Welcome to no.56
Your oasis on the Somme
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.
Need help with latest travel requirements due to Covid rules? - No problem we can help. We will facilitate anything to help you make your stay as smooth and hassle-free as possible. And of course we are a Covid compliant establishment.
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 5 consecutive years. It is why our guests come back again and again.
"Thank you both so much for your fantastic hospitality when we stayed with you last week. You made us feel so welcome and nothing was too much trouble for either of you. Dinner and breakfast were fab.
We also had the most fascinating day with David on his tour and could not have asked for a more interesting guide. So interesting, sobering and a real insight into what happened all those years ago. It has really opened us both up to learning more."
31st July 2022
July - Phew what a scorcher of a month – record temperatures, no rain, commemorations, farmers busy harvesting, wonderful guests, and always things keeping us busy but happy at No.fifty6.
While July started off with summer norms, by the second week the temperature went up and up and like most of Europe we had a heatwave. Searching the shade became a new hobby. The second half of the month the temperature has been near normal to high again with more high temperatures expected this week. It’s dry, so dry, the rainfall is really down on previous years. Farmers waited until the worst of the heatwave was over and then began harvesting the wheat – Le Moisson – The Harvest. All around us the fields are golden with wheat stalks, the precious grain collected by the harvesters, much needed to feed this war-torn world. The stalks are rolled into bales and soon the cycle of ploughing and reseeding the next crop will begin. The cycle of life in the fields which saw so much death and destruction continues.