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 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 May 2019

May - “Here, leave desolate, passionate hands to spread
Violets, roses, and laurel with the small sweet twinkling country things
Speaking so wistfully of other Springs
From the little gardens of little places where son or sweetheart was born and bred.
In splendid sleep, with a thousand brothers
To lovers—to mothers
Here, too, lies he:
Under the purple, the green, the red,
It is all young life…” (Charlotte Mew, poet 1869-1928)

May is a capricious month – promises of summer, but hanging on to spring and changeable weather. Spring flowers and rapeseed give way to poppies and wheat. Some hot days, some chilly and wet, now getting more stable with pleasant May weather. May begins and ends with Fete Days in France on 1st May you give friends muguet – lily of the valley, to bring happiness, and the month ends with Ascension Day. It has been an extraordinary month with lots going on, stories to tell, only marred by one sad chicken story.

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It is poppy flowering time. Scarlet sentinels, echoes across time of the history here. https://t.co/e6mzHClPbj

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