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Orchard Farm

Welcome to Orchard Farm



Welcome to the orchardfarmsomme.com website. Orchard Farm is an English run bed and breakfast situated on the edge of the village of Combles, Somme that lays in the heart of the Western Front battlefields. We also offer self-catering accommodation within a converted stable block that comprises of two, two bedroom self-contained apartments.


Autumn 2020 is going to see some new activity and opportunities at OF.

'Bespoke Western Front Battlefield Tours' is a start up venture being created by four experienced battlefield guides and tour leaders to provide scheduled and also tailor made, small group, personal tours to the WW1 battlefields. Orchard Farm and nearby Guillemont Halt will be the bases to run these tours as well using accommodation elsewhere, for example in Ypres.
Bespoke WFB Tours offers the following service within our prices.
   UK pick up from Ashford International station
   Comfortable minibus travel, all road costs included
   Crossing using Le Shuttle for brevity
   Half board accommodation in France, B&B in Belgium
   Fully driver/guided across our initial four day itinerary
   Research (at additional nominal cost) for tailor made tours
   Drop off back to Ashford
   Groups of 4 to 8, larger groups by appointment.
   Twin or double room accommodation on the Somme in private B&Bs
   Centrally located hotel accommodation in Ypres

Please follow the Bespoke Western Front Tours page on Facebook, and Instagram for updates and the messaging facility, and we can contacted at bespoke.westernfront@gmail.com to answer your questions and provide our full itineraries and prices. We currently have a website under construction. Our aim is to appeal to family groups and small societies who have a shared passion for history or family research.


Orchard Farm is for sale, and for interested parties the above has the potential to supply an initial ready made income. It is also understood that potential buyers may not wish to pursue providing full or partial hospitality services, which has no impact on the above tours. Orchard Farm does comprise of a four bedroom, four bathroom house (three ensuite) and two, two bedroom self contained apartments suitable as holiday or long term lets in a converted stable block. Please take a look at our Facebook page for several photo albums, but a link is provided on the tool bar above under 'other stuff ' to 'Orchard Farm Portfolio'. This album has been designed to showcase the property.
For a sale prospectus to accompany the pictures please email bryan.lightbody@googlemail.com
Potential buyers will see that Orchard Farm can offer everything from being a comfortable family home with a 'granny annexe' to a fully functioning hospitality location. It has been extended and renovated over the last four years at significant cost.

Orchard Farm's location lends itself to visiting many First World War commemorative sites, and WW1 cemeteries if you are tracing ancestors who served during the Great War. Within a convenient radius of Combles are sites such as Newfoundland Park at Beaumont Hamel, Thiepval memorial to the missing, Mametz Wood, the Ulster Tower, Villers Bretonneaux, the Lochnagar crater at La Boiselle, and the site of Manfred von Richthofen's (the Red Baron) fatal crash at Corbie.
Orchard Farm is approximately 90 minutes by road to Paris.
Orchard Farm particularly prides itself on being a biker friendly destination for many reasons. First of all a passion for motorcycling and motorcycle sport, a former career as police motorcyclist, and a covered hard-standing that shelters visiting bikes complete with wash facilities if you require them, and securely locked gates at night.
We can also offer family friendly accommodation within the 'Stable Cottage' with a bedroom equipped with bunk beds and a bedroom with a very comfortable double bed. Above it is 'The Hayloft' another two-bedroom apartment, both rooms with twin beds, with all its own facilities.
We serve continental breakfast to our B&B guests alongside as much coffee or Yorkshire tea as you wish to drink, and on arrival we'll serve an afternoon cup of tea or coffee.
Combles lies behind what was the German third line in 1916, and evidence of German occupation still quietly lies within hedgerows in the village, where various bunkers still remain. It is walking distance to sites such as Leuze Wood, the Dickens memorial, Combles CWGC and Faffemont Farm, famous for its field grave.
Please follow us on Facebook or visit our Facebook page for news of seasonal offers for both self catering and bed and breakfast.

Bed & Breakfast

Dinning Room to Loung

There are currently three rooms available for B&B. A double ensuite, with views across the farm complex, with its bathroom looking towards the back of the German front lines, a twin ensuite that again overlooks the farm complex, and the twin with the private bathroom with views again front and rear. All of them have been either refurbished in 2017 or in 2018. We don't leave tea and coffee in the rooms, but we are more than happy to make filter coffee or Yorkshire tea for you on request as part of your stay!

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Stable Cottage

Stable Cottage

Orchard Farm offers two self-catering facilities. These are open from March to November, but bookings may be considered outside of those months by special arrangement.
Both apartments are equipped with a modern central heating and hot water system, kitchen facilities with a microwave, electric hob, oven and grill, a fridge and freezer, kettle and filter coffee maker. They also have television, DVD player and a basic free view satellite package.

Stable Cottage comprises an open plan living area, a kitchen equipped in the same way as the Hayloft, a double bedroom, a bedroom with bunk beds, and a comfortable bathroom. The lounge also has a sofa bed.
You can read more about the Stable Cottage and view some interior pictures HERE

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The Hayloft comprises a large open plan lounge-diner-kitchenette, original exposed beams, PLEASE MIND YOUR HEADS, a well appointment bathroom, two twin bedded bedrooms and two sofa beds in the lounge so it can accommodate at least six people
You can read more about the Hayloft and view some interior pictures HERE

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Front view of Orchard Farm

With two seasons experience as a Western Front battlefield guide with Back Roads Touring, Bryan now works independently from OF. Please email for further details of potential itineraries and costs, but his speciality is facilitating motorcycle groups around the Somme or Ypres Salient.

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Location and Travel

Aerial view

The nearest Autoroute exit if travelling from Calais or the north generally is junction 14 of the A1 for Bapaume and Albert.
If travelling by train there is a station about 20 minutes drive away at Haute Picardie (TGV).
Flights can be taken to Lille, but a train transfer might still be required.

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Nearby Sites

War graves site

Thiepval memorial to the missing, the Ulster Tower, Lochnagar crater at La Boiselle, Newfoundland Park, Villiers Bretonneaux, Mouquet Farm and the Old Windmill site at Pozieres to name just a handful.
There are several museums nearby such as the Historial at Peronne, the 14/18 underground museum at Albert, and the new collection at Thiepval visitors centre.
Our nearest town are; Peronne, Amiens, Arras, St Qunetin, Albert and Bapaume which are all within a short ride from the farm.

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Please email us @ Orchard Farm Somme.com which we will endevaur to reply to within 24 hours. Or you can call us on the telephone +44 7984 744192.
We accept payment via PayPal and will provide the details once we have agreed availibility and your booking. You can review the rates for our self catering facilities HERE.

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