of military uniform).

Meals

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. 

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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