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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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  • La Vigne

    Orgeval, nr. Laon, Aisne

    Grade
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    Ref: F02131

    This detached holiday property, next to the owner’s home, stands in a quiet village in southern Picardy, between Reims and Laon, and is easily reached from Calais. Nearby is Ailette lake, with its beach, sailing and golf facilities. Visit the fortified city of Laon with its cathedral and panoramic views, or spend time at the Chemin des Dames, with its history of the First World War. Center Parcs is nearby and day passes can be arranged via the Ainse Tourist Board (subject to availability). The champagne capital of France, Reims, is easily reached by motorway, as is Paris for a day sightseeing.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. Steep open-tread stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower and double basin. Beams and sloping ceilings throughout

    • Shared lawned garden with 4 steps
    • Terrace
    • Electric heating
    • Glass-fronted fire
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: Orgeval (village, passing baker), 5km from Bruyères (basic shop), 7km N of Lac d’Ailette (Center Parcs, sailing, golf), 12km SE of Laon (medieval town, all facilities, swimming pool), 15km N of Chemin des Dames (1st WW memorials), 60km N of Reims (champagne vineyards, cathedral), 150km NE of Paris.

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  • Roisel

    Roisel

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: FNR034

    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 of Remembrance. You can also easily take a trip to Paris and spend a day at at Disneyland or Parc Asterix. Shop and restaurant 5km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 twin bedroom.

    Electric heating, satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, shared garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Turning stairs to first floor. Sloping ceilings on first floor.

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  • Drucat

    Drucat

    Grade
    3
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    Ref: FNR038

    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 of Marquenterre, go seal spotting off the coast, cycle the picturesque lanes or enjoy a round of golf. The walled city of Montreuil-sur-Mer with summer events makes a good day out. Enjoy the steam train that runs around the bay.
    Fishing lake 4km, shop 6km, restaurant 1km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin. First floor: 1 double bedroom plus single bed.

    Woodburner in lounge, central heating, cot, highchair, satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, shared garden, shared garden furniture, barbecue, parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Step to entrance. Step to lounge. Sloping ceilings in bedroom. The owner has free range chickens in the garden.

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  • Passel

    Passel

    Grade
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    Ref: FNI027

    This well-appointed, semi-detached holiday property in the grounds of the owner’s home, is ideally located to explore this pretty region of France. Pierrefonds Castle is a short drive away, as is Compiegne and Senlis, both medieval royal cities, with their cobbled streets, museums and varied history. Visit nearby Noyon with its Gothic cathedral, pretty brick houses and weekly market or venture to Chantilly with its horse museum, beautiful château and gardens. Nature lovers will enjoy wandering through the forest paths or take the train to the lights of Paris. Nearby, Parc Astérix (open April to November) offers adrenaline rides for all ages. Shop and restaurant 3km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 1 single bedroom (for child), mezzanine with double bed.

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, shared grounds, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steep, open-tread stairs to first floor. Access to single bed through mezzanine. Sloping ceilings throughout first floor. Shower room accessed via single bedroom.

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  • Au Pont Tournant

    Vadencourt, nr. Guise, Aisne

    Grade
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    2
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    Ref: F02130

    Enjoy the peace and quiet at this detached lockkeeper’s house, once a turning bridge on the canal. It makes an ideal base for a fishing holiday (permit available locally) alongside the banks of the Canal-de-la-Sambre-à-l’Oise. A superb location for cycling with quiet roads and pretty villages. Guise is close by with its castle, dungeons, underground passages, weekly market and good selection of shops, cafés and restaurants. Visit St. Quentin with its amazing basillica or the fortified city of Laon with its cathedral and cobbled streets and magnificent views over the countryside.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Kingsize bedroom leading to single bedroom with sloping ceilings and beams. 3 steps down to bathroom with over-bath shower, sloping ceiling

    • Garden
    • Unfenced canal frontage (take care with children)
    • Terrace
    • Electric heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • No smoking.

