Location

If you’re looking for a place to stay on the Somme, No.fifty6 B&B is perfectly positioned at the epicenter of the battlefield in the now quiet village of La Boisselle in Picardy, France.

Each room offers stunning views over French countryside and historical landmarks including Ovillers Military Cemetery, Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of The Somme, the 34th Division Memorial and the mine crater at Lochnagar.

For those visiting to commemorate the lives lost in World War 1, you’ll find many military memorials and places of historical interest on our doorstep:

  • Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park
  • Delville Wood South African memorial
  • Villers Bretonneux Australian memorial with its Anzac day dawn service
  • Thiepval memorial to the missing of the Somme (the largest Commonwealth memorial in the world)
  • The Mametz Welsh dragon memorial
  • Pozieres
  • Musee Somme Albert

The picturesque town of Albert is just a 5 minute drive away and boasts a wealth of bars, cafes and restaurants as well as the magnificent Basilica with golden Madonna and child atop its dome.

For a pleasant day trip, the towns of Amiens, Arras, Lille, Paris and the Reims champagne region are within easy reach of our guesthouse.

For directions, please visit our contact us page.

GPS coordinates of No.fifty6 are: 50.025905, 2.693480

31st October 2020

As the month turns it is All Saints' Day - Toussaints here in France. Autumn is definitely here. There have been winds, rain, sunshine, mild days and the light has softened from summer’s bright halo to a golden crown which accentuates the turning leaves and patchwork fields.

Our friends and farmers Yves and Thierry have been harvesting maize, sugarbeet and potatoes, so across the fields of The Somme there has been a lot of farming activity. At month end some crops still linger in the fields like mother earth is loathed to give them up, but in most cases there is ploughing, scarifying and reseeding going on. The agricultural wheel never stops turning.

Despite having no guests again this month due to travel restrictions, there has been plenty to keep us occupied and we have enjoyed the opportunity to discover the landscape in its autumn glory and visit some new places. But now we are under a strict National Lockdown again.
It is hard, having no guests, we miss everyone, but we know as long as Covid is under control by next year, we have a 2021 diary getting fuller with those who have had to postpone their trips and will come as soon as possible. We know you all miss the Somme as much as we miss you. So what have we been up to?

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