Family immersion in the Australian Remembrance trail

Introduce the kids to World War I history from your cosy base at Butterworth Farm cottage just 90 minutes’ drive from Calais, a B&B with handy self-catering facilities that make it ideal for families discovering the Somme.

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Midway between Paris and the Channel ferry port of Calais, Pozières, a now-tranquil spot, is an unmissable site on the Australian Remembrance Trail. It’s associated with unprecedented Australian sacrifice after the village and the ridge on which it stands became an important German defensive position during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. In the heart of the Somme battlefields area, halfway between Paris and the Channel ferry port of Calais, the village of Pozières couldn’t be better located for families keen to learn about the Picardy region’s wartime history.

Vegemite in the fridge makes Australian visitors feel at home at Butterworth Cottage, where guests from all over the world stay in the B&B which has handy self-catering facilities. Occupying a cosy converted barn, the property is named for British composer George Butterworth, known to have died about 300 metres from the entrance to the barn. His body has never been found. The B&B also has handy self-catering facilities, with a shared kitchen and dining room, living area and terrace. Chantal and John, your hosts, talk about Butterworth a great deal as well as referring to their property as ‘George’s home’. They are in contact with Butterworth’s family, who come to participate at a remembrance service for the poet each year.

The family suite is large, with two separate rooms and a shared bathroom. The perfect place for a few days introducing the kids to the legacy of the First World War.
Among memorials in Pozières is one to the 1st Australian Division, as well as the windmill site, which recognise the gallant efforts of the Australians in securing the ridge. Australian official historian Charles Bean said that the Pozières ridge "is more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other place on earth."

In Pozières you really are in the heart of the Australian battlefields and especially in the heart of the action of the Battle of the Somme. Pozières is also handy for exploring other nearby war sites including, within a 10-minute drive away the Musée Somme 1916 in Albert, which enthrals older and younger visitors alike with its recreation of trench life within the crypt of a basilica once used as air-raid shelters and Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial with its partly intact network of trenches. The Australian Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux is also easily accessible, less than 30 minutes’ drive away, where the state-of-the-art Sir John Monash centre provides an outstanding insight via interactive displays offering visitors a truly immersive experience. Last but not least, you can ride the petit train de la Haute Somme - last remnant of a WWI military rail network, less than 20 minutes away in Froissy.

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1 night(s)4 guests
For up to 5 people
Deal includes

- Accommodation for 4 in a family room with ensuite shower room

- Hearty breakfasts including ham, cheese, yoghurts and fresh fruits.

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John

Host, Butterworth Farm

We are both history lovers committed to the Remembrance of the Sacrifice of fallen soldiers in this very special part of France, le Pays du Coquelicot, the Poppy Fields...

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