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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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  • Jonquières, Oise, Picardy
    Jonquières, Oise, Picardy×

    Les Jonquilles - Gite L’étable

    Jonquières, Oise, Picardy

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    Ref: AF131
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This pretty cottage is within easy reach of the historical sites of Compiègne palace and Noyon cathedral.
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    These former farmhouses have been beautifully renovated to create stylish, contemporary holiday accommodation. They both enjoy their own outdoor space offering an idyllic setting to dine al fresco. Gite L’étable (AF131) enjoys a picturesque tree-lined terrace, whilst Gite La Ferme (AF132) has a larger terrace with lawned area and a hot tub!
    Set within the peaceful village of Jonquières, they are within easy reach of many historical and cultural attractions. Some...

    Les Jonquilles - Gite La Ferme
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  • Montigny-l’Allier, Aisne , Picardy
    Montigny-l’Allier, Aisne , Picardy×

    Chez Feréol

    Montigny-l’Allier, Aisne , Picardy

    5
    3
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    Ref: AF011
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Enjoy a family holiday at this traditional cottage, which boasts a wood burner and delightful garden, perfect for al fresco dining in the summer.
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    These two traditionally furnished, semi-detached properties (refs AF011 and AF012) are situated in rural France and have a real rustic feel both inside and out. Both enjoy large gardens and offer a barbecue, perfect for al fresco dining in the summer months. Take a lovely walk through the countryside right from the front door. The historic village of Crouy-sur-Ourcq is just 4km away, with museums and hiking trails, or enjoy a quiet stroll along the canal.

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  • Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy×
    5
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    Ref: FNA038
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    A great touring base for families or couples. For a lazy day, why not try fishing in the river opposite.
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    This former 19th-century inn has been renovated and converted into four holiday properties. Properties FNA035, FNA036 and FNA037 all enjoy a private terrace on a shared vine covered terrace, boasting lovely views across the River Marne and the vineyards, whilst property FNA038 has a separate private patio area away from the shared covered terrace. 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....

    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 3
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  • Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy×
    5
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    Ref: FNA036
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Small families will enjoy a stay in this holiday property which is within easy reach of Disneyland Paris.
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    This former 19th-century inn has been renovated and converted into four holiday properties. Properties FNA035, FNA036 and FNA037 all enjoy a private terrace on a shared vine covered terrace, boasting lovely views across the River Marne and the vineyards, whilst property FNA038 has a separate private patio area away from the shared covered terrace. 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....

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 1
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 3
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 4
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  • Puisieux, Aisne, Picardy
    Puisieux, Aisne, Picardy×

    Les Jardins du Château

    Puisieux, Aisne, Picardy

    6
    3
    1
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    Ref: F02123
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This comfortable semi-detached property forms part of a former stable and is situated in the grounds of a château
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    This comfortable semi-detached property forms part of a former stable and is situated in the grounds of a château. With a private entrance and garden to the rear it has been tastefully renovated offering a large living room and a well equipped separate kitchen leading to a sunny terrace ideal to enjoy outdoor dining. The surroundings are dominated by bocage landscape and the medieval churches are worth a visit. To the north is the Belgium border and Ardennes area with many forests...

  • Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Aisne,
    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Aisne, ×

    Les Gites Bourguignons - Le Gite Bourguignon 2

    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Aisne,

    6
    3
    1
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    Ref: AF010
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Located to the north east of Paris and only 6km from Laon, this holiday home complete with shared swimming pool is ideal for exploring the Aisne region.
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    Situated in the French countryside, these semi-detached properties (refs AF009 and AF010) can be found within the owner’s 2¼-acre grounds. The large garden boasts a lovely shared swimming pool so that you can take a dip in the warm summer months. Or why not explore the surrounding forests? Alternatively, these properties are situated only 6km away from Laon with its impressive cathedral, original defensive walls and museum of art and archaeology.

