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“Simply wonderful”
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Le Macassar
Ranked #1 of 2 Corbie B&B and Inns
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“Simply wonderful”
Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

How does one judge this? It is better than most 5* hotels. And add to that the engaging personalities of Ian and Miguel (and even the 2 chiens) and you have a heady mix of a home from home, without the clutter but with a whole panoply of taste and style.

Our visit started with a 'Hello, Marilyn' as we stopped outside the house. Ian and Miguel were car shuffling and Miguel noticed the UK registration at the time we had said we expected to arrive. 2 hours later we were still winding down, having had a few glasses of wine.
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The room we had booked (the Art Deco suite) was (is) magnificent; a testament to the care Ian and Miguel have lavished on the property.

Ian and Miguel are superb hosts; even my closest friends could not have made us more welcome. The small matter of having to pay is almost an irrelevance.

You have to visit this property. And talk to Ian about the cars he has owned.

We cannot recommend this B&B highly enough.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 12, 2013 via mobile

What a joy! An oasis in the harsh history of the region. A pilgrimage with perks. Ian and Miguel have created a very exotic and comfortable home for the souls searching their family and friends of war. Their hospitality is fantastic and the banter engaging. Special mention for afternoon chats in the garden, drinks aplenty, cuddles with Buey and Ratz (sorry for spelling boys) and Miguel's Sunday dinner. Add the emotion of the history and you have the perfect recipe. We are lucky to stay at a lot of better hotels and we could not find one fault with the whole experience at Le Macassar.

Thanks again

John and Justine

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dudley uk
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

Having stayed here in October, a second visit was booked immediately for May and we spent the intervening months looking forward to our visit. Yet again we were not disappointed and we have nothing new to add to what has already been said but Ian and Miguel deserve the praise.

The bricks and mortar, the attention to every detail remains unchanged but what makes Le Macassar what it is are its two owners, Ian and Miguel, not forgetting Bouay and Razz! A lot of effort goes into ensuring every guest feels very special and being second timers it was a pleasure to be remembered!! Yet again we stayed in the Art Deco suite which was just as memorable this time round and the bed just as comfortable, making our visits downstairs to breakfast later and later as the week went on,

Talking of breakfast, the veritable feast was a delight to behold and an even greater delight to devour. My husband assures me Miguel's cooked breakfast was scrummy!

We were fortunate again to be staying on a Sunday and so able to experience Miguel's fantastic cooking. Having dined in many a so called 'first class' restaurant, you will not find any better than Le Macassar for a delicious, exquisitely cooked meal.

Needless to say, a third visit is already on the cards. These days it is so hard to find somewhere to stay which actually delivers what it claims to. If anything Le Macassar is even better than it claims, you simply have to read the reviews on here to understand what we are saying.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

I am ashamed that its taken me so long to write a review of this place because it was just amazing!

The boys are so warm and welcoming. Hidden behind to big white doors is a beautiful and magic home. We were greeted with Champagne, wine and nibbles after a lovely long chat we were shown our rooms. Each room has a different theme and my word are they all beautifully furnished!. Modern bathrooms, comfortable beds, each room has bottled water and yummy boxed chocolates.

Dinner was so filling and yum, all cooked by the boys themselves. Even breakfast was a feast.

They were so helpful organising a rental car for us and lending a map to show us how to get to war memorials.

A hot tip for visiting Corbie, nothing is open on a Sunday for Monday!!!

Hats off to you boys, you made our trip memorable and it was so lovely to meet you and stay in your magnificent home!!!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

I sometimes wonder whether to write a 5* review on a property found after reading so many 5* reviews on TA, but Ian and Miguel run one of the finest places we have ever stayed. The house is worth seeing just for its art deco history; but it is run like a home and not an hotel. Drinks on the terrace after a day at the Somme were so relaxing. Our room was wonderful too - such character, attention to detail and a wonderful jaccuzi bath.

All I can say is you must go there. You do not have to use it like us to see the Somme battlefields. It is worth staying here and seeing Amiens and other lovely sites too.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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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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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 
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Le Macassar Hotel Corbie

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