Your Oasis on The Somme

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Welcome to no.56

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This beautiful B&B which offers the services and features any small hotel would envy, is located at the epicentre of the battle of the Somme. Once ravaged by gun and shellfire, No.fifty6 is now an oasis of peace and tranquility in the beautiful French countryside.

From the moment you enter the warm and tranquil guesthouse, you’ll be welcomed with cake, coffee and captivating stories in the lounge. This is the beginning of your wonderful stay in the historic village of La Boisselle, Northern France.

With five artistically decorated bedrooms to choose from, each with its own en-suite shower, free Wifi, and tea and coffee making facilities, you’ll be spoilt with serene comfort, sumptuous breakfasts and enviable views from every window. Delicious, locally sourced evening meals are an option - the best times are had around the No.fifty6 dining table discussing all sorts of things. All diets catered for, all food prepared and cooked with love. David and Julie are hosts without compare. It is what they love to do. 

Prepare to walk in the footsteps of the fallen and fill your senses with the sights, sounds and emotions of the Battle of The Somme on our Walk With Me experience, or simply enjoy a slice of café life in the nearby French towns.

You won't find us on any hotel booking sites, Airbnb etc. as we prefer the personal approach from start to finish. It is one of the things that marks us apart. 

We are delighted to have been awarded Winner status in the Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice for 2 consecutive years, and winner of the prestigious Excellence Award in 6 consecutive years. It is why our guests come back again and again. 



"Just a quick message to thank you for a fabulous couple of days at 56. The room was great, the food fantastic, the wine and beer alcoholic and the welcome and atmosphere terrific. I hope to return on my next trip to the Somme."

- Andy Kellett

What our guests say

30th April 2024

April, come she will, when streams are ripe and swelled with rain….so the song lyric goes.  And there has certainly been rain, more rain and winds, temperatures much colder than average, with 2 night frosts last week,  The heating remains on and warming meals are sill the order of the day. We feel we are on the cusp of more settled weather though and the cold, rain and wind hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of either our guests or ourselves. It has been a very busy month here, with never a dull moment. We wouldn’t want it any other way. Though we sometimes wonder when we find the time to write this- but we do enjoy putting together this summary of goings on here. We get great feedback about the newsletter and that is so lovely, knowing our scrawlings are read and enjoyed across the world.

Despite the weather, the farmers have been seeding, spraying, and feeding crops though everything is a little behind. Outside our front door the landscape is bright yellow from the rape crop – also known as colza or canola depending on where you are – Mash Valley and the ridge behind is smothered  in a bright yellow coat.

Other signs of Spring are the beautiful bluebells in Delville and High Wood. We remark that this little plant, straggly and inconspicuous as a single flower transforms when it works with fellow bluebells to come together to form a carpet of blue/violet like a satin carpet for an emperor. The blue hue caressing the curves of the trench lines in Delville Wood Definitely a case of strength in numbers and a place once ravaged and war torn now beautifully transformed by nature. The Somme is very good at that.

There has been plenty to occupy us this month – in fact we haven’t stopped and there is always something interesting going on.

 This month’s poem was brough to mind by guests Darryl and Janet from Australia. Before their visit they wrote:

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