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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, Picardy
    Jonquières, 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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    Les Jonquilles - Gite La Ferme
    6
    3
    3
  • Fontenay-Torcy, Picardy
    Fontenay-Torcy, Picardy×
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    Ref: AF071
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    This cosy cottage has its own enclosed garden to relax in after spending a day exploring some of the pretty villages in the area.
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    Les Gites de Torcy - Le Gite de Torcy 2
    7
    4
    4
  • Mailly-Maillet, Picardy
    Mailly-Maillet, Picardy×

    Maison Picardy

    Mailly-Maillet, Picardy

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    Ref: AF078
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    This large property is set in the heart of a historic village, where the surrounding woods are said to have been the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
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  • Romery, Picardy
    Romery, Picardy×

    Romery

    Romery, Picardy

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    Ref: FNA029
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    A detached holiday property with a cosy open fire situated in the Aisne region, boasting over 2,000km of hiking trails.
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  • Aubenton, Picardy
    Aubenton, Picardy×

    Gîte d’Aubenton

    Aubenton, Picardy

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    Ref: AF006
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This is a great location in north east Aisne region of France, close to the border with Belgium. Enjoy exploring or simply relaxing.
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  • Chantilly, Picardy
    Chantilly, Picardy×

    La Baronnaise

    Chantilly, Picardy

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    Ref: AF066
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    A detached property with a delightful garden located in the heart of a picturesque village just 1 hour from Paris.
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  • Jaulgonne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardy×
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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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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 1
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 3
    4
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 4
    5
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  • Gueschart, nr. Abbeville, Picardy
    Gueschart, nr. Abbeville, Picardy×

    Gueschart, nr. Abbeville

    Gueschart, nr. Abbeville, Picardy

    5
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    Ref: W13000
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    This pretty detached single-storey holiday cottage is located in a small village in the middle of the countryside - perfect for those wanting to explore the splendid scenery by foot or by bicycle
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  • Jaulgonne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardy×
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    Ref: FNA038
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    A great touring base for families or couples. For a lazy day, why not try fishing in the river opposite.
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 1
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 2
    5
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 3
    4
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    2
  • Bouzincourt, Picardy
    Bouzincourt, Picardy×

    Au Coeur du Village - St Honoré

    Bouzincourt, Picardy

    5
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    Ref: AF082
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Ideal family cottage part of a converted farm outbuilding, within easy distance of the Somme WWI memorials and the Remembrance Trail.
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    Au Coeur du Village - Des Pistons
    3
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  • Cappy, Picardy
    Cappy, Picardy×

    Cour Suzanne

    Cappy, Picardy

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    Ref: AF100
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Enjoying a village setting alongside the banks of the Somme Canal, this semi-detached barn conversion provides an idyllic retreat.
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  • St-Léger-lès-Authie, Picardy
    St-Léger-lès-Authie, Picardy×

    Gite de St-Léger-lès-Authie

    St-Léger-lès-Authie, Picardy

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    Ref: AF077
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    In a quiet village, this pretty semi-detached spacious property set in the grounds of the owner’s garden is perfect for exploring the Somme
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