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“THE spot to explore the Australian WWI battlefields of France”
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Le Macassar
Ranked #1 of 2 Corbie B&B and Inns
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“THE spot to explore the Australian WWI battlefields of France”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

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.

Room Tip: We had the Art Deco Suite but I expect all rooms to be wonderful.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

On a 6 day motoring holiday through Normandy we chose from Sawdays Le Macassar in Corbie, a delightful little town which was right on the front line in WW1 and in the thick of the action in WW2. Le Macassar is hidden away behind large white gates off the central square in Corbie but well worth the search. Ian our host opened up the gates at the bell and helped us in with our luggage, and while we were settling in poured us glasses of a delicious chilled wine, just what we needed after nearly three hours in the car. He couldn't of made us more welcome into his art decor house filled with superb furniture matching the period. Sadly we could not dine there as he only provides dinner on Sundays (the local restaurants all being closed) but recommended a perfectly acceptable auberge down the road. We had a delightful room and the run of the public rooms and courtyard garden, being the only guests. We will definitely be going again. Thanks Ian.

Room Tip: All the rooms we looked at were just great.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

Le Macassar offers an exceptional level of hospitality that one only encounters when visiting close friends or family on the other side of the globe. The tyranny of distance immediately evapourates when you contact the owners - Ian and Miguel and will start the discovery of a hidden bloom in the vast Somme Valley.

We were greeted by a warm and welcoming reception from the entire household. The moment we entered the courtyard behind unique wrought iron carriage way gates, we encountered an atmosphere of total relaxation and comfort that was so embracing after our long journey from Australia.

It is very, very true - the collection of art and soft furnishings throughout the home is truly amazing - my favorite being the young woman with the cheeky, flirtatious smile in the sitting room. The daily breakfast on a lovely table setting is lovingly prepared by Miguel and is more than sufficient to carry you through an exploration of the Somme Valley.
We were lucky enough to also participate in a cullinary delight with dinner also prepared by Miguel, that so wonderfully coincided with a milestone birthday celebration. Each day Ian ensured we experienced the best scenic routes to travel along to reach those locations on our itinerary. We always finished the day with a drink before being recommended a local restaurant.

However, the true essence of Le Macassar are the most gratious hosts I have encountered - Miguel and Ian. But dont read any more about it.......just go there......just experience it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

We arrived and never wanted to leave, our room was spectacular and our hosts are two very amazing people , or should I say friends now. Every afternoon we were greeted with a glass of champagne and glass of red or 2. We all sat around discussing our days in the most amazing settings I have ever had the pleasure to stay in. Ian and Miguel are the most amazing hosts, with nothing being to much trouble, the breakfast was amazing (smoked salmon, scrambled egg). We were lucky enough to have a dinner hosted on Anzac night which was superb. I have to say you need to look at the pictures of the rooms to do it any justice, and I fell in love with Razz and Bouey, there 2 dogs. We will be back if only to spend time with with you both, love Lea and Max x

Room Tip: We had a room called the junior suite, large and beautiful, but we did get a sneek view of the Art D...
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

We have spend in Le Macassar just two nights, but we have enjoyed every minute of it. The place is magic. You are surrounded by many beautiful and carefully selected objects and yet you feel at ease.
It is a must-see for Art Deco lovers like us. We enjoyed very much our suite, and every piece of furniture and art collected there. The bathroom is incredibly beautiful with black marble and a stained glass. It is certainly a place I would like to return to.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

We stayed at Le Maccasar as part of a mini-break in Northern France, in an area formerly unknown to us.

Ian & Miguel were exceptional hosts and the attention to detail and comfort they have installed in Le Maccasar is truly amazing

We have visited so many hotels and B&Bs that have tried, but failed miserably, to create a 'theme' but what Le Macassar offers is a real slice of Art Deco decadence and the moment you pass through the doors you feel yourself swept back to the '30s.

The bedrooms and public areas are both comfortable and spotlessly clean and beautifully appointed with both antiques from the era that seamlessly blend with modern amenities.

Corbie is ideally situated for those wanting to escape to the country or visit the many battlefields and memorials of WW1, as well as a short drive to the city of Amiens.

Room Tip: All rooms are superb
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

There is a dearth of interesting, comfortable hotels for visitors to the Somme/Picardy. This original Art Deco town house stands at the centre of Corbie: a fine old and attractive provincial town with an ancient abbey. Corbie withstood the horrors of two wars, despite being near all the battlefields.
Le Macassar has been furnished and is run as a labour of love by the two delightful owners and their Art Deco furnishings (painstakingly built up over years) feel totally at place in their original context. There is even a library of books on the style as well as local history and culture. A lovely sheltered inner courtyard, superb breakfasts and a few minutes' walk to a limpid green stretch of Somme, running, now peacefully, between poplars. Heaven.

Room Tip: Rooms are all delightful but each is unique so study the website. We were upgraded as a larger room...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Le Macassar
Address: 8 Place de la Republique, 80800 Corbie, France
Location: France > Hauts-de-France > Somme > Corbie
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Corbie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
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

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