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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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  • Gueschart, nr. Abbeville

    Gueschart, nr. Abbeville

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W13000

    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. The large forest of Crecy is 10km away, ideal for cycling and walking or visit the pretty market town of Hesdin with its colourful Thursday market. The 17th century abbey of Valloire and its famous gardens is 20km away, the national park of Marquenterre with its wetland and wildlife is 30km, as well as the fishing harbour of St. Valery-sur-Somme. The endless sandy beaches of Fort Mahon are 35km away. Shop and restaurant 10km, café/bar 2km, beach 35km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, utility room, shower room with basin, separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin plus single bed.

    Oil central heating, cot, satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome.

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  • Mailly Maillet

    Mailly Maillet

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W14499

    This large and spacious traditional terraced holiday house is full of character and has an enclosed rear garden. It lies in the heart of a small village which is steeped in history from the medieval period to the more recent conflicts of the 20th century. In the woods surrounding the area it is claimed that J.R.R. Tolkien got the inspiration for Lord of the Rings. Amiens is 34km, famous for its 13th century cathedral built by the Knights Templar and housing medieval and baroque ecclesiastical art. The Hortillonages (an ensemble of island flower and vegetable gardens) can also be visited here. Shop on site, café/bars and restaurants 12km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with shower over ½ bath and basin, separate toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, 1 plus single bed.

    Central heating, cot, highchair, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, private enclosed lawned garden, terrace, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome. NB: Uneven garden surface.

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  • Moislains, nr. Peronne, Somme

    Moislains, nr. Peronne, Somme

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W15155

    Set in the grounds of the owner’s working farm this attractively appointed, well-furnished, detached holiday property enjoys use of a garden, garage and decked patio for summer evenings, and offers a great location from which to explore this historic part of France. Visit the excellent museums in the area, particularly that of the Great War at Peronne, or follow the Remembrance Circuit which cuts through this region. In the village there is a bar with a small shop and there are superb cycling and walking routes nearby. Visit Amiens with its beautiful Gothic cathedral or spend a day at Parc Asterix near Paris, just over an hour away by car, with adrenaline rides for the whole family. Shop and restaurant 7km, café/bar 100m.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin. First floor: Separate toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk plus single bed.

    Electric heating, cot (on request), highchair, colour digital TV, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, shared enclosed garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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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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  • Bouzincourt, nr. Albert

    Bouzincourt, nr. Albert

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W15157

    In a village setting, these two semi-detached holiday properties (refs W15157 and W15186) are 50m apart and are situated in an historic region of France and are ideal for exploring the museums and historic sites of this area. Visit Peronne, 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 line during the Battle of the Somme. History enthusiasts should trace the Remembrance Circuit or spend a day at Amiens, with its gothic cathedral. Parc Astérix, with its thrilling rides, can be easily reached by motorway. Shop and restaurant 5km, café/bar 3km.In a village setting, these two semi-detached holiday properties (refs W15157 and W15186) are 50m apart and are situated in an historic region of France and are ideal for exploring the museums and historic sites of this area.

    Visit Peronne, 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 line during the Battle of the Somme.

    History enthusiasts should trace the Remembrance Circuit or spend a day at Amiens, with its gothic cathedral. Parc Astérix, with its thrilling rides, can be easily reached by motorway.

    Shop and restaurant 5km, café/bar 3km.

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

    Gas central heating, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, courtyard, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: 3 steps to entrance. Beams and sloping ceilings in bedrooms.

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  • Fère-en-Tardenois

    Fère-en-Tardenois

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FNA030

    This lovely semi-detached holiday property is located in the delightful countryside of Fère-en-Tardenois, set in large peaceful shared grounds. There is a large lake in front of the property and for the more energetic there is a shared tennis court. Between Soissons with its abbey and cathedral, 36km, and the Champagne region, Fère-en-Tardenois is surrounded by beautiful countryside and dotted with ancient castles. The Oise-Aisne Second World War American Cemetery is close by. Shop and restaurant 1.7km.

    Lounge/diner. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet and basin. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Single sofa bed in lounge.

