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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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  • Housset, nr. Marle

    Housset, nr. Marle

    Grade
    6
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W14909

    This private wing of the owner’s property enjoys a quiet location with the advantage of a tennis court and a large, shared mature garden to enjoy. Well placed to visit the historic region with its fortified churches, medieval city of Laon and its beautiful cathedral, or the pretty town of Guise with its 1000 year old castle complete with dungeons and tunnels and regional summer festival. Venture further afield to Belgium and visit the famous Chimay brewery. Shop and café/bar 3km, restaurant 8km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen, separate toilet. First floor: Bathroom with basin, separate toilet, 2 kingsize bedrooms, one plus 2 single beds.

    Electric central heating, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, freezer, shared, enclosed lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: 8 steps and covered well in garden. 2 steps in bedroom with 2 single beds. Sloping ceilings on first floor.

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  • Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers

    Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers

    Grade
    6
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W15096

    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 (13m x 6.7m, depth 0.1-2m) with its doors to the sun terrace makes a good place to relax and play, or smaller children will enjoy the on-site games area. Spend a day at the Baie de la Somme with its steam railway, cycling routes and bird sanctuary. St. Valéry and Le Crotoy are not far, nor is Amiens with its Gothic cathedral and floating market gardens which you can discover by boat. Take a trip to Arras or nearby Montreuil-sur-Mer, with pretty squares and weekly markets or venture further south to Le Tréport where you can climb the cliffs on the funicular railway and enjoy the panoramic views.

    Shops 5km, café/bar on site, restaurant 3km, beach 25km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower over bath and basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 double bedroom. First floor: 1 twin bedroom, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi (in clubhouse), shared laundry facilities, dishwasher, microwave, shared grounds, terrace, outdoor furniture, ample off road parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Sloping ceiling in lounge and twin bedroom, sloping terraces in grounds.

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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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  • Gite Devellenne

    Maulers, Oise

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F60111

    The characterful and impressive semi-detached holiday property is located in a quiet village in the countryside of Picardy, with a local boulangerie just a stroll away to provide you with local breads and delicacies. This untouched corner is the perfect base from which to discover the natural delights that Picardy has to offer. Amiens is easily within driving distance, which should be visited for its interesting architecture. Euro Disney is only 135km away, making it a perfect day trip for the family. The cottage is well furnished and the terrace is ideal for al-fresco dining, which should be enjoyed with a sample of the regional spirit Genievre.

    Ground floor: Living room with open fire/dining room/corner kitchen. Double bedroom. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. First floor: Two double bedrooms. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC

    • Garden and terrace
    • Heating
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • D/washer
    • TV
    • Cot
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 6km to Froissy (shops, local amenities), 11km to Beauvais, 47km to Amiens (historic buildings, shops, restaurants, day trips).

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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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  • St. Léger-lès-Authie

    St. Léger-lès-Authie

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: W14456

    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. Visit Arras and climb to the top of the belltower 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 restaurant 1.5km.

    External utility room (accessed via courtyard). Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 twin. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Oil central heating, glass-fronted fire in lounge, colour TV (French channels only), wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, shared terrace, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Four steps to entrance and one to courtyard area. Open-tread stairs to first floor. Sloping ceilings in first floor bedroom.

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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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  • 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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  • Etréaupont

    Etréaupont

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: FNA022

    This well appointed detached holiday cottage with large garden has exposed beams, original features throughout and benefits from a games room with table tennis. In a quiet valley, it is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the countryside views, or visit the Friday farmers’ market in Vervins for regional specialities. Spend a day at Hirson with its aquatic park with indoor and outdoor pools and bowling, or visit the magnificent Abbey at St Michel, or take a trip across the border to Belguim to see the Chimay Brewery. Nature lovers will enjoy the peace and quiet of this location and the surrounding walks. Shop and restaurant 3km.

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

    Electric heating, glass-fronted fire in lounge, colour satellite TV, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Up to 2 pets welcome. NB: 3 steps to entrance. Uneven, brick, turning stairs to first floor. Sloping ceilings on first floor. 2 steps to garden. Water feature in garden.

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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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