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    Les Gites Bourguignons - Le Gite Bourguignon 1
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  • Bony, Aisne,
    Bony, Aisne, ×
    6
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    1
    Ref: AF004
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire
    This spacious, detached property is situated on a farmstead with its own private, enclosed garden, and access to a shared pool nearby.
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    Located close to the owner’s farmhouse, these timber-framed detached properties (refs AF004 and AF008) offer countless facilities for you and all the family to enjoy. They have been thoughtfully furnished throughout, and enjoy their own private, enclosed garden.
    Enjoy all of the relaxing shared facilities at this complex, including the sauna, hot tub and Turkish bath (from March to November). Alternatively, you can practice your serve on the communal tennis court, or enjoy a...

    La Ferme du Vieux Puits - Gite Rural 1
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  • Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy
    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy×

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy

    6
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    Ref: W13218
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Set on a rural working farm yet within easy reach of many attractions, this charming property is the ideal holiday base.
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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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  • Jonquières, Oise, Picardy
    Jonquières, Oise, Picardy×

    Les Jonquilles - Gite La Ferme

    Jonquières, Oise, Picardy

    6
    3
    2
    0
    Ref: AF132
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Within an hour’s drive of Paris, enjoy the sights and sounds of this romantic city then retreat to the peace and quiet of the countryside.
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    These former farmhouses have been beautifully renovated to create stylish, contemporary holiday accommodation. They both enjoy their own outdoor space offering an idyllic setting to dine al fresco. Gite L’étable (AF131) enjoys a picturesque tree-lined terrace, whilst Gite La Ferme (AF132) has a larger terrace with lawned area and a hot tub!
    Set within the peaceful village of Jonquières, they are within easy reach of many historical and cultural attractions. Some...

    Les Jonquilles - Gite L’étable
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    3
    3
  • Frise, Somme, Picardy
    Frise, Somme, Picardy×

    Cottage du Canal

    Frise, Somme, Picardy

    6
    3
    3
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    Ref: FNR041
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    Enjoy a family holiday at this lovely property which is an ideal base for touring the area, then return to relax in the grounds.
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    This lovely three bedroom cottage is set on the banks of the Somme Canal where you can fish (permit required), or watch the canal boats go past. Outside, the cottage enjoys a large well planted private garden, with petanque court, whilst indoors there are spacious bedrooms, each with its own en-suite shower room. There is also a well-equipped kitchen/dining room, and a separate living room with a small sunny terrace overlooking the communal river bank. This famous area of France is steeped...

  • Romery, nr. Guise, Picardy
    Romery, nr. Guise, Picardy×

    Romery, nr. Guise

    Romery, nr. Guise, Picardy

    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W15204
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Set in the pretty valley of the River l’Oise, and a few kilometres from the historic town of Guise, with its 1000-year-old castle, summer festivals and restaurants, this detached holiday property enjoys lovely views towards the river
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    Set in the pretty valley of the River l’Oise, and a few kilometres from the historic town of Guise, with its 1000-year-old castle, summer festivals and restaurants, this detached holiday property enjoys lovely views towards the river. The property also features a games room with billiard table and board games. Visit St. Quentin, with its imposing basilica, or Belgium to visit the Chimay brewery. The area is ideal for walking, cycling and fishing in the river (permit required). ...

  • Martincourt, Oise, Picardy
    Martincourt, Oise, Picardy×

    Gite Vereecke

    Martincourt, Oise, Picardy

    6
    3
    2
    0
    Ref: AF068
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    This detached farmhouse is located in a tranquil area in northern France and boasts a lovely large garden.
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    Set in a peaceful village in the Thérain Valley is this picture-perfect traditional farmhouse. Standing detached, with attractive blue shuttered windows, surrounded by its tranquil enclosed flower garden, this is an ideal location for families. The delightful garden is dotted with pretty furniture, including a covered picnic area. There is even a barn area with a football table and table tennis so the whole family can really make the most of this peaceful location.

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