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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, Aisne, Picardy
    Orgeval, near Laon, Aisne, Picardy×

    La Vigne

    Orgeval, near Laon, Aisne, 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...

  • Bouzincourt, Somme,
    Bouzincourt, Somme, ×
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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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  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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,...

  • Fontenay-Torcy, Oise,
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    La Ferme d’Annie

    Fontenay-Torcy, Oise,

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    Ref: AF061
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire
    Set in the heart of Picardy within easy reach of Rouen and Beauvais with easy access by rail to Paris.
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    This traditional detached country bungalow, situated less than 10km from Gerberoy, officially one of France’s prettiest villages, is the perfect location from which to discover the countryside of Picardy. Ideal for those who love the outdoors, there is a wood nearby and the owner can even organise stables for guests who prefer to see the region on horseback. Being just 110km from Paris, visitors may wish to make a day trip to the capital either by car or by train from Beauvais...

  • La Neuville-Roy, Oise,
    La Neuville-Roy, Oise, ×

    Gîte de Le Roy

    La Neuville-Roy, Oise,

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    Ref: AF069
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Within a truly authentic and rural French setting just 5 minutes walk from the quiet village centre and within easy driving distance of Paris and Disneyland.
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    This comfortable semi-detached holiday accommodation, with a private enclosed garden, is set next to the owner’s property in a quiet village. It boasts beams throughout, an open fire and a living room that opens onto the terrace for summer dining. Visit the imperial town of Compiègne with its varied history, restaurants and shops, or spend a day at the Château of Chantilly. Paris is easily reached on the train or the family amusement park of Parc Astérix is...

  • Le Crotoy, Picardy
    Le Crotoy, Picardy×

    Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR100
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Part of a complex, this lovely apartment is just 200 metres from the beach and enjoys a heated swimming pool.
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    At the heart of the magnificent Baie de Somme, Crotoy combines all the fun of a vibrant, family seaside resort with the authentic charm of its fishing and pleasure harbours and its wooden beach huts. Just 200m from the fine, sandy beach which faces due south, and just 2.5km from the main shops, this holiday complex is situated amid landscaped grounds. The 56 apartments are located in maisonettes with a terrace and garden. In July and August, activities for children aged between 4 and 11...

  • Vron, nr. Fort-Mahon, Somme, Picardy
    Vron, nr. Fort-Mahon, Somme, Picardy×

    Vron, nr. Fort-Mahon

    Vron, nr. Fort-Mahon, Somme, Picardy

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    Ref: W11151
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This typical single storey detached Picardy house, set in a small village, offers holiday accommodation for families who want to discover this delightful area
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    This typical single storey detached Picardy house, set in a small village, offers holiday accommodation for families who want to discover this delightful area. Walking, cycling, horse riding and sailing are all available and the vast sandy beaches, between the Baie de Somme and Le Touquet are only 10 miles (16km) away. The chic resort of Le Touquet is full of all kinds of activities including sand yachting or golf on one of the many courses in the area. The forest of Crécy,...

  • Cayeux-sur-Mer, Somme, Picardy
    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Somme, Picardy×

    Vue de la Mer

    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Somme, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR040
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View
    Cayeux-sur-Mer’s pebble beach is just 50m away from this fisherman’s cottage, or visit historic Saint-Valery-sur-Somme which is a short drive.
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    Just 50m from the vast pebble beach at Cayeux-sur-Mer, this renovated fisherman’s cottage, with off road parking and a small courtyard, makes an ideal place for a seaside holiday. Stroll along the boardwalk and take in the sea air, make sandcastles at low tide or enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants in the town. Nearby is historic Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, with its steam train running around Somme Bay. Spend a day at the renowned bird sanctuary or enjoy the cliff-top views from...

  • 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...

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