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 only surviving 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
- The Glory Hole
- 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 July 2019
"I hear a voice that grieves for battle’s fruitless harvest." Siegried Sassoon.
The farmers have been harvesting in a month that has been dry, blue skies and very, very hot. Record temperatures with an unprecedented 42 degrees here, too, too hot. The ground is arid and golden. Just before the heatwave last week the farmers toiled night and day to bring in the wheat and barley harvest. There have even been field fires through Picardie as any little spark can ignite the arid crop stalks. An entire field behind Mouquet Farm has been turned to black ash due to a fire.
We have had a busy month, always stories to tell and among the many smiles and much laughter there is sad rabbit news.