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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Alexandrine

    Archon-Rozoy, Aisne

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F02106

    This beautifully converted semi-detached cottage is set in a traditional farming hamlet in rolling countryside. There is a large grassy area to the rear with barbecue and extensive grounds with pond. The hamlet boasts an impressive fortified Thiérache church. 58km away is a watersports centre with its own sandy beach. To the south is Champagne country with vineyards and the city of Reims as well as the medieval town of Laon and the battlefield memorials of WWI. Also visit the magnificent forest of Ardennes.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Three bedrooms: Two double, one twin (can be double). Bathroom with shower attachment and double basin (no WC). Separate WC

    • Garden with pond (take care with children)
    • Terrace
    • Telephone
    • Electric heating
    • Open fire (wood)
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • Stereo
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 4km N of Rozoy sur Serre (basic shops, supermarket, market, café), 11km NE of Montcornet (all facilities, restaurants), 45km NE of Laon, 58km N of Monampteuil (sandy beach, playground), 65km from Center Parcs Aisne (day passes subject to availability), 190km NE of Disneyland. 200km from Paris.

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  • Bony

    St. Quentin, Aisne

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F02114

    This spacious, detached property is situated on a farmstead with its own private, enclosed garden and hot tub, and there is direct access to a shared tennis court, as well as shared use of a pool by the owner’s house nearby. Nearby the owner has an auberge offering home-made meals. The countryside is perfect for walking and cycling, and within a short drive is St Quentin with its shops and summer festival, and the fortified town of Laon with a choice of restaurants and beautiful countryside views. To the north the forest of Andigny.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen area. Two double bedrooms, one twin. Bathroom (no WC). WC

    • Large enclosed garden with pond (take care with children)
    • Terrace
    • Covered outdoor area
    • Shared heated swimming pool (depth 1.2m)
    • Telephone
    • Electric heating
    • Glass fronted fireplace (wood)
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Hot tub
    • Shared sauna
    • Shared tennis court
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers.

    Location: 100m from Bony village (owner’s auberge), 2km Le Catelet (basic shops), 17km au nord du St Quentin, 65km N of Laon (cathedral), 80km from Center Parcs Aisne (day passes subject to availability), 200km NE of Paris and Disneyland.

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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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  • Gisors

    Gisors

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W14883

    This semi-detached holiday property, set within former farm buildings, has a garden with mature fruit trees and a gravel courtyard. It is situated on the edge of the medieval town of Gisors, in an area rich in history. Despite being situated in the peace and quiet of the countryside, the property is only 1 hour’s drive from Paris. Rouen and Beauvais are both within easy driving distance too as is Monet’s Garden at Giverny. Golfers can play a round in nearby Chaumont. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. Utility room with separate toilet. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin plus 2 single beds.

    Electric heating. Cot. Highchair. DVD player. Wi-fi. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge. Freezer. Microwave. Enclosed garden. Garden furniture. Carport parking for 2 cars. Off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Garden access via carport, 5 steps.

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  • Wiège-Faty

    Wiège-Faty

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: FNA026

    This former rectory has been converted into a delightful holiday cottage in a tranquil village location. The Véloroute greenway is close by with its many hiking trails, and the River Oise is perfect for canoeing, kayaking or fishing. The Aisne region has a rich cultural heritage and is famous for its gothic architecture, while outdoor enthusiasts will love the many gardens and parks throughout the region. A visit to the Somme battlefields and memorials makes a poignant trip, but are well worth visiting. Shop and restaurant 8.5km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with bath and basin (no toilet), shower room with basin (no toilet), 2 separate toilets, 4 bedrooms: 3 double, 1 single.

    Open fire in lounge, satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue. Up to 2 pets welcome. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor. Uneven surface and slopes in garden.

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  • Bouzincourt, nr. Albert

    Bouzincourt, nr. Albert

    Grade
    7
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W15186

    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 toilet and basin. First floor: Separate toilet with basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize plus single bed, 1 double bedroom, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Oil heating, colour satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking. NB: Beams and sloping ceilings throughout first floor.

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  • St. Léger-lès-Authie

    St. Léger-lès-Authie

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: W14456

    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. Visit Arras and climb to the top of the belltower for spectacular views. It is ideal for those who enjoy walking or cycling in the pretty lanes and countryside nearby, or visit the sandy beaches of the Côte d’Opale, an easy drive away. Shop 6.5km, café/bar and restaurant 1.5km.

    External utility room (accessed via courtyard). Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 twin. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Oil central heating, glass-fronted fire in lounge, colour TV (French channels only), wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, shared terrace, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Four steps to entrance and one to courtyard area. Open-tread stairs to first floor. Sloping ceilings in first floor bedroom.

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  • Romescamps, nr. Amiens

    Romescamps, nr. Amiens

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W10530

    Set in a rural village, this 300 year old cottage has exposed beams, a large garden and courtyard, pretty with roses and honeysuckle in early summer. Ideally placed to visit the Somme battlefields, Amien’s Gothic cathedral with its ’Sons et Lumières’ shows in the summer, canal restaurants and shopping. Or spend a day at the beach of Le Tréport with its funicular railway and clifftop views, or visit Saint-Valery-sur-Somme and take a steam train ride around the Baie. Visit Neufchâtel-en-Bray to sample one of the oldest produced cheeses in France, or for a family fun day out, Parc Astérix is just 1.5 hours away by car. Shop and café/bar 4km, restaurant 6km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with shower over bath, bidet, toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. First floor: Mezzanine games area with pool table and table football leading to 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower, toilet and basin.

    Electric heating, highchair, satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, iPod dock, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, courtyard, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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  • Roisel

    Roisel

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: FNR035

    This spacious holiday accommodation is located on the grounds of a working farm with 4 other holiday properties, one of which being property reference FNR034. It is very comfortable and well equipped and the accommodation consists of 4 bedrooms for 8 people to relax in a pleasant rural setting. Families or groups of friends will find it the ideal place 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 of Remembrance. You can also take the TGV for a trip to Paris and enjoy its many famous sights and attractions or take the children for an unforgettable day at Disneyland or Parc Asterix. Shop and restaurant 5km.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, shower room with basin (no toilet), 2 separate toilets, 4 bedrooms: 1 double, 3 twin.

    Electric heating, satellite TV, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, shared garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steps to entrance. Sloping ceilings on first floor.

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