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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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  • Les Jardins du Château

    Puisieux, Aisne

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F02123

    This comfortable semi-detached property forms part of a former stable and is situated in the grounds of a château. With a private entrance and garden to the rear it has been tastefully renovated offering a large living room and a well equipped separate kitchen leading to a sunny terrace ideal to enjoy outdoor dining. The surroundings are dominated by bocage landscape and the medieval churches are worth a visit. To the north is the Belgium border and Ardennes area with many forests ideal for rambling or cycling. To the south are the Champagne vineyards and the medieval town of Laon on its promontory offering panoramic views and a magnificent cathedral.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with woodburner. Separate WC. First floor: One super king size bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom/WC with shower attachment

    • Enclosed lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • Internet access
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Sun loungers
    • NB: Pond in owner’s garden, close to the property (take care with children).

    Location: 6km SE of Guise (all facilities), 30km E of St Quentin (golf, station to Paris), 35km NW of Laon (station to Paris, 27 hole golf), 85km NW of Reims.

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  • Maulers

    Maulers

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: FNI120

    Located just 11km from Beauvais with its grand cathedral and twice-weekly market, this holiday property is within easy reach of a number of places of interest to visit. Amiens 43km, is a popular place for tourists, boasting an impressive 13th-century cathedral and the Saint-Leu region below - an area of canals where you can watch the world go by whilst relaxing in one of the cafés or perhaps take a boat ride along the river. Sites of natural beauty to enjoy include the Hortillonnages d’Amiens, the Plan d’eau du Canada and the Forêt du parc de Saint-Quentin. Shop 6km, restaurant 11km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, 2 shower rooms with toilet and basin, 2 separate toilets, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, outdoor furniture, barbecue, garage parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steep, turning, open-tread stairs to first floor. Sloping ceilings throughout first floor.

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  • Romery, nr. Guise

    Romery, nr. Guise

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W15204

    Set in the pretty valley of the River l’Oise, and a few kilometres from the historic town of Guise, with its 1000-year-old castle, summer festivals and restaurants, this detached holiday property enjoys lovely views towards the river. The property also features a games room with billiard table and board games. Visit St. Quentin, with its imposing basilica, or Belgium to visit the Chimay brewery. The area is ideal for walking, cycling and fishing in the river (permit required). Shop, café/bar and restaurant 4km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. First floor: Games room, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom, sofa bed in games room (for alternative sleeping).

    Electric heating, glass-fronted fire in lounge, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, terrace, balcony, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Sloping ceiling in games room.

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  • Gite Devellenne

    Maulers, Oise

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F60111

    The characterful and impressive semi-detached holiday property is located in a quiet village in the countryside of Picardy, with a local boulangerie just a stroll away to provide you with local breads and delicacies. This untouched corner is the perfect base from which to discover the natural delights that Picardy has to offer. Amiens is easily within driving distance, which should be visited for its interesting architecture. Euro Disney is only 135km away, making it a perfect day trip for the family. The cottage is well furnished and the terrace is ideal for al-fresco dining, which should be enjoyed with a sample of the regional spirit Genievre.

    Ground floor: Living room with open fire/dining room/corner kitchen. Double bedroom. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. First floor: Two double bedrooms. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC

    • Garden and terrace
    • Heating
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • D/washer
    • TV
    • Cot
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 6km to Froissy (shops, local amenities), 11km to Beauvais, 47km to Amiens (historic buildings, shops, restaurants, day trips).

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  • Bony

    St. Quentin, Aisne

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F02114

    This spacious, detached property is situated on a farmstead with its own private, enclosed garden and hot tub, and there is direct access to a shared tennis court, as well as shared use of a pool by the owner’s house nearby. Nearby the owner has an auberge offering home-made meals. The countryside is perfect for walking and cycling, and within a short drive is St Quentin with its shops and summer festival, and the fortified town of Laon with a choice of restaurants and beautiful countryside views. To the north the forest of Andigny.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen area. Two double bedrooms, one twin. Bathroom (no WC). WC

    • Large enclosed garden with pond (take care with children)
    • Terrace
    • Covered outdoor area
    • Shared heated swimming pool (depth 1.2m)
    • Telephone
    • Electric heating
    • Glass fronted fireplace (wood)
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Hot tub
    • Shared sauna
    • Shared tennis court
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers.

    Location: 100m from Bony village (owner’s auberge), 2km Le Catelet (basic shops), 17km au nord du St Quentin, 65km N of Laon (cathedral), 80km from Center Parcs Aisne (day passes subject to availability), 200km NE of Paris and Disneyland.

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  • Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W14815

    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 family visit Parc Astérix (113km via motorways) or venture further afield to Eurodisney (175km). Shops, café/bar and restaurants 5km.

    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 family visit Parc Astérix (113km via motorways) or venture further afield to Eurodisney (175km).

    Shops, café/bar and restaurants 5km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, utility room, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower and basin. First floor: Shower room with basin, 2 twin bedrooms (one can be double).

    Electric heaters, satellite TV, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, partially enclosed lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, portable barbecue, off road parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Sloping ceiling in twin bedrooms. There is a small pond in a nearby field, and farm machinery, young children may require supervision.

