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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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  • Maulers

    Maulers

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: FNI120

    Located just 11km from Beauvais with its grand cathedral and twice-weekly market, this holiday property is within easy reach of a number of places of interest to visit. Amiens 43km, is a popular place for tourists, boasting an impressive 13th-century cathedral and the Saint-Leu region below - an area of canals where you can watch the world go by whilst relaxing in one of the cafés or perhaps take a boat ride along the river. Sites of natural beauty to enjoy include the Hortillonnages d’Amiens, the Plan d’eau du Canada and the Forêt du parc de Saint-Quentin. Shop 6km, restaurant 11km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, 2 shower rooms with toilet and basin, 2 separate toilets, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, outdoor furniture, barbecue, garage parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steep, turning, open-tread stairs to first floor. Sloping ceilings throughout first floor.

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  • Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W13218

    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 family visit Parc Astérix (113km via motorways) or venture further afield to Eurodisney (175km). Shops, café/bar and restaurants 5km.

    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 family visit Parc Astérix (113km via motorways) or venture further afield to Eurodisney (175km).

    Shops, café/bar and restaurants 5km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, utility room, separate toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with basin, separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 2 twin, one with en-suite shower and basin.

    Electric heating, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, shared, enclosed lawned garden, private terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: There is a small pond in a nearby field, and farm machinery, young children may require supervision. NB: 4 steep steps to entrance.

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  • Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FNR101

    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, outdoor, heated swimming pool and solarium. Places to visit include Abbeville, 24km, with its magnificent Gothic-style church and twice weekly markets (Thursday and Saturdays) and Gamaches, explore the war memorial, the old railway line and the 13th-century church, just 36km away. Shop and restaurant 2.5km, beach 200m.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Wi-fi, dishwasher, microwave, landscaped garden, terrace, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Alexandrine

    Archon-Rozoy, Aisne

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F02106

    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 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 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 the magnificent forest of Ardennes.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Three bedrooms: Two double, one twin (can be double). Bathroom with shower attachment and double basin (no WC). Separate WC

    • Garden with pond (take care with children)
    • Terrace
    • Telephone
    • Electric heating
    • Open fire (wood)
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • Stereo
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 4km N of Rozoy sur Serre (basic shops, supermarket, market, café), 11km NE of Montcornet (all facilities, restaurants), 45km NE of Laon, 58km N of Monampteuil (sandy beach, playground), 65km from Center Parcs Aisne (day passes subject to availability), 190km NE of Disneyland. 200km from Paris.

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  • Wiège-Faty

    Wiège-Faty

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: FNA026

    This former rectory has been converted into a delightful holiday cottage in a tranquil village location. The Véloroute greenway is close by with its many hiking trails, and the River Oise is perfect for canoeing, kayaking or fishing. The Aisne region has a rich cultural heritage and is famous for its gothic architecture, while outdoor enthusiasts will love the many gardens and parks throughout the region. A visit to the Somme battlefields and memorials makes a poignant trip, but are well worth visiting. Shop and restaurant 8.5km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with bath and basin (no toilet), shower room with basin (no toilet), 2 separate toilets, 4 bedrooms: 3 double, 1 single.

    Open fire in lounge, satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue. Up to 2 pets welcome. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor. Uneven surface and slopes in garden.

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  • Bouzincourt, nr. Albert

    Bouzincourt, nr. Albert

    Grade
    7
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W15186

    In a village setting, these two semi-detached holiday properties (refs W15157 and W15186) are 50m apart and are situated in an historic region of France and are ideal for exploring the museums and historic sites of this area. Visit Peronne, with its museum of the Great War, Albert, which has a beautiful town hall and belfry, or Froissy for its narrow gauge railway ’Le P’tit train de la Haute Somme’, which runs along the line that used to carry supplies to the front line during the Battle of the Somme. History enthusiasts should trace the Remembrance Circuit or spend a day at Amiens, with its gothic cathedral. Parc Astérix, with its thrilling rides, can be easily reached by motorway. Shop and restaurant 5km, café/bar 3km.In a village setting, these two semi-detached holiday properties (refs W15157 and W15186) are 50m apart and are situated in an historic region of France and are ideal for exploring the museums and historic sites of this area.

    Visit Peronne, with its museum of the Great War, Albert, which has a beautiful town hall and belfry, or Froissy for its narrow gauge railway ’Le P’tit train de la Haute Somme’, which runs along the line that used to carry supplies to the front line during the Battle of the Somme.

    History enthusiasts should trace the Remembrance Circuit or spend a day at Amiens, with its gothic cathedral. Parc Astérix, with its thrilling rides, can be easily reached by motorway.

    Shop and restaurant 5km, café/bar 3km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin. First floor: Separate toilet with basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize plus single bed, 1 double bedroom, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Oil heating, colour satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking. NB: Beams and sloping ceilings throughout first floor.

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  • Roisel

    Roisel

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: FNR035

    This spacious holiday accommodation is located on the grounds of a working farm with 4 other holiday properties, one of which being property reference FNR034. It is very comfortable and well equipped and the accommodation consists of 4 bedrooms for 8 people to relax in a pleasant rural setting. Families or groups of friends will find it the ideal place for a holiday. You can visit the beautiful basilica of Saint Quentin (20km) or Cambrai (30km) and its rich architectural heritage, and enjoy its famous ’nonsense’. History lovers will enjoy the Museum of the Great War Peronne and the Circuit of Remembrance. You can also take the TGV for a trip to Paris and enjoy its many famous sights and attractions or take the children for an unforgettable day at Disneyland or Parc Asterix. Shop and restaurant 5km.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, shower room with basin (no toilet), 2 separate toilets, 4 bedrooms: 1 double, 3 twin.

