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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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  • Grandfresnoy

    Grandfresnoy

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: FNI119

    This charming holiday cottage is situated in the beautiful countryside outside Paris. It overlooks a sunny lawned garden and is ideally placed for exploring this lovely region, the picturesque city of Senlis, 19km, with its narrow cobbled streets lined with old houses and shops, and in contrast, are the grand townhouses which now operate as hotels. A little off the main tourist area is Compiègne, 15km, this delightful town is home to the Palace of Compiègne, used by both Louis XVI and Napoleon. Enjoy a day trip to Paris, 62km, and enjoy all the wonders that this romantic capital city has to offer. Shop 1km, restaurant 5km.

    Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, separate toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Gas heating, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: External open-tread stairs to entrance.

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  • Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    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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  • Toeufles, nr. Abbeville

    Toeufles, nr. Abbeville

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    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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  • Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    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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  • Proisy

    Proisy

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: FNA023

    This detached renovated holiday cottage, located in a small village is ideal for nature lovers as the owner has a biodiversity garden which you can visit by appointment. Close to the valley of the River Oise with its fishing, birdwatching and nature activities, this is an ideal location to explore the area. From fortified churches, the 1000 year old castle at Guise, or the deer park at Étréaupont, there is lots to do in the region. Canoes can be hired nearby and trekking can be organised for rides through the beautiful forests of the region. Shop and restaurant 8km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner. First floor: Shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Oil heater, fire in lounge, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, terrace, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steps to lounge from kitchen. Turning stairs to first floor. Beams and sloping ceilings in twin bedroom. River nearby.

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  • Suzanne

    Suzanne

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W14444

    This detached, 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 (accessed by steps). 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, Peronne or Albert with their variety of shops, restaurants and WWl history. The region is popular with historians, walkers and cyclists. Shop 3km, cafe/bar and restaurant 200m.

    All on ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, bathroom with basin, separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Oil central heating, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels), washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, terrace, balcony, garden furniture, barbecue, garage for 1 car, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking. NB. Steps to garden.

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  • La Ferme D’Annie

    Fontenay-Torcy, Oise

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: F60108

    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 (just 30km away). A swimming pool and tennis facilities can be found within 10km of the property.

    All on ground floor: Living room with open fire. Dining room. Kitchen. Two double bedrooms. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC

    • Enclosed garden and courtyard
    • Electric heaters
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • D/washer
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 8km to shop, supermarket and bar.

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  • Le Gîte de Celestine

    Lacroix-Saint-Ouen, nr. Compiègne, Oise

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: F60118

    Located on the edge of the beautiful Forêt de Compiègne, close to the historic city of Compiègne, this semi-detached holiday property is ideal for walking, horse riding and cycling, guests can even bring their own horses as there are two stable boxes available (extra charge). Visit the Château de Compiègne, a former royal residence, explore the Forêt de Compiègne, famous for its picturesque natural attractions, or visit the Armistice museum and memorial. Paris is easily reached by car or train to enjoy its sights, or spend a day at the magnificent castle of Pierrefonds, built in 1393 and the location for the Merlin TV series.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: Sitting room with double sofa bed. Kingsize bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. Beams and sloping ceilings in most rooms

    • Enclosed lawned garden
    • Patio
    • Balcony
    • Heating
    • Pellet-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • CD/stereo
    • Internet access
    • Table tennis
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking
    • NB: River 200m.

    Location: 8km from Compiègne (all facilities, swimming, golf, château), 17km from Pierrefonds (castle, lake, restaurants, forest), 25km from Senlis (medieval town, all facilities), 35km from Parc Astérix (amusement park), 70km from Paris (all facilities).

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  • Coucy-les-Eppes

    Coucy-les-Eppes

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W14512

    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 is 26km, and this area is very popular for outdoor sports. Shop and café/bar 500m, beach 26km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with basin, separate toilet. First floor: Separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double with shower cubicle and basin, 1 twin.

    Oil central heating, woodburner in kitchen, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, shared enclosed garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: 2 steps to entrance.

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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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  • Romery

    Romery

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: FNA029

    This cosy brick built holiday property is located down a quiet lane in the town of Romery. It has an attractive open plan living area with a large open fire leading through to a compact kitchen. There are two bedrooms both of which share a shower room which also houses a useful washing machine. There is a good sized garden with garden furniture and a barbecue, ideal for enjoying a meal into the late evening. Romery is situated in the Aisne region where there are a number of popular attractions to visit. Saint-Quentin, 31km, is known for its rich art and history. The central square is dominated by the gothic style town hall which is adorned with hundreds of statues. Parfondeval, 36km, is a very attractive village set in gentle rolling countryside. The 16th century church is unusual looking with its defensive towers either side providing a safe haven for villagers seeking refuge from bandits in days gone by! Shop and restaurant 8km.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin plus single bed.

    Electric heating, open fire in lounge, cot, highchair, satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue. Private parking. Up to 2 pets welcome. NB: Sloping ceilings in some rooms. Turning stairs to first floor.

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  • Logis Bleu

    Senantes, Oise

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: F60110

    This traditional detached holiday cottage, located in the tranquil village of Senantes offers a glimpse of the local lifestyle and culture in Picardy. The authentic Picardian fireplace and exposed beams are particular highlights of this renovated cottage. The local countryside can be explored either by foot or bike. A trip should be made to Beauvais, less than 25km away, to admire the city’s gothic architecture – particularly the stunning Cathédrale Saint-Pierre. Fishing, swimming and horse riding facilities can all be found within 10km.

    Ground floor: Living room with open fire. Kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. Open-tread, turning stairs to first floor: Double bedroom. Single bedroom (no door). Separate WC. Beams throughout

    • Enclosed garden
    • Enclosed terrace
    • Electric heating
    • Open fire
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • TV
    • Video
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: Shop 300m, 25km from Beauvais.

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