• How do we find you?
We find that most guests come from the UK via Calais taking the A26 towards Arras and then the A1 for Paris. Come off at Junction 13.1 and take the D938 to Albert. After a couple of kilometres there is a signpost right to Hardecourt aux Bois. Rue du Mantier is right at the church. Go down the street and we are at number 10. There is also a sign on the wall outside for Les Alouettes.
• Is there a local bus service?
No. We are in the depths of rural France and very isolated. Your own transport is vital here.
• Where are the nearest shops?
The nearest is in Combles about 5km away. Large supermarkets are at Peronne and Albert, both 15km away. Combles also has a chemist, a doctor and a post office. Supermarkets mainly open between 8.30am-7.00pm non-stop but close Sundays, but Super U in Albert and Shopi in Bray sur Somme are open until noon.
• Where can we buy fuel?
The nearest place is in Longueval at Le Calypso café. There are also petrol stations in Albert and Peronne.
• Where is the nearest hospital?
The nearest are at Albert and Peronne.
• Where can we eat out?
You are never far away from good food in France and we will be happy to advise you and make reservations. Nearest is the Bar des Iles in Curlu where you will find excellent local cuisine. The Auberge au Vallée d’Ancre in Authuille is superb which has now been recently awarded. Unbeatable value weekdays comes from Le Poppy in La Boisselle. Also, La Stromboli pizzeria in Bapaume is fantastic value.
• Is it safe to take battlefield finds home?
No! They can still kill. Souvenirs of this type can often be bought safely defused from local museums. It is a very serious offence – and extremely dangerous – to take live ammunition to Britain and you will have the book thrown at you if caught.
• Is there a bar in the village?
No, but we do offer a door-to-door taxi service to the nearest bar, which is about a five minute drive away from here.