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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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  • Le Boisle
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    Le Boisle

    Le Boisle

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    Ref: FNR039
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove

    Set behind the village church, this cosy cottage offers a woodburner for chillier evenings and a lawned garden and...

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  • Vron, nr. Fort-Mahon
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    Vron, nr. Fort-Mahon

    Vron, nr. Fort-Mahon

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    Ref: W11151
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    This typical single storey detached Picardy house, set in a small village, offers holiday accommodation for families...

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  • Ault
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    Ault

    Ault

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    Ref: FNR036
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    - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities

    For those who enjoy waking up to the sound of waves and gulls, this well appointed holiday apartment is ideal for a...

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  • Romery
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    Romery

    Romery

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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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  • Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne
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    Ref: FNA036
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio

    This former 19th-century inn has been renovated and converted into four holiday properties. They enjoy a private...

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  • Gueschart, nr. Abbeville
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    Gueschart, nr. Abbeville

    Gueschart, nr. Abbeville

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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...

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  • Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel
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    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

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    Ref: W13218
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio

    These beautifully appointed holiday properties on a rural working farm are well equipped and offer a great location...

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  • Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne
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    Ref: FNA035
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove

    This former 19th-century inn has been renovated and converted into four holiday properties. They enjoy a private...

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  • Le Crotoy
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    Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy

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    Ref: FNR101
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio

    At the heart of the magnificent Baie de Somme, Crotoy combines all the fun of a vibrant, family seaside holiday...

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  • Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel
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    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

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    Ref: W14815
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location

    These beautifully appointed holiday properties on a rural working farm are well equipped and offer a great location...

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  • Housset, nr. Marle
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    Housset, nr. Marle

    Housset, nr. Marle

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    Ref: W14909
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio

    This private wing of the owner’s property enjoys a quiet location with the advantage of a tennis court and a...

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  • Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers
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    Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers

    Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers

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    Ref: W15096
    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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