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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
    Key Features:
    - 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...

  • Drucat, Picardy
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    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...

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

    Les Terrasses de la Plage

    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Somme, Picardy

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    Ref: FJ0091
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Sea View
    This studio apartment is situated directly opposite Cayeux’s shingle beach, with views over the seafront.
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    This studio apartment is situated directly opposite Cayeux’s shingle beach, with views over the seafront. This apartment, situated in a complex of similar apartments, is perfect for a short break and is within close proximity to the town centre, the casino, and the local shops. Whether you want to take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk, try windsurfing or shop your way around the town centre, Cayeux-sur-Mer has something for everyone. The apartment complex features a heated...

  • 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....

  • Ault, Picardy
    Ault, Picardy×

    Ault

    Ault, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR036
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities
    For those who enjoy waking up to the sound of waves and gulls, this well appointed holiday apartment is ideal for a couple or small family
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    For those who enjoy waking up to the sound of waves and gulls, this well appointed holiday apartment is ideal for a couple or small family. Situated on a cliff top, next to a footpath, on the edge of the seaside town of Ault, and with parking available nearby, you can stroll to the beach below or the nearby restaurants. Enjoy an al fresco summer supper on the terrace or visit the nearby fishing town of Le Treport with its casino, seafood restaurants and funicular railway with stunning...

  • 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 - Car parking on site - 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...

  • Suzanne, Somme,
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    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...

  • Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy×
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    Ref: FNA037
    Key Features:
    - 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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  • 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...

  • Fontenay-Torcy, Oise,
    Fontenay-Torcy, Oise, ×

    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...

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