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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
  • Mailly Maillet×

    Mailly Maillet

    Mailly Maillet

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    Ref: W14499
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue

    This large and spacious traditional terraced holiday house is full of character and has an enclosed rear garden. It...

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    Logis Bleu

    Senantes, Oise

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    Ref: F60110
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    This traditional detached holiday cottage, located in the tranquil village of Senantes offers a glimpse of the...

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  • Romery×

    Romery

    Romery

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    Ref: FNA029
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue

    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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  • Housset, nr. Marle×

    Housset, nr. Marle

    Housset, nr. Marle

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    Ref: W14909
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue

    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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    Gisors

    Gisors

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    Ref: W14883
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - No Pets Allowed

    This semi-detached holiday property, set within former farm buildings, has a garden with mature fruit trees and a...

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    Laneuvilleroy

    Laneuvilleroy

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    Ref: W14391
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    This comfortable semi-detached holiday accommodation, with a private enclosed garden, is set next to the...

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    Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy

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    Ref: FNR101
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimmingpool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Outdoor Swimming Pool - Coast within 5 miles - No Pets Allowed

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

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    Maulers

    Maulers

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    Ref: FNI120
    Key Features:
    - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    Located just 11km from Beauvais with its grand cathedral and twice-weekly market, this holiday property is within...

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  • Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers ×

    Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers

    Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers

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    Ref: W15096
    Key Features:
    - Swimmingpool - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Dishwasher - Indoor Swimming Pool - Rural Location

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

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    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

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    Ref: W14815
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed - Rural Location

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

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  • Maulers, Oise×

    Gite Devellenne

    Maulers, Oise

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    Ref: F60111
    Key Features:
    - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    The characterful and impressive semi-detached holiday property is located in a quiet village in the countryside...

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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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