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  • Alexandrine

    Archon-Rozoy, Aisne

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F02106

    This beautifully converted semi-detached cottage is set in a traditional farming hamlet in rolling countryside. There is a large grassy area to the rear with barbecue and extensive grounds with pond. The hamlet boasts an impressive fortified Thiérache church. 58km away is a watersports centre with its own sandy beach. To the south is Champagne country with vineyards and the city of Reims as well as the medieval town of Laon and the battlefield memorials of WWI. Also visit the magnificent forest of Ardennes.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Three bedrooms: Two double, one twin (can be double). Bathroom with shower attachment and double basin (no WC). Separate WC

    • Garden with pond (take care with children)
    • Terrace
    • Telephone
    • Electric heating
    • Open fire (wood)
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • Stereo
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 4km N of Rozoy sur Serre (basic shops, supermarket, market, café), 11km NE of Montcornet (all facilities, restaurants), 45km NE of Laon, 58km N of Monampteuil (sandy beach, playground), 65km from Center Parcs Aisne (day passes subject to availability), 190km NE of Disneyland. 200km from Paris.

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  • Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W13218

    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 family visit Parc Astérix (113km via motorways) or venture further afield to Eurodisney (175km). Shops, café/bar and restaurants 5km.

    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 family visit Parc Astérix (113km via motorways) or venture further afield to Eurodisney (175km).

    Shops, café/bar and restaurants 5km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, utility room, separate toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with basin, separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 2 twin, one with en-suite shower and basin.

    Electric heating, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, shared, enclosed lawned garden, private terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: There is a small pond in a nearby field, and farm machinery, young children may require supervision. NB: 4 steep steps to entrance.

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  • St. Léger-lès-Authie

    St. Léger-lès-Authie

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: W14456

    In a quiet village, this pretty semi-detached spacious property set in the grounds of the owner’s garden is perfect for exploring the Somme. Visit Arras and climb to the top of the belltower for spectacular views. It is ideal for those who enjoy walking or cycling in the pretty lanes and countryside nearby, or visit the sandy beaches of the Côte d’Opale, an easy drive away. Shop 6.5km, café/bar and restaurant 1.5km.

    External utility room (accessed via courtyard). Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 twin. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Oil central heating, glass-fronted fire in lounge, colour TV (French channels only), wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, shared terrace, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Four steps to entrance and one to courtyard area. Open-tread stairs to first floor. Sloping ceilings in first floor bedroom.

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  • Wiège-Faty

    Wiège-Faty

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: FNA026

    This former rectory has been converted into a delightful holiday cottage in a tranquil village location. The Véloroute greenway is close by with its many hiking trails, and the River Oise is perfect for canoeing, kayaking or fishing. The Aisne region has a rich cultural heritage and is famous for its gothic architecture, while outdoor enthusiasts will love the many gardens and parks throughout the region. A visit to the Somme battlefields and memorials makes a poignant trip, but are well worth visiting. Shop and restaurant 8.5km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with bath and basin (no toilet), shower room with basin (no toilet), 2 separate toilets, 4 bedrooms: 3 double, 1 single.

    Open fire in lounge, satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue. Up to 2 pets welcome. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor. Uneven surface and slopes in garden.

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  • La Résistante

    Mondrepuis, nr. Hirson, Aisne

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    1
    Ref: F02128

    Tastefully renovated, this detached, rural holiday property retains many original features including beams and an open fireplace. A large sunny garden with bespoke BBQ dining area and private fishing lake (on the owner’s land nearby) offer relaxation after exploring this pretty region of France. Spend a day at the nearby Chimay brewery or visit the historic Abbey at St. Michel. Venture further afield and visit Reims, the Champagne capital of France, and take the Champagne trail. Parfondeval, voted one of France’s most beautiful villages, is close by or wander the many footpaths and cycle trails around the region.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Single bedroom. Shower room/WC. Stairs with sloping steps to first floor: Three double bedrooms, one with additional single bed, all with sloping ceilings. Beams throughout

    • Wooded garden
    • Heating
    • Open fire
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • Range
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Fenced lake in owners’ grounds, 150m.

    Location: 5km from Hirson (supermarket, bar, restaurants), 7km from Fourmies (restaurants, cinema, glass museum, hypermarket), 29km from Chimay (brewery, museum), 86km from Reims (Champagne cellars, all facilities).

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  • Les Ecuries

    Argoules, Somme

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: F80204

    This detached former stable block of the Château d’Argoules has been offers comfortable holiday accommodation. While modernised, it retains its original features, including beams and an inglenook stone fireplace. Relax around the wood-burning stove in the large double aspect living room, or enjoy a BBQ in the large enclosed grassed courtyard. The property has an extra sitting room for reading and relaxation away from the TV area, with direct access onto a terrace. Sandy beaches are a short drive and Le Touquet offers boutique shopping, restaurants and bars. Plopsaland Fun Park in Depanne, Belgium is 1 hour 20 minutes’ drive, and Dennlys Fun Park 45 minutes’ drive.

    Three steps to entrance. Living room/kitchen. Two steps down to sitting room/formal dining area. Double bedroom. Bathroom. Separate WC. First floor: Three bedrooms: One double, two twin, one with two single day beds. Bathroom, over-bath shower. WC

    • Enclosed grassed courtyard
    • Patio
    • Balcony
    • Heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • W-fi
    • Two t/cots
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 11km from Campagne-lès-Hesdin (shops), 11km from Fort Mahon beach, 100m from Argoules (bar, restaurant).

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