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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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  • Montigny-l’Allier, Aisne , Picardy
    Montigny-l’Allier, Aisne , Picardy×

    Chez Feréol

    Montigny-l’Allier, Aisne , Picardy

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    Ref: AF011
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove

    These two traditionally furnished, semi-detached properties (refs AF011 and AF012) are situated in rural France and...

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  • Jonquières, Oise, Picardy
    Jonquières, Oise, Picardy×

    Les Jonquilles - Gite L’étable

    Jonquières, Oise, Picardy

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    Ref: AF131
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    - Wifi - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities

    These former farmhouses have been beautifully renovated to create stylish, contemporary holiday accommodation. They...

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  • Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy×
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    Ref: FNA038
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    This former 19th-century inn has been renovated and converted into four holiday properties. They enjoy a private...

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  • Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy×
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    Ref: FNA036
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio

    This former 19th-century inn has been renovated and converted into four holiday properties. They enjoy a private...

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  • St-Léger-lès-Authie, Somme,
    St-Léger-lès-Authie, Somme, ×

    Gite de St-Léger-lès-Authie

    St-Léger-lès-Authie, Somme,

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    Ref: AF077
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire

    In a quiet village, this pretty semi-detached spacious property set in the Authie valley in the grounds of...

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  • Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy×
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    Ref: FNA035
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove

    This former 19th-century inn has been renovated and converted into four holiday properties. They enjoy a private...

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  • Jonquières, Oise, Picardy
    Jonquières, Oise, Picardy×

    Les Jonquilles - Gite La Ferme

    Jonquières, Oise, Picardy

    6
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    Ref: AF132
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities

    These former farmhouses have been beautifully renovated to create stylish, contemporary holiday accommodation. They...

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  • Romery, nr. Guise, Picardy
    Romery, nr. Guise, Picardy×

    Romery, nr. Guise

    Romery, nr. Guise, Picardy

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    Ref: W15204
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire

    Set in the pretty valley of the River l’Oise, and a few kilometres from the historic town of Guise, with...

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  • Frise, Somme, Picardy
    Frise, Somme, Picardy×

    Cottage du Canal

    Frise, Somme, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR041
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove

    This lovely three bedroom cottage is set on the banks of the Somme Canal where you can fish (permit required), or...

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  • Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Aisne,
    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Aisne, ×

    Les Gites Bourguignons - Le Gite Bourguignon 2

    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Aisne,

    6
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    Ref: AF010
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    Situated in the French countryside, these semi-detached properties (refs AF009 and AF010) can be found within...

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  • L’Ancien Présbytère,
    L’Ancien Présbytère, ×

    L’Ancien Présbytère

    L’Ancien Présbytère,

    6
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    Ref: AF073
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio

    This lovely property, which is set within a large house in the countryside, is spacious and well-equipped. The...

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  • Puisieux, Aisne, Picardy
    Puisieux, Aisne, Picardy×

    Les Jardins du Château

    Puisieux, Aisne, Picardy

    6
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    Ref: F02123
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove

    This comfortable semi-detached property forms part of a former stable and is situated in the grounds of a...

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