    Location: 7km from Guise (market town with shops, museum, restaurants), 15km from Nouvion (watersports centre, swimming pool, health centre), 26km from St. Quentin (basilique, shops, restaurants, bars), 45km from Laon, 60km from Centre Parcs.

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  • Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: W14814

    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, shower room with basin, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom. First floor: 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower and basin (no toilet).

    Electric heaters, cot on request, satellite TV (mainly French channels), wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, partially enclosed lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: There is a small pond in a nearby field, and farm machinery, young children may require supervision.

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  • La Musse du Capucin

    Brunehamel, Aisne

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: F02118

    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 its medieval castle. The hilltop city of Laon has restaurants, shops, a cathedral and panoramic views.

    Hallway. Living room. Fitted kitchen with dining area and glass-fronted fireplace. WC. Closed terrace with summer kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with shower attachment. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with shower attachment

    • Three steps to enclosed courtyard
    • Incoming telephone
    • Electric heating (payable locally)
    • Glass-fronted fireplace
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Cot
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: Brunehamel (basic shop, bar, restaurant), 10km NE of Rozoy sur Serre (supermarket), 23km SE of Hirson (all facilities), 50km NE of Laon (medieval town, pool), 59km from Center Parcs Aisne, 180km NE of Disneyland.

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  • Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy

    Grade
    4
    1
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    1
    Ref: FNR100

    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 years are organised at no extra charge for 5 half-days a week. The complex provides a covered, heated swimming pool and solarium. Shop and restaurant 2.5km, beach 200m.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 twin bedroom, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Dishwasher, microwave, terrace, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Sloping ceiling in bedroom.

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  • Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers

    Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W15095

    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 (13m x 6.7m, depth 0.1-2m) with its doors to the sun terrace makes a good place to relax and play, or smaller children will enjoy the on-site games area. Spend a day at the Baie de la Somme with its steam railway, cycling routes and bird sanctuary. St. Valéry and Le Crotoy are not far, nor is Amiens with its Gothic cathedral and floating market gardens which you can discover by boat. Take a trip to Arras or nearby Montreuil-sur-Mer, with pretty squares and weekly markets or venture further south to Le Tréport where you can climb the cliffs on the funicular railway and enjoy the panoramic views.

    Shops 5km, café/bar on site, restaurant 3km, beach 25km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower over bath and basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 double bedroom, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi (in clubhouse), shared laundry facilities, dishwasher, microwave, shared grounds, terrace, outdoor furniture, ample off road parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Sloping ceiling in lounge, sloping terraces in grounds.

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  • Le Boisle

    Le Boisle

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: FNR039

    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 la Somme and visit St Valerie with its medieval history, or enjoy the steam train that runs around the bay. Nature lovers can enjoy discovering the bird sanctuary of Marquenterre or go seal spotting off the coast. Or why not cycle the picturesque lanes or enjoy a round of golf. The walled city of Montreuil-sur-Mer with summer events makes a good day trip, or visit Saint-Omer with its canals and cobbled squares. Explore Arras with its superb Wednesday market, WW1 history including tunnels under the city and a beautiful belfrey with stunning views across the countryside. Shop 50m, restaurant 500m and beach 40km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with bath, shower attachment, toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, 2 satellite TVs, 2 DVD players, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, fridge, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Sloping ceilings in bedrooms. Steps and drops to garden.

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  • Courtemont-Varennes

    Courtemont-Varennes

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W14440

    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 Epernay (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. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 9.5km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with toilet and basin. First floor: 2 double bedrooms.

    Electric heating, open fire in lounge, telephone (incoming only), colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, freezer, shared lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, BBQ, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Step to entrance. Turning staircase to first floor. Water feature 20m from property.

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  • Toeufles, nr. Abbeville

    Toeufles, nr. Abbeville

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: W12977

    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 the medieval castle at Rambures or Amiens’ Gothic cathedral. The sandy beaches and resorts of the Côte d’Opale are closeby or explore the countryside on foot or cycle. Fishing with permit is available nearby. Shop and café/bar 3km, restaurant 5km, beach 12km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Oil central heating (not available Jul/Aug), cot, highchair, colour TV, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, ample off road parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: 2 steps to entrance.

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