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Avril Williams Guest House

10 rue Delattre, 80560 Auchonvillers, France
Avril Williams Guest House
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The guest house felt like a home from home, lovely evening meals and satisfying cooked breakfasts. The tea room was popular and accommodating. The rooms were comfortable and the roaring log fire was lovely. We were made to feel welcome and nothing was too much trouble. The on-site museum and the cellar and trenches are a must see. Avril was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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45 hotel reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Called into Avril's for an early 12ish lunch hoping to beat the tour coaches that stop here later on. Easy enough to find on the main road through Auchonvilliers, there is limited parking at the front for about 4-5 cars but also a large coach/car park directly opposite behind the barn if the former is full. The menu is basically... More 

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wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

best place to stay in the Somme region, right in the heart of all the places on a MUST see list. Avril and staff could not have made us feel more at home, wonderful food, wonderful atmosphere, great atmosphere. So much history at this place, and right at the centre of all the Somme war graves, battlefields and memorials. Avril's... More 

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Lincolnshire
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We stopped off briefly to look at the German trench which runs behind the property and it was facinating as the trench was very well preserved and we actually got to walk through part of the trench tunnel which was very interesting. The trench actually shows you the stove where the soldiers cooked plus other artefacts which were interesting. The... More 

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London
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This cafe appears to be the only place open for lunch in the whole of the pas de Calais. Chickens roam charmingly in the garden......and there end the good things. The food is awful. Chicken breasts were soggy, breaded, reconstituted and garnished with a dead fly. Lasagne was small and dry. The fried eggs were OK. With a captive audience... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Been twice to the Somme and both times stayed at Avril's. It really is THE place to stay. Avril is a font of knowledge about the the history of Auchonvillers, that has a cellar which was a dressing station in WW1. The stories of some of those who carved their initials or names into the walls are well researched and... More 

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North Essex, U.K.
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153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We thought we might stop for a cuppa on a Sunday, as our journey took us past the door but it was absolutely chock-a-block .... which demonstrates just how popular the Avril Williams' Ocean Villas Tea Room is. We know from experience that you can 'strike lucky' and arrive during a lull so it was always worth taking a look.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Didn't stay in the rooms but may do next time as looked a great place to stay near the memorials of the Somme. Had lunch of coffee and baguette there on two days and it was very good. Fresh ingredients and nice staff. Lovely place to sit in the sunshine surrounded by foraging chickens. Stop there if in the area... More 

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Paddock Wood, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Great location just behind Allied Front Line. Only surviving cellar, used as dressing station during Somme campaign. Avril made us very welcome even though she was very busy with a coachload of diners. The very English food was plentiful and tasty. Our group of 10 - including our 2 friendly and very knowledgeable drivers Phil and Peter- really enjoyed our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Excellent place. It was such an interesting place to stay! Our trip would not have been the same without it. We met some real characters over dinner, which was communal and very sociable. Major Holt his wife and 90 riflemen on bikes rocked up to the tea rooms while we were there...very interesting indeed. The grounds contain a restored trench... More 

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