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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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  • Orgeval, near Laon, Picardy
    Orgeval, near Laon, Picardy×

    La Vigne

    Orgeval, near Laon, Picardy

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    Ref: F02131
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    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    A perfect base for a romantic getaway, this detached stone property is set in a peaceful village between Reims and Laon.
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    This detached stone property, set in the garden of the discreet owner (who is on hand to assist you during your stay), stands in a quiet village in southern Picardy between Reims and Laon, and is an ideal base for a couple to explore this pretty area of Northern France. Enjoy summer lunches in the shared lawned garden or curl up in front of the gas fire on chillier evenings.
    Visit the hilltop town of Laon, whose cathedral towers can be seen for miles around, stroll through the...

  • Roisel, Picardy
    Roisel, Picardy×

    Roisel

    Roisel, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR034
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    An ideal holiday retreat for couples, this lovely property is set on a working farm and provides an idyllic holiday base.
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    This holiday rental is located on the grounds of a working farm with 4 other holiday properties, one being property reference FNR035. It is comfortable and well-equipped and large families or groups of friends will find it the ideal base for a holiday. You can visit the beautiful basilica of Saint Quentin (20km) or Cambrai (30km) and its rich architectural heritage, and enjoy its famous ’nonsense’. History lovers will enjoy the Museum of the Great War Peronne and the Circuit...

  • Drucat, Picardy
    Drucat, Picardy×

    Drucat

    Drucat, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR038
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    On the edge of a small village and set in the discreet owners’ grounds, this cosy cottage is ideal for a couple or small family
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    On the edge of a small village and set in the discreet owners’ grounds, this cosy cottage is ideal for a couple or small family. It is situated close to the city of Abbeville, with its magnificent Gothic cathedral where you can enjoy the summer festival of ’Son et Lumières’, venture to the beautiful Baie de la Somme and visit Saint Valery-sur-Somme with its medieval history, or go across the bay to Le Crotoy. Nature lovers will enjoy the bird sanctuary...

  • Bouzincourt, Picardy
    Bouzincourt, Picardy×
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    Ref: AF081
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    This pretty cottage has its own garden for relaxing and enjoying the sunshine after spending a day exploring this beautiful region.
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    In a village setting, these two semi-detached holiday properties (refs AF081 and AF082) are 50m apart and are situated in a historic region of France and are ideal for exploring the museums and historic sites of this area. Visit Péronne, with its museum of the Great War, Albert, which has a beautiful town hall and belfry, or Froissy for its narrow gauge railway ’Le P’tit train de la Haute Somme’, which runs along the line that used to carry supplies to the front...

    Au Coeur du Village - St Honoré
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  • Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, PicardyPicardy
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    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, PicardyPicardy

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    Ref: W14814
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Historical enthusiasts will adore this property, with the Great War at Peronne museum within easy reach of this lovely rural property.
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    These beautifully appointed holiday properties on a rural working farm are well equipped and offer a great location to explore the surrounding area. For lovers of history, visit the superb museum of the Great War at Peronne and follow the Circuit of Remembrance throughout the Somme Region. Visit St Quentin with its beautiful Basilica, Christmas markets and spring fairs as well as a variety of shops and restaurants to enjoy. Take the TGV to Paris or for a fun filled day for the whole...

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel
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    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel
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  • Ault, Picardy
    Ault, Picardy×

    Ault

    Ault, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR036
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities
    For those who enjoy waking up to the sound of waves and gulls, this well appointed holiday apartment is ideal for a couple or small family
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    For those who enjoy waking up to the sound of waves and gulls, this well appointed holiday apartment is ideal for a couple or small family. Situated on a cliff top, next to a footpath, on the edge of the seaside town of Ault, and with parking available nearby, you can stroll to the beach below or the nearby restaurants. Enjoy an al fresco summer supper on the terrace or visit the nearby fishing town of Le Treport with its casino, seafood restaurants and funicular railway with stunning...

  • Brunehamel, Picardy
    Brunehamel, Picardy×

    Gîte de Brunehamel

    Brunehamel, Picardy

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    Ref: AF005
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Easily reached from the northern ports and near the Belgian border, this holiday property is perfect for those wishing to explore.
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    Easily reached from the northern ports and near the Belgian border, this holiday property offers a characterful interior. There is an enclosed outdoor dining area with covered summer kitchen, complete with a built-in barbecue. The surrounding area is ideal for cycling or with a permit, available locally, fishing is also possible. Visit Reims, the Champagne capital, discover the Thiérache area with its impressive fortified churches from the 16th and 17th century or visit Guise with...

  • 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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  • Mézy-Moulins, Picardy
    Mézy-Moulins, Picardy×

    Gîte de Marie-Rose

    Mézy-Moulins, Picardy

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    Ref: AF013
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio
    This delightful holiday home is set amongst fragrant gardens in the beautiful French countryside.
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    Situated in rural France, this property has been thoughtfully decorated in a traditional style. A cosy living room can be found on the ground floor with steps up to the dining room and well-equipped kitchen. On the first floor you can find a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, both furnished to create a homely feel. A flower garden with a patio can be found at the rear of the property, as well as a barbecue, perfect for some al fresco dining. The property is located only 11km from...

  • Bernot, Picardy
    Bernot, Picardy×

    Bernot

    Bernot, Picardy

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    Ref: FNA024
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This detached holiday property has its own garden and is located in a quiet village not far from Saint-Quentin, famous for its magnificent basilica, typical architecture and museums
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    This detached holiday property has its own garden and is located in a quiet village not far from Saint-Quentin, famous for its magnificent basilica, typical architecture and museums. The River Oise runs through the village, offering fishing (with permit), or visit Guise with its 1000-year-old castle and varied history. Steam train lovers can visit the Chemin de Fer Touristique du Vermandois near Saint-Quentin and take a ride along the valley towards the Somme, or spend the day at La Bul,...

  • Compiegne, Picardy
    Compiegne, Picardy×

    La Féculerie

    Compiegne, Picardy

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    Ref: AF067
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    The perfect location for exploring this little known part of France, Paris is within easy reach either by car or train and there are many sleepy villages waiting to be discovered.
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    This charming detached holiday cottage is situated in the beautiful countryside, overlooking a sunny lawned garden. Visit the picturesque city of Senlis, 19km, with its narrow cobbled streets lined with old houses and shops, or visit Compiègne, 15km, a historic town which is home to the Palace of Compiègne, used by both Louis XVI and Napoleon. Chantilly, famous for its lovely whipped cream, is a short drive away where you can visit the amazing Great Stables and Equestrian...

  • Jaulgonne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardy×
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    Ref: FNA037
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    This holiday property is converted from a 19th-century inn and enjoys views over the river and the landscape beyond.
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    This former 19th-century inn has been renovated and converted into four holiday properties, with the caretaker living on-site. Properties FNA035, FNA036 and FNA037 all enjoy individual areas on a shared vine terrace, boasting lovely views across the River Marne and the vineyards, whilst property FNA038 has a separate private patio area away from the shared terrace. The quiet village of Jaulgonne is only a short walk away, along the riverside path, where you can also find a selection of...

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 1
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 2
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 4
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