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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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  • Bony, Aisne,
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    Ref: AF004
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire

    Located close to the owner’s farmhouse, these timber-framed detached properties (refs AF004 and AF008)...

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  • Bony, Aisne,
    Bony, Aisne, ×
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    Ref: AF008
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    Located close to the owner’s farmhouse, these timber-framed detached properties (refs AF004 and AF008)...

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  • Proisy, Picardy
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    Proisy

    Proisy, Picardy

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    Ref: FNA023
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    - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    This detached renovated holiday cottage, located in a small village is ideal for nature lovers as the owner has...

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  • Roisel, Picardy
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    Roisel

    Roisel, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR035
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio

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

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  • Compiegne, Picardy
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    La Féculerie

    Compiegne, Picardy

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    Ref: AF067
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    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio

    This charming detached holiday cottage is situated in the beautiful countryside, overlooking a sunny lawned garden....

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  • Romery, Picardy
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    Romery

    Romery, Picardy

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    Ref: FNA029
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    This cosy brick built holiday property is located down a quiet lane in the town of Romery. It has an attractive open...

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  • Mézy-Moulins, Aisne, Picardy
    Mézy-Moulins, Aisne, Picardy×

    Gîte de Marie-Rose

    Mézy-Moulins, Aisne, Picardy

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    Ref: AF013
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio

    Situated in rural France, this property has been thoughtfully decorated in a traditional style. A cosy living room can...

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  • Bernot, Picardy
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    Bernot

    Bernot, Picardy

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    Ref: FNA024
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    This detached holiday property has its own garden and is located in a quiet village not far from Saint-Quentin, famous...

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  • Montigny-l’Allier, Aisne , Picardy
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    Chez Feréol

    Montigny-l’Allier, Aisne , Picardy

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    Ref: AF011
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove

    These two traditionally furnished, semi-detached properties (refs AF011 and AF012) are situated in rural France and...

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  • Fontenay-Torcy, Oise,
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    Ref: AF071
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    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio

    These semi-detached holiday properties AF071 and AF072 have been tastefully renovated and are situated less than 10km...

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  • Parfondeval, nr. Rozoy-sur-Serre, Picardy
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    Parfondeval, nr. Rozoy-sur-Serre

    Parfondeval, nr. Rozoy-sur-Serre, Picardy

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    Ref: W14834
    Key Features:
    - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove

    Set in a beautiful village, with pond and green, this independent property, attached to the gatehouse of the...

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  • Grand Laviers, Picardy
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    Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers

    Grand Laviers, Picardy

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    Ref: W15095
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location

    Set in 3 acres of open countryside, overlooking Abbeville Golf Course, these attractive cedarwood houses (W15095...

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