    Electric heating, satellite TV, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, shared garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steps to entrance. Sloping ceilings on first floor.

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  • La Résistante

    Mondrepuis, near Hirson, Aisne

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    1
    Ref: F02128

    Tastefully renovated, this detached, rural holiday property retains many original features including beams and an open fireplace. A large sunny garden with bespoke BBQ dining area and private fishing lake (on the owner’s land nearby) offer relaxation after exploring this pretty region of France. Spend a day at the nearby Chimay brewery or visit the historic Abbey at St. Michel. Venture further afield and visit Reims, the Champagne capital of France, and take the Champagne trail. Parfondeval, voted one of France’s most beautiful villages, is close by or wander the many footpaths and cycle trails around the region.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Single bedroom. Shower room/WC. Stairs with sloping steps to first floor: Three double bedrooms, one with additional single bed, all with sloping ceilings. Beams throughout

    • Wooded garden
    • Heating
    • Open fire
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • Range
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Fenced lake in owners’ grounds, 150m.

    Location: 5km from Hirson (supermarket, bar, restaurants), 7km from Fourmies (restaurants, cinema, glass museum, hypermarket), 29km from Chimay (brewery, museum), 86km from Reims (Champagne cellars, all facilities).

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  • Chigny

    Chigny

    Grade
    8
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: FNA032

    This large, semi-detached holiday home offers an ideal place for relaxing and taking in the peaceful, country surroundings. Chigny, located in the picturesque Picardy region, is an ideal base to explore the area. Avesnois Regional Nature Park is within easy reach for hiking and biking, with forests, rivers and the Val-Joly Lake for water sports activities. The Belgian border is within an hours drive. The Church of Saint-Quentin is worth visiting and there are many more fortified churches in the area. Shop and restaurant 4km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, separate toilet and basin. First floor: Separate toilet and basin. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin, mezzanine with double sofa bed. 2 shower rooms with basin.

    Electric heating, glass-fronted fire, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Up to 2 pets welcome.

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  • Romescamps, nr. Amiens

    Romescamps, nr. Amiens

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W10530

    Set in a rural village, this 300 year old cottage has exposed beams, a large garden and courtyard, pretty with roses and honeysuckle in early summer. Ideally placed to visit the Somme battlefields, Amien’s Gothic cathedral with its ’Sons et Lumières’ shows in the summer, canal restaurants and shopping. Or spend a day at the beach of Le Tréport with its funicular railway and clifftop views, or visit Saint-Valery-sur-Somme and take a steam train ride around the Baie. Visit Neufchâtel-en-Bray to sample one of the oldest produced cheeses in France, or for a family fun day out, Parc Astérix is just 1.5 hours away by car. Shop and café/bar 4km, restaurant 6km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with shower over bath, bidet, toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. First floor: Mezzanine games area with pool table and table football leading to 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower, toilet and basin.

    Electric heating, highchair, satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, iPod dock, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, courtyard, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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  • La Maison du Prevot

    Vervins, Aisne

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    4
    Ref: F02129

    On the edge of St. Michel Forest and opposite the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of St. Michel-en-Thiérache, famous for its summer music festival and museum, this beautifully restored manor house with stone staircase in a turret is close to the Belgian border and about 60km from the historic city of Laon, with its beautiful cathedral and cobbled streets. The famous Chimay brewery is just across the border for a day out or sports lovers will enjoy the nearby aquatic centre, bowling and karting centre, mountain bike trails or enjoy the lovely walks around the region.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wood-burning stove/kitchen. Stone spiral stairs to first floor: Two bedrooms: One double with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower (no WC), one twin with en-suite shower room (no WC). WC. Stone spiral stairs to second floor: Two twin bedrooms, both with en-suite shower room. WC. Sloping ceilings

    • Shared lawned garden
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 200m from supermarket, 4km from Hirson (supermarket, bar and restaurants), 7km from Fourmies (glass museum, restaurants, cinema, hypermarket), 27km from Chimay (brewery, museum).

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  • Les Ecuries

    Argoules, Somme

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: F80204

    This detached former stable block of the Château d’Argoules has been offers comfortable holiday accommodation. While modernised, it retains its original features, including beams and an inglenook stone fireplace. Relax around the wood-burning stove in the large double aspect living room, or enjoy a BBQ in the large enclosed grassed courtyard. The property has an extra sitting room for reading and relaxation away from the TV area, with direct access onto a terrace. Sandy beaches are a short drive and Le Touquet offers boutique shopping, restaurants and bars. Plopsaland Fun Park in Depanne, Belgium is 1 hour 20 minutes’ drive, and Dennlys Fun Park 45 minutes’ drive.

    Three steps to entrance. Living room/kitchen. Two steps down to sitting room/formal dining area. Double bedroom. Bathroom. Separate WC. First floor: Three bedrooms: One double, two twin, one with two single day beds. Bathroom, over-bath shower. WC

    • Enclosed grassed courtyard
    • Patio
    • Balcony
    • Heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • W-fi
    • Two t/cots
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 11km from Campagne-lès-Hesdin (shops), 11km from Fort Mahon beach, 100m from Argoules (bar, restaurant).

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