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Picardy

Picardy has a gently rolling countryside, ancient cathedrals, extensive forests and beaches and of course is the area that witnessed some of the bitterest battles of WWI. Thankfully today however it provides a lovely location for a cottage holiday in northern France. For self catering accommodation in this region see our gites in Picardy.

Geographically, the Picardy region of North West France touches both the Channel and South Belgium border, but its importance is more historic. It has a rich medieval heritage and also has some equally important sites of the Great War.

For those with an interest in the more distant past, Picardy has a long history stretching back to Roman times, and has some particularly good examples of Gothic architecture. The English, Spanish and the Habsburgs have all ruled this part of France over the past millennium, each leaving their mark.

Europe''s largest cathedral and one of the most impressive in France is at Amiens, while Beauvais, Laon, St Quentin and Soissons also have great examples of the Gothic style. Visitors can discover more at the Museum of Picardy in Amiens. Compiegne meanwhile is rich with royal and political intrigue, from the Burgundians’ capture of Joan of Arc during the 100 Years War to the signing of the Armistice for both world wars.

Picardy''s place in modern history is related to its importance in both world wars. Some of the most important battlefields of the period can be found in the region and a visit to the Somme is a must to commemorate the First World War. Among the military cemeteries to be found in Picardy are the unassuming site at Ors, the burial place of war poet Wilfred Owen, the large American cemetery of Meuse-Argonne and the Duaumont ossuary at Verdun. Compiegne Forest holds a memorial centre for the signing of the Armistice, among the many monuments and museums dedicated to this period in the area.

Nonetheless Picardy has plenty to offer non-history buffs, from spectacular chateaux at Chantilly, Pierrefonds and Compiegne, the Baie de Somme bird sanctuary and Plailly''s Aterix theme park. There are vast forested areas and even local vineyards where Picardy borders Champagne.

Along the coastal region of the western Somme there are 70 kilometres of sandy beaches, dotted with seaside resorts. A great way of exploring this coastline on foot is to take to the coastal ‘grand randonne’ path.

To discover this part of northern France at your leisure take a look at our Picardy holiday cottages; a great base for exploring and appreciating the characteristic local cuisine and culture of the area.
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  • Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy
    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy×

    Les Terrasses de la Plage

    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy

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    Ref: FJ0091
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Sea View
    This studio apartment is situated directly opposite Cayeux’s shingle beach, with views over the seafront.
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    This studio apartment is situated directly opposite Cayeux’s shingle beach, with views over the seafront. This apartment, situated in a complex of similar apartments, is perfect for a short break and is within close proximity to the town centre, the casino, and the local shops. Whether you want to take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk, try windsurfing or shop your way around the town centre, Cayeux-sur-Mer has something for everyone. The apartment complex features a heated...

  • Grand Laviers, Picardy
    Grand Laviers, Picardy×

    Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers

    Grand Laviers, Picardy

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    Ref: W15095
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set in 3 acres of open countryside, this cedarwood holiday property has stunning views of the valley.
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    Set in 3 acres of open countryside, overlooking Abbeville Golf Course, these attractive cedarwood houses (W15095 and W15096) offer holiday accommodation with excellent on-site amenities. Each property has a stunning view of the valley, there is an organic veggie patch on site and guests can buy the seasonal produce, order bread from the passing baker or enjoy a drink or snack at the bar. The indoor heated swimming pool with its doors to the sun terrace makes a good place to relax and...

    Domaine du Val
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  • Le Crotoy, Picardy
    Le Crotoy, Picardy×

    Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR100
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Part of a complex, this lovely apartment is just 200 metres from the beach and enjoys a heated swimming pool.
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    At the heart of the magnificent Baie de Somme, Crotoy combines all the fun of a vibrant, family seaside resort with the authentic charm of its fishing and pleasure harbours and its wooden beach huts. Just 200m from the fine, sandy beach which faces due south, and just 2.5km from the main shops, this holiday complex is situated amid landscaped grounds. The 56 apartments are located in maisonettes with a terrace and garden. In July and August, activities for children aged between 4 and 11...

  • Bony, Picardy
    Bony, Picardy×
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    Ref: AF008
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    With many on-site facilities available, this detached holiday property sits in the perfect location for a family holiday.
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    Located close to the owner’s farmhouse, these timber-framed detached properties (refs AF004 and AF008) offer countless facilities for you and all the family to enjoy. They have been thoughtfully furnished throughout, and enjoy their own private, enclosed garden.
    Enjoy all of the relaxing shared facilities at this complex, including the sauna, hot tub and Turkish bath (from March to November). Alternatively, you can practice your serve on the communal tennis court, or enjoy a...

    La Ferme du Vieux Puits - Gite Rural 2
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  • Grand Laviers, Picardy
    Grand Laviers, Picardy×

    Domaine du Val

    Grand Laviers, Picardy

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    Ref: W15096
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set in 3 acres of open countryside, overlooking Abbeville Golf Course, these attractive cedarwood houses (W15095 and W15096) offer holiday accommodation with excellent on-site amenities
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    Pets included
    Pets go free

    Accommodation at

    Set in 3 acres of open countryside, overlooking Abbeville Golf Course, these attractive cedarwood houses (W15095 and W15096) offer holiday accommodation with excellent on-site amenities. Each property has a stunning view of the valley, there is an organic veggie patch on site and guests can buy the seasonal produce, order bread from the passing baker or enjoy a drink or snack at the bar. The indoor heated swimming pool with its doors to the sun terrace makes a good place to relax and...

    Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers
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  • Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy
    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy×
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    Ref: W14036
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool
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    This traditional, relaxing resort is located in Picardy’s beautiful Baie-de-Somme, right opposite Cayeux’s far-reaching shingle beach, lined with colourful beach huts which sit on the colourful boardwalk. Cayeux-sur-Mer is undoubtedly an authentic French seaside resort. The coastline can be discovered by foot or even by sea-kayak! For visitors who prefer to stay indoors, the resort offers an indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m) with children’s area,...

    Les Terrasses de la Plage, Cayeux-sur-Mer
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  • Bony, Picardy
    Bony, Picardy×
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    Ref: AF004
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire
    This spacious, detached property is situated on a farmstead with its own private, enclosed garden, and access to a shared pool nearby.
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    Located close to the owner’s farmhouse, these timber-framed detached properties (refs AF004 and AF008) offer countless facilities for you and all the family to enjoy. They have been thoughtfully furnished throughout, and enjoy their own private, enclosed garden.
    Enjoy all of the relaxing shared facilities at this complex, including the sauna, hot tub and Turkish bath (from March to November). Alternatively, you can practice your serve on the communal tennis court, or enjoy a...

    La Ferme du Vieux Puits - Gite Rural 1
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    3
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  • Le Crotoy, Picardy
    Le Crotoy, Picardy×

    Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR101
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    A charming holiday apartment, set in the vibrant family seaside resort of Crotoy, with the beach just 200 metres away.
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    Pets included
    Pets go free

    Accommodation at

    At the heart of the magnificent Baie de Somme, Crotoy combines all the fun of a vibrant, family seaside holiday resort with the authentic charm of its fishing, pleasure harbours and its wooden beach huts. Just 200m from the fine, sandy beach which faces south, and just 2.5km from the main shops, this holiday complex is situated in beautiful landscaped grounds. The property is located on a complex of apartments which all have their own terrace and garden. Enjoy the shared covered,...

  • Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy
    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy×

    Les Gites Bourguignons - Le Gite Bourguignon 2

    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy

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    Ref: AF010
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Located to the north east of Paris and only 6km from Laon, this holiday home complete with shared swimming pool is ideal for exploring the Aisne region.
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    Situated in the French countryside, these semi-detached properties (refs AF009 and AF010) can be found within the owner’s 2¼-acre grounds. The large garden boasts a lovely shared swimming pool so that you can take a dip in the warm summer months. Or why not explore the surrounding forests? Alternatively, these properties are situated only 6km away from Laon with its impressive cathedral, original defensive walls and museum of art and archaeology.

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    Les Gites Bourguignons - Le Gite Bourguignon 1
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  • Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy
    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy×

    Les Gites Bourguignons - Le Gite Bourguignon 1

    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy

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    Ref: AF009
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    An attractive stone cottage with a shared swimming pool just a short distance from the cathedral city of Laon.
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    Pets included
    Pets go free

    Accommodation at

    Situated in the French countryside, these semi-detached properties (refs AF009 and AF010) can be found within the owner’s 2¼-acre grounds. The large garden boasts a lovely shared swimming pool so that you can take a dip in the warm summer months. Or why not explore the surrounding forests? Alternatively, these properties are situated only 6km away from Laon with its impressive cathedral, original defensive walls and museum of art and archaeology.

    Approximate distance...

    Les Gites Bourguignons - Le Gite Bourguignon 2
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  • Chaourse, Picardy
    Chaourse, Picardy×

    Gîte de Saint-Nicolas

    Chaourse, Picardy

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    Ref: AF007
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Great for larger families or groups of friends wishing to explore the peaceful countryside, then return for a dip in the private hot tub!
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    Rustic beams, a cosy open fire and a lovely claw-foot bath are all features you can expect from this characterful country home. It is ideal for large families or groups, with great on-site facilities including your very own private hot tub, shared swimming pool, table tennis and grounds. Providing a great holiday base, you will be situated within peaceful countryside yet within easy reach of main attractions. This lovely house is set between Paris and Brussels, with the historical cities...

  • Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy
    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy×
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    2
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    Ref: W14037
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool
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    Pets included
    Pets go free

    Accommodation at

    This traditional, relaxing resort is located in Picardy’s beautiful Baie-de-Somme, right opposite Cayeux’s far-reaching shingle beach, lined with colourful beach huts which sit on the colourful boardwalk. Cayeux-sur-Mer is undoubtedly an authentic French seaside resort. The coastline can be discovered by foot or even by sea-kayak! For visitors who prefer to stay indoors, the resort offers an indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m) with children’s area,...

    Les Terrasses de la Plage, Cayeux-sur-Mer
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    1
    1

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