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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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  • Bouzincourt, Somme,
    Bouzincourt, Somme, ×
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    Ref: AF081
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    - 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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  • Brunehamel, Aisne,
    Brunehamel, Aisne, ×

    Gîte de Brunehamel

    Brunehamel, Aisne,

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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...

  • Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy×
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    Ref: FNA037
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    - 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. They enjoy a private terrace on a shared vine covered terrace, boasting lovely views across the River Marne and the vineyards. The quiet village of Jaulgonne is only a short walk away, along the riverside path, where you can also find a selection of small shops. The properties offer large, comfortable bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen and spacious living room with a cosy wood burner for those...

    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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  • Suzanne, Somme,
    Suzanne, Somme, ×

    Les Primevères

    Suzanne, Somme,

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    Ref: AF076
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    In a quiet location by the village green, this family holiday home is set on a quiet country road, within walking distance of a restaurant.
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    This family holiday home is set on a quiet country road, yet is easily reached from the motorway, and is situated by the village green in a quiet location. Relax on the terrace or the enclosed garden. In the village there is a restaurant, tennis and boules courts, or you can walk along the banks of the Somme canal, just 3km away. Visit the pretty town of Bray-sur-Somme, or Doullens, Péronne or Albert with their variety of shops, restaurants and WWl history. The region is popular...

  • Coucy-lès-Eppes, Aisne,
    Coucy-lès-Eppes, Aisne, ×

    Les Clos des Marquis

    Coucy-lès-Eppes, Aisne,

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    Ref: AF002
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    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Situated next to the owner’s property, this traditional semi-detached cottage is close to sandy beaches and Centre Parcs.
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    Situated next to the owner’s property, this traditional semi-detached cottage has a large garden. The discreet owners keep pigeons, chickens, cockerels and ducks, and in the village is a boulangerie for fresh bread. Center Parcs is just 17km away (day passes subject to availability). Visit Reims, where you can taste and buy champagne. A sandy beach, playground and watersports centre are 26km, and this area is very popular for outdoor sports.

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  • Le Boisle, Picardy
    Le Boisle, Picardy×

    Le Boisle

    Le Boisle, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR039
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This lovely cottage, set behind a village church, is in a fantastic location for exploring the Pas-de-Calais and Somme regions.
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    Set behind the village church, this cosy cottage offers a woodburner for chillier evenings and a lawned garden and patio area to relax on. It is well located to explore both the Pas-de-Calais and the Somme regions and it has a well equipped kitchen and comfortable lounge with French doors to the garden. Situated close to the city of Abbeville with its magnificent Gothic cathedral, you can enjoy the summer festival of ’Son et Lumieres’ or spend a day in the beautiful Baie de...

  • Courtemont-Varennes, Aisne,
    Courtemont-Varennes, Aisne, ×

    Gite de Courtemont-Varennes

    Courtemont-Varennes, Aisne,

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    Ref: AF001
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This detached holiday home provides idyllic accommodation for families and couples alike who are looking for peace and quiet in a delightful location.
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    On the famous Champagne Route, this detached holiday property, set in the English-speaking, cat-loving owner’s vast enclosed garden, has an open fire and traditionally decorated bedrooms. Enjoy the garden with its water feature and passing wildlife, or walk along the river bank, 5 minutes away. Visit Épernay (33km), or Center Parcs (91km, day passes subject to availability). Paris, Eurodisney and the Val-de-Marne with its retail outlet centre are just 75km away....

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

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy

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    Ref: W14814
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    - 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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  • Mézy-Moulins, Aisne, Picardy
    Mézy-Moulins, Aisne, Picardy×

    Gîte de Marie-Rose

    Mézy-Moulins, Aisne, 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...

  • Toeufles, nr. Abbeville, Picardy
    Toeufles, nr. Abbeville, Picardy×

    Toeufles, nr. Abbeville

    Toeufles, nr. Abbeville, Picardy

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    Ref: W12977
    Key Features:
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    Situated on the ground floor of this large detached property, the accommodation offers a large lounge with French doors opening onto the garden, ideal for summer relaxing, and a barn with table tennis and table football
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    Situated on the ground floor of this large detached property, the accommodation offers a large lounge with French doors opening onto the garden, ideal for summer relaxing, and a barn with table tennis and table football. It is within easy reach of St-Valerie-sur-Somme with its steam train, seafood restaurants and medieval history. If you are lucky, catch a glimpse of the resident seal colony in the Baie or for a fun summer’s day out visit the amusement park at Bagatelle, or...

  • Proisy, Picardy
    Proisy, Picardy×

    Proisy

    Proisy, Picardy

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    Ref: FNA023
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This detached renovated holiday cottage, located in a small village is ideal for nature lovers as the owner has a biodiversity garden which you can visit by appointment
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    This detached renovated holiday cottage, located in a small village is ideal for nature lovers as the owner has a biodiversity garden which you can visit by appointment. Close to the valley of the River Oise with its fishing, birdwatching and nature activities, this is an ideal location to explore the area. From fortified churches, the 1000 year old castle at Guise, or the deer park at Étréaupont, there is lots to do in the region. Canoes can be hired nearby and trekking can...

  • 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...

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