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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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55 cottages are available
  • Roisel×

    Roisel

    Roisel

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    Ref: FNR034
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    This holiday rental is located on the grounds of a working farm with 4 other holiday properties, one being...

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  • Orgeval, near Laon, Aisne×

    La Vigne

    Orgeval, near Laon, Aisne

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    Ref: F02131
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed - Rural Location

    This detached stone property, set in the garden of the discreet owner (who is on hand to assist you during your...

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  • Passel×

    Passel

    Passel

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    Ref: FNI027
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue

    This well-appointed, semi-detached holiday property in the grounds of the owner’s home, is ideally located...

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  • Drucat×

    Drucat

    Drucat

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    Ref: FNR038
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Coast within 5 miles - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed - Coast within 3 miles

    On the edge of a small village and set in the discreet owners’ grounds, this cosy cottage is ideal for a couple...

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  • Vron, nr. Fort-Mahon×

    Vron, nr. Fort-Mahon

    Vron, nr. Fort-Mahon

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    Ref: W11151
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed - Rural Location

    This typical single storey detached Picardy house, set in a small village, offers holiday accommodation for families...

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    Le Boisle

    Le Boisle

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    Ref: FNR039
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    Set behind the village church, this cosy cottage offers a woodburner for chillier evenings and a lawned garden and...

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  • Lacroix-Saint-Ouen, near Compiègne, Oise×

    Le Gîte de Celestine

    Lacroix-Saint-Ouen, near Compiègne, Oise

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    Ref: F60118
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    Located on the edge of the beautiful Forêt de Compiègne, close to the historic city of Compiègne,...

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  • Suzanne×

    Suzanne

    Suzanne

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    Ref: W14444
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    This detached, family holiday home is set on a quiet country road, yet is easily reached from the motorway, and...

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  • Proisy×

    Proisy

    Proisy

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    Ref: FNA023
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    This detached renovated holiday cottage, located in a small village is ideal for nature lovers as the owner has...

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  • Baron×

    Baron

    Baron

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    Ref: FNI105
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    This comfortable holiday home lies close to the stunning National Regional Park of Oise, with excellent walking,...

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  • Courtemont-Varennes×

    Courtemont-Varennes

    Courtemont-Varennes

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    Ref: W14440
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed - Rural Location

    On the famous Champagne Route, this detached holiday property, set in the English-speaking, cat-loving owner’s...

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  • Ault×

    Ault

    Ault

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    Ref: FNR036
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Hot Tub - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Washing Machine - Ground Floor Facilities - Coast within 5 miles - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    For those who enjoy waking up to the sound of waves and gulls, this well appointed holiday apartment is ideal for a...

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