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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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  • 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...

  • Orgeval, near Laon, Picardy
    Orgeval, near Laon, Picardy×

    La Vigne

    Orgeval, near Laon, Picardy

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    Ref: F02131
    Key Features:
    - 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...

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

    Vron, nr. Fort-Mahon

    Vron, nr. Fort-Mahon, 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,...

  • 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...

  • Jaulgonne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, 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, with the caretaker living on-site. Properties FNA035, FNA036 and FNA037 all enjoy individual areas on a shared vine terrace, boasting lovely views across the River Marne and the vineyards, whilst property FNA038 has a separate private patio area away from the shared terrace. The quiet village of Jaulgonne is only a short walk away, along the riverside path, where you can also find a selection of...

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

    Les Clos des Marquis

    Coucy-lès-Eppes,

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    Ref: AF002
    Key Features:
    - 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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  • Courtemont-Varennes,
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    Gite de Courtemont-Varennes

    Courtemont-Varennes,

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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....

  • 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...

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

    Gîte de Le Roy

    La Neuville-Roy,

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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...

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