Dinnaken house is a large detached property prominently
located in the quiet Somme village of Flers, overlooking the famous
'Tommy' memorial to the 41st Division. The house has been fitted
out to an extremely comfortable standard to meet the needs of visitors
to the area. It offers excellent accessibility to Delville Wood
at the village of Longueval, the Butte de Warlencourt at Le Sars,
and is within 30 minutes pleasant walk of the Memorial to the New
Zealand Division near High Wood. The Memorial to the Missing at Thiepval is approximately fifteen minutes drive-time away.
The Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery at Bulls Road is a short five minutes’ walk, with the AIF cemetery at Gueudecourt a further ten minutes distant. At the entrance of the village at the Longueval end, a memorial to the French who fought here in 1914. The village of Flers has also seen the inauguration of a new memorial adjacent to the church dedicated to the 17th Battalion Middlesex Regiment - 'The Footballers Battalion'. It is situated next to a French poilu memorial commemorating the sacrifice of men of the village in the First World War.
For 2013 the home is now supplied with free WIFI broadband internet
From 2012 the house has Sky free-view with access to 100's of television and radio channels including all British terrestrial channels and news stations.
Our local housekeeper is able to offer evening meals including vegetarian options, breakfasts and packed lunches using local home grown ingredients. Full details including menu are available on request.
Accommodation – First Floor (one to four people)
The home is capable of hosting one to eight people arranged over two levels, based on guests renting two, three, or four bedrooms. It is centrally heated and doubled glazed throughout, with electric or manually operated roller shutters.
The first floor sleeps four people in one twin and one double bedroom. It is served by a modern three piece shower room complete with wc, double sink and vanity unit.
A large modern kitchen has pleasant high level views overlooking the rear garden area and is accessed directly from the first floor front door. The kitchen is fully equipped with double sink, oven, four ring gas hob, refrigerator, microwave, kettle, toaster, associated cooking utensils and cutlery. We have tried to provide for all levels of catering within the equipment supplied. A small washing machine is also available for use.
A cloakroom adjacent to the main entrance provides an iron and ironing board plus cleaning equipment, including vacuum cleaner.
The large, airy main living room/dining area has excellent natural lighting, with superb views over the village green and the 41st Division memorial. The room benefits from a ‘flame effect’ electric fire to supplement the heating from the two cast iron period radiators. It is fully tiled, comfortably furnished with a ‘home from home’ feel. Great War memorabilia and historical information decorate the walls.
There are plenty of facilities to keep guest entertained including games, television with up 100's of satellite channels, plus DVD and video recorder, offering a wide and diverse selection of videos and DVDs, many First World War or militarily related.
There is also a radio/stereo. In addition, a large library of books is available throughout the home including many Somme reference books and WW1 titles to pass a few hours in the evening over a glass of wine!
Guests renting the first floor only may also use the downstairs salon, with the additional book storage area, as well as accessing the rear garden patio/bbq area. The remaining ground floor bedrooms and bathroom will be left vacant and will not be separately let during the period of your stay.
Accommodation – Ground Floor (one to four people)
The ground floor area providing bedrooms three and four is accessed via the internal stairwell fitted with antique sporting memorabilia. It is able to accommodate an additional four people within two twin bedrooms.
The large third bedroom is a twin with east facing French doors leading onto a sunny patio area. The fourth bedroom situated off the downstairs salon has two single beds and views over the 41st Division memorial.
Bookings for the ground floor area will have use of the second shower room (installed 2006) including wc, basin, fully enclosed shower, tiled floors and heated towel rail.
The cellar and boiler area maybe accessed by all guests, for the drying/airing of wet clothes and washing.
Guests have full use of the gardens front and rear with patio set and barbecue. The rear garden is accessed via a timber decked pathway with themed sandbag entrance.