You've decided to visit the Australian WW1 battlefields in northern France. The next question is accommodation. You’re first thought is Amiens because of the decisive 1918 battle but, when you check the maps, you see Amiens was 20km behind the lines and from the Australian Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.
So you move eastward on the map and other names from the history books start appearing – Villers-Bretonneux, Le Hamel, Morcourt, Corbie.
Corbie was the location of a major Australian dressing station during WW1 – just behind the lines and 3km from Villers-Bretonneux. It is a sensible location to base your battlefield visits.
You lower your expectations – this is countryside France, after all, a series of rural and farming communities – and you start searching for a rustic B&B.
And then you find Le Macassar, an absolute jewel of a place. To the Americans I might describe it as an Inn, but it is more than that; to the English I might describe it as a B&B, but it is much more than that. Le Macassar is simply the finest accommodation we have ever enjoyed.
The house is an Art Deco wonder with an attention to detail rarely seen today. We occupied the Art Deco suite where we noted the bathroom was bigger than the hotel room we had in London the prior week.
The hosts, Ian & Miguel, could not be more helpful or delightful. The breakfasts are fit for royalty and the Sunday night dinner would not have been out of place in a top shelf restaurant.
We were blessed to be at Le Macassar during Anzac week. It is located close enough to the Memorial to work with the traffic restrictions for the Dawn Service and the dinner on Anzac night was simply superb.
Strictly speaking somewhere this wonderful should be a once-in-a-lifetime event; the problem is, I was there a fortnight ago and want to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Restored in 1926, Le Macassar boasts unique art deco and art nouveau interiors alongside traditional 18th-century rooms providing a perfect backdrop for the owners' collection of period art and antiques. Only 15 minutes away from Amiens we are ideally located for visiting the memorials to the First World War and most major sites (Thiepval, Beaumont Hamel)are within 30 minutes drive. The main Australian WW1 Memorial near Villers Bretonneux is less than 5 minutes away, Vimy Ridge about 50 minutes drive. Guests return again and again to enjoy the service of a luxury hotel together with the relaxation and informality of a private home. For breakfast, an indulgent selection of homemade and local produce is served at a time to suit you and not ourselves! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Le Macassar Hotel Corbie