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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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  • Cappy, Somme, Picardy
    Cappy, Somme, Picardy×

    Cour Suzanne

    Cappy, Somme, Picardy

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    Ref: AF100
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    - 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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    In a village setting alongside the banks of the Somme Canal, this semi-detached, well furnished barn conversion offers comfortable holiday accommodation where fishing and boat hire are available nearby. Dine at the adjoining restaurant or venture to the War Museum at Albert, 13km away, or spend the day at the Gothic cathedral at Amiens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The family theme park of Parc Astérix is under an hour away and is a great day out for kids of all ages. Cycling,...

  • Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy×
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    Ref: FNA035
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    - 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. They enjoy a private terrace on a shared vine covered terrace, boasting lovely views across the River Marne and the vineyards. The quiet village of Jaulgonne is only a short walk away, along the riverside path, where you can also find a selection of small shops. The properties offer large, comfortable bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen and spacious living room with a cosy wood burner for those...

    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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  • Fontenay-Torcy, Oise,
    Fontenay-Torcy, Oise, ×
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    Ref: AF072
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    Perfect for a family holiday this lovely cottage is ideally placed for taking a day trip to Paris.
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    These semi-detached holiday properties AF071 and AF072 have been tastefully renovated and are situated less than 10km from Gerberoy, officially one of France’s prettiest villages, with its timber frame houses and flower strewn balconies. Ideal for an outdoor holiday, with good cycling routes in the area, or visit the lovely city of Beauvais, with its cathedral and cobbled squares, or take the train from here to Paris for a day sightseeing. Just over an hour away, Parc...

    Les Gites de Torcy - Le Gite de Torcy 1
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  • Wiège-Faty, Picardy
    Wiège-Faty, Picardy×

    Wiège-Faty

    Wiège-Faty, Picardy

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    Ref: FNA026
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    - Wifi - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This lovely cottage is bursting with traditional features, with beams and part timber-framed lounge, relax in the peaceful garden and enjoy the quiet.
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    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...

  • Chaourse, Picardy-Aisne,
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    Gîte de Saint-Nicolas

    Chaourse, Picardy-Aisne,

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    Ref: AF007
    Key Features:
    - 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 swimming pool!
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    Rustic beams, a cosy open fire and a lovely claw-foot bath are all features you can expect from this characterful country home. It is ideal for large families or groups, with great on-site facilities including your very own private heated swimming pool, table tennis and private grounds. Providing a great holiday base, you will be situated within peaceful countryside yet within easy reach of main attractions. This lovely house is set between Paris and Brussels, with the historical cities...

  • Demeure de Famille,
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    Demeure de Famille

    Demeure de Famille,

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    Ref: AF075
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    A quaint family home with a spacious living/dining room which leads to a lovely private garden where you can relax on the terrace or dine al fresco.
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    Situated in rural France, this family residence, surrounded by a walled garden, offers room for all the family with four spacious bedrooms split over two floors. The ground floor offers a twin bedroom, as well as a living/dining room with a lovely open fire, and a well-equipped kitchen. Heading upstairs to the first floor you will find three more bedrooms. With all this space, this charming residence is ideal for that well needed family holiday. When you’re ready to explore, there...

  • Roisel, Picardy
    Roisel, Picardy×

    Roisel

    Roisel, Picardy

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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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    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...

  • Buironfosse, Picardy
    Buironfosse, Picardy×

    Au Bord du Village

    Buironfosse, Picardy

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    Ref: FNA033
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    - 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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    This spacious detached property in northern France offers lots of room for all the family. The property boasts 5 comfy bedrooms with one double, two single and two twin rooms, as well as two shower rooms and a bathroom. The property also offers a large living room, a well-equipped kitchen for testing your culinary skills and a dining room to sample them. Close by you can find the Avesnas Regional Nature Park where you can take in the beautiful scenery. The property is also close to...

  • Vervins, Aisne, Picardy
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    La Maison du Prevot

    Vervins, Aisne, Picardy

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    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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    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...

  • Mondrepuis, near Hirson, Aisne, Picardy
    Mondrepuis, near Hirson, Aisne, Picardy×

    La Résistante

    Mondrepuis, near Hirson, Aisne, Picardy

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    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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    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...

  • Argoules, Somme, Picardy
    Argoules, Somme, Picardy×

    Les Ecuries

    Argoules, Somme, Picardy

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    Ref: F80204
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    This detached former stable block of the Château d’Argoules has been offers comfortable holiday accommodation
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    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...

  • Montigny-l’Allier, Aisne , Picardy
    Montigny-l’Allier, Aisne , Picardy×

    La Grange

    Montigny-l’Allier, Aisne , Picardy

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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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    These two traditionally furnished, semi-detached properties (refs AF011 and AF012) are situated in rural France and have a real rustic feel both inside and out. Both enjoy large gardens and offer a barbecue, perfect for al fresco dining in the summer months. Take a lovely walk through the countryside right from the front door. The historic village of Crouy-sur-Ourcq is just 4km away, with museums and hiking trails, or enjoy a quiet stroll along the canal.

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