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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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  • Jaulgonne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardy×

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 1

    Jaulgonne, Picardy

    Jaulgonne, Picardy

    6
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    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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    8.7 3 reviews

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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
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 4
    5
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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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  • Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy
    Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy×

    La Grange

    Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy

    Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy

    7
    4
    2
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    Ref: AF012
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Located on the Champagne tourist route, not far from Paris and Disneyland. Enjoy a cruise down the River Ourcq tasting wine along the way!
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    Chez Feréol
    4
    3
    3
  • Chaourse, Picardy
    Chaourse, Picardy×

    Gîte de Saint-Nicolas

    Chaourse, Picardy

    Chaourse, Picardy

    8
    4
    2
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    Ref: AF007
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Great for larger families or groups of friends wishing to explore the peaceful countryside, then return for a dip in the private hot tub!
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  • Montigny-Lengrain, Picardy
    Montigny-Lengrain, Picardy×
    Newly Listed
    Gîte le Puits Vaillant

    Gîte le Puits Vaillant

    Montigny-Lengrain, Picardy

    Montigny-Lengrain, Picardy

    8
    4
    2
    1
    Ref: AF179
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    With walks on the doorstep, this property is perfect for nature lovers, and visits to Pierrefonds Castle and Compiègne Palace are also recommended.
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  • Mondrepuis, near Hirson, Picardy
    Mondrepuis, near Hirson, Picardy×

    La Résistante

    Mondrepuis, near Hirson, Picardy

    Mondrepuis, near Hirson, Picardy

    8
    4
    1
    1
    Ref: F02128
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    Tastefully renovated, this detached, rural holiday property retains many original features including beams and an open fireplace
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    5 1 reviews

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  • Lemé, Picardy
    Lemé, Picardy×
    Newly Listed
    Gite La Cailleuse

    Gite La Cailleuse

    Lemé, Picardy

    Lemé, Picardy

    8
    4
    2
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    Ref: AF163
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Enjoy the peace and quiet at this beautiful, old hunting lodge, that’s ideal for large family groups and sat in an area steeped in history.
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  • La Neuville-lès-Dorengt, Picardy
    La Neuville-lès-Dorengt, Picardy×

    Au Bord de la Rivière

    La Neuville-lès-Dorengt, Picardy

    La Neuville-lès-Dorengt, Picardy

    8
    4
    2
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    Ref: FNA039
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This traditional cottage has a cosy open fire, and space to entertain groups of family and friends staying together.
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  • Buironfosse, Picardy
    Buironfosse, Picardy×

    Au Bord du Village

    Buironfosse, Picardy

    Buironfosse, Picardy

    8
    5
    3
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    Ref: FNA033
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    This lovely five bedroomed property has enough room for all the family, and is within easy access of the Avesnas Regional Nature Park.
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  • Roisel, Picardy
    Roisel, Picardy×

    Roisel

    Roisel, Picardy

    Roisel, Picardy

    8
    4
    2
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    Ref: FNR035
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    In a fantastic location for exploring, guests at this idyllic property can easily visit Saint Quentin, Cambrai or even Disneyland.
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    9.4 5 reviews
    9.4 5 reviews

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  • Vervins, Picardy
    Vervins, Picardy×

    La Maison du Prevot

    Vervins, Picardy

    Vervins, Picardy

    8
    4
    4
    1
    Ref: F02129
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    On the edge of St.Michel Forest and opposite the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of St. Michel-en-Thiérache
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    8 1 reviews
    8 1 reviews

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  • Cires-lès-Mello, Picardy
    Cires-lès-Mello, Picardy×

    Cires-lès-Mello

    Cires-lès-Mello, Picardy

    Cires-lès-Mello, Picardy

    9
    5
    3
    0
    Ref: FNI028
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Enjoy a touch of elegance in this lovely stone house, perfect for visiting Paris or just enjoying the view from the first floor terrace.
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    8.8 4 reviews
    8.8 4 reviews

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