WW1 Battlefield Tours

If anyone wants to do a tour of the WW1 battlefields you won't do better than to to start at the Varlet Farm B&B.

Varlet Farm is in Poelkapelle near Ypres (Ieper) and is located right on what was the front line. The B&B is run by the Cardoen-Descamps family and Charlotte, the mother, speaks excellent English and provides delicious apple cake and tea or coffee to all on arrival. The rooms are large, clean and comfortable. Breakfast, with many local and home-made items (ham, cheese, jam, etc.) has to be seen (and eaten) to be believed! The website address is: www.varletfarm.com/.

The original farm was destroyed when it was captured by the 'Hood Battalion', Royal Naval Division assisted by the Artists Rifles and the Bedfordshire Regiment. A frighteningly comprehensive collection of artifacts ploughed up over the years is on display in a small museum housed in one of the barns. Battlefield tours are run by the family and Charlotte in particular has an encyclopedic knowledge of the actions in the area.

I can't praise the place enough and thoroughly recommend it, not only as part of a WW1 battlefield tour but also as a good trans-channel overnighter (it's an hour from the tunnel and the channel ports).
I have stayed at Varlet Farm and agree you could do a lot worse staying elsewhere. Good fieldwalking for artefacts is nearby and not far from Tyne Cot.
I know a superb guide who works for a major battlefield tour company who is happy to do smaller tours (WWI and Normandy, Arnhem etc) for discerning military chaps (22 years a Para so with a sense of humour to match) PM me for his details.

(it would make a great christmas present too!)


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