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B&B in Ginchy


Fred van Woerkom
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BED AND BREAKFAST IN THE SOMME AREA

There is a very nice B&B in Ginchy, cenbtrally situated in the triangle Albert-Péronne-Bapaume.The B&B, part of what used to be a farm is exceptionally quiet.

Roger and Odile are a charming elderly couple, but speak very little English.

The rooms are en suite and breakfast is OK. Odile is a good cook if you ask her to prepare dinner.

Full details: L'Hermitage, Odile and Roger Samain, 1, Grande Rue, 80360 Ginchy,

tel 03 22 25 02 24; fax: 03.22.25.11.60.

All the best!

Fred

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Hi Fred

I stayed there way back in 1997 and had a good stay even though my French is very limited.

Glad to hear that they are still operating.

Cheers

Andrew

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Can also recommend it; the people are very friendly and rooms nice and well kept.

It was up for sale for a while, and not sure whether it still is?

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Hi Paul,

One of my guests is a regular guest of Odile and Roger. According to him, the farmhouse (with outbuildings) is on the market and has been for the last 3 years. They have bought a house at Erqy (Brittany) and are desirous to move there (Roger is 73 - Odile somewhat younger). They are continuing to accept bookings until such times as they can sell up and move.

I must add that my guest speaks in very high terms of that family where he is being welcomed as a member of the family.

best wishes,

Charlotte ( pleased to be able to say something again!) :)

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Paul,

When I was there in June, I did not notice any FOR SALE signs.

In addition to the rooms and the cooking: there are informative leaflets everywhere for tourists.

It is so quiet that you can hear the leaves rustling.

A friend of mine, used to city life, was enchanted by this aspect.

All the best,

Fred

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Stayed there a few weekends ago, very much at the last minute, as most of the usual haunts were fully booked or even closed for the summer holidays! It is a really charming, typically French B & B. The lady owner did her very best to ensure we were as comfortable as possible. It worked out to be about £15 per head with a filling breakfast to start the day. Would certainly revisit.

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Guest Klaas van der Linde

I have visited this address for more than 10 years. Also with Fred van Woerkom. We try to come back on a yearly base.

Odile and Roger are extremely friendly. Rooms are clean and comfortable.

It 's always a pleasure to stay there.

I can recommend this address to anyone who visits the Somme area.

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One of my fans drew my attention to this address in Ginchy.

I have spent some time here, in this historic area, when I was off duty.

To capture it in a few words. Highly recommended.

Yours faithfully,

Cliff

P.S. For personal reasons I would like to have my privacy respected.

<span style='color:blue'>Sir Cliff, we presume you were on your summer holidays. Where did you park the bus?</span>

Edited by Sir Cliff
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WRONG NUMBERS

My apologies to all: the telephone number is 03 22 85 02.24 and the fax number is 03 22 85 11 60.

Sorry,

Fred

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Sorry chaps, must be my failing eyesight!

I'm going there on Monday and , of course, I will give Bapaume a miss (see 'Albert After Hours') and give my wife a taste of Somme country life and cooking.

I may have got the numbers wrong, but the address is the same. Hope to meet Sir Cliff again, with or without his Shadows.

Off to France!

Fred

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Hi Fred; remember to check out the thread about the Albert-Bapaume road. It is closed at the moment, and traffic movements on the minor roads are 'difficult' as a consequence.

Remember also Sunday/Monday is a 'jour de fetes' (Bank Holiday) and that a lot will be closed, and local restaurants booked up in advance.

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Thanks, Paul. I didn't know they had 'bank holidays' in France. I knew they had 'jours de fête' . Remember Jacques Tati's great 1947 film?

I shall take the 'low' road: Bapaume-Ligny-Longueval-Ginchy and watch out for the cars with a '75'number! Parisians are regarded by most French people as slightly mad and very aggressive drivers. Thanks again!

Regards,

Fred

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