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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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  • Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy
    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy×

    Vue de la Mer

    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR040
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View
    Cayeux-sur-Mer’s pebble beach is just 50m away from this fisherman’s cottage, or visit historic Saint-Valery-sur-Somme which is a short drive.
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    Just 50m from the vast pebble beach at Cayeux-sur-Mer, this renovated fisherman’s cottage, with off road parking and a small courtyard, makes an ideal place for a seaside holiday. Stroll along the boardwalk and take in the sea air, make sandcastles at low tide or enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants in the town. Nearby is historic Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, with its steam train running around Somme Bay. Spend a day at the renowned bird sanctuary or enjoy the cliff-top views from...

  • Brunehamel,
    Brunehamel, ×
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    Ref: AF005
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Easily reached from the northern ports and near the Belgian border, this holiday property is perfect for those wishing to explore.
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    Easily reached from the northern ports and near the Belgian border, this holiday property offers a characterful interior. There is an enclosed outdoor dining area with covered summer kitchen, complete with a built-in barbecue. The surrounding area is ideal for cycling or with a permit, available locally, fishing is also possible. Visit Reims, the Champagne capital, discover the Thiérache area with its impressive fortified churches from the 16th and 17th century or visit Guise with...

  • Jaulgonne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardy×
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    Ref: FNA037
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    This holiday property is converted from a 19th-century inn and enjoys views over the river and the landscape beyond.
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    This former 19th-century inn has been renovated and converted into four holiday properties, with the caretaker living on-site. Properties FNA035, FNA036 and FNA037 all enjoy individual areas on a shared vine terrace, boasting lovely views across the River Marne and the vineyards, whilst property FNA038 has a separate private patio area away from the shared terrace. The quiet village of Jaulgonne is only a short walk away, along the riverside path, where you can also find a selection of...

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 1
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 4
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  • Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy
    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy×

    Les Terrasses de la Plage

    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy

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    Ref: FJ0091
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Sea View
    This studio apartment is situated directly opposite Cayeux’s shingle beach, with views over the seafront.
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    This studio apartment is situated directly opposite Cayeux’s shingle beach, with views over the seafront. This apartment, situated in a complex of similar apartments, is perfect for a short break and is within close proximity to the town centre, the casino, and the local shops. Whether you want to take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk, try windsurfing or shop your way around the town centre, Cayeux-sur-Mer has something for everyone. The apartment complex features a heated...

  • Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy
    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy×

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy

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    Ref: W14814
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Historical enthusiasts will adore this property, with the Great War at Peronne museum within easy reach of this lovely rural property.
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    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...

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel
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    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel
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  • Le Crotoy, Picardy
    Le Crotoy, Picardy×

    Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR100
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Part of a complex, this lovely apartment is just 200 metres from the beach and enjoys a heated swimming pool.
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    At the heart of the magnificent Baie de Somme, Crotoy combines all the fun of a vibrant, family seaside resort with the authentic charm of its fishing and pleasure harbours and its wooden beach huts. Just 200m from the fine, sandy beach which faces due south, and just 2.5km from the main shops, this holiday complex is situated amid landscaped grounds. The 56 apartments are located in maisonettes with a terrace and garden. In July and August, activities for children aged between 4 and 11...

  • Fontenay-Torcy,
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    La Ferme d’Annie

    Fontenay-Torcy,

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    Ref: AF061
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire
    Set in the heart of Picardy within easy reach of Rouen and Beauvais with easy access by rail to Paris.
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    This traditional detached country bungalow, situated less than 10km from Gerberoy, officially one of France’s prettiest villages, is the perfect location from which to discover the countryside of Picardy. Ideal for those who love the outdoors, there is a wood nearby and the owner can even organise stables for guests who prefer to see the region on horseback. Being just 110km from Paris, visitors may wish to make a day trip to the capital either by car or by train from Beauvais...

  • Le Boisle, Picardy
    Le Boisle, Picardy×

    Le Boisle

    Le Boisle, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR039
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This lovely cottage, set behind a village church, is in a fantastic location for exploring the Pas-de-Calais and Somme regions.
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    Set behind the village church, this cosy cottage offers a woodburner for chillier evenings and a lawned garden and patio area to relax on. It is well located to explore both the Pas-de-Calais and the Somme regions and it has a well equipped kitchen and comfortable lounge with French doors to the garden. Situated close to the city of Abbeville with its magnificent Gothic cathedral, you can enjoy the summer festival of ’Son et Lumieres’ or spend a day in the beautiful Baie de...

  • Courtemont-Varennes,
    Courtemont-Varennes, ×

    Gite de Courtemont-Varennes

    Courtemont-Varennes,

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    Ref: AF001
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This detached holiday home provides idyllic accommodation for families and couples alike who are looking for peace and quiet in a delightful location.
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    On the famous Champagne Route, this detached holiday property, set in the English-speaking, cat-loving owner’s vast enclosed garden, has an open fire and traditionally decorated bedrooms. Enjoy the garden with its water feature and passing wildlife, or walk along the river bank, 5 minutes away. Visit Épernay (33km), or Center Parcs (91km, day passes subject to availability). Paris, Eurodisney and the Val-de-Marne with its retail outlet centre are just 75km away....

  • Ault, Picardy
    Ault, Picardy×

    Ault

    Ault, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR036
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - 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 couple or small family
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    For those who enjoy waking up to the sound of waves and gulls, this well appointed holiday apartment is ideal for a couple or small family. Situated on a cliff top, next to a footpath, on the edge of the seaside town of Ault, and with parking available nearby, you can stroll to the beach below or the nearby restaurants. Enjoy an al fresco summer supper on the terrace or visit the nearby fishing town of Le Treport with its casino, seafood restaurants and funicular railway with stunning...

  • Grand Laviers, Picardy
    Grand Laviers, Picardy×

    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, this cedarwood holiday property has stunning views of the valley.
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    Set in 3 acres of open countryside, overlooking Abbeville Golf Course, these attractive cedarwood houses (W15095 and W15096) offer holiday accommodation with excellent on-site amenities. Each property has a stunning view of the valley, there is an organic veggie patch on site and guests can buy the seasonal produce, order bread from the passing baker or enjoy a drink or snack at the bar. The indoor heated swimming pool with its doors to the sun terrace makes a good place to relax and...

    Domaine du Val
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  • Coucy-lès-Eppes,
    Coucy-lès-Eppes, ×

    Les Clos des Marquis

    Coucy-lès-Eppes,

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    Ref: AF002
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Situated next to the owner’s property, this traditional semi-detached cottage is close to sandy beaches and Centre Parcs.
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    Situated next to the owner’s property, this traditional semi-detached cottage has a large garden. The discreet owners keep pigeons, chickens, cockerels and ducks, and in the village is a boulangerie for fresh bread. Center Parcs is just 17km away (day passes subject to availability). Visit Reims, where you can taste and buy champagne. A sandy beach, playground and watersports centre are 26km, and this area is very popular for outdoor sports.

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