A beautiful sunny Easter Sunday in Albert in front of the Basil
'Ancient Sunlight' - Imagine looking out across and then actually walking upon, the unique part of the Somme battlefield where the 'Ulsters' heroically attacked on July 1st 1916. Now there's no need to imagine - now you can - when you stay at 'Ancient Sunlight'.
'Ancient Sunlight', a detached, 4 bedroom house built in the 1920s, is located in the Picardy, 'Poppy Country', farming village of Beaucourt sur l'Ancre. The village, the last stronghold to be captured from the German army in November 1916, is 10km from Albert on the D50, and acts as a gateway to the main Somme battlefield, overlooking as it does Grandcourt, the Schwaben Redoubt and the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. 'Ancient Sunlight' is on the Rue d'Hamel (the D50), overlooking the delightful Ancre Valley, a road that provides guests with easy access to the supermarkets, shops and amenities of the historic WW1 town of Albert (10km) and the pharmacy and medical centre at Miraumont (4km). On one side of the D50, as you drive to Albert from 'Ancient Sunlight', are the historic villages of Beaumont Hamel, Hamel, Mesnil, Martinsart and Auchonvillers, whilst, on the other side, lie Thiepval, Authuille and Aveluy.Legendary Somme villages such Serre, Pozieres and La Boiselle are close by, whilst Longueval, Guillemont and Contalmaison, are no more than 20 minutes drive.
'Ancient Sunlight' - set in lovely, historic countryside and close to Paris, Reims, Lille, Amiens, Arras and the Baie de la Somme (the coast)
Arras, Amiens, St Quentin and Peronne are easily reachable by car and/or train, whist the beautiful coastline of the 'Baie de la Somme' is only a 90 minute drive. Ypres, Paris, Reims (and the Champagne region) and Calais are 2 hours away, whilst Lille Eurostar is only a 1 hour train ride from Albert
'Ancient Sunlight' - located in Beaucourt sur l'Ancre, the gateway to the 1916 Somme battlefield, offering stunning views of Thiepval, Schwaben Redoubt and Grandcourt
From 'Ancient Sunlight's beautiful, south-facing, garden, there are exceptional views of the Ancre Valley and guests can see some of the most important sites from the 1916 Somme battlefield, including the iconic Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme and the Schwaben Redoubt. Also visible is 'Grandcourt Road Cemetery', 'Ancient Sunlight's very own 'adopted' World War One cemetery! Guests in the 'Ancre' bedroom will enjoy unrivalled views of the ground covered by the Ulsters on July 1st, 1916 from Thiepval to Grandcourt.
'Ancient Sunlight' - transformed for the Somme battle centenary year, 2016.
All four bedrooms, the kitchen, lounge, reception room and conservatory have been redecorated and refurbished. Guests enjoy the new walk-in shower and 2-piece suite in the upgraded shower room and the addition of an 'ensuite' in the 'Ancre' bedroom. Downstairs, the lounge benefits from, and guests appreciate,the restoration of the original 1920's 'bar' and the warmth of the log fire.In fact, the whole house is warm, even in the coldest Somme winter, now that a new boiler has been installed and radiators fitted throughout.For those guests who wish to do Great War research and send updates and news to colleagues, friends and family,'Wifi' and a landline phone have also been added. The 2015 conversion of the double garage into a lounge-diner, connected to a new kitchen and apartment (also with an ensuite), means 'Ancient Sunlight' is able to accommodate up to 10 guests.