Welcome - Interview - Comments- Hiking - Photos

Welcome to Bonavis Welcome to Bonavis  

1- Introduction

2- Interview

3- Comments

4- Hiking


1 - Introduction

Bonavis near Cambrai and the motorway A26 (exit 9 at 1.24 miles) and at 25 kilometers to Péronne and Saint-Quentin is a stopover for many nationalities and people of all intérêts. I propose tours of ideas, hiking, my advice in the choice of good restaurants around .. I also like to concoct good breakfast house with local products. 

2- interview

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from Carole by microphone

Where is your favorite place ?

Carole : My favorite place is 2 minutes from the Farm. This is the Cistercian Abbey of Vaucelles with the river « l'Escaut » and the canal of Saint-Quentin. At the heart of nature, we find serenity. One can make beautiful hikes.

I also love our beautiful city of Cambrai with its shops, cafés, brasseries, its cathedral, its belfry and its museum. It is a medium sized town, very pleasant in which to live.

Why we appreciate the Farm Bonavis?

Carole : Because it feels like home but also because one is disoriented by the large volumes of parts, molded ceilings, polished floors; The large yard and parking private are also assets for travelers.  See you soon !!!    Carole

Relax in this charming former coaching inn where in 1763 Mozart lived. This building has an exceptional location 3 km from the A26, 10 km from Cambrai, in the heart of the Valley of the Scheldt and not far from its sources, 2 steps from the Cistercian Abbey of Vaucelles, and on the course paths and Memories of War 14-18. Visit Flesquières, Deborah its tank and its exposure and the Historial of Peronne. Visit Matisse. Go down into the mine in Lewarde. Stroll through the Museum of Cambrai and Louvre-Lens. Hike in the countryside on marked trails. Enjoy the small restaurants at 2 steps from home. Relax in one of our comfortable rooms and enjoy a tasty breakfast home made. Quiet beauty of the site, secured home.We wish you a pleasant visit on the site and we hope you join us soon.

3- Comments

Just returned 12/7/19 from our 4th stay at the Ferme de Bonavis. Ideal if you want a base to visit the WW1 sites. 5-10 mins drive into Cambrai. Off the Ferry Calais onto the A26 toll road leave the toll road approx 1 mile from the Accomodation. Lovely and quiet accommodation parking on site No problems. Carole the host a lovely lady who has lots of literature on WW1 issues. Lovely home made continental breakfasts. If you want peace and quiet this is the place to go. Back again for us next year.

Catherine1f70cf8643be6dca206ff6efa67ef4126c6afee4 1f70cf8643be6dca206ff6efa67ef4126c6afee4   Royaume-Uni

Easy to find, very close to A26 motorway exit 9

Very welcoming host and excellent breakfast

Beautiful home and a huge comfortable room. Breakfast was fresh home made produce and Carole was charming friendly host.

Lovely produce, some home made yogurt and really tasty bread ! A very friendly owner who enjoyed telling us all about the interesting history of the farm and surrounding area. Ideal travelling distance from tunnel. We will use again for our next visit to France !

Das Frühstück war hervorragend und der Empfang und die Betreuung der Gäste war ebenfalls hervorragend

Lovely place to stay and Carole was a wonderful host. She kindly let my husband check in late as he got delayed on his way from the U.K. The farmhouse (more like a Manor House) is beautiful and has some interesting history. Highly recommend, thank you Carole

El edificio. La amabilidad. El entorno. El acceso. El parking. 

Gastvrijheid, super vriendelijke gastvrouw /heer Mooie kamer in schitterend stijlvol huis. Heerlijk ontbijt

Everything! It's is a family run business with an amazing history, that the owners are pleased to talk about. The room we had (Mozart) was enormous and the bed very comfortable. The breakfast included home made yogurts and jam, all delicious.

fantastic place to stay surrounded with WW1 sites i like visiting

Carole went out of her way to help me. I arrived soaking wet travelling from the UK on my motorcycle she got me clean towels to clean down my motorcycle gear She also dried all my clothing for me ready for the next day. That night she went out and got me an evening meal over and above what you would expect. This is the third time I have stayed here she is the most friendly and lovely woman nothing is too much for her.