    Central heating. DVD player. Wi-fi. Shared washing machine. Dishwasher. Microwave. Shared lawned garden. Terrace. Garden furniture. Sorry, no pets. NB: Step into shower. Steps from terrace to garden. Lake in grounds.

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  • Housset, nr. Marle

    Housset, nr. Marle

    Grade
    6
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W14909

    This private wing of the owner’s property enjoys a quiet location with the advantage of a tennis court and a large, shared mature garden to enjoy. Well placed to visit the historic region with its fortified churches, medieval city of Laon and its beautiful cathedral, or the pretty town of Guise with its 1000 year old castle complete with dungeons and tunnels and regional summer festival. Venture further afield to Belgium and visit the famous Chimay brewery. Shop and café/bar 3km, restaurant 8km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen, separate toilet. First floor: Bathroom with basin, separate toilet, 2 kingsize bedrooms, one plus 2 single beds.

    Electric central heating, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, freezer, shared, enclosed lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: 8 steps and covered well in garden. 2 steps in bedroom with 2 single beds. Sloping ceilings on first floor.

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  • Les Jardins du Château

    Puisieux, Aisne

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F02123

    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 ideal for rambling or cycling. To the south are the Champagne vineyards and the medieval town of Laon on its promontory offering panoramic views and a magnificent cathedral.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with woodburner. Separate WC. First floor: One super king size bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom/WC with shower attachment

    • Enclosed lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • Internet access
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Sun loungers
    • NB: Pond in owner’s garden, close to the property (take care with children).

    Location: 6km SE of Guise (all facilities), 30km E of St Quentin (golf, station to Paris), 35km NW of Laon (station to Paris, 27 hole golf), 85km NW of Reims.

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  • Romery, nr. Guise

    Romery, nr. Guise

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W15204

    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). Shop, café/bar and restaurant 4km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. First floor: Games room, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom, sofa bed in games room (for alternative sleeping).

    Electric heating, glass-fronted fire in lounge, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, terrace, balcony, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Sloping ceiling in games room.

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  • Gite Devellenne

    Maulers, Oise

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F60111

    The characterful and impressive semi-detached holiday property is located in a quiet village in the countryside of Picardy, with a local boulangerie just a stroll away to provide you with local breads and delicacies. This untouched corner is the perfect base from which to discover the natural delights that Picardy has to offer. Amiens is easily within driving distance, which should be visited for its interesting architecture. Euro Disney is only 135km away, making it a perfect day trip for the family. The cottage is well furnished and the terrace is ideal for al-fresco dining, which should be enjoyed with a sample of the regional spirit Genievre.

    Ground floor: Living room with open fire/dining room/corner kitchen. Double bedroom. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. First floor: Two double bedrooms. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC

    • Garden and terrace
    • Heating
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • D/washer
    • TV
    • Cot
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 6km to Froissy (shops, local amenities), 11km to Beauvais, 47km to Amiens (historic buildings, shops, restaurants, day trips).

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  • Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W14815

    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, utility room, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower and basin. First floor: Shower room with basin, 2 twin bedrooms (one can be double).

    Electric heaters, satellite TV, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, partially enclosed lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, portable barbecue, off road parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Sloping ceiling in twin bedrooms. There is a small pond in a nearby field, and farm machinery, young children may require supervision.

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  • Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FNR101

    At the heart of the magnificent Baie de Somme, Crotoy combines all the fun of a vibrant, family seaside holiday resort with the authentic charm of its fishing, pleasure harbours and its wooden beach huts. Just 200m from the fine, sandy beach which faces south, and just 2.5km from the main shops, this holiday complex is situated in beautiful landscaped grounds. The property is located on a complex of apartments which all have their own terrace and garden. Enjoy the shared covered, outdoor, heated swimming pool and solarium. Places to visit include Abbeville, 24km, with its magnificent Gothic-style church and twice weekly markets (Thursday and Saturdays) and Gamaches, explore the war memorial, the old railway line and the 13th-century church, just 36km away. Shop and restaurant 2.5km, beach 200m.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Wi-fi, dishwasher, microwave, landscaped garden, terrace, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

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