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

    Gite du Haut du Riez

    Moislains, Pas-de-Calais

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    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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    Set in the grounds of the owner’s working farm this attractively appointed, well-furnished, detached holiday property offers a great location from which to explore this historic part of France. Visit the excellent museums in the area, particularly that of the Great War at Peronne, or follow the Remembrance Circuit which cuts through this region. In the village there is a bar with a small shop and there are superb cycling and walking routes nearby. Visit Amiens with its beautiful...

  • Andeville, Picardy
    Andeville, Picardy×

    Le Clos Saint-Pierre

    Andeville, Picardy

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    Ref: AF074
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Spend the day exploring the beautiful Oise - Pays de France Regional Nature Park, and then enjoy an al fresco meal in the pretty garden.
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    Located in the quaint village of Andeville, this detached, airy cottage is next to the owner’s home, and has been thoughtfully furnished with your comfort in mind. The property boasts a spacious living/dining room, complete with a double sofa bed. The well-equipped kitchen offers enough room to cook up a treat for everyone to enjoy. This property is ideal for a couple or small family with two cosy bedrooms. To the rear of the property you will find a large garden with a lovely...

  • Bony, Picardy
    Bony, Picardy×
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    Ref: AF004
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire
    This spacious, detached property is situated on a farmstead with its own private, enclosed garden, and access to a shared pool nearby.
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    Located close to the owner’s farmhouse, these timber-framed detached properties (refs AF004 and AF008) offer countless facilities for you and all the family to enjoy. They have been thoughtfully furnished throughout, and enjoy their own private, enclosed garden.
    Enjoy all of the relaxing shared facilities at this complex, including the sauna, hot tub and Turkish bath (from March to November). Alternatively, you can practice your serve on the communal tennis court, or enjoy a...

    La Ferme du Vieux Puits - Gite Rural 1
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  • Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy
    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy×
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    Ref: W14036
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool
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    This traditional, relaxing resort is located in Picardy’s beautiful Baie-de-Somme, right opposite Cayeux’s far-reaching shingle beach, lined with colourful beach huts which sit on the colourful boardwalk. Cayeux-sur-Mer is undoubtedly an authentic French seaside resort. The coastline can be discovered by foot or even by sea-kayak! For visitors who prefer to stay indoors, the resort offers an indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m) with children’s area,...

    Les Terrasses de la Plage, Cayeux-sur-Mer
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  • Archon,
    Archon, ×
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    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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    This beautifully converted semi-detached cottage is set in a traditional farming hamlet in rolling countryside. There is a large grassy area to the rear with a barbecue and extensive grounds with pond. The hamlet boasts an impressive fortified Thiérache church. 58km away is a watersports centre with its own sandy beach. To the south is the Champagne country with vineyards and the city of Reims as well as the medieval town of Laon and the battlefield memorials of WWI. Also visit...

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

    L’Ancien Présbytère

    L’Ancien Présbytère,

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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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    This lovely property, which is set within a large house in the countryside, is spacious and well-equipped. The ground floor offers a living/dining room and a well-equipped kitchen, whilst the first floor has three bedrooms; two double, one with an additional single bed, and a twin bedroom. Upstairs, you will also find a mezzanine with a cosy seating area. If a day trip is on the cards, then Paris is only an hour and a half away. Or, if you want to stay close to the property, the town of...

  • Bony, Picardy
    Bony, Picardy×
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: AF008
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    With many on-site facilities available, this detached holiday property sits in the perfect location for a family holiday.
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    Located close to the owner’s farmhouse, these timber-framed detached properties (refs AF004 and AF008) offer countless facilities for you and all the family to enjoy. They have been thoughtfully furnished throughout, and enjoy their own private, enclosed garden.
    Enjoy all of the relaxing shared facilities at this complex, including the sauna, hot tub and Turkish bath (from March to November). Alternatively, you can practice your serve on the communal tennis court, or enjoy a...

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

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy

    6
    3
    2
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    Ref: W14815
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This charming property offers the best of both worlds. Set on a working farm, enjoy the rural location or explore the many nearby attractions.
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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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  • Puisieux, Picardy
    Puisieux, Picardy×

    Les Jardins du Château

    Puisieux, Picardy

    6
    3
    1
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    Ref: F02123
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This comfortable semi-detached property forms part of a former stable and is situated in the grounds of a château
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    This comfortable semi-detached property forms part of a former stable and is situated in the grounds of a château. With a private entrance and garden to the rear it has been tastefully renovated offering a large living room and a well equipped separate kitchen leading to a sunny terrace ideal to enjoy outdoor dining. The surroundings are dominated by bocage landscape and the medieval churches are worth a visit. To the north is the Belgium border and Ardennes area with many forests...

  • St-Léger-lès-Authie,
    St-Léger-lès-Authie, ×

    Gite de St-Léger-lès-Authie

    St-Léger-lès-Authie,

    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: AF077
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    In a quiet village, this pretty semi-detached spacious property set in the grounds of the owner’s garden is perfect for exploring the Somme
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    In a quiet village, this pretty semi-detached spacious property set in the Authie valley in the grounds of the owner’s garden, who keeps donkeys and goats, and is perfect for exploring the Somme. Visit Arras and climb to the top of the bell tower for spectacular views. It is ideal for those who enjoy walking or cycling in the pretty lanes and countryside nearby, or visit the sandy beaches of the Côte d’Opale, an easy drive away. Shop 6.5km, café/bar and...

  • Le Crotoy, Picardy
    Le Crotoy, Picardy×

    Le Crotoy

    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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    At the heart of the magnificent Baie de Somme, Crotoy combines all the fun of a vibrant, family seaside holiday resort with the authentic charm of its fishing, pleasure harbours and its wooden beach huts. Just 200m from the fine, sandy beach which faces south, and just 2.5km from the main shops, this holiday complex is situated in beautiful landscaped grounds. The property is located on a complex of apartments which all have their own terrace and garden. Enjoy the shared covered,...

  • Jaulgonne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardy×
    6
    4
    2
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    Ref: FNA035
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This riverside property boasts four spacious bedrooms, creating enough room for all the family.
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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 2
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 3
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 4
    5
    3
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