All great

Chris1f70cf8643be6dca206ff6efa67ef4126c6afee4 1f70cf8643be6dca206ff6efa67ef4126c6afee4   Royaume-Uni

10/10 Exceptionnel

 Comfortable beds, lovely room, delicious breakfast of locally sourced produce, good location and very welcoming host.

 A beautiful farm with a lots of history. The host very friendly and welcoming lady. Rooms are very clean and bed very comfortable. Highly recommended!!

The owner is very warm. She made us feel at home. The breakfast is fantastic with home made food “with love”.

4 - Hiking


Randonnee Abbaye de Vaucelles Randonnee Abbaye de Vaucelles  

On foot from the Ferme de Bonavis, turn left to reach the village of Banteux then go to the town hall, cross the bridge and turn left on the right bank. You will arrive in the hamlet of Vaucelles. Pass in front of the Abbey. This Cistercian abbey, listed as a Historic Monument, is located in the Haut-Escaut valley in the town of Les Rues des Vignes, 10 km from Cambrai and 24 km from Saint-Quentin. This monument is one of the most prestigious in the North of France. The Abbey of Vaucelles, as it stands today, remains an exceptional construction both in terms of its size and the quality of its restoration and its cultural influence. Stroll through the magnificent gardens.

Continue the hike on the D96 regional road then, when you reach the woods, turn left towards the village of Les Rues des Vignes. Take the left bank of the canal to return to Vaucelles then take the D 96 which goes up to Bonavis


Rando Bonavis Tunnel touage Rando Bonavis Tunnel touage  

From the Ferme de Bonavis on foot: When leaving, turn left for 100 meters then turn left and descend towards the village of Banteux then cross the road and take the small path which leads to the canal and turn right along the right bank of the canal
From the Farm to the entrance to the tunnel on foot 22 km round trip

This oldest tunnel preserved in Picardy is today the only place in the world where the towing system is still practiced (towing barges with the chain).

The Saint-Quentin canal as it enters the tunnel.
The Saint-Quentin Canal was inaugurated in 1810. From Saint-Quentin to Gauchy, from Saint-Quentin to Cambrai, it linked the Oise, the Somme and the Scheldt, before the opening of the North Canal. It has a remarkable feature, however. To join Riqueval and Le Catelet, Napoleon required the digging of an underground more than 5 km long (5,670 meters). This passes under the villages of Bellicourt and Bony and makes it essential to tow or tow barges to the chain.
Built between 1801 and 1810 under the direction of the engineer A.N. Gayant, the Riqueval tunnel, 5,670 meters long, was inaugurated by Napoleon 1st in April 1810. The tunnel is crossed using towers. It is the oldest preserved tunnel in Picardy and is, today, the only place in the world where the towing system is still practiced (towing of barges by the chain).
What is a tapper?
From the beginning of the 19th century, the question arose of the hauling of boats that frequent the canal. The winch, or touter, system is therefore adopted. At first, this one is driven by horses arranged in a merry-go-round on its deck, then a steam engine is installed on board, before that of an electric motor in 1910. This measurer - 25 m long and 5 m wide - capable of towing 32 barges, loaded for example with coal.
At an average speed of 2.5 km / h, the handler hauled himself on a chain - 8 km long and weighing 96 tonnes - which wound on a capstan on the bridge. This rests at the bottom of the canal and is fixed to each end of the underground. The scout pulls in his wake a "oar" of boats, the engines of which must be turned off for crossing the underground canal.
Each crossing of the tunnel lasts more than two hours, a moment of conviviality at the time for the mariners who frequent the premises.
At its bicentennial, the Toueur de Riqueval, which has become a living museum, still hauls two oars a day from barges and other pleasure boats. Since the opening of the North Canal and the drop in traffic on the Saint-Quentin canal - 1,600 barges in 2002 -, Voies navigables de France has been talking about plans to install a mechanical ventilation system in the tunnel, allowing boats cross it using their engine in the tunnel.

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