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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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55 cottages are available
  • Archon-Rozoy, Aisne×

    Alexandrine

    Archon-Rozoy, Aisne

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    Ref: F02106
    Key Features:
    - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    This beautifully converted semi-detached cottage is set in a traditional farming hamlet in rolling countryside. There...

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  • Puisieux, Aisne×

    Les Jardins du Château

    Puisieux, Aisne

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    Ref: F02123
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    This comfortable semi-detached property forms part of a former stable and is situated in the grounds of a...

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  • Romery, nr. Guise×

    Romery, nr. Guise

    Romery, nr. Guise

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    Ref: W15204
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - Rural Location

    Set in the pretty valley of the River l’Oise, and a few kilometres from the historic town of Guise, with...

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  • St. Quentin, Aisne×

    Bony

    St. Quentin, Aisne

    6
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    Ref: F02114
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimmingpool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Outdoor Swimming Pool - Ground Floor Facilities - No Pets Allowed

    This spacious, detached property is situated on a farmstead with its own private, enclosed garden and hot tub, and...

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  • Wiège-Faty×

    Wiège-Faty

    Wiège-Faty

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    Ref: FNA026
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue

    This former rectory has been converted into a delightful holiday cottage in a tranquil village location....

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  • Bouzincourt, nr. Albert×

    Bouzincourt, nr. Albert

    Bouzincourt, nr. Albert

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    Ref: W15186
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    In a village setting, these two semi-detached holiday properties (refs W15157 and W15186) are 50m apart and are...

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  • Argoules, Somme×

    Les Ecuries

    Argoules, Somme

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    Ref: F80204
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Ground Floor Facilities - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    This detached former stable block of the Château d’Argoules has been offers comfortable holiday...

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  • Romescamps, nr. Amiens×

    Romescamps, nr. Amiens

    Romescamps, nr. Amiens

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    Ref: W10530
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    Set in a rural village, this 300 year old cottage has exposed beams, a large garden and courtyard, pretty with roses...

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  • Vervins, Aisne×

    La Maison du Prevot

    Vervins, Aisne

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    Ref: F02129
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue

    On the edge of St. Michel Forest and opposite the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of St. Michel-en-Thiérache,...

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  • Chigny×

    Chigny

    Chigny

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    Ref: FNA032
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue

    This large, semi-detached holiday home offers an ideal place for relaxing and taking in the peaceful,...

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  • Mondrepuis, near Hirson, Aisne×

    La Résistante

    Mondrepuis, near Hirson, Aisne

    8
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    Ref: F02128
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - Rural Location

    Tastefully renovated, this detached, rural holiday property retains many original features including beams and an...

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  • Roisel×

    Roisel

    Roisel

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    Ref: FNR035
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    This spacious holiday accommodation is located on the grounds of a working farm with 4 other holiday properties, one...

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