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. 



"No. fifty6 - What a fabulous B & B in the heart of the Somme."

- The Poole Family

What our guests say

30th June 2024

June  - Capricious June. We started the month, cold, grey, wet, rain shower after rain shower but we end the month with Flaming June -blue skies, high UV and the hottest temperatures of the year. Soon we will be saying we need rain, but we have never known a first half of the year so wet. The weather has kept us on our toes this month – that, along with all the other things keeping us busy but happy at No.fifty6.

The landscape is full, lush, verdant with some brown where the wheat is already starting to turn golden. The popular crops this year, apart for the wheat, are potatoes and peas. The potatoes profiting from all that rain, now very leafy on their triangular ridges. The peas, already full of flowers and pods, sway in the breeze. We love the cycle of nature here.

As we write this month’s newsletter we think, as always, of the soldiers who would be in the trenches, under the artillery bombardment which continued in the week leading up to 1 July 1916.  How did they stand the noise, the vibration, the fear, the waiting….?  Letters written home, photos looked at one last time.

One of our guests this month, Ned Tate, from Northern Ireland,  paid homage at the grave of his Great Uncle James Tate of the 13th Royal Irish Rifles.

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