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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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  • Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FNR101

    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, outdoor, heated swimming pool and solarium. Places to visit include Abbeville, 24km, with its magnificent Gothic-style church and twice weekly markets (Thursday and Saturdays) and Gamaches, explore the war memorial, the old railway line and the 13th-century church, just 36km away. Shop and restaurant 2.5km, beach 200m.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Wi-fi, dishwasher, microwave, landscaped garden, terrace, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

  • Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers

    Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers

    Grade
    6
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W15096

    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 (13m x 6.7m, depth 0.1-2m) with its doors to the sun terrace makes a good place to relax and play, or smaller children will enjoy the on-site games area. Spend a day at the Baie de la Somme with its steam railway, cycling routes and bird sanctuary. St. Valéry and Le Crotoy are not far, nor is Amiens with its Gothic cathedral and floating market gardens which you can discover by boat. Take a trip to Arras or nearby Montreuil-sur-Mer, with pretty squares and weekly markets or venture further south to Le Tréport where you can climb the cliffs on the funicular railway and enjoy the panoramic views.

    Shops 5km, café/bar on site, restaurant 3km, beach 25km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower over bath and basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 double bedroom. First floor: 1 twin bedroom, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, cot and highchair (on request), colour satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi (in clubhouse), shared laundry facilities, dishwasher, microwave, shared grounds, terrace, outdoor furniture, ample off road parking. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Sloping ceiling in lounge and twin bedroom, sloping terraces in grounds.

  • La Maison des Rêves

    Regnière Ecluse, nr. Rue, Somme

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    3
    Ref: F80206

    This spacious detached house is situated on the borders of Pas-de-Calais and the famous Somme region and boasts a spacious garden, enclosed swimming pool and games room with French billiards and table football. The holiday property enjoys a large enclosed rear garden with terrace and barbecue, ideal for summer evenings. Situated on the edge of a pretty village, directly opposite a beautiful château, and a short distance to the lovely towns of the historic Baie-de-la-Somme or the ramparted Montreuil-sur-Mer, there is much to do in the area. Spend a day at the pretty town of St. Valéry with its shops, restaurants, watersports, steam railway and weekly market, explore the Gothic cathedral at Amiens or visit Abbeville and Crécy-en-Ponthieu. The Côte d’Opale is a short drive and offer miles of sandy beaches. This area is popular with birdwatchers, cyclists, walkers and golfers - with excellent courses in the area.

    Lower ground floor: Games room. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Sitting room. Kitchen. Office/library. Kingsize bedroom. Double bedroom. Bathroom/WC. Shower room/WC. First floor: Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms, one with additional single bed. Single bedroom. Some bedrooms with sloping ceiling/Velux. Shower room/WC

    • Enclosed garden with balcony and 7 steps
    • Terrace
    • Central heating
    • Swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.2m), open mid-May to Sept
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Playstation 2
    • Broadband
    • Two cots
    • Two h/chairs (on request)
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 8km from Rue (shops, supermarkets, restaurants/bars, tennis courts), 22km from St. Valéry (all facilities, restaurants, supermarket, watersports), 10km from Marquenterre (wildlife centre), 21km from Montreuil-sur-Mer (ramparts), 21km from Merlimont (sandy beaches), 70km from Amiens (gothic cathedral, all facilities).

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