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. 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.
We are delighted to have been awarded Winner status in the Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice for 2 consecutive years, 2016 and 2015 and winner of the prestigious Excellence Award in 2017 and 2018. It is why our guests come back again and again.
"Dear Julie and David,
We want to thank you for your outstanding hospitality at Number 56. All the family found it very relaxing, not like any hotel or B & B I have ever stayed in. The food was amazing and your hospitality outstanding.
Both of you are so knowledgeable about the Somme battlefield and David took so much time with the children in explaining various aspects of the equipment used in the war.
I think James, our grandson, summed up what we all thought about the trip when we were saying good bye to Steve “it was the best holiday he ever had”.
Despite the sombre nature of the trip we also had lots of fun as well.
Thanks again for such a memorable stay,
Linda and Gary Richardson & family."
30th June 2019
When it is peace, then we may view again
With new won eyes each other's truer form
And wonder. Grown more loving kind and warm
We'll grasp firm hands and laugh at the old pain,
When it is peace. But until peace, the storm,
The darkness and the thunder and the rain.
Charles Hamilton Sorley 1895-1915
The weather has thrown everything at us this month, majestic electrical storms, wild winds, downpours of rain and then the second half of the month – unbroken sunshine and we end the month with a heatwave and record June temperatures. A gentle breeze this week has kept us sane while the rest of France is really suffering but it is too hot to be out for long unshaded.
This month guests have come with their stories to tell, pilgrimages to be made, and we have commemorated the Centenary of the Peace Treaty.
The extract from the poem above – Soldier and War Poet Sorley was killed at the Battle of Loos but his words ring true today as peace is more important than ever.
As you receive this month’s newsletter, ceremonies will be taking place across The Somme to mark the 103rd anniversary of the start of The Battle of The Somme.