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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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  • La Maison des Rêves

    Regnière Ecluse, nr. Rue, Somme

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    3
    Ref: F80206

    This spacious detached house is situated on the borders of Pas-de-Calais and the famous Somme region and boasts a spacious garden, enclosed swimming pool and games room with French billiards and table football. The holiday property enjoys a large enclosed rear garden with terrace and barbecue, ideal for summer evenings. Situated on the edge of a pretty village, directly opposite a beautiful château, and a short distance to the lovely towns of the historic Baie-de-la-Somme or the ramparted Montreuil-sur-Mer, there is much to do in the area. Spend a day at the pretty town of St. Valéry with its shops, restaurants, watersports, steam railway and weekly market, explore the Gothic cathedral at Amiens or visit Abbeville and Crécy-en-Ponthieu. The Côte d’Opale is a short drive and offer miles of sandy beaches. This area is popular with birdwatchers, cyclists, walkers and golfers - with excellent courses in the area.

    Lower ground floor: Games room. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Sitting room. Kitchen. Office/library. Kingsize bedroom. Double bedroom. Bathroom/WC. Shower room/WC. First floor: Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms, one with additional single bed. Single bedroom. Some bedrooms with sloping ceiling/Velux. Shower room/WC

    • Enclosed garden with balcony and 7 steps
    • Terrace
    • Central heating
    • Swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.2m), open mid-May to Sept
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Playstation 2
    • Broadband
    • Two cots
    • Two h/chairs (on request)
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 8km from Rue (shops, supermarkets, restaurants/bars, tennis courts), 22km from St. Valéry (all facilities, restaurants, supermarket, watersports), 10km from Marquenterre (wildlife centre), 21km from Montreuil-sur-Mer (ramparts), 21km from Merlimont (sandy beaches), 70km from Amiens (gothic cathedral, all facilities).

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  • Château de Villers

    Allonne, Oise

    Grade
    19
    10
    0
    7
    Ref: F60112

    Ever dreamed of holidaying in a French château, this is your chance. Set just outside Beauvais, this spacious 18th century detached château with its antique furniture, large day rooms, games room, extensive landscaped grounds and tennis court makes it possible. It is tastefully decorated in period style and on each floor the bedrooms have lockable interconnecting doors. Relax in the grounds, play tennis or explore the lovely city of Beauvais. Enjoy a trip to Paris by car to see the sights, drive through the pretty villages and unspoilt countryside of this region or Parc Astérix with its wide range of amusement rides is under an hour away. The gardener access the grounds for maintenance, and the house keeper lives in the lodge at the entrance to the château’s grounds. The discreet owners stay in an apartment in the château, accessed by a shared side entrance and staircase, from Friday to Sunday to assist with departures and arrivals.

    Living room. Sitting room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility. Games room. WC. First floor: Three double bedrooms, two with en-suite bathrooms, one with en-suite shower room. Two twin bedrooms. Single bedroom (for child). Shower room. Second floor: Two double bedrooms, one with basin, one with en-suite bathroom/WC, shower attachment and bidet. Two twin bedrooms, one with basin, one with en-suite shower room/WC. Bathroom. WC

    • Enclosed lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Fenced river in grounds
    • Courtyard
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV (French channels only)
    • Video
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • Three cots
    • Three highchairs
    • Tennis court
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 1km from Allonne (shop, café/bar, restaurant and most facilities), 3km from Beauvais (all facilities).

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