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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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  • Aubenton, Picardy
    Aubenton, Picardy×

    Gîte d’Aubenton

    Aubenton, Picardy

    Aubenton, Picardy

    5
    2
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    Ref: AF006
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This is a great location in north east Aisne region of France, close to the border with Belgium. Enjoy exploring or simply relaxing.
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    8 1 reviews

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  • Moislains, Pas-de-Calais
    Moislains, Pas-de-Calais×

    Gite du Haut du Riez

    Moislains, Pas-de-Calais

    Moislains, Pas-de-Calais

    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: AF079
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Set in the grounds of the owner’s working farm this attractively appointed, well-furnished, detached holiday property enjoys use of a garden, garage and decked patio.
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  • Jonquières, Picardy
    Jonquières, Picardy×

    Les Jonquilles - Gite L’étable

    Jonquières, Picardy

    Jonquières, Picardy

    5
    3
    2
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    Ref: AF131
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This pretty cottage is within easy reach of the historical sites of Compiègne palace and Noyon cathedral.
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    Les Jonquilles - Gite La Ferme
    6
    3
    3
  • Jaulgonne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardy×

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 4

    Jaulgonne, Picardy

    Jaulgonne, Picardy

    5
    3
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    Ref: FNA038
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    A great touring base for families or couples. For a lazy day, why not try fishing in the river opposite.
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    8 4 reviews

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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 1
    6
    4
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 2
    5
    3
    3
    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 3
    4
    2
    2
  • Bouzincourt, Picardy
    Bouzincourt, Picardy×

    Au Coeur du Village - St Honoré

    Bouzincourt, Picardy

    Bouzincourt, Picardy

    5
    2
    1
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    Ref: AF082
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Ideal family cottage part of a converted farm outbuilding, within easy distance of the Somme WWI memorials and the Remembrance Trail.
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    9 2 reviews

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    Au Coeur du Village - Des Pistons
    3
    2
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  • Cappy, Picardy
    Cappy, Picardy×

    Cour Suzanne

    Cappy, Picardy

    Cappy, Picardy

    6
    4
    2
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    Ref: AF100
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Enjoying a village setting alongside the banks of the Somme Canal, this semi-detached barn conversion provides an idyllic retreat.
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    8 1 reviews

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  • Archon, Picardy
    Archon, Picardy×

    Gite d’Archon

    Archon, Picardy

    Archon, Picardy

    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: AF003
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This semi-detached cottage is set in a traditional farming hamlet within rolling countryside, perfect for guests looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
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    9 1 reviews

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  • L’Ancien Présbytère, Picardy
    L’Ancien Présbytère, Picardy×

    L’Ancien Présbytère

    L’Ancien Présbytère, Picardy

    L’Ancien Présbytère, Picardy

    6
    3
    1
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    Ref: AF073
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Set in a countryside location, this property is close to the town of Noyon, which has a 12th-century cathedral and guided walks.
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  • Bony, Picardy
    Bony, Picardy×

    La Ferme du Vieux Puits - Gite Rural 1

    Bony, Picardy

    Bony, Picardy

    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: AF008
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This detached holiday property sits in the perfect, rural location for a family holiday.
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    7 2 reviews

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    La Ferme du Vieux Puits - Gite Rural 2
    6
    3
    3
  • Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, PicardyPicardy
    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, PicardyPicardy×

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, PicardyPicardy

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, PicardyPicardy

    6
    3
    2
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    Ref: W13218
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Set on a rural working farm yet within easy reach of many attractions, this charming property is the ideal holiday base.
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    9.8 4 reviews

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    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel
    6
    3
    3
    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel
    4
    2
    2
  • Le Crotoy, Picardy
    Le Crotoy, Picardy×

    Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy, Picardy

    Le Crotoy, Picardy

    6
    2
    1
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    Ref: FNR101
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    A charming holiday apartment, set in the vibrant family seaside resort of Crotoy, with the beach just 200 metres away.
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  • Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy
    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy×

    Les Gites Bourguignons - Le Gite Bourguignon 2

    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy

    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy

    6
    3
    1
    0
    Ref: AF010
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Located to the north east of Paris and only 6km from Laon, this holiday home complete with shared swimming pool is ideal for exploring the Aisne region.
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    Les Gites Bourguignons - Le Gite Bourguignon 1
    7
    3